It's Monsoon : Sikkim cut off from West Bengal due to Landslide

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Monsoon syndrome is back. A massive Landslide at Shetokhola in Kalimpong Sub Division ( in West Bengal) blocked NH 31A & Sikkim is cut off from West Bengal for the first time in this season. Report.
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Does that mean Sikkim is cut off from India by road? That'd be very worrying.
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Yes. It's the only road that connects Sikkim to West Bengal & also to rest of India . As per the report the landslide occurred at Setikhola , which is just few Kms ahead of Sevok , in West Bengal. There is no other way to reach Sikkim from there if NH31A is blocked.

p.s : Another road that connects Sikkim to West Bengal is Silk Route . But that is a restricted area & special permit is required to enter that route .
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Yes. It's the only road that connects Sikkim to West Bengal & also to rest of India . As per the report the landslide occurred at Setikhola , which is just few Kms ahead of Sevok , in West Bengal. There is no other way to reach Sikkim from there if NH31A is blocked.

p.s : Another road that connects Sikkim to West Bengal is Silk Route . But that is a restricted area & special permit is required to enter that route .
That's why the wise ones always warn not to venture into these hills during monsoon.

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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post That's why the wise ones always warn not to venture into these hills during monsoon.
Yes Somnathda , this season is pretty unpredictable. More trouble if it happens on your way back to Siliguri .

An Update : the road is still blocked. Few cabs are going to Gangtok from NJP / Siliguri via Darjeeling.
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Just thinking loudly !!! The tourist rush to this fragile hills in the monsoon is not a very old phenomenon. Earlier travelers used to avoid the hills during the four months ( June to September ) . One wonders if that was the right way !! It is the fact that due to the very nature of such hills, landslides will keep happening, roads will be getting blocked and mortal dangers will keep presenting itself. So the choice is ours that whether we would like to find ourselves at the wrong place in the wrong time or be safely tucked away elsewhere so that we can enjoy the hills in full glory for the rest 8 months.

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Report says that hills of Darjeeling, Sikkim and for the matter the north eastern hills had become unstable due to massive earthquake of Nepal in last April. These landslides will now be very frequent. Monsoon has just sets in and I wonder how the life would be in these areas in coming couple of months. Alarming...alarming...alarming !!!
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post .. .. It is the fact that due to the very nature of such hills, landslides will keep happening, roads will be getting blocked and mortal dangers will keep presenting itself. So the choice is ours that whether we would like to find ourselves at the wrong place in the wrong time or be safely tucked away elsewhere so that we can enjoy the hills in full glory for the rest 8 months.

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Yes, like the Core Areas of National Parks remain closed for 6 months & tourists can enjoy life & landscapes during remaining 6 months.

Again bad News : A series of Landslides in last two days & all the major Road Links to Darjeeling including NH 55 are cut off . At least 25 landslides have been reported killing 38 people in Darjeeling , Mirik , Kalimpong & also in Lava & Gorubathan Blocks . Many more are missing in the Hills of Darjeeling .. Report : Photos
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