Biking anywhere is more or less the same, but when it comes to places like Sikkim, which shares its borders with other countries, you will need special permits. And that’s why we’ve had a lot of queries pertaining to planning a bike trip to Sikkim. So here’s a guidebook to clear all your doubts, and if you still have any more questions, drop them in a comment below.
Q: Where are the bike pick and drop points?
To come to Sikkim, you have to drop off at West Bengal first where the airport and railway station are, and then take a cab to Sikkim, which is roughly a 4-hour journey. Although a few of you prefer to start biking from Siliguri, mostly all the tours start from Gangtok.
Riders with TourGenie have to pick up and drop the bikes themselves at MG Marg, which is the main hub of the city.
Q. Which bikes are on offer?
Sikkim has a rugged and dramatic terrain for thrilling biking experiences, and hence, bikes like the Royal Enfield classics and Himalayan are perfect. The power and comfort of these bikes are especially perfect for high altitude off-roading.
TourGenie ensures that the bikes handed over to you are in mint condition. Accessories include helmets for both the rider and pillion passengers; the rest you will have to get on your own.
Q. What happens in case of any inconvenience during the tour?
Although the bikes we provide have very little chance of breaking down, we would be lying if we say that we haven’t come across any cases of bike breakdown during tours. Our operations crew is very adept at handling any situation and is always on standby to lend support.
Q. What about payment, permits, and paperwork?
Renting a bike from Gangtok is breezy if you go through a travel agency that organizes such tours. Procuring permits on your own is a major hassle, so it’s best to let the agencies handle that for you. Usually, the agency asks 50% of the total charge as your booking amount (payment process may vary).
During peak seasons it might be a tad difficult to find your desired bike, so it is advisable to book the bike at least 15 days prior.
There are three zones in Sikkim that require a special permit to enter:
- Tsomgo and Baba Mandir in East Sikkim: When applied, a Protected Area Permit (PAP) is allotted to the bikers allowing them to ride through Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, and Zuluk.
- Nathu La Pass in East Sikkim: A separate permit is required to enter Nathu La Pass. The request for a permit is accepted on the date of travel.
- North Sikkim: The permit grants access to all the restricted areas in North Sikkim such as Gurudongmar, Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, etc.
For the permits, you will have to produce a voter's ID, passport, driver’s license, and 3 copies of your passport-size photo.
Popular Biking Itineraries in Sikkim
Sharing with you biker folks our most preferred biking itineraries:
Sikkim Bike Tour
North and East Sikkim on a bike
Route in Sikkim - Biking tour
Now that you have all the information you need, when are you coming to Sikkim? Hit us up and we’ll book your ride.