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Jharkhand India Jharkhand Tourism India

Jharkhand India Jharkhand Tourism India

Only recently Jharkhand was formed out of Bihar, taking with it an astonishing 40% of India’s mineral wealth. The year 2000 marked the beginning of Jharkhand as a separate state, a state whose prime attractions have been primarily in the form of its expanse of nature, however is introducing and reinventing itself as a major adventure destination. Few tourists stop here currently, but those who do enjoy an almost tourist free experience, in the space of a couple of years it is likely this will change dramatically


Currently the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest airport to Sikkim so if flying, land in West Bengal and from here Gangtok is approximately 124km away. Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati all have flights to Bagdogra so if you are planning on getting to Sikkim from an international flight, you may have to pass through one of these three cities. Once in Bagdogra you have a few options of getting into Sikkim.

Options include taking a helicopter straight to Gangtok (this is a regular service), take the road which leads directly into the cities, or by train to New Jalpaiguri and from New Jalpaiguri, take the road. However be cautious during the monsoon as landslides can create problems.

If wanting to take the helicopter option, note that it only makes one trip a day carrying only 4 people as the helipad in Gangtok is the only one in the state. The trip takes approximately 30minutes and is subject to cancellation if the weather is not favourable or if bookings are insufficient. These flights are sold through the Sikkim Tourist Information Centre.

Alternatively, if planning to arrive in West Bengal and then taking the road, jeeps will take you direct to the capital, Gangtok. Mini busses and busses also have a schedule to and from Bangdogra (West Bengal) and Gangtok (Sikkim).