Sikkim opened to the world in 1990. Once an independent kingdom, Sikkim became a state of the Indian Union on April 26, 1975. It is bounded on the west and east by Nepal and Bhutan and by the vast Tibetan plateau in the north. Due to its unique location, the inhabitants of Sikkim comprises a mixed population of Nepalese, Bhutanese, Indians and Tibetans which contributes to the varied colorful cultural atmosphere of the state with festivals the whole year round. 

Gangtok the capital of Sikkim at an altitude of 1640 meters. Places of interest here the Institute of Tibetology, a center of study on Buddhist philosophy and religion, the Rumtek Monastery, Tashi view point and Phudong Monastery.  

A visit to Sikkim is incomplete without a visit to Darjeeling, a fascinating hill station with a maze of steep terraced fields, tea gardens, narrow winding roads and commanding a superb view of the mountains including Kanchanjunga.

A rewarding day can be spent visiting the Tiger Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, the rock Garden and the monasteries or just stroll around the exotic little bazaar looking for bargains. 

A visit to Sikkim can be combined with a trip to India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet as well.

The best month to travel are mid September through March. Sikkim can be reached from India by air from Delhi or Calcutta to Bagdogra, or overland from Nepal or Bhutan.

Sikkim requires a visa for India and special permit for Sikkim, which can be obtained from the Indian High Commission office from your home country.

It is possible to exchange foreign currencies only in the banks. Indian currency is easily accepted here. It is comparatively easier to exchange US$ cash rather than Travelers checks. Credit cards are difficult to use.


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