Area of Sikkim: 7,096 sq. kms.
Population of Sikkim: 500,000 (approx.)
Commonly spoken languages: Sikkimese, Nepalese, Hindi and English
'The Land of Mountain Crests', Sikkim, lies between the kingdoms of Bhutan in the east, Nepal to the west and Tibet to the north. This small stretch of rugged land is but a speck on the world map, but its size belies its richness and diversity of culture flora and fauna. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and untouched areas in the Himalayas, offering visitors pristine nature in all its grandeur. The world's third highest mountain, Mt. Khangchendzongna (28,156 ft), and its attendant peaks - Pandim, Narsing, Kabru, Talung, Siniolchu, Pau-Hunri, Simvo, and Jopuno - present a surreal vista where local legends depict this area as 'the altar of the Gods'. The tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim coupled with nearby Darjeeling in West Bengal offers some very different visions of the Himalayas.
Gangtok is ideally connected with all major cities through Bagdogra Airport (124 kms). This capital city provides a rare insight into the Indo-Tibetan culture while proudly offering traditional Himalayan hospitality as well as a plethora of rich flora and fauna. There are many beautiful and exclusive treks in West Sikkim along with rafting opportunities on the river Teesta for the nature and adventure enthusiast. Trekking in Sikkim offers stark contrasts. The sweltering plains of the Ganges as you travel through the orchid-laced subtropical forests of the Himalayan foothills. Steep gorges and verdant hillsides dotted with terraced rice paddies that change from a brilliant emerald green to a soft golden hue with the passing of the seasons. High peaks with sacred natural lakes worshipped by the people of Sikkim where local legends abound.
Sikkim has many fabled centres of Buddhist worship and learning, the monasteries at Rumtek, Enchey and Pemayangtse to name but three. Awe inspiring stupas and chortens are set amidst fluttering prayer flags and numerous prayer wheels spun by clear mountain streams reminding you that you are somewhere extremely special.
Entry formalities (PERMITS)
Along with an Indian Visa, foreigners are required to obtain Inner Line permits for Sikkim, which are valid for 15 days and can be extended for a further 15 days once in Sikkim. However no special permits are required for travelling to Darjeeling & Kalimpong. The permits are available at all Indian Missions / Consulates abroad and Sikkim Tourism Offices in Delhi, Calcutta, Siliguri and Gangtok.