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SIKKIM  WHERE THE NATURE SMILES...‚Äč

Sikkim is situated in the Eastern Himalaya, which is most beautiful state of the Indian Union Territory. It is nestled in the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchendzonga [8598 mtr] which is worshiped as the Guardian Deity of Sikkim. Sikkim means a “New House”. Sikkim is adorned with snowy mountains, luxuriant forests with exotic flora and fauna, pristine waterfalls sacred lakes, holy caves, medicinal hot springs, cascading rivers and gentle streams - a perfect holiday destination for all seasons and reasons. The state has a steepest rise in altitude over the shortest distance with tiny size an total area of 7096 sq kms covering entire climatic range, from tropical to temperate to alpine ,creating unique travel opportunity for visitors in  Sikkim. For adventure lovers there is trekking, hiking, river rafting, angling, rock climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, bird watching & camping as well as heli service for mountain flights to experience snow clad mountain. Sikkim is organic and pollution free state.
Sikkim is a land of dramatic colours. The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. They are peace loving rich in nature, culture and adventure. Communities of different hues intermingle freely in Sikkim to constitute a homogenous blend. Hindu Temples co-exist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara. The predominant Communities are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. These myriad cultures has produced a quintessential Sikkimese culture that encompasses all ways and walk of life, but has also managed to preserve their own identity. These can also be lseen in the various places of Worship, Festivals and Cultural dances that are celebrated through the year.

Sikkim is only state of Indian Union where there is lowest crime record every year. The intricately designed local handmade handicrafts and handlooms are excellent work of art to take home as souvenirs. There are accommodation and transportation facilities to suit for every taste and budget. Sikkim is well connectivity by networks of roads and internet service. Really  paradise on Earth, come and explore.....

General Info / Traveller tips:

Sikkim became 22nd state of Indian Union on 16th May 1975. The total population is 6.1 lakhs [2011] with three ethenic groups of people Lepcha, Bhutia & Nepali. The best month to visit Sikkim is between March – May & October – December. The state has 3 zones – tropical, temperate and alpine , ranging from 1500 meters to 4500 meters. The climate having temperature in summer max 22 C / min 12 C, in winter max 13 C, min 05 C. Summer are pleasant, however light woollens and warm clothing are recommended. During winter, from November – April heavy woollen or windsheeters and all terrain shoes are essential. For those rain lovers, monsoon season June – September is the best time to experience the fresh green environment of versatile Sikkim state. The annual rain in Sikkim is 3,894 mm. Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit [ILP ] in order to get a legal permission to travel within Sikkim state. Inner Line Permit or Restricted Area Permit [RAP] are issued from all Sikkim Tourism offices at New Delhi, Kolkatta, Silliguri, Rangpo & Melli on the strength of a valid Indian Visa. Total permissible duration of stay to the foreign tourist is 60 days. Initially 30 days duration permit is issued of production of photocopies of the passport and visa details with two passport photos. Permit can be further extended twice for 15 days each. The extension of the permit can be obtain from Foreigners Registration Office [FRO] at Gangtok and Office of Superintendant of Police in South, West & North Districts. For trekking in the interior region of the state the Department of Tourism issues Protected Area Permits  [PAP] at Gangtok which is available for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

HOW TO GET THERE

Roads: The capital city Gangtok can be reach by pleasant drive within 4 hrs road journey from nearest railway station New Jalpaiguri [ NJP ] 125 km & Silliguri 114 km or Bagdogra [IXB] Airport 124 km in West Bengal along the NH 10 [Earlier 31, A] transfer in a matter of few hours  to Gangtok. Light vehicle / taxi cabs are best means of transport for Teesta river valley ride always relax the the tiring journey of tourist upto Gangtok. 

Railways : New Jalpaiguri [ NJP ] and Siliguri are the two railway stations nearest to Sikkim located in West Bengal. NJP is 125 Km and Siliguri is 114 Km from Gangtok and is well connected to all the major cities.

Air: The nearest airport for Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport [IXB], 125 km in West Bengal. The various flight service are avilable to all major cities of india and Bhutan. Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation operates helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok & Gangtok to Bagdogra  within in 30 minutes ride.  Another airport is developing at Pakyong 24 km from Gangtok under Airport Authority of India.

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