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Entry formalities (PERMITS)

Along with the Indian Visa, foreigners are required to obtain Inner Line permits for Sikkim, which are valid for 15 days at a time and can be extended for a further 15 days once in Sikkim. However no special permits are required for travelling to Darjeeling & Kalimpong. The permits are available at all Indian Missions / Consulates abroad and Sikkim Tourism Offices at Delhi, Calcutta, Siliguri and Gangtok. Recently Sikkim has introduced issuing permits at its’ border (in Rangpo) valid for 3 days. While applying locally you must provide 2 passport size photographs and photocopies of the passport pages with the copy of valid Visa. We advise you to obtain this before departing for India to avoid wasting valuable holiday time here.

Access (Getting there)

By air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport 124 Km from Gangtok. Indian airlines and Jet airways operates flights from New Delhi and Calcutta & Guwahati. From Nepal Biratnagar and Bhadrapur are the nearest airports to the border town Kakarvitta, which is 154 Km from the capital town Gangtok.

Rail : New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
4 Kms away from the main city of Siliguri (NJP station) has regular trains from many parts of the country (Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi etc.) Trains to Calcutta take about 8 –10 hours, to Delhi between 17 – 26 hours depending on the train.

By Road :
The road in the region is fairly good, passing through very picturesque tea gardens, forests and hamlets. With flowers lending added charm. Jeeps or small coaches are provided on your Tours. Distance chart is provided for your reference.

FROM TO Distance (Kms.) TIMETAKEN (approx)

* Bagdora Siliguri 13 ½ hr
* Bagdora Darjeeling 90 3 ½ hrs
* Bagdora Kalimpong 83 2 ½
* Bagdora Gangtok 124 5 hrs
* Bagdora Kakarbhitta (Nepal) 43km 1 hr
* Darjeeling Gangtok 5hr
* Darjeeling Pemayangtse 105 5hrs
* Darjeeling Kalimpong 53 3 hrs
* Gangtok Kalimpong 75 5hrs
* Gangtok Pemayangste 112 6hrs
* Gangtok Siliguri 114 5 ½ hrs
* Siliguri NJP (New Jalpaiguri) 4 15 min.
* Siliguri Phuntsholing (Bhutan) 150 3½hrs
* Kakarbitta (Nepal) Bhadrapur (Nepal) 1/2hrs
* Kakarbitta (Nepal) Biratnagar (Nepal) 3 hrs
* Gangtok Chhangu lake 40 2 hrs
* Yuksom Pemayangste 43 2 ½ hrs
* How are Treks organized?

Besides the entry permits, special permits, are required to trek in the territory of Sikkim. We will arrange your permits and for this we need your passport details including, the 2 PP Size photos must reach us at least with one week working days in hand along with your reservations. We prefer fully camping trek although some of the places, some resorts or trekkers huts are available. For the fully catered camping packages, horses/ Yaks will be used to carry luggage in Sikkim and porter too in Darjeeling. However some short treks can be done with accommodating this such of huts, where you will be accommodated, however tents will also be carried along in case of unavailability. All meals will be served fresh as practical.


Your advance booking take place to get the desired hotels on confirmed basis. However, at least four weeks prior to your tour, a booking with full passport details (including occupation), home address and 20% of tour advance should reach to us. There will be a cancellation charge of 20% for confirmed booking 10 days prior to departure.


Nature Trail Trekking makes every effort for your smooth and pleasant journey. Nature Trails… or its agents are not responsible for any change or alteration of programs due to blockade of roads, flood, landslides, snow, unrest, cancellation of flights, delayed arrival of clients, sickness or accidents or any other upcoming beyond human control. But after your reservations, we will supply you all the necessary information if there is some problems seems to be happen for your coming holiday, therefore we request you stay in touch with us as close as you are arriving for the tour.

It is highly recommended to insure covering such incidents at their home country. A separate form of contract has to be signed by clients accepting the above conditions at the time of booking which, we will supply along with the information.

For foreigners, visiting India can be a thrilling experience, but they also need to be well prepared for it. Don’t be beset with fears of living conditions in India. Hotels, especially the 4 and 5-star ones, are of international standard and the comforts and cuisine they provide are as good as any you can find anywhere in the world. The deluxe and Palaces hotels are a world apart, each unique. The 3-star hotels are there for the medium budget traveler, and 1 and 2-star hotels, Travelers Lodges, Tourist Bungalows, and Holiday Resorts. Do make all tour arrangements in advance, especially between the months of October and March (the high tourist season) and in May-June, the Indian tourist season. When planning your tour, ask your Agent to include an Indian fair or festival in your itinerary. Witnessing the light and gaiety of these celebrations is, you will find, a great experience. Here are some travel tips to keep in mind.


Except for nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, all foreigners need to possess a valid Passport and obtain a Visa for visiting India. A Tourist Visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is usually a 90-day visa. A Tourist Visa does not permit the holder to do business or academic or research work in India. Extension of tourist visa may be granted by the Foreign Registration Officer. Tourist staying for more than 90 days has to register themselves with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer or the Superintendent of Police of the district within a period of one week from their arrival. They also have to report changes of address and any intended absence from the given address for 15 days or more.

Foreigners in India need to get special permits to visit various restricted and protected areas in some states.

Money Matters

Foreign currency above US$ 10000 brought into the country need to be declared in a Currency Declaration Form. Currency should be changed only at the authorized dealers. Airports, most banks and many hotels fall under this category. They will issue an encashment certificate which is later required to reconvert local currency into foreign currency. Local currency cannot be legally being taken out of the country due to exchange regulations. Banks at International Airports, as well as some authorized money changers, are open 24 hours a day. Travelers Cheques in the local currency are a safer option than cash. Credit cards like Visa and Master cards, as well as American Express and Diners, are accepted in many establishments in the major towns and cities. All foreign nationals have to pay their hotel bills in foreign currency only, in cash or by traveler’s cheques. (However Indian rupees are accepted if supported by proof of certificate of encashment in India of foreign currency or travelers cheques).

Business Hour

In the cities, offices are generally open from about 9.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays. Saturdays May be off, half-day or full working days. Banks are open to the public from 10:00a.m. To 2:00p.m. on weekdays and 10:00a.m. To 12:00p.m. on Saturdays. Shops open - in theory - at 9.30a.m., but often are not really active till an hour or so later. Closing time is usually 7.00p.m. Income shopping complexes there is also a lunch break for some time between 2.30p.m. To 3.30p.m. Unlike offices, shops do not invariably close on Sundays. Different areas are closed on different days of the week. The banks in these areas also observe the same day off


Typhoid vaccination, Polio booster and anti-Tetanus are advisable before coming to India. No vaccinations are essential for foreign tourists entering India, except Yellow Fever vaccination for tourists coming from African or South American countries. Tourist is requested to get them vaccinated against Hebetates - B & C. If you have a weak stomach, stick to mineral water, bottled drinks, coffee, tea, beer or wine during meals. Tap water is not always chlorinated. Bring your own medicines, as all medicines in India are locally manufactured and you may not find the same brand names.(The chemist can always advise you, however , on the best substitute.) There are good doctors and chemist shops (also called Pharmacies) every where. Ask your hotel to recommend a doctor if ever you need one.

Food & Drink

Indian cuisine is a part of the Indian Culture and, as such, it should be sampled. But watch out for the especially spicy dishes. Be careful that you eat non-vegetarian dishes only at good restaurants, as the quality can be dubious at the small, cheap establishments. Beef is not generally eaten in India. Pork, too, is rarely eaten. Curd or yoghurt is an effective and natural aid to digestion. It is advisable to stick to only cooked food and to eat fresh fruits whose skin you can peel off or remove, especially if you have a queasy stomach.

There are various dry days in the year, when liquor cannot be purchased by Indian nationals. However, foreign nationals can purchase liquor on proof of nationality. A few Indian states are completely dry.


At hotels and restaurants, tipping is the norm. About 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. It is not mandatory to tip cab drivers. Porters are usually tipped at the end of your stay, though tipping at the beginning may result in a higher standard of service. If you are in a big group and the food bill is high, the tip on the total can come down to 5%


Mosques and Temples are not always open to foreigners or women. Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head, being barefoot, etc. If traveling in scorching summer heat, remember to drink enough water and use Sunglasses and a wide rimmed hat. Photography is not always permissible and at many places is permitted only at a fee. There is usually a higher fee for video cameras. Museums and monuments are usually closed one day in a week. Photography at airports is prohibited.

Adventure & Holiday Tourism

India is the ultimate destination of the tourist in search of adventure. Mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing, ballooning and hang-gliding, camel treks and desert safaris, white-water running and river exploration are some of the exciting possibilities. For the tourist in search of fun or sports holiday, there is skiing, scuba diving and underwater coral viewing, angling, wild life and bird viewing. For the sportsman there is golf, tennis, badminton, riding, polo, swimming and motor rallies etc. Tourist who are in search of Sun, sea and surf, there are Beaches on the western & eastern coasts. The larger ones provide water sports and an unforgettable holiday in the Sun.


The greatest adventure of all is scaling the Himalayan peaks. These mighty mountains stretching across the northern borders of India, from west to east, have hundreds of peaks, many yet unseals, inviting the intrepid mountaineer. The states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim offer bases for mountaineering expeditions. For information and arrangements you are requested to contact with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi-110021 Phone #). Your agent will make all the arrangements including transport, food, porters, camping equipments etc. and will also process and clear all formalities. The IMF will assist in liaising with the Indian Air Force (for helicopters) in case of accidents, in conveying weather forecasts to the expeditions etc. The best season for mountaineering is from May to October

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