Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a holiday in Sikkim? Here are some answers to the most often asked questions, as well as guidance on where to find more information.

SIKKIM, a small Himalayan State lying between 27 to 28 degrees North latitude and 88 to 89 degrees East longitude is the second smallest state in India. It is barely 7,096 sq. km in size .The closest Railhead is at New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, 148 km and connected by rail to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major Indian cities.

The closest Indian Airport is at a distance of 124 kms from Gangtok at Bagdogra in Siliguri in West Bengal, where scheduled flights operates from Kolkata(Calcutta), Delhi , Guwahati and connecting flights onwards. Travel time from the airport to Gangtok is 4 hours. From Kathmandu you can fly to Bhadrapur in the east Nepal (1 hour), then drive to Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border, 35 kms), to Siliguri (37 kms) and to Gangtok (110 kms, 4 hrs).

Every tourist destination evokes a specific template response. Switzerland – for her alpine mountains, Mediterranean – temperate climate, Black Forest – flora and fauna, Grand Canyon – majestic gorge, Niagara – awe-inspiring waterfall, Kyoto- Mystic Buddhist shrines nestled in green environs.

Sikkim would be perfect montage of all the above templates. With a backdrop of snow clad Himalayan mountain range, rustling soundtrack of ever flowing water streams and mischievous crimson gold colored draped lama students of monastery turn Sikkim is truly Symphony of Nature. If you have daredevil spirit of adventure, sensitivity for pristine nature abundant with, wild life, flora and fauna, awe for majestic Himalayan mountain Range, respect and curiosity for monastic Buddhist traditions. Sikkim is the place waiting for you satiate all these traits.

If you are keen to see thousands of colorful flowers are in full bloom, Clear skies to see Kangchenjunga peaks, the best season for visiting Sikkim is late February till to mid June. However be prepared for summer rush in May- June due to school vacations. Ideal time for Trekking.

If you love wild rains, thick cover of massive clod banks, roaring Teesta River flowing through Valley, Numerous waterfalls- You must visit between End June- End August. You would have relatively crowds but don’t be surprised if your travel gets hampered by sudden landslides and downpour. River rafting and Mountain flights would be subject to weather conditions. Thrilling for rain drenched trekking but be prepared for blood sucking crawlers!!!

If you like to enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains like summer but bit misty cool weather, the End August – End November would be ideal. But during this time, you would get everything what you would get in summer except full bloom off flowers. Ideal time for mountain trekking

If you like chilly, biting, frosty weather. Early December – End January be wonderful. Himalayan range would be snow clad.

You can reach by Rail to New Jalpaiguri or by air to Bagdorawhich is around 148 km away from Gangtok. SIKKIMYST TRAVELS would you pick you up from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdora. Both these places are contact points for both Sikkim and Darjeeling. You can do your railway booking by internet http://www.indianrail.gov.in/

Three Airlines ply up to Bandura.
Indian Airlines : http://indian-airlines.nic.in/scripts/index.asp
Jet Airways : Siliguri (Phone :435-876; Airport : 450-589) : www.jetairways.com
Air Deccan : http://www.airdeccan.net/airdeccan/home.asp

Gangtok and Darjeeling have both railway and airlines counters. You can have your reservations done reconformed.
Helicopter Service: The Bagdogra airport is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service which takes approx. 30 minutes to reach Gangtok. Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (+91-3592-222634) operates this service daily at 11:00 AM from Gangtok to Bagdogra and at 2:00 PM from Bagdogra to Gangtok at a price of Rs.1500/- per person. It is a five seater chopper. and mountain flights and other such tours to North Sikkim are conducted

There are many reasons. We strive that you get to see much more at most competitive prices, you are comfortable in terms of stay, food and entertainment. We know the local language, local people. After all we are from Mystic Sikkim. We make sure that you get more value for money that spend. And furthermore, we ensure that you are safe.

Our package covers Transport to and from from New Jalpaiguri/ Bagdora to Gangtok , Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea snacks and water during specified and agreed Tours , Entrance Tickets to monuments,

It does not cover Telephone, Laundry, Room Service expenses in the hotel, Consumption of additional food items, Alcoholic Beverages, Photography and Miscellaneous expenses.

For single/ couples, our food will be combination of Indian, Chinese veg and none food. For a group size of (8 and more), we can work out special meal as per your request.

We can always modify the package prior to final confirmation. However, once the arrangements are finalized it will be difficult to make last minute changes. However, we shall try our best to accommodate your needs subject to local conditions governing logistics.

Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (+91-3592-222634) operates mountain flights and other such tours to North Sikkim are conducted.

With economical air travel by airlines, going to Sikkim is not that time consuming experience.

You need to make prior reservations ahead of schedule. Gangtok is connected by air to Delhi and Calcutta. For middle east travelers, air India does offer Delhi, Mumbai at fraction of supplement cost.

We have worked out 1 day trekking this is relaxed trekking of 3 hours with b’fast and lunch in Sikkimise home.

Hindi, English are most widely used. Bengali, Nepali are also understood by many residents.

It’s better to carry passport to have an easy access across some entry points.
Foreigners Entry Formalities: Visa & Permits: In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.

Foreigners are issued a permit for initial period of 15 days duration on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of applicants are made available then and there. It can be extended for further 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can be obtained from Foreigners Registration Office (FRO), Gangtok and Superintendent of Police of North, South and West Districts.

The FRO is located at Kazi Road, Gangtok. Phone no 223041.

For those interested in going for trekking in the interior regions of the state, you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit (PAP) which is obtainable in Gangtok from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of 4 or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking program is arranged through a registered travel agency.

NOTE# this permit is issued to LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENTS ONLY. While travelling in Sikkim don't forget to get your passport stamped at all check posts.

Most of banks have branches in Gangotk and they do have ATM that accepts Visa, Electron, and Masters.

It is advisable to drink bottled water that is available in all retail outlets. On trekking it’s advisable to drink boiled water.

Voltage is 230V. You may need converter if you are using 110V.

All city tours including airport/station – hotel –back are covered by Marti Omni while outstation tours are covered by Tata Sumo, Safari and Mahindra Gee.

Sikimmyst provides range of accommodation depending upon your budget and your convenience. Most hotels are categorized in there types. Luxurious First Grade Hotels, Resorts that are slightly away from downtown, downtown hotels, economy hotels. All hotels except economy are air conditioned with room service, satellite TV, 24 hour hot and cold water, ISD facility and laundry. Some have bar facility and Internet.

It is essential to book your hotel in advance. Most hotels get booked well ahead of the season. We recommend that you do the prior booking 2-3 months in advance.

If cancellation is done before 10 days, we can refund the amount except 10% deduction towards administration expenses. Cancellation within a week will be subject to prevailing conditions.

Our meals during outstation include local food with local beer. Our trekking include lunch at Sikkimise family including house brewed.

Gangtok has Internet access, the same can’t be said about interior places, and Mobile however has good coverage throughout Sikkim.

Yes, we can make your tour cost affordable and adventurous.

Yes, we can do that. From traveling to food and comforts of hotel.

We have enclosed information about the sites that gives you an idea about Tibetan language and culture.

Best time to visit is March to June and September to December. July – August being rainy season, can have disruptions due to landslide and poor visibility. Jan – Feb relatively colder months.
Maximum summer temperature is 28 degree C, Minimum winter temperature is 0 degree C.
A rainfall is 325 cm. RF/ Year. You should carry some warm clothes

Sikkim is becoming gambling destination too. Now, there are only two casinos in Sikkim, one is Casino “Mahjong” in Mayfair Resort and other is “Casino Sikkim” in Hotel Royal Plaza. The casinos offer all kinds of games including slots, card games, roulette, poker, baccarat etc. and provide the ambiance of a world-class casino. They also offer free drinks for the punters providing plenty of action.
There are numerous options for restaurants pubs, night clubs, bars, music cafes, live bands.

We have enclosed information about the sites that gives you an idea about Tibetan language and culture.

There are several public, private hospitals are available in Gangtok.

Please do carry insurance papers as some hospitals are registered for cash less treatments.