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How to reach Sikkim

Sikkim is an enchanting state and part of the Seven Sisters in North East India. It is located in the Himalayas' lap and offers natural beauty that will leave indelible marks on your heart. This state has adequate transportation facilities in most of its region. Check out the best options to reach Sikkim by air, road, or rail when you planning a trip to Sikkim. The information below gives you insight into how to reach Sikkim through different modes.

Here is detailed information about how to go to Sikkim

Best Way to Reach Sikkim

Delhi to Sikkim

Darjeeling to Sikkim

Kolkata to Sikkim

Kalimpong to Sikkim

Siliguri or NJP to Sikkim

Take a look at details on How to reach Sikkim by Train, Road, or Flight.

By Flight

The Gangtok Airport, known as Pakyong Airport, makes it possible to travel to Sikkim by flight. From the air, the terminal reaches the cities by road. Bagdogra Airport is well-connected to major cities in India, providing easy connectivity in North East India at 124 km. Airline companies like Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, Go Air, etc., are functional here with frequent services.

You can further reach Gangtok by availing of helicopter service, which is subjected to weather conditions. You can hire a taxi, which is approximately 4 hour drive from Bagdogra.

By Train

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.

By Road

If you are confused about reaching Sikkim, then by road is the most convenient option. Frequent public and private bus services connect Sikkim with neighboring towns and cities. You can also easily access taxis and jeeps for inter and intra-state traveling.

National Highway 31A is the most active 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.

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How to Reach Sikkim from Delhi

Delhi to Sikkim by Flight

Flight is the best way to reach Delhi to Sikkim. Pakyong Airport, situated at a distance of 33 km from Gangtok, is the nearest airport to Sikkim. Many airlines operate Delhi to Sikkim flights regularly. 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

There are two major railway stations near the central city, Gangtok - Siliguri (145 km) and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) (188 km). Delhi to Sikkim trains halt at these stations from where you can take a cab or taxi to reach the destination. NJP railway station is well-connected to the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore and offers trains to Sikkim regularly.

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 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, where you can reach Gangtok.

  • Route Map: 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 & Time - 126 km and 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. You can take a bus, private taxi, or a shared cab to Gangtok from the station.

How to reach Sikkim from Kolkata

By Road

Escape the blaring honks in Kolkata city and plan a holiday from Kolkata to Sikkim by road. Many buses, trains, and private vehicles are available from Kolkata to Sikkim at reasonable prices. So take a break from a hectic schedule and spend the next few days surrounded by the beauty of Sikkim. Also, the Kolkata to Sikkim road trip is one of the most memorable ones you will ever take in your life.

  • Route Map: Alambazar - Barrackpore Trunk Road - NH19 - Bamchandaipur - NH 14 - Dhantola - NH 27 -- NH 10 - Chungthang Road - Gangtok
  • Kolkata to Sikkim Distance: 698 Km
  • Travel Time: 19 hours, 55 minutes (approx.)
  • Attractions en route - North Bengal Science Centre, Cossimbazar Rajbari, Savin Kingdom, Salugara Monastery
  • Restaurants en route - The Bhukkad Cafe, Specialty Restaurant, Meridian Restaurant, Hotel Suruchi

By Train

Many trains run from Kolkata to Sikkim. Some popular trains to visit Sikkim from Kolkata are Shatabdi Express, Karmabhoomi Express, AGTL Humasafar, GHY Garib Rath, and more. The nearest railway station to Sikkim is New Jalpaiguri, which is located around 118 km away from Gangtok city. You can visit Sikkim by train from Kolkata and from there, take a bus or taxi to Gangtok. Siliguri bus station is 6 km away from the railway station and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Gangtok.

By Flight

The nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport, which is well-connected with Kolkata. You can take a flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport to Bagdogra Airport. Public transport services like buses or taxis are available to Gangtok. Bagdogra Airport is located around 124 km away and will take approximately 4 hours to reach you. In addition, you can avail of helicopter services to reach Gangtok provided by the STDC.

How to reach Sikkim from Kalimpong

By Road

YYou can plan a trip from Kalimpong to Sikkim and enjoy a few days in the lap of nature. Take your loved ones to beautiful Sikkim and treat your eyes to the stunning views on the way and enjoy the pleasant weather. Enjoy a smooth ride on a journey from Kalimpong to Sikkim. You can halt at attractions en route for extra fun.

  • Route  - Rishi Road - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
  • Distance & Travel time: 105 Km and 4 hours, 10 minutes (approx.)
  • Attractions en route - Naga Waterfalls, Pujay Dara View Point, Delo View Point, Stone Age Eco Valley Resort
  • Restaurants en route - Jaman Hotel, Ramesh Restaurant, Sharma Veg Restaurant, Nima line hotel 

By Train

Many trains run from Kolkata to Sikkim. Some popular trains to visit Sikkim from Kolkata are Shatabdi Express, Karmabhoomi Express, AGTL Humasafar, GHY Garib Rath, and more. The nearest railway station to Sikkim is New Jalpaiguri, which is located around 118 km away from Gangtok city. You can visit Sikkim by train from Kolkata and from there, take a bus or taxi to Gangtok. Siliguri bus station is 6 km away from the railway station and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Gangtok.

By Flight

The nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport, which is well-connected with Kolkata. You can take a flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport to Bagdogra Airport. Public transport services like buses or taxis are available to Gangtok. Bagdogra Airport is located around 124 km away and will take approximately 4 hours to reach you. In addition, you can avail of helicopter services to reach Gangtok provided by the STDC.

How to reach Sikkim from Siliguri

Enjoy a trip from Siliguri to Sikkim by road. Hire several buses and shared jeeps from outside the Siliguri Railway Station. The views on this route are unmatchable. Escape your daily routine and visit Sikkim from Siliguri by road for a memorable holiday. For an exciting journey, you can visit attractions and restaurants on your way.

  • Road Map- Ghogomali main road - Eastern Bypass - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
  • Distance: 115 Km and  4 hours, 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Attractions en route - Teesta beauty viewpoint, Bengal Safari, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Fambonglho Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Restaurants en route - Abhinay Restaurant, Gautam’s Riverview Restaurant, Hotel Anand Family Restaurant & Lodge 

How to reach Sikkim from New Jalpaiguri

Hire a bus, private or shared taxis from New Jalpaiguri to Sikkim. The breathtaking views on this route from NJP to Sikkim by road are incomparable and will give you a great time on your journey. This 4-hour journey has fun places you can stop and spend time at. For hunger, there are many restaurants between NJP and Sikkim where you can stop and enjoy a meal.

  • Route: Ratan Road - Eastern Bypass - NH10 - Arithang, Gangtok
  • Distance: 118 Km and 4 hours, 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Attractions en route - Coronation bridge, Dona viewpoint, Madhuban Park, Bengal Safari, Naga waterfalls
  • Restaurants en route - Dhaba by Amber, Sartaj Restaurant, Abhinay Restaurant, Barbeque Nation, Rickis Family Restaurant 

Sikkim Road Conditions

Road conditions from Bagdogra to Sikkim are pretty good and have an excellent broad flyover. From Darjeeling to Sikkim, several roads are bad with potholes and not suitable for smaller cars. However, the overall road conditions in Sikkim are okay.





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