Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state located in the Himalayan mountains. Sikkim
give up its monarchy and fully integrate into India, in 1975. The capital of sikkim is Gangtok.
The state is bordered by China's Tibet Autonomous Region in the North, Nepal in the West, Indian state of West Bengal in
the south and Bhutan in the East. Sikkim is the least populous state around (around 10 lakhs Popoulations) in India
and the second-smallest state after Goa in total area, covering approximately 7,096 km2.
Sikkim is world famous for its geographically diversity, peaceful nature, simplicity and Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak at 8586m.
The climate of Sikkim ranges from subtropical to high alpine. The mountain state offers tremendous variety of plant and wildlife besides a diverse
ethnic mix of people with rich cultural tradition. Sikkim has 11 official languages: Nepali (mostly spoken language), Sikkimese, Hindi, Lepcha, Tamang, Limbu,
Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar and English. English is taught in schools and also used in government documents.
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, passport and Visa.
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.