Bagdogra To Gangtok - A Detailed Travel Guide
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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
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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.

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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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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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-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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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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Trekking in Gangtok

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20 November 2018
Excellent
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
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)
16 October 2015
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Excellent
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
This was my first paragliding experience and I was so thrilled and scared both at the same time. This March I was going to Gangtok and came to know about the paragliding activity there and booked the same with Thrillophilia and made the most of the thrills and spills of Paragliding. After heading to the paragliding spot in Ranka at Gangtok. I was accompanied by a trained pilot throughout the entire activity when we soared at a height of 1300- 2200 meters. The best thing about Thrillophilia is that it not only gives you an option to choose between medium and high fly but regardless of the package you choose, the ride from the landing site to the take-off point is all included. I chose the high fly package where I and my certified pilot rose at a height of 2200 meters, marveling at nature’s beauty underneath. After this paragliding trip, I must say that this has been my best so far, given the whole safety protocols that Thrillophilia adhered to besides arranging a trip to the Ranka monastery. Thus, I recommend Thrillophilia with all my heart, for such out-of-the-box experiences!
26 January 2021
Excellent
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
Superb
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
Excellent
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
20 February 2021
Excellent
A complete year of no travels or moving owing to the lockdown left me feeling highly depressed. It is then that me and my friends quickly planned a trip that would include the total Silk route. Staying in Kolkata this is the closest destination we could travel. But, after a lot of deliberations as to who will arrange the trip we thought of giving Thrillophilia a try. And, we are so glad we did. We were greeted and had the warmest welcome on arrival at the Bagdogra airport before one of Thrillophilia’s representatives transferred us to the pristine Sillery gaon. No wonder the hamlet is called New Darjeeling as the place looks like heaven with the tall pine trees and offers uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga mountain. We stayed at a plush guesthouse with well-washed linens and clean washrooms. Later, we left for Aritar, spent a night there and after a wholesome breakfast, proceeded to Zuluk to spend a happening evening. At a remote place such as Zuluk Thrillophilia ensured we stayed at a comfy hotel. If you have the silk route in mind and desire to experience the Tibetan culture at its best then this 6 day trip to some of the most gorgeous locations of Lampokhari lake, Reshikola, Kupup lake, Jelep La pass, Tukla Valley and several more, will woo you beyond measure.

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People Also Ask About Gangtok

  1. How can I go from Bagdogra to Gangtok?

    Travelers can reach Gangtok from Bagdogra by air, train, and flight.

    By Air: Gangtok does not have its own airport. The closest airport to Gangtok is located 125 kilometers away, in Bagdogra. Travelers can take a flight from any major city of the country and reach Bagdogra. Once they land at Bagdogra airport, they can take a taxi or bus to reach Gangtok.

    By Rail: 
    Gangtok does not have a railway station of its own. Travelers can take a train and reach Bagdogra railway station, which is 121.2 kilometers away. Once they arrive at Bagdogra railway station, they can take a taxi or bus to reach Gagtok.

    By Road: 
    Bagdogra and Gangtok are connected conveniently by well-maintained roads and many taxis and buses run between the two cities on a regular basis. You can easily catch a bus or taxi from Bagdogra and reach Gangtok within 4 to 5 hours
  2. What is the distance between Bagdogra to Gangtok?

    The distance between Bagdogra in West Bengal and Gangtok in Sikkim is approximately 122.2 kilometers. It usually takes approximately 4 hours and 16 minutes to travel from Bagdogra to Gangtok via NH10.
  3. What is the taxi fare from Bagdogra to Gangtok?

    The taxi fare to Gangtok from Bagdogra varies depending upon the type of taxi the travelers choose. In general, the Hatchback taxis start from INR 3,000, Sedan starts from INR 3,300, and the SUV taxis start from INR 4,000.
  4. How do I get from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok?

    The nearest airport to Gangtok is the Bagdogra airport, which is located at a distance of about 125 kilometers from the city. Travelers can take a flight from any major city of the country, including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, or Kolkata, and reach Bagdogra. Upon landing at Bagdogra airport, they can take a taxi or bus to reach Gangtok.
  5. How long does it take from Bagdogra to Gangtok?

    In general, it takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. The duration of the journey from Bagdogra to Gangtok may vary depending upon the means of transport you choose to travel in.
  6. Which is the best time to visit Gangtok?

    The most ideal time for visiting Gangtok is between the autumn months of late September and mid-December and between the spring-summer months of March and May. During this period of the year, the city experiences pleasant weather, which is suitable for sightseeing.

    You can also enjoy clear views of the mighty Himalayan ranges during these months.
  7. Is it safe to travel from Bagdogra to Gangtok?

    Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to Gagtok from Bagdogra as both these cities are connected properly and conveniently by all the 3 important mediums of travel, air, road, and rail. Bagdogra and Gangtok are also bridged with well-paved roads that allow you to enjoy a convenient and fun-filled drive.

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