Sikkim Tourism plays important role in North East Indian Tourism Destinations and become most visited tourism place. Beaside the spactacular Natural beauties of SIkkim, Amazing Lakes backdrop of Snow peack mountain, Valleys, Sikkim Tourism has also received the award for the most clean and peacefull state of India. SikkimTrip.com offers you a hassle free all inclusive poackage to visit Sikkim Toursim Destinations, Travel Information, Permit assistance and anything related to your travel to Sikkim.

Sikkim General Information:

State Name : Sikkim is the 23rd.state of democratic India from 1973.
Capital City : Gangtok
Altitude : 5,500 ft.
Area : Approximately 15 sq. kms.n
Population approximately : Total State – 5, 40,000 & Gangtok 50,000
Climate : Summer (Temp. 28* C Max. & 13.1* C Min.) Winter (Temp. 18* C Max. & 5.3 *Min.)
Rainfall : 3,894 mm per annum
Latitude : 27- 28* North
Longitude : 88 – 89* East
Literate : 56.94%
Clothing : Light woolens for summer and Heavy woolens for winter.
Nearest Airport : IBX Bagdogra Airport, 125 km from Gangtok & 4 hours
Nearest Railway Station : New Jalpaiguri (124 km from Gangtok & 4 hours)
Languages spoken : Nepali, Hindi, Sikkimsse, Lepcha, Gorkhali, English,
State Plant : Rhododendron
State Flower : Noble Orchid
State Animal : Red Panda
State Bird : Blood Pheasant
Total Zone : Four Zone- North, East, South & West
Geography : Sikkim is one the most beautiful state in India located in Eastern Himalaya and surrounded by High Mountain and deep valleys in between the Tibet in the north, Royal Bhutan in the East and Nepal in West. Total area of Sikkim and it lies in between Longitude 88 – 89* East and Latitude 27-28* North


Tourist Destination of Sikkim

East Sikkim

  • Gangtok
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Baba Harbajan Singh Memorial
  • Nathula Pass (China border)
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Tashi view point

North Sikkim

  • Lachung
  • Yumthang
  • Lachen
  • Gurudongmar
  • Chopta valley

West Sikkim

  • Pelling
  • Yuksom
  • Pemayangtse
  • Khecheopalri Lake
  • Dzongri

South Sikkim

  • Namchi
  • Ravangla

Entry Formalities

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially.

The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.

For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

Restricted Area Permit and Protected Area Permit Regime in Sikkim

To visit Sikkim foreigners must obtain Restricted Area Permit (RAP) previously known as Inner Line
Permit from Sikkim Tourism Officers on the strength of valid Indian Visa.

The RAP is issued free of cost by

  • 1. Ministry of Home affairs, Government of India, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
  • 2. All Foreigners Registration Offices.
  • 3. All Indian Mission Abroad
  • 4. Immigration Offices at Airports at Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai and New Delhi
  • 5. Deputy Director, SNT Complex, Siliguri, Tourism Department phone no: 0353 - 2512646
  • 6. Assistant Director – Tourism Department, Sikkim House, Panchasheel Marg, New Delhi, Tourism Department, phone number : 011- 41680421/011-26115346
  • 7. Assistant Director – Tourism Department, Sikkim Tourism Office, 4/1 Middleton Street, Kolkatta, Phone Number : 033 22817905
  • 8. Assistant Director – Tourism Department, Melli, Near Melli Police Check Post, South Sikkim, Mobile No: 9775453611, 03595-248536
  • 9. Deputy Director, Tourism Department, Sikkim Tourism Office, Rangpo, East Sikkim, Phone no : 03592-240818
  • 10. Resident Commissioner, Government of Sikkim, Sikkim House, New Delhi
  • 11. Deputy Commissioner, Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • 12. Deputy Secretary/ Under Secretary, Home Department, Government of West Bengal, Kolkatta

The Nationalities of Pakistan, China, Maymmar and Nigeria will not be issued Permit without the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. Foreigners are advised to travel in a group of two or more in restricted areas of Sikkim. Foreigners are not allowed to travel single.

Protected Area Permit (PAP) for various places in Sikkim are issued as follows

East District

1. Tsongo – Baba Mandir-permit are issued by Police Check Post for Domestic Tourist. For foreign tourist, permit is issued by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department and Police check post.

2. Nathula Pass – Permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post for domestic tourist.

West District

1. Dzongri Trek – Permit is issued by Adventure Cell of Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Govt. of Sikkim

2. Singalila Trek – Permit is issued by Adventure cell of Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Govt. of Sikkim

North District

1. Yumthang – Permit is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post

2. Yumesamdong - Permit is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post

3. Thangu-Chopta Valley – Permit is issued by Police Check post for Domestic Tourist and for Foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police check post. Foreigners must apply through a Sikkim Tourism registered Travel Agent in groups of two people or more for visiting these areas.

4. Gurudongmar – Permit is issued by Police check post for domestic tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department till Thangu.

5. Green Lake Trekking Permit is issued by Tourism Department after obtaining a valid permit from Ministry of Home Department, New Delhi.

South District

  • Restricted Area Permit is a valid permit for trekking anywhere in the South District for Foreign Tourist.
  • Alpine Mountaineering Expedition permit is issued by Tourism Department after obtaining valid permit from Home Department , Government of Sikkim , Gangtok, for the following peaks as per the Home.
  • Department Notification no: 25/Home/2006 dated 20/3/2006
  • Tinchenkhang 5603 metres ( West Sikkim)
  • Jopuno 5935m (West Sikkim)
  • Freys peak 5830m(West Sikkim)
  • Lama Angden 5868m( North Sikkim)
  • Brum Khangse 5433m ( North Sikkim)
  • National park and Wildlife Sanctuary entry permits is issued by Forest Department at Gangtok.

DO'S

  • All travelers (including child) must carry during tour: Original ID Address proof (PAN card not valid ), if child school ID card , 04 to 06 Copy Passport size photos, photocopy of ID
  • Vegetation is fragile; follow designated trails.
  • Avoid littering and deposit garbage at designated places.
  • Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes.
  • Respect local culture by taking permission before taking photographs.
  • Dress modestly. Be aware of the customs and manners and culture of the local people.
  • It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in clockwise direction.

DON'TS

  • Don’t disturb wildlife or its habitat.
  • Don’t buy endangered species or antiques.
  • Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or talk loudly near sacred places.
  • Don’t pluck plants or flowers.

How to reach Sikkim

Almost All the modes of transportations are available to visit Sikkim. This Paradise on Earth is well connected by airways, railways and roadways. In spite of being a hilly state, transportation of Sikkim is comfortable and more frequent to enjoy the ride on the world’s most beautiful valley.

Airways

The airport located nearest to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal which is only 124 Kms away from Gangtok. India’s national carrier, Indian Airlines including almost all other domestic airlines such as Jet Airlines, Air Deccan run regular flights from the important cities of India such as Kolkata, Delhi etc. Bagdogra is also connected with Gangtok by daily helicopter service operated by Sikkim Tourism development Corporation and it will take only 20 minutes to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. This helicopter service is subjected to the weather conditions.

Railways

New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the two rail stations nearest to Sikkim located in West Bengal. NJP is 125 Kms and Siliguri is 114 Kms from Gangtok and is well connected to all the major cities. Ticket reservation facilities are available from Sikkim Nationalized Transport office in all working days.

Roadways

RoadwaysThe lifeline of Sikkim, which is National Highway 31A connects gangtok with Siliguri and this picturesque highway runs through the lush green forests along the bank of river Teesta on one side and sky touching mountain ranges of Eastern Himalaya on other side. This unique ride of almost two hours will gives you the opportunity to enjoy the valley carpeted with numerous wild flowers. Regular bus service operated by S.N.T. and adequate number of private buses, jeeps and taxies are available from morning to evening at reasonable rate and you can have a very comfortable journey. From Siliguri you can catch jeeps and taxies to reach almost all the important tourist destinations located in both South and West Sikkim. You can also hire taxies and jeeps to travel to your destination of choice at reasonable rate. Most of the reputed destinations of siikim are interlinked by motor able all seasons roads.

Sikkim Helicopter Service

Sikkim Helicoptor : Height of Luxury
For the more discerning travelers, Sikkim Tourism is proud to present the Sikkim Helicopter Service from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport and back. The five-seater Helicopter offers an exclusive mode of transport not merely enabling connecting flights, but also to see Sikkim from an entirely new view.

Sikkim Helicopter Service also conducts, besides the regular runs to Bagdogra Airport and back, special mountain flights. Come and see the majesty of the Himalayan peaks from close up like never before, Feast your eyes on the grandeur and the sheer size of the great Mount Khanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, or check out the symmetrical beauty of Mount Siniolchu, considered by many as the most beautiful peak in the entire Himalayan range, or fly over Gangtok and get a comprehensive view of the layout of the town with its winding roads and many alleys.

Special flights are also conducted over West Sikkim and North Sikkim for a bird's eye-view of the monasteries and the exotic Valley of Flowers, Yumthang.


Distance of Different Destination in and around Sikkim

  Distance Time
IXB Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok 124 kms. 4 hours.
New Jalpaiguri Rly. Station 125 kms. 4 hours.
Siliguri to Gangtok 114 kms. 3.5 hours.
Darjeeling to Gangtok 94 kms. 4 hours.
Kalimpong to Gangtok 75 kms. 3.5 hours
Pelling to Gangtok 117 kms. 5 hours.
Yuksom to Gangtok 124 kms. 7 hours.
Lachung to Gangtok 125 kms 6 hours.
Yumthang to Gangtok 145 kms. 7.5 hours.
Lachen to Gangtok 130 kms 6 hours
Gurudogmar Lake to Gangtok 186 kms.  
Namchi to Gangtok 79 kms 4 hours.
Phodong to Gangtok 32 kms.  
Ravangla to Gangtok 65 kms. 3 hours.
Tsomgo Lake to Gangtok 34 kms. 2 hours
Nathula (China Border) to Gangtok 56 kms. 3 hours
Phuentsholing ( Bhutan Border) 250 kms. 8 hours.
Kakarvita ( Nepal Border) to Gangtok   5 hours.

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