New Jalpaiguri NJP to Gangtok

New Jalpaiguri is a major railway station in North West Bengal.It is nearest railway station to Gangtok.For details of Train from your city to New Jalpaiguri check IRCTC website with station code NJP for New Jalpaiguri.Travel guide for Gangtok to New Jalpaiguri is at Gangtok to NJP.

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New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok road view


New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok transport options

You should not worry about transportation.After reaching the platform just move out of it and you will see lot of people approaching you.They are drivers or agents.You should not directly book your vehicle through them as it will cost more.You should just move outside the railway station and reach Taxi stand.

You can take either shared taxi or reserve taxi from the stand just outside the railway station. Bus service is also available but from Siliguri which is at a distance of 8 kms from New Jalpaiguri railway station.

Bagdogra to Gangtok transport options

Bagdogra is nearest airport to Gangtok.It is situated 8 kms from Siliguri.Often tourists ask me about Bagdogra to Gangtok travel.So I am including this topic here itself instead of writing a separate post.The transport options mentioned above are applicable for this case as well.

Taxi is by far the most convenient option to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra.The route is same as that to New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok.The distance however increases by ten to twelve km.So time taken is increased by 20 or so min.

The taxi rent is somewhat inflated but not much.You should add 200 INR to 300 INR on top of rate from NJP.I have dealt with this below in the post.So read that section for more details.

New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok Bus service

Bus is cheaper than either shared taxi and reserved ones.You can take shared autos to reach Siliguri from the railway station.The fare of shared autos are not much.They will take 30 INR to 50 INR per person.The rates may differ slightly depending upon the season.

It is better to clarify the rates before boarding the vehicle.Moreover in shared autos chances are lesser of paying more as there will be local travelers as well.You can get idea of the fare from local passengers traveling along with you.

Bus service from NJP to Gangtok is decent.There is one bus per hour approximately.You need to take ticket from counter.The ticket cost is around 150 INR.The bus stops at couple of places for refreshments.It takes around 5 hours to 6 hours to reach Gangtok with Bus.Standing is not allowed in bus so you can rest assured of berth.

New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok Shared Taxi

But in case you do not want to go for bus then shared taxis are next budget friendly option.Here I am using the word Taxi for cars like Innova,Indica,Tata Safari and other vehicles of similar category.The cost of shared taxis vary from 150-300 INR for each person depending upon the season.

Please negotiate before agreeing to give a fare and also don’t take shared taxis from any agency as it is much costlier.There are many shared taxis available so finding one will not be an issue.

The trick in selecting shared taxis is to look for one which will get filled early.The taxis will not leave unless it is filled to capacity.So you should not board a taxi which is empty initially as you might need to wait more.

NJP to Gangtok Reserved Taxi

The most costly option is reserved taxi.The cost of reserved taxi varies from 1500 INR to 2500 INR.The price depends upon the car you are selecting.The price also depends upon season.In peak season the prices may shoot up and in off season you will get vehicles in cheaper rate.

It becomes best option if you have a group close to seven or eight member.As cost of shared and reserved taxi will be same.The cost also depends on season.So before finalizing one try to get price quote from one or more taxis.

NJP to Gangtok in night

Many travelers have asked asked me below questions

  • Should I travel from New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok in night with family?
  • What time it takes to reach Gangtok from New Jalpaiguri?
  • Which is best tour agent for Gangtok?

Traveling from NJP to Gangtok is not recommended in night.I would say you can travel but it is not advisable.It is hilly region.There are places with no shop or human presence.Imagine in case your vehicle has some problem will there be a way out.Also driving in hilly region in night is not safest of option.

The time to reach Gangtok from New Jalpaiguri is dependent on traffic jam.Traffic jam is heavily dependent upon weather conditions.On an average the journey takes 4 hours to 5 hours.The distance between NJP and Gangtok is 114 km.But on hilly region 25 km/hr to 30 km/hr is standard.But this time may go up by an hour and half in case of jams and all.

I am not attached or represent any tourism company or tour agent.I am a traveler like you.You have lots of tour agents to choose from.

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  1. We senior citizens have to getdown in new jalpaiguri station fron ac coach in night by 11.30. As we r travelling first time, is their any assistance us to guide on reaching station.

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  2. Hello esha….

    We 2 ppl r travelling from Delhi to gangtok on 18th September….our plan is from 18th to 25th…plzzz guide on following if possible….

    1.our flight reach bagdogra by 3:30 pm…do v get bus by that time for gangtok…is Dere any prepaid taxi counter at bagdogra airport.
    2.wot options do very have from gangtok to Darkening??
    3.is toy train worth spending 7 hrs….as I can utilise this time in some other activity…

    Thnxx in advance…
    Shiv

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  3. Shared car is not a bad option.

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  4. Hi,

    I am planning to visit Sikkim !
    But I have time only during December.Is it adviceable to visit Sikkim during the month of December ?

    P.S : I’m planning to travel alone !

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    1. Yes you can

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  5. Please tell how reach from jalpaguri to yuksom

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  6. Hi,
    If I reach NJP at 6pm, then what would be the probability that I will get the private taxi to Gangtok (We are 4 persons) ? or Is that safe to travel in those hrs?

    Please advise.

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  7. Hi,
    I am planning to go Gurudongmar Lake in May or June month. So I need to know some details because i am going alone.

    1)I will be getting down in NJP railway station around at 10pm or 12.30m (2 trains available ) , So can I get any shared taxi at this time from NJP To Gangtok ?

    2)If I go to Siliguri from NJP railway station at this time (hope shared auto will be available ), Can I get any buses or shared taxi at this time to Gangtok?

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    1. Shared Taxis are available from NJP to Gangtok.Did not get your question on Siliguri to NJP

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  8. i am going to gangtok with my 3 friends on 30 mar 2016. will u please tell me wheather we have to book hotel online. or it will avail on the spot. which is better and cheaper? please reply.

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  9. I want to know that the middle of June 16 is suitable for visit at Gangtok. Actually is time is rainy season. Please suggest me can i visit gangtok on that particular time.
    and please tell me the good site seeing places at gangtok.

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  10. Wants to visit Gangtok in the month of Jan to Feb

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  11. I’m travelling with my old parents on October end. I need to know the road conditions from NJP to Gangtok if my parents can make this journey safely.. Is it still bumpy.
    Kindly advise.

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    1. Road condition is decent.

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  12. hi. I am planing to go Gangtok on 20th December.we are 2 person.me and my wife.I will stay till 24th December.please tell me is the right time to go to Gangtok.can I visit to nathula and tsanghu lake on that time.

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  13. hello sir,
    ham 6 frnd he jo 12 nov. ko dophar me new jalpaiguri pahuchenge,
    uske bad hme samajh me nhi aa rha he ke ham kya kre… ham sikkim ki travel kese kre jisse hme dhokha na ho, or hmara tour bhi accha gujre ..
    i am waiting your reply sir.
    thanx

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  14. We are 7 in numbers and arriving NJP on 22nd october evening(7-8pm)around. We would
    like to hire a vehicle .NJP TO GANGTOK night journey is safe or not?
    please reply

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    1. If you reach in evening you can stay there and leave for Gangtok in morning.

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  15. We four are planning to visit Gangtok & Darjeeling for 7N/8D. All of us are Senior Citizens. We shall start and end our tour from NJP. As you suggested to some one, we would plan to visit Gangtok first and the later to D’ling. May I request you to guide me on following points.
    1. How many nights we spend in G’tok & D’ling ?
    2. During stay at both the places what are the places must be included in the itenerary?
    3. May we get a vehical on our disposal for entire tour period ?
    4. Which vehical should we prefer looking to our age i.e. like Maruti Van or Maruti Ertiga or Innova ?
    May I request to reply by a mail
    Thanks & regards.

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    1. Do you plan to visit Pelling,Rumtek Monastery and Tsango lake? You should spend more time in Gangtok.For Gangtok local sight seeing you can read https://udinra.com/blog/gangtok-local-sightseeing. You should cover above places if visiting Gangtok.Darjeeling can be covered in couple of dats (Tiger hill sun rise,Toy train and Kalimpong ,Kurseong).

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  16. I will reach in NJP on 7th july 2015. I have heard and seen also about the damage of road due to heavy rain . I have also communicated with Sikkim Tourist Information center and they told me that the roads are closed. So please can you tell me the latest condition or situation of this road.
    OR
    Is there any alternative way to go Gangtok?
    Thanks in advance

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    1. You can take Flight from Bagdogra. Sikkim tourist information center is best place to get information about road condition.

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  17. I need ur help gyz’s bcoz 11 jun when i m coming njp to Gangtok I lost one bag ,red colour tatasumo no wB 7316

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  18. Hi..

    Firstly thanks for putting in an effort to write this blog.

    I am traveling to Gangtok from Bangalore around 21st OCT. My train is reaching NJP at midnight; can u suggest me how to reach Gangtok from NJP at that hour?

    I have thought of the following options

    1. Stay in a lodge at NJP for that night and leave for Gangtok the next morning; but my doubt here is will i be able to get a room at that hour?

    2. I talk to fellow passengers on the train; try to see if someone is interested in sharing a taxi to Gangtok; but my doubt is will I be able to get a taxi at that hour and how much will they charge for the ride.

    Thanks in advance… God bless.

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    1. First option is better I will not advice night journey.As it is long journey.You can easily get a room if you start in morning

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  19. fine place.

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  20. I will b reaching NJP on 2nd of June at 7 am. & my return tickets are booked on 7th of June at 8pm .We r 15 in no,want exact plan with hotels & Taxis

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    1. Sorry this is not agent site.In case you need any help planning it I can provide details based on my exp

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  21. Which is the preferred destination out of Tsong lake and Nathula by pass, if we need to select one at Gangtok ?

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    1. It depends on one choice I would like to go for Tsong lake

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  22. I would like to know whether hotels are easily available at Gangtok and Darjeeling without booking it in advance in the end of May. As my tour is not certain, kindly guide me the names of hotels which wouold be easily available at Gangtok and Darjeeling just reaching and can be booked on phone.

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    1. Yes you can get the hotels as there are lots of options but you may not get desired location

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  23. I will be reaching njp on 12 th Dec 2014, have plans to visit darjeeling and sikkim but have return train from njp on 17th at 9 pm. So kindly advice me which place I need to go first darjeeling or sikkim. Also do I get taxis from njp to reach my destination

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    1. Yes you will get taxis to go both the places..Sikkim is more time taking.I wold advice to visit Sikkim first and then Darjeeling

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  24. Let me know the fare for travelling from NGP to Gangtok on 20th may 2014 by TATA SUMO, MAHINDRA SCORPIO, INNOVA OR ANY OTHER SUV? I shall be reaching NGP at 07:00 Hrs.How long it will take to reach gangtok? Please suggest the best option of travelling from NGP to Gangtok.

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    1. It takes around 4 to 5 hours.

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  25. Please help me with the following trip to Gangtok

    (1) We are 8 in numbers and arriving NJP on 20th May morning (9 AM). We would
    like to hire a vehicle (Scorpio/Sumo/Xylo etc.). Where to look for such vehicle and what
    would be the cost?

    (2) How to get permit to visit to Nathula Pass and Gurudongmar lake ? Does each of us we need to
    carry photo ID, or is it enough if one of us carries it? Is original photo Id required?

    (3) How long it takes to get permit? Can our hotel guy do it for us before we arrive?

    Thanks.
    Sanjoy

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    1. You can get the vehicle outside the station compound.For other cases I visited couple of years back so can not say about latest happenings

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  26. Dear Sir,
    Please provide us the cost of one car fair from NJP Rail Station To Gantok (Near Lal Market) for 5 nos Adult & one- child on at 9.00AM morning on 20-04-2014.
    Moreover also please note that we will go to Nathula, Baba Mandir & Chhangu. If possible please inform me the vehicle fare on 21./04 & 22/04.
    Thanking You, Waiting for your reply.
    Supratim Banerjee

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  27. thanks for information.

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  28. i want to know the times and fares of bus services from siliguri bus stand to Darjeeling and Gangtok.pls reply as early as possible.

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  29. Thank You :)

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  30. But in peak season will i get good hotels after reaching there as i am travelling with my 3 yr old daughter.

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    1. you can but if traveling with kids /family pre booking makes it bit comfortable

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  31. Hi, I am traveling to Gangtok-Pelling-Darjeeling (6 Nights) om May 21. Should i book hotel online and take taxis on location. Or should i take a package which includes both hotel and transportation which is more expensive.

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    1. you can book hotel online or after reaching there as per your comfort package is not required

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    2. HI, I am planning to travel to Darjeeling and Gangtok during my holidays. ie for about 5 days. I will start from B’lore and in return will go to Bombay. Due to time constrains , I plan to leave NJP by train at mid night. Since the train is @ around 3 A.M early morning to Mumbai,Whether it is feasible to go to the NJP railway stn during that hazy hours back from Gangtok. Is is advisable from safety point of view ?? Or any hotels in and around that place so that we can stay prior to going to the NJP railway station. Anyway we need to start from Gangtok after Lunch hours . Is this also advisable..?
      Since I shall be accomplished with my wife and son. Please suggest the best possible way.
      Thanks in advance
      Vinayak

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      1. The best is you can leave Gangtok by 3 to 4.You will then reach NJP by say 8 to 9.Then near NJP you can find any place to stay for few hours

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  32. thanks,friend

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  33. hi
    esha samip here.i m from bhadrak odisa.i jst want to for honeymoon travel which one is better and economical.i want to share 3-4 days in gangtok,darjeeling and peling.
    hope for possitve result.

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    1. you can book the hotels on line according to your plan or after reaching there.no need of any travel agency

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  34. this is Rajan we 4 frd r plan for reach on 4 Jan 14 NJP for Gangtok visit guide us budget hotel and safest transportation and sight seeing we will back on 5th Jan 14 8:30 pm to NJP

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  35. Madam,
    We are planning to visit gangtok in mid february,can you just tell me what will be the weather then???what kind of clothes we have to carry????

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    1. Winter clothes

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  36. is transportation available for Aritar, Zuluk, Reshi from NJP/Siliguri including Bus service.
    Can you provide information on weather conditions since i shall travel with children of 10-12 year old

    regards

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    1. No idea

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  37. Hi, i am planning a visit to off track zuluk silerygaon pedong and gnathang trip on 22.december13, can you please help me to know transportation availability and weather conditions. i shall travel with my two kids of 10 & 12 years old.

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  38. Which season is best for going gangtok? Ii love enjoying snow fall..

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    1. For Snowfall Last week of dec to Jan is best time

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  39. I have a query about the weather condition. Actually we (four person) are planning to start our tour to Gangtok on 29/12/13 as well as booked our ticket on that date. Also want to know that how much the busses are available from Siliguri bus stand (Tenzing Norgay Bus Ter.) to travel upto M. G. Marg, Gangtok.

    Wait for your valuable reply.

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    1. Weather will be col with snow fall (expected)

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  40. Dear Madam, 1st time I’m gong to Gangtok along with my wife and 7 years old son. We will reach NJP on 1.11.13. 02.11 we decide to enjoy sight seeing in Gangtok, on 03.11 we will go to Nathula, Baba Mandir & Chhangu. If possible please inform me the vehicle fare on 02.11 & 03.11 and the temperature and precautions to be taken. Thanking You, Waiting for your reply. TAMAL

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    1. Vehicle fare would not be too different from fare mentioned in this post..Temperature will be great but do not forget to carry light woolen cloths

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  41. I want to hire a taxi from New Jalpaiguri to reach Darjeeling on 11.11.2013 morning 9 am. Can you please give a lead. We are 4 persons.

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    1. you can get from railway station itself..I am not attached with any travel agency

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  42. Thanks for your article. I am planning to get down at NJP and then move to Darjelling and then to Gangtok….I heard the NJP – Darjeling toy training functions..does it function now….? If yes How to book a ticket …..do u think my plan is good.? I am coming from Chennai…

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    1. Your plan is fine..I am unable to provide you information about NJP to Darjeeling toy train..

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  43. No it is available from Siliguri..But please check once when you land there as I went there couple of years back

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  44. director bus service available from NJP to Gangtok.

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  45. please tell me visit to Gangtok in rainiseason is it safe. i planned in 07.09.2013 to 09.09.2013

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    1. No it is not advisable..You will not enjoy if rain occurs during that period..

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  46. The main attractions of Varanasi are Ganga Aarti,Kashi Vishwanath temple,Sarnath and Shitala Mata mandir.

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  47. hi.. I am asit from calcutta.. your doing a very good job by providing useful information about travel to Gangtok.. I would be very pleased if u can guide me about travel to varanasi and places to see since this is my first visit to varanas with my family. we are going to stay there for two days.. 9.10.13 and 10.10.13.

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  48. welcome

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  49. thanks a lot…

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  50. Good Sugestion!

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  51. Thanks

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  52. nice info,… needy! thank you,.. udin :)

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  53. thanks for your kind words

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  54. Greetings!!

    We will be reaching NJP around 10:30pm to 11:00pm. Is the station a safe place at that hour? Can you get Taxi’s during that hour?

    I will be accompanied by wife and daughter, hence the concern.

    Thanks

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    1. Travelling at night to Gangtok is not advisable.It is hilly region and in case there is problem with vehicle you will get trapped.I do not have idea whether station is crowded with passengers at night or not.We reached there around 10 AM during our tour.So no idea.

      But best way is to stay at hotel for few hours and then leave early next day.You should judge the platform situation after reaching there and act accordingly.

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  55. I want to go to Gangtok after reaching NJP on 14th May’13 and want to visit sikim for 3-4 days. Can u pl tell me how i will reach gangtok and in which hotel I can stay and in three days which will be the best place to visit. I’m from middle class family and presently staying in Orissa. It will be very helpfulful if the approximate cost of hotel and tour can be informed by u.

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    1. How to rech Gangtok from NJP is already mentioned above..Hotel depends on your budget..You could cover Gangtok one day and then visit Pelling after that…Please visit <a href="udinra dot com/blog/gangtok-local-sightseeing" title="Gangtok Local Sightseeing" rel="nofollow">this post</a> to see all places to visit near Gangtok.

      I am not related to any tour or travels so will not be able to give info about cost.This post and others are based on my Gangtok tour experience.

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  56. i read it somewhere else that from NJP to gangtok takes 2 hrs by taxi ..pls check and clarify …

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    1. No…you can not drive at 60 kms per hour speed on these roads.I went there and the post is based on real experience.Total distance is 110-120 kms and average speed can never exceed 30 kms per hour

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  57. i read it somewhere else that from NJP to gangtok takes 2 hrs by taxi ..pls check and clarify …

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  58. No…you can not drive at 60 kms per hour speed on these roads.I went there and the post is based on real experience.Total distance is 110-120 kms and average speed can never exceed 30 kms per hour

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  59. Hi, Thanks for the info. Can you please advise how much time it takes to travel from Jalpaiguri to Gangtok by taxi? Also I cant see the date, when this article was written. Knowing date will help me to calculate the prices in present time. Thanks

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    1. It will take 4.5 hours to 6 hours.Time depends upon rainfall and traffic conditions…the price is of two years before so you can add 50 INR in it

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  60. Hi, Thanks for the info. Can you please advise how much time it takes to travel from Jalpaiguri to Gangtok by taxi? Also I cant see the date, when this article was written. Knowing date will help me to calculate the prices in present time. Thanks

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    1. It will take 4.5 hours to 6 hours.Time depends upon rainfall and traffic conditions…the price is of two years before so you can add 50 INR in it

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  61. i would not suggest traveling at night (driving is tough).you can stay overnight at njp…

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  62. What are the options if we want to start from Gangtok at night, i.e. round 11pm? Is it safe or is it better to stay overnight at New Jalpaiguri?

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    1. i would not suggest traveling at night (driving is tough).you can stay overnight at njp…

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  63. What are the options if we want to start from Gangtok at night, i.e. round 11pm? Is it safe or is it better to stay overnight at New Jalpaiguri?

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  64. thanks for ur efforts………

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  65. thanks for ur efforts………

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    1. Hello Madam,
      We want to travel for Sikkim state,how much time it take to cover up the all major locations in all four districts?
      Thanking You

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      1. You first need to list out places you want to visit and rest hours you need depending upon crowd you are traveling with.

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