Amit Rana (September 2016)
Hello Raj, Thank you so much for creating and maintaining this site. I am planning to do a 15 days bike trip in Sikkim in November end with my friend. I have been doing research and your site is a life saver. I have gone through almost all the pages. Your personal story is also very motivating. Thank you for the Sandakphu map. I also saw your April 2016 update which states that road till Chitre is now paved. Do you think we can take our bikes till Sandakphu or is it strictly jeep only route? Thanks,
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2016
Hi, other than trekking, the route is meant for jeeps only. However some have tried with their bikes. Few have succeeded but several have failed. Those who made it, were mostly in bike expedition groups. If your bike breaks down (which is highly probable), there is virtually no service or support along the way. Your call.
Chris Stoneman (January 2016)
Hi I'm planning with some friends to cycle from Bagdogra to Kalimpong, Gantock, Darjeeling etc (please excuse my spelling! ) in 2017, we ride Europian road bikes are the roads suitable for these sorts of bike or should we bring mountain bikes? I'd be pleased to read your advice! We are all experienced cyclists with 1000's of miles to our credit! We are traveling from the UK. I lived in U.P. For 3 years 30 years ago so know something of India.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2016
Hi, places you mentioned (i.e. Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Darjeeling) are well connected with tarred roads. Although mountain bikes would be preferred, sturdy European road bikes will also do. However if you plan to get into trails or graveled roadways, you need mountain bikes.
Tarun (December 2015)
Hi, please help. Me and my friends are visiting Darjeeling from 24-26 and then we'll head towards Gangtok. I have done extensive research on everything. Just help me with this one and the most imp. thing. We have decided to spend a day on motorcycles so that we can see Darjeeling in much more liberated way. We are a group of four (all male- 20) , we need two rented motorcycles (Enfield) on 25th december ..is there anyone who lends motorcycles for a day in Darjeeling ? Also suggest me some nearby treks where we can head on our bikes.. I mean we want to start early morning and return by evening of the same day.. I was wondering if we can head towards Tumling (village in Nepal), can we go and come back from there in a single day ? what about weather conditions ? and if Tumbling is not possible then where can we go (place with breathtaking views) in a single day ?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2015
The outfitter 'Adventures Unlimited' rents motorbikes. They are located on Zakir Hussain Rd (short walk from the Mall). You should contact them in advance. However in Darjeeling, the operators require minimum 7 days rental (single day rental is not offered). Tumling is not good for bikes, it's a steep gravel road from Manebhanjan and will be very risky. There are many places for day trips. Ask the outfitter, they can guide you.
Nipun Agarwal (December 2015)
Hi Sir, me and my friends (all of 21years age) are planning to visit Darjeeling for a 3-4 day trip. Please help us. This short period will be enough for the trip? and also that paragliding will be available in January or not? And if we come there this above said period, then what all we should do? Your answers are highly appreciated.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2015
Hi, 3/4 days trip is quite okay. Since beginning of this year, the operator has not received the license to operate paragliding in Darjeeling. However you can go down to Kalimpong and do paragliding (2 hours drive from Darjeeling and shared jeeps are available - Rs. 150 per person each way). But note that since demand is low during the winter, it may not always operate. Since you are all young, you should do a day trek (starts from Tonglu which is on the way to famous Sandakphu trekking trail). You should go through an operator like Ashmita Trek & Tours (they give good discounts on Darjeeling Tourism Card). They know the route and ensure that there is not much uphill walk during the day hike. You can also try rafting in Teesta, but either go down to GTA tourism office on Mall road and see if they can arrange that or directly go down to Teesta bazaar ... there is a local operator there. Water would be ice cold around that time. So unless you have wet suites, avoid. Take the ropeway, visit HMI/Zoo and take a toy train joy ride as well.
Sayanto (October 2015)
Hi Raj, I am a solo traveler travelling Darjeeling over 10th Oct- 12th Oct, 2015. I am looking for any of these 3 activities - Rafting, Paragliding and kayaking. I know I have a very small window and I want to fit in as much as I can. 'Off Road Adventures' informed me that they are not doing anything apart from treks over this time. Can you suggest me some more such orgs who offer these sports? Will look forward to your response. P.S: The amazing level of information you have put up on this site is unparalleled. Highly appreciated.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2015
You can check with 'Adventures Unlimited' - they also do Rafting and Kayaking.
Arti Sharma (July 2014)
Hi Raj, 3 cheers for such a great website. I am glued on this site for almost 02 days now and might be a regular visitor. Information is so detailed and it is certainly helping me preparing my itinerary for a visit in October. Just a question, i see there is a zoo to see Red panda but are there any national park nearby where we can see Red panda and more wildlife in nature setting. We may also opt for a walking tour mentioned as one of activity as we like to walk and explore and what a better way to do with an experienced guide who knows the history and can share interesting stories.I will write about the guide little closer to month, i just finished issuing my flights.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2014
You can visit Singalila National Park ... it's a high altitude national park accessible from Manebhanjan by trek or jeep.
Renu (Adventure itinerary in Darjeeling) October 2013
Hello sir, The website is beautifully written and has everything that anyone who wishes to visit Darjeeling needs to know and be prepared. However, i am in need of help in planning an itinerary for my trip. Around 6 - 7 of us (family and friends, all adults) are planning to visit Darjeeling between December 7th - 13th 2013. I have extensively browsed through your website and have mentally made a list of places we want to see and things we want to do. Basically we are concentrating on undertaking adventurous tasks and some beautiful scenery sight seeing. From your list we are interested in doing white water rafting, paragliding, trekking, kayaking, hot air balloon, mountain biking, Darjeeling rope way and jeep safari to Sandakphu and Phalut. We want to visit Gangtok for a day too. How should I plan my itinerary in order to cover all these things smoothly? Also is there any guest house or a cottage kind of setting so all 7 of us can stay together and even cook maybe.. Awaiting your response. Thank you.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2013
Hi, There are too many activities on your platter. You will need to drop a few. For ropeway, take a local taxi and visit singamari (the cable car base station), take the ride and comeback. Will require half a day. Hot air balloon is seasonal and requires a minimum group size of 15. White water rafting in Teesta would require one full day from Darjeeling. You can not plan a Sandakphu trek in such a short time, but if you are taking a jeep safari, then you can do some 4kms leisure trek (between Meghma to Tumling) along the route and ask the Jeep to wait at Tumling. You should ideally stay overnight at Tumling (Shikhar Lodge is a good place) and then continue the Safari next day through Singalila National Park to Sandakphu. On your return, you should not go back to Darjeeling, rather head back for NJP/Bagdogra. So the safari should be the last leg of your tour. If you plan Gangtok, you will need two full days (and an overnight stay) to reach, do local sightseeing and then return.
I'm leaving it to you how you want to arrange the activities. For paragliding and hot air balloon the best operator is Offroad Adventures, for Mountain biking (I think you should drop this one for want of time), rafting, kayaking get in touch with Adventures Unlimited, for trekking and Jeep Safari contact Ashmita Treks & Tours. You will find their contact info under Operators.
There is no proper homestay or self catering type of units in Darjeeling for a group stay. Even all guest houses are fully serviced. I have discussed all the good ones in my site. Good luck!
Parin Shah (September 2013)
Dear Raj, First of all, I must admit your website is a great help for those planning a visit to Darjeeling. It must have really taken you, years of experience and great efforts in developing it. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
We are a group of friends. We'll be visiting Darjeeling in December for 2-3 days. I stumbled upon the idea of exploring the various points of Darjeeling town on bicycle. I wanted to know if its possible to hire good cycles (suitable for hilly roads) and whether it is a feasible idea to cover distances on cycle or just walking around would be ideal? Thanks in advance. Regards,
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2013
Hi, Darjeeling is in a mountain terrain and in several places the gradient is steep. So if all of you are used to mountain biking and physically fit, then you can go for it. Otherwise it can really get tiring. You will get good quality mountain bikes in Darjeeling from operators like Adventures Unlimited. Check out Darjeeling Operators for contact info. Planning on sightseeing on foot will limit you only to few nearby tourist places. There are several great tourist attractions that are not in hiking distance. Regards,