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Sikkim: August 2012

August, 2012

Sikkim is surrounded by vast stretches of Tibetan Plateaus in the North, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet and the Kingdom of Bhutan in the East, the Kingdom of Nepal in the West and Darjeeling district of West Bengal in the South.

Sikkim has 28 mountain peaks, 84 glaciers, 227 lakes, five hot springs, and eight mountain passes – making it an ideal tourist location. The Teesta and the Rangeet are the two major rivers with nearly hundred tributaries.

Sikkim is naturally endowed with rich flora and fauna. Its climate and topographical conditions support industries such as agriculture, horticulture, food processing, tourism and non-timber forest produce.

Sikkim is well connected by roads. Telecommunication connectivity compares with the national standards. Optical-fibre connectivity is being developed. Rail and air connectivity are also being developed in the state.

Sikkim has a high literacy rate of 82.2 per cent; with the establishment of Sikkim Manipal University and the Sikkim University, the quality and quantity of employable graduates has improved in the state.

At current prices, the total Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Sikkim was about US$ 1,240.2 million in 2010-11.

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