Sikkim is offering travel-experiences for a longer journey, but for sure you can combine your stay with places nearby. Between Bagdogra-airport same as the train-station New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri and Sikkim are the west-bengali travel-destinations Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, which offer quite some attractions.
Who decides for arrival or departure via Kolkata should definitly spend some time in these really nice city.
Many travel agencies offer Sikkim in combination with Bhutan. We think that rather each country has deserved a journey on its own, but for sure we also arrange a combi-tour for you!
Of course we also combine your Sikkim-journey with other travel-destinations, which aren't mentioned here. Please tell us what you are interested in - and we will offer you something accordingly!
Darjeeling is located on 2.180 m and well known as a main production area for world famous tea. Also it was a popular hill station of the British, their architecture still dominating the city at places. In earlier times it belonged to Sikkim. During the turbulent history being for example at crossroads of caravans, a colourful mix of tribes settled down, which you can still find today. The sightseeings span from buddhist monasteries via tibetan handicraft cooperatives, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institut with an interesting museum and a zoo to the legendary sunrise at Tiger Hill. Darjeeling is also the finishing point of the toytrain, an exciting piece of train-history.
In Darjeeling there is lots of rain - sometimes even at non-monsoon-times. Good time to discover the overcast beauty.
Kurseong is a small town on 1.470 m, from where the view goes to same parts to the flat lowlands and the white snow-capped mountains. It is located on half distance of the toytrain. Apart from many walking-possibilities in the area we recommend especially a stay in a homestay on the Makaibari-Teaplantation. Makaibari is organised after anthroprosophic ideas and delivers Demeter. During a stay with a family you get to know a lot about the connection of the workers with the plantation - and additionally you get served countless cups of best tea.
Kalimpong, located on 1.250 m, has a similar history as Darjeeling. The closer distance to Tibet had as consequence a bigger stream of tibetan refugees arriving and settling there. Today you can find a good mixture of religions (the sightseeing-tour with Hindu-Temple, church, mosque and buddhist monastery is worth to do) in the charming small town. Also you can find a weekly market, many flower nurseries, a sericulture for silk production and beautiful view points. Very special is the Gandhi-Ashram-School, where the children of poorest people getting amongst others violin-lessons.
With 4,5 Mio. inhabitants Kolkata is an indian mega-city and capital of West-Bengal. In the city-centre it is suprisingly green, many old houses are nicely restored and there are lots of interesting things to see: flower-market, Mother-Theresa-Museum, Marble-House, Jain-Temple, many churches (St. John's Church has a great organ-player) and several museums. There is a tram, from people pulled rickshaws, a short metro-sector and yellow ambassador-taxis. Kolkata is India's cultural capital and offers in that regard much more than other cities.
The big Durga-Puja in October is a great festival with everyone celebrating on the streets.
Go with one of our guides for an individual discovery-trip through the city - you will be amazed!