8 days in West Bengal Itinerary

8 days in West Bengal Itinerary

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Observatory Hill. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Himalayan Yoga Bliss - Yoga Teacher Training India , Himalayas and Goa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling holiday planning app.

Varanasi to Darjeeling is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Park Street Cemetery and Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika. When in Kolkata (Calcutta), make a side trip to see Belur Math in Belur, approximately Belur away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, and take a stroll through Park Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Darjeeling to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Darjeeling in November, Kolkata (Calcutta) is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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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.