The serene beauty of Northeast India is simply incomparable. Apart from majestic mountains and deep green valleys, the tourism spots also include vast, beautiful lakes, excellent tourist points, along with ancient monasteries, temples, and shrines which reflect the intricate culture of the Northeastern states.
Tourists from all over the world are seen flocking to Sikkim, one of the most popular Northeastern states for tourism. Gangtok and Darjeeling are by far two of the most popular tourist places in all of Northeast India.
Here is an ideal 5 days itinerary for your perfect Gangtok to Darjeeling trip.
Day 1 – Reaching Gangtok
If you are flying into Gangtok, then the closest airport, in Bagdogra (West Bengal), is around 124 km away. If you are traveling by train, then the nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri, in Siliguri, which is at a distance of about 148 km away. You can easily take a state transport bus, or choose to travel in a private luxury bus or taxi to reach Gangtok from the airport or the railway station.
Gangtok, at an altitude of 1,600 meters, offers calm and vast lakes, verdant gardens, ancient monasteries and shrines among other tourist attractions. The consistently pleasant weather in Gangtok attracts tourists all through the year.
On your first day in Gangtok, you could visit the popular Do Drul Chorten Stupa. The Enchey Monastery, situated on the hill overlooking Gangtok, offers a scenic view of the immensely verdant valley.
Apart from this, you can visit other tourist attractions in Gangtok, including the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, White Hall and the Flower Show.
Day 2 – Trip to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir
The second day could be utilized for visiting the famed Tsomgo Lake, which is just over 38 km away from Gangtok. The tranquil and scenic Lake Tsomgo, situated at around 3,790 meters, is revered by the people of Sikkim.
This glacial lake is also the location of a Shiva Temple, which is situated right on the lake shores.
Bird watchers will definitely enjoy this trip as the lake is home to the indigenous Brahmini ducks and other migratory avian species around the year.
Day 3 – Trip to Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass
Baba Mandir has situated around 55 km from Gangtok and is believed to fulfill wishes of the devotees who come here. It was built to commemorate an Indian Army soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh, who lost his life near the Nathula Pass.
Another popular tourist attraction near this is the famed Nathula Pass on the India-China border, situated only 20 km from the Baba Mandir. The immensely lofty place is one of the highest outposts of the Indian Army.
Day 4 – Travelling to Darjeeling
The distance between Gangtok to Darjeeling is only around 96 km, and it will take your only a couple of hours to reach from Gangtok.
Darjeeling is a popular tourist site from the British-era, which still enjoys a popular status amongst India’s best hill stations. Situated at an altitude of 2,050 meters, Darjeeling is most known for its expansive and beautiful tea estates.
This quaint little town offers you the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lets you experience the majestic mountains of the Himalayas from the best views.
Day 5 – Local Darjeeling sightseeing
On the final day of your trip, you can choose to visit the popular Tiger Hill (16 km away) to experience one of the most memorable sunrises of your life. You also get a clear view of the monumental Mount Everest and the popular Mount Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill.
On the way back to Darjeeling, you have a choice of visiting Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial.
This is an ideal itinerary for a 5 day-long trip from Gangtok to Darjeeling. However, you can make your own alterations in this, as you require as there are more than enough tourist places to satiate your thirst for adventure.