Sikkim

Why visit Sikkim?

Home to the world’s 3rd highest peak -Mount Khangchendzonga, Sikkim was listed as one of top must-visit destinations in the world in 2014 by The Lonely Planet. The leading global travel magazine advocates Sikkim as the perfect antidote if you are feeling jaded and looking for a rejuvenating break.
Sikkim can be visited in all seasons. From the fresh, rejuvenating smell of the deciduous forests,to experiencing the first snowfall of the year at Tsomgo Lake in spring, see shades of Sikkim throughout the year.
Monsoons have a liberating charm as they bring with it gigantic waterfalls breaking out from every corner of the hills and forests at its petrichor best. Mists and fog play hide and seek between the valleys evoking emancipating emotions.
The rains are followed by September-October season where the skies are clear and the hills are vibrant with beautiful colours.
Engage in the local festivals as the majestic Khangchendzonga range overlooks the surroundings.
Winter has its own share of fun and reasons to be in Sikkim. The weather will be cold but it is after all the festive season. One can witness the esoteric cultural dances and revelry as local communities celebrates the advent of New Year.

How to reach Gangtok

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra airport, 125 km away from Gangtok (3 hrs drive).
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri railway station, 126 km from Gangtok (3 hrs drive).
From the airport or railway station, one can book a taxi and head for Gangtok


Best time to go

March-May: Breathe in the cool air of the hills. Beat the sheltering summer heat of the plains.
Oct-Dec: The festive season in the hills. The weather is pleasant and the skies clear offering full sight of the Khangchendzonga range from your hotel room.


Permits

Foreigners need to obtain Inner Line Permit, which is issued from all Indian Consulates abroad. Tourism offices of Sikkim government also issue these permits on submitting photocopies of Indian visa, passport details and two passport size photographs.


The Tourism offices are at

  • Sikkim House, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
  • Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street, Kolkata
  • Office of Sikkim Nationalised Transport, Hill Cart Road, Siliguri
  • Sikkim Tourism Counter, Bagdogra Airport
  • Rangpo Check Post, Rangpo, East Sikkim