South Sikkim is one of the most important financial and economic centres of the state and so is well connected with the capital, Gangtok, as well as other cities in the East of India. There are no airports or railway stations in Sikkim and road travel is the best way to get around.
South Sikkim does not have an airport, and the nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is 110 kilometres away, and it takes 3 to 4 hours drive by national highway 31 A. There are shared jeeps, cars and buses to ferry people from the airport to towns in South Sikkim.
Nearest Airport: BAGDOGRA
- 52 kms from South Sikkim
Tentative return flight prices to BAGDOGRA from major cities in India.
|Starting city||Return price (approx)|
|Mumbai||₹ 9,365||View Details|
|New Delhi||₹ 6,167||View Details|
|Bengaluru||₹ 8,372 Non-stop||View Details|
|Chennai||₹ 11,269 Non-stop||View Details|
|Hyderabad||₹ 10,620||View Details|
|Kolkata||₹ 4,411 Non-stop||View Details|
Since South Sikkim is located in a hilly area, roads are the only way to access any of the towns directly. The road connections are well maintained but can be closed during the peak of monsoon. Shared jeeps and private cars are the most popular ways to travel within the district and buses are rare, since roads are smaller and difficult to manoeuvre.
There is no railway station in South Sikkim, and the nearest station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) that is 120 kilometres from Ravangla. A new station in Sikkim is being planned but will take a few years to construct. NJP is well linked up with the rest of the country with frequent trains. There are other stations nearer the Sikkim - Bengal border, but the frequency of trains is less there.
Taxis should be able to take you to most of the motorable roads. Otherwise, trekking is also an option to access this area nicely.
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