Darjeeling Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Darjeeling. If you reach Darjeeling in the afternoon, then after checking in to your hotel and freshening up, come up to Chowrasta roam around, relax & enjoy and you can take a pony ride too. Then take a stroll along the scenic Mall Road (Bhanu Sarani) and complete a circle. If you reach in the morning half or early afternoon, you will have time to walk up the Observatory Hill behind the Mall Road and go to the famous Mahakal Temple on top and enjoy the views & sunset. Later visit old heritage shops like Habib Mullick (on the mall), Jolly Arts (on the Mall) and few others and buy some curios or souvenirs. In the evening, stroll along Nehru road that leads down from the Mall Road and is lined by all kinds of shops and fast-food Restaurants’
Next day early in the morning 3-point tour which covers famous sunrise from Tiger Hill, Old Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop where the toy train takes a dramatic loop and negotiates an altitude of over 1,000ft. You will be back to your hotel by 7:30am.
Relax for a while and later take the 7-point local tour which includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center, Lebong Race Course, Happy Valley Tea Estate etc. This tour will take about 4 hours.
Take the 2-hour Toy Train Joyride from Darjeeling station in the morning. There is usually high demand for this. So book the tickets well in advance. You will enjoy the scenic vistas from the heritage train (which is now part of UNICCO World Heritage sites) as you ride the steam engine driven mini train with only two coaches. In the second half, visit the Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park.
Take a car and make a Day trip to Mirik, enjoy the lake, do boating and some local sightseeing before returning to Darjeeling. On the way you should visit Jorpokhri (another nice place with lovely view and a water body), Simana which is a free way Indo-Nepal border with lovely views of Manebhanjan & mountains, and also Pashupati Market which is on Nepal's side and known for its electronic goods.
Take a car and make a day trip to Kalimpong (takes about 2.5 hours one way, so start early). Do Kalimpong local sightseeing of both east and west Kalimpong. Must see places include Deolo Hill, Dr Graham's Home which started as a Christian school for orphans, Mangal Dhham, Durpin Hill & Durpin Monastery, Cactus & Orchid nurseries, scenic army golf course, viewpoints etc.
Alternatively you can also stay for couple of days in Kalimpong. If you do so, on the second day (i.e. Day-6), make a Day trip to Lava & Lolegaon.
Other wise move to Takdah or Tinchuley or Chota Mangwa in the morning and stay in a lodge. These places offer similar but wonderful sightseeing attractions. Spend a night or may be two and then move to NJP/Bagdogra for your return.
If you want to combine Gangtok as well, then visit Darjeeling-Gangtok Itineraries.