Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of India's best kept secrets. You can expect crisp mountain air, vistas of snowy peaks, tea plantations and even a "toy"
Trekking in Darjeeling
If you are really fit and enjoy the outdoors, here is a trek through some of the most magnificent scenery on the planet! Not a trekker? We can still help you enjoy one of the most interesting yet under-visited parts of India. It's worth two or three nights and is easily accessible through Siliguri/Bagdogra airport, which serves flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and elsewhere. If you are not a trekker we can help you enjoy many of the same sights without doing all that walking.
Day One: Off to Bagdogra
Fly to Bagdogra and Darjeeling. Morning flight to Bagdogra. Transportation on arrival to Darjeeling, where you spend two nights.
One of the best things to do is to enjoy a ride on the "toy" train that has been carrying tea and passengers since 1881. Mark Twain took the train in 1896 and remarked that it was "the most enjoyable day I have spent on earth." Departures in both directions are around 08:00. If you overnight in Siliguri (which is served by Bogdogra airport) you will be able to take the train all the way to Darjeeling.
Day Two: Explore On Your Own
Today is free for you to explore this quaint and funky hill-toop town on your own. It's very compact and easily walkable at your own pace. You will find plenty of unusual handicrafts for sale, interesting restaurants, and even some nightlife.
Day Three: Trekking Through the Rhodadendrons
Darjeeling. Begin your adventure of trekking in Darjeeling Drive from Darjeeling to Maney Banjahg (26km, about one and a half hours, altitude 2134 meters). Trek from Maney Banjang to Tonglu via Megma Gompa (11km, about five hours). This follows a steep zig-zag trail. Along the way you can see various varieties of rhododendron and magnolia, which should both be blooming during your visit. Overnight in trekkers huts or tents with a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga.
Day Four: See Sikkim and Nepal
Trekking. Trek Songlu to Sandakphu via Kalipokhri and Gairibans (21km, about eight hours, altitude 3636 meters). The trek to Gairibans is downhill at first, then gradually climbs. The last part of the trek is very steep. From the top you will have views of the Himalayas in Sikkim and Nepal. If weather is good you should be able to see Everest, Kanchengjunga Makalu, Lhotse, and other peaks. Overnight in trekkers huts or tents.
Day Five: It's Downhill from Here
Trekking. Trek Sandakphu to Rimbick (16km, about seven hours, altitude 2331 meters). This portion mostly downhill and passes through villages and farmlands, then climbs through a forest, ending in Rimbick. Drive to Darjeeling (56km, about four hours). Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day Six: Return to Bagdogra
Darjeeling to Bagdogra.You can fly from Bogdagra and connect to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or beyond.