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How to Reach Gangtok

Gangtok being an eminent Buddhist pilgrimage center in India as well as an ideal hill station for leisure travellers encircling some high altitude lakes and mountain passes is well connected by road to other mighty hill stations as well as nearby cities. Well the only possible way to reach Gangtok is by road from Bagdogra that is the closest airport, Siliguri that is the closest commercial hub and New Jalpaiguri that is the closest railway station. Nonetheless one planning a drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok, which is approximately 110kms, has to drive en route Jorethang, Manpur and Rangpo. The distance from Bagdogra Aiprort to Gangtok by road is approximately 125kms whereas from New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok is approximately 115kms. The distance from Siliguri to Gangtok is just 112kms whereas from Kalimpong it is only 74kms. One planning to drive from Pelling needs to cover a distance of 110kms whereas from Ravangla to Gangtok is just 70kms. Well how to reach Gangtok is not a matter of fuss as one will get cabs and buses that plies daily from Bagdogra, Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. Well during the monsoon it is hard to get one still you need to bargain according to your budget.


One planning to reach Gangtok by train has got limited access. The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station acts as the closest railway station that connects Gangtok by road within 3 hours to 4 hours. The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is one of the important railway stations that connect the North Eastern state of India to rest of India.


The Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport from Gangtok that connects to rest of India. Hence one planning to reach Gangtok by air has to book a flight to Bagdogra that runs schedules flights from Bangalore to Bagdogra and other major cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune as well as flights from Ahmedabad to Bagdogra and from the airport needs to hire a cab to Gangtok.


How to reach Gangtok by Air

If you are planning to reach Gangtok via airways then the nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal. The total distance between Bagdogra and Gangtok is around 124 km. This major airport is well connected with all the major cities in India. One can also opt for helicopter services operated by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation which offers daily services from Bagdogra to Gangtok and will only takes about 20 minutes to reach.

Nearest Airport : Pakyong Airport, Pakyong

How to reach Gangtok by Rail

The closest railways are located in New Jalpaiguri, New Jalpaiguri which is 117 km far from Gangtok. The railway station is well linked with both major and minor parts of the country. Most of the visitors prefer to reach Gangtok via railways.
Also Check: Gangtok Tour Packages

How to reach Gangtok by Road

Gangtok is well linked by road with Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong as one can opt for National Highway 31A to reach the region. One can find number of regular Sikkim state transport buses which ply its services between Gangtok and Siliguri. One can also hire private buses, jeeps and taxis from Siliguri and Bagdogra.

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Hill Station
  • Altitude

    1437 m
  • STD Code

    03592
  • Best Season

    October - March, March - June
  • State/Code

    Gangtok/737101
  • LANGUAGES

    Nepali, Sikkimese, Bhutia, Lepcha, Hindi, English, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
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