Things to know when traveling to Sikkim

The state of Sikkim, nestled in the North Eastern part of India, is truly a land of Hidden paradise. The land offers marvellous snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, pristine, serene lakes, undoubtedly nature’s best wonders. Explore this mesmerizing land with our Sikkim Darjeeling Tour packages which ensure an unforgettable holiday. Visit the world famous Tea gardens, Buddhist monasteries, and the colonial-era architecture with GoParyatak’s Sikkim tour Packages.

Ideal Duration8 Nights – 9 Days
Ideal SeasonOctober to June
Off SeasonJuly to September
Nearest AirportsDomestic: Pakyong Airport (Gangtok)
International Airport: Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri, West Bengal)
Capital of the stateGangtok
Neighboring statesThe state borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east,
Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south
Famous forSerene lakes, Snow-clad mountains, Dense forest, Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan architecture, Tea Gardens
What to buyHandloom products, Tibetan woollen carpets, Hand carved furniture, Sikkimese traditional Tibetan crockery
ExperiencesAyurvedic treatment, White water Rafting, Paragliding, Rock Climbing
What to carry while travelingInsect repellent
Warm cloths Woollens, scarf/muffler, caps, jackets
Medicines(Prescribed by doctors)
Water Bottle
Phone Charger, Adapter, Power Bank
Spacious bags
Enough Cash
Tissue papers
Mouth Fresheners
Flight tickets
Detailed Itinerary of the tour
Things to keep in mind while travellingIn Lachen and Lachung most of the hotels offer Vegetarian food.

The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at restaurants of hotel of stay.
The enroute meals have to avail by a guest on his/her own arrangement and expenses. 

A Child below 10yrs is not allowed to visit Gurudongmar Lake.

Hotels will have the basic amenities and the food will be cooked by the locals and not by the professional Chefs.

In most of the hotels there is no availability of the geyser in the bathroom – Hot water is supplied
by the service team of the hotel.

There is no availability of room heaters in the hotels due to shortage of power, instead, the hot water bags will be
provided by the service team of the hotel.

There are telephone lines but due to cable fault and weak signal, it is often out of order. Airtel,
Vodafone & BSNL operate better in this area.

Due to shortage of power or power cuts, the guest might have to bear with candlelight.

Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.

Due to winter season (heavy snow) vehicles will not be able to reach Snow point on the way to
Yumthang Valley / Gurudongmar Lake / Tsomgo Lake.

Excursion to Zero point (Yumesamdong) is kept optional which can be avail by the guest
with an extra cost. (Approx. cost is Rs. 4500 per vehicle).

The permission to visit Nathula Pass by the guest will be completely subject to availability
of permit & road conditions. As permit is a mandatory and very limited number of permits
are issued per day for visiting Nathula, guests will have to travel
by the cars available (like Xylo/Scorpio-Maxx/Bolero/Sumo) as per permit.

The guests can visit Tsomgo Lake ,Baba Mandir, except on Monday and Tuesday.  
We cannot give any choice on Vehicle type. 

The guests are advised to maintain the time schedule given for the sightseeing / transfers .

We reserve the rights to make changes or omit any place of visit, if it becomes necessary
due to bad weather, bad road conditions, strike or, security reason etc.

Kindly inform us if the guests are senior citizens or have health -related issues
(like arthritis, heart problems etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements.
Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.

The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing. 

 We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due
to an inevitable situation if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out.
Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability

The mesmerizing Nature and eco-friendly atmosphere are the region’s prime tourist interests.
The facilities available here cannot be matched with other developed destinations.
Things to avoid while traveling to SikkimDo not carry unwanted baggage.
Smoking and drinking in public areas, sightseeing spots.
Do not litter in the forested areas.
Do not swim in the rivers, lakes or glaciers in the protected areas.
Sacred sites are restricted.
Do not appreciate the public display of affection. Keep a check on your body language and choice of words.
Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
Do not point at people.
Avoid wandering alone at night.
Stay away from drugs.
Local languagesSikkimese (Bhutia), English Nepali and Lepcha
Useful Keywords for local useHello: Namaskāra
Yes: Hō
No: Hō’īna
Thank you: Dhan’yavāda
Welcome: Svāgatam
Pure veg: Śud’dha śākāhārī
Non Veg: Gaira śākāhārī
Eggs: Aṇḍā
Vegetables: Tarakārī
Stop: Rōka
Move: Calnu(चल्नु)
Slow: Ḍhilō
Fast: Chiṭō
Cost: Lāgata (लागत)
Medicine: Auṣadhī
ID Documents to carryIndians: Two passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport,
voter’s ID card, driving license, etc. ( Aadhar Card  and PAN card are not accepted as ID proof for Protected Area Permits.

Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Restricted Area Permit (RAP), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
Ideal forHoneymoon, Family
Suitable airlinesIndigo, Spicejet, Air Aisa, Vistara
Public Holidays (Regional) Tentative*
March 09 : Bhumchu Festival
May 16: Sikkim state Day
July 24: Drukpa Tsheshi
December 13- 19:Losoong/Namsoong
December 31: Sakewa
Weekly Off for tourist placesSaturday and Sunday
Nathula Pass is closed on every Monday and Tuesday to tourists