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Sikkim, Gangtok

Sikkim is a state in East India in the Himalayan foot hills also bordering China (Tibet), Nepal and Bhutan. The name has been coined from the words 'Su','Him'i.e. beautiful home.Though it should be better named by abode of nature. The snow covered mountains & lush green valleys not only invigorates one's soul,it also leaves the spectators bewildered by the extravaganza of its natural beauty. Nearly 40% of the total area is forested. The state official language of Sikkim is Nepali, which is also the primary language of most locals. Many other languages such as Dzongkha and Tibetan are also spoken by smaller numbers. However, Hindi is also widely spoken as a second language, and all educated people are able to speak English. There are no railway stations in Sikkim. The ways to enter Sikkim from rest of India is by road using bus or jeep from West Bengal, or by flight at Sikkim's only airport at Pakyong. Nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal). One can reach Gangtok capital of Sikkim from New Jalpaiguri in 04 hours by taking a shared taxi or Individual Taxi.

The temperature is mild during the summer season. It is usually around 25°C and it is indeed the best time to visit Darjeeling. Summer months from April to June are great for Darjeeling tourism as the climate is at its best during these months and there are so many outdoor activities to explore.

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