AND PERMITS : In
addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain inner
line permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim, the permits can be
obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism office,
Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the
strength of an Indian Visa.
Foreigners are issued a permit
for initial period of 15 days duration on the spot
without any delay provided photocopies of Passport and
Visa details along with two passport photos of
applicants are made available then and there. It can be
extended for further 30 days of 15 days each. The
extenstion of permits can be obtained from FRO at
Gangtok, Superintendent of Police of North, South and
If you are visiting the
interior regions, you also require a Restricted Area
Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is
obtainable in Gangtok from the Police Check Post and
Department of Tourism.
NOTE# This permit is issued to
LOCAL GOVT REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENTS ONLY.
Marcopolo World Travels, we will handle all the official
formalities for you.
The closest Indian Airport is at
kms from Gangtok, where scheduled flights operates from
Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati. Travel time from the airport
to Gangtok is 4 hours. Sikkim Tourism Development
Corporation also operates a daily helicopter service
flight from Bagdogra to Gangtok (20 minutes). From
fly to Bhadrapur in the east Nepal(1 hour), then drive
to Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border,35 kms), to
Siliguri(37 kms) and to Gangtok (110 kms,4 hrs). Or fly
to Biratnagar also in the east.
By Rail : The closest Railhead is
at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri which are connected
to Calcutta ,New Delhi Guwahati and other major Indian
By Road :
Gangtok is at a distance of 110
kms from Siliguri and will take 4 hours from Siliguri to
reach Gangtok. Gangtok is connected by road
with Darjeeling,(4 Hrs) and with Bhutan, Phuntsholing (6
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
: March to June and September to December
: Trekking, mountaineering, rafting and yak safari
: There are modern hotels and restaurants in Gangtok.
Comfortable resort lodges are available in the outlying
TRANSPORT is provided by buses
and jeeps. Vehicles are also available on
hire. Taxis are available for getting around Gangtok.
Sikkim helicopter service
operates sight-seeing flights to different points in