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Floral Carnival
  • March 2009
A rare show of exotic varieties of flowers, orchids and other plants native to Sikkim, held every summer during the peak flowering season, is a spectacular event which attracts people from all. In March-May, most of Sikkim's horticultural delights are at their best. Gangtok goes to town and shows them off with a huge outdoor flower festival. Experts gather to hold lectures and seminars. The International Flower Festival is one of the most popular flower shows of India. 
Sikkim boasts 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. This festival features different varieties of local flowers, orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs, etc. 
Apart from the display of flowers, the festival also witnesses a food festival, where you can enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine of Sikkim. Other attractions of this festival include river rafting and yak safari.
The airport nearest to Sikkim is Bagdogra near Siliguri in West Bengal, 124 km from the capital Gangtok. Bagdogra is 11km away from Siliguri. Regular flights ply back and forth from Bagdogra to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi.  The nearest railway stations from the capital Gangtok are New Jalpaiguri (125 km) and Siliguri (144 km) in West Bengal. The railway network connects important cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati etc. Regular bus services run by the Sikkim Nationalised Transport directly connect Gangtok to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri. For local transport, cars and jeeps are available for hire in Gangtok.

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