The closest airport is at Bagdogra, which is 124-km from Gangtok (about 4 hours drive) and connected by air with all-important Indian Metros. For all further details please contact any one of the Sikkim tourism offices.
The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri, which is 125-km (about 4 hours drive) from Gangtok. NJP is well connected with all major cities of India . Gangtok, railway bookings can be made at the booking counter of the Sikkim nationalised transport terminus.
Gangtok is connected with Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri by the national highway 31 A. the Sikkim nationalised transport plies regular bus services between Gangtok and Siliguri and within Sikkim. Private buses, jeeps and taxis are also available from Siliguri and Bagdogra. Bookings can be made at the SNT terminus, Siliguri.
SIKKIM HELICOPTER SERVICE
Height Of Luxury
For the more discerning traveller, Sikkim Tourism is proud to present the Sikkim Helicopter Service from Gangtok to Bagdogra airport and back. The five-seater helicopter offers an exclusive mode of transport not merely to enable connection flights, but to also see Sikkim from an entirely new view.
Sikkim helicopter service also conducts, besides the regular runs to Bagdogra airport and back, special mountain flights. Come and see the majesty of the Himalayan peaks from close up like never before. Feast your eyes on the grandeur and the sheer size of the great Mount Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, or check out the symmetrical beauty of Mount Sinilochu, considered by many as the most beautiful peak in the entire Himalayan range. Or fly over Gangtok and get a comprehensive view of the layout of the town with it's many winding roads and alleys.
Special flights are also conducted over West Sikkim and North Sikkim for a bird's eye-view of the monasteries and the exotic valley of flowers. All passengers on these sightseeing flights are awarded official certificates of participation by the STDC as souvenirs.
For a detailed break up of the flight and their schedules, please contact your nearest Sikkim Tourist Information Center.
PERMITS AND RESTRICTIONS
Foreign tourists need to obtain a permit to visit Sikkim. The easiest way is to request one when applying for your Indian visa. They are usually valid for two weeks from entry into the state, which allows enough time to visit the towns and villages at a fairly leisurely pace but places constraints on time if trekking.
The permit covers the main southern belt from Gangtok across to Pemayangtse. Certain area in central Sikkim and the sensitive border regions with Tibet are completely off limits to foreigners. Other parts of Sikkim are open for tourism but not included in the regions covered by your permit.
For those areas you require an endorsement of your permit, a simple quick and free service, which is provided at the tourist information Office in Gangtok. Visa extensions and trekking permits for certain regions can also be obtained in Gangtok. Certain restricted areas, like Changu Lake, Yumthang and Dzongri, only allow foreigners in groups, accompanied by representatives of approved travel agents.
Gangtok To Bagdigra: 124-km
Gangtok To Siliguri: 110-km
Gangtok To Kalimpong Via Tista: 75-km
Gangtok To Jalpaigurhi: 125-km
Gangtok To Darjeeling : 94-km
Gangtok To Pemayangtse Via Singtam Rabangla & Legship: 112-km
Gangtok To Singhik: 72-km
Pemayangtse To Yuksom: 21-km
Darjeeling To Pemanyantse: 72-km
Gangtok To Tsongo: 40-km
Gangtok To Lachung: 126-km
Gangtok To Yumthang: 149-km