Gangtok is a beautiful bustling, friendly hill station of Sikkim state. It is the main capital city of the Himalayan state of Sikkim. The name Gangtok is derived from the Tibetan word for 'hillside.' Both of the cities are just 112 km far from each other. Via roadway, you can reach Gangtok maximum in 2 hours. However, the best way to travel from Siliguri to Gangtok is by bus, a journey of almost 1 hour 50 minutes approximately. You can easily find ATM, hospitals, dhabas and Indian oil during the journey towards Siliguri to Gangtok. Gangtok does not have its own railway station. Malda Town (MLDT), Kishanganj (KNE), New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Katihar Jn (KIR) are considered as 4 nearby train stations connected to Siliguri.
Transport options from Siliguri to Gangtok
Siliguri to Gangtok By Bus: State owned buses and privately functioned deluxe buses are easily accessible from Siliguri. Buses are mostly used as the best transport mode to reach Gangtok from Siliguri. It is considered as an ideal option for groups, individual travellers.
Siliguri to Gangtok By Car: Hiring a taxi from Siliguri is considered as another convenient way to reach Gangtok. Charges of taxi depends upon the type of Taxi hired by you. It is considered as an ideal option for groups, kids, seniors, individual travellers.
The drive from Siliguri to Gangtok is gorgeous by road if you have the stomach for an adventure in the monsoons. From the foothills of Siliguri as the road snakes towards the hills and once you cross Sevokea 20 kms, an agitated Tista river flanks the right side all through the 125 km journey. The raging river rises, meanders, break shores and gushes past below and beside you as the vehicle moves over a bridge. The pelting rain and undulating hills makes the journey memorable.
An overwhelming fear of a disaster-about-to-happen, hangs in the air when large lorries tear-down (literally) the road amid-st a constant threat of landslides from denuded portions of the mountains making the trip more adventurous than it is.
It is soul-satisfying. The vehicle drove through flowing water on a patch of road barely 15 feet wide with a deep chasm to the right. The driver stopped, peered up towards the rolling mountain stones, decided we had time before the larger boulders came down and drove on
51 km before Gangtok a road sign pointed left towards Darjeeling, the milestone reading 141 kms. We ploughed on across the Lepchu Johra Bridge only one vehicle at a time, towards Gangtok.
At Ranipool 12 kms before Gangtok a pavement with broad railings on either sides run alongside the road for the entire distance. School-going children, residents, old and young are seen walking through out the stretch colourful umbrellas in hand.
The taxi came to a halt outside The "Tashe Delek" hotel situated in the new market, as if an old one ever existed, underplayed by its beauty due to the small entrance on the market road. But I soon discovered all establishments opened into the market road a part cobblestone for walkers and part tar for vehicles a fine balance since there was no other access. The air was thin and the cool moist air sprayed a fine jet of rain on my face.
It was good yet very tiring. The scenes were really beautiful along our way. The food we got on the way was not that good. We were at our comfort. Playing songs, having small chit chat during the travel. Which was necessary. Phone network created a hell lot of problems.
We went by our own car i.e. Duster and enjoyed the drive and captured lots of natural beauty in our camera on the way to Gangtok. One should only go for self drive if they have a experience to drive in hills else its risky. On the way big pool is a must visit place where you can enjoy the beauty of the river with local corn in your hand.
It's a long winding road with lot of sharp turns, will advise you to take avomin tablets for children. The car will stop for refreshment once at Melli or Rangpo. At Rangpo you have to show your ID cards. Please do not carry any tobacco related things as it is banned in Sikkim.
The travel from Siliguri to Gangtok was quite enjoyable with River Tista on one of the road almost throughout the route and same sights were eye-catching. Roads were damaged due the landslides and should be repaired quickly for more comfortable journey. The food available enroute was good and standard food can be taken in Rangpo, Singtam and Ranipool. People should leave Siliguri latest by 3.00 pm so that they can watch the hill beauty enroute.
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