How to Reach Sikkim by Air
Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport, travelers can opt for pre-booked taxis or private cars to Siliguri Junction, which serves as a major transportation hub connecting Bagdogra to various destinations in Sikkim. The journey from Bagdogra Airport to Siliguri Junction takes approximately 30-45 minutes by road.
Sikkim Helicopter ServiceFor travelers seeking a unique and convenient way to explore the enchanting landscapes of Sikkim, the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (STDC) offers helicopter services. Whether you're embarking on a pilgrimage, seeking adventure, or simply wishing to witness the breathtaking vistas from above, here's a guide to seat reservation and fare information for these memorable flights:
Seat Reservation Procedure
- Call the ticket reservation counter between 10 AM to 5 PM at the following numbers:Landline: 03592-203960 (GANGTOK)
- Duty Mobile: 7318906677
- Check for ticket availability based on your travel date and seat requirement.
- Upon confirmation, the total amount as per the headcount must be deposited into the STDC's Bandhan Bank account (details provided below).
- Scan the bank deposit slip and email it to [email protected] and [email protected].
- Reconfirm your reservation with the reservation staff before depositing the amount and after emailing the bank deposit slip.
- Gangtok to Bagdogra sortie: Daily service at 11 am (duration: 35 minutes)
- Bagdogra to Gangtok sortie: Daily service at 2:30 pm (duration: 35 minutes)
- Joy Ride Gangtok Aerial View (15 minutes): Rs. 9,500 per flight
- North Sikkim Kanchendzonga Mountain Flight (75 minutes): Rs. 90,000 for 4 seats (Camera Not Allowed)
- West Sikkim Kanchendzonga Mountain Flight (55 minutes): Rs. 66,000 for 5 seats (Camera Not Allowed)
- Medical Flight: Gangtok to Bagdogra: Rs. 22,000 for 5 seats
- Pilgrimage Flights: Char Dham-Tathangata Tsal-Samdruptse-Sai Mandir (40 minutes): Rs. 48,000 per flight for 5 seats (Camera Not Allowed)
- Tsomgo Aerial Flights: Rs. 18,990 for 4 people (Camera Not Allowed)
- Bagdogra to Gangtok (Daily) and Gangtok to Bagdogra (Daily): Rs. 3,500 per person (duration: 30 - 35 minutes)
How to Reach Sikkim by TrainThe nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is about 6-7kms from Siliguri and 130 km from Gangtok. Very few trains pass directly through Siliguri, which is approximately 114 km from Gangtok. Onward journeys from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri railway station are possible by road.
Ticket Reservation Facilities
Ticket reservation facilities are readily available at the Sikkim Nationalized Transport office on all working days.
How to Reach Sikkim by Road
Siliguri to West Sikkim
- Siliguri to Darjeeling
- Darjeeling to Jorethang
- Jorethang to Peling-Yuksom
Siliguri to South SikkimShared jeeps and public buses are available right outside the Siliguri Railway Station for the journey to Namchi in South Sikkim (journey time - 1 hour)
Siliguri to East and North Sikkim
Shared jeeps are available from Siliguri to Gangtok at frequent intervals till sundown. Buses and jeeps are occasionally available after sunset too, but it is recommended not to travel post-sunset due to the hilly terrain and steep valley.
Traveling between North and East Sikkim
The northern and the eastern part of Sikkim usually don't provide any independent travel opportunities but if you are lucky enough, you might get a shared ride/jeep to your destination. However, the best way to travel is with one of the group tours offered by numerous travel agents, on a sharing basis.
Sikkim Entry Permits
Foreigners (except citizens of Bhutan) are required to have a valid Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter Sikkim. Individual tourists are only allowed to visit Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery, Phodong, Pemaytangtse Monastery, Kechoperi, Tashiding, Yuksum, Mangan, Singhik. For entry into other areas, foreign tourists are required to travel in groups with a travel agency. The permits are issued for a 15 days period which can be extended to a maximum of 30 days in two splits of 15 days each. In most cases, the validity is not extended beyond that period.
Indians are required to get a permit issued to visit North Sikkim - beyond Singhik towards Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Zero Point, etc. and parts of East Sikkim - Chhangu Lake, Nathu La and Baba Temple. No permit is required to visit places like Namchi, Pelling, Yuksom, Ravangala, etc.
Where to Apply for the Permits
New DelhiOther than that, you can also ask for a 15 days Sikkim permit at Indian embassies abroad when applying for your visa.
Location: Sikkim House, 14 Panchsheel Marg, Block F, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri.Contact: 011-2611517
Location: Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street.Contact: 033-2281790
Location: Sikkim Tourist Information, 2nd, Sevoke Road, Ward 10, Dasrath Pally, Janta Nagar
Rangpo Check Post
Location: On the way to Gangtok or East Sikkim.Timing: Permit issuance between 8 am to 8 pm
Melli Check Post
Location: On the way to Jorethang/Namchi/Pelling/Yuksom, etc.Timing: Permit issuance between 8 am to 8 pm
Pakyong Airport near Gangtok
Approach the Tourist Office in the arrival hall for assistance in obtaining the permit
Burtuk Helipad near Gangtok
If arriving by helicopter from Bagdogra, approach the office at the helipad area for permit assistance
Visit the Sikkim Tourism Counter on arrival at Bagdogra Airport for permit issuance
While it's possible to obtain the permit (ILP) in Darjeeling, the process may be cumbersome at times. Visitors are advised to inquire locally for details and assistance.
There is also a slightly complicated two-step process in Darjeeling
Step 1- Applying at the Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO)
Step 2- Applying and obtaining the permit from the District Commissioner's Office (DCO) across town.
Special Trekking permits are required for high altitude trekking organised by trekking agents (in all cases, you must be accompanied by a guide) for a trekking tour in Yukson or Utterey. The application for such permits is made in Gangtok, and it takes at least a day for the documents to be delivered to the capital and back.
For further treks up the Lachen and Lachung valleys (up to the Tsopta and Yumthang) in North Sikkim, foreigners need Restricted Area Permits.
Indians need a police permit to travel north of Singhik but can venture up the Thanggu valley to Gurugongmar Lake, Zero Point and Yumthang. Permits can be procured in Gangtok through registered agencies.
Read more about Protected Area Permit & Restricted Area PermitDocuments needed for the Permit
- Fill the application form with necessary details.
- Submit a copy of a valid passport, visa, and a passport-sized photo.
- Permit is issued for 30 days after successful verification.
- A copy is submitted to the Foreigners Registration Office for record.
- Foreigners can stay for the permit duration, with an option for extension.
- While exiting, present at the Foreigners Registration Office for recording exit details.