Is it safe to drive from Siliguri to Gangtok?
If you have driven in hilly terrain before & can follow the traffic etiquette… you will be fine. If it’s your first time, best avoided. Most of the part of road is good, however you’ll come across few patches which are worse.
How go to Gangtok from Siliguri?
Bus service is available between Siliguri and Gangtok. Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) operates Sikkim state run buses from its bus terminal at Siliguri (close to the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal on Hill Cart Road). From NJP you can take an Auto Rickshaw and reach the bus terminus in about 10-15 minutes.
Where should I go first Darjeeling or Gangtok?
While you can visit either place first, there are some practical reasons to visit Gangtok first and then Darjeeling. From Bagdogra/NJP you need to take the National Highway NH10 for Gangtok (there is no alternative route).
How is the road from Bagdogra to Gangtok?
80% of the road from Bagdogra to Gangtok is in good condition. I would suggest not to travel due to safety reason. over a year ago. Road conditions are bad.
Can I take my personal car to Sikkim?
You can not usually take self driven cars to protected areas of Sikkim including Tsomgo/Nathula and North Sikkim. You need to go through a registered tour operator, get permits and use their vehicle.
Can I take my car to Gangtok?
With a personal car you are allowed only till Gangtok. For Lachung and Changu you will have to hire Sikkim number plates. Private vehicles are not allowed in protected areas. Yes it is availiable upto Lachung only and in Gangtok also.
Which is better Darjeeling or Gangtok?
On a personal note,I would suggest Darjeeling over Gangtok,mainly because of the natural beauty and mannificient view of Kanchendzongha ranges that it offers. The colourful life in a hill station can be enjoyed more in Darjeeling. It also offers excellent options for food and shopping…
Do we need permit to enter Gangtok?
Indian nationals do not need any permits to visit Gangtok unless one is planning a visit to a protected area.
Is PAN card valid in Sikkim?
Income taxes are not applicable in Sikkim , [No one native to Sikkim has to pay any income taxes], PAN has no validity in Sikkim.
Is private car allowed in Sikkim?
Does Gangtok receive snowfall?
Snowfall in Gangtok is rare. However, places like Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang and Zero Point witness heavy snowfall during winters. Therefore, winter is the best time to go to Sikkim if someone wants to see snow. However, the cold is harsh during the winter season, so pack right.
Why it is called Zero Point in Sikkim?
Located at an altitude of 15000ft, the place where Zero Point lies is known as Yume Samdong and it would take you around 1.5 hours to reach here from Yumthang, which is at a distance of 23km. The place is called Zero Point because this is where civilian road ends and civilians are not allowed to go beyond this point.
Is Nathula Pass open for tourists?
1 answer. Nathula is open from Wednesday to Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday. The permit need to be sought locally. Your local travel agent or tour partner may arrange the Nathula visit permit or ask your hotel if they can arrange.