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Pakyong Airport: India’s 100th, Sikkim’s 1st, Set for Inauguration

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Pakyong airport on September 23.

India’s 100th functional Airport, Pakyong airport, coming up

A military guard in Sikkim
A military guard in Pakyong Airport

Sikkim’s 1st airport Pakyong airport will be inaugurated soon, and ahead of the big historic day, Civil Aviation Secretary R D Choubey and other officials have visited Sikkim to review the arrangements.

Nearest city – Gangtok , 30 km
Altitude – 4,500 ft
Area – 206 acres
Cost – Rs 605.59 crore

Features.

With the commissioning of this new greenfield airport, the Pakyong Airport, in the midst of Himalayas, tourists and local travelers will now be spared of the 5 hour uphill journey from the present nearest airport Bagdogra. The hill state of Sikkim will  finally find a place on India’s aviation map.

Spicejet turbo prop aircraft at Pakyong Airport
Spicejet turbo prop aircraft at Pakyong Airport 

The airport is finally ready after 11 years of hard labour because of its difficult terrain. Rs 600 cr spent by AAI. Being 60 km from Indo-China border, the airport is also viewed with strategic importance.

By October 4th, Spicejet will start operating its regular flights with its turbo-prop airplane- the 78-seat Bombardier Q400- from here to Kolkata and Guwahati. A turbo-prop aircraft flies slow, but has short take-off and landing runs. It is thus most suited for high altitude hilly airfields.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”3″ gal_title=”Pakyong Airport”]

Innagural fare @ Rs 2600/-. Thank you, UDAN. You could also be one of the lucky 70 of those passengers!

Later Druk Air of Bhutan will also start its operations from January 2019.


The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok.

You will see some of the most beautiful tourist spots in Gangtok.

water fall not very far from Pakyong Airport
One of the several water falls in Sikkim, Bakthang Water Fall

It is a great place to visit during vacations especially during summers.

Sightseeing in Gangtok, and other travel destinations.

Bakthang Water Fall, Tashi View Point, Lahsa Water Fall, Plant Conservatory aka Botanical Garden, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Ban Jakhri Water Fall, Gangtok Ropeway & MG Road.

Bakthang Water Falls: 8 km from Gangtok… a must visit tourist destination of Gangtok.

Tashi View Point : Great view point for Kanchenjunga. During monsoons the visibility is low due to clouds.

Details of some poular local food joints in Gangtok:

HOTEL RESHIKA
Veg THUKPA – ₹60
Address – Tashi View Point , Bojoghari Sikkim

Hotel Shekmari
Mg MARG Gangtok Sikkim
Khasi ko masuko Thali (Mutton Thali) ₹170

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The Dragon WOK
TINGMO – ₹50
STEW BONELESS CHICKEN HOT PEPPER SAUCE – ₹310
Above bata, MG MARG, GANGTOK

Bustee Village Farm House
Simraya – ₹150
Emma Dachi – ₹200
Chicken Choila – ₹290
Gorkhay Achar – ₹ 150
Address – Lower Lingdum, Near Ranka Monastery, Ranka, East Sikkim

Hotel stay: Summit Denzong hotel and spa, its quite close to MG marg about 5 to 7 min walking.
Quite comfortable stay, staff hospitality and over all hotel services satisfactory.

Travel, sightseeing and food with family or friends in Sikkim are simply great. They are filled with fun, thrills and chilling experiences.

ropeway not very far from Pakyong Airport
A view from Gangtok ropeway
bustee village farm house
The Bustee village farm house

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