In the past few years, Gangtok has gained much attention of people. Every year, this beautiful hill-station is visited by many tourists from all over the world. In this article, we will tell you how to reach Gangtok. Reaching Gangtok is a bit problematic task, but once you reach there, all your weariness would vanish. Gangtok is connected with Indian National Highway No. 31A. In order to reach Gangtok, one has to go enroute West Bengal. Neither Gangtok nor Sikkim has its own airport or railway station. However, Gangtok is connected by roads to the rest of India. Check out traveling/ travelling to Gangtok.
Gangtok doesn't have its own airport; however the nearest airport lies
at Bagdogra in West Bengal. Located at a distance of 124 kms from
Gangtok, Bagdogra Airport is well connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Patna,
Imphal and Guwahati. From the Airport, one can take regular buses,
coaches and taxis that take around 4 hours to reach Gangtok.
Helicopter service is available from Bagdogra to reach Gangtok and
vice-versa. To get the benefit of this service, you have to contact your
travel agent to get the booking done. Helicopter takes around 20 minutes
to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. This service is available only once
during a day and four passengers are allowed at a time.
As Gangtok also doesn't have its own railway station, the city relies
on two nearest railway stations at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. These
stations are connected to all the major cities of India. Located at a
distance of 126 kms and 114 kms, these places are well-connected to
Gangtok by road. From station itself, you can take regular tourist
buses, coaches, taxis or jeeps to reach Gangtok.
Gangtok has a well-developed network of roads. National Highway 31A
connects Gangtok to Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other mountain
locales. Keeping in mind the weather conditions, the road has been
touched up with metal. Regular tourist buses, coaches, taxis and jeeps
commute daily to and fro from Siliguri, Bagdogra, Darjeeling and
Kalimpong to Gangtok. From Gangtok, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Kalempong and
Jalpaiguri lie at a distance of 124 Kms, 114 kms, 75 Kms and 125 kms
Since Sikkim falls at the border region of India, foreigners are
required to get an Inner Line Permit (ILP) in addition to Indian visa.
This permit can be acquired from the Indian Missions abroad. Moreover,
this permission can also be obtained from offices of Sikkim Tourism at
Siliguri, Delhi and Kolkata too.