I am planning to visit Darjeeling and gangtok in April-May 2013 with my family(H,W & 8Y kid) . I plan to reach New Jalpaiguri by train at 01:30 am on 29 April or 6th May. Return is planned on 6th or 13th May from new jalpaiguri at 01:20 am. I plan to take bus/taxi from new jalpaiguri to darjeeling and then from gangtok to new jalpaiguri on the return leg of my journey. We have 7 complete days.
But since we have a kid, may have to distribute/spread the sightseeing/ so that the kid enjoys every moment and does not get drained out.
We also plan to visit Lake Tsomgo & Nathula pass. Since Nathalu is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only, I guess we may have to start with Darjeeling, stay there Monday n Tuesday before proceeding to Gangtok on Wednesday/Thurday.
I needed the advise of experts on your forum to know
1) If New Jalpaiguri has any accomodation options since my trains reach and depart at late hours 01:00 am
2) If 7 full days is enough to complete my visit of darjeeling , gangtok & Natha Lu.
3) How should I plan my itenerary for the 7 days of my visit so that I can get the best of these wonderful places.
4) How soon do I have to requst for Nathula army permit and can it be done from Mumbai or only after reaching Gangtok