Bagdogra To Gangtok - A Detailed Travel Guide

The total distance from Bagdogra to Gangtok is an estimated 125 km. The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport (IXB), from where one can easily avail private and shared taxis, and buses to reach Gangtok. The drive is about 4.5 to 5 hours long, and a scenic one as it weaves through the beautiful lanes of Sikkim. For your transfer to Gangtok and a splendid Gangtok tour, we have 5 Days Tour Package of Gangtok (Flat 28% Off).

Gangtok, being the capital of Sikkim, is a busy city and a wonderful tourist destination. Summer season sees a majority of vacationers, who come to Gangtok seeking relief from the heat. Although, the best season to visit Gangtok is winters, when the temperatures are chilly, sometimes even sub-zero, stay in best resorts of Gangtok to witness the culture and living hood of Gangtok . If you are planning for a romantic tour with your life partner then we have the perfect 6 Days Honeymoon Tour Package of Sikkim (Flat 19% Off) for you.

Places like Goechala village, the famous Old Silk Route, Teesta river, Rumtek Monastery, Tsomgo or Changu Lake, Yumthang, Nathula Pass, and the Himalayan Zoological Park are best experienced during the winters, You must book our Tour Package of Silk Route (Flat 16% Off) if you want to witness the major scenic beauties of Sikkim. 

Here’s your detailed guide for travelling to Gangtok from Bagdogra - 

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Bagdogra to Gangtok Distance

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Bagdogra to Gangtok Distance
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By Road: approx. 123 km
By Rail: 
Train is not Available 
By Air:
approx. 125 km
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Bagdogra to Gangtok Route Map

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Bagdogra to Gangtok Route Map
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Gangtok is seated almost north to Bagdogra. If you’re planning to reach Gangtok by car, bus, or bike, here is a detailed route map to follow.

  1. Head north on NH27, and towards NH327
  2. Turn Right at Panchmukhi Air & Train Ambulance Services Pvt. Ltf, and stay on NH27. Drive past Gravity Institute on your left.
  3. From the Shiv Mandiv, continue driving on NH10. Drive past Matigaraha to Siliguri Way.
  4. Turn left at the Traffic Point on stay on NH10. Drive past Hotel Avanti on your left.
  5. Turn right at Shambhavi Collection Ranipool Bazaar
  6. Turn right
  7. Turn right
  8. Turn left at Royal Public School
  9. Take a sharp left
  10. Turn left onto Santujit Rai Road
  11. Take another sharp left
  12. Turn left
  13. Continue onto Bhusuk Road
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Best Time to Visit Gangtok

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Best Time to Visit Gangtok
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-Summer Season

The summer season in Gangtok extends from May to June-July, with relatively warm and pleasant weather. This is also when a lot of tourists are seen flocking here in search of respite from heat, so expect it to get a little crowded. If you are planning a vacation than it is the best time to visit in Gangtok. The best places to visit in Gangtok during summers are the North Sikkim and West Sikkim, which are only accessible during these months. Nights do get considerably cooler, though, but overall the weather is welcoming. Expect daily bouts of warm sunlight coupled with cool mountain breeze - a blissful combination. 

Temperature approximations:

Min. temp:12 degrees celsius
Max. temp:
27 degrees celsius

-Winter Season

Winters in Gangtok start from October and last up to March. The weather is extremely cold, with average daytime temperatures ranging somewhere between 5 to 8 degrees celsius, while nights see a drastic dip to about 3 to 4 degrees. The possibility of snow is also quite high, and there are various snow adventures to be had. On a clear day, you can feast your eyes on the views of the snow capped Himalayan giants. The weather, albeit quite chilly, is pleasant and enjoyable with a healthy dose of sunlight in the afternoon. Winters are also the time for some of the most famous festivals of Gangtok.

Temperature approximations:

Min. temp: 0-2 degrees celsius
Max. temp:
7-8 degrees celsius
 
-Monsoon Season

Monsoons in Gangtok begin from July and extend up to September. This is a dangerous season to travel to Gangtok, owing to landslide prone areas that get triggered due to heavy rainfall. Several roads are often blocked due to landslides, making it a tricky business. Although, if you think you can brave all that, a lush blanket of greenery, mist covered valleys and frequent showers await you. The greenery of Gangtok peaks during the monsoon. The weather tends to get very chilly during and after rains, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 24 degrees on an average. It’s wise to stay in touch with the news and weather forecast for warnings.

Temperature approximations:

Min. temp:
12 degrees celsius
Max. temp:
24 degrees celsius
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How to Reach From Bagdogra to Gangtok

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Bagdogra to Gangtok by Bus

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Bagdogra to Gangtok by Bus
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If you’re travelling from Bagdogra to Gangtok by road, there are plenty of private and shared taxis, and buses available right near the airport. The drive takes about 4 - 5 hours, generally. It is advisable to opt for a Sikkim state registered vehicle instead of a West Bengal state registered vehicle to avoid the hassles of transferring to another vehicle at Deorali to get to Gangtok. 

The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) offers state operated bus services from Siliguri to Gangtok, and will drop you off at Deorali, from where a state registered taxi must be hired.

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Drive to Gangtok from Bagdogra

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Drive to Gangtok from Bagdogra
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The drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok takes about 4 - 5 hours. There are Bengal state registered vehicles as well as Sikkim state registered vehicles available to take you to Gangtok. But the former will leave you at Deorali, from where a Sikkim state registered vehicle must be hired. So, prefer a Sikkim state registered vehicle from Bagdogra itself.

Private taxis from Bagdogra to Gangtok cost about INR 3,000 for a small one, and INR 3,500 for a large one. A shared jeep can accommodate 10 people on a per head basis, and may be preferable if you’re travelling solo. The cost per head comes up to about INR 200.

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Bagdogra to Gangtok by Train

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Bagdogra to Gangtok by Train
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The closest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which sits about 120 km away from Gangtok. The station is well connected to major cities of the country like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, with a decent frequency of trains plying. From New Jalpaiguri, you can board a state transport bus or hire a shared or private cab to reach Gangtok. 
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Bagdogra to Gangtok by Air

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Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Gangtok, at a distance of about 125 km. The airport is well connected to other major cities of the country like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kolkata, with a good frequency of flights. It is also well connected to neighbouring foreign countries like Bhutan. There’s also a helicopter facility available from Bagdogra to Gangtok, and takes about 20 minutes only. This service is offered by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation. From Bagdogra airport, you can hire private or shared cabs to take you to Gangtok, making for a 4 - 5 hours drive. 

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23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
14 September 2015
Excellent
I am madly and deeply in love with Sikkim. I can't believe a place like this can be so beautiful and still people are unaware about it. Walking through narrow pathways and tiny hamlets on the way make this place all the more interesting and worth the effort.
15 May 2015
Excellent
Kanchenjunga is certainly an epitome of beauty and Sikkim is one place that provides you with panoramic views. loved the entire trekking part. Great place, great people amazing time - thanks to our trek guide who made sure people were satisfied and enjoying the trek.
23 November 2019
Excellent
It was a very good experience. Accommodation was good. Beautiful locations.
07 November 2019
Excellent
This was an awesome ride over the mountains. Even though its 6 days trip we enjoyed a lot. Thanks Thrillophillia for such a good arrangement. We got good vehicles through out the trip and also good drivers. Accommodation was also fine, standard hotels. Short time trip with lot of memories.
23 March 2020
Excellent
Though Dzongri trekking is a short trek of 11 days in West Sikkim, it is quite challenging because of altitude acclimatization. But the package includes an overnight stay in a local hut in Tshoka village that will help you to adapt to the change in weather. The accommodation is quite comfortable and includes all the basic amenities.
16 March 2020
Excellent
Previously, I have booked Kedarnath Trek in Uttarakhand from Thrillophilia and had an amazing experience. Whether it is the description on the website or the pictures, Thrillophilia has been my travel assistant from beginning till the end of Dzongri Trek. With an amazing customer support team who is always available to solve your queries, you can easily enjoy your magnificent and soak in the natural beauty.
04 January 2020
Very Good
It was overall a good tour to have on a new year. There were few goods and few bads which I want to mention. When we reached Gangtok from Bagdogra, the hotels provided were very good and it was easy to register yourself there. Highlight of the tour was that we got the permit for Nathula which we covered on Day 2 along with Changu Lake and Baba Mandir. We came to know that Gurudongmar was not accesible and we were given the very basic option to see the local sightseeing of Gangtok which is no where equals to Gurudongmar Lake. We should have been given an option equivalent to GD Lake. The hotels at Lachen and Lachung were below average. The planning for meal was not adequate as we have to call again and again to the organizer to check what is included and what is not as the plan was changing very frequently. Deep helped us in every way possible but it could have been more organized and they should have a back up plan ready when one plan fails which was not there. Another disappointment was that we failed to see Yumthang Valley too due to weather issue(which we can blame on Kismet and not on organizers ofcourse). It was overall a good trip but it could have been better. The group was very understanding. I want to give it a 3.5 rating but there is no option for .5 so I went with 3. Here are some pictures.
24 December 2019
Excellent
vehicles provided i.e, Xylo were comfortable enough to make the journey through non existent roads bearable. hotels had all standard facilities.our driver was very compliant. Mr.Deep really coordinated well. package was money's worth. few travellers reached bagdogra at 3pm. Overall tour was enjoyable and exciting as well. advice - On the way to Gurudongmar Lake try coffee jalebi momos at Gaigaon Check post one the highest army check post. have dosa at Thangu valley at the world's highest dosa point. try thukpas ,momos, wai wai all your way. try imli candies buy different kinds of tea from Lal Market Or M. G.Marg black tea, white tea, flavoured green teas (lemon, tulsi, ginger) , chamomile tea, rose tea. Temi tea is a good brand marketed by Govt of Sikkim. Buy Buddhist prayer flags available starting from rs. 20 only . they consider it good omen to receive these flags as a gift.
23 December 2019
Superb
It was a wonderful 7 days in Sikkim + Darjeeling with my newly wed wife. December is a cold month so we had a hard time adjusting to the weather but it was absolutely worth it. Must visit places include Nathula pass, Lachen(Gurdmohar Lake), Lachung(Zero Point) and Tiger Hill at Darjeeling for the view of Kanchenjunga mountain range as the sun rises. The itinerary was well planned and the local operator's communication was sufficient. While the whole state is beautiful, its the roads between towns that can be back breaking. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this itinerary is for that. But I will definitely recommend Thrillophilia for their communication and promptness.

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