VISA 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 extension of permits can be obtained from
FRO at Gangtok, Superintendent of Police of North, South
and West Districts.
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
At Marcopolo World Travels, we will handle all the official
formalities for you.
By Flight : The closest Indian Airport is at Bagdogra,124 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 Kathmandu, 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 Hrs).
BEST SEASON TO VISIT :
March to June and September to December
ADVENTURE SPORTS :
Trekking, mountaineering, rafting and yak safari
There are modern hotels and restaurants in Gangtok.
Comfortable resort lodges are available in the outlying areas.
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 Sikkim.