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.
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.
It is a good experience to travel from Siliguri to Gangtok by taxi. The road known as NH-31 from the starting of the journey after 25 km you reach the place known as Sevoke where you can see the Coronation Bridge which built by British Government. This road cross the river which name is Teesta. After crossing the river You can reach Rangpoo, Corridor of Sikkim. Please carry your ID proof entering in Sikkim.
Its short and sweet trip with friends. We enjoyed every inch of Gangtok. We stayed in hotel Nirvana Residency and road from Siluguri to Gangtok is in good condition. Although its a ghat road and one way road, but do not have steep turns. The best thing is to hire a cab from Siliguri. They may take 3000-4000 for one way.
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