Sikkim is an East Indian state bordering Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan in the Himalayan foothills. The name has been coined from the words 'Su','Him', or,"beautiful home." The snow covered mountains & lush green valleys not only invigorates one's soul, they also leave the spectator bewildered by its natural beauty. Nearly 40 percent of the total area is forested. The state official language of Sikkim is Nepali, which is also the primary language of most locals. Many other languages such as Dzongkha and Tibetan are also spoken by smaller numbers. However, Hindi is also widely spoken as a second language, and all educated people are able to speak English. There are no airports or railway stations in Sikkim. The only way to enter Sikkim from rest of India is by road using bus or jeep from West Bengal. Foreign tourists are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit to enter Sikkim. These are available at immigration offices at major airports.