Things to do
Tribal Homestay With Organic Food - Stay at a Lepcha home in the mountains of North Sikkim and eat fresh from the kitchen garden. Enjoy waterfall hikes and a view of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Weather permitting, obviously.
Morning Prayers at Rumtek - Wake up early morning and witness the lighting of hundreds of lamps being lit and the harmonious hymns of the monks at Rumtek. Truly spiritual experience and gives an insight into Buddhism.
Teach at a school for orphans - Spend some time with the kids and teach them a subject of your choice. Participate in the school activities with the children and inspire them towards a brighter future.
Best time to visit October to March
Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.
Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) which is situated in Siliguri West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport is at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. This airport is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati. Helicopter services are also available from Bagdogra to Gangtok, but only once during the day.
The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (JPG), which is nearly 148 km from Gangtok. New Jalpaiguri is in Jalpaiguri city in the Indian state of West Bengal. New Jalpaiguri is well connected to most of the major cities in India.
The roads of Gangtok are well maintained for a self-drive. The highway 31A connects this place with the neighbouring cities and many others too. Bus services are also available on daily basis from major nearby destinations.