Welcome to Gangtok
Gangtok is a municipality, the capital, the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim and the headquarters of the East Sikkim district.
It is located at an elevation of 5,410 ft and with town's population of 2,00,000 belongs to different ethnicities such as Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutia.
It is a unique hill resort of northeast India and undoubtedly one of the oft-visited ones.
The town is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga, their highest mountain in the world. The town offers a mild temperate climate with a
temperature of around 23 degree centigrade in summer and around 6 degree centigrade during winter.
Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Rumtek, Ranka & Enchey Monastery.
Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning,
with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.
Sikkim is divided into 4 Districts
Airpot : Bagdogra (130 kms from capital Gangtok) is the major airport of the region. Regular flights connects Bagdogra to major airports in the country.
Rail Station : NJP (New Jalpaiguri) 125 kms from capital Gangtok is the major Rail Station.
Road : Siliguri 115 km from capital Gangtok is the main junction and the largest town nearby the state.
Entry points : There are two Major entry points for Sikkim.
Rangpo : Tourists visiting East and North districts including capital Gangtok, enter into Sikkim through Rangpo.
Melli : is the entry point for West and South districts.
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting sikkim do not require any permit to enter the state.
However they require special permit created by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority to visit
some of the 'Restricted Area' inlcuding Nathula Pass - Tsongo Lake & Baba Mandir – Zuluk – Memenchu area in East,
entire North district (Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Dzongu), Dzongri – Goechala area in West district etc.
Foreigner : Foreigners visiting sikkim are provided with only 15 days permit to visit Sikkim which can be extended for a
further period of 30 days in two spells of 15 days each. This permit can be easily be obtained through the check
post at Rangpho and Melli free of cost. This permits can also be obtained from Indian Embassy at
different places. International travellers need to carry original and copies of photograph and passport.
Restricted Area for Foreigners : Foreigners are strictly not allowed to visit Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir, Zuluk,
Gurudongmar lake etc.
Best time to Visit Sikkim
Best time to visit sikkim is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. Most of the roads
remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides. Also some of the tourists
don't prefer to visit Sikkim in the months of December, January and Febrary due to cold climates.