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How to Reach Sikkim

Visit the Amazing Mountain Kingdom of Sikkim
Tourism In S Ikkim

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Current weather:

Best time to visit:

Mar - Jun, Sep - Dec

Visa:

On Arrival

Ideal Duration:

5 - 6 Days

Starting from

Rs. 7,999

Nature Sightseeing Adventure

How to Reach Sikkim

Plan a trip to the vibrant and scenic Sikkim where nature’s bounty can be seen in all its beauty and charm. This Himalayan mountain kingdom is filled with traditional monasteries as well as lush woodlands and thick valleys at every corner. When you visit this beautiful land, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan mountains from this gorgeous state in the North east. Interact with the warm-hearted locals here and enjoy the dynamic culture of the Lepchas, Nepalis and Bhutias.

Savor the local delicacies, go on sightseeing tours and shop for some fun souvenirs in this magical land filled with wondrous sights and sounds. This Northeastern state is easily accessible by air, rail and road so traveling here is quite an easy task, so book your tickets now! If you are planning to visit this Himalayan state and wondering how to reach Sikkim, consult the information below for more on the same.

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By Air

For those wondering how to reach Sikkim by air, there is no airport in Sikkim itself so you will have to travel to the nearest airport in Bagdogra in West Bengal. This airport is about 124 kilometers from Gangtok and it takes about 5 hours from Bagdogra by buses or cabs. If you want to travel in luxury, you can travel by helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok that takes about 30 minutes. This helicopter service is run by the Sikkim tourism Development Corporation at 2pm from Bagdogra to Gangtok. Book these services in advance as they can get pretty full fast and the rates may go up.

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By Train

If you are traveling to Sikkim and looking at how to reach Sikkim by train, you will have to travel to New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri rail stations. Sikkim does not have its own station and these  are the two nearest rail stations located in West Bengal. You can easily get cabs or taxis from these stations till Sikkim as they are well connected. It takes about 5 hours to travel from these stations till this Himalayan kingdom. You can book your train tickets at the Sikkim Nationalized Transport office on weekdays.

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By Road

If you want to know how to reach Sikkim by road, consult the following information. You can travel by taxi or cab from the nearest states that are Siliguri and Darjeeling, both in West Bengal. This is a scenic route as well as the Teesta river flows on one side while the other side is encompassed by lush green mountains. As you get closer to Gangtok, you can enjoy the  beautiful sight of multi coloured flowers on this magical journey.

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From-To Distance By Air By Train By Road
Pune to Sikkim 5.0 hours-48.0 hours
Mumbai to Sikkim 3.0 hours-41.0 hours
Kolkata to Sikkim --18.0 hours
Delhi to Sikkim --29.0 hours
Bangalore to Sikkim --51.0 hours

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FAQ's of Sikkim

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When is the off season of Sikkim?

Tourists should visit Sikkim during the off-season from October to December to avail good discounts.

How many days are ideally required to explore Sikkim?

The ideal duration for a Sikkim tour depends on the destinations that the tourists wish to cover and the experiences they want to choose. A 4 nights, 5 day trip would ideally cover all major destinations in a hassle-free manner. However, if tourists wish to explore more offbeat destinations then a longer trip can be arranged. Consult the travel agents at Travel Triangle for more information regarding the same.

What kind of clothing is required for a holiday in Sikkim?

Carry warm clothing along with you on this holiday in Sikkim, especially from October to April. It is important that tourists stay layered and carry clothing like sweaters, jackets, shirts & cotton inner linings, walking shoes. Heavy woolens and thermals are essential during October to April.

What are the top dishes that one must try in Sikkim?

Savor the delicious dishes of Sikkim on a holiday here. The most famous dishes one must try here are Momos, Thukpa, Thenthuk, Gundruk and Sinki, Phagshapa, Sael Roti and Churpi.

Do tourists need a permit to visit attractions of Sikkim?

Yes, tourists will require vaild permits to visit the top tourist hotspots, especially in East and North Sikkim. For a permit, tourists should ideally carry around 10 photos and ID proofs. The permits will be made within 1-2 hours so it is advisable that tourists speak to tour agents beforehand so that there is no delay.