Gangtok, - Editor : Bijay Bantawa Regularly...updated on line
Rope way to start soon at Tsomo lake area
Gangtok, April 12: A new attraction for tourists in the area of famous Tsomo or Changu lake is going to be launch soon. Mono Cable Gandola system Rope way will be opened shortly for tourists.The ropeway will rung from 12, 900 feet in height to 14,000 feet. The construction work is near completion now.The estimated cost of the construction is 14 crore and more and 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.
Bye Election at Burtuk Constituency
Gangtok: April 12: The people of Burtuk is going to elect their new representative as the member of Sikkim legislative assembly today. There are 6 members in the fray. There are 13,564 voters in the constituency, who will vote for today’s bye election. Shri Dilli Ram Chettri alias D.R. Thapa for ruling Sikkim Democratic Front, Sumitra Rai from Indian National Congress, Suresh Khana Sharma from Bharatiya Janata Party, Nawin Kirna Pradhan as Independent candidate and others are contesting the election. Hectic arrangement has been made for peaceful polling. The seat was vacant after Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Goley) had to quit following the conviction of his case in the court.
According to the information, all the polling parties have been dispatched with the poll materials this afternoon. They have reached their polling stations safely for the conduct of poll tomorrow.
The election agents/authorized representatives present yesterday for the opening of the strong rooms had been briefed about the poll by the Returning officer who had then apprised them to appoint the Polling agent for the poll day who would only be authorized by the Presiding Officer to enter the Polling stations to oversee the conduct of mock poll and the voting taking place.
The counting of votes will take place on 15th April, 2017 from 8 am onwards in the counting hall of DAC, Sichey, East Sikkim. Only the candidates or the counting agents appointed by the Candidates shall be allowed to enter the counting hall during the counting of votes on 15th April, 2017.
Web casting in 08(eight) different polling stations having internet connectivity is being done on the poll day to monitor the poll process throughout the day. The poll process could as well be monitored by the Election Commission of India, New Delhi. The polling stations covered by this web casting are 04(four) in DAC premises, Sichey, 02(two)) in Burtuk JHS and 02(two) in Sichey SS.
The Rear view of Rumtek Monastery and Institute
River Rafting at Teesta River
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 sq.km, 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 ?-
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.
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.
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
about Sikkim, you can get our free service by e-mail .
Put your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Contact: Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, MG Road, Gangtok
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 BE SINCERE ENOUGH THAT YOUR COMPLAINT IS GENUINE ONE AND SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE.
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.
How to visit Sikkim ? > Visit Sikkim
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
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
Sl.no. 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
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
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