New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok – Sikkim Tourism
Gangtok being the capital of Sikkim located at an altitude of 5,500 ft is one of the finest, beautifully designed cities in India. Gantok in Sikkim is a major tourist attraction in India and it attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The place is a high demand tourist spot for its magnificent beauty and scenic view. Mt. Kanchenjungha is highly visible from the city and it’s a fantastic view to see the giant peak standing white with snow and tall in the range.
I have already been to the city 5 times and looking forward to make another trip to the land of Himalayas with my favorite companions. I will surely not hesitate to say “yes” when any friend of mine asks about the trip to me. I love the city for its cleanliness, beautification and scenic view of the nature around the city. The place is one of the popular hill stations in India. Last time I visited the city in November, 2011 with the same group ( I love being in the group and leading it to our destination) when we visited the city via old Silk route from Lingtam. Lingtam is a beautiful serene offbeat destination in Sikkim. You can visit my “Hill Stations” category to view all the posts and trip reviews to get all details to make your plan to visit the place. By the time I visited Gangtok last time, I already made the Gangtok sightseeing more than 2 times before but we didn’t hesitate to go for Gangtok sightseeing again and visit the Gangtok tourist places for the beauty we explored.
We reached Gangtok late in the evening though we were supposed to reach the city earlier than that but the road condition was too poor and fog made it impossible for the driver to hurry up. The road condition from Siliguri or NJP to Gangtok is very good but the Silk route is a tough terrain. Generally 99% visit Gangtok by the road that connects the city with Siliguri and NJP. If you want to take the adventure, if you are a lover of the rough and raw nature then I would suggest you to take the Silk route from Lingtam to Gangtok. To travel by this road one has to take special permission from the Army. Both the routes have their own beauty and you can experience two different views while driving or passing by the routes.
Kolkata to Gangtok in Sikkim – How To Reach
Here I state how to reach Gangtok from Kolkata. One can take train or bus from Kolkata to reach NJP or Siliguri respectively. Siliguri and NJP are connected with bus and train services from different parts of India. Gangtok in Sikkim is connected with the plain in West Bengal by motor able routes and it takes 4 and half hours on average to reach the beautiful city from NJP or Siliguri – the plains of Bengal. One can also avail the aviation service provided by the Sikkim Government. There is Helicopter service from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok helipad. It takes a few minutes to reach Gangtok if one travel by air.
Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri Train Service
There are regular train services from Sealdah station in Kolkata to NJP station in north Bengal. NJP station is the gateway to Sikkim and many other tourist spots in north Bengal. Most of the trains depart in evening or at night except one or two in day. Tourists mostly take a night journey to reach Gangtok by noon or early afternoon. Most of the important trains from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri are the followings:
Trains from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri
- Kanchan Kanya Express
- Kanchanjungha express
- Padatik Express
- Darjeeling Mail
There are more trains to North Bengal but I would suggest you to take Darjeeling Mail which departs at 10.05pm because it is a super fast train and the only train that takes you to NJP station in 10 hours while all other trains takes you in 12 hours though usually these trains are always late by at least half an hour or 1 hour. Darjeeling Mail drops you at NJP at 8am and you can set off to Gangtok early to enjoy your day there. If you are late to reach NJP then you would be late to reach Gangtok too and this would kill your valuable time to explore the destination on your first day of visit. So, I would suggest you take Darjeeling Mail – the best train to New Jalpaiguri from Kolkata.
New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok by Road
Once you drop at NJP station, you can take a direct car to Gangtok from the prepaid taxi booth present just outside the station. If vehicles are not available, you can reach up to Siliguri bus terminus by auto or rickshaw (I prefer auto) and there are ready jeeps or cars to Gangtok frequently. NJP to Gangtok – the road is very comfortable and scenic beauty all around is just fantastic and mind blowing. The river Teesta flows along side the road and accompanies you till the entry to the city.
Keep traveling, keep smiling