Darjeeling to Gangtok - How to Reach Gangtok ? Ticket Price ? INDIA TOUR - Ep.41

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This video is the part of India Tour Series , EP 41 in which I travelled from Darjeeling to Gangtok. There are direct taxis from Darjeeling to Gangtok...

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This video is the part of India Tour Series , EP 41 in which I travelled from Darjeeling to Gangtok. There are direct taxis from Darjeeling to Gangtok. The fare in peak season from Darjeeling to Gangtok is max. 300Rs but in off season it can vary in between 150-200 Rs.


This is one of the most important as well as a confusing question that comes while planning a Darjeeling to Gangtok trip. Both the hill stations lie in different states. So shall I visit Darjeeling first or Gangtok? The time taken from Darjeeling to Gangtok and vice versa is about 4 hours by car (not shared ones). It takes 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from Bagdogra/NJP by car under normal traffic conditions and about 4.5 hours to reach Gangtok. While you can practically visit any of the two at first, visiting Gangtok (Sikkim) has a few distinct advantages.

This question comes only if you are arriving and leaving from Bagdogra or NJP. If you are directly flying in or out of Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, then you have to plan accordingly.

The distance between Gangtok to Bagdogra is 126 km and that from Gangtok to Siliguri is 122 km. From NJP/Bagdogra, you have to take the National Highway NH10. There is no other route towards Gangtok. Usually, the route faces a lot of traffic jam in several places like Matigara, Darjeeling More, Kalijhora and Ranipool. So if you are returning from Gangtok to NJP/Bagdogra, you have to start quite early in order to not miss your train or flight. There have been instances where trains have been missed because of the traffic jam faced just before entering Siliguri town area and in Siliguri itself.

We had been once stuck in one such traffic jam while returning from Gangtok. Thankfully we had started early. Even then, we had to leave our car and hop on to a rickshaw that took us through the lanes and narrow alleys to NJP Railway Station.

Darjeeling, on the other hand, is nearer to NJP and Bagdogra and you have to take another route. Infact there are three routes from Darjeeling to the NJP and Bagdogra. So you can have a little more time in your hand if you are coming down from Darjeeling on your return.

If you decide to return from Gangtok, then we advise you to keep sufficient time in hand for the journey.

Secondly, there are some vehicle restrictions in Sikkim. West Bengal registered vehicles are not permitted beyond the Deorali Taxi Stand. Deorali is located about 2 km from Gangtok city and you have to take another local taxi to get to your hotel or hostel. You might think that you can walk this distance. But an uphill walk with your luggage will not be a good idea. However, there are no such restrictions in Darjeeling and any vehicle from Sikkim can enter the town.

If you are planning to rent a car for the entire trip, then ask your rental company about the vehicle restriction in Sikkim.

Distance between Darjeeling to Gangtok
The distance between Darjeeling to Gangtok is 100 km and it takes about 4 hours to reach from one place to the other under normal traffic conditions.

How to reach Gangtok?

From both Bagdogra airport and New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP), you will get a reserved car for Gangtok. Prepaid counters are available at both Bagdogra Airport and NJP Station. Private taxis are also available at Pakyong Airport in case you are flying into Gangtok.

Darjeeling to Gangtok
You can book a cab from Darjeeling stand to travel to Gangtok. From Darjeeling, you have to come down Teesta Bazar, cross the Teesta Bridge and continue the journey to Gangtok.

By shared cabs
Shared jeeps are available from NJP Station. These jeeps are usually available from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm. From Bagdogra Airport, you will not get any shared vehicles to Gangtok. You have to come to Siliguri Stand to get a shared jeep to Gangtok. These shared jeeps take 10 passengers and start their journey only when the vehicle if full. So you might have to wait for some time before starting the journey. These shared jeeps drop you at fixed places, either the Deorali Stand or the Vajra Cinema Hall Stand in Gangtok.

Shared jeeps from Darjeeling to Gangtok are also available from Chowk Bazar Stand at lower Darjeeling.

Tentative fare for a shared vehicle to Gangtok (as on January 2020):

NJP to Gangtok: Rs. 200 per person
Siliguri to Gangtok: Rs. 200 per person

Darjeeling to Gangtok: Rs. 200 per person
Kalimpong to Gangtok: Rs. 175 per person
Siliguri to Gangtok Buses
Buses to Gangtok are available from Siliguri SNT Stand (Sikkim Nationalised Transport). There are only a few buses plying in the route.

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