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Heavy snowfall recorded in Sikkim

Gangtok: 28 October: The climate was changed all of sudden and there was heavy   snowfall in most of the hilly regions of Sikkim including the Indo-China border Nathula, Baba Bhajansing, Tsomo or Changu lake, JNU road inclduing Ganeshtok, the peak of the Gangtok town. The heavy snowfall also reported in Ravangla first the first time after 15 years time. The tourists also enjoyed the snowfall, It is reported that ,ore than 400 tourist vehicles stranded between Nathula, Tsomo lake and JNU Road. The toursists are reportedly  evacuated by joint efforts of Army, check post police and Gref.  According to the report, the work to clear the road by removing the blockage of road due to stock of huge snowfalling will continue round the clock and it is expected that all tourists can be transfered to capital Gangtok safely by morning. The army has made all out effort to evacuate them and made adequate arrangement to stay for all tourists in 14th mile and other areas. There is no casualty and no need of worry, says DM, East Sikkim.

The vehicle is stuck by snow and being pulled out

     Photo: Ravanagla South Sikkim covered under heavy snowfall

Ruling SDF Government Observes 24th Anniversary of Government formation

Gangtok, December 28: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling expressed his dissatisfaction over the lukeworm responce or delaying tacktics of the centre government about the Tamang Limbu Seat reservation in Sikkim Legislative Assembly, ST status to left out people of Sikkim and Karmapa issue and mentioned the recent two time visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in Sikkim, wherein he has raised the issue before the PM. He was addressing the officicers and the employees at Saramsha Ground here. He announced various beneficiaries to the government employees and other welfare scheme to the people also.


Sikkim is now on Air map,  started The Flight service Between Kokatta, Guwahati & Sikkim


Gangtok: A tiny Himalayan former small kingdom, Sikkim is now on air map of India. Spread across 201 acres, the Pakyong airport has been built approximately 2 kilometres above the Pakyong village in Sikkim. With its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September 2018[, the first commercial flight operations  from the airport started last 4 October 2018, between Pakyong and Kolkata.  Meanwhile, Druk Air plans to launch flights between Pakyong and Paro on 1 January 2019.the state of Sikkim has finally been added on India’s aviation map.

 Gurudongmar, The Beautiful  lake, North Sikkim


North Sikkim is also blessed with snow, glacier and varieties of flora and Fauna. Gurudongmar is the beautiful lake in North Sikkim. It is located at a height of 17,800 ft. which is regarded as the holy place.

The journey from capital Gangtok to the place is 200 kms. and the vehicle for the journey is available at the capital. 

There is a legend about the lake. The  lake used to remain frozen most of the year, therefore it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes by the local people. The Guru Padmasambhava while  passing by and returning from Tibet, the local people reportedly  approached Guru for providing source of water for drinking. Knowing the crisis, the Guru out rightly turned a portion of frozen water . By the blessing of Guru, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. The water of the lake is considered sacred,  the people carry the ‘blessed’ water in bottles as the gift of the Guru.

 One of the characteristic feature of the lake is that it is not only beautiful, but it remains milky in color most of the months of the year. It takes  7-8 hour from Gangtok to reach the destination. On  the way, the breath taking view of majestic Kanchenjunga, hill tops,  greenery and waterfalls refresh the visiting tourists. It takes to a  Lachen village, which is the base location for this trip. The visitors usually like to stay there for a night in a base camp. The journey starts early in morning next day  and the visitors can reach the destination within 4-5 hour drive to reach the Gurudongmar Lake. The journey through snow clad peaks, mountains, fresh air and close to nature is really full of pleasant feeling and experience. :The people visit the place round the year, but the best time to visit the lake is November to June.

Rope way at Tsomo lake area

Gangtok, : A new attraction for tourists in the area of famous Tsomo or Changu lake is launche and  as mono Cable Gandola system Rope way already operated  for tourists.The ropeway  runs from 12, 900 feet in height to 14,000 feet. The cable car has the capacity of 12 cabin and it can carry 6 person per cabin and within one hour, it can carry 400 persons for joy ride which will be a thrilling experience for tourists. From the last destination, they will have a glimpse of all the Changu area, Nathula India China border and some part of Kalimpong and Darjeeling. The tourists also can take joyride on the yak on the bank of the natural lake.              

Welcome to  Sikkim.............!!!

Sikkim is one of the most peaceful and beautiful state of India. This Himalayan state is bordered by West Bengal, China,  Nepal   and Bhutan in the East. With a total area of 7,096, Sikkim covers  0.22 percent of the  total geographical area of India with  a population of 540493 (2001 census). Climate of Sikkim varies from tropical to alpine. The maximum temperature during summer is 25 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 13 degree Celsius. During winter, the maximum temperature is 13 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 04 degree Celsius. Usually, the best season to visit Sikkim is April to June during pre-summer season and October to December for winter season. During summer, light woolens clothes are ideal to use while heavy woolens clothes are best during winter  season.

           How to visit Sikkim ?- 

By flight:

From Delhi or most of the metropolitan cities of India, one can make a trip up to Bagdogra airport of North Bengal, the nearest port. One can even hire Pawan Hans helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok, otherise, any one can hire taxi from Bagdogra to Gangtok which is three and half hour journey. Now 80 seater flight from Bagdogra to Pakyong Airport.

By road:

The capital Gangtok is well connected by roads with Siliguri, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. Private Buses and taxis are available.Sikkim Nationalized Transport(SNT) bus service run by Government of Sikkim too available from Siliguri to Gangtok and back. Bus and other private taxi services  are available from Siliguri SNT bus terminus, Pradhan Nagar.

 Different tourist spots:

There are as many as places of tourist interest in Sikkim.  Local taxis and conveyance are available to visit these places from Gangtok. Permit to visit Nathula is available from Gangtok.

 Travel agents, trek & tour operators

There are more than 120 travel agents and trek & tour operators  registered and recognized by Government of Sikkim. They are very professional and hospitable who organize everything require for the esteemed tourists visiting in the State. They are well trained and equipped. Complaints can be lodged against any person who unnecessarily harass the tourist. "Tourists are our guest" is the slogan of every Sikkimese people according to their tradition and culture.  If you have any query or willing to know detail information

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or Contact: Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, MG Road, Gangtok

 Ph: 03592-221634/227720

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, New Delhi: 14 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi PIN 110021Ph: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

If you have any complaint, you can always make such complaint at any tourist information centre or nearest police station. However, the policy of Sikkim Government is to give best treatment to all the visiting tourists as guests. However, sometime, over charging of fare by taxi drivers or travel agents have come to the notice which has been amicably settled too.TAAS, an association of travel agents too settled such issue in the past.


Please do not throw garbage at random.Eco-tourism as a sustainable development is the main objective of tourism in Sikkim. Tourists are requested not to dispose off garbage at lakes and holy places. They must be collected and be disposed off in the garbage bag or containers only.

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The view of Lachung, North Sikkim

during snowfall time in winter

The view of Tsomo or Changu lake, East Sikkim  during snowfall time in winter


Photo: Chardham or Siddheswari temple at Namchi

The brief statistic with regard to Sikkim’s biodiversity is as follow

State Animal - Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens),,State Bird - Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus),Number of species Types-Mammals - 150, Birds - 552, Butterflies - 690

Fish - 48, State Flower - Nobile Orchid (Dendrobium nobile)

State Tree - Rhododendron (Rhododendron niveum)

Flowering plants - 4500, Rhododendrons - 37,Medicinal plants - 424

Ferns & Fern allies - 362, Tree ferns - 8, Primulas - 60, Oaks - 11, Orchids - 515

Conifers - 16, Bamboos - 23, Glaciers - 21, Mountains & Peaks - 28, Rivers & Streams - 104

Lakes & Wetlands - 227, Forestry cover (2 percent rise) - 43.95 % - 2001, * 47.80 % in 2015

Recorded Forest area - 5841.40 sq. km. (82.32% of total area of Sikkim), Smriti Bans - 166

Herbal Gardens - 13

*These are the minimum number recorded till recently. Now with more advanced research, new species discovered will add to this list

Important mountain peaks of Sikkim Name District

1. Mt. Kanchenjunga West, 2. Mt. Kabru West, 3. Mt. Talung North,4. Mt. Sinolchu West

5. Mt. Simvo West, 6. Mt. Pandim West, 7. Mt. Rathong West, 8. Mt. Paunhri East

9. Mt. Kokthang West, 10. Mt. Lamaongden North,

11. Mt. Masunyange East

Important lakes of Sikkim

12. Khe-cheod-palri West, 13. Gurudongmar North,14. Lam Pokhari West , 15. Changu (Tsomgo) East, 16. Laxmi Pokhari West, 17. Cholamu North, 18. Bidang cho East

19. Menmecho East,20. Majur Pokhari West, 21. Sima Choka North,22. Dudh Pokhari West

23. Samiti lake West, 24. Ram-Laxman (Twin Lake) West, Hot Springs,25. Phurcha-chu, Sanganath South/West Sikkim, 26. Ranglop Cha-chu at Borong, South Sikkim

27. Gangyap Chhutshen, West Sikkim, 28. Takrumtshen, North Sikkim

29. Yumesamdongtchachhu, North Sikkim,30. Yumthang-tshachhu, North Sikkim

31. Zee Tshachu, North Sikkim,32. Shagyong Phedok Tshachhu, North Sikkim

33. Tholung Kangtshachuu, North Sikkim

Important Glaciers

34. Zemu Glacier North,35. Rathong Glacier West,36. Lonak Glacier North, ,37. Hidden Glacier North,38. Talung Glacier North,39. North Lonak Glacier North,40. South Lonak Glacier North,41. Tista Khangse Glacier North

Important Passes,

42. Nathu-la East,43. Jelep-la East,44. Batang-la East,45. Cho-la East,46. Chiwabhanjang West,47. Chorten Nyima-la West,48. Kongra-la West,49. Lungma-la West,50. Donkia-la West **English spelling of local names may not reflect actual Sikkimese pronunciation since these are from old official document

         The Rear view of Rumtek Monastery and Institute

The Rumtek is located 24 kilometers (15 mi) from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).Rumtek Monastery is also called the Dharmachakra Centre. It is also famous forNalanda Institute of learning of Buddhism. The controversy regarding the re-installation of real incarnate head of the monastery is going on now after 16th Galwa Karmapa went heavenly above .


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