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How To Reach Gangtok

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Nestled in the mountains, this beautiful capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is famous for its natural beauty and Buddhist monasteries.

There are countless viewpoints in Gangtok with panoramas that encompass plunging green valleys and, if weather favours, glimpses of Kangchenjunga on the distant skyline.

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The Bagdogra Airport, situated about 40 minutes’ drive to Siliguri, is the closest airport from Gangtok that connects to rest of India. Hence, one planning to reach Gangtok by air has to book a flight to Bagdogra. From the airport, you can hire a shared taxi or a private vehicle that will get you to Gangtok in a matter of 3 – 4 hours.

NOTE: A new airport at Pakyong, about 30 kms from Gangtok, is now operational which has limited domestic flight services from cities like Kolkata. There are private taxis at Pakyong airport offering transfers to Gangtok. Recently, AC Bus service has also been introduced.


Once you arrive in Siliguri, you can either hire a taxi from the station or the airport itself or take an auto-rickshaw to the Siliguri bus stand. From there, you have the option of travelling to Gangtok by state bus or taxis outside. It takes about 3 – 4hours to reach Gangtok from Siliguri by road. The drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok is absolutely stunning with gorgeous mountains and River Teesta as your backdrop.

Prepaid taxi counters are available at both Bagdogra airport (next to the arrival hall exit) and NJP station (opposite the station entrance). Prepaid taxis have fixed rates. Private taxis are also available at Pakyong airport.

Shared Jeeps are also available from NJP station and Siliguri stand to reach Gangtok. You won’t get them at Bagdogra airport.

Bus service is available between Siliguri and Gangtok. Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) operates Sikkim state run buses from its bus terminal at Siliguri (close to the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal on Hill Cart Road). From NJP, you can take an Auto Rickshaw and reach the bus terminus in about 10-15 minutes.


The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station acts as the closest railway station that connects Gangtok by road within 3 hours to 4 hours. Located at a distance of 126 kms, these places are well-connected to Gangtok by road. From station itself, you can take regular tourist buses, coaches, taxis or jeeps to reach Gangtok.

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