Sikkim Travel


Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. It is the least populous state in India and the second-smallest in area after Goa. The thumb-shaped state borders Nepal in the west, Tibet to the north and east, and Bhutan in the southeast. The Indian state of West Bengal borders Sikkim to its south.

The official language of the state is English, while there is a sizable population who converse in Nepali, Lepcha, Bhutia, and Limbu. Despite its tiny size, with an area of 2,745 sq mi (7,110 km²). Sikkim is geographically diverse, owing to its location on the Himalaya.

The climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine. Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, is located in the northwestern part of the state on the boundary with Nepal, and can be seen from most parts of the state. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination for its culture, scenic beauty and biodiversity.


Have a week long trip to this polethyne-free state. A convenient plan is to reach Gangtok from Kalimpong on your Darjeeling trip. If your target is Pelling, Gyazing or Pcmayangtse—do it straight from Siliguri.


Where to go:-


East Sikkim:-
Aritar, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Gangtok (headquarter), Mangerjang, Mankhim, Martam, Nathang Valley, Padamchen, Pastanga, Rumtek Gumpha, Sajong, Tshangu Lake (Changu), Zuluk

West Sikkim:-
Bermiok Martam, Biksthang, Chaaya Taal, Chungbung, Dzongri, Geyzing  (headquarter), Hee Bermiok, Kaleej Valley, Kaluk, Okhrey, Pelling, Pemayangtse, Rinchenpong, Sribadam, Tashiding, Uttarey, Varsey, Yangtey, Yuksom

North Sikkim:-

Chungthang, Katao, Lachen, Lachung, Mangan  (headquarter), Phodong, Tingchim, Yumthang

South Sikkim:-
Baiguney, Borong, Meanam Wildlife Sanctuary, Namchi (headquarter), Ravangla, Sikip, Singtam, Solophok, Sumbuk, Tshlamthang, Temi Tea Garden, Tooruk, Uttara

Note:- Points to Remember while traveling in Mountains or Forests area


Capital: Gangtok. Area: 7096 sq km. Spread over an area of 110 km from north to south, 64 km from east to west. Population : 5,40,493, i.e. 0.05% of the total Indian population. Male: 2,88,217. Female : 2,52,276.


Inhabitation per sq km : 76. Women per 1000 men : 875. Literacy rate : 69.68%. Main languages : Sikkimese and Gorkhali. Also practised are Lepcha, Limbu, Bhutiya, English and Hindi. Sikkim is entirely a mountain state (224 m—8598 m). Tourist season : March to June and October to mid December. Flowers make a breath taking landscape in April-May. October come again with a new cycle of flowers.


Climate: The sky is clear in November—one of the best times to enjoy the scenic splendor. It is quite cold in March and December, but that does not hold back tourists. The monsoon stays from end June to early September. Both the rivers—Tista and Torsa—swell up, causing occasional flash floods, and disrupt normal life. Light woolen garments are enough for April-May and September-October. But heavy woolens are required during a winter tour to Gangtok. Temperature: 28°—13.1°C in summer; 18.5°—0.4°C in winter.



Distance Chart:  from Gangtok


Bagdogra 124 km
Darjeeling 97 km

Gyazing 112 km

Jorethang 84 km

Kalimpong 75 km

Mangan 65 km
Nathu-la 52 km

Rabangla 66 km
Rangpo 40 km

Rumtek 24 km

Siliguri 114 km
Singtam 28 km

TssangoLake 35 km

Yumthang 141 km


Trek Gangtok from Darjeeling:- Mountain lovers are welcome to trek all the way from Darjeeling to Gangtok. There are three routes. Spend three nights on the way and reach Gangtok on the fourth day. The first 13 km from Darjeeling is a descent to Badamtam. From there the road goes up for 16 km and takes you to Namchi (5200ft) in Sikkim. Spend the first night in Sikkim Govt's Dak-bungalow or in any private hotel. The second night should be spent in the bungalow of Temi (4880ft), 18 km away. The forest is just fetching. Born from the Rathong glacier, Rangeet keeps flowing below—at last get rid of exhaustion at Nathu La. Go down for another 11 km from Temi, cross a bridge over Tista, go for a further 8 km and spend the third night at Sang Bungalow (4500ft). Go up on the fourth day for 10 km to reach Rumtek. Gangtok is only 14 km away. All along it is a walk through a splendid nature.