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Sikkim - the steepest place on the planet

 

Small but beautiful

The former Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim lies in the shadow of Kanchendzonga (8598M), the world’s third highest peak. Sikkim is bordered by Tibet to the north and the northeast, by Bhutan to the east and the southeast, by the Indian state of West Bengal to the south, and Nepal to the west. Long a Buddhist kingdom, Sikkim merged with India in 1975 and became India’s 22nd state.

KNOW THE FACTS

  • Population: 650,000
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Area: 7,096 km²
  • Major Language: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha
  • Major religions: Buddhist, Hindu
  • Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)

To truly experience some Sikkimese atmosphere, spend night in the villages and Buddhist monasteries.

General Information
  • VISA & ENTRY FORMALITY

    Apart from Indian Visa, you will also need Inner Line Permit for Sikkim. It is nessecery to obtain a Restricted Area Permit (also known as Inner Line Permit) for foreigners to travel in Sikkim. The permit is a piece of paper containing your passport data and dates you are permitted to travel (typically, 15 days and can be extended upto 60 days). The ILP if free. The permit can be obtained along with Indian visa as a respectibe Embassy/Nonsulate or when crossing the Sikkim state border by road in Rangpo or Meili. It is also available from Sikkim travel desk in Darjeeling and from Sikkim Tourism Center in Siliguri located at the S.N.T. bus stand (the place from which government buses depart for Sikkim, S.N.T. means "Sikkim Nationalized Transport".

  • BEST TIME TO VISIT
    • Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) It is a best time for adventure activities as the sky is clear, giving beautiful views of magnificent mountain ranges.
    • Spring (Mar-Apr-May) Rhododendrons, Primula and other flowers are on a peak of bloom in everywhere above 2000 meter.