Day Trips & Tours From Darjeeling

If you are seeking out for the hills of Darjeeling a bit away from the tourist populated town center to experience the nature, sprawling tea gardens, waterfalls, river streams, mountains &ávalleys, forests and villages, then Darjeeling has some great offerings. 
There are some wonderful places that you can visit from Darjeeling town on a day trip and return by the end of the day. You will need to book a car from the taxi stand or use one of the Tour Operators. In case you want to save on cost, you will get buses from Chowk Bazaar and shared jeeps from the taxi stands at Chowk Bazaar and Gandhi Road.  
Shared jeeps take about 10 persons. Sometimes they stuff in even more. You can however book more than one seats or even a full row if you are looking for comfort. You will need to find out the timings for both forward and return trips in order to complete your day tours in time. You may not find buses to all the destinations. 
This is one of the most popular day trips from Darjeeling. Mirik is a small hill town located at an average height of 5000ft. The highlight of this place is the large central lake in a picturesque setting. The lake is popular for boating activities. Children can also go for horse riding. 
On the way to Mirik from Darjeeling 
Darjeeling to Mirik Route 
On the western bank of the lake, there is a forest area having a 3.5km long walkway. You can plan for a picnic by the lake side. There are ample eateries available as well. 

Darjeeling to Sandakphu Day Trip

There was a time when Sandakphu - the crown of Darjeeling hills, was reachable for only handful of people. The backbreaking journey on the treacherous gravel or boulder road from Manebhanjan all the way to Sandakphu deterred most tourists to take such a mission. Only the trekkers and some adventurous tourists were the only ones seen there. But no longer so. 
Most part of the road from Manebhanjan (except for the last stretch from Gairibas to Sandakphu) has been converted into a concrete road. The journey from Manebhanjan (on old Land Rovers) now takes only about 2-2.5 hours with a tea break in-between. Earlier it easily took 4.5 hours. From, Darjeeling, Manebhanjan is only 1 hour 15 minutes by a cab. So, the one way journey from Darjeeling to Sandakphu can now be completed within only 3.5 hours. 
Kanchenjunga view from Sandakphu 
(See the sleeping Buddha, head on the left) 
Kanchenjunga from Sandakphu 
But why visit Sandakphu after all? Where else can you see such a Himalayan range that includes four out of the 5 highest peaks of the world including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and even Mt. Everest? The route goes through Singalila National Park which is home to exotic animals like Red Panda, Pangolins, Black Himalayan Bears, Snow Leopards and more. And the flora includes numerous varieties of flowering plantations such as rhododendrons, orchids, magnolia and spruce. 
You should start early from Darjeeling. Note that from Manebhanjan, only old British Land Rovers (Jeep type vehicles) are allowed to ply on this route. So, you will need to change over to such a vehicle. The rates are fixed. There is a counter at Manebhanjan to avail a Land Rover. 
Go through The Trip to Sandakphu by car to get all details including the route, fares etc. 
NOTE: The forest department has now restricted number of vehicles going towards Sandakphu to 15 per day. So, you must start early in order to get a Land Rover at Manebhanjan before the quota of 15 gets over after which nobody can go on the day. If you want a hassle free trip, then use one of the Darjeeling based tour operators... they can arrange the trip end to end. 
Go through Sandakphu - the crown of Darjeeling to know about the place Sandakphu. 
Mongpu (also known as Mungpoo) is a quiet mountain village and located about 35kms from Darjeeling town. You will see lovely tea gardens along the way, Cinchona plantations which Mongpu was once well known for, Orchids, flower nurseries and of course lovely view of the hills and valleys. You will also visit Rabindranath Tagore Museum at Mongpu which was the poet's summer residence. You will see his original paintings here, verses and several original household belongings. 
On the way to Mongpu á- A mountain stream ahead 
This is an excellent circuit which covers several mountain villages including Takdah, Tinchuley and Lamahatta. Other than getting stunning views of the mountains, you will visit lovely tea gardens, orchid center, wonderful manicured garden etc. 
Rungli Runliot Tea Esate, Takdah 
Kalimpong is a district of Bengal and has wonderful sightseeing places. While many tourists plan overnight stays in Kalimpong which has its own charm, a day trip from Darjeeling is also easy and popular. It takes about 2 hours one way. Take a private car from Darjeeling, come up to Jorebunglow and take a left turn into Peshoke road. The road goes all the way up to Teesta, crosses over the bridge and then from the opposite side another road rises up to Kalimpong. 
Army Golf Course, Kalimpong 
Army Golf Course, Kalimpong 
You should selectively visit East and West Kalimpong. Some of the must see places are the picturesque army golf club, Durpin monastery and viewpoint, Cactus &áOrchid centers etc in west Kalimpong, and Dr Graham's home, Mangal Dham and Dello Hills GTA tourist complex etc in east Kalimpong. Budget some 7 hours including lunch. 
This is a sprawling and one of the best sanctuaries of north Bengal comprising several forest areas. Spreading across 158 sq. km area on varying elevation levels, the sanctuary has Royal Bengal Tigers, Elephants, Himalayan Black Bear, rare mountain goats, porcupines and many other exotic animal life. 
Dirt trail through Mahananda WLS 
The sanctuary is home to many resident and migratory birds. There are regular morning and afternoon safaris that operate from the Sukna gate of the sanctuary. It's about 2 &á1/2 hours drive from Darjeeling town center. 
You can plan a wonderful full day trip to Namchi of south-Sikkim from Darjeeling. It takes about 2 &áhalf hours one way. Along the way you can see the tourist spot Jamuni by river Rangeet and then go past Jorthang to reach Namchi which is known as the hub of culture and religious tourism in Sikkim. Some of the highlights of the day trip include Char Dham which is a huge temple complex on Solophok hill with a giant statue of Shiva along with replica of the four famous dhams of India and twelve Jyotirlingas, Shirdi Shai Baba Temple, Namchi Rock Gardens, great monasteries, Helipad etc. 
Char Dham complex, Namchi 
Jorpokhri is a wonderful tiny village on a hill top that offers natural water tank, forest area which is part of a nature reserve and wonderful views of Kanchenjunga. Not many tourists know about this tiny gem. It's only about 19kms from Darjeeling town. The route is via ghoom and Sukhia Pokhri. You can either take a private taxi to complete the day trip. 
Jorpokhri Lake &áLodge 
Jorpokhri Lake  áLodge 
Bijanbari is a small town in a picturesque valley located some 15kms away from Darjeeling town and takes about 1 hour 10 minutes by road. If you are looking for a wonderful scenic drive that leads to a sleepy town, walk around to experience the simple life that people live there, spend some leisure time by the side of the river Little Rangeet that flows through a bed of boulders, and take a short light trek to scenic spots, Bijanbari can be a mind blowing experience. 
River little Rangeet at Bijanbari 
There is another scenic winding road from Ghoom that drops by over 4000 feet in a stretch of 22kms passing through lovely tea gardens, waterfalls and valley area. 
You must see it to believe it. I have seen several river confluences, but this one is special. It forms a torrent at the meeting point and a white sandy delta. You can either go down to Triveni (which can be approached via Melli) or see the confluence from Peshoke View Point (also known as Lovers' Meet Viewpoint). The round trip from Darjeeling takes about 3-4 hours. 
Triveni from Peshoke View Point 
Triveni from Peshoke View Point 
This is a newly developed tourism complex which is located about 15kms from Darjeeling town at a lower altitude level. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the place from Chouk Bazaar area of Darjeeling lower town. With the river Rangeet flowing through the valley, surrounding mountains and forests, lovely children's park, a round lake with boating facility, manicured gardens and paved pathways, Jamuni is an attractive and scenic place to spend a day with your family or to join a picnic. 
Jamuni, River Rangeet and the central round lake 
There is also a hotel here (privately leased out) and four river-side cottages that are run by GTA (Gorkha Territorial Administration). 

The Chrysanthemum Tour

Chrysanthemums are colorful flowering plants. So the tour is through the places in Darjeeling where such flowers bloom in abundance. You will take the road via Ghoom for Sukhiapokhri (or Sukhia in short). There are several tea gardens and villages here. Within 2 kms from Sukhia you will reach Jorpokhri which is so named because of two natural lakes (jor means two and pokhri stands for lake). This is the abode of Salamanders, small lizard like amphibians that were once considered to be extinct. Jorpokhri offers sweeping views of Darjeeling on one side and majestic Kanchenjunga on the other. A great place to spend an hour or so during a day tour. 
Passing through Sukhiapokhri Market Area 
Sukhiapokhri Market 
You will then drive towards Maneybhanjang, a little border town between India and Nepal. It's famous for the Friday haat (country market). This is the place from where all the fascinating treks to Sandakphu and Singalila region take place. You will see the steep uphill route that the trekkers take. 
Next you will visit Pokhriabong - a small village in Sukhia block, and Nagri Farm - now a sprawling tea estate on Rongbong valley owned by the Chamong group. Nagri Farm tea estate lies between an elevation of 2500 to 6400 ft on mountain slopes. You get breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys at various scenic spots. You will pass through some of the best tea gardens of Darjeeling. 
Both Pokhriabong and Nagri Farm offer wonderful flower nurseries, centuries old monasteries and great picnic areas like Tiffin Dara and Sangary Tar. By the way the name Nagri Farm originated when a British man Mr. Greenhill had set up a dairy farm here in mid-1800s, named it Nagri Farm, but later converted it into a tea estate, but the original name still remains. 
You can take the tour by booking a private cab from a taxi stand in Darjeeling or booking car through an operator. 

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Visitors' Reviews/Comments

Bangasree Dey (March 2023) 
Dear Sir, We are planning to visit Darjeeling from 22.03.23 to 25. 03.23. This is 8th time we are visiting the place. We have already visited all the common places around the city. Please suggest a new site which can be explored. The places to be excluded are- local sights, Lamahatta, Takdah Tinchuley, Miriik, Chatakpur. Thanks in advance. 
Raj ( March 2023 
You can alternatively make a day trip to Kalej Valley and Rainbow Falls... the last 2.5 - 3 kms of the road after Rangbull is quite bad, so you will ideally need a big vehicle like a Bolero or Sumo. It requires a 35-45 minutes downhill walk from the entry gate to get to the falls and then you need to hike back up... can be a little strenuous. You can take your lunch at Rainbow Valley Resort... call them up and book your lunch in advance. In case they are full and can not offer lunch, you will need to carry packed lunch. 
Deepak Chopra (February 2023) 
Hello Sir, can we do day trip from Darjeeling to Namchi by renting a bike(Activa, Jupiter) ? and can we visit Ravangla also in same day ? 
Raj ( February 2023 
You should not try out scooter-type bikes with small wheels on that route. Otherwise, with a proper bike like an Enfield, you can make a day trip from Darjeeling to Namchi via Tukvar/Jamuni. If you can start early, you can also visit Ravangla on the same day... however, you may not have enough time for local sightseeing because a place like Chardham itself can take up about 2 hours. 
Dina (August 2022) 
For a day-long plan at Darjeeling on November 11- I have intended to cover Lamahatta, Batasia loop, Ropeway, Refugee center, Rock Garden, Japanese Temple and peace pagoda. Would it be an ambitious foresight to get out as early as 7:00 a.m. and be done with all these destinations? We are staying at Classic, of course! Your advice would be really appreciated. 
Raj ( August 2022 
Your day plan from Darjeeling does look ambitious. You can start with the Japanese Temple/Peace Pagoda, then visit Tibetan Refugee Center, (maybe a quick stop at Lebong tea garden and/or Tenzing Rock if you like) and Ropeway... That's all you can plan in the first half because there is often a long queue at the ropeway and it takes time. In the second half, you can visit Batasia Loop, and then continue to Lamahatta and return. You won't likely have time to visit Rock Garden. From Darjeeling, Lamahatta takes one hour and 10 minutes by car. Other than roaming around in the Eco Park, I suggest that you also visit the Lamahatta Monastery and further ahead the Lover's Meet Viewpoint. You can go through this article link to get details about these attractions in and around Lamahatta. 
Pranish Basu (June 2022) 
Dear Raj, Request your kind guidance on whether a full day trip can be done to Dhotrey from Darjeeling. I mean we start early around 8.30am from Darjeeling, do sightseeing &ánature-watch in Dhotrey &áreturn to Darjeeling by 5.30pm. Plan is during December. Please guide. 
Raj ( June 2022 
Hello, yes you can make a day trip to Dhotrey from Darjeeling... it takes about 2 hours to reach Dhotrey by car. You should pack your lunch because you are unlikely to find any eateries there. It can be quite cold at Dhotrey during December (altitude 8,550ft)... so carry adequate winter clothes. 
Pranish Basu (June 2022) 
Dear Raj, Really appreciate your prompt response, as always. Also if you can guide certain sightseeing points in Dhotrey &áaround which can be covered in the day trip. Thanking you in anticipation. 
Raj ( June 2022 
There are not many sightseeing points in Dhotrey. It's a small village which is mostly used by trekkers to stay overnight to acclimatize before starting their trek the next day to Tonglu and beyond to Sandakphu and Phalut. There are several homestays here. 
The Dhotrey village, although small, is quite scenic... you can enjoy a walk around the village and witness the village life. There is an Observation Tower (requires climbing a few steps to the deck). On a clear day, you get a marvellous view of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding hills from here. There are a couple of small monasteries in Dhotrey which you can visit... one is an old monastery and the other one is newly built. There is also a temple here at an elevation... you need to climb a stairway. 
Visit the Medicinal Plants Conservation Area... you can see nice plantations and tall trees including pines. Next, walk down to the nearby playing field and watch the local boys playing football. There is a Forest School here adjacent to the field. The trekking trail starts next to the forest school... walk down the trail for a while and enjoy the Pine forests and the nature walk... but get back before it's dark. 
A popular homestay in Dhotrey is Sherpa Nibas. You can call them up (09883946880) and check if they can arrange lunch for you. Otherwise, you need to carry packed lunch. Good luck! 
Amit Ghosh (June 2022) 
Hi Mr. Raj, I will be visiting Darjeeling from the 4th of October to the 9th of October. Can we visit Tinchuley for a day from Darjeeling and go back to Darjeeling the same day? Also can one visit Triveni and Lovers View Point on the way from NJP to Kurseong? I will be visiting Kurseong from NJP on the 1st of October. If yes, I would like to know what additional distance one has to travel to visit Triveni and the view Point and how much time will it take. 
Raj ( June 2022 
Hello, Yes, you can easily make a day trip to Tinchuley from Darjeeling. Carry packed lunch because you are unlikely to find any good eateries there. Kurseong is on a separate route from Triveni as well as Lovers View Point. You can visit Lovers View Point on your way back from Tinchuley... ask the driver to take Peshok Road while returning from Tinchuley and take you to the viewpoint. On your way back, you can also briefly stop at the Lamahatta Eco Park which is also on Peshok Road. 
Alternatively, you can visit Tinchuley/Lovers View Point on your way from Kurseong to Darjeeling... from Jorebungalow (near Ghum) get onto Peshok Road. This plan will eliminate the second-time travel to Jorebungalow that you otherwise need to make from Darjeeling. From Kurseong, Tinchuley will take around 1 hour 45 minutes by car. 
Abhishek Ghosh (May 2022) 
Hi, Can we make a day trip to Chatakpur from Darjeeling? What are the attractions that can be seen in a day trip? 
Raj ( May 2022 
Hi, yes you can make a day trip to Chatakpur from Darjeeling by car. You need to get the Sanctuary permit from Jorebungalow Forest Office in order to visit Chatakpur. It's better to take a packed lunch because there are practically no eateries there. Go through Chatakpur Trip to know what can you see and do at Chatakpur, and get other details: 
Abhi Ghosh (April 2022) 
Hello Raj, I would be visiting Darjeeling, along with few Senior Citizens, in end of April for 5 days 4 nights (2 days for transit, will get 3 complete days in between). My Plan for the 3 complete days: 
Day 1 - Sunrise and local sightseeing 
Day 2 - Day Trip to nearby place 
Day 3 - Day Trip to nearby place 
For Day 2 and Day 3 - which Day Trips would you suggest, considering I have Senior Citizens with me, so don't want to make it very hectic for them, but also want to make it enjoyable for them. (Note: Based on your blogs, I have come up with Kalimpong/ Lamahatta/ Tinchuley/ Bijanbari/ Mirik/ Namchi). 
Raj ( April 2022 
Hello, You can do Mirik and Lamahatta day trips. Darjeeling to Lamahatta is a half-day trip. The other half of the day you can spend in the mall, walk around the mall road, watch the Kanchenjunga peaks from the mall road viewpoints and do some shopping on Nehru road. 
Abhi Ghosh (April 2022) 
Is it ok to keep both Lamahatta and Kalimpong as day trip from Darjeeling on a single day? (go to Kalimpong via Lamahatta) 
Raj ( April 2022 
Lamahatta is on Peshok Road and will be on the way to Kalimpong. You can do both on the same day, but you can only take a brief halt at Lamahatta (maybe just visit the road-side Eco Park) and move on because Kalimpong will take about 2 hours 15 minutes (each way) and local sightseeing at Kalimpong will take time particularly if you are visiting Deolo Park. 
Subhanjan Das (November 2021) 
Dear Mr. Raj, At the onset, I must appreciate for elaborate and informative inputs you share on enquiries of all budding travelers. I keep myself following those. Now, I need your advice on the below. 
1. Want to have a day trip to Tonglu from Darjeeling in last week of áDecember, can I? 
2. If yes, can you guide on route and plan? 
3. If yes, can you suggest reliable car operator to book? 
Look forward to have your advice. Thanks, 
Raj ( November 2021 
Hello, you should be able to easily do the day trip from Darjeeling to Tonglu unless it snows exceptionally heavily around that time in Meghma and Tonglu, and the route gets blocked due to snow. 
Note... there is nothing you can do at Tonglu on a day trip other than to enjoy the Kanchenjunga view. There is no eatery there where you can have lunch. There is only a GTA lodge that prepares food only for its in-house guests. If there is not much snow on the road, you can take the vehicle and go down to Tumling which is 2kms away from Tonglu and there you will find several small lodges and hotels where you can have your lunch and get back. Tumling too has great views of Kanchenjunga peaks. Meghma too has an eatery, but it may not remain open in such cold weather. 
Your route will be from Darjeeling to Manebhanjan (1 hour 15 minutes) and then to Meghma and Tonglu (45 minutes - 1 hour). You can contact Ashmita Trek &áTours for arranging the day trip. You will find their contact details in this link along with that of several other operators. 
John Hill (November 2021) 
Can one do a day trip from Darjeeling to Sandakphu and return? Trip is for 2 people, foreign nationals. Thanks 
Raj ( November 2021 
Yes, a day trip to Sandakphu from Darjeeling is quite doable. It's better to arrange it through a tour operator in Darjeeling because nowadays only up to 15 vehicles per day are allowed to leave Manebhanjan for Sandakphu. You can find a list of Darjeeling based operators here
Goutam Guha Mazumder (February 2021) 
Dear Raj, It's nice to read your page on Darjeeling and Sikkim. You have suggested to take at least one night halt while visiting Sandakhphu for better enjoyment and acclimatization. I will be visiting Darjeeling during mid March'21 and wish to take a day trip to Sandakhphu from Darjeeling. Can it be possible? Your suggestion in this regard. 
Raj ( February 2021 
Hello, it's possible and many are making day trips from Darjeeling to Sandakphu these days. Most part of the boulder road between Manebhanjan and Sandakphu (except the last section) has been converted into a concrete road paving way to such day trips which was not possible earlier. Plan to halt for at least 30-40 minutes at Tumling. 
Arka Bose (January 2021) 
Hi Raj, Many thanks for preparing this informational website. Since, I am planning to visit Darjeeling in the month of March, a question from my end regarding day trips from Darjeeling. Since, as a destination Sittong/ Ahaldara/ Latpanchar area is quite happening due to natural beauty and views of Mt Kanchenjunga, is it possible to make a day trip from Darjeeling to Sittong, Ahaldara and Latpanchar using a reserved car. Thanks in advance for your answer. 
Raj ( January 2021 
Hi, although it is possible to visit the places in a day, it is not quite practical to make a day trip covering all three. Latpanchar being part of Mahananda WLS, you will likely spend some time to explore the forests and its flora &áfauna. On the way back you can visit the Ahaldara top (it's a viewpoint with a few cottages). 
If you start early in the morning, you can also visit Sittong on your return and see a few orange orchards and perhaps the Sittong church and monastery before proceeding to Darjeeling. From Darjeeling, you should take the route through Dilaram (near Kurseong) and Bagora to get to these places. You will need a sturdy vehicle due to the road conditions (particularly to approach Sittong). A diversion to the left along a narrow road about 9kms before Latpanchar leads to Sittong village. 
Shivam (December 2020) 
Hey Raj, this is Shivam from Delhi, áam an advocate at Supreme Court of India. I know and as you said it's quite embarrassing to ask you to make me an itinerary but my question is can I make it from Darjeeling to Sandakphu in one day or from Darjeeling to Jhandi Dhara in a day like if I leave at 8-9 am, can I come back by 7 pm. 
Raj ( December 2020 
Hi, yes, you can make a day trip from Darjeeling to Sandakphu or Jhandi Dara (Lolegaon)... start by 8am. For Jhandi Dara, vehicles can go up to a point (the last stretch is extremely bad... you ideally need a large vehicle with good ground clearance) and then you need to hike up along a boulder road to get to the viewpoint... it's actually a sunrise point and not very well maintained. 
Arnab (December 2020) 
Hi Sir. I want to to visit Lamhatta , Takdah and Tinchuley for sightseeing from Darjeeling . Due to packed schedule, I need to move to Kalimpong the very same day. Is it possible to cover all these places while moving from Darjeeling to Kalimpong ? If yes , then what will be the expected car fare for that ? From where can I book the car ? And also how much time do you think it will take for this whole journey ? 
Raj ( áDecember 2020 
Yes, it is possible, but you need to be selective about the attractions you want to visit. You won't get time to see everything everywhere. From Lamahatta, the Peshok road goes down towards Teesta bazaar area and then you can follow the route to Kalimpong. The time it will take will depend on how much time you will spend at each place and what you want to see. You should plan for a full day. Car fare can also vary accordingly.... a rough budget would be about Rs. 4,500 for a small car. You can take a taxi from a taxi stand but should arrange the tour in advance. A better option is to use a reputed tour operator, but that will be costlier. 
Nilabja Chakraborty (September 2020) 
Hello Raj. It was simply outstanding to visit your website and go through it. I bet no other site is as informative as yours. It would be very kind of you if you could provide me with details (Cab Fare, Sightseeing Points, etc.) regarding a Day Trip to Tinchuley and Lamahatta from Darjeeling. Thank You! 
Raj ( September 2020 
Hello, this is not a standard or regular day trip and you need to work out the plan with the tour or taxi operator. The fare will depend on the sightseeing points you want to cover and total hours you spend. As a gross estimate for a day trip on a small car taking 7-8 hours for the entire round trip and covering Tinchuey and Lamahatta, it would be around Rs. 2,700 - 3,000. 
In Tinchuley you will probably like to visit the Tinchuley Monastery (or Gumba), Peshok Tea Garden (there is also a Peshok Tea Garden viewpoint here along the way). In Lamahatta, other than the Eco Park, you can go down to Lovers Meet View Point to see the confluence of river Teesta with river Rangeet (known as Triveni) in a spectacular setting. This viewpoint is about 10kms from Lamahatta towards Teesta Bazaar. 
There are several other sightseeing points in both these places. I suggest you go through the links on Tinchuley tour and Lamahatta tour to know more about the attractions there, and you can accordingly plan the day trip... do not try to cover too many points, you will likely run out of time. 
Paromita (February 2020) 
Hi Sir, I am loving your site as much as I love planning for short trips! I want to plan for a day trip to Pashupati market through Lepcha Jagat and Manebhanjan (not very hectic as my 6 yrs old daughter has motion sickness). How is the road condition? Is it too curvy or moderate up and down? I am a bit concerned as I have to plan accordingly. Thanks in advance. 
Raj ( February 2020 
Hi, if you are planning the day trip from Darjeeling, I suggest you drop Manebhanjan because there is nothing much to see &ádo there... it's a small and quite congested village, plus you need to go in a different direction. Pashupati Market via Lepcha Jagat is okay... the road has sharp bends at several places, so you need to take care of that. 
Krishna Kumar (May 2018) 
Can a jeep safari from Darjeeling - Singalila National Park and Sandakphu done in a day ? If yes can you please share any recommended operators. 
Raj ( May 2018 
No it can not be done in a day. Darjeeling to Manebhanjan takes over an hour by car, then you need to change the vehicle (will take a while here). Manebhanjan to Sandakphu takes about 4.5 hours one-way with a small break in between. So it's impractical to plan a day trip to Sandakphu from Manebhanjan.  
Atreyi Guha (April 2018) 
Hi, Can you give a rough idea of the rate for the Day tour of Takdah, Tinchuley and Lamahatta áin the month of April? 
Raj ( April 2018 
Hi, a small reserved cab fare would be around Rs. 3,000 - 3,500 during high season for a full day trip, i.e. 9am to 5pm (April-end would fall into high season). If you go through a Tour Operator, the cost could be higher. 
Sangu (March 2018) 
Hi Raj, Nice Article this. I just had one question though; How feasible is planning one day visit to Lepchajagat from Darjeeling?, that is, staying night back in Darjeeling after a full day visit in Lepchajagat. I mean, Are there taxis available from Lepchajagat to Darjeeling and if yes then till when should we cover all áto not miss the last one? 
Raj ( March 2018 
Hi, Lepchajagat is about 19kms from Darjeeling via Ghum and will take about 45-50 minutes by taxi. So you can easily make a day trip to Lepchajagat from Darjeeling. You will usually find passing shared-taxis at Lepchajagat to get back to Ghum (some return all the way to Darjeeling). áFrom Ghum you can get a shared or private taxi to Darjeeling. Taxis ply on this route until around 5pm (however after 4pm the frequency reduces). 
Munmun Dey (October 2017) 
I am attending a course in NBU. I have a Sunday off. Can I travel to darjeeling and back the same day? If not , I can spend 1 night in Darjeeling but have to be back by 10am at the university on Monday. What options are available early morning for returning from Darjeeling? 
Raj ( October 2017 
Yes you can make a day trip to Darjeeling. Start early and preferably take a private taxi. You can also take a shared jeep from Siliguri. 
Anusha (February 2017) 
Hi Raj, I am planning to come in Oct 1st week 2017, pls confirm if we can cover Tsomgo lake &áNathula pass in oneday starting from darjeeling and return back to NJP/Darjeeling. Thanks in advance for taking out your time to respond. 
Raj ( February 2017 
Hi, if you start very early in the morning (around 5am) and arrange it through a Sikkim tour operator, it is possible. A vehicle from Darjeeling can not go beyond Gangtok. If you visit Nathula, by the time you get back to Darjeeling/NJP, it may be late in the evening. Such day trip is not recommended. 
Imteyaz (October 2016) 
Dear Raj, First of all, thank you for such a splendid and informative site. It is really helpful for tourists to plan their trip. Actually, I am planning to visit Darjeeling on a short trip with my family in first week of December and wanted to get your expert opinion regarding the selection of day trips. I wanted to know which one amongst the day trip to 'West Kalimpong', 'Mirik Lake' and 'Takdah, Tinchulley and Lamhatta' is best to take. I can choose only 2 day trips. Please suggest. 
Raj ( October 2016 
You can choose any two. Mirik will give you a different flavor of great tea gardens along the way and the lake. You can also cover Jorpokhri (another beautiful mountain lake) on the way to Mirik. 
Tanmoy Paul (August 2016) 
Is Lepchajagat ásuitable for day around trip from darjeeling?How much the taxi fare for this trip? 
Raj ( August 2016 
Lepchajagat is close to Darjeeling, will take about 45 minutes one way. But it's not suitable for day trip as there are hardly any public facilities and nothing much to see in a short day trip other than being in a forested area. A rough return fare by reserved taxi would be around Rs. 1500. Better to take a shared Jeep/taxi via Ghum. 
Indira Roy (December 2015) 
Hi Raj, Would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt gratitude for providing us with such an informative travel portal on Darjeeling. I happen to frequently visit Darjeeling because the place simply fascinates me. This time we are planning our trip to Darjeeling from 24th December to 28th December with friends and family. It would really help us if you can suggest a couple of places which could be covered as a day trip from Darjeeling. Also would you suggest a trip to Sandakphu (overnight stay) during this time, keeping into consideration that we will be having children and elderly people travelling with us. Eagerly waiting for your valuable suggestion. Thanks. 
Raj ( December 2015 
Hi, for day trips you can consider 1) Takdah (Orchid Center, Rungli Rungliot tea garden), Tinchuley, Peshoke Tea garden and Lamahatta... this is a full circuit. Start early. 2) Namchi in South Sikkim. You can read articles in my site. Skip Sandakphu... will be too cold and tiring for seniors and kids. 
Harbinder S Braich (November 2015) 
Re-visiting Darjeeling after almost 3 decades. Born and raised in Siliguri and went to North Point in the 80's. I would love to know if the tea estates offer a day trip where you can learn all the process that goes into making tea. while I know most of the process, I have a girl friend who I would love to show. Love Darjeeling !!! Thank you so much for answering everyone's questions. Thank you so much in advance. 
Raj ( November 2015 
You can visit the factory of Happy Valley tea estate in Darjeeling (during tea plucking season). The local workers offer guided tour of the factory and explain the different stages of tea processing. 
Poushali Saha (April 2015) 
Hi, 1st of all amazing content put together and so resourceful, very inspiring indeed. I am visiting Darjeeling towards the end of april and would like to know places that i can visit like a day trip. Will Gangtok be a feasible option? Also wanted to know if the divers of the private car that i may hire are safe enough. we are a group of girls. Thanks so much and once again amazing work. best wishes 
Raj ( April 2015 
Hi, Gangtok is not suitable for day trip from Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik are. While private taxis from the stand are usually okay, day time drinking among the drivers is not rare either. I would suggest you take a car and a driver from a well known local operator like Ashmita. They offer discounts on Darjeeling Tourism Card as well. 
Uttam Tekriwal (October 2014) 
Is it possible or worth for a day trip to Singalila National Park. If not, can you suggest any off-beat day trip from Darjeeling. 
Raj ( October 2014 
Something worth for me may not be worth for you. Singalila Day Trip from Darjeeling may not be doable unless you start very early in the morning. It'll take about 3.5 hours one way. You can however alternatively make a day trip to Takdah (visit Rungli Rungliot tea estate, Orchid Center), Tinchuley (view of Teesta, Peshoke Tea Gargen ... take the new road through Peshoke tea estate) and Lamahatta (roadside manicured garden on hill slope with pine forest). 
Saurav Ganguli (May 2013) 
First of all I would like to thank you for sharing and guiding us through your valuable information. I will visit Darjeeling with my father (64 yrs) and mother (58 yrs) on 20th June and will return on 23rd. 
I am planning sightseeing on 20th and 21st in Darjeeling and 22nd I was thinking of visiting Gangtok. Is it possible to visit Gangtok and return on the same day? If I want to start a bit early then by what time can I avail a shared jeep? which are the places to visit there? Or if I only opt to visit the tsango Lake! will it be feasible? If there is any possibility then what will be the approximate fare in a shared jeep. will it be too tiring as the lake is quite distant from Gangtok ? 
Is there any shared jeep available to Jorpokhri? what will be the fare or else what a private cab will charge for a to n fro journey? I want to utilize all the 3 days there hence quite confused what to do .. your suggestion will be valuable to me. I have already seen Mirik so doesn't want to go there. 
Awaiting your reply. Have a nice day ahead. Thanks and Regards 
Raj ( May 2013 
From Darjeeling drive to Gangtok takes about 4 hours. So a day trip is not possible. You won't be able to see anything there plus it'll be a long tiring journey back to Darjeeling. Tsango lake is another 3 hours from Gangtok. I have described several places under day trips (in Sightseeing Tours menu option) and also under offbeat stays. Choose one from there. You can only solve your own confusion because only you know what you like and what you don't. 
Saurav Ganguli (May 2013) 
Thank You so much sir !! Your Website has helped me a lot regarding taking decisions and hence I have planned to enjoy all the 3 days in Darjeeling itself. since I have shortage of time that's why I will plan a separate trip to Gangtok next time. :) I will be booking a deluxe triple bedded room in Hotel Fairmont. Your reviews are excellent and extremely informative. Thanks a lot for guiding me. :) Warm Regards