PARADISE IN SIKKIM- NORTH SIKKIM

Author: Madhawi Rai
Date: 2018-12-03

PARADISE IN SIKKIM- NORTH SIKKIM

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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 to visit.

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 agency.

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 as follows:

·         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 the locals.

·         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.

We recommend 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 stay.

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.

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