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Facts about Sikkim
Major cities: Gangtok (capital city), Jorethang, Namchi, Rangpo, Pelling, Lachen, Lachung
How to visit: Sikkim does not have any airports because of its rough terrain. The closest airport, Bagdogra Airport, is near the town of Siliguri, West Bengal. The airport is about 124 km away from Gangtok. A regular helicopter service run by the Sikkim Helicopter Service connects Gangtok to Bagdogra. The closest railway station is New Jalpaiguri which is situated 15 kilometres from Siliguri, National Highway 31A further links Siliguri to Gangtok.
Tourists Attractions: Sikkim has a plethora of attractions including various Monasteries and religious places and visitors can enjoy various activities such as rafting, trekking and paragliding.
Climate: Sikkim’s climate has been divided roughly into the tropical, temperate, and alpine zones; with sub-tropical in the south and tundra in the northern parts. Most of the inhabited regions of Sikkim enjoy a temperate climate, with the temperatures seldom exceeding 28 ° in summer or dropping below 0 °C in winter. July is the wettest month in most places.
Culture: Sikkim residents celebrate all major Indian festivals such as Diwali and Dussera, the popular Hindu festivals. Losar, Loosong, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen, Drupka Teshi and Bhumchu are Buddhist festivals that are also celebrated. During the Losar - the Tibetan New Year - most government offices and tourist centres are closed for a week.
Language: Sikkim’s official languages are Nepali, Bhutia, Limbu, Lepcha, Newari, Magar, Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa and Sunwar.
Religion: Predominant religions in Sikkim are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Lesser known facts about Sikkim
The adorably cute animal, Red Panda is the State animal. This endangered species is easy to see in Sikkim Singshore Bridge near Uttarey in West Sikkim is considered the second highest suspension bridge in Asia.
In the months of February and March visitors can experience healing properties in the Sulphur baths of Sikkim’s natural hot spring offering complete relaxation and rejuvenation.
Sikkim is a paradise with glorious flora and fauna. With the recorded 552 species including the magnificent Himalayan Griffon, the bearded vulture with its wing span of over 10-ft and the elegant Impeyan Pheasant. To add to this, Sikkim records 690 species of butterflies.
Planting season in Sikkim is often marked with certain prayers including the one done during Sakewa, also called Sakela or Ubhyoli by the Kirat Rais.
Chhang or Jaanr is a fermented cereal-based mild alcoholic beverage is undoubtedly Sikkim’s famed drink. It is served in a cylindrical wooden vessel called tongba, with a bowl-like saucer placed below.
Sikkim bagged the ‘Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project Award 2010-11’ for the Pilgrimage cum Cultural Tourism popularly known as Chaar Dham.
Sikkim also bagged the ‘Best State in Campaign Clean India 2010-11 award’ for the state government’s initiatives in maintaining a clean and green Sikkim.
An exotic flower show is held every year showcasing around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns. The main displays in the flower show are orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs.
Singhik, is the first village ahead of Mangan at an altitude of over 5000 ft which offers some of the most breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga.
There are almost 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to either the Nyingmapa Sect or the Kargyupa Sect in Sikkim which are prominent tourist attractions.
Chungthang at an altitude of 5300 ft, is about 31 kms from Mangan and 100 kms from State Capital of Gangtok, , is the place where Lachen and Lachung rivers meet to form River Teesta. It is 26 kms from Lachen and 22 kms from Lachung.
Highlights of Sikkim
Gangtok- the capital of Sikkim is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site and a prominent tourist destination. This cosmopolitan city, also the heart of Sikkim is a vibrant area with numerous markets and shopping areas.
Monastaries- Sikkim has nearly 200 monasteries and the existence of these age-old Buddhist monasteries adds charms to the rich culture and heritage of Sikkim. These monasteries are an integral part of Sikkim. To name a few, the most visited monasteries in Sikkim are Rumtek, Pemayangtse near Pelling, other monasteries that are worth visiting include the Karma Kagyu Monastery, Enchey Monastery, and the old Sanga-Choeling Monastery which is only accessible on foot from Pelling.
Flora, Fauna and Sanctuaries: Sikkim is an ecological hotspot which exhibits an array of flora and fauna that has long since attracted tourists.The Botanical wealth of Sikkim lies in the diverse flora and fauna in its periphery. It is one of the few regions to exhibit diversity in such a small area. Divided into three botanical zones ranging from tropical, to temperate and alpine, flora of this area boasts of more than 4000 species of plants. Nearly 600 different types of Orchids grow in the tropical and temperate zones. The flora of Sikkim also includes the Rhododendron, the state tree, ideally found in subtropical and alpine regions. The orchid Dendrobium Nobile is the official flower of Sikkim. The lush green dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries and the biosphere reserves of Sikkim are home to a variety of animals. The fauna includes the Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Barking Deer and many more. Among the animals more commonly found in the alpine zone are Yaks, mainly reared for their milk and meat. Sikkim also houses more than 550 endangered species of birds making it a birdwatchers paradise. The abundant birdlife has Giant Lammergeier, Vultures, Eagles, Whistling Thursh, Minivets, Bulbuls and Pheasants. Sikkim is indeed a naturalists’ haven.
Nathula Pass: Situated at an altitude of 14,140 feet, Nathula Pass is an idyllic day trip from Gangtok. Known for being a trade route between India and Tibet, this stunning place attracts many tourists throughout the year. The Journey to Nathula is often combined with Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. Indians require a permit to visit this place and foreign nationals are not allowed here.
Rafting: Teesta River along with its tributary Rangeet is ideal for rafting. This has become a popular sport where the intensity of the rapids makes it amicable for rafting. The banks of these rivers are very scenic with lush green forests on either side is a perfect base to indulge in camping activities.
Sikkim: Entry Protocols
To promote tourism in Sikkim, constraints on the entry of tourists in the restricted areas have been considerably relaxed; however visitors should follow the underlying necessary guidelines to have a hassle-free experience while visiting this picturesque state of India.
Indian Nationals intending to visit Sikkim do not require any special permit while visiting some of the unrestricted areas like Gangtok, Yuksom, Rumtek, Pemayangtse, Phodong etc, but visiting certain areas of North Sikkim like Yumthang Valley, Chungthang, Lachung, Yumesamdong, Lachen, Thangu, Chopta and Gurudongmar Lake, it is mandatory even for Indian nationals also to obtain a permit.
Foreign Nationals intending to visit Sikkim can obtain a permit for an initial period of 15 days which is extendable up to 30 days. The permits can be arranged very easily at several places such as Siliguri, Darjeeling, Rongpo and Malli. These permits can also be obtained from Indian Embassy at different places. Foreign tourists have to travel in groups of two or more to visit restricted and protected areas of Sikkim like Yumthang Valley, as they are not allowed to club and go with Indian tourists.
There are however further restrictions on visiting several places deeper inside Sikkim. Both domestic and foreign visitors require special permits to visit Tsongo and Nathula area which is a day tour from Gangtok. Foreigners can only visit Tsongo and not Nathula.
Restricted Area Permit and Protected Area Permit Regime
Sikkim has certain entry restrictions and is under a restricted area regime due to its proximity with neighbouring countries like China. This State is divided into 3 areas based on travel restrictions. Some parts require Protected Area Permit (PAP) while some require Restricted Area Permit (RAP). Therefore all foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit to visit any part of Sikkim. Earlier this permit was known as Inner Line Permit (ILP). Indians however do not require this but there are other restrictions for all including Indians for few specific places in Sikkim. There are certain areas like Tsomgo Lake, Dzongri etc which are defined as Protected Areas and have special army deployment. Both foreigners and Indians require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit such places. But few protected border areas like Nathulla are not accessible to foreigners at all, while Indians can still visit with the Protected Area Permit.
Restricted Area Permits (RAP) This permit is mandatory only for foreigners who wish to enter Sikkim. It is free of cost. All that is required is a valid Passport along with an Indian visa. With proper documentation, it takes less than 30 minutes to get the permit.
Protected Area Permits (PAP) This permit is applicable for both foreigners and Indians intending to visit protected areas. Solo foreigners are not permitted in such areas. Additionally foreign tourists wanting to go trekking in the interiors of Sikkim should apply for the PAP through tour operators who are registered with Sikkim Tourism Department and the trekking programme should be arranged by them. Photo ID proof like passport, voter's ID card or a driving license would be the required documentation.
What to see in Sikkim?
- Yumthang Valley
- Tsomgo Lake
- Solophok Chardham
- Hot Springs
- Buddhist Circuits
- Yuksom and the Dzongri Trail
- Teesta River Rafting
- Flora and Fauna Sanctuaries
- Nathu La Pass and the Old Silk Route