|The State of Sikkim is situated between Nepal in the east, Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the West. Here the avifauna is mixed with birds of the Eastern Himalayas and Palaearctic species. Due to inaccessibility, most of the birding is restricted to southern and western Sikkim. Despite its tiny size, Sikkim is geographically diverse, owing to its location on the Himalaya. The climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine. Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, is located in the northwestern part of the state on the boundary with Nepal, and can be seen from most parts of the state. Most of the birding done here are based around:(East Sikkim)
Sikkim is situated in an ecological hotspot of the lower Himalayas, one of only three among the Ecoregions of India. Owing to its altitudinal gradation, the state has a wide variety of plants, from tropical to temperate to alpine and tundra, and along with it a very diverse bird life.It is perhaps one of the few regions to exhibit such a diversity within such a small area.
The avifauna of Sikkim is comprises a total of 700 species of birds have been recorded in Sikkim, some of which have been declared endangered.
Nearest Railhead: New Jalpaiguri,
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra.
Approx travelling time: Gangtok/Ravangla/Pelling/Yuksom is 4 to 6 hours drive from New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra
Accommodation: Mainly private hotels and resorts, however birders in Khangchendzonga National Park area have essentially to put up in trekkers’ huts or tents.