Sikkim’s new airport-a boon for tourists

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Sikkim has now got its own first airport bringing a wave of joy among travellers who are in love with the northeast India.

The airport has opened up in the small town of Pakyong, roughly 30 kms from the state’s capital Gangtok.

This will reduce the travel distance from an airport to Gangtok by nearly 90 kms.

Also, connectivity to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati shall improve, and travel time will shorten.

Although commercial flights are yet to operate from the first week of October, the inauguration of the airport has become a good sign for the state’s tourism sector, which might see a decent boost.

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Sikkim boasts of some of the most amazing Himalayan views
Sikkim boasts of some of the most amazing Himalayan views
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Sandwiched between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim is a tiny state in the northeast.

Hassle-free and warm-hearted, it’s a state that’s all too easy to fall in love with. Clean, green and ‘all organic’ since 2016, Sikkim is mostly a maze of plunging, super-steep valleys thick with lush subtropical woodlands and rhododendron groves, rising in the north to the spectacular white-top peaks of the eastern Himalaya.

When clouds clear, an ever-thrilling experience from many a ridgetop perch is spotting the world’s third-highest mountain, Kangchenjunga, on the north-western dawn horizon.