First English Weekly
Best Small Newspaper
(English) Award in India
Silver Jubilee of
First English Daily
Sikkim's First Daily
April 1976 : First English Weekly
January 1986 :Best Small Newspaper
(English) Award in India
April 2001 : ‘Sikkim Perspective’
published commemorating Sikkim Express
May 2003 : First English Daily
February 2006 : First English
Daily in Colour
Born in the year when Sikkim
was just grappling with new found democracy
after merger with the Indian Union, Sikkim
Express stands a seasoned testimony to the
history of this Himalayan region which
became the 22nd State of the country in
Published from the year 1976, Sikkim Express
is the first, oldest and most read English
daily of Sikkim, a State which has taken
rapid developmental strides in the past one
decade and stands today as one of the model
State in many sectors. Sikkim Express is a
faithful witness of these changes.
The oldest newspaper in the State, Sikkim
Express has an unparalleled track record of
35 years of uninterrupted news service.
Sikkim Express celebrated its Silver Jubilee
in 2001 dedicating 25 years of constant and
devoted service to the people of Sikkim.
Sikkim Express extended its reach to the
citizens of the world by launching its
website, www.sikkimexpress.com, in sync with
the constant information technology
These are not the only 'first' of Sikkim
Express. It is the only newspaper from
Sikkim and probably the only newspaper from
this Himalayan region to bag the coveted
Best Small Newspaper (English) Award in 1986
at the All India Conference of Small and
Medium Newspaper held in Chennai.
Not contended with loyal readership and
growing circulation, Sikkim Express evolved
from a weekly newspaper to a daily newspaper
inking yet another landmark in the history
of journalism in Sikkim in May, 2003. This
bold transformation was in acknowledgement
of the growing public demand which was
eventually fetched a ringing endorsement
from our beloved readers.
Since then, Sikkim Express has witnessed a
giant leap in terms of increase in
readership as well as popularity as a daily,
and this growth is proving to be a constant
Sikkim Express has always set standards in
the field of journalism in Sikkim and
remains committed to chart many more
landmarks and reach new milestones.
A credible medium for impartial news
From 1977 till today…..
Rising along with the new dawn of democracy in
Sikkim, Himali Bela has been following the
highest ideals of true journalism to become the
voice of the Sikkimese people and presenting
pro-people news and thoughts to our readers.
Himali Bela is a credible medium of unbiased
news as per the vision and positive journalism
belief of its founder, late Ram Patro.
After a long journey of 30 years as a weekly
Nepali language newspaper from November 16,
1977, Himali Bela evolved to a daily newspaper
on August 24, 2007.
The essence of Himali Bela derives from the need
of a Nepali language newspaper felt by late Ram
Patro to record and present the new changes in
Sikkim and neighbouring hill regions during the
mid 70’s. At that period, news was limited to a
section of English newspaper readers and
subsequently Himali Bela took birth to cater to
the ordinary man of the hills.
Himali Bela not only played a pivotal role in
the Nepali language recognition movement but
fulfilled its responsibilities in an unbiased
manner during the separate State agitation in
the neighbouring Darjeeling hills during the
Why advertise in Himali Bela?
Himali Bela has been unwavering in its mission
to fulfill the dreams of late Ram Patro and
remain true to ideals of journalism. The paper
presents a variety of news ranging from local
developments, national events to international
happenings to its growing population of readers.
The paper does not believe in short term
sensational news but gives priority to real news
beneficial to the readers and society in long
Himali Bela understands the news requirements of
our readers living in Sikkim, Darjeeling,
Kalimpong, Dooars, Siliguri and other areas
where the Indian Nepali community live.
Area : 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation
from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea
Max- 21°C ;
Min - 13°C
Max -13°C ; Min -
Rainfall : 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha,
Tibetan, English, Hindi