Sikkim is a new great destination to discover in the eastern Himalayas, between Nepal and Bhutan. Being a former Kingdom, Sikkim joined the Indian Union in May 1976 and became India’s 22nd State.
With Mt. Kangchendzonga on the background, the third highest peak in the world, an incredible diversity of fauna and flora, the great influence of Buddhism and the variety in climates make Sikkim one of the most beautiful States of India. Still to be discovered by foreign tourists. Sikkim is divided into 4 districts, North, East, West, and South. Sikkim is also a very eco-friendly state; plastic bags are prohibited, smoking on the streets, and public places are not allowed, and chemical fertilizers are prohibited.
To enter Sikkim, you need an ILP (Inner Line Permit), easy to acquire at the borders of Sikkim. As Sikkim is close to the Chinese borders, this is a sensitive area and to visit these parts you will need extra permits. Some parts are even forbidden to go to for foreign tourist, like Zuluk, one of the paths of the legendary Old Silk Route. Contact us for more info about these permits.
How to get to Sikkim:
The nearest airport is Bagdogra, in West-Bengal and the gateway to Sikkim and Darjeeling. From Bagdogra, it’s another 5 hours by car to Gangtok. There’s also a helicopter shuttle once a day to Gangtok.
The railway station at New Jalpaiguri is another option if you travel from other parts of India.
Between Gangtok and Kalimpong, Siliguri or other places within the State, the Sikkim Nationalized Transport provides regular bus service.
Where to stay in Sikkim:
Sikkim has hotels of different classes in every major town. Be aware that Indian standard differs with the European standards. Besides the hotels, Sikkim offers a wide variety of homestays. Supported by the local government, these homestays allow you to meet the friendly people of Sikkim.
Most important reasons to discover Sikkim:
- Many and important Buddhist monasteries
- Fantastic trekking potential
- Biodiversity hotspot, one of the richest flora and fauna on the globe
- world famous for its orchids (515 different types)
- 552 species of birds
- 690 species of butterflies
- Beautiful nature
- 28 lakes & peaks
- 21 glaciers
- 46% forestry cover
- Incredible peaks and mountains of the Eastern Himalayas.
Mundooz has some pre-defined trips to Sikkim, but we can also fully customise your trip to Sikkim. Click here to send your request for a Customised Tour
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