Budgeting for two for a 5 nights long trip:
New Delhi - Sikkim 6,000-8,000 per person round trip
Airport to Gangtok Private taxi INR 1000
Gangtok 1 day taxi rental INR 2500
Gangtok 1 night stay INR 4,000-5,000 per night
North Sikkim Tour - INR 25,000
North Sikkim 3 nights stay- 12,000-15,000 per room
How to get there?
Pakyong airport has recently opened making it so much easier to reach Sikkim, reducing the distance from 182 km from Bhagdogra (which used to be the nearest airport) to just 35 km.
How to get around?
Driving yourself is not an option in Sikkim. The roads (or lack thereof) are dangerous and its best to hire a local driver familiar with the terrain and the routes.
The best way to go about is booking your transport through a reliable agency. They know all the routes, act as guides and make amazing travel companions.
Suraj - 7384881703 (Best travel agent I've come across)
If you're looking for a cheaper option, there are shared Sumos available that are cheaper and easily available. Drop by at any travel desk in Gangtok to get information on that.
I learned it the hard way that you always get accommodation near the market in Gangtok. Always! It's the only place where you can find decent food and anything else you need. (Natuk house is a great option)
You need to leave for your destination, wherever that might be no later than 7am and be back by 7pm. Hotels and market shut down at 9:30 and it's difficult to find anything open after 10.
This blog was originally published on Over Gin & Coffee.