INFORMATION


Visas & Permits
All foreign tourists other than Nepal & Bhutan nationals require a passport with an Indian visa prior to arrival. Visitors require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Sikkim. An ILP is valid for 15 days & can be extended by the State government twice for 30 days of 15 days each. ILPs are available at all Indian missions, Sikkim Tourism offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri & Rangpo Tourist Lodge on the basis of an Indian visa.

 

Domestic Tourist
Pen card is not enough for ID proof . Driving Licence and Voter card are accepted

Trekking Permits are required. Trekking is only allowed in groups (minimum two persons) and must be arranged through a Sikkimese travel agent. Check with your reliable local tour operator and the Indian Embassy for the most efficient method of obtaining these permits.

Languages
Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, English, Hindi, Tibetan, Bengali

Health
Consult your doctor or local health department for requirements and recommendation concerning travel in India. Allow plenty of time before travel

Currency
The currency is the Indian rupee. Some banks in Gangtok exchange cash or travelers chouse. Master card Visa card widely accepted. Multiple ATM outlets in Gangtok.

What to Carry?
In Sikkim the climate and weather conditions can vary extensively. Your local tour operator will provide you with a packing list. Bring any food item which will help you up steep slopes and portable water treatments if you choose. Avoid skimpy clothes.

Connectivity
Nearest Railheads - Siliguri (114 Km) & New Jalpaiguri Station (125 Km) connecting to major cities in India. Road - Gangtok connected by an all weather road to Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong & other places in the state. Nearest airports at Bagdogra (124 Km) & Bhadrapur in Nepal. Regular 5-seater helicopter service between Bagdogra & Gangtok.

 



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