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The respective airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal and from there it can take up to 5 hours to reach Gangtok or other interesting parts of the state. So keep a full day to travel whether you are coming from where you are.

However, the good news is that a new airport in Sikkim has opened on 4 October, and it will certainly come in handy for travelers who plan to travel to the city. It is located at a distance of about 33 km from Gangtok, hence the journey to Gangtok will be reduced from 5 hours to only one.

The roads in Sikkim are incredibly bad, and landslides are a daily occurrence during the monsoons. Anything plan pays attention to time - you may have to adjust to plans based on Mother Nature.

Having a taxi with you for all the days you spend there is a good idea. Driving on the roads can be very difficult and self-drive, if you are experienced enough in such places. I mentioned earlier that roads can be very bad - many times they don't even come there and you still need to drive!

Lost in Sikkim
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Eating is not a problem, even if you are a vegetarian (I am one). If you are a non-vegetarian, obviously it is a paradise!

Most people think that Sikkim is a Buddhist state, but in reality it is not. The state is highly Hindu, although Buddhism is an integral part of its culture. People of both religions coexist and often intermarry - even for example, my driver, Neema, was a Buddhist, but her girl friend was a Hindu and no family had any problem with it. Do you like it? :)

It is also incredibly safe here. My driver told me that unlike the rest of India, it is very safe for women. However, walking alone at night is not advisable. Go with a local.

Snow capped mountains which are huge and vasts
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