Bagdogra To Gangtok - A Detailed Travel Guide
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COVID-19 : GANGTOK is in Red Zone
Last Updated: 19 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to GANGTOK?

Entry is restricted in Gangtok from all states. Although, inter district movement within the city is allowed on weekdays.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory for all, in public spaces.
  • Entry is restricted from all states in India for leisure travel
  • For entry to residents of Gangtok, an e-pass will be required for entry which can be obtained from their official website.
  • Small vehicles can carry only 3 passengers
  • For inter and intra district movement, vehicles having numbers ending with an odd digit can only run on odd dates and vehicles having numbers ending with even digits can only run on even dates. This does not apply to two-wheelers
  • Two-wheelers must only have one person
  • All shops, malls and markets are openRead more

Entry to travellers coming from other states is restricted.

Flights

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok is not yet functional.

Local Transport

Local transport in Gangtok is functional including taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the Sikkim governement and travel to the state only when deemed safe and the borders reopen.

Inter and intra district movement of people allowed on weekdays Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Inter and intra district movement is being allowed across Sikkim on weekdays with the odd-even stipulation. This does not apply to containment zones.Read more.

Hotels in Gangtok stand closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

As the inter-state movement in Sikkim is still restricted, hotels and resorts in Gangtok still stand closed for travellers.

Pakyong Airport of Gangtok stands closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok stands closed for all travellers as of now. no flights are functional to Gangtok.

Inter state movement restricted in Gangtok Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Entry into Gangtok for lesiure travel is barred as of now and is only allowed to its residents with an e-pass which can be obtained from the official website of Sikkim.

Bagdogra to Gangtok


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 34% Off).

Gangtok, being the capital of Sikkim, is a busy city and a wonderful tourist destination. The 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 15% 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 20% Off) if you want to witness the major scenic beauties of Sikkim.

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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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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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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
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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)
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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.
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.
Excellent
First of all I would like to thanks Thrillophilia for giving us such a lifetime experience in Gangtok..The main highlights of this tour was Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Tiger hill. We even went up to Nathu la pass and it was freezing up there
I was planning a trip with my gang and was searching over the internet for something interesting when I saw this package. I will have to admit that this was the best trip for us. We were 6 people who went on this amazing Sikkim Tour
Everything was good must recommend this tour to everyone. A big thumbs up
It was a very well organized tour. Everything was nicely arranged, the driver was also good. Overall it was a nice trip.
We were picked up from Bagdogra airport and on our way to Gangtok, we drove across Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, it was such a green drive. We explored MG road and Lal market in the evening. We also visited the famous Tsomgo lake, Kyongnosla, and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.
I booked the Gangtok package from Kolkata and I am thankful to the entire team of Thrillophilia for making this trip so memorable. We enjoyed both the locations equally and my favorite is the winding road leading to Darjeeling and the beautiful Kanchenjunga point.

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