North East states and cities are one of the most underrated treasures of India. Honestly, there is so much to explore here that 10 days is certainly not enough to cover it all. But when you are working a full-time job, it is difficult to get leaves for a l0ng duration, right?
Something same happened with me as well so I had to be satisfied with just 12 days at hands to explore both Sikkim and West Bengal. A trip planned to celebrate my mother's birthday, the 12 days turned out to be really epic and made me promise myself that I will return here for a longer time later on.
So, if you are looking for something new to explore other than Goa, Kerala, etc. then Sikkim and West Bengal is definitely a good choice to consider.
You can read on to know more about how I enjoyed my 12-days trip in just 20,000 INR per person in these beautiful north eastern states.
My flights were booked from Hyderabad to Siliguri (Bagdogra Airport) so my journey started and ended here. The ticket cost for my Hyderabad to Bagdogra return flight was 8,500 INR. And from Bagdogra Airport, I made my way to Siliguri from where I travelled to Darjeeling to explore for a couple of days.
From Darjeeling, I headed to Kalimpong and spend a day here before moving to Pelling in West Sikkim. Next, I headed to Gangtok and spent a couple of days exploring the city and nearby day tours. From Gangtok, we went to Lachung and Katao and then finally headed back to Gangtok.
On our last day, we left Gangtok to reach Bagdogra Airport and bade farewell to these beautiful states.
This is the route that I followed which you can refer to:
Siliguri - Darjeeling - Mirik - Kalimpong - Pelling - Gangtok - Tsomgo Lake - Gangtok - Lachung - Katao - Gangtok - Siliguri
12-Days Itinerary for Exploring West Bengal and Sikkim
I had wanted to visit Sikkim for a while now, especially the Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang Valley. But due to weather conditions, I wasn't able to.
However, I still enjoyed my 12 days trip and learnt a lot about the beautiful people who live in Sikkim. With this itinerary, you can explore Darjeeling, Mirik, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Pelling, and North Sikkim in just 12 days.