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When to visit
The best season to visit Sikkim is from March to May and again from October to mid December. Autumn is the best time to visit the Himalaya for clear skies and harvest colour. The best season for trekking is from October to mid December. During springs the rhododendrons and other flora are in full bloom.
Winter is cold at high altitudes with snow above 3000 m and sub-zero temperatures at night. In Gangtok temperatures drop to 50 C (410 F) by mid January. February is often the coldest month and can be wet and blustery.


Except for special occasions, dress is informal. The Sikkimese are still quite conservative and especially at the monasteries, women should avoid wearing shorts and skimpy tops; likewise, men should wear trousers and shirts at monasteries. Bring a warm sweater or jacket for mornings and evenings throughout winter and early springs. An umbrella offers the best protection from monsoon rains. In the winter an anorak is often quite useful to wear over a fleece or woollen layer.


There are no required inoculations for Sikkim Visitors arriving in India from countries infected by yellow fever must show a certificate of valid yellow fever inoculation. Inoculations against typhoid, hepatitis (gamma, globulin), tetanus, polio and meningitis are recommended before coming to India.

There are no customs formalities specific to Sikkim. Indian customs regulations

Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 124 kms. And appx. 5 hrs. drive from Gangtok. Over here flights come from Calcutta, Delhi and other North Eastern parts of India. From Bagdogra you can also take a flight by Helicopter to Gangtok.


Rail : The two closest railway stations are Siliguri (114 kms.) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms.). Drive from these place to Gangtok takes about 4 to 5 hours.


Road : Gangtok is well connected by road with Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other important centers in India. Also in Districts within Sikkim all the roads are well connected.
Road driving is also an great experience you face while coming to Gangtok. With the the dense forest above and the mighty river- Tista below.


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