The novel coronavirus disease has had a profound impact worldwide. Sikkim was one of the first states in India to opt for a lockdown. The entry of foreign tourists was restricted on March 5, and a total lockdown for tourists was imposed from March 17. Now that the circumstances are under control, Sikkim's borders once again reopened for tourists from October 10. However, the premier tourist destinations, including Nathu La, Lachung, and Yuksom remain closed until further notice.
• Travelling rules and regulations
Sikkim has now opened its inter-state border with some easy testing norms for travellers. Previously, a COVID-negative certificate issued 72 hours before arrival and by an ICMR-certified lab was only acceptable. But now you can enter the state with a valid COVID-negative certificate from any hospital or lab. Moreover, as per new travel guidelines, only domestic tourists and foreigners residing in India can travel to the state now. Tourists have to register on the Sikkim Tourism web portal and carry a copy of the "travel card" while travelling. The government has advised persons above 65 years, pregnant women, and children below 10 years of age to avoid travel completely or limit it.
• Sikkim tour plans
There are numerous tourist places in Sikkim, including Dubdi Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Falls, and Norbugang coronation throne. The best part is that you can even go for bike rental in Sikkim and explore the state at your own pace. When it comes to trekking in Sikkim, Goecha La Trek, Varsey Trek, Khangchendzonga Base Camp Trek, and Sandakphu Trek offer the most thrilling and unprecedented experiences. Overall, Sikkim is a beautiful tourist destination where you can inhale tranquillity and exhale worries.
If you want to witness the state's natural beauty, look for the best Sikkim tour packages. Whether you plan for a family vacation or a romantic honeymoon, Sikkim tourism offers all comforts at an affordable price. And if you are interested in an itinerary trip, don't forget to check the Sikkim Darjeeling Gangtok tour package by TourGenie.