3. Trekking permits are a must and it is mandatory to go through
a recognised travel agent of Sikkim. Trekking
is allowed in groups of minimum 4 persons.
The currency used in Sikkim is Indian rupees. There are few places
to change money at Gangtok. Travellers cheques can be en-cashed
at the State Bank of India, Gangtok Main Branch.
There is a reasonably good facility for health check-ups and hospitals
at Gangtok. STNM HOSPITAL and MANIPAL REFERAL HOSPITAL are the
two hospitals at Gangtok. Apart from this the assistance of private
doctors are also available. To be on the safe side it is advisable
to carry some essential medicines for fever, nausea, headache,
indigestion etc. High pressure, and asthma patients should get
a proper checkup done before going to high altitude zones.
Sikkim has a wide range of climates and conditions. For Summer
one must carry light woolens and for winter heavy woolens. Occasional
rains are a common phenomenon in Sikkim so a rain-coat or an umbrella
is a must.
Sikkim is a place that can be visited all round the year with
different sights and scenes in different season. But we suggest
you to visit during October to June as because it does not rain
at this time and conditions are just right for trekking and sight-seeing
with 80% clear sky always giving the tourists a chance to see
Mt. Kanchendzonga all the time.