Sunday, 26 March 2017

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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

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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 Duchen, Drupka Teshi and Bumchu 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 Ubhauli 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 Kagyupa 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.


Monasteries- 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,

Rangpo 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 Tsomgo and Nathula area which is a day tour from Gangtok. Foreigners

can only visit Tsomgo 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

Nathula 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?

* Gangtok
* Pelling
* Yumthang Valley
* Tsomgo Lake
* Solophok Chardham
* Hot Springs
* Buddhist Circuits
* Monasteries
* Yuksom and the Dzongri Trail
* Teesta River Rafting
* Flora and Fauna Sanctuaries
* Nathula Pass and the Old Silk Route