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Travel Guide Asia India Sikkim

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Introduction

Around Yumthang Valley still

Around Yumthang Valley still

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The Kingdom of Sikkim became India's 22nd State in 1975 after some political upheaval.

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Geography

Sikkim is bordered to the west by Nepal, the north by Tibet, in the east by Bhutan and the south by West Bengal.

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Cities

  • Gangtok - capital
  • Yuksom
  • Pelling
  • Gezing
  • Yumthang

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Sights and Activities

  • Kanchenjunga National Park
  • Impressive Rumtek, Enchey, Phodong, Pemayangtse Gompas
  • Tsongo Lake
  • Trekking

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Getting There

By Plane

Bagdogra Airport is around 124 kilometres from Gangtok. Bagdogra is connected with Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi by regular flights operated by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. Buses and Taxis are available from the airport to Gangtok and the journey usually takes around 4 hours. A helicoptor service has also been started by the Tourism Authorities and this 30-minute journey from the airport to Gangtok cost around 2,000 Rupees. Gangtok can also be reached from Nepal by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur in east Nepal, then drive to the Nepal-India border at Kakarbhitta (35 kilometres), then to Siliguri (37 kilometres) and onwards to Gangtok (110 kilometres).

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Drink

  • Chang/Tongba Millet beer - served with straw in a bamboo container.
  • As a tax-free state all alcohol is particularly good value.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
The Bamboo RetreatPO Box 20 Gangtok Head Post OfficeHotel-

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