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Kolkata to Sikkim Road Trip

Kolkata To Sikkim Road Trip – One Of The Best Road Trips In India 2024

Kolkata to Sikkim Road Trip is one of the best road trips that you can opt for from West Bengal, especially Kolkata. Kolkata in West Bengal, and Sikkim in India, are two completely different places. A road trip from Kolkata to Sikkim is one of the best way to travel to Sikkim from Kolkata. In this blog, I have talked about the different ways one can opt for if he wishes to reach Sikkim.

The road from Kolkata to Sikkim takes travelers through the amazing landscapes of West Bengal and into the northeastern region of India. You can opt for the NH12 route, which passes through scenic towns like Krishnanagar, Berhampore, and Malda, before reaching Siliguri. Alternatively, travelers can take the NH19 route via Durgapur and Asansol, which also joins NH12 near Malda.

Route Details of Kolkata To Sikkim Road Trip:

From Kolkata, take the NH12 (National Highway 12) towards Krishnanagar, which will be passing through the towns of Barasat, Habra, and Ranaghat.

Continuing on NH12, you will have to travel through Berhampore, a historic town known for its archaeological sites and cultural heritage.

The route will then lead you through the city of Malda, where NH12 intersects with NH27, providing another route option for travelers.

Finally, you will reach Siliguri, a major city in West Bengal situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, where you can stay overnight before proceeding to Sikkim.

Day-Wise Itinerary of Kolkata to Sikkim Road Trip

Here below is a day wise itinerary of Kolkata to Sikkim Road Trip which ensures a smooth trip to Sikkim from Kolkata:

Day 1: Beginning Of Your Road Trip From Kolkata

The first day of your road trip begins from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

Kolkata - A City In West Bengal
Kolkata – A City In West Bengal

On the first day of your travel to Sikkim from Kolkata in a road trip, you can take short breaks at some Dhabas by the highway and enjoy authentic local dishes. The ride will be long and strenuous and I would thus suggest you to take frequent breaks. Also make sure to spend the night over in a hotel mid way instead of driving continuously.

You can spend the night over at Malda which is halfway between Kolkata and Siliguri.

Day 2: Reaching Siliguri and Spending The Night Over

On the second day of Kolkata to Sikkim road trip, you will be continuing your journey to Siliguri. The next morning, set out early for Siliguri. You can reach Siliguri by the evening and find a hotel in Siliguri to spend the night over. Take enough rest so that you can travel to the mountains the next day. Make sure to stay hydrated.

Siliguri - A City In West Bengal
Siliguri – A City In West Bengal

However, if you want to travel directly to Siliguri, you may save a day.

Day 3: Traveling From Siliguri To Ravangla

On the third day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip, I would suggest you to travel to Ravangla through Singtham instead of going directly to Siliguri. You can stay at Ravangla for a night and visit the Buddha Park in the day to have a peaceful beginning of your trip.

Ravangla, Sikkim
Ravangla, Sikkim

Day 4: Arrival in Gangtok

Escalating To Gangtok

Day 5: Exploring Gangtok

On the fifth day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip, you will be exploring the city and covering all the major sightseeing points. The Sikkim category on my website has got articles on all the points that you can cover while in Sikkim. You can refer to that as well.

Gangtok in Sikkim
Gangtok in Sikkim

Also make sure to apply for your permits to travel to East and North Sikkim. These places require permits because of their location which is in close proximity with the international borders.

Day 6: Exploring East Sikkim – Nathu La Pass, Baba Harbhajan Mandir and Tsomgo Lake

On day six of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip you will be traveling to snow covered paths to reach Nathu La Pass in the East Sikkim. This is going to be an amazing day. You have to get your permits ready a day prior to your travel to the place.

Nathu La Pass, Sikkim
Nathu La Pass, Sikkim

The Nathula Pass is open for visitors five days a week – Wednesday to Sunday. It remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. So make sure to plan your trip in such a way that the sixth day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip does not fall on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Are Private Vehicles Allowed In Nathu La?

Yes, with proper permits, private vehicles are allowed in Nathu La. However, I suggest to rent a local car from Gangtok to have a hassle-free experience of driving to Nathu La. There are speculations that only SUVs are allowed to be driven to Nathula Pass. However, the authenticity of the news is not a 100%, still, it is better to be safe than sorry.

How Can I Issue A Pass to Nathu La?

Only Indian nationals with valid permits can visit the Nathula Pass. This permit can be obtained by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. It is produced by the Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok. You can also request a registered tour agency or a hotel to help you through the procedure and get the permit.

What documents are required for Sikkim permit?

What you need to do to get a permit issued for Sikkim is to submit a photo ID proof along with two passport-sized photographs. The charges will be informed to you by the agency and a minimum of 24 hours is required to get the permit.

Once done with Nathu La, travel to Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake. After covering the three major hotspots of East Sikkim, return to Gangtok and rest.

Day 7: Journey to North Sikkim – Waterfalls And Tunnels

On the seventh day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip, you will be traveling to North Sikkim. The journey will cost you an entire day. You will reach Lachen by night.

Bhim Nala Falls, Sikkim
Bhim Nala Falls, Sikkim

The journey to North Sikkim will be through a number of waterfalls, bridges and mountain tunnels. You are surely going to enjoy each bit of your journey to the place. Once in Lachen, check into a good lodge and take rest. Also set your alarm for early morning the next day.

Day 8: Discovering Lachen – Gurudongmar Lake

Wake up by 4:30 in the morning and after having freshened up, go out to see the rising sun over snow capped mountains. The eighth day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip, is going to be the most beautiful one.

Gurudongmar, Sikkim
Gurudongmar, Sikkim

Can I travel to Gurudongmar Lake in my personal car?

Hatchbacks and Sedans do not get permits easily to travel to higher regions in Sikkim. As long as you are in a XUV or SUV, I do not thing you will have much trouble in getting clearance for your North Sikkim permit.

Once ready, leave for Gurudongmar Lake. The drive is going to be a lovely one. Travel to Gurudongmar Lake via Kala Patthar and add more amazing memories to your trip. You are surely be going to mesmerized by the beauty of the Gurudongmar Lake.

Return from Gurudongmar Lake to your lodge. Check out after a bit of rest and leave for Lachung, which is another great place to travel to in North Sikkim.

Day 9: Discovering Lachung – Yumthang Valley

You will be spending the ninth day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip in Lachung. Lachung is guaranteed to give you an amazing experience. Explore the beauty of Yumthang Valley and Zero Point and spend the entire day exploring this gem of the state of Sikkim.

Lachung in Sikkim
Lachung in Sikkim

Day 10: Return Journey To Gangtok

On the tenth day of your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip journey, you will be returning to Gangtok. Spend the night at Gangtok and do not forget to buy some souvenirs from the MG Marg to remember you trip for the rest of your life.

Escalating To Gangtok

Day 11 – Day 13: Return To Kolkata

During this time you will be driving back to Kolkata with memories of the last few days in you mind. You will be already missing the mountains once you set on the city roads.

This is how you can do your Kolkata to Sikkim road trip comfortably without much issues.

How Far Is Sikkim From Kolkata

The distance between Kolkata and Sikkim is approximately around 560 km. The road distance to Sikkim from Kolkata is 685.7 km. The distance from Kolkata to Sikkim can be covered in a day or two.


The Kolkata to Sikkim road trip is guaranteed to be among one of India’s best road trips and also the best road trip from Kolkata. You can do this road trip with your family as well as friends. A few things that need to be kept in mind is your safety.

Please make sure to drive safe and follow all safety rules. Make sure to get your vehicle checked and repaired before you set out on a journey this long. Rest assured, you will love the road trip from Kolkata to Sikkim.

FAQs about the Kolkata to Sikkim Road Trip:

Q: How long does it take to drive from Kolkata to Sikkim?

A: The drive from Kolkata to Sikkim typically takes around 1-2 days, depending on the route chosen and the stops along the way. It’s advisable to plan for rest breaks and overnight stays to ensure a comfortable journey.

Q: What are the road conditions like from Kolkata to Sikkim?

A: The roads are generally well-maintained, but some sections may be narrow or winding, especially in hilly terrain. It’s important to drive cautiously and be prepared for occasional traffic congestion, particularly near major towns and cities.

Q: Are there any alternate routes from Kolkata to Sikkim?

A: Yes, travelers can opt for alternate routes such as NH19 via Durgapur and Asansol, which also provides scenic views and access to amenities along the way. Additionally, the route via Kalimpong offers a detour for those seeking additional scenic beauty and cultural experiences.

Q: What should I pack for a road trip from Kolkata to Sikkim?

A: Essential items to pack include warm clothing, comfortable footwear, a first-aid kit, snacks and water, a map or GPS device, and any necessary documents such as identification and vehicle registration papers. Additionally, it’s important to carry cash, as ATMs may be limited in remote areas.

Q: Are there any permits required for traveling to Sikkim?

A: Yes, travelers visiting Sikkim require an Inner Line Permit (ILP), which can be obtained online or from designated offices in Sikkim. The permit is mandatory for Indian nationals and certain categories of foreign nationals and is usually valid for a specified duration of stay in the state.

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