‘The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.’ My recent journey to the a part of North Eastern India was a little bit as both – traveler & tourist. To give you a brief about the itinerary, my plan was to travel to Kolkata on day 1 with a friend (as I had never been to the city before), travel to Darjeeling by an overnight train and reach our trek’s base camp on day 2 (other friends joined us there), travel to Sikkim (with 2 friends) (once the trek was done on Day 9 and return to Bombay on Day 12.
It was my first time in North East and will definitely look to go back in the next 3 years. People looking to go for 7-8 day holidays should consider Sikkim (air travel to Bagdogra from any of the metros, and cab to Gangtok). One can avoid Darjeeling as there isn’t much to do; Sikkim has a lot more to offer & gives one everything Darjeeling does and more.