8 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

8 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

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Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Gangtok
— 2 nights
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Darjeeling
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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tagore House and South Park Street Cemetery. Shop till you drop at Sunshine and South City Mall. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Quest Mall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Malik Ghat Flower Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Gariahat Market, and admire the masterpieces at Konark Collectables.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planner.

New Delhi to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from New Delhi in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kolkata (Calcutta): temperatures range from 42°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Sunshine ©
Sunshine
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery
Tagore House ©
Tagore House

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Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Enchey Monastery, identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Teesta River, then stop by Golden Tips, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Do Drul Chorten Monastery, and finally make a trip to Gonjang Monastery.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok holiday planning app.

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Gangtok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Teesta River
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Enchey Monastery ©
Enchey Monastery
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Climbing Tours

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Visiting Tinchuley Village and Observatory Hill will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mahakal Temple and Barbotey Rock Garden. Step out of Darjeeling with an excursion to Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre in Kalimpong--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Everest Museum, pause for some photo ops at Dali Monastery, look for gifts at Chandulal's, and get engrossed in the history at Himalayan Tibet Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling trip builder app.

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Observatory Hill ©
Observatory Hill

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