Nestled in the Himalayan range, Gangtok is the capital of the northeastern state of Sikkim. Known as a revered Buddhist pilgrimage centre, the hill city is among the top tourist destinations in India and draws both domestic and international travellers in large numbers. From high-altitude lakes to snow-laden mountain passes and enticing Buddhist monasteries to verdant tea estates, Gangtok is an ideal getaway for vacationers, trekkers, religious travellers and nature lovers.

How to Get to Gangtok by Flight, Train or Bus

Gangtok can be easily accessed from neighbouring cities like Darjeeling and Siliguri via a network of well-maintained roads. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is located about 120 km away from Gangtok.

More details about how to get to Gangtok are given below:

How to Reach Gangtok by Air

Travellers planning to reach Gangtok by air can book a flight till Bagdogra Airport (IXB), which serves the city of Siliguri in northern West Bengal. It is a major transportation hub in the region with regular flights to both domestic and international destinations like Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Bangalore, Paro and Bangkok, among others. Some frequently operating airlines at the airport are Druk Air, Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet. Upon arrival, visitors can take a cab or bus or opt for helicopter services offered by the STDC to cover the 124 km distance to Gangtok.

How to Reach Gangtok by Rail

The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP), located about 120 km away. It is the busiest railhead serving the northeastern states of India and connects them to the mainland of India as well as neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Major trains serving the station include Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Sampark Kranti. Public transport like bus and taxi are readily available at the railway station for travellers to reach the city of Gangtok.

Major train station in Gangtok: New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station

How to Reach Gangtok by Road

Travelling to Gangtok by road is one of the most preferred ways for those coming from neighbouring cities, owing to its well-maintained thoroughfares flanked by coniferous trees and commanding eye-catching views. Therefore, cities like Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong are just an astonishing road trip away from the city. Major highways connecting Gangtok to other parts of the country are NH 10 and NH 310A. For travellers who wish to reach the city by bus, SNT Bus Station is the entry point.

Interstate bus terminal and major bus station of Gangtok: SNT bus station

Distance Between Gangtok and Major Indian Cities:

  • New Delhi to Gangtok: 1469 km (approximately 23 hours by road)
  • Mumbai to Gangtok: 2315 km (approximately 37 hours by road)
  • Pune to Gangtok: 2258 km (approximately 39 hours by road)
  • Bangalore to Gangtok: 2471 km (approximately 42 hours by road)
  • Ahmedabad to Gangtok: 2147 km (approximately 34 hours by road)
  • Hyderabad to Gangtok: 2056 km (approximately 33 hours by road)
  • Kolkata to Gangtok: 671 km (approximately 13 hours by road)
  • Chennai to Gangtok: 2314 km (approximately 41 hours by road)
  • Amritsar to Gangtok: 2031 km (approximately 36 hours by road)
  • Noida to Gangtok: 1534 km (approximately 28 hours by road)
  • Nagpur to Gangtok: 1557 km (approximately 26 hours by road)
  • Visakhapatnam to Gangtok: 1543 km (approximately 25 hours by road)
  • Bhubaneswar to Gangtok: 1091 km (approximately 26 hours by road)
  • Chandigarh to Gangtok: 1826 km (approximately 33 hours by road)
  • Goa to Gangtok: 2854 km (approximately 55 hours by road)
  • Jaipur to Gangtok: 1564 km (approximately 25 hours by road)
  • Pondicherry to Gangtok: 2480 km (approximately 52 hours by road)
  • Vadodara to Gangtok: 2134 km (approximately 41 hours by road)
  • Surat to Gangtok: 2286 km (approximately 44 hours by road)
  • Patna to Gangtok: 564 km (approximately 10 hours by road)
  • Bhopal to Gangtok: 1673 km (approximately 33 hours by road)
  • Indore to Gangtok: 1818 km (approximately 35 hours by road)
  • Dehradun to Gangtok: 1779 km (approximately 33 hours by road)
  • Shimla to Gangtok: 1924 km (approximately 36 hours by road)
  • Kanpur to Gangtok: 1115 km (approximately 23 hours by road)
  • Aligarh to Gangtok: 1460 km (approximately 28 hours by road)
  • Meerut to Gangtok: 1604 km (approximately 30 hours by road)
  • Agra to Gangtok: 1357 km (approximately 26 hours by road)
  • Gurgaon to Gangtok: 1581 km (approximately 30 hours by road)
  • Guwahati to Gangtok: 529 km (approximately 10 hours by road)

Top Attractions to Explore While Travelling to Gangtok:

  • Tsomgo Lake Nathula Pass
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Ranka Monastery
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
  • Flower Exhibition Center
  • MG Marg
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Rumtek Monastery

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