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Frequently Asked Questions
The main attractions in Sikkim are MG Marg, Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Kaala Pathar, Namchi Char Dham, Buddha Park in Ravangla, and many monasteries.
There are two major tourist attractions in North Sikkim, namely Lachung and Lachen which are located at a distance of 120 km from Gangtok and it takes around 5-6 hours to reach these places from Gangtok as the roads are narrow.
No, Nathula Pass remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays of every week for all tourists.
No, Indian Nationals do not require a permit to visit Sikkim. However, there are certain places (like Tsomgo Lake, Baba MAndir, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley) for which all Indian tourists have to obtain an Inner Line Permit which is arranged by the local tour operator.
Sikkim is all-year round destination, except the rainy months of July and August. However, to get a clear view of the mountain range and snow, October to March is the best time to come. And in case you want a witness snowfall, then January to March are the best months. If you want to beat the heat, then most of the tourists visit in the months between April to June.
Pakyong Airport is the newest airport of Sikkim (around 30 km from Gangtok). However, there is very less flight connectivity at the moment and moreover the flights do get cancelled on a regular basis. Hence, it is recommended to book your flights to Bagdogra Airport (around 5 hours drive from Gangtok) which is well connected with all the major cities of India.
Sikkim is well connected by all modes of transport (air, rail, and road). The nearest airport is Pakyong Airport (30 km from Gangtok) and Bagdogra Airport (120 km from Gangtok). The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (120 km from Gangtok)
Yes, there is snowfall in the high altitude regions of Sikkim including Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir, Gurudongmar Lake, and Yumthang Valley. It snows usually between the months of December end to March.
To cover the important places in Sikkim, you require 7 to 8 days which would include Gangtok (including nearby places of Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, and Nathula Pass), Lachen and Lachung (including Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang Valley), and Pelling with Namchi and Ravangla.
Sikkim enjoys a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year. Hence, carrying warm woollen clothes is essential. The regional people of Sikkim observes some strict rules and dress codes, which must be respected. Make sure to dress appropriately and in full, especially when visiting the religious establishments.
Sikkim is a small state and that makes travelling to nearby towns possible. Moreover, it is surrounded by many picturesque destinations that you can easily cover along with Gangtok. The neighbouring towns of Darjeeling, Pelling, Lachung, Lachen and Kalimpong must be explored when you plan to visit Sikkim.
Hot spots for shopaholics include Mahatma Gandhi Road, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms and the Lal Bazaar. Your shopping list must comprise of prayer flags and prayer wheels, Thangka paintings, singing bowls and tea.
Sikkim has a lot in store for adventure lovers. You can indulge in a thrilling river rafting experience in Teesta River, mountain biking and cycling, paragliding, trekking, rock climbing and wildlife safari among many other spine chilling activities.
Applicable to foreigners as well as Indian citizens, many of the sightseeing spots will require you to have permits to visit. These comprise of Tsomgo (Changu) Lake and Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Dzongri and Goecahala Tre, Thangu/Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. Indian nationals can easily apply for permits online and at the Police Check Post in Sikkim.
Among the innumerable sightseeing spots in Sikkim, one must visit the Gurudongmar Lake, Nathula Pass, Yumthang Valley, Lake Tsomgo, Rumtek Monastery and the Khangchendzonga National Park.
There is a scarcity of public transport vehicles such as buses and trains, unlike other metro cities. However, the option of shared vehicles can be freely explored. The best way, however, is to hire a cab from a trusted and government authorised tour operator to avoid any hassles.
Sikkim does have certain entry restrictions, however, if you are an Indian citizen, you do not need any visa to enter its boundaries. For foreign nationals, to obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is mandatory.
Although Sikkim now has its own small airport, the best way to reach is via the Bagdogra International Airport. The connectivity is better and major cities are connected via this airport. If you wish to travel by railways, the New Jalpaiguri station in Siliguri is the best way to reach Sikkim.
Between the months of March to May and October to December are considered to be ideal for visiting Sikkim. When the country experiences hot summers, Sikkim provides for a calming haven. In winter months, the views of the snow-capped mountain ranges will take your breath away.
We offer popular Sikkim packages for your family and friends which facilitates you to see the entire prominent destinations for travel enthusiasts simply because it comprises the tour of the Himalayan environment, gurgling streams, snowcapped mountains, its richness of culture, monasteries, flora and fauna. Our Sikkim travel Packages are tailored in such a manner that allows you to and your family to completely enjoy untouched beauty of nature and bask in the glory of all its freshness.
Besides that our support team is always striving to make your travel safer, easier and memorable in Sikkim and Darjeeling. If you are looking to go to a place where you can actually enjoy the view of nature and spent your quality time in complete peaceful manner Sikkim is your best bet. We are the most preferred Sikkim Tour Operator for over a decade, we have all sorts of Sikkim Holiday packages, Sikkim Honeymoon packages, Sikkim Travel packages, Sikkim Tour packages which certainly would multiply your joy by availability in pocket friendly budget and the services we provide while you are out of home, nothing less than home.
Sikkim Entry Protocol
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.
Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance
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- East Sikkim
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- North Sikkim
- Best Time to Visit Sikkim
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- Entry Formalities to Sikkim
- Trekking in Sikkim
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- Sikkim Tourism Map
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