12 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

12 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

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Darjeeling
— 2 nights
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Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalimpong
— 1 night
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Gangtok
— 3 nights
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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 3 nights
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Darjeeling

— 2 nights

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
On the 20th (Sat), explore the galleries of Ava Art Gallery and then take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kangchenjunga, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then browse the exhibits of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling online visit planner.

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ahmedabad in October, you will find days in Darjeeling are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Pelling

— 2 nights
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, then snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tashiding Monastery, explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pelling road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Pelling takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pelling are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kalimpong

— 1 night
Set high upon a ridge above the Teesta River and deep within the Himalayas, the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong draws a strong contingent of visitors with its nearby attractions, temperate climate, and mountain scenery.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalimpong Roman Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Gouripur House, then view the masterpieces at Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre, and finally make a trip to Deolo Hill.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kalimpong day trip site.

You can drive from Pelling to Kalimpong in 3.5 hours. October in Kalimpong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Gangtok

— 3 nights
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nathula, contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip planner.

You can drive from Kalimpong to Gangtok in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 3 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
When in Kolkata (Calcutta), make a side trip to see Belur Math in Belur, approximately Belur away. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see where the action happens at Eden Gardens, take a stroll through Park Street, and make a trip to Mother House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kolkata (Calcutta) road trip website.

You can fly from Gangtok to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

West Bengal travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Calling itself the "sweetest part of India," West Bengal boasts a distinctly local cuisine in which sweets take pride of place. Sweet dishes remain a key part of the area's diet, and sweet treats are traditionally distributed to friends, relatives, and guests during major festivals. If you prefer to avoid a visit to the dentist after your vacation in West Bengal, head for the landscape that stretches from the lush Himalayan foothills in the north to the humid Bay of Bengal mangroves in the south. Away from the state's big cities, you can discover a fertile countryside of small coastal hamlets within easy striking distance of ancient Hindu temples and palaces.

Sikkim travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India, Sikkim revels in its abundance of beautiful nature, with a plethora of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Apart from adventurous treks through mountain passes and around pristine lakes, a vacation in Sikkim usually involves visitng Hindu temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering feature prominently on tourist agendas, with a visit to a hot spa providing the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day. Yak safaris and high ropeways provide interesting ways to see high-altitude cities and the surrounding nature, which includes the state's natural symbols: the noble orchid and the red panda. Bordering Tibet and sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is known for its diverse blend of cultures.