AREA : Sikkim is situated 7096 sq. kms. in the Eastern Himalayas, bordering the Tibet autonomous region to it's North, Tibet and Western Bhutan to it's East, Eastern Nepal to it's West and the Darjeeling Gorkha Hills of West Bengal to it's South.

CAPITAL TOWN : Gangtok is elevated at 5,840 feet above sea level.

DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS : North - Mangan, South - Namchi, East - Gangtok, West - Gyalshing.

POPULATION : 5,40,493( Census -2001)

LANGUAGE SPOKEN : Nepali, English, Hindi, Bhutia (Sikkimese), Bhutia (Tibetan), Lepcha, Limboo.

LITERACY RATES : 69.68%

CLIMATE : Cold Winters in the month of November to February with minimum temperatures dipping to 4 centigrade during January - February. It is between the month of March and early May when sunshine is quite abundant. Though summer is officially from May to October, Sikkim is almost always wet due to the heavy monsoons, with rains at times continuing for days on ends. Longest recorded nonstop rain is 11 days. September to October is Autumn. A peculiar feature of Sikkim weather is that though there is a classification of sorts of the various seasons, actually experiences a cold winter from end of November to February and monsoons throughout the year with a little respite during May - June and October - November. Even the winter months can be irritatingly wet and damp with the unpredictable showers.

MAXIMUM SUMMER TEMPERATURE : 28 C

MINIMUM WINTER TEMPERATURE : 0 C

AVERAGE RAINFALL : 325 cm. RF / Year

CURRENCY : Indian Rupee

STATE ANIMAL : Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)

STATE BIRD : Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)

STATE FLOWER : Noble Orchid( Dendrobium nobile)

STATE TREE : Rhododendron( Rhododendron niveum)

CASH CROP : Cardamom, tea, ginger, potatoes, oranges, medicinal plants, flowers and flower bulbs.

 

 TREKKING PERMIT 

 
  West Sikkim : For trekking in West Sikkim area, the permit is obtained at Gangtok. Two copies of passport photos, photocopy of passport, Indian visa, Sikkim Inner Line Permit must be attached along with the duly filled and signed trekking permit forms are required. The permit can be issued for any number of days as per the itinerary through local tour operators only.

North Sikkim : Since the area lies in the restricted zone the Protected Area Permit is issued from the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, the Defense authorities in New Delhi and Gangtok. And lastly from the Home Department, Govt. of Sikkim. All biodata, 6 passport photos each, photocopy of passport, Indian visa and Sikkim Inner Line Permit must be attached along with the duly filled and signed trekking permit forms. The permit can be issued for any number of days as per the itinerary, which takes at least 100 days for official proceedings.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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