Darjeeling Itineraries - Part:5

This is the first time I'm going to Darjeeling. I have a thought of planning our 5 days tour. 
1st day: We'll reach our hotel by 12pm. Then after freshening up will go to mall and visit the mahakal temple. 
2nd day: One day trip to Pelling (if this is possible?) 
3rd day: 3 point tour in the morning,toy train and then 7 point tour in afternoon 
4th day: Lepchajagat and lamahatta 
5th day: Start early for Mirik, then drop in NJP by 6:30pm 
Do I need to make any changes? Or is this plan possible to be executed. We're staying from 11th May to 15th May. 
Pritama Dutta (April 2022) 
Hello, a day trip to Pelling from Darjeeling is not quite practical... one-way drive will take over 3 hours (via Jamuney/Jorethang)... you won't have much time left for local sightseeing at Pelling. Instead, you can consider visiting Char Dham at Namchi...about 2 hours 15 minutes one-way via Jamuney/Jorethang. The rest of the plan is doable. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2022 
Hi, thank you for the information. 
I have two more queries: 
1. How much time do we need to visit Lepchajagat and Lamahatta, I mean is it possible to include any other attractions on that day? 
2 . From where can I book or check the toy train timings? 
Pritama Dutta (April 2022) 
From Darjeeling up to Ghum, the route is common, and from there Lepchajagat and Lamahatta are in two different directions. There is nothing much to see at Lapchajagat on a day trip other than forests of pine, oaks and rhododendrons, and the view of Kanchenjunga. You can go further ahead by 5kms to Jorpokhri... it's a scenic place with a nice pond and great views. 
For toy train, go through the following link to know how to book: How to book Darjeeling toy train
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2022 
Hi Raj, planning to visit Sandakhfu in Sept 3rd week. Is it a good time. 2-night stay, first in Tumling and then second in Sandakhfu. We have two plans, please suggest which will be easy and safe. 1) we want to start early morning from Tumling and the same day we want to go straight to Falut and spend some time before coming back to the hotel in Sandakhfu or 2) from Tumling straight to Sandakhfu and stay and next morning after breakfast we will go to Falut and after spending some time there return back to Manebhanjan and stay. Actually we want to stay 2 nights in Tumling/Sandakhfu, 1 night in Manebhanjan and 1 night in Darjeeling. 
Kumaresh (April 2022) 
Hi, in the hills of Darjeeling, often the monsoon extends till the end of September, so expect rains. You can do either of the two plans, but note that there is only a single and basic GTA lodge at Phalut and no other accommodation, while Sandakphu has several hotels and better amenities (although water scarcity exists). Manebhanjan is a congested and noisy little township full of vehicles... there is no need to plan an overnight stay there unless you have your own reasons to do so. 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2022 
Hello Raj. 
This is Kishore from Chennai. I'm planning for a workation for one week in Darjeeling. Thanks a ton to your contribution on your website which helped me a lot in planning my itinerary. Let me share my itinerary and pls advise if any changes are required. 
My work schedule is hectic till 12 or 12:30PM. After that I'm more flexible to roam around. So keeping that in mind, I have planned the itinerary in such a way that I can visit places post lunch. My place of stay for the entire week is Smriya Homestay(near Happy Valley Tea Estate) 
I'm so fond of travelling in trains and these heritage trains fascinates me a lot. So my mode of travel to and from Darjeeling is through the DHR. I also love riding motorbikes. So planning to hire them whenever necessary instead of travelling in a cab or taxi. 
June 19th 2022(Sunday)? 
- NJP to DJ on board the Toy train. Will be reaching DJ around 6PM(ETA). 
- After reaching, leisure around Nehru road for dinner and retire for the day. 
June 20th 2022(Monday)? 
- 3 Point tour, sans Batasia loop(if that is possible). I had already visited the Batasia loop the 
ááááprevious day while coming by train. So I can remove that from the 3 Point tour. 
- Reach back to the stay for Breakfast. 
- After lunch(12:30PM), visit the Happy Valley Tea Garden (45mins to 1hr). 
- Walk down to Mall Road. Have contacted a couple of operators for two-wheeler rental. So, 
ááááhire a 2-wheeler and visit the Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda and Tenzing Rock. If 
áááápossible will add Ropeway as well. 
- Back to Mall road for some leisure. 
June 21st 2022(Tuesday) 
- Hike the Observatory Hill for Sunrise. 
- Visit the Mahakal Temple after sunrise. 
- Reach back to stay for breakfast. 
- After lunch(1PM), walk down(as it is near to my place of stay) to Himalayan Zoo. Visit all 
ááááthe 3 places.(Approx 1.5Hrs) 
- On the way back(3 to 3:30PM), visit the Shrubbery Nightingale Park. 
- No activity planned post 4PM 
June 22nd 2022(Wednesday) 
- Hire 2-Wheeler and start early to Lepchajagat for Sunrise from their view points. 
- Reach back to stay for Breakfast and Lunch.? 
- Post lunch, hire a 2-wheeler and visit Rock Garden and Gangamaya Park. 
- No activity after Gangamaya park. 
June 23rd 2022(Thursday) 
- Planning to visit Mirik in half a day. Hire a 2-wheeler, Start around 12PM (Want your comment on travelling in a 2-wheeler to Mirik) 
- Visit Simana Viewpoint, Pashupati Market. 
- Reach Mirik by 2.30PM. 
- Have lunch, leisure around the lake and Dhupi forest. 
- Start from Mirik by 4PM. 
June 24th 2022(Friday) 
- Planning to take a day-off work. 
- Day trip to Kalimpong in a 2-wheeler (Want your comment on travelling in a 2-wheeler to Kalimpong)? 
June 25th 2022(Saturday) 
- Checkout. leave to NJP on board DHR. 
Let me know if I have missed any important must visit places, If so I will plan to add them as well in my itinerary. Also please comment on travelling in motor bikes throughout my trip. 
Kishore Ram (May 2022) 
Hi, your plan is overall okay. You can organize the 3-point tour through your homestay and tell them that you want to skip Batasia loop... unlikely there will be any difference in cost because the vehicle will pass by Batasia anyway. If it's raining badly (after all you are visiting in the monsoon season), there is no point going for the sunrise. You may not be able to do the ropeway in the second half if you are covering the other attractions. 
If you are comfortable driving a 2-wheeler in the mountains, you can take a bike to Mirik and Kalimpong... avoid driving in the dark. It gets dark by 5:30pm. For Kalimpong, take the Peshok road from Jorebungalow and make a stopover at Lamahatta (there is a nice roadside eco-park) and also at Lover's Meet Viewpoint further down to get a view of the confluence of the rivers Teesta and Rangeet... great sight... it's known as Triveni. You can see my photo from the viewpoint (the 2nd one) in this article
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2022 
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