Situated at an altitude of 5500 feet, it is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges that one will find in India. With peaceful vibes all around, it is the go to destination for adventure enthusiasts. The name Gangtok means ‘lofty hill’. It rose to prominence after the construction of Enchey Monastery in the year 1840, as it then became a popular pilgrimage for followers of Buddhism. It, being famous for its scenic view and mesmerizing peaks, is always jam packed with tourists.
Travelling from Delhi to Gangtok is very convenient. From flights, buses, road trips to railway facilities, you can choose any mode of transport for your commute. Railway, being the cheapest, is a transport which is always preferred by Indians.
There are no trains that directly reach Gangtok. Trains like Rajdhani express and Porvattar S Kranti express will take you till New Jalpaiguri. The journey will be around 21 hours long and will cost ranging from Rs. 1700- Rs. 2300. To check where is your train, make use of online train status tool.
From New Jalpaiguri, you can go for a taxi ride which will take you around 2 hours and will cost ranging Rs. 2000- Rs. 2500. A taxi ride would help you explore every nook and corner of the beautiful city and take stops according to your own will. It is your best chance to cover the entire city over the weekend or so.
Other options could be if you take the Sikkim Mahananda express and reach the Siliguri junction. It will take you around 31 hours to reach there and will cost ranging Rs. 1700- Rs. 2400. From there, you could go for a bus journey which will take you an additional 4 hour 30 min costing Rs. 500- Rs.800 only. Even though bus restricts your movement but is more budget friendly. So if you are a gang of college trekkers who are looking for an enjoyable and fun way to spend the weekend with buddies while keeping it pocket friendly, then this is the best option for you.