Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim, is not to be missed on your visit to North-East India. The place of immense peace and natural wonders lures adventurers, nature lovers, couples, solo travelers, and self-seekers alike. Gangtok is entrenched as a Buddhist pilgrimage site.
This tourist attraction has the comprehensive amenities and facilities of a metropolitan town. What makes the exotic destination most preferred is its welcoming, caring, and cleanliness-loving citizens. Gangtok is landlocked from three international borders and has breathtaking magnificent views, even snowfall from high altitudes.
The easy accessibility makes it a perfect destination for everyone who wants to experience the bliss of nature once in their lifetime.
Time to visit
The best time to visit Sikkim is either between March and May or October and mid-December. Summer begins in March and ends in June. The average temperature during summers is around 22°C which makes it the perfect time to explore Gangtok. Monsoons in Gangtok starts in the month of July and last till September. The place receives heavy rainfall and cause landslides cutting off routes and disrupt travelling. Winters in Gangtok start from the month of October and end in the month of March. The temperature in winters averages between 4°C and 7°C.The months of October and November are pleasing while in December and January Gangtok experiences snowfall.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Gangtok is in Bagdogra, West Bengal which is around 125 km away. Bagdogra airport is well connected with the major cities in India. Helicopter services operated by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation offers daily services from Bagdogra to Gangtok. It takes around 20 minutes to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra by helicopter.
The closest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri which is 115 km away from Gangtok. The railway station is well connected with all major cities of the country. Railways are the most preferred way to reach Gangtok.
Gangtok is well connected by National Highway 31A with Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Sikkim State Transport operate regular bus services between Gangtok and Siliguri. One can also hire private buses, jeeps and taxis from Siliguri and Bagdogra.