Gangtok, Jan 29: After 10 long years, tourists will be able to enter Sikkim from Ramman Checkpoint from March 1 because the government has decided to open it.
The government has taken the decision because now the northeastern state wants to expand its rural, religious, cultural and adventure tourism.
According to Chief secretary SC Gupta, the checkpoint will be made accessible to tourists from all over the world who have been requesting the state for an entry through Budang in West Sikkim. With, this now tourist from other countries will able to visit Sikkim in a much easier way.
As per records, more than 1,50,000 foreign travellers visit Sikkim every year. But because the checkpost had been shut down for more than a decade, tourists were entering the state without any official permit.
The Ramman Checkpoint is set close to Darjeeling border and Jorethang Town. So, with the opening of this post, now foreign tourists will be able to enter Sikkim from Darjeeling in less than a 90-minute drive from North Bengal via Tukvar and Singla.