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Sikkim

Small but beautiful, Sikkim is situated in the Eastern Himalayas. Spread below the Mount Kanchendzogna, the third highest mountain in the world and revered by the Sikkemese as their protective deity, Sikkim shares her borders with Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and the state of West Bengal in the South.

With an area of 7,300 sq. Kms and measuring approximately 100 kms from North to South and 60 kms from East to West, the elevation ranges from 244 mts to over 8598 mts above sea level. Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, terraced hills, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and a singular experience. Within a matter of hours of hours one can move from the sub-tropical heat of the lower valleys to the cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach upto the areas of perpetual snow.


Transportation

Air : The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport in North Bengal 124 kms from Gangtok. There are regular flights operating from Calcutta, Guwahati and Delhi which link to Bagdogra.
There is a chopper service from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok. The chopper is a very good way to get a glimpse of the Himalayan ranges.

Rail : The closest railway station is New Jalpaiguri 125 kms from Gangtok. It is conected with all the major cities in India.

Road : Gangtok is connected by road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri. The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) plies regular bus services from Gangtok to all major cities and towns in North Bengal and within the state. The state has a very efficient and dependable network of taxi's plying within the state and North Bengal.