9 days in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh & Nepal Itinerary

9 days in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh & Nepal Itinerary

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9 days in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh & Nepal Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gangtok, India
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Tawang, India
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
5
Pokhara, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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Gangtok, India

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): snap pictures at Deorali Butterfly Bridge and then wander the streets of MG Marg. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, then explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, and then make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gangtok visit planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Gangtok is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tawang.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

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Deorali Butterfly Bridge
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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Tawang, India

Tawang ©
A strong sense of Buddhist spirituality and dramatic mountain scenery combine to create a memorable atmosphere in Tawang, a Himalayan town best known as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Geshila Peak, admire the striking features of Gorsam Chorten, and then take in the awesome beauty at Gorichen Peak.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tawang travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Tawang takes 24 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Tawang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gorichen Peak ©
Gorichen Peak

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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Sagarmatha National Park
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Dudh Koshi River, get great views at Everest View Point, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gokyo Lakes. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Everest, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ama Dablam, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taboche.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sagarmatha National Park road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tawang to Sagarmatha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Parks Nature
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Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Mt. Taboche ©
Mt. Taboche
Gokyo Lakes ©
Gokyo Lakes

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 21st (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take a stroll through Thamel, admire the landmark architecture of Vishnu Mandir Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kathmandu day trip website .

You can fly from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Helicopter Tours
Climbing Tours
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

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Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pokhara vacation planner.

Pokhara is just a stone's throw from Kathmandu. In July, daytime highs in Pokhara are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Spas & Wellness
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

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