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Sikkim is one of the smallest state of India came into existence from 1975. It was an independent country ruled by the Chogyal Monarchs until it was merger with India as an independent state in 1975. The state is Legendary for its peaceful nature and simplicity. Sikkim shares boarder with Nepal in the West, Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the East and the rest with the state of West Bengal in India. Situated in the Himalayan ranges it is known for its diversified flora and fauna.
Sikkim is situated in the Eastern Himalaya boast of its rich bio-diversity and high mountain ranges. Kanchanjungha, the third highest peak in the world is located in West Sikkim. Tourism in Sikkim is gaining popularity day by day because of its natural beauty. Now it is one of the hottest and preferred tourist destination in eastern himalaya. Sikkim is also famous for various Monastery. Gangtok is the capital of the state. It’s a very clean city and the centre of commercial activity. Gangtok is the home of Orchids and butterflies. In last few decades it become the hotspot of tourist and travelers.
Pelling is another tourist spot in West Sikkim. Its become the hub of tourism activities in West Sikkim. Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri (West Bengal) and 125 km from Gangtok. Pelling attracts most of the visitors for its glorious history, nature and culture of the state and the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchanjungha.
Pelling is an ideal gateway for tourists as its vicinity has numerous waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and soothing atmosphere for all discerning. Scenic of Pelling is beautiful and it attracts so many tourists every year and gradually its increasing. One can visit Sikkim any time except the Monsoon i.e. June to August.
The Places of Tourist Interest in Sikkim-
Gangtok, Pelling, Ravangla, Lachung, Lachen, Yuksom,
The Tourist Places in and around Gangtok:
Rumtek Monastery, Fifty Mile view point, Tibetology Institute, Do-Drul Chorten, Govt. Cottege Industry, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Phodong Monastery, Tashi view point, Botanical Garden, Yumthang, Lachung, Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Tsongo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir.
The Tourist Places in and around Pelling:
Khechepalri Lake, Sangay Waterfall, Pemayangtse Monastery, Singshore Bridge, Rimbifalls, Dubdi Monastery, Yuksom, Rock Garden, Ravangla, Kanchanjungha Waterfall, Fambrong waterfall.
Entry Rules in Sikkim:
Indian tourist can visit Sikkim without obtaining any permission. To visit Sikkim all foreign nationals are required to obtain special permit. Foreigners are allowed for 15 days to visit Sikkim. It can be extended another 30 days in two parts i.e. 15 days and then 15 days. Permit can be obtained from different places like Siliguri, Darjeeling, Rongpo etc. Permit can also be obtained from Indian Embassy at different places. Foreigners are need to carry 02 nos. photograph and copy of passport.
Foreign Nationals are strictly restricted to visit Nathu La Pass, Gurudongmar Lake and few some other places in Sikkim. Indian tourists are required to take special permission to visit Tsongo Lake and Nathu La Pass. Active Tourism will help to get the permission. All permits can be collected from the Indian Embassy in different Countries. It can also be collected from Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or the Office of the Assistant Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Sikkim, Kolkata or The Office of the Deputy Director-Tourism, Govt. of Sikkim, New Delhi. Visitors/Tourists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar can be given Inner Line permits only after approval from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India at New Delhi. Any Foreign Diplomats, Members of International Organization and United Nations Officials are required to take their permit from the Office of the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.