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Top travel sites in Sikkim: Gangtok (East Sikkim), Tsomgo Lake (East Sikkim), Nathu La Pass (East Sikkim), Baba Mandir (East Sikkim), Khangchendzonga (West Sikkim)

Sikkim Govt Tourist Information Centres:- Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Gangtok: MG Road, Gangtok Ph: 03592-221634/227720; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, New Delhi: 14 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi PIN 110021, Ph:011-26115346, 26115171; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Kolkata: 4/1, Middletown Street, Kolkata-16 Ph: 22817905; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Siliguri: SNT Colony, Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal Ph: 2512646; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Bagdogra: Bagdogra airport Ph: 2698030; 2698036

Sikkim Travel Sites

Sikkim - The People
Sikkim - How to Reach
Sikkim - General Info
Sikkim - Destinations: East Sikkim & Gangtok
Sikkim - Destinations: West Sikkim
Sikkim - Destinations: North Sikkim
Sikkim - Destinations: South Sikkim
Gangtok, the Capital - Info
Gangtok - Places to See
Sikkim - The Cuisine

About Sikkim

        SIKKIM is the second smallest state in India. The Himalayan State lying between 27 to 28 degrees North latitude and 88 to 89 degrees East longitude is 7,096 sq km in size. It has an elevation ranging from 300 m to 8585 m above sea level. It's geography is dominated by the most majestic mountain chain in the world which includes the Khangchendzonga, the world's third highest mountain and is worshipped as the guardian deity.

General Info on Sikkim

Capital : Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 5,40,493 92001 census)
Summer Max- 21C Min - 13C
Winter Max -13C Min - 0C
Rainfall : 325 cm per annum
Best Season: March to May & October to December
Clothing: Summer - Light Woolens Winter- Heavy Woolens
Food : Go To Cuisine  & Restaurants
Shopping: Shopping and Markets 
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra airport in Siliguri, West Bengal, 124 km from Gangtok Nearest Railway Station: Siliguri, 114 km from Gangtok, New Jalpaiguri, 125 km from Gangtok.
STD Code: 03592 ISD Code: +91

Things to Do:
Adventure Sports: Trekking, mountaineering, rafting and yak safari
Monastic & Pilgrimage Tours
White Water Rafting & Kayaking
Bird watching & Wildlife Tours
Sight Seeing
Speciality and Indigenous Tours
Fishing and Angling
Yoga, Health & Rejuvenation

CLIMATE: Cold winters from November to February with minimum temperatures dipping to 0 degrees C during January-February. In March to May sunshine is quite abundant. Summer is from May to October, but in the monsoon from June to September non-stop rains at times continue for several days. September to October is autumn. The monsoons can be experienced throughout the year at times barring May-June and October-November. Summer Max- 21C Min - 13C Winter Max -13C Min - 0C Rain: 325 cm. RF / Year Best season: March to May and October to December

Currency: Indian Rupee

State Animal: Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)

State Bird: Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)

State Flower: Noble Orchid ( Dendrobium nobile)

State Tree: Rhododendron ( Rhododendron niveum)

Cash Crop : Cardamom (Amomum Sublatum), tea, ginger, potatoes, oranges, medicinal plants, flowers and flower bulbs.

Sikkim Express English daily http://www.sikkimexpress.com/
Himali Bela, Nepali daily of Sikkim Express
Himgiri in English http://www.himgirinepali.com/index-English.htm
Himgiri in Nepali http://www.himgirinepali.com/

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