6 days in Ilam, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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Ilam, Nepal
— 1 day
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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
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Ilam, Nepal — 1 day

On the 11th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Fikkal Bazar and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilam Tea Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ilam driving holiday planner.

Kathmandu to Ilam is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. When traveling from Kathmandu in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Ilam, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling, India — 2 nights

Queen of the Hills

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then look for gifts at Chandulal's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Hayden Hall, take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Sakya Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling online travel planner.

You can drive from Ilam to Darjeeling in 3 hours. You'll gain 0.2 hours traveling from Ilam to Darjeeling due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ilam in October; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.
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Gangtok, India — 3 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Nathula and Ranka Monastery. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake, take a stroll through MG Marg, make a trip to Kyichu Ga-Tsal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Gangtok takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Sikkim travel guide

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Landmarks · Biking Trails · Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India, Sikkim revels in its abundance of beautiful nature, with a plethora of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Apart from adventurous treks through mountain passes and around pristine lakes, a vacation in Sikkim usually involves visitng Hindu temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering feature prominently on tourist agendas, with a visit to a hot spa providing the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day. Yak safaris and high ropeways provide interesting ways to see high-altitude cities and the surrounding nature, which includes the state's natural symbols: the noble orchid and the red panda. Bordering Tibet and sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is known for its diverse blend of cultures.
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