Sikkim and Darjeeling are known as popular destinations but do you know that these two places can offer a lot for an amazing family trip? You can plan your trip by making an itinerary that covers all the popular attractions of Darjeeling and Sikkim by making you and your family delighted with the breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayas, Darjeeling tea, blue-colored lake, waterfalls, temples, and excellent hospitality from local people.
Though there are so many travel agencies available in Siliguri to offer you attractive travel packages you can also customize your tour package by choosing the best places to witness the beauty of nature. Here, we come out with 5 days itinerary to help you in making the trip memorable by spending quality time with your family in a true sense.
Things to do on a Family Trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling
Day 1: Siliguri to Gangtok
Your arrival at Siliguri makes you feel special by looking into the picturesque location near the Bagdogra airport or in the NJP railway station. Rent a car which takes approximately Rs 3,000 for Gangtok. It takes nearly four hours and 30 minutes to reach Gangtok from Siliguri. Spend your afternoon by tasking the local delicacies in the restaurant which adds more fun to your family trip. Take rest and enjoy the evening in MG Marg by doing shopping. If you are traveling during winter then but winter garments including hand gloves and jackets especially for older people and children.
Day 2: Exploring Tsomgo and Baba Mandir
Wake up early before 6:30 AM and don’t forget to set the alarm. Take a bath with hot water and get ready for the excursion towards the famous Tsomgo Lake. Make sure if any of your family members are having breathing problems because Tsomgo Lake is located at the elevation of 12,313 ft above the sea level. You can witness the mesmerizing beauty of nature on the way towards the lake. Once you reached the lake take shoes on rent for walking in the snow.
Yak ride is also available for older people. The color of the water turns blue during the winter and the snow-capped mountains look fabulous through eyes. Visit Baba Mandir which is very near to the lake which is believed to be an auspicious place to witness the temple dedicated to a brave Indian Soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh. If possible visit Nathu La Pass where you can witness the Indo-China border along with the enchanting views of snow-covered mountains all around. Come back to the hotel and sleep overnight at Gangtok.
Day 3: Enjoy Gangtok Local Sightseeing
You can start your expedition at around 9:00 AM and visit some of the famous local places like Tashi viewpoint, Ganesh and Hanuman Tok, Flower Exhibition Centre, Banjhakri Falls, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, and so on. Return back to the hotel and enjoy the nightlife at Gangtok with family or else take rest for the day and get ready for the next morning.
Day 4: Gangtok to Darjeeling
It takes around four hours to reach Darjeeling from Gangtok. After you reach Darjeeling check in to the hotel and get refreshed. Try to make it early before 12:00 noon. Take a local car on rent for local sightseeing. Stay your tour by visiting Padmaja Naidu Himalaya Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Happy Valley Tea Estate, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self – Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Peace Pagoda and Rock Garden to make your Darjeeling trip special. Enjoy the evening at Chowrasta and walk around the local market. Sleep early to wake up around 3:30 AM for the next day.
Day 5: Visit Tiger Hill and Return to Siliguri
Start your day with the captivating sunrise view at Tiger Hill where you can witness the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga that turns into orange after the sunrise. Enjoy a cup of Darjeeling tea with your family and visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop on the way back to Darjeeling. Enjoy your lunch and start return journey before 3 PM. You can reach Siliguri within two and a half hours by gathering all the beautiful memories of Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Both places are known for their offerings and special attractions. Sikkim and Darjeeling are suitable for a family trip to reveal the unknown facts about the destination along with a chance to give value to your family. The best time is family time and some of the best locations are waiting for you.