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Sikkim

Experience the panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, where Mt. Khangchendzonga the third highest mountain in the World stands tall, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals. Precipitous slopes inhabited by high altitude exotic species of animals, some rare animals like snow leopard, clouded leopard and red panda, birds and flora. The river Teesta runs down the state where altitude range from almost sea level to over 28,000 feet, from north to south and is known as "Lifeline of Sikkim". The state has about 75 Buddhist Monasteries, dating back to the early 18th century.

General Information

  • Latitudes : 22°56' and 24°32' North
  • Longitudes : 90°09' and 92°20' East
  • Area : 10,492 square kilometers
  • Capital : Gangtok
  • Temperature : - 2° – 16° C in winter & 10° - 25° C in summer
  • Districts : 4
  • Population : 406,457
  • Official Language : Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu
  • Male Population : 216,422
  • Female Population : 190,030
  • Population Density : 57 / square kilometers
  • Literacy Rate : 56.94%
  • Nearest Railway Station : New Jalpaiguri
  • Nearest Airport : Bagdogra
  • Major Towns : Gangtok, Pelling, Mangan, Gyalsing
  • Minimum Snow Fall : Thangu (82 millimeters)
  • Maximum Snow Fall : Gangtok (3494 millimeters)
  • Major Crops : Rice, Sugar cane, Cotton, Jute, Mesta
  • Major Peaks : Mount Khanchendzonga (8585 meters), Pandim (6691 meters), Talung (6147 meters), Jongsang (7459 meters), Rathong (6679  meters) and Sinioulchu (6887 meters)
  • Major Minerals : copper, iron, lime, dolomite / limestone, coal, quartzite and tale, silicate & graphite

Places to see in Sikkim

Gangtok, Botanical Garden, Pelling, Yuksom, Gezing, Jorethang - a major business center in south Sikkim, Namchi, Phodong, Chungthang, Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang

Adventure Activities in Sikkim

Trekking: Monastic Trek, Rhododendron Trek, Khangchendzonga Trek, Coronation Trek, Khedi Trek, Singalila Trek, Kosturi Orar Trek, Samartek Trek , Rinchenpong/Soreng Trek, Himalayan Trek, Tendong Hill Trek

Mountain Biking: Gangtok - Rumtek -Sang - Sirwani - Temi - Damthang -Rabong - Kewzing - Tashiding -Yoksum - Geyzing - Dentam -Rinchenpong - Soreng – Sombaria - Jorthang - Namchi – Rangpo

Mountaineering: Jopuno, Tinchenkhang, Frey's Peak, Lamo Angden and Byrmkhangse

Yak Riding: Gangtok - Dzongu - Tsomgo Lake

Fairs and festivals in Sikkim

Saga Dawa - Lhabab Dhuechen - Drukpa Tshesh - Phang Lhabsol - Losoong - Losar -Bumchu - Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu - Kalchakra Puja - Tihar orTyohar/ Diwali -Maghe Sankranti - Namsoong - Bhanu Jayanti - Nyempa Guzom

Wildlife in Sikkim

Kangchendzonga National Park - Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary - Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary - Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary

Pilgrimage/ Places of worship in Sikkim

  • Hanuman Tok (Gangtok)
  • Ganesh Tok (Gangtok)
  • Rumtek Monastery (Gangtok)
  • Pemayangtse Monastery (Pelling)
  • Enchey Monastery (Gangtok)
  • Tashiding Monastery (Gyalsing)
  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Anjuman Mosque.

Heritage sites in Sikkim

  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Enchey Monastery
  • Kabi Lungchok
  • Rabdentse Ruins
  • Do-Drul Chorten

Art and Craft of Sikkim

  • Carpet Weaving
  • Wood Carving
  • Thangka Paintings (Religious scrolls)
  • Handicrafts
  • Choktse Tables
  • Woolen Carpets

Dance and Music of Sikkim

Zo-Mal-Lok, Chu-Faat, Tendong Lo Rum Faat, Kinchum-Chu-Bomsa, Denzong-Neh-Na, Ta-Shi-Yang-Ku, Tashi Shabdo, Guru-Chinlap, Singhi Chham, Yak Chham, Maruni, Chutkay, Jeurum Silly, Tamang, Selo, Lakhey (Mask) Dance, Dhaan Nach

Cuisine of Sikkim

Momos, Thukpa or Gya-thuk, Saelroti, Chhurpi, Ningro, Kinema, Gundruk, Sinki, Sishnu Soup, Chaang

Connectivity of Sikkim

By Air: The state does not have any airport. The nearest airport is Bagdogra (near Siliguri) in West Bengal, which lies only 125kms away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

By Rail: The state does not have any rail network in its boundary. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri), which is connected to Gangtok by road.

By Road: Although the state of Sikkim lies at the foothills of the Himalayas, it has a good network of roads. The state can be entered through northern areas of West Bengal.

Important Information

STD Code: Gangtok 03592, Gyalsing 03595

Summer : March to May
Monsoon : June to September
Winter : October to February

Main Languages : Nepali, Lepcha, Bhutia, Hindi, English

Entry Permit

Available on the spot for foreigners from Sikkim Tourism Offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri and Rangpo.

Gangtok
Gangtok Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, the newest and the second smallest state in India. The city is located at an altitude of 1547 meters above the sea level. Steep snow tip mountain, mountain slopes, surrounded by lush rice terraces,...
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Pelling
Pelling A fast developing site for tourist, the city is situated at an altitude of 6800 feet. Pelling is famous for the panoramic view it offers of the entire mountain range including the mighty Khanchendzonga. Pelling has a good number of hotels...
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Yuksom
Yuksom At a height of 12000 feet Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim. It serves as the base camp for unforgettable treks into the wilds of the mountains. This high altitude alpine trek passes through exquisite landscapes, dense Rhododendron...
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Chungthang
Chungthang Chungthang 95 kilometers from Gangtok at an elevation of 1,700 meters / 5,600 feet is a small hamlet. It is regarded as a consecrated place, where Guru Rimpoche once visited and rested. It has a legendary rock, which is believed to...
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Lachung
Lachung Lachung is a small bhutia village in North Sikkim. The place is developed as a new tourist destination in Sikkim. Lachung is a divine abode situated in the northern district of Sikkim. Perched at an elevation of 8,800 feet, Lachung...
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Lachen
Lachen Lachen is a small Bhutia village in North Sikkim. The place is developed as a new tourist destination in Sikkim. For the increasing popularity of Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley which is only 25 kilometers from the village. The...
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Arhitar
Arhitar This is an idyllic spot on top of a mountain and is surrounded by mist and shrouded mountains. There are places around Arhitar which offers spectacular views of the Himalaya including Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Makalu, Mount Pandim, Mount...
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Namchi
Namchi The district headquarter of the South Sikkim District is in ‘Namchi’ literally translating – ‘top of the sky’ and is situated at an altitude of 1,675 meters / 5500 feet above sea level. Anyone visiting West...
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Ravangla
Ravangla Ravangla, reminiscent of a town from the wild west, Ravangla is a sleepy Hamlet at about a height of 7000 feet. The township comes alive during the Pang Lhabsol festivities when the spectacular ‘Warrior Dance’ is performed...
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Katao
Katao Katao is situated in North Sikkim (India) and is nearly 144 kilometers from Gangtok.  Katao Valley is situated at an altitude of nearly 15000 and is far away from the center of Sikkim. Staying at Lachung one can visit Katao. With the panoramic...
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Yumesamdong / Zero Point
Yumesamdong / Zero Point Zero Point / Yumesamdong is a beautiful place to visit during winter or spring. Best time of the year is March - April. During this time the area will be mostly snow covered & road is motor able. Oxygen density here is...
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Gurudongmar Lake
Gurudongmar Lake Gurudongmar Lake is situated in extreme North Sikkim District and is close to Lachen. Lachen is nearly 125 kilometers from Gangtok and requires 5 – 6 hours drive and special permit to reach. The Lake is approximately 55 kilometers...
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Yumthang
Yumthang Lachung is nearly 120 kilometers from Gangtok. One has to stay overnight at Lachung to visit Yumthang otherwise the valley can also be visited staying at Mangan. The distance is nearly 144 kilometers from Gangtok and is situated at an altitude...
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Zuluk
Zuluk Zuluk is perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim bordering Bhutan.  Zuluk is a hamlet close to The Indo China border and is adjacent to neighbouring Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. It is situated at an altitude of...
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Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo Lake Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is famous tourist an attraction in Sikkim is nearly 42 kilometers from the state capital Gangtok. It is situated at an altitude of nearly 3780 meters / 12,400 feet. The Lake known as The Source of the...
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Nathu La
Nathu La Nathu La pass is situated around 60 kilometers from Gangtok at an altitude of 4,310 meters / 14,140 feet. The road to Nathu La passes through the Tsomgo Lake is nearly 2 hours drive. The terms ‘Nathu’ and ‘La’ literally...
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Nathu La

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Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is famous tourist an attraction in Sikkim is nearly 42 kilometers from the state capital Gangtok. It is situated at an altitude of nearly 3780 meters / 12,400 feet. The Lake known as The Source of the Lake in Bhutia dialect is ideally located near the Nathu La pass. The lake Read More

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