Darjeeling Itinerary How to plan the days

Below are suggested itineraries for Darjeeling trip, then followed by a forum discussions on variations of itineraries. Tourists usually come to Darjeeling for 4 to 6 nights. One thing you must keep in mind that Darjeeling is not about only the hill town and Chowrasta Mall. The district of Darjeeling spans across more than 1,200 square miles, and there are lovely landscapes, views, people & culture, villages, monasteries, flora & fauna that you can explore for days during your vacation. Before you start planning your itinerary, you should go through this road map to understand the road routes to and around Darjeeling and how to plan all your travels within the area. 


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  • If you are planning to visit Darjeeling or Sikkim, the eBook on Darjeeling & Sikkim can be very handy in knowing all the best places, sightseeing tours & operators, eateries, nightlife, shopping and lot more, and would serve as a guide to effectively make your tour plan. 
  • If you are a first time visitor to Darjeeling, you can adapt the following itinerary.  


    Arrive in Darjeeling. If you reach Darjeeling in the afternoon, then after checking in to your hotel and freshening up, come up to Chowrasta Mall, sit on a peripheral bench for a while, relax & enjoy the ambience and watch the activities. Then take a stroll along the scenic Mall Road (Bhanu Sarani) and complete a circle. If you reach in the morning half or early afternoon, you will have time to walk up the Observatory Hill behind the Mall and go to the famous Mahakal Temple on top and enjoy the views & sunset. 
    Later visit old heritage shops like Habib Mullick (on the mall), Jolly Arts (on the Mall) and few others and buy some curios or souvenirs. In the evening, stroll along Nehru road that leads down from the Mall and is lined by all kinds of shops on both sides. Have your dinner in one of the restaurants here (like Glenary's or Shangri-La). 


    Go for the early morning 3-point tour which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an altitude of 140ft. You will be back to your hotel by 7:30am. 
    Relax for a while and later take the 7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc. This tour will take about 4 hours. 


    Take the 2-hour Toy Train Joyride from Darjeeling station in the morning. There is usually high demand for this. So book the tickets well in advance. You will enjoy the scenic vistas from the heritage train (which is now part of Unesco World Heritage sites) as you ride the steam engine driven mini train with only two coaches. In the second half, visit the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park. 


    Take a car and make a Day trip to Mirik, enjoy the lake, do boating and some local sightseeing before returning to Darjeeling. On the way you should visit Jorpokhri (another nice place with lovely view and a water body), Simana which is a free way Indo-Nepal border with lovely views of Manebhanjan & mountains, and also Pashupati Market which is on Nepal's side and known for its electronic goods. 


  • Take a car and make a day trip to Kalimpong (takes about 2.5 hours one way, so start early). Do Kalimpong local sightseeing of both east and west Kalimpong. Must see places include Deolo Hill, Dr Graham's Home which started as a Christian school for orphans, Mangal Dhham, Durpin Hill & Durpin Monastery, Cactus & Orchid nurseries, scenic army golf course, view points etc. 

  • Alternatively you can also stay for couple of days in Kalimpong. If you do so, on the second day (i.e. Day-6), make a Day trip to Lava & Lolegaon

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    Darjeeling Tourism

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