sikkim tour package

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 . Sikkim was an independent state ruled by the Namgyal monarchy, but following administrative problems and the public's sentiment for union with India , a referendum was held in 1975 in which the people of Sikkim chose union with India . Also in 1975, the referendum brought about an end to the absolute monarchy and ushered in a democratic government within the Constitution of India. The thumb-shaped state borders Nepal in the west, the Chinese Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and east, and Bhutan in the south-east. The Indian state of West Bengal borders Sikkim to its south. The official languages are English, Bhutia, Nepali, Lepcha, Limbu, and Hindi. The language of almost all written transactions is English. The predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Gangtok is the capital and largest town.

Despite its tiny size, Sikkim is geographically diverse, owing to its location on the Himalaya . The climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, is located in the north western part of the state on the boundary with Nepal , and can be seen from most parts of the state. Sikkim has become one of India 's most visited states, owing to its reputation of cleanliness, scenic beauty and political stability.

Hot Springs

Sikkim has many hot springs known for medicinal and therapeutic values. The most important hot-springs are at Phurchachu, Yumthang, Borang, Ralang, Taram-chu and Yumey Samdong. All these hotsprings have high sulphur content and are located near the river banks. The average temperature of the water in these hot springs is 50°C.


The climate ranges from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the northern parts. Most of the inhabited regions of Sikkim however enjoy a temperate climate with the temperatures seldom exceeding 28 °C (82 °F) in summer or dropping below 0 °C (32 °F) in winter. The state enjoys five seasons: winter, summer, spring, and autumn and a monsoon season between June and September.

The average annual temperature for most of Sikkim is around 18 °C (64 °F). Sikkim is one of the few states in India to receive regular snowfall. The snow line is around 6,000 metres (19,600 feet).

During the monsoon months, the state is lashed by heavy rains that increase the number of landslides. The state record for the longest period of non-stop rain is eleven days. In the northern region because of high altitude temperatures drop below -40 °C in winter. Fog also affects many parts of the state during winter and the monsoons making transportation extremely perilous.


Sikkim residents celebrate all major Indian festivals such as Diwali and Dussera, the popular Hindu festivals. Losar, Loosong, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen, Drupka Teshi and Bhumchu are Buddhist festivals that are also celebrated. During the Losar - the Tibetan New Year in mid-December - most government offices and tourist centres are closed for a week. Christmas has also recently been promoted in Gangtok to attract tourists during the off-season.[19]

It is common to hear Western rock music being played in homes and in restaurants even in the countryside. Hindi songs have gained wide acceptance among the masses. Indigenous Nepali rock, music suffused with a Western rock beat and Nepali lyrics, is also particularly popular. Football and cricket are the two most popular sports.

Noodle-based dishes such as the thukpa, chowmein, thanthuk, fakthu, gyathuk and wonton are common in Sikkim . Momos, steamed dumplings filled with vegetable, buff (buffalo's meat) or pork and served with a soup is a popular snack. The mountainous peoples have a diet rich in beef, pork and other meats. Alcohol is cheap owing to the low excise duty in Sikkim and beer, whiskey, rum and brandy are consumed by many Sikkimese.

Almost all dwellings in Sikkim are rustic, consisting of a bamboo frame, woven with pliable bamboo and coated with cow dung, providing a warm interior. In the higher elevations, houses are made of wood.


Gangtok, the beautiful capital is located in the amazing Himalayas. It sprawls down the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul river. The amazing panorama from this hill town is magnificent and there are breathtaking views of the complete Kanchenjunga Range from many points within the city.

Now a sprawling urban settlement, Gangtok sits atop a 1,600 m-high ridge, surrounded by brilliant green mountains snuggled against Khangchendzonga. A strong Buddhist culture reflects from the storybook-like pagoda roofs, which dot the verdant mountains. There are colourful monasteries teeming with red-robed lamas, the exquisite Tsuk-La-Khang ( Royal Palace ) and the Institute of Tibetology , which houses scores of ancient Buddhist texts and scripts.

Trekking here, though confined to the area west of the Teesta River , is an exciting experience. There are wild expanses of old forests and timeless river valleys to trudge through, with something new to marvel at every turn. A flower show is held here every year celebrating the orchids, which bloom here in their wild beauty.


By Air - Bagdogra is the nearest airport i.e. 124 kms from Gangtok. There are regular flights from other major cites.

By Rai - New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri i.e. 148 kms.

By Road - The road network is good and busy, it is well connected to the important cities.


Best time to travel Gangtok is between March and late May or October and mid-December.


North of Gangtok is the Enchey Gompa and the telecommunication tower. The palace of the former Chogyal, or ruler of Sikkim , and the impressive Royal Chapel are lower down along the ridge. Then there is the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, an Orchid Sanctuary and a large chorten (Tibetan stupa) with an adjoining gompa. Gangtok is a very popular hill station resort with many fine hotels filled with visitors from all over the country. The capital and principal town of Sikkim , tucked away in the clouds, spread out on the ridge, 5000 feet above sea level. Offers number of places of interest to the visitors namely, the Research Institute of Tibetology Garden Sanctuary, Buddhist Monastary.


You can get food of every type and taste. You can try the multi cuisine restaurants at the luxury hotels.


The Royal Plaza - Sarovar Park Plaza - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Sidlon Residency - Gangtok Sikkim India

Orange Village Resort - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Nor Khill - Gangtok Sikkim India

Denzong Inn - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Central - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Rendezvous - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Tashi Delek - Gangtok Sikkim India

Hotel Tibet - Gangtok Sikkim India

The Oriental - Gangtok Sikkim India

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