Many of us think twice before coming to Sikkim. Here’s why: For a reliable flight, you have to get down at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal before commencing on a 4-hour drive up the hills to Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. MG Marg is the only happening part of Gangtok where there’s food, shopping, and live music, but if you’ve chosen accommodation for its looks and not location, you could be taking expensive cab rides to MG Marg often. There are also many high-altitude places in Sikkim that need permits. And can you rely on your driver to take you to all the places and not cut corners?
Here’s where the services of a travel company/agent come in. They make sure your trip goes flawless from the moment you step out of the airport to checking in comfortably at a hotel, arranging for permits for sightseeing tours, and making sure your driver arrives on time every morning.
But are all travel agents the same and just as helpful? Unfortunately, not. Then again, it’s all based on your requirements. If you’re looking at a budgeted tour, there are many operators that will hand over to you the standard itinerary and have you share cab and room space throughout the tour. But if you’re looking for comfort, you will have to do a bit of internet research and read reviews before deciding on a trustworthy tour operator.
Good travel agents in Sikkim will choose the best location for your accommodation that also has good services, make sure your rooms are ready before your arrival at the hotel/homestay, choose a comfortable cab with a reliable driver, get all your permits ready, and stay connected with you throughout your trip to handle additional requests.
Tip: Choose a travel company that is actually based in Gangtok, Sikkim. Travel agents in other states only pass on the enquiry to someone locally, so there might be some disappointments in terms of services and changes.