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Sikkim General Information For Traveler

GETTING ACQUAINTED

Sikkim is spread over an area of about 7300 sq. km. with an estimated population of 5,40,493. The Altitude in Sikkim is 5,840ft.

CLIMATE

Tourists from all over the Globe are welcome to visit Sikkim, However, the best season to visit the beautiful place is from March to June and from September to December.

VISA AND PERMIT

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.

CURRENCY, MONEY EXCHANGE AND CREDIT CARDS

The Currency used in Sikkim is Rupees, an Indian Currency. Credit Cards are readily accepted in most of the Tourist Places and also there is a Money Exchange Facilities available in the State.

HOW TO REACH

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 km).

BY AIR:The closest Indian Airport is at Bagdogra,124 km from Gangtok, where scheduled flights operates to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati.

BY HELICOPTER: The Bagdogra airport is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service which takes approx. 30 minutes to reach Gangtok.

BY TRAIN: 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 cities.

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). 

WHAT TO BRING

CLOTHING: If you are Traveling to Sikkim in Summer, it is required to carry Light Woollen clothes and in Winters Heavy Woollen clothes.

ACCOMMODATION: 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 tourist.

FOOD: Sikkim has its own unique dietary culture with specific cuisine and food recipes. Like anywhere else in the world, food habits here have evolved as the result of traditional wisdom and empirical experiences of generations. However, Sikkimese Cuisine includes Chinese, Spanish, Continental and an Indian Cuisine.

TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES: Telephone and Fax Facilities are present there in the State.

DRINKING WATER: It is recommended to carry a mineral bottle where ever you travel, avoid the Tap Water, even if you want to drink a Tap Water, boil it at least for five minutes.

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