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Essential Traveller's Information
Area : 7,096 sq. kms
Population : 5.40 lakhs (2001)
Density : 76 per ./
Districts : 4
Sub Divisions : 9
Towns : 9
Temperature : Summer -Max .21` C, Min .13`C
    Winter - Max .13 C, Min 05 C
Annual Rainfall : 3, 894 mm
Clothing Needed : Summer -Light Woolens, Winter- Heavy Woolens
The Climate of Sikkim ranges from Tropical to Alpine. The Altitude ranges from almost sea level to 28, 208 ft (8598 m)
Road Network  
State Highways : 186 kms
Major Dist. Roads : 442 kms
Other Dist. Roads : 1104 kms
Airport :

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Entry Formalities

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. This can be obtained from Sikkim Tourism Offices at Delhi. Kolkata, Siliguri and Rangpo on the strength of a valid Indian Visa. The 30 days duration permit is issued on the spot on production of photocopies of the passport and visa details along with two passport photos of the applicants. The permissible duration of the stay to the foreign tourists is 30 days initially. The State Government is authorized  to extend the same twice by a further period of  30 days (15 days each). The extension of the Permits can be obtained from Foreigners Registration Office at Gangtok and Office of the Superintendent of Police in the North, West and South Districts. For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state the Department of Tourism issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available  for certain specified areas for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

Transport and Communication
AIR: The nearest airport for Sikkim is Bagdogra in North Bengal which is 123 kms and approximately 4 hours drive to Gangtok. Sikkim Tourism operates daily, a five-seater helicopter service between Gangtok and Bagdogra.
RAIL: The two closest railway stations are Siliguri (114 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms). There are out agency booking facilities in Gangtok at the Sikkim Nationalised Transport Bus Terminus, Gangtok and at the Tourist Information Centre, Namchi, South Sikkim.
ROAD: Roads constitute the most important mode of transport in Sikkim. The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) plies regular bus services from Gangtok to Kalimpong and Siliguri and other parts of the state as well. Booking facilities are available at Siliguri and Gangtok and at the points where these buses ply to. However in the places where Sikkim Nationalised Transports does not operate the bus services there are private buses and taxis available regularly for both within and outside the state.
Information Offices
INDIA TOURISM, GUWAHATI, Government of India, Regional Office, (North East), G.L. Publication Complex, G.S Road, Ulubari, Guwahati-781 007(Assam), Ph - (0361) 2456158, Fax - 2547407, Website: E.mail:
Tourist Information Centres
GANGTOK: M.G Marg, Gangtok-737101, East Sikkim, Phone: 03592-221634, Fax: (03592) 205647.
New Sikkim House, 14, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri-110021, Phone: 011-26115346, 26115171.
KOLKATA: New Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street, Kolkata, Phone: 033-22815328, 22817905.
BAGDOGRA AIRPORT: Phone: 0353-2698030, 2698036.
NJP RAILWAY STATION: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, Phone: 0353-2690475.
SILIGURI: S.N.T Colony, Hill Cart Road.
DARJEELING: Chowrasta.
RANGPO: Near Tourist Lodge, Rangpo, East Sikkim, Phone: 03592-240818.
MELLI: South Sikkim, Phone: 03595-248536.
NAMCHI: Below Dak Bungalow, Alley Road, Namchi, South Sikkim, Phone: 03595-264557.
JORETHANG BAZAR: Opposite SNT, South Sikkim.
UPPER PELLING: Near Girl’s Hostel of Pelling, West Sikkim.
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