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Welcome to Sikkim

Sikkim, the Darjeeling area and Nepal , Bhutan besides having common borders are linked to each other in many other ways. Long sequestered in the laps of the Himalayas, this region especially Sikkim and Bhutan have now started attracting the attention of the tourists and schlors alike consequently creating a great demand for information on this area. The pristine and unspoilt natural beauty includes alpine and thick luxuriant tropical forests, rivers in torrents and peaceful lakes- a true Shangrilla . From the modern town of Gangtok and Darjeeling to the rustic pastoral villages which is still seem almost anachronistically from a different age and have fairy tale names like Bringbong and Passingdom, this region presents a picturesque panorama of diverse Cultures , Flora and Founa, climates all telescoped into one- a world itself .

 

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Stradding a ridge , Gangtok has a cosmopolitan flavour with a lively mix of cultures and has under gone rapid modernization in the last two decades or so . Being the capital of a state, Gangtok contains all modern facilities . There are good schools , a railay outagency , an Indian Airlines Counter, Cinema halls,a well-equiped hospital, fast food centres and telephone booths far making outstation calls and sending faxes & e-mail.
With expansion, Gangtok town is literally spilling downwards with huge buildings precariously clinging to the hillside. It is infact becoming a concrete jungle with trees vying for space in the town area. Big hoardings advertise products.A banner elsewhere trumpets the opening of an Internet Café and group Green Circle exhorts the public not to use plastic carry bags and keep Gangtok clean .

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Pelling is fast growing to be an urban settlement due to tourist influx . Situated at an altitude of 6800 ft., It offers a good view of the entire mountain ranges and due to this location advantages, many hotel & lodges have mushroomed in and around in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation facilities .

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Yumthang at an elevation of 11800 ft. and 140 kms. From Gangtok, is a paradise for nature lovers with fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur . The vally is also the home for Shingbha Rhododendron Sanctuary with 24 species of Rhododendron. Yumthang “Tsa-Chu” or the hot spring on the left bank of Lachung-Chu is immensely popular for its curative properties and healing power.

Welcome to Nepal

Nepal is still a heady place, whether you're a trekker on a trail to Annapurna, a climber on your way to Everest or a seeker on the path to enlightenment. There are few countries on Earth that can match its combination of spectacular scenery, exotic culture and hospitable people. Along with the world's deepest canyon and eight of the world's 10 highest mountains, Nepal has steamy jungles and terraced valleys laced with ancient villages, remote temples and wildlife preserves.
For all its dizzying beauty, though, there are plenty of problems in Nepal these days that can bring you down to earth in a hurry: Trash is still found on some peaks (though much has been cleared), robbery has increased on several of its most popular trekking trails and pollution still fills the Kathmandu Valley -- the benefits of new electric bemos (minibuses) are largely lost in a growing number of motorbikes. More important, Maoist rebels have attacked government positions in many of the country's 75 districts, and even the Kathmandu Valley cannot be considered fully safe. Though the good hearts and spiritual nature of most Nepalis remain unchanged, the situation is unstable and should be carefully monitored by budding Siddharthas or would-be Edmund Hillarys tempted to visit Nepal at this time.

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Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in climatic conditions from Sub-tropical to Arctic.

Nepal – occupying only 0.1% of the earth – is home to:
- 2% of all the flowering plants in the world
- 8% of the world's population of birds (more than 848 species)
- 4% of mammals on earth
- 11 of the world's 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species)
- 600 indigenous plant families
- 319 species of exotic orchids

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Area: 147,181 sq. kilometers
Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 22 million
Language: Nepali is the national language. However, travel-trade people understand and speak English as well.
Currency: Nepali Rupee (approximately US$ 1 equals Rs. 71.24 )
Political System: Multi-party democracy with constitutional monarchy
Religion: Nepal enjoys the distinction of being the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Climate: Nepal has four major seasons, namely,
(1) Winter: December-February
(2) Spring: March-May
(3) Summer: June-August
(4) Autumn: September-November
Nepal can be visited the whole year round.
People: Nepal has more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages.
What to Wear: Lightweight clothing is recommended for May through October. Warm garments are required in October through March. An umbrella or raincoat is a must for the rainy season.