How to Reach Sikkim by Air, Train & Road
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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.

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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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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.

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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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Trekking in Sikkim

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20 November 2018
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
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
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
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek, Sikkim, 2020
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.
20 February 2020
I booked Magpie The Chestnut Retreat from Thrillophilia at a very decent price along with the activities. The check in and check out process was also done easily with just the e-voucher of Thrillophilia. The stay was comfortable and the food served was very delicious. There we experienced activities like yak ride and ATV ride. Everything was taken care of in the beautiful resort.
21 November 2019
The resort is pretty along with the amazing views of the place. The room were so clean along with a comfortable bed and good facilities. The staffs were professional. No doubt we would be back. Highly recommended if you are visiting Pelling.
I was planning for a trip to Sikkim and booked this tour. It was one of the best trips ever. Everything was very well arranged for the trip. The pickup was on time and I was joined by another group for the tour. We had the most amazing guide with us. He was very informative and was giving us detailed information about each of the places.
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
I had a very nice experience with thrillophilia. They provided al the facilities as promised ion the tour.

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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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