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Transportation in Sikkim
Thanks to the same magnificent mountains that are Sikkim's primary attraction, this landlocked Indian state, wedged between Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal, lacks direct air or rail connections. However, Sikkim's very first airport at Pakyong, 30 km (19 miles) from Gangtok, is slated to commence operations in 2012.
View the stunning beauty from the highest vantage point in a helicopter as you make your sweep through Sikkim.
See below for details on the transportation in Sikkim. For travelling around the country the India transportation guide will be of great help. You may also like to check out the Sikkim tours and the transport options they have.
Getting to Sikkim
If this is your chosen mode of travel, consider the circuitous journey an intrinsic part of the Sikkim experience! Kolkata in West Bengal is where international travellers can fly in direct; alternatively, other major international airports like New Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai, offer excellent domestic air connections to Kolkata.
From Kolkata, regular flights operate to Bagdogra Airport, near Siliguri (West Bengal), about 120 km (75 miles) away from Gangtok. The final leg of the journey is accomplished by helicopter, a half hour flight. Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation operates one daily service that carries 4-5 persons. It's worth bearing in mind though that the efficacy of the service is subject to favourable weather conditions.
New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Gangtok, about 125 km (78 miles) away. To reach this town, take an overnight train from Kolkata. From Sikkim, tickets can be bought at the Sikkim Nationalised Transport office on any working day.
National Highways 31 and 31A connect Siliguri and Gangtok. The state-owned Sikkim Nationalised Transport runs regular bus services. Private transport - buses, jeeps and taxis - ply from Sikkim to Siliguri. The highway snakes through green, wildflower spattered slopes along the banks of River Teesta; on the other side gleaming, white Himalayan peaks present a spectacular sight. Definitely, a ride to savour.
Sikkim is also connected by road to the popular hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal.
Getting around Sikkim
Virtually all destinations within are linked by roads that can be covered by Sikkim transport. Like mountain people worldwide, Sikkim's residents favour their own two feet as the best way to get around. You'll also see two-wheelers and bikes on the roads of Gangtok. Sikkim Nationalized Transport offers reliable and frequent bus services to all parts of the state. Share taxis operate on the 31A National highway with halts at specific points - a relatively inexpensive option for transport in Sikkim to get to your destination of choice. Alternatively, look for private taxis or jeeps on M. G. Road to take you around. Chartered taxis offer a fixed-rate service.
Sikkim Helicopter Service offers a more exclusive mode of Sikkim transport to view the grandeur of the landscape. Get up close to Mount Khanchendzonga, the world's third highest peak, take in an aerial view of Gangtok or enjoy the beauty of Yumthang, the Valley of Flowers from on high.
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