WELCOME TO SIKKIM
... the Land of Mystical Splendor !
The magical lure of Sikkim has always been attracting
people all over the world. Its legendry mountains, landscape that
defy imagination, all culminates into a masterpiece of the
Creator. But you don't have to be the holy one to taste the
beauty of Sikkim. Presently, Sikkim has thrown up its gates to
every interested visitor. Browse below for all the necessary
information, for both domestic tourist and foreigners.
Area : 7300 sq. km.|
Capital : Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Min - 13°C
Min - 0.48°C
Rainfall : 325 cm per annum
March - May
Summer - Light Woolens
Winter- Heavy Woolens
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi
Nearest Airport : Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, West
Bengal 124 km from Gangtok .
Nearest Railway : New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal 148 km away
STD Code: 03592
IST Code: +91
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How to get there:
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is connected by all weather
road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the
District headquarters within Sikkim. Two nearest railway station
are at Siliguri (114 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) stabilizing
link to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow and other important
cities in India. Nearest airport is Bagdogra in North Bengal( 124
By Flight :The closest Indian Airport is at Bagdogra,124 km
from Gangtok, where scheduled flights operates to and fro from
Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati.
Indian Airlines Jet Airways
Bagdogra - Kolkata :
Rs. 4065 /- Rs.
Bagdogra - Delhi :
Rs. 8570 /- Rs.
Bagdogra - Guwahati :
Rs. 2445 /- Rs.
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Travel time from the airport to Gangtok is 4 hours by road.
Bagdogra Airport is 11 km west of Siliguri.
Indian Airlines, Siliguri (Phone : 431-509; Fax:
431-495; Airport: 450-666) and
Jet Airways, Siliguri (Phone :435-876; Airport :
A taxi from airport to Siliguri is Rs.140. From the airport you
can get a taxi to Bagdogra Bazaar (Rs. 40, 3 km) and from there,
you can get a local bus to Siliguri too.
From Katmandu, fly to Bhadrapur in the east Nepal(1 hour),
then drive to Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border,35 km), to
Siliguri(37 km) and to Gangtok (110 km, 4 hrs). Or fly to
Biratnagar also in east Nepal.
Helicopter Service: The Bagdogra airport is connected to
Gangtok by a helicopter service which takes approx. 30 minutes to
Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation(+91-3592-222634)
operates this service daily at 11:00 AM from Gangtok to Bagdogra
and at 2:00 PM from Bagdogra to Gangtok at a price of Rs.1500/-
per person. It is a five seater chopper and mountain flights and
other such tours to North Sikkim are conducted.
By Rail : The closest Railhead is at New Jalpaiguri which
is around 148 km away from Gangtok. It is connected to
Kolkata(Calcutta), New Delhi, Guwahati and other major Indian
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From the station you can hire and reserve a taxi and came to
Gangtok. That will cost you around Rs.1500/-. Or you can come in a
pejo( jeep) on sharing basis. That will cost you Rs.120/- per
By Road : Gangtok is at a distance of 110 km from Siliguri
and will take 4 hours from Siliguri to reach Gangtok . Gangtok is
connected by road with Darjeeling (4 hrs), and with Bhutan,
Phuntsholing (6 hrs).
Foreigners Entry Formalities:
Visa & Permits : In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners
must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The
permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office,
New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism
Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.
Foreigners are issued a permit for initial period of 15 days
duration on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of
Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of
applicants are made available then and there. It can be extended
for further 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can
be obtained from Foreigners Registration Office(FRO), Gangtok and
Superintendent of Police of North, South and West Districts.
The FRO is located at Kazi Road, Gangtok. Phone no 223041
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior regions
of the state, you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is obtainable in Gangtok
from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is
available for certain specified area for groups consisting of 4 or
more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking program
is arranged through a registered travel agency.
NOTE# This permit is issued to LOCAL GOVERNMENT
REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENTS ONLY. While travelling in Sikkim
don't forget to get your passport stamped at all check posts.
Best Season to Visit : March to June and September to
Adventure Sports : Trekking, mountaineering, rafting and
Where to Stay :
There are number of categories of hotels, resorts, lodges and
guest houses in Gangtok and in other tourist destinations
within the State to suit the taste and budget of individual
Things to Do :
Monastic & Pilgrimage Tours
White Water Rafting & Kayaking
Bird watching & Wildlife Tours
Speciality and Indigenous Tours
Fishing and Angling
Yoga, Health & Rejuvenation