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How To Reach Sikkim
Nestled between Nepal, China, Bhutan and West Bengal, Sikkim is a popular tourist destination with a unique culture of its own. The state has a lot to offer; be it the breathtaking views, the diverse flora and fauna or the traditions and customs, making it a haven for adventure lovers, naturalists and almost every other kind of traveller. Those seeking some peace and quiet will get plenty of opportunities in the stunning white monasteries next to blue lakes; a pristine sight this entire belt of Himalayas is known for. So, if you have decided to spend your vacation in this lovely state, here's a quick guide on how best to get to Sikkim.
There are many options available at different prices for those considering going to Sikkim on bus. One could choose between Volvo A/C Semi sleeper or A/C Multi-Axle Semi sleeper. If you don’t want to pay the higher prices, you can even go with the government buses. The closest bus depots are in Siligui and Darjeeling and the journey would not take more than a few hours. Rest assured that you would thoroughly enjoy the scenic route.
There are no railway stations in the state of Sikkim. Although, there is one in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Siliguri just 125 kms and 114 kms from Gangtok respectively. Both NJP and Siliguri are very well connected to the rest of the country. From here you can simply hire a taxi or take a bus which will ferry you to Gangtok in roughly 4 hours.
The nearest air terminal is Bagdogra Airport, about 124 kms. from Gangtok town. Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and all other big cities connect this part of the country fairly well. From Bagdogra Airport hire a taxi, to get to Gangtok in just 4 hours. Bagdogra is additionally linked with Gangtok by helicopters. The Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation operates daily flights that take just 20 minutes to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. This helicopter administration is of course subject to climate conditions.
Getting around in Sikkim
Sikkim Nationalised Transport or SNT which was established in 1944 is the most popular form of public transport here. The bus service is widely connected to Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling and Siliguri. Local auto rickshaws are also available almost everywhere. This mode of transportation is fast, cheap and convenient. Also, most of the auto-rickshaw drivers are aware of the routes and could help you visit the coveted tourist destinations. Besides buses and autos, one could also hire a taxi to go around town.