Sikkim, located in the eastern part of Himalayas is blessed with natural beauty of the mighty Himalayas that attracts tourists from across the world. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and despite its raw and natural scenic splendor, this place offers all modern amenities to its visitors. There are lush valleys within the grandeur of mountain summits and also fast flowing rivers and hills around to make your Sikkim trip a most memorable one. It is essential to hire a car or coach in order to explore the place at your leisure.
Since tourism is one of the top earning occupations here, there is no dearth of travel agencies offering car rentals everywhere. However, it is essential to approach a reliable agent to book a taxi or coach in a reasonable price covering maximum tourist spots. Given below are some parameters to consider while hiring a Sikkim car rental here:
Decide on the place to start with
In case you are starting the trip from Darjeeling then you have the advantage of omitting some really bad roads here due to the repair work and widening going on in NH31A which goes to Gangtok. If you are heading from NJP or Bagdogra to Gangtok, you cannot possibly avoid these roads. Hence it is ideal to first head to Darjeeling from Bagdogra or NJP and then from there to Gangtok if you have time in hand. There are standard sight-seeing tours arranged by tour operators available here, which covers all major attractions in Gangtok and Sikkim.
If you are planning to visit Gangtok after Darjeeling, then be informed that West Bengal Registered vehicles are not permitted after certain point to Gangtok. However, there are no such restrictions applicable to Sikkim registered vehicles and such car rentals are available from NJP or Bagdogra in plenty. It is a smart idea to hire one of the Gangtok taxis waiting for passengers in airport or railway station upon your arrival to avoid such hassles.
The usual time duration to travel from Gangtok to NJP or Bagdogra is around 4.5 hours minus the unexpected traffic. Pre-paid taxis usually take the shorter route to reach you, but if you want to explore the scenic beauty of longer routes, you can pay some extra money to the driver to do so. It is best to arrange your travel itineraries well in advance in sync with your travel agency, as this can provide you a chance for negotiations and also best offers.
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