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SIKKIM - The basic facts

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

Composed of majestic mountains, in the shadow of Khangchendzonga

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. Its geography is dominated by the most majestic mountain chain in the world which includes the Khangchendzonga, the world's third highest mountain, worshipped as the guardian deity. Some facts about Sikkim:-

Things to Do: Adventure Sports: Trekking, mountaineering, rafting and yak safari; Monastic & Pilgrimage Tours; White Water Rafting & Kayaking; Bird watching & Wildlife Tours; Mountaineering; Trekking; 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: 21 C Min: 13 C Winter Max: 13 C Min: 0 C Rain: 325 cm RF/year

Capital : Gangtok

Altitude: 5,840 ft

Population: 6.19 lakh

Temperature: Summer Max 21 C Min 13 C Winter Max 13 C Min 0 C

Rainfall: 325 cm per annum

Best Season: March to May & October to December

Clothing: Summer - Light Woollens Winter- Heavy Woollens

Food: (Go To Cuisines & Restaurants page)

Shopping: See: Shopping and Markets

Language: 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

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.

Newspapers: 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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