Sikkim Tour from Kolkata – How Should You Plan It?
Have you heard the phrase ‘good things come in small packages’? Well, Sikkim is the personification of that! The land of mystique, rhododendron forests and super steep valleys is surprisingly one of the smallest of Indian states. Read on to learn how to plan your sikkim tour from Kolkata.
Cocooned in the mighty Himalayas, this state is perfect for all kinds of people – adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, spiritual buffs and everyone. It is also the land where the mountains touch the heaven – quite literally as the 3rd highest mountain range, the Kangchenjunga is situated here.
Located merely 700.4 km from Kolkata, it is the ideal weekend getaway or vacationing spot for Kolkatans and non-Kolkatans, as well. In fact, Kolkata is the gateway to the Sikkim tours in the North East.
So, do you need some help planning your Sikkim tour from Kolkata? Keep reading to gather all the information that you need to look forward to an awesome trip with your friends, family or solo!
When is the ideal time to plan a Sikkim tour?
The ever-enchanting, beautiful state of Sikkim observes 5 seasons – winter, summer, spring and autumn. If you want to be mesmerized with the blooming orchids and rhododendrons, a fine time would be April to June. Want to simply relax under the clear, blue sky? August to September is the time that you must target. Do you want to experience snowfall without having to go to Switzerland? Visit Sikkim from December end until February.
However, a trip during the monsoon season between July and September is not recommended as the state is prone to landslides.
Kolkata to Sikkim – What are your transport choices?
By air: Flights regularly ply between Kolkata and Bagdogra, which is the nearest airport to Gangtok, the capital city. The airport is approximately 124 km away from Gangtok and there is ample availability of private vehicles or shared taxis from the airport to the city. Moreover, the drive from Bagdogra to the capital city filled with stunning views is a scenic delight. In case you are in a hurry, there are also TSA helicopters that you can choose to travel by from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
By train: The nearest railway station to the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is approximately 148 km away in New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri. You can take a taxi or catch a state-run bus to reach Gangtok. It will take about five to six hours. The popular trains that operate between Kolkata to Jalpaiguri are Teesta Torsa Exp (13141), KOAA (12363) and Darjeeling Mail (12343). Other trains that you can consider are Dibrugarh Express, Kamrup Express, Guwahati Express, Kanchanjunga Express and Kanchankanya Express. You will be getting trains from both Sealdah and Howrah railway stations in Kolkata.
By road: Are you feeling a bit adventurous? Pack your back and rev up the engine of your car for a road trip to Sikkim, via NH12. If you need a map, discuss your plans with the Touriana, the best travel agent in Kolkata for Sikkim.
Even though Sikkim is the smallest state in India, it has so much to offer that you might have to extend your holiday! If an extended vacation is out of the question, take a look at some of the must-visit places and activities without which your Sikkim tour is incomplete.
# Gangtok – the Land of the Monasteries
One visit to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim and you will be in awe of its magnificent natural beauty interspersed with the peaks of the lofty Himalayas, entrancing waterfalls, serene alpine lakes and thriving Buddhist monasteries. Whether you are coming here for your honeymoon, seeking adventure or hoping to derive pleasure from nature, you are definitely going to fall in love with this beautiful, little city. Kolkata to Sikkim tour package is incomplete without a tour of Gangtok.
# Yumthang – the valley of flowers
Situated at an elevation of 3,500 meters above sea-level, Yumthang Valley looks straight out of a picture. The gorgeous Himalayan flowers that adorn the valley are a sight to behold. Its green slopes with yaks grazing in the lush, flower-spangled verdant plains below and a river flowing through the valley are something that will forever be etched in your memory. You might even get the urge to pen down something like Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’. If you are lacking inspiration or feel that life is tough, one visit to Yumthang Valley will be enough to lift your spirits. It will also be the start of a whirlwind love affair with nature!
# The ethereally beautiful Tsomgo or Changu Lake
At an altitude of 12,400 ft, the Tsomgo or Changu Lake is a must on every visitor’s itinerary. If you visit during summer or autumn, you will find alpine vegetation and Primula flowers all around the lake. In case you are lucky, you might also be able to spot a Brahmini duck. During the winter, this lake remains frozen and it is a sight to behold!
What’s more? You will be able to ride ponies and yaks just 200 meters away from the lake and also enjoy hot Tibetan noodle soup. You will also get to ride in a cable car that will take you from above the lake to a nearby hilltop. You can find out about more information at http://touriana.com/.
# Baba Mandir – a shrine dedicated to a soldier in the Indian army
Baba Harbhajan Singh temple or popularly known as, Baba Mandir, is situated between Jelepla and Nathula pass at an altitude of 13,123 ft. It is highly recommended that you visit Baba Mandir when visiting Tsongmo Lake to save some precious trip time.
# Gurudongmar Lake – one of the highest lakes in the world
Gurudongmar Lake is at an altitude of 17,000 ft and very close to the border of Tibet. This place is home to blue ships, Yaks and other such high altitude animals of both Sikkim and Tibet. This lake is snow-fed and one of the most important sources of the river Teesta. Do you know that the water of this lake is considered to be sacred? The locals believe that the lake has miraculous powers that can grant children to issueless couples. Interestingly, this myth is not only believed by the Hindus, but also by the local Buddhists. No matter if you want a child or not, the scenic beauty of this stunning lake surely deserves a visit. You must include this lake in your Sikkim tour plan and itinerary from Kolkata.
So, now that you know how to plan for a Sikkim tour from Kolkata, what are you waiting for? Is arranging for travel tickets, hotels and transport too much of a hassle? It’s no problem at all! Simply check out the Sikkim tour packages from Kolkata at here and book one!
If you have never visited Sikkim before, you are certainly in for a surprise! Touriana can make it all the more pleasant.