Sikkim is the top most tours & travel destination in India. It is one among the foremost politically stable and peaceful place in India. This landlocked state is endued with a number of the most outstanding backdrops, flora and fauna creating it a haven for journey enthusiasts and environmentalists. Lying at an height of 8,586 meters, the state’s highest point is the summit of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world. Foreigners here can visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong, Pemayangtse and the Yuksom -Zongri trekking route on the basis of restricted area permits which can be obtained. There are varied Lakes and Monasteries that create the hill station vivacious and spirited. To make your trip to Sikkim as pleasant and trouble-free as possible, I have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts in Sikkim that will help you out.
Dos and Don’ts in Sikkim
1. Always travel with a guide. And I found the driver is the best guide.
2. Vegetation was fragile, follow designated trails.
3. Carryback all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These should not litter the surroundings or be buried. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only.
4. Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes.
5. Respect local culture by taking permission before taking photographs.
6. Dress modestly. Be aware of the customs and manners and culture of the local people.
7. It was customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in a clockwise direction.
8. Avoid loud music and noise.
9. Always keep your Identity Card / Passport Copies to avoid harassment in hotels.
10. Whereas traveling to high Hills invariably carry Camera, Goggles, Sunscreen lotion, and Sports Shoes if you like nature walks (Binoculars are optional).
11. Traveling to North Sikkim requires you to have the permit. Carry about 10 P.P photos and Id proofs photocopies for a permit. It is required to visit major sightseeing places and failing to do so can restrict you to enter in these protected zones.
12. Since Sikkim is situated at a significant height, breathing issues is a common problem. Keep the necessary medicines handy. It is also advisable to visit a doctor before you board on your journey
13. Due to the winding hilly roads, motion sickness is another challenge. Keep the necessary medication along with you.
14. Register for a BSNL network sim card. It is the only service provider that has connectivity more or less all tourist location in Sikkim.
15. Drink sufficient amount of water to avoid dehydration, especially in the hilly areas.
1. Don’t disturb wildlife or its habitat.
2. Don’t buy endangered species or antiques.
3. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or talk loudly at holy places.
4. Don’t pluck plants or flowers.
5. Don’t use Plastic luggage or Plastic Bottles within the forest space as plastic doesn’t decay itself & harms the natural surroundings. If you do use plastic please don’t throw in the forest and carry back.
6. Don’t throw cigarette buts on leaf litter as they are an important cause for forest fires.
7. Do not leave any non-biodegradable items.
8. Do not scribble on trees, rocks, and buildings.
9. Don’t destroy any form of vegetation or plants throughout your visit here.
10. Don’t remove flora and fauna within the sorts of cuttings, seeds or roots. It is illegal, especially in the Himalayas. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of the region should be protected at all costs.
11. Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing.
12. Don’t use wood as fuel to cook food at the camping site.
13. It is not allowed to swim in the rivers, lakes or glaciers in the protected areas.
14. Do not wear uncomfortable shoes. You have walk on hilly track.
15. Avoid the use of slangs and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy space when roaming in the city.
16. Sikkimese locals are conservative and do not appreciate the public display of affection. Keep a check on your body language and choice of words as well.
17. Avoid entering the temple premises if you are on your menstrual cycle. It is followed by all locals and expected from tourists as well.
18. Don’t jump around and get over excited, after reaching Gurudongmar or Zero point. Over excitement will make you faint and fall ill, due to low oxygen and breathlessness. Breathing troubles is inevitable.
19. Don’t bring children under 10 and senior citizens above 60 with you at Gurudongmer or zero point. They would not be permitted to travel. Also anyone who has asthma or any sort high altitude and pressure related issues.
20. Don’t smoke or get overly drunk while travelling to Gurudongmar, it will cause breathing problems.
21. Don’t just wander off to places in Gurudongmar, always stay in the area where it is crowded. If in any case you fall ill, there are many people and defense personnel to help you.
22. Don’t try to get fashion and selfie conscious and take off the unflattering monkey cap or mufflers, the cold wind will faint you.
I hope this post was useful to you. If you want add anything mention in the comment section.
Also read TSOMGO LAKE, BABA MANDIR AND NATHULA
Also consult Sikkim official tourism website