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Sikkim is in the north eastern part of India bordering the state of West Bengal ( India )
Sikkim can be reached by flight, regular flights are of all carriers are avaible upto Bagdogra airport. From airport frequent pre-paid taxis are available to Sikkim. By rail nearest railway station is new jalpaiguri station( NJP). From NJP frequent pre-paid taxis are available to Sikkim. Buses are also available from siligurilocated near NJP. Bagdogra airport to Gangtok is 123 kms. From New jalpaiguri 125 kms to Gangtok .
Sikkim being a border state sharing its boundaries with 3 other countries. The foreigners are required to obtain ILP for security reasons. The numbers of the Tourist Information Centers are listed -> Click here
For Indian Nationals - No inner line permits or such formalities are needed to enter Sikkim but one should always carry with him, any indian identification documents, like either Voter ID card, Pan Card, Passport etc. This identification documents are most for the one planning to do trekking in any part of Sikkim himalayas
No, but for visiting Protected Areas they need to travel through a Sikkim Tourism registered Travel Agent. The list of travel agents are available here -> Click Here
Since Nathula and Gurudongmar lake are located in the international border areas. These are not open for foreign nationals.
The practice is being followed in pursuance of the guidelines / instructions issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Since Nathula and Gurudongmar lake are in international border areas, hence, domestic tourist as well as locals need permit to visit these areas. Permit for Nathula and Gurudongmar lake are issued by Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. Domestic tourists are to contact travel agents.
Yes, Beyond Singhik all areas in North Sikkim require permit for tourist. North Sikkim tour cannot be made in one day. Better to confirm the hotel reservations in advance in North Sikkim to avoid complications
Bikers need special permit to ply in Protected areas , private vehicles are not allowed in protected areas.
OCI holders need Inner Line permits to visit Sikkim on the strength of a valid Indian visa.
Government acts as a facilitator , private tourism stakeholders are encouraged as tour operators.
Online Inner Line Permit has been launched and will soon be operational.
There is no online booking for helicopter but online hotel booking is available in STDC.
Tour itinerary are available in -> Holiday Packages
You have to be physically fit to undertake such event and not necessary that you must be a muscle man.
Though extreme care has been taken to frame the itinerary to avoid high altitude sickness, yet if you get sick, support staff will bring you down to lower altitude immediately after available medication.
You must ascend slowly and gradually, must have good intake of water, good food and good sleep. Do not rush to higher altitude, after all you have come to enjoy. Before departure from your home town, consult your doctor.
First Aid Kits are available in all the camps, which will give support for emergencies.
The month of May is good time to trek in Sikkim Himalaya, night temperature at the highest point is 4 degree calicoes. Sun shines, generally mountains are clear.
The best time to visit Sikkim is during March, April, May till June and September, October, November and till December.
During the trek our Experience cook will serve you varities of Food comprising of Local, Tibiten, Continental, European and Chinese dishes in alternative manner. Local food such as Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) along with vegetables and momos (vegetable dumplings), noodles etc. Good breakfast compromising of cornflakes, porridge, toast, eggs, sausegaes, mashed potaoes etc. will be served. Our cook and staffs are well trained in European, Chinese and Continental style of food, so we know well what to serve you during the trek. We will also ask you for your likes and special need before the trek and will try all our best to arrage it if it within our reach. You will be served varieties of delicious food every day during the treks and tours
The difficulty of our treks depends on where you want to trek and how long you want to go. The shorter treks tend to be easier while the longer ones require some physical fitness. Be prepared for some steep trails leading to amazing views. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have honest, friendly and dependable staffs and pack animals to assist you in the best possible manner. In Himalayan region you should always keep in mind - A difficult, hard and long trails always leads to BEAUTIFUL destination!
Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. This is why we do our best to choose the hotels/lodges and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens. On our treks, we provide a experince and hygenic cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe. we assure you of a healthy and satisfying food all the time. Our cooks and supporting staffs are well trained, so there is no need to worry for the safety and hygenic foods.
Your staff will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. During the trek, we will proide you with ample proper boiled drinking water. One need to bring along a proper steel water bottle for the trek and tours.
Mountain Tours and Travels prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. But if a serious emergency occurs, then outside help is needed. Every client should have their own insurance before coming to Sikkim and other himalayan region. If an emergency occurs, mountain Tours and Travels will initially cover the cost of an evacuation until your insurance company can deliver payment. We will advise you to bring along small first aid kits for first hand safety.
We can't guarantee a doctor on every trekking area, but we do try to encourage suitably experienced medical personnel to join our high altitude treks by offering a discount in return for looking after the medical needs of a group. In addition to trek doctors, our group leaders and guides are trained in first aid. We encourage bigger groups to approach doctors in there groups.

Entry Formalities

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially.

The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.

For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

Foreigners Registration Offices (FRO):

1. FRO at Gangtok.
The FRO is located at Kazi Road, Gangtok.
Phone No. : +91 3592 203041

2. Superintendent of police of North District
Phone No.: +91 3592 234242

3. Superintendent of police of West District.
Phone No.: 953595 250763
Phone No.: 953595 250763
Phone No.: 953595 250763

4. Superintendent of police of South District Phone No.: 953595 263726
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Do's and Dont's

• Always travel with a guide.
• Vegetation is fragile; follow designated trails.
• Avoid littering and deposit garbage at designated places.
• Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes.
• Respect local culture by taking permission before taking photographs.
• Dress modestly. Be aware of the customs and manners and culture of the local people.
• It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in clockwise direction.
• Don’t disturb wildlife or its habitat.
• Don’t buy endangered species or antiques.
• Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or talk loudly near sacred places.
• Don’t pluck plants or flowers.

Time Zone

Sikkim is the 22nd state of India and being the part of India, Sikkim follows the same time zone of India. Indian Standard Time (IST) is the time observed throughout India, with a time offset of UTC+5:30. India does not observe daylight saving time, (DST) or other seasonal adjustments. Indian Standard Time is calculated on the basis of 82.5° E longitude. Local time is calculated from a clock tower at the Allahabad Observatory (25. 15ºN 82. 5ºE) though the official time-keeping devices are entrusted to the National Physical Laboratory, in New Delhi. The exact time is broadcast over the state–owned All India Radio and Doordarshan television network.

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