Darjeeling Gangtok Itineraries - Page8

Sir, First of all I must salute you for your great efforts which makes the Darjeeling Sikkim tour so easy and convenient for first timers like me. I am visiting there in First week of May 2017 with my wife and 2 children (12 years and 5years). 
1. Is there any restrictions for Children to visit in Darjeeling Sikkim (Specially Gurudongmar Lake). 
2. Are there any chances to get snow there áto play with in May 2017. 
3..Kindly have a look At my itinerary and give your valued suggestions as I may not get a chance again to visit there. Everything I am planning myself with the help of your website and without any travel agent : - 
02 May-Arr Baghdogra Airport 3:30 PM and Transfer to Darjeeling by a shared taxi. Due to shortage of time dropped Mirik Lake. I have a guest room booked at Labong.(Can I get Transportation up to there) 
03 May - Morning 3:30AM to 7AM Tiger Hill, Ghoom monestry and Batasia loop. After breakfast walk to Observatory Hill, mahakal temple. Post lunch Normal train ride to Ghoom monestry (not the joy ride) 
4 May - Local tour to HMI, ZOO, Happy valley T estate, tending Rock and Rope way.(can I cover all these in one day) 
5 May- Transfer to Gangtok. Get all the permits. Walk MG Road. 
6 May-Full day trip to Changu Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula pass. 
7 May - 3D 2N tour of Lachen and Lachung in shared taxi. Departure to lachen, Ni Stay Lachen. (Kindly suggest what to cover here) 
8 May- Visit Gurudongmar Lake. Go to Lachung. Ni Stay Lachung.(Kindly suggest what to cover here) 
9 May- Visit yum thong ávalley, zero point, go to Gangtok.(Kindly suggest what to cover here) 
10 May- go to Baghdogra. Flight to Kolkata at 3:00PM 
Chetan (January 2017) 
Hello, children below 5 are not allowed in Gurudongmar and you should not attempt that with your younger son. In fact it is not advisable to go there with children below 8 years. You might get snow there in May but not always. Your itinerary is okay but your place of stay (Lebong) is not quite suitable for such hectic local tours. áIt's quite far away from Darjeeling main town and the Mall (Chowrasta). There are shared jeeps as well as private taxis that operate between Darjeeling lower town (chowk bazaar stand) and Lebong market. 
You are unlikely to get shared taxis for Lachen &áLachung trip. You can't do much after returning to Gangtok from Lachung... takes good 6 hours. If you start very early, you can get to few nearby tourist sites in the afternoon like Tashi view point, Ganesh Tok, Bakthang waterfall, Institute of Tibetology etc. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017 
Hi Raj Sir, 
Thanks for your valuable advice on your website which has all sorts of Information related to Darjeeling , Gangtok and other tourism places. Because my daughter is small and planning the below Itinerary. Thanks 
17 Apr 2017: 
Morning will reach NJP- Schedule time is 4:30 AM but train may run late hence can not predict.  
Will book a taxi to Darjiling via Mirik. Check in Hotel  
Mall road or nearby 1-2 points to see and take rest. 
18 Apr 2017: 
No Tiger Hill planned as I will be with my 3 year old daughter.So Early waking up will be difficult. 
Possible to plan to visit Ghoom Monastery and famous Batasia Loop? 
Morning joy ride in diesel engine. 
7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate 
19 Apr 2017:  
Day leisure @ Mall and Hotel. 
20 Apr 2017: 
Morning checkout hotel and travel in a taxi from Darjeeling to Gangtok. 
21 Apr 2017: 
Tsomgo lake with Baba Mandir trip will be advisable or I will take the local tour which is Full day 10-Point Tour at Gangtok 
22 Apr 2017: 
Checkout from hotel and reach NJP. 
Madhu (January 2017) 
Normally 3-point tour operators or taxi drivers won't take you to Old Ghum Monastery unless you pay extra. Another Ghum Monastery (actually known as Samten Choling Monastery) is also located at Ghum and on the main road. This is where most will take you. So decide on which one you want to see. Both are described in details in my site. 
I would suggest not to venture to Tsomgo and Baba Mandir with your 3 year old daughter. Instead take the 10-point tour. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017 
Dear Raj Sir, 
First of all I would like to tell you that i have not seen any travel website with such great details about any place and that too put in such a simple way with no complexities. Site navigations are also superb. 
Now sir, i am planning a trip to Gangtok and Darjeeling next month with my wife and 2 year old son and i have made my itenary solely based on infirmation from this website. It is as mention below: 
12 Feb - reach Bagdogra at 3 pm, private taxi to gangtok. Night stay at hotel. 
13 Feb- local sightseeing mixed tour: 
Bakthang waterfall, Tashi view point, Hanuman tok, Ganesh tok, Flower exhibition centre 
14 Feb - tour to Tsomgo lake 
if possible then banjhakhari or saramsa garden also 
15 Feb - To Darjeeling in after noon around 2 pm by taxi. Night stay at hotel. 
16 Feb - Darjeeling local sight seeing: 
Rock garden, Gangamaya Garden, Japanese temple/peace pagoda, Happy valley tea estate 
17 feb- á10 am -Tiger hill and senchel lake 
18 Feb- 11 am - Toy train to Batasiya/ ghoom 
19 Feb- 9 am - return to Njp by taxi. 
I have tried to keep the schedule quite relaxed because i think if we keep travelling all the time then we are not able to enjoy the actual beauty of the place. 
Please share your valuable views/comments and inputs on my itenary. Also one of the main attractions of this tour for us is to see snow. I think visit to Tsomgo lake will do the job. Please guide us regarding where to find snow easily. Lastly sir, does the itinerary suit my 2 year old son? 
Your valuable guidance shall be highly appreciated. 
Maneesh Srivastava (January 2017) 
Hello, your itinerary is relaxed and quite good for your purpose. You may like to note these points: 
1) Although altitude of Tsomgo lake is 12,000+ ft, altitude sickness or breathing issues up to the lake are unusual. While the army discourages taking children below 5-year to such high altitude places in north Sikkim, many tourists still do it at their own risk. Moreover, the route may also be closed due to heavy snow around that time. So work out a plan-B for that day. If you can still make it to Tsomgo, whether you can visit Banjhakri fall etc on the same day in the 2nd half would depend on how well you manage your time, but it is likely to become quite hectic. I suggest instead of combining it with Tsomgo &áwaterfall, better make Ranka Monastery &áBanjhakri as your plan-B, if not plan-A. 
2) Re-think about early morning sunrise at Tiger Hill in Feb with your 2-year old kid. It can be freezing cold around that time early in the morning. If you decide to drop Tiger Hill, you can then take the Toy train ride one way up to Ghum, take a taxi once you get off at Ghum, visit Senchal lake (which is nearby) and return to the hotel. You will save a full day on your itinerary. If your hotel is near the Mall, you can see great sunrise also from the View Point on Mall Road East. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017 
Hi Raj, 
We (2 adult in 30s and 2 kids of 3 and 8 year old) are planning for a 11 day trip which covers Darjeeling and Sikkim. I have laid out an itinerary below. I áwant your valuable advice just in case if we are falling short on certain things.  
As of now only the onward flight ticket is booked and remaining tickets and hotel are yet to be booked and plan to book after your suggestions. 
27th Mar, Reach Bagdogra at 3.30 PM.  
Travel to Mirik and overnight stay at Mirik. (Hotel Jagjit or Mirik Tourist Lodge) 
28th Mar áMirik Lake 
Travel to Darjeeling covering Sukhiapokhri, Jorpokhri, Simana, Pashupati Market and Gopaldhara Tea Estate. Evening - áChowrasta mall, walking up the Observatory Hill to Mahakal Temple, do a bit of shopping. Overnight stay at Darjeeling 
29th Mar áStart at 3.30 AM (3 Point Tour) end at Batista Loop 
Take a toy train (52587) from GHUM to Darjeeling (Start at 8.35 AM and reach Darjeeling at 9.05 AM). Mixed Point Tour starting at 10 AM covering. Will I be able to cover all the below points in a day? Please note that I haven't included Zoo as the plan is to cover it in Gangtok. 
Japanese Temple &áPeace Pagoda  
Darjeeling Ropeway  
Tenzing &áGombu Rock  
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center  
Rangeet Valley Tea Garden, and  
Happy Valley Tea Estate  
Rock Garden &áGanga Maya Park can also be combined at an additional charge (Will require 3 hr) 
Overnight stay at Darjeeling 
30th Mar áStart to Pelling after breakfast (around 8 AM) and reach pelling. 
31st Mar áPelling local sight seeing in the morning and start to Gangtok after lunch and reach by 6 PM. 
Overnight stay in Gangtok. 
1st Apr ááLocal Sight Seeing in Gangtok. Is one day enough to cover zoo, Ranka Monastery, Banjhakri waterfall, Rumtek and Ropeway.Over Night stay in Gangtok. 
2nd Apr ááTo Nathula Pass along with Baba mandir and lake.. Over Night stay in Gangtok 
3rd Apr ááTravel to Lachung and overnight stay there. 
4th Apr ááStart early to yamthung valley and zero point. Return to Gangtok and overnight stay at Gangtok. 
5th Apr ááRest in the morning and after lunch travel to Kalimpong 
6th Apr ááLocal sight seeing in Kalimpong and reach NJP to catch the train to Kolkatta in the evening.  
Will we be able to cover both east and west kalimpong by 3 PM if we start áearly. Would like to start to NJP around 4 PM so that we can reach by 7 PM. Yet to book the train. Thinking of KANCHANKANYA EX which departs at 8.30 PM. 
Vijay (January 2017) 
Hi, you need to make a few corrections. After 3-point tour terminating at Batasia, waiting at Batasia for that long for the toy train early in the morning with an infant should be properly thought through. Also check the timings of toy train before you go. The mixed point tour along with Rock Garden on the same day can make it quite hectic and you should then start the tour early. Rangeet Valley tea estate is no longer quite accessible to public. 
You should stay in Pelling for 2 nights and not start for Gangtok on the same day when you take local sightseeing tour. Children below 5 years are not allowed in Nathula... you should not try that out. Neither can you plan a Yumthang/zero point as a day trip from Gangtok. You can not also cover east &áwest Kalimpong on a day and get back to NJP in time. 
So overall your plan has plenty of flaws.... need to read my articles in more details :) 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017 
First of all thanks a lot for all the information that is being provided by you through this wonderful website. It made my tour planning so much easier than I expected. Can you please check my plan and let me know if this is fine or any changes required ? 
Travel plan: April-May 2017 
Day 1 : Bagdogra to Darjeeling 
1) Reach Bagdogra airport 
2) Take a prepaid taxi 
3) Head to Darjeeling Via Mirik lake 
4) Check into hotel  
Night Halt at Darjeeling  
Day 2 : Darjeeling Sight-seeing  
Morning 4AM: 3-point tour  
1) Tiger Hill (Sunrice view point) 
2) Ghoom Monastery  
3) Batasia Loop and War Memorial  
4) Toy train ride: Darjeeling Ghum &áback (To be booked in advance) 
5) Observatory Hills and Mahakal Temple 
6) Mall Road  
7) Chaurasta Mall 
8) Dinner at Glenarys Restaurant  
Night Halt at Darjeeling  
Day 3 : Darjeeling Sight-seeing (Mixed Point Tour)  
Morning 8AM: Breakfast at Keventer's on the open roof terrace  
1) Japanese Temple &áPeace Pagoda  
2) Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Zoo (Closed on Thursday) 
3) Darjeeling Ropeway  
4) Tenzing &áGombu Rock  
5) Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center  
6) Happy Valley Tea Estate  
7) Rock Garden/Ganga Maya - Extra payment 
8) Dinner at The Park - a great Thai &áChinese restaurant on Laden La Road.  
Night Halt at Darjeeling  
Day 4 : Darjeeling to Gangtok via Namchi and Pelling 
1) Check out in the morning (by 6am), take a taxi(Scorpio/Innova - Since road is bad) to Jorthang - 1 hr 45 mins 
2) Head to Peeling Via Namchi (about 2hrs) 
3) Singshore Bridge (Asia's 2nd highest) 
4) Kechopalri lake 
5) Pemangtse Monastery 
6) Lunch break 
7) Head to Gangtok visiting Buddha Park situated in Ravangla 
8) Rimbi Waterfalls, Kanchenjunga Water fall, Khecheopalri lake, Pemangtse Monastery, Rubduntse palace ruins 
9) Dinner and Check into the hotel at Gangtok 
Night Halt at Gangtok 
Day 5 : Gangtok Sight-Seeing (Scorpio/Innova - 10-point tour)  
Morning 7 AM - Get ready &áapply for permit to Nathula Pass(Voter's Id/Driving License/Passport and Photos required) 
1) Ranka or Lingdum Monastery  
2) Ban Jhakri Waterfall  
3) Rumtek Monastery  
4) Nehru Botanical Garden  
5) Shanti View Point  
6) Enchey Monastery  
7) Ganesh Tok  
8) Ropeway  
9) Institute of Tibetology  
10) Tashi View Point  
Night Halt at Gangtok 
Day 6 : Gangtok Sight-seeing (3-point tour) - No Trips on Monday/Tuesday 
Morning 6 AM 
1) Tsongmo Lake  
2) Baba Mandir  
3) Nathula Pass 
4) Return before dusk 
5) Freshen up and Walk down to Lal Bazaar/MG Marg for shopping and dinner 
4) Walk down to a restaurant, take a relaxed dinner.  
Night Halt at Gangtok 
Day 7 : Gangtok to Lachung 
1) Get ready by 7AM and start to Lachung, takes about 6hrs in a car 
2) Check-in to hotel in Lachung by 2 PM around 
3) Lunch and local sightseeing 
4) Get back to hotel early and take rest (have to wake up early next day) 
Night Halt at Lachung 
Day 8 : Lachung to Gangtok  
1) Check out in Lachung by 4 30 AM 
2) Zero Point (about 3.5 hours from Lachung - first visit bcoz afternoon visibility low) 
3) Yumthang valley (about 1.5 hours from Lachung - second visit) 
4) Return to Lachung for lunch 
5) Head back to Gangtok 
Night Halt at Gangtok 
Day 9 : Gangtok to Kalimpong 
Morning 8AM 
1) Breakfast at Baker's Cafe 
2) Head to Kalimpong 
3) Lunch at Kalimpong 
4) Colonial Architectured Dr. Grahams Home 
5) Mangalam Temple 
6) Durpin Dara for Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snowcapped view 
7) Hanuman Mandir and local sight seeing 
8) Dello hills 
9) Check into hotel - Probably GTA lodge in Dello hills 
Night Halt at Kalimpong 
Day 10 : Kalimpong to Bagdogra - Flight back 
Aravinda Naidu (February 2017) 
Good plans. Day3 can be a bit tight, you may not have enough time for Rock Garden/Ganga Maya if ropeway takes time due to long queue. Day-5 can be quite hectic, start early. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) February 2017 
Hello Mr. Raj, 
I am planning a Sikkim-Darjeeling trip in May. I am planning the following, kindly let me know if this seems feasible: 
5th May: Arrive at Bagdogra around 12 pm, travel to Gangtok via car.  
6th May: Local sightseeing in Gangtok. 
7th May: Tsomgo lake, Baba mandir, Nathula pass (if possible) etc. 
8th May: Other sightseeing in and around Gangtok 
9th May: Travel to Lachung,night halt. 
10th May: Yumthang valley, Katao, zero point, night halt at Lachung 
11th May: Gurudongmar lake and back 
12th May: Checkout from Lachung and travel to Darjeeling via Mirik; 
13th May and 14th May: Sightseeing in and around Darjeeling 
15th May: half-day sightseeing, check out and travel to NJP for train. 
Would the above plan work? Would be very grateful if you could validate. Would love to have your suggestions too. Thanks for your time. Regards, 
Sabari Chattaraj (February 2017) 
Hi, several problems in your itinerary.... 
1) You should not attempt Gurudongmar from Lachung because you will need 2 hours to reach Lachen from Lachung and then move towards Gurudongmar. Tourists staying at Lachen start by 3:30am for Gurudongmar because of changing weather conditions at the lake. It won't be possible for you to maintain that timing from Lachung unless you travel in mid night which is not advisable at all. And it also doesn't make sense to return all the way to Lachung while you could have directly returned to Gangtok saving 2hrs of extra travel time. So if you must go to Gurudongmar from Lachung, check into a hotel at Lachen on the previous day and return to Gangtok next day after visiting Gurudongmar. 
2) From Lachen or Lachung you should not attempt to directly transfer to Darjeeling... will require about 11 hours drive which is not advisable. So stay overnight at Gangtok and proceed to Darjeeling next morning. 
3) Mirik does not come on the route from Gangtok to Darjeeling. You can however visit Mirik while returning from Darjeeling to NJP. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) February 2017 
Hi Raj, 
I am very pleased to visit your site. Site is amazing, useful information are every where, for almost everything. If any one like me wishes to visit Darjeeling &áSikkim first time...tour plans are there. I would be grateful to let me know whether the below mentioned itinerary plan are workable. We are family of 08(my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece (3.9yrs), me &ámy wife with our son (1yr)). 
We are wishing to make a tour in October'2017. My preliminary itinerary is as follows :- 
DAY - 1: Reaching NJP to Darjeeling via Mirik. Night stay at Darjeeling. 
DAY - 2: - Wake up early Morning to watch Sun rise over Mt.Kanchenjunga from Tiger hill - Ghoom Monastery - Back to Hotel - After Freshen up - Lunch - Toy Train Ride - áLocal Site-seeing - Back to Hotel. 
DAY - 3: Checkout - Way to Gangtok - Check in - Freshen up - Lunch - Local Site enjoying - Back to Hotel. 
DAY - 4: Full day tour @ Tsomgo Lake - Baba Mandir - Nathula Pass - Yumthang. 
DAY - 5: Enjoying the beauty of Gangtok and local area and Rest. 
DAY - 6: Checkout - way to NJP and back to home. 
We need your special view about the weather(Darjeeling &áSikkim). Is it suitable for our 1yr old baby son? and about the budget hotels in Darjeeling &áGangtok. 
Swapnadeep (March 2017) 
Once you take a joy ride in the second half, you wont have time for sightseeing although you can walk around Mall (chowrasta), do some shopping etc. You can not cover Yumthang with Nathula on the same day. Yumthang requires separate 2 days. You should not visit Nathula with your 1 year old. I have discussed many nice budget hotels in my site. á 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2017 
Hello Raj, 
First of all thanks a lot for all the information that is being provided by you through this wonderful website. It made my tour planning so much easier than I expected. Can you please check my plan and let me know if this is fine or any changes required ?  
Planning a Trip in the month of May2017 
8 Days and 7 Nights 
Day1 (Tuesday) Bagdogra Airport at (1:30 PM) 
Prepaid private taxi to Darjeeling from Airport 
Day2 (Wednesday) 
Local Sightseeing in first half including Tiger Hill Sunrise 
Toy Train in second half 
Day3 (Thursday) 
Full day trip to Mirik  
Day4 (Friday) 
Darjeelling to Gangtok 
Permit arrangements for Nathula Pass 
Day5 (Saturday) 
Tsomgo, Baba Mandir &áNathula Pass 
Day6 (Sunday) 
2 Days trip to Lachung Yumthang Valley 
Stay at Lachung 
Day7 (Monday) 
Yumthang Valley 
Return to Gangtok Hotel 
Day8 (Tuesday) 
Leave Hotel at 10AM 
Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport 
Flight is at 4PM  
[1] Shall I choose Darjelling OR Gangtok first as per my return flight timmings ? I do not want to miss flight due to traffic jams or bad road conditions 
[2] Visiting Darjelling and Gangtok for honeymoon please suggest any change in itinerary if required. Do not want to make the trip hectic 
Thanks and Regards 
Vinay Choudhary (March 2017) 
Your itinerary is fine. If you want to save some time while returning then visit Gangtok first, otherwise keep your plan. Roads are now better. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2017 
Hello Raj, 
I am very new in this tour plan and desirous to tour both Darjeeling and Gangtok with my family (3 adults+1 child), I just planned my tour as : 
Day 1(25.3.17)Starting at 8 p.m.Kolkata to Siliguri 
Day 2:-reach Siliguri at 7 a.m. and then Siliguri áto Darjeeling via Mirik 
Day 3:Darjeeling sightseeing (Tiger Hill, Zoo, Ropeway, Mall etc) 
Day 4:Toy Train, Batasia Loop and ors. 
Day 5: Darjeeling to Gangtok 
DAY 6: 10 points tour in Gangtok 
Day7 : Nathula pass, Baba Mandir, Changu Lake 
Day 8(1.4.17):Gangtok to Siliguri to Kolkata 
Please do me the favour with your valuable suggestion for a newcomer 
Saurav (March 2017) 
Saurav, your tour plan is fine. You can add a few more sightseeing if you want. On day-2, in the second half you can visit Japanese Temple &áPeace Pagoda, as well as Happy Valley Tea Estate (both near by). Actually a 7-point tour would include these but you need to start after breakfast (having returned from Tiger Hill). On day-4 if you take the toy train ride in the morning, in the second half you can Visit the Rock Garden &áGanga Maya Park. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2017 
Hi Raj, 
It's really so heart warming to see your continuous and dedicated replies to all the posts. Kindly consider my trip plan too.I have made an itinerary,please check whether it's feasible and practical.We are 4 members...husband,wife and 2 kids. 
June 3- arrive NJP by 8am,freshen up at some nearby hotel &ástart for Gangtok..should reach by 3 pm. Check in Hotel Sonam Delek..Evening at mall 
June 4- As suggested by you in earlier posts,very keen to visit Ranka,Rumtek Monastery,Banjhakri. Is it possible to club Hanuman Tok and other points in this trip ? Back to Gangtok in evening and spend time in mall. 
June 5- Gangtok to Darjeeling via Kalimpong..visit Dello hills in Kalimpong and reach Darjeeling by 4pm... check in Hotel Dekeling..eve in mall 
June 6- After breakfast,proceed to Mirik lake,Pasupati market,Tea gardens. Is it possible to club any other points like Zoo,HMI,etc ? 
June 7- Enjoy toy train ride.in morning..what else can be done in 1st half ? Kindly suggest. Proceed to Chotta Mangwa around 2pm.. should reach CM by 4pm.Check in Darjeeling Eco Blossom.. evening at leisure 
June 8- Sightseeing at Chotta Mangwa...Kindly suggest places of interest ? 
June 9- Sightseeing at Chotta Mangwa..kindly suggest tour plan here as we are totally new to this spot ? 
Proceed to NJP by 4pm...train at 8 pm  
Looking forward for your valuable feedback and suggestions 
Thanks and regards 
Rahul Bhattacharya (May 2017) 
Hi, you can add Hanuman Tok with Rumtek etc (it's not usual route and you need to work out the fare with taxi driver). You can add Jorpokhri with Mirik day trip. Chota Mangwa attractions are already discussed in my site. Talk to the lodge owner for local tours. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017 
Glad to see your consistency in replying for all the posts. Keep it up. 
5 adults travelling to Sikkim for 4 days and 5 nights starting 16 June 2017.Our plan is to visit Lachen, Lachung, Nathula Pass. We'd be flying from Bangalore, landing in Bagdogra at 5pm.  
Option A:  
Day 1 -3 : Traveling to Gangtok on the same day. Next morning we'd take 3D/2N plan for Lachen and Lachung. 
Option B: 
If travel is not possible on same day from Airport. 
Day 1 : We'd stay in Siliguri for the night and next day we travel to Gangtok.  
Day 2-3 : From there we'd take 2D/1N plan for Lachung/Lachen. 
Day 4 : From Gangtok to Nathula pass, Tsomgo lake. Staying in Siliguri. 
Day 5 - 10:30 am flight. 
1. Is our plan hectic? 
2. Is travelling to Lachen/Lachung possible in Mid June? 
3. We are planning to book the packages for Lachung/Lachen after reaching Gangtok. Is it ok? 
Thanks a lot for your work and support. You are very good at what you are doing. 
Sathish (May 2017) 
Hi, you can not cover both Lachen and Lachung with 2D/1N plan, you need an extra day. With your schedule, you can not do the tour unless you book it in advance and get your permits ready before you go. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017 
Hello Mr. Raj, 
Really I feel honoured at d moment as i hv gone through ur valuable guidance regarding Sikkim n Darjeeling tour. I have planned a 4 day trip to Gangtok from 20 July 2017 to 23 July 2017. (Darjeeling not included due to recent protests). My planning is as follows. Please guide me if there is something wrong. 
Total Members: 4 (two couple) 
20 July: á11:00 AM NJP to Gangtok via taxi (Will book from NJP), Check in at Hotel Deorali (Booked from OYO rooms for Rs. 4594 for three nights), MG Road. 
21 July: 10 point sightseeing tour. 
22 July: Tsogmo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathu la 
23 July: Check out from hotel and return to NJP. 
Please add some suggestions. 
Kumar Gaurav (July 2017) 
Nothing much to add to your itinerary. Couple of points to note... 
1) Try to get a Sikkim registered vehicle from NJP (i.e. with Sikkim number plate). Because of current political situation, the protesters are at times blocking a part of Sevoke road on the plains which falls on the way to Sikkim. Sikkim registered vehicles are usually not disturbed. 
2) Due to rains, you may like to check road conditions locally before proceeding to Tsomgo and Nathula. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2017 
Hi Raj, 
You have built a wonderful source of information and insight. Inspired I have planned my trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim in end of September and hope the current unrest is resolved by then. 
I have taken inputs from your website and planned my trip well. 
Just had one query if I could cover the following in one day on my way back from Gangtok to Siliguri 
After breakfast transfer to Siliguri visiting Kalimpong on way-Flower Nursery, Delo Hills, Pine View Nursery, Jang-Dong-Palrifro-Brang Gompa. Drive to Loleygaon for a canopy walk amongst tree on tree-top hanging bridge.Visit Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Sukna, briefly halt at Coronation Bridge 
Francis (July 2017) 
Hi, only Kalimpong visit is practical on your way back. Sukna, Mahananda WLS etc are not on Gangtok Siliguri route. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2017 
While we wanted to spend quality time in darjeeling only, but due to the current situation, i am replanning as flight tickets have been booked. Request you to kindly advise if the below plan would work out... 
20-Nov-17 / áDay 1 
Arrive Bagdogra Gangtok, 4hrs drive, check-in to hotel, Evening strolling on M.G. Marg, áOvernight at Gangtok 
21-Nov-17 / áDay 2 
Gangtok visit Rumtek, Enchey monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Banjhakri, Rope way áOvernight at Darjeeling 
22-Nov-17 / Day 3 
Darjeeling Toy Train Ride and Local Siteseeing, áOvernight at Darjeeling 
23-Nov-17 / Day 4 
Early morning Tiger Hill and after breakfast to Namchi. 
Visit Sandruptse, Temi Tea Garden, Chardham, Buddha Park. 
Evening at Tarey Bhir, Overnight at Kalimpong 
24-Nov-17 / Day 5 
Kalimpong 2 or 3 points and then to Bagdogra, 3 hrs drive. 
Also advise if you did prefer me taking spot to spot vehicle or a single innova for the whole trip.. áWe are 3+1 
Venkatesh (October 2017) 
Your plan is little out of the line. On day2 transfer to Namchi and then to Darjeeling. On your last day, not sure what is your flight timing... Kalimpong sightseeing can otherwise be quite tight. For your plans, you ideally need a dedicated vehicle for the whole trip... but talk to the operator... outside vehicles are not allowed for local sightseeing in many places in Sikkim and same is the case in Darjeeling. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2017 
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