Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. It is the least populous state in India, and the second-smallest in area after Goa. The thumb-shaped state borders Nepal in the west, Tibet to the north and east, and Bhutan in the southeast. The Indian state of West Bengal borders Sikkim to its south. The official languages are, Nepali, Lepcha Bhutia, Limbu, and English. The language of almost all written transactions is English. It is an ancient land also known as 'Indrakil' or garden of Indra, the king-god of heaven, in Hindu religious texts.The predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Gangtok is the capital and largest town.
Despite its tiny size, Sikkim is a geographically diverse, owing to its location on the Himalaya. The climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine. Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, is located in the northwestern part of the state on the boundary with Nepal, and can be seen from most parts of the state. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination for its culture, scenic beauty and biodiversity.
Foreigners must obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The permit can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism office in New Delhi, Tourism office in Calcutta, Tourism office in Siliguri or at Rangpothe entry point of Sikkim. The 15 days duration permit is issued on the spot without any delay FURTHER IT CAN BE EXTENDED FOR 15 DAYS MORE all you have to do is provide two photo-copies of passport and visa details along with two passport sized photographs of the applicant.
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Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 124 kms. And appx. 5 hrs. drive from Gangtok. Over here flights come from Calcutta, Delhi and other North Eastern parts of India. From Bagdogra you can also take a flight by Helicopter to Gangtok.
Rail : The two closest railway stations are Siliguri (114 kms.) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms.). Drive from these place to Gangtok takes about 4 to 5 hours.
Road : Gangtok is well connected by road with Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other important centers in India. Also in Districts within Sikkim all the roads are well connected.Road driving is also an great experience you face while coming to Gangtok. With the the dense forest above and the mighty river- Tista below.
SOME SIGHTS TO VISIT IN GANGTOK : Roaming around in Gangtok does not cost you a lot. Wondering on green mountain trails, roaming around the ancient stupas, monasteries, temples and be acquainted with different cultures and traditions with its endless intriguing rituals, festivals and activities.
Scarling New Heights: To the adventure lovers trekking in Sikkim is an experience of many dimensions whether it is short trek or long trek. You might even find the pleasure to climb the Third highest mountain in the world i.e Mt. Khangchendzonga. So it is indeed a very unique experience for you all.
Get ready to rip ! The Teesta and Rangeet rivers sparkle them with your rafting skills and kayaking against the rapid currents. Experience an unforgettable water adventure.
Yak Safari: Ride on the horse or bull but come to Sikkim to ride on Yaks. A different kind of ride indeed !!!
Mountain Biking or Hand Gliding: This is being promoted in north Sikkim and west Sikkim.
Tipping Guides and Porters: It is a general custom to tip guides and porters ,it has no definite rate but depends on the quality of service they provide as you are well aware it's a very risky and laborious job to take you to the mountainous region. It will be wise to distribute in front of all members.