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How to Reach Gangtok

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Tourism In Gangtok

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Best time to visit:

Feb - Apr

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Ideal Duration:

3-4 Days

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How to Reach Gangtok

Gangtok is known for the magnificent views and stunning sceneries. It is one of the most visited and most beautiful hill-stations of India. The cultures and traditions of this place are known throughout the country. The picturesque view of mount Kanchenjunga attracts you to hit this place at least once in your lifetime. It has abundant natural beauty to be explored. All that one needs to know is how to reach Gangtok.

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By Air

About knowing how to reach Gangtok by air, the foremost thing to know is that the nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal. Gangtok is at a distance of one hundred and twenty-four kilometers from here. The good thing is that Bagdogra Airport is well connected with other major cities of the country. Also, you can take helicopter services from Bagdogra to Gangtok which are operated by Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation. This will take only twenty more minutes for you to reach.
Also, you can plan to take the road trip which will get you many fascinating views in the way. It will only take approximately two hours for you to reach Bagdogra airport from Delhi. Afterwards, take the bus or hire a taxi as well for a more convenient journey.

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By Train

Know the fact that the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri if you are keen to know how to reach Gangtok by train. It is at a distance of approximately one hundred and twenty kilometers. You can cover this distance in less than four hours. It enjoys a good connectivity from many major stations like Kolkata and New Delhi. You can also take a cab from the railway station that will make your journey more comfortable. Some of the trains that run on this route are Sikkim Mahananda Express, North East Express, Udaipur City-New Jalpaiguri Weekly Express and Brahmaputra Mail.

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By Road

Road trips are considered as the best trips as you can choose to stop anywhere, take better views of the places you encounter and change the route as per the choice. Now if you want to know how to reach Gangtok by road, many private and state buses are available from places like Siliguri and Bagdogra. If you are traveling alone and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the best way to travel.

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From-To Distance By Air By Train By Road
Mumbai to Gangtok 3.0 hours43.0 hours43.0 hours
Kolkata to Gangtok 2.0 hours23.0 hours13.0 hours
New Delhi to Gangtok 2.0 hours23.0 hours26.0 hours

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What should I eat in Gangtok?

One cannot miss Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk, Thenthuk and more, along with a Sikkim style meat patty called Shah-Phaley. Along with this you get to choose from a huge variety of authentic soups almost unique to the area. Chang is a locally made alcoholic beverage and is a must try while here. Authentic Tibetan and Indo-Chinese cuisines are also available in the restaurants and must also be tried.

When is the best time to visit Gangtok?

The best time to visit Gangtok is April to June and also from September to November when one can experience variable temperatures with pleasant summers and autumn in the foothills & freezing winters high up in the mountains.

When can I witness snow in Gangtok?

Snowfall can be witnessed in the winter months of January and February in Gangtok. Else you have to travel to the Zero Point where snow can be witnessed anytime throughout the year.

Are there any treks in and around Gangtok?

There are a number of treks one can go for but all the treks require a decent fitness level. Some of them are Dzongri, Versay, Tholung, Goecha La, Tosar Lake, Everest Singalila and Green Lake trek.

Are there any festivals in Gangtok I can be a part of?

Pong Labsal festival, celebrated in the month of December, is one of the most popular and major festivals in this region. During that time, the gate of Chogyal's Palace is open for the travelers. Other tourist festivals include Flower Festival, Gangtok Food and Culture Festival, Hee Bermiock Heritage & Tourism Festival, Khangchendzonga Tourist festival, Lampokhari Tourism Festival, Mangan Music Festival, Namchi Mahotsav, Ravangla Festival and many others.