Darjeeling Itineraries - Part:4

Day 1: 
We started from NJP to Ghoom by NBSTC bus from Siliguri, it took Rs.100 per seat. Then from Ghoom we took a shared Taxi travelling to  Sukhipokhri and got down at Lepchajagat which will take Rs.40 per seat. We stayed at Kanchankanya Home Stay at Lepchajagat. 
Day 2: 
We went to Sukiapokri by shared taxi which took Rs.10 and from Sukhiapokhri to Maneybhanjan for Rs.30. 
Then From Manebhanjan we took 4 wheel drive British Land Rover to Tumling and Tonglu and Singallila National Park. Which took 1800 per Land Rover plus Rs.100 each for entry to Singallila National Park. It took around 4 hours for that particular trip. You can enjoy the Jaw dropping view of the Kanchenjunga. 
Then back to Home stay and enjoy the well cooked food served Hot. 
Day 3: We went to Jorpokhri a small site with twin water storage which provides water supply to the lower towns and also well decorated with swans and ducks swimming round the lake. You can enjoy the Beauty of the nature. Then From Jorpokhri we went to Mirik Via Pashupati Market and several Tea estates. 
The trip took Rs.1600 From Lepchajagat to Mirik via Jorpokhri - Mirik - Pashupati for a Sumo gold. Then From Mirik we took a shared taxi to NJP costing Rs.120 Per Seat. 
Suvayu Chatterjee (October 2018) 
Hi Raj, 
I have gone through your site and read different articles on Darjeeling tour. I will be travelling from Kolkata and it will be from 15th Jan to 20th Jan. I will be leaving for NJP on 20th noon. 
I am planning to cover below mentioned areas: 
15.01 - NJP to Ravangla 
16.01 - Ravangla sightseeing 
17.01 - Ravangla to Darjeeling ; Mall road sightseeing 
18.01 - 3point tour in morning and 7point tour after lunch 
19.01 - Mirik, Jorpokhri and Pashupati market 
20.01 - Darjeeling to NJP 
I want to take the Joyride too. Can you please help me to include that in my trip plan. Also please let me know how can I book ticket for troy train. I tried from IRCTC but it is not allowing to book. Please help me to plan the trip properly, will wait for your reply. 
Rishita Mondal (November 2018) 
Hi, if your train on 20th is in the evening, you can visit Mirik etc on 20th on your way to NJP. You can then get the whole of 19th for toy train ride and other sightseeing like Rock Garden. Otherwise start early from Ravangla on 17th and take the toy train ride in the afternoon. You can book train tickets maximum 60 days in advance (January is further out). 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2018 
Hi Raj, 
Firstly, let me congratulate you on having put a wonderful website together containing a lot of useful and detailed information.  
I will be travelling to Darjeeling with my parents(in their seventies) . We will be reaching Bagdogra airport on 27th January in the morning at 10:30 AM, and will depart from Bagdogra on 30th January at 15:00 PM. We will be staying at the Golden Heights Enclave hotel after having gone through your recommendations about the place. We plan to hire taxis as per requirement during our stay. Basically we have 3 days in hand - 27th,28th, and 29th. Would like to cover Mirik/Jorpokhri and the Pashupatinath Market , and a trip to Kalimpong, Lamahatta and surrounding areas another day. Questions are : 
1) Would it be possible to cover Mirik , Jorpokhri and PashupatiNath market on our way from Bagdogra on the 27th of Jan or would you suggest a separate full day trip for this ? 
2) This would be my 4th visit to Darjeeling, so most of the local sightseeing spots have been seen previously. Instead, since we have not been to the regions and sights around Lamahatta/ Kalimpong/ Rishop. Would it be possible to undertake a full day trip to these regions from Darjeeling? If not, can you suggest another area around Darjeeling(except Mirik), which we can undertake as a full-day trip from Darjeeling ?  
Thanking you in advance for your kind help. 
A. Roy (January 2019) 
Hi, you can cover Mirik, Pashupati market etc on your way to Darjeeling on 27th. However pre-paid taxis from Bagdogra take a different and shorter route. So you need to talk this out at the counter or go out of the airport building to negotiate the fare with a driver. Alternatively you can book a car through a Darjeeling based operator for a pick up and sightseeing along the way. You can allocate a day for Lamahatta and then to Kalimpong (Rishop won't be possible). You should start early and pre-plan the sights in Kalimpong (there are many and you can cover only a few on day trip from Darjeeling via Lamahatta). 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2019 
Hi Raj,  
This is my final plan... Any suggestions? Thanks 
Day 1: Arrive in the morning, Check into the hotel, 5 point Tour, Observatory hill, Mahakal Temple 
Day 2: 3 point tour, 7 point tour 
Day 3: 2 hr toy train ride, Rock Garden & Gangamaya Park, Tinchuley, Lamahatta roadside garden 
Vivek Menon (March 2019) 
Hi, the plan is overall great, but Rock Garden & Gangamaya would almost take half a day and so will Tinchuley and Lamahatta, so combining them along with toy train ride would be difficult. I suggest you take the first toy train ride in the morning, get off at Ghum (basically one way ride), ask your taxi/car to come and wait there, continue on to Tinchuley and Lamahatta, on your return cover Rock Garden/ Gangamaya if time permits... you need to time it correctly so take help from the driver. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2019 
Sir, We are planning Darjeeling and Kalimpong tour from 26th May to 30th May as per following schedule. 
26.03 - NJP to Darjeeling via Mirik. After check in hotel in Darjeeling relax for rest of the day. 
27.03- Early morning 3 point tour, After breakfast Toy Train ride. In the afternoon 7 point tour. 
28.03- Move to Kalimpong via Tinchuley and Lamhatta. Check in Kalimpong in the evening. 
29.03- Local Sight seeing at Kalimpong. 
30.03- Back to NJP 
Is it okay? 
Indranil (March 2019) 
Yes, good itinerary. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2019 
Hi Raj, 
I am planning for Darjeeling, Mirik and Kalimpong trip between 20-25th Oct. Below is my plannings based on suggestions from this website. It will be very kind of you to review it and let me know if it's feasible or not. 
Day 1, Sunday : Reach NJP. Take shared car to Mirik , stay there at night and have local sightseeing. 
Q: Shall I get shared car to Mirik from NJP? How much do they charge per person? 
Day 2, Monday : Take private car to Darjeeling and visit Simana, Jorpokhri etc spots on the way. Spend rest of the day at Darjeeling. 
Q: How much is the charge for private cars from Mirik- Darjeeling and will they wait for us to spend some time in the above places? 
Day 3, Tuesday : Early morning 3point trip, toy train ride from 9.30am, 7point trip at second half of the day. 
Day 4, Wednesday : 5point trip at 1st half of the day and Rock Garden trip during 2nd half. 
Day 5, Thursday : Leave for Kalimpong after breakfast, taking a shared car from Darjeeling. Trip to West part of Kalimpong during 2nd half of the day. 
Day 6, Friday : Trip to East Kalimpong. Return to NJP after lunch by shared car. 
Q: What's the usual check out time at hotels in Kalimpong? 
Dibyajoti Bose (April 2019) 
Hi, the plan is quite feasible but day-3 onwards could be a little hectic... so you need to make considerations for any other travellers accompanying you. You can find the fares in the following link: Fares to destinations around Darjeeling
The intermediate stops on your way to Darjeeling from Mirik should be clearly worked out with the taxi driver... otherwise he may ask for more money (Jorpokhri is little off the the route and you need to pay extra for that). Note that shared taxis will drop you at the main stands (for example at the main Rishi road market stand at Kalimpong) and you need to walk up to your hotel or take a local taxi. Usual check out time of hotels in Kalimpong is between 11am to 12noon. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2019 
Hi Raj, 
Before asking my queries I must say this bog is excellent and already cleared many doubts what I was having before reading your article. I am planning to visit Kurseong & Darjeeling in February 2019. I have booked on Darjeeling Mail. I want to stay one night at Kurseong and 2 nights in Darjeeling and 4th day will return by flight. I will take one day 2 hour joyride from Darjeeling to Ghum and return. But please suggest, shall I first go to Kurseong and then Darjeeling or plan the reverse? And what will be the easiest way to reach Kurseong from NJP & also what will be the easiest way to reach Darjeeling from Kurseong? 
Arindam Banerjee (December 2019) 
I suggest you visit Darjeeling first (Kurseong will come on the way... about half way distance). On your return, the journey from Kurseong to NJP will be shorter and easier. There are plenty of transports like reserved taxis, shared taxis and even couple of morning bus services between NJP, Kurseong and Darjeeling. If you take a reserved taxi, you should take it through the pre-paid counter outside the station. Suggest you go through the page on How to reach Darjeeling from NJP and all related links in the page. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2019 
Sir, I with 7 other members, are going to travel to Darjeeling on 3rd April, 2020. My plan is:  Reaching NJP on 4th April. After taking breakfast, journey towards Darjeeling Via Mirik. Evening leisure at Mall. On 5th April, Early morning Tiger Hill, Ghoom and Batasia Loop. Then back to hotel and after taking breakfast will take Toy Train ride. On 6th April whole day sight seeing of Darjeeling. On 7th April after breakfast reach Tinchuley. On 8th April from Tinchuley to NJP for train. Is it possible all the way. When will we reach Darjeeling after visiting Mirik. We are travelling by Darjeeling Mail. 
Sanat Datta (December 2019) 
Yes, the plan is quite doable and good. Darjeeling to Mirik takes about 4 hours plus the time you will take sightseeing at each place like Mirik lake, Simana, Pashupati (Nepal Border) Market etc. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2019 
Kindly guide / correct my your plan: 
1. Reaching Darjeeling at 2 pm on 05/03/20 and spending time at mall and market. 
2. On 06/03/20 : Early morning sightseeing Tiger Hill, Ghoom and Batasia loop. and back to Hotel. After breakfast full day 7 points sightings. 
3. On 07/03/20 : Tour at Mirik, Tinchule , Lamahata and back to Darjeeling. 
8. On 08/03/20 : back to Siliguri through Ghoom , Kurseong sightings. Night stay at Siliguri 
Rajib Bhattacharya (March 2020) 
Mirik and Tinchuley/Lamahatta are on different routes and can not be practically combined on a day trip. You can do one of the two. If you do Mirik, you can also combine Lepchajagat, Jorpokhri etc. Rest of your plan is doable. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2020 
Hello Raj, 
We are a family of 6 people visiting Darjeeling for 4 days from Nov 4th to Nov 8th. Could you please suggest how shall we distribute the local sightseeing in Darjeeling as we don't want to go anywhere else and enjoy Darjeeling in a relaxed way as we have elderly people and kids with us. 
Also, please suggest if it's good to take separate 3 point tour package for day1 and 5 point for day2. Please suggest as we are a bit confused. We want to keep 4th Nov for relaxation and shopping near our hotel i.e. Summit Herman Hotel and Spa. We are checking out on 8th Nov at 12 and leaving for NJP to board the train at 12 night. 
Also, would you suggest if going to Mirik or any other nearby place will be suitable for us?  
Looking forward to your help on this . 
Thank you for your support through your website.  
Alisha (November 2020) 
Hello, 3, 5, 7 point tours are all different tours covering different sights and you need to take them separately depending on what you want to see. Go through the link below to know about these sightseeing tours: 
I suggest that you go through a good operator in Darjeeling and work out your day-wise plans because not everything is open yet. One of the days, you can make a day trip to Kalimpong (start early) or Tinchuley & Lamahatta. On your day of departure, since your train is late at night, you can easily go via Mirik and spend some time there before getting to the station. 
You can go through the link below to know about some of the best operators in Darjeeling. Asmita is a good choice. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2020 
Hello Raj, Here is our tour plan, let me know what you think. 
Oct 3: Reach Bagdogra (around Noon), Go to Kurseong, Spend night in Kurseong 
Oct 4: Local sight-seeing in Kurseong, Leave for Darjeeling at 4:00 (cab), Spend night in Darjeeling 
Oct 5: Local sight-seeing in Darjeeling 
- 3 point tour (4am – 7:30am) 
- Ropeway 
- Toy train ride (2 hours) 
- Rock Garden 
- Tea Estate tour 
Spend night in Darjeeling 
Oct 6: Takda-Tinchuley-Lamahatta day trip, Spend night in Darjeeling 
Oct 7: Sandakphu day trip; Spend night in Darjeeling 
Oct 8: Relax in the morning, Self-guided Heritage walk (1 – 4 pm), Leave for Kalimpong in the late afternoon, Spend night in Kalimpong 
Oct 9: Kalimpong local sight-seeing whole day, Spend night in Kalimpong 
Oct 10: Leave for Lolegaon after breakfast, Local sight-seeing, Spend night in Charkholey 
Oct 11: Watch sunrise and leave for Lava, Sightseeing in Lava, Spend night in Lava 
Oct 12: Leave for Kolakham, Neora Valley Jungle safari, Spend night in Kolakham 
Oct 13: Visit Chungey falls en route Rishyap, Sight-seeing Rishyap, Spend night in Rishyap 
Oct 14: Watch sun-rise in Rishyap, Leave for Bagdogra 
Sraboni Chakraborty (April 2021) 
You have a nice plan in place. On Oct-5, doing Ropeway, Toy Train, as well as Rock Garden, won't be quite feasible. You need to drop one of the three. On Oct-6 and 7, start the day trips early (by 7am) so that you get to spend enough time at the destinations. Rest is fine. Good luck! 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2021 
Hello, thanks for the feedback. I am thinking of dropping Rope Way from Oct 5 and adding to Oct 8? That might push the departure time for Kalimpong by an hour or two. Or do you recommend doing the Rock Garden on Oct 8? I greatly appreciate your help. Thanks, 
Sraboni Chakraborty (April 2021) 
During the high season (such as in October), there can be a long queue at the ropeway and sometimes the wait can be for a couple of hours. So, you need to keep enough time for ropeway although the ride itself is a short one. If you want to add it on Oct 8, then do the heritage walk in the morning and the ropeway in the afternoon. Rock Garden along with Gangamaya Park can also take around 3 hours to cover. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2021 
Hi Raj, 
I am planning to go to Darjeeling for the first time in the month of October with my parents who are in mid 50s. I have go through your lovely posts and make my own 5 days tour plans. 
However I am not sure, is the plan good or hectic. Also want a suggestion from you if anything needs to be changed. 
Day 1 : We will reach NJP in the morning. Then we will book a cab for Darjeeling via Kurseong. On the way we will visit some view points and take breakfast. We will reach Darjeeling by noon. Rest of the day we will be exploring mall area. 
Day 2 : We will be taking a trip to tiger hill along with batasia loop and ghoom at early morning. Then after taking breakfast we will take a mix point tour for the rest of the day. 
Day 3 : we will take a day trip to Mirik via Lepchajagat and Jorpokhri. 
Day 4 : we will take a day trip to tinchuley, tukdah, lamahatta and will be back to Darjeeling by evening. 
Day 5 : we have train from NJP at 16:00. We don't have any plans for morning. 
If you can give any suggestions or any change of plan it will be more helpful for me. 
Thank you. 
Sayan Saha (August 2021) 
Well done Sayan! You are already an expert tour planner for Darjeeling :) 
No change is required. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2021 

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