Sikkim... the jewel of the Eastern Himalayas is an unforgettable destination, offbeat and unknown. It  nestles in the lap of majestic Khangchendzonga (8585 m) the world's third highest peak and guardian deity of Sikkim, forming a formidable backdrop which awaits your presence to unfold her majestic splendour. It is wedged in between the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. The region is bounded by Tibet in the north and the Indian State of West Bengal in the south. It comprises of an area of 2,818 square miles of the rich Himalayan flora and fauna, soaring peaks, cascading waterfalls and lush moist valleys providing a scenic beauty and aesthetic grandeur, that unfolds before your eyes and fills your heart and sprit with a new satisfaction.

The irresistible lure of the Sikkim Himalayas provides rugged terrains for those who have sprit of adventure. Khangchendzonga group of mountain ranges offer the most challenging treks through most dramatic landscape and tranquil scenery. For some white water action, the river Teesta and Rangit offers an exhilarating experience where one can become a part of a timeless scene without any intrusion. A naturalist's paradise, Sikkim is noted for its flora and fauna with over 4000 varieties of flowering plants and shrubs. Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalese who make up the major population of Sikkim are, by nature, simple, polite and docile, people with a natural gaiety, their culture and customs are as fascinating as the surroundings in which they live.

Darjeeling, the Queen of the Hills famous the world over as a hill resort and for the unique flavor of its tea lies south of Sikkim. Once a part of Sikkim it came under the British in 1835,when the then King of Sikkim gave it as a gift to them. Nearly fifty years have passed since the departure of the British, but echoes of it's colonial past sill remain in the English names of places and legacies like the quaint little "Toy Train" left by them.

Kalimpong is a sleepy little town situated at an altitude of 1,200m some 50 km to the east of Darjeeling. It once used to be the hub of the Trans-Himalayan trade between India and Tibet when merchants used to ferry commerce by mule caravan over the Jelepla pass on the Sikkim-Tibet border. This area too belonged to Sikkim originally. With its many monasteries, picturesque little market place and friendly people, Kalimpong still retains an Old World charm. 


Today Darjeeling and Kalimpong along with Kurseong form the Darjeeling Hill Council, an autonomous body within the state of West Bengal. 

 

 VISA AND PERMIT 

 
 In addition to Indian Visa all foreigners require Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Sikkim which can be easily obtained along with visa from all Indian Missions abroad. The Sikkim Inner Line Permit is valid for 15 days further extension can be done from Foreigners Registration Office in Gangtok or from any Office of the Superintendent of Police in all district head quarters. The ILP can also be obtained from from Embassy of India abroad, Immigration Offices at New Delhi, Calcutta, District Magistrates Office in Darjeeling and Sikkim Tourism Offices in Siliguri and Rangpo. 
 

 ACCESSIBILITY 

 
 Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, approximately 124 kms. (about 4 hours' drive) from Gangtok. Regular flights by Indian Airlines (IC) and Jet Airways (9W) link Bagdogra with all the major cities of Nepal, Bhutan and India. Bagdogra is also linked by daily helicopter service from Gangtok. People coming via Nepal can fly to Bhadrapur (nearest airport in Nepal) and then drive to Gangtok.
 Rail: The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri approximately 125 kms (about 4 hrs drive) from Gangtok. From here the trains are linked with all the major cites of India. One can also enjoy the Toy Train ride to Darjeeling.
  

Road: The State-run Sikkim Nationalised Transport plies regular bus services between all parts of Sikkim, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Regular private jeep taxis also ply on these routes.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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