Sikkim is one of the seven states in North East India. Snuggled in the lap of Himalayas, the state is an unexplored beauty because of its remote location and the hassles to getting there. The state has fair transportation facilities in most of its region. When you are planning a trip to Sikkim, here are the best option available to reach Sikkim by road. You can travel by air (Flight) and train as well; information regarding the same has been provided below.
The Gangtok Airport, known as Pakyong Airport makes it possible for travelling to Sikkim by flight. From the air terminal reach the cities by road. Bagdogra Airport is well-connected to major cities in India, providing easy connectivity in North East India, at a distance of 124 km. Airline companies like Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, and Go Air etc. are functional here with frequent services.
You can further reach Gangtok by availing helicopter service, which is subjected to weather conditions. You can hire a taxi, Approximately 4 hours’ drive drive from Bagdogra.
Travel to Sikkim by train is possible by getting to major railway heads near Gangtok- New Jalpaiguri (188 km) and Siliguri (145 km). These railway stations are well connected with major cities and towns of India. Frequent trains connect the railway stations. You can further board a bus or hire a taxi to reach Sikkim.
If you are confused with how to reach Sikkim, then by road is the most convenient option. There are frequent public and private bus services connecting Sikkim with other neighboring towns and cities. You can also get easy access to taxis and jeeps for inter and intra state travelling.
National Highway 31A is the most functional national highway in Sikkim. Major neighboring towns from Sikkim are Darjeeling, Kalimpong, New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra, etc. Hire a private taxi to make the most of your holiday with comfortable travel in Sikkim and even North East India.
How to reach Sikkim from Delhi
Delhi to Sikkim by Flight
By flight is the best way to reach Delhi to Sikkim, Pakyong Airport situated at a distance of 33 km from Gangtok is the airport near Sikkim. Airlines operate flights between Delhi to Sikkim. Once your flight lands at the airport, you can take a private or shared taxi to reach your desired destination.
Delhi to Sikkim by train
The two prominent railway stations near the main city, Gangtok are Siliguri (145 km) and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) (188 km). By train also best options to reach Sikkim from Delhi at these stations and take a cab or taxi to reach the destination. NJP is well connected to the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore.
Delhi to Sikkim Trains
- DBRT Rajdhani – 12424
- ANVT AGTL RAJ – 20502
- Porvotr S Kranti – 12502
- North East Express – 12506
- NDLS NJP SF EXP – 12524
- Brahmaputra Mail – 15956
- Mahananda Exp – 15484
- Avadh Assam Exp – 15910
- BGKT KYQ Exp – 15623
How to reach Sikkim from Darjeeling
Darjeeling to Sikkim by road:
If you are traveling to Sikkim from Darjeeling by road, you can choose a private or state-run bus, car, or taxi. The journey will take about 4-5 hours (126 km approx.) and the views on this journey is quite scenic. The Sikkim state registered vehicle will take you directly to Gangtok, rather than a Bengal state registered vehicle. You will be dropped off at Deorali from where you can reach Gangtok.
- Road route from Darjeeling: Tenzing Norgay Road - NH110 in Jorebunglow, Senchal Forest - Peshok Road/Rishi Road - NH10 - Singtam - Dikchu Road - Gangtok-Chungthang Road - SBS Road
- Darjeeling to Sikkim Distance - 126 km
- Travel Time - 5 hours, 13 minutes (approx.)
- Attractions en route - Himalayan Tibet Museum, Observatory Hill View Point, Guri Green Valley, Stone Age Eco Valley Resort
- Restaurants en route - Nanking Restaurant, Kunga Restaurant, The Maple, Punjabi Kitchen
Darjeeling to Sikkim by train:
The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri (NJP). It is located approximately at a distance of 120 km from Gangtok, Sikkim. From the station, you can take a bus, private taxi, or a shared cab to Gangtok.
How to reach Sikkim from Kalimpong
Kalimpong to Sikkim by road - Travel from Kalimpong to Gangtok, Sikkim via road. The views on this route are beautiful and you are going to have a great journey.
- Road route from Kalimpong - Rishi Road - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
- Distance: 105 Km
- Travel Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes (approx.)
How to reach Sikkim from Siliguri
Outside the Siliguri Railway Station, several buses and shared jeeps are available.
- Road route from Siliguri to Sikkim -Ghogomali main road - Eastern Bypass - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
- Distance: 115 Km
- Travel Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes (approx.)
How to reach Sikkim from New Jalpaiguri
You can hire a bus, private or shared taxis from New Jalpaiguri railway station to Sikkim.
- Road route from New Jalpaiguri to Sikkim: Ratan Road - Eastern Bypass - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
- Distance: 118 Km
- Travel Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes (approx.)
Road conditions from Bagdogra to Sikkim are quite good and have a broad excellent flyover. From Darjeeling to Sikkim, several roads are bad with potholes in them and are not suitable for smaller cars. The overall road conditions in Sikkim are okay.