Gangtok: rafting, HMI Darjeeling, Tsomgo lake & Nathula pass


Sikkim, though a small state is full of natural landscapes ranging from green river teesta, reserve forests and lower Himalayan ranges to Indo-China border.

River Teesta in Sikkim

How to reach Gangtok?

New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station nearest to Gangtok. New jalpaiguri, in short, called as “NJP” connects Bengal and Sikkim to most of the India. There are many trains coming to NJP everyday from around the India,

Fare NJP to Gangtok, how to reach

*Prices are indicative and keeps on varying according to weather, road conditions and tourist seasons

1. Prepaid & Private taxis are available at Bagdogra airport, Siliguri and in front of NJP railway station.  The prices are fixed and keeps on varying according to the weather, road conditions and diesel pricing.

2. Private taxis range from Alto (4 persons) to Innova (7 persons). On the other hand, a Jeep can accomodate 10 people on shared basis.

3. Prefer a vehicle with Sikkim registration becasue vehicle with West Bengal registration drops Deorali taxi stand near Gangtok which is about 2kms below the town center due to restrictions in Gangtok for non-state vehicles. From Deorali taxi stand, one needs to take a local taxi to reach hotel. Charges would be around Rs. 200 – 300 depending upon the location.

 Bus services to Gangtok:
Bus service is there between Siliguri and Gangtok operated by Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT). The bus terminal at Siliguri is situated on Hill cart road, close to the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal. From NJP railway station, one take an Auto Rickshaw to reach the bus stand in about 10-15 minutes. However, buses also drop Deorali stand in Gangtok.

Contact number: Sikkim Nationalised Transport: (0353) 2517528, 2511496, 2432751

What to see and what to do?

Along river Teesta in Sikkim:

River Teesta on the way siliguri to GangtokRiver Teesta

A tributary of river TeestaRiver Teesta in Sikkim

River Teesta in morningRiver Teesta at sunrise

River rafting Teesta, SIkkimRafting in river Teesta

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 Adventure at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

Building crossingCrossing Building on rope



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Rope sliding or zip line Zip line

To Changu (Tsomgo) lake:
Changu lake is situated at almost 12000 feet, not so far from Nathu la pass, Indo-china border. The lake gets frozen in winter and considered as sacred by the local people.

Tsomgo also called Changu lake oval in shape, dripping water over clouds

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Partly Frozen sacred Changu Lake also calles Tsongmo Lake

To Nathula pass:

Nathula pass is one of the three passes of India situated on the old silk route in between India and China. One can see the border and soldiers standing on the border under frigid temperature.

A Chinese soldier at Nathula pass

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A Himalayan peak from Nathula pass


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