Things to do
Jungle Safari - The forests around also inhabit an incredibly diverse group of flora and fauna, including the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. To get a closer look of this amazing diversity, embark on a jungle safari like no other, at the Gorumara National Park and rack up experiences of an authentic Himalayan jungle!
Explore Kalimpong - Seemingly an extension of Darjeeling, Kalimpong is just as much loved as its higher counterpart 2 hours away. The perfect antidote to bustling Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a pleasant break from crowds and shops. Overlooking the Teesta River, Kalimpong offers lovely views of the Himalayas and is the usual base for some interesting hikes around.
Visit Pelling - If you'd ever hoped for jaw dropping views of the Kangchenjunga in all its snow-clad glory, then Pelling is the place for you. Dribbled with unending trails of lush natural forests and limitless possibilities of excursions, Pelling meets your fancy for both placid jungle experiences and historically significant landmarks.
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.