Sikkim - General Information
Sikkim - General Information
Sikkim's greatest incitement is mountains. Dominating them all and presided over the terrain Sikkim with immense dignity is Khangchendzonga, 8585m. The unspoilt natural splendor and tranquility of the countryside has made certain regions ideal for trekking.
To the adventure lovers trekking in Sikkim is an experience of many dimensions. For sheer exhilaration nothing can match the view of the mountains, which seem to reach the heaven. As you wander up lush green trails you begin to amaze and wonder at the unspoilt natural splendor and dramatic terrain. You may chance upon the shy Musk Deer or wave out to the exotic Red Panda perched among the treetops. Revel in the excitement of being part of a unique culture, a rich tapestry woven with legends, myths, rituals and festivals.
Trekking tour with Adarsh Tours, Treks & Expedition takes you to Gangtok-a bustling town with the blend of tradition and modernity & further to famous Rumtek & Phodong monastery and finally to the wind swept top of Gochala-La. Sikkim is interlaced with jungle-clad ridges and deep ravines created by the raising torrent of the mountain river's speed and emerald valleys alternating with terraced hillsides & dense forest.
The waterfalls, rivulets, lakes the abundance of Orchids & Rhododendrons all embellish the land but the glory of Sikkim is the snow capped mountains which girdle it in a protective embrace.
Best Seasons for Trekking in Sikkim
March, April, May till second half July - September, October, November till last week of December
COME! UNFOLD THE WONDER THAT IS SIKKIM.
Getting to Sikkim
Jet Airways and Indian Airlines operate flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati to Bagdogra. From the airport one can take a taxi to the campus at Majitar, Rangpo - the drive takes about three hours. One can also use the services of charter helicopters to travel between Gangtok and Bagdogra.
By Train One can travel by train from any part of the country to New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. From here the journey to the campus, which takes 3 hours, can be made by bus or taxi.
By Road Long distance buses ply from major towns in West Bengal and Assam to Siliguri. The journey from Siliguri to the campus can be made by taxi or bus via the Himalayan foothills along the Teesta and Rangit rivers and passing through the towns of Teestabazar, Melli and Rangpo.
Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The Permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Sikkim tourism office at New Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri, Melli Check Post and Rangpo Tourist lodge on the strength of an Indian visa, Passport and 2 Passport size photograph. The 15 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photo copies of passport and visa details along with two passport photo of the applicant are made available then and there. The permissible duration of stay for foreign tourists would be 15 days initially. The State Government is Authorized to extend the same twice by a further period of 30 days( 15 days each ).The extention of permits can be obtained from FRO at GANTOK and superintendent of police of the North, West and South Districts.
For those interested for trekking in sikkim in its restricted and high altitude region, the Department of Tourism issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain Specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking programme is arranged through Local Travel Agents.