How to Reach Sikkim by Air, Train & Road
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How to Reach Sikkim

Sikkim, lying in the north eastern part of India is a fascinating tourist destination with plenty of attractions on offer. All three modes of transportation are available if you are planning a vacation to the wonderful state of Sikkim. We have a North Sikkim Tour Package ( Flat 29% Off) for you which gives you a real tatse of hills.

The fastest mode to reach Sikkim is, of course, airway. You can reach Sikkim through airway by taking a flight to Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. Though there is no major railway station in the state, you can also resort on railway to reach Sikkim by taking a train to Siliguri or Jalpaiguri. Furthermore, you can also hit the road to reach Sikkim.You can Book 6 Days Romantic Sikkim Honeymoon Tour Pakage.

The state capital, Gangtok is well connected with West Bengal through National Highway 31A which further connects to other parts of the country. Regular buses and cabs are available from major nearby cities to Gangtok. If you were looking for a pocket friendly tour of Sikkim then we have a Budget Sikkim Tour Package for you which covers all major destinations.

You can reach Sikkim in following ways:

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Latest Information on Travelling to SIKKIM?
  • All tourists are required to present a negative RT-PCR test report.
  • A travel card, which will be issued by the Sikkim government.
  • Travel cards are available on Sikkim government’s web portal. Also, offline travel cards will also be issued at tourism centers across the state.
  • To enter Sikkim from Rangpo or Melli check post, one has to compulsorily procure travel cards.
  • Travel cards can be generated from online portals within minutes and will have stay and travel details. 
  • The travel card will have one main member who will receive an OTP to register. Around 10-15 people can enter the state under one travel card, however each one of them needs to provide a COVID-19 negative certificate.
  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • Complete lockdown to be experienced from 6th May to 15th May.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are open.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations.

Symptomatic travellers will have to stay in institutional quarantine for 7 days.

Flights

Flights are functional to Pakyong Airport, Gangtok from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This airport is well-connected to all other destinations in Sikkim through railways and roads.

Trains

All local trains are functional to and from different cities in Sikkim.

Local Transport

Local transport including buses and taxis is functional across the state.

The government of Sikkim has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists to visit the state. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Sikkim to undergo 10 day long lockdown Updated: 06 May 2021

A 10 days long complete lockdown to be imposed in Sikkim from 6th May

RAT testing to be done on state borders Updated: 06 May 2021

Sikkim government has decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Test(RAT) at state borders for incoming tourists.

A negative RT-PCR test is mandatory for the travellers to enter sikkim Updated: 06 May 2021

All the tourists will have to present a negative covid-19 report to enter Sikkim. 

Sikkim Tourism launches “Visit Sikkim”to attract the global crowd in 2022 Updated: 12 Feb 2021

Sikkim chief minister P.S. Tamang said his government would promote 2022 as “Visit Sikkim” year to revive the tourism industry ailing under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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By Air

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Reaching Sikkim through airway is the best transportation mode if saving time is your priority. Pakyong Airport, located in Pakyong Town, at a distance of 35 km from the state capital Gangtok, is the first airport in Sikkim.

However, since the airport has been recently inaugurated, it is not well connected with major cities of India but will soon have direct flights connecting the state with other parts of the country. The nearest major airport to Gangtok is in Bagdogra located at a distance of 124 km in West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport is well connected with major cities like Delhi and Kolkata through regular flights.

Almost all domestic airline companies have their flights running to and from Bagdogra. Helicopter service is available between Bagdogra and Gangtok which takes 20 minutes to traverse between the two cities.

So, if you opt to fly to Sikkim, you can first take a flight to Bagdogra and then cover the remaining distance in the helicopter operated by Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation. Or, you can also take a bus or cab to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra as these are easily available on a regular basis.

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By Train

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Railway is an ideal mode of transportation to reach Sikkim if you are budget traveller who has plenty of time to savour the moments of journey. You can also opt to travel to Sikkim in a train if you believe journey is as important as the destination.

As of now there, is no major railway station in Sikkim. However, a railway link is being developed to connect the state with the other states of India through railway. Currently, the nearest major railway stations to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, are Jalpaiguri and Siliguri railway stations located in the West Bengal state. One can also explore amazing places in cherrapunji.

While Siliguri is located 145 km away from Gangtok, Jalpaiguri is located at a distance of 188 km from the city. Both Siliguri and Jalpaiguri are well connected with major cities in India. The major trains connecting the cities to farther parts of the country are Mahananda Express and Kanchankaya Express. 

Taxis and buses regularly ply to Gangtok from Siliguri and Jalpaiguri, so you can opt for either to reach Sikkim from here. While the journey from Siliguri to Gangtok normally takes 4 to 5 hours, it will take you 5 to 6 hours to reach Gangtok from Jalpaiguri.

You can also check out our guide on the best places to visit in sikkim, which will surely help in planning your trip. 

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By Road

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National Highway 31A connects Sikkim to other states, and is a scenic route to travel on with lush greenery and Teesta River following you all through the way. The highway connects Gangtok to Siliguri, and the latter is connected to other parts of the country through a web of highways. If you wish to take a road journey to reach Sikkim, following are the means of transport you can opt for:

Bus: Gangtok is connected through bus service with numerous major cities. Regular buses from cities like Siliguri, Bagdogra, Jalpaiguri and Kolkata are available. One can also visit shillong for some stunning places to see

Car: If you wish to enjoy the scenic route that leads to Sikkim, taking a cab or hiring a private taxi is a recommended option so that you can take a halt wherever you feel like savouring the breathtaking landscapes. You can easily find a cab from cities like Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, and Kolkata to reach the capital city, Gangtok.

Bike: Satisfy the adventure junkie in you by taking a journey through the mountainous route that leads to Sikkim on two wheels. You can get a bike on rent from neighbouring cities like Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. Riding a bike to Sikkim is inarguably the most fun way to reach Sikkim.

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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.
09 February 2021
Excellent
Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and working from home. We went ahead with the idea but this time we booked with Thrillophilia for a luxurious camping experience. And, trust me when I say this, we had a spectacular trekking experience from the minute we arrived in Darjeeling. We had an adventurous drive to Yuksom, trespassing the Teesta river. We continued uphill and crossed the Legship bridge only to reach a Yuksom hotel where Thrillophilia had booked our stays. The minute I checked in we could not believe we could get such a place for just a day of our stay as the hotel was clean, with staff ensuring sanitization at every cost. I was amazed at how it was arranged- overnight staying in tents, camps and huts even at remote locations of Tshoka, Samiti lake, Thangshing, and Dzongri. We did share out tents but an expert team ensured safety by having a first-aid-kit in hand at all times. A big thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging all the necessary permits and managing the entry fee at places required. Totally recommend Thrillophilia if you desire a mix of sightseeing, camping, trekking and not just hiking!

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People Also Ask About Sikkim

  1. How to reach Sikkim from Delhi?

    There is no direct way to reach Sikkim from Delhi. You can take a flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and reach Bagdogra. From there, you can reach Sikkim by cab. You can also take trains to either New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri and then book a taxi to Sikkim.
  2. How to reach Sikkim from Mumbai?

    There is no direct route of transportation from Mumbai to Sikkim. Sikkim has no airports, but you can take a flight from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to Bagdogra. Then, you can book a taxi to Sikkim. You can avail of the trains till Siliguri and then take a cab.
  3. What is the best time to visit Sikkim?

    The best time to visit Sikkim is either in the spring or in the autumn. You can take your trip between March and May or between the months of October and the middle of December. Visiting between March and May will give you the opportunity to view the blooming nature.
  4. What are the best places to visit in Sikkim?

    1. Nathula Pass: With an altitude of about 4310 feet, a visit to the Nathula Pass, and you can view the border gates that separate India from China. Visit the war memorial, and a ride on the yak safari is a must when you visit this marvelous place. 

    2. Singalila National Park: For nature and wildlife lovers, this natural park will satisfy their curiosity with breathtaking views of plant species and diversified animals. You can also see the peaks of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga, which is an amazing bonus.   

    3. Gurudongmar Lake: Considered to be scared by the Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists, the view of the lake and the surrounding wildlife amidst the picturesque beauty will take your breath away.

    4. Zuluk: Being a small quaint town with a strong link to the Silk Route has brought it immense popularity. The view of the snow-filled mountain ranges, especially Mount Kanchenjunga, is an unforgettable sight.

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