12 days in West Bengal Itinerary

12 days in West Bengal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Bengal visit planner

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Fly
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Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kalimpong
— 2 nights
Drive to Bagdogra Airport, Fly to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 6 nights
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Darjeeling

— 3 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.
Darjeeling is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Tiger Hill, get to know the resident critters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, examine the collection at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum, and don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Darjeeling vacation planner.

Mumbai to Darjeeling is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in October: high temperatures in Darjeeling hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Kalimpong

— 2 nights
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 21st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangal Dham Pranami Temple, admire the natural beauty at Pine View Nursery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Durpin Dara Hill, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. On the next day, deepen your understanding at Dr. Graham's Homes, then make a trip to Deolo Hill, and then engage your brain at Kalimpong Science Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kalimpong trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Kalimpong takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kalimpong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Kalimpong

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 6 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.
Take a break from Kolkata (Calcutta) with a short trip to Belur Math in Belur, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar).

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kalimpong to Kolkata (Calcutta). Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kolkata (Calcutta) when traveling from Kalimpong in October, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping

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.