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  • From Siliguri (West Bengal) 114 KM.


  • By Air : To get to Sikkim or Darjeeing, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra, near the town of Siliguri, West Bengal.
  • By Train : The nearest rail head for Darjeeling, Sikkim or Kalimpong region is NJP (New Jalpaiguri), located in Siliguri city. However for visiting Dooars area, depending on the area, you plan on visiting, important trains also stop at main station such as New Alipurduar and New Coochbehar.
  • By Bus : The journey into Sikkim is made by road (Siliguri to Gangtok - 125 kms - covered in 4 hours). Numerous, daily bus services ply from Siliguri to Gangtok and Jorethang (in South Sikkim).



Sikkim is a landlocked state in the north-eastern region of India. It is the second smallest state in terms of area after Goa and the least populous state of the country. The state shares international borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan, and state boundary with West Bengal.Sikkim is geographically a diverse state owing to its location in Himalayan mountain regions. It is one of the prosperous states of India owing to its political stability and economic growth.The state has also become one of India's preferred destinations for nature lovers. The land is replete with forests, mountains, lakes, Buddhists monasteries and so on.


  • Handicrafts Centre : The Handicraft Centre, also known as “Government Institute of Cottage Industries” is a centre to protect and propagate the craft and skills of local and village artisans. It has become one of the major attractions for tourists visiting Sikkim where traditional handcrafts, furniture, handlooms, carpets and other products are sold at reasonable prices.
  • Tsomgo Lake : One of the worth visiting sites in Sikkim is the Tsomgo Lake, situated 40 km from Gangtok. The lake is situated at a height of 12,210 ft above the sea level. This oval shaped lake is 50ft. deep and its water is regarded sacred. The lake is home to Brahmini ducks besides stopover for various migratory ducks.
  • Water Garden : Water Garden, a popular picnic spot for children is located at Martam Khola, on the 31-A National Highway, some 16 km south of Gangtok. There is a small swimming pool near this garden.
  • J. Nehru Botanical Garden : Just nearby the Rumtek Monastery is a botanical garden named after the first prime minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. It is maintained by the parks and Gardens unit of the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim. The garden has lush green vegetation, rare plants and trees and certain species of Himalayan flowers and Orchids.
  • Saramsa Garden : Saramsa Garden is home to Sikkim’s most exotic orchids and other rare tropical and temperate plants. It is situated at a distance of 14 km from Gangtok and is widely visited by tourists. The site is ideal for recreation and picnic.
  • Yumthang Valley : It is covered with rhododendron, shrubs and trees of various species. The valley is well known for its hot springs, which is slightly saline in taste, it is colourless, emits bubbles of sulphated hydrogen gas and the temperature is 106 degrees. It is surrounded by mountains and seems to touch the heaven, as one has to face vertically upwards to see the mountaintop. The scenic view is breath taking.


  • Enchey Monastery : The Enchey Monastery which means Solitary temple was built some 200 years ago by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his flying powers. It is located near Sinolchu Tourist Lodge, 3 km away from Gangtok Town. The Monastery has images of god, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year in the month of January 'Chaam' or religious masked dance is performed here which continues for a couple of days.
  • Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) : This Buddhist Stupa was built in 1945 by the Venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa has some fine collections of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-gyur relics (Holy Books), complete 'Zung'(mantras) and other religious objects. You can also see two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) adjacent to this Chorten.
  • Guru-Dongmar Lake : Guru-Dongmar Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of this State both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The water of this lake looks milky and is believed to be of medicinal value as well.
  • Tashiding Monastery : Tashiding is also famous for the most holy chorten known as 'Thong-Wa-rang-Dol' which literally means 'Saviours by mere sight'. Every year, on 14th and 15th day of the first Lunar Month, the Bhumchu Ceremony is celebrated with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessings of the holy water.
  • Ganesh Tok : It is at an altitude of 6500 ft. above Gangtok and 7 km Where a small temple of God Ganesha is nested. Panoramic view of Gangtok, magnificent and breathtaking view of Khangchendzonga and Siniolchu can be observed and enjoyed from this spot on a ridge. A cafeteria serves hot tea, coffee and snacks.
  • Hanuman Tok : It is at an altitude of 7200 ft., about 5 km From Gangtok where there is a temple of God Hanuman. Panoramic view of Gangtok and adjoining hills and valleys with Khangchendzonga on the background can be seen from here. Sunrise can be observed from here. Night view of the Gangtok city lights is mood elevating.



March to June and September to December.



Sikkim basically observes temperate climate; it enjoys five seasons, including summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring.

Climate Temperate
Summer Temperature Minimum: 13°C & Maximum: 28°C
Winter Temperature Minimum: 0°C & Maximum: 13°C
Annual Rainfall 325 cm


  • Dasian : Dasian is the main festival of the HIndu Nepalese in Sikkim and Darjeeling.This too signifies the victory of good over evil.The elders of the family apply (tika) on the young and bless them.
  • Drukpa Tseshi : Drupka Tseshi marks the day on which Lord Buddha gave his first teaching on Four Noble Truths to his first five disciples at Sarnath and therefore turning the wheel of Dharma. The festival is held on the 4th day of the 6th month of the Buddhist lunar calendar and the dates can vary between each region. Through-out Darjeeling and Sikkim, the temples and monasteries hold prayers and religious ceremonies to mark the occasion.
  • Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu : On this day, Sikkimese Buddhists pay homage to Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padmasambhava, who first introduced Buddhism in Sikkim and through-out Himalayas in the 8th century. Dance drama enacting the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava is held in Rumtek monastery.
  • Losar : Losar is celebrated for 15 days, with the main celebrations on the first three days. Losar rituals include painting houses, wearing new clothes, and resolving quarrels and debts. Old Tibetan prayer flags are often replaced with new ones on Losar.
  • Losoong : Losoong is a festival that celebrates the Sikkimese New Year. It falls around the month of December and coincides with the end of the harvesting season.The highlights of Losoong are archery contests and Chaam dances or Lama Dances. These are religious dances where men wear attires of mystical symbols and impersonate Gods. These dances proclaim the triumph of good over evil. These are performed at the legendary Rumtek, Phodong and Tsug Lakhang monasteries.
  • Saga Dawa : Saga Dawa is a festival that celebrates the birth, death and attainment of Nirvana of Lord Buddha. It generally falls on April 15 and is believed to be a sacred period for the performance of good deeds. During Saga Dawa, people gather at monasteries and turn their prayer wheels. Singing and dancing also take place.
  • Tihaar : The `festival of lights` is one of the most important festivals of Sikkim and is also known as the Deepavali, which signifies `a row of lights`. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, his beloved Sita and his brother Laxman to their kingdom, Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The locals lit up their houses and streets with lamps. The locals also conduct Lakshmi Puja during this time to appease the Goddess of Wealth. This much-awaited festival falls on the last two days of the dark half of the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar or the months of October/November.


  • Noodle-based dishes such as the thukpa (noodle soup)
  • Chowmein
  • Thanthuk
  • Wonton
  • Momos
  • Steamed dumplings filled with vegetable
  • Chhurpi is a fermented dairy product prepared from cow milk
  • Gundruk
  • Chang or Thomba

Thali : Upstairs on MG Marg, has good vegetarian food and thalis. It is in the arcade of Yama House.

Parivar Restaurant : MG Marg, downstair in the Yama House arcade, has good South Indian vegetarian dishes.

Metro Fast Food : Opposite Gangtok Lodge on MG Marg, has cheap South Indian food and snacks.

New Kho-Chi Restaurant : Below the Gangtok Lodge on MG Marg, has Indian and Chinese food.

Oyster Restaurant has Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Continental food. It is a mid-range place.

The Green Hotel has good cheap food.

Blue Sheep : MG Marg, next to the tourist office, has good, reasonably priced Indian and Chinese food.It is a higher end place. This place gets good reviews.

Kikis Garden Restaurant on the highest floor of the Super Market, has a Sikkimese buffet for Rs 90 per person. There are good views of Kanchenjunga from here.

Snow Lion Restaurant in the Hotel Tibet is the best place in town. It has very good Indian, Tibetan, Japanese and Chinese food. A main dish is around Rs 60.

Blue Poppy Restaurant in the Hotel Tashi Delek, has good Sikkimese, Chinese, Indian and Western food. The Sikkimese food should be ordered a day in advance.

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