PARADISE IN SIKKIM- NORTH SIKKIM
North Sikkim is nothing short of paradise—it
has spectacular landscapes, mystic and peaceful surroundings, and clear chilled
fresh air. Whether you are looking for some adventure or peace of mind,
solace or romance, North
Sikkim is a destination that you must plan
The people of Sikkim consist of three main
ethnic groups, ie, Lepcha, Bhutia, and Nepali. All the different communities
live in harmony in the state: Hindu temples coexist with Buddhist monasteries, churches,
mosques and gurudwaras. These multi-cultures have produced an exemplary
Sikkimese culture, but has also managed to preserve their own identity. These
can also be seen in the various places of worship, festivals, and cultural
dances that are celebrated through the year.
To reach Sikkim,
you need to reach the nearest railway station—New Jalpaiguri (NJP) or airport—Pakyong
(PYG). From there you can then get a taxi to Gangtok.
As most of the places to visit in North Sikkim are
restricted areas, Sikkim being a border state sharing its boundaries with 3
other countries, you will require a permit to visit them. Foreigners are
required to obtain an Inner Lone Permit (ILP) for security reasons. These can
be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi and
Kolkata, and District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo.
The 30-day duration permit is issued immediately on the spot, provided
photocopies of the passport and visa along with two passport photos of the
applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign
tourists is 30 days initially.
The State Government is authorized to extend
the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be
obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the
North, West, and South districts.
For those interested in going for trekking in
the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues
Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok, which is available for certain
specified areas for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to
condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel
Please understand that beyond Singhik, all
areas in North Sikkim require a permit for tourists. North Sikkim tour cannot
be made in one day. Hence it’s better to confirm the lodging reservations in
advance in North Sikkim to avoid complications.
For lodging you
can easily book a hotel or resort beforehand. To get the best hospitality and
lodging feeling, we recommend you stay at a homestay wherein the advantages are
Savings on lodging costs.
· Local perspective and information about the
place that is not easily found in guidebooks.
A deeper understanding of the everyday life of
Opportunities to stay in areas underserved by
hotels or hostels.
Compared to staying in a hotel, a homestay may
result in a lower carbon footprint.
you carry heavy woolens which should include two to three layers of clothing
like thermal full body inner wears, sweater, jacket, muffler, good pair of
woolen gloves, cap, socks etc. Carry your first aid kit. The air is very thin at
such a high altitude, so if you are asthmatic or have breathing problems, make
sure you carry appropriate medicines. The roads are tricky, and if you are not
used to it, carry something to combat the motion sickness. Other essentials
like pain killers, antibiotics, etc. should be included. Carry photocopies of
your identity proof and passport size photographs.
Here’s a typical schedule that you can follow:
Day 1- You can reach Gangtok in the morning and
rest for the afternoon and then in the evening take a stroll around Gangtok-
shop and go for local market sightseeing.
Day 2- Early morning, you can leave for Lanchen
from Gangtok. The entire day you can see Lachen and then stay for the night.
Day 3- Next morning, you can visit Gurudongmar
Lake and then get back to Lachen for lunch. Head to Lachung for an overnight
Day 4- Places such as Lachung, Yumthang Valley,
and Zero Point can be covered this day and then you can head back to Gangtok
that evening and rest.
Day 5- You can leave for your hometown this day
or make plans to visit other places in Sikkim.