Why choose Gangtok?
Gangtok is a picturesque capital city of the mountainous state Sikkim. Majestic snow-capped peaks, green valleys, rhododendron forests, mysterious glacial lakes and quite a number of Buddhist Monasteries, Gangtok is an excellent place to explore. It is an extraordinary destination for quenching your thirst for sightseeing, landscape photography, experiencing the tranquility, adventure and much more. Discover more all by yourself. So, if you’re a Kolkatan, tired of the hectic metropolis life and are looking for an ideal break, here’s the Good News! Gangtok welcomes you to witness the ethereal beauty and undefiled grandeur. So prepare your Gangtok Tour Plan from Kolkata, before packing your bags. While preparing your tour plan, do a thorough research about the place you’re going to visit, especially the weather and climate, the formalities to visit the international borders like Nathu La Pass, about the costs of the hotels and cabs, carry warm clothes, learn about famous cuisines and the dialect. Apart from that, I am here to assist you with how to reach Gangtok from Kolkata.
The celestial city is reachable by Air, by Train and By Road.
You can reach Bagdogra airport in an hour or so from Kolkata. The Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Gangtok and it is located 124 kilometers away from town. From the airport, you can hire a vehicle that will get you to Gangtok in a matter of three hours. So, you can enjoy the captivating views of the beautiful rolling hills and unending Teesta River as your backdrop. You can also take a helicopter to get into Gangtok in just 20 minutes. However, their services depend upon weather conditions.
The nearer railway station to Gangtok is approximately 148 kilometers away in New Jalpaiguri. The Station is well connected with Kolkata. From the station, you can take a taxi to Gangtok, or else go to Siliguri Bus Station and catch a state bus to Gangtok, Which will take about 5-6 hours to reach Gangtok.
Gangtok is well connected with the road networks. Buses can be easily availed from Kolkata to Siliguri. Opting to travel by bus all the way from Kolkata to Siliguri will take more than 12 hours. Then again you have to take the road to reach Gangtok which takes around 5 hours. The roads run through the hilly province with profuse greens, which looks captivating. If you want hassle free and comfortable ride to Gangtok from Siliguri, then hire a cab.
Booking an accommodation
As Gangtok witnesses a large influx of tourists throughout the year, the city accommodates numerous hotels and resorts. Finding a hotel is not an easy task because most of them are pre-reserved. You can also book your hotel through online mode so that you won’t face any difficulty in the moment while you’re longing for a proper rest after the long journey.
Make a list of Sightseeing places
Spending vacation doesn’t just mean being confined somewhere in a hotel room, right? As Gangtok is abundantly blessed with nature’s grandeur, you certainly would love to explore and witness the charm and serene aura of the magical place. So, before stepping out for a journey, make a proper list of the most significant places you wish to see and do in Gangtok. Learn about the best places to eat and drink. Have a blissful tour, click the best pictures and savor the mouth-watering delicacies.
The surreal province of Gangtok cannot be explored within a day. The Gangtok sightseeing places are located at considerable distance from the heart of town. Being the rugged province and the world’s highest motorable roads, it is not possible for small vehicles to ride upon those rugged terrains. So, in order to reach your sightseeing destination, you need to hire a registered vehicle like Scorpio or Innova, which can defeat the uneven roads. For sightseeing shared vehicles are also available.
Make a Return Plan with Blissful Experiences and Memories
For returning back you need to book your train or air tickets prior to your returning day. Since there are many online booking options, you can opt for those. For reaching Siliguri, buses and jeeps are available from Gangtok, for your convenience you may also hire a car.
While I traveled alone to Gangtok a year ago, I had to face a lot of problems, especially in finding an accommodation. At the end, I ended up paying a hefty amount for getting into one. I regretted it a lot for not making a prior booking. So, I would suggest you rather do it beforehand. Besides you can forget about all your worries by opting for a Gangtok Tour package from a reputed travel agency. They will organize your tour right from stepping out of your house to dropping you at your doorsteps. The tour package includes services like, booking a hotel, renting a cab, sightseeing activities, booking your flight or train tickets and other travel related services. The committed and the reliable travel agencies in Gangtok and the adjoining regions ensures an excellent and memorable vacation without constraining your budget.
Try to reach Gangtok before the dusk, so that you can take a stroll at M.G Marg or simply sit on the benches and enjoy the tranquil ambiance, or, talk with the locals regarding the best hotels, best food, sightseeing places. If you desire, have a glimpse into their world by staying in Homestays, learning about the culture and traditions too.
So, dear Travelers! I believe this would be beneficial for your Gangtok Tour Plan from Kolkata. I wish you have a wonderful and rejuvenating vacation.