I decided to visit Sikkim last minute without a travel permit but the customs officer at the border fortunately issued me one on the spot. Try doing that anywhere else! Getting to Sikkim was half the fun. I went by shared jeep from Kalimpong through gorgeous countryside. The passenger next to me who helped with the border crossing had a sister who was a brain surgeon in California. The scenery reminded me of the cascade mountains in Oregon. Clear blue rivers and dramtic mountain peaks. The only difference were the hundreds of monkeys that lined the road. Two Tibetan passengers told me they can be very aggressive and grab food right out of your hands if you leave the car window open.