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Therefore, when you book your trip with us, you contribute to the local economy directly. This in turn helps the local economy grow & at the same time help a number of households maintain a healthy lifestyle
With more than 25 Years of experience travelling the Himalayas, we have an intimate knowledge about the places we travel to. So, give us an opportunity to serve you with our vast experience in handling Trekking, Expedition & Tour Activities in Sikkim, Darjeeling & Nepal Himalayas. Come Join us for a lifetime of Adventure.
Formalities for entering the Indian Sub- continent Nepal Bhutan & Tibet
In order to visit India one needs to have an Indian Visa. Indian Visa will be issued by the Indian High Commission / Consulate in your respective country. Since November 2014 The Govt. of India started Issuing EVisa. At present, travelers from more than 160 countries can apply for a tourist e-Visa, business e-Visa or medical e-Visas, depending on the purpose of their visit to India. Travelers who use the e-visa program apply and pay a fee online and receive their electronic visa online before traveling to India. The eVisa issued is valid for a period of 120Days but the visa holder can stay in the Indian Territory for no more 60Days & is double entry visa. The Cost of the Visa is US$137.50 & will be issued within 18hrs for a tourist visa and Two working days for Business & Medical visa.
TOURIST EVISA — WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Permits required to visit Sikkim
whole of Sikkim is under restricted area regime due to its proximity to neighboring countries like China. Therefore all foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit any part of Sikkim including Gangtok. This permit is also popularly known as Inner Line Permit (ILP). Indian Nationals do not require this.
National of Pakistan, China, Maynmar or Bangladesh must get a written approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi before the Restricted Area Permit can be issued.
Certain areas like Tsomgo Lake, Nathula, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Dzongri etc are defined as Protected Areas and have special army deployment. Both foreigners and Indians require a separate permit known as Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit such places. Nathula and Gurudongmar Lake are not accessible to foreign nationals at all.
Procedure for acquiring Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP).
Restricted Area Permit is applicable only for foreigners. It is free of cost. You must have a valid Passport and a valid Indian visa . With proper documentation, it takes less than 30 minutes to get the permit across the counter.
Restricted Area Permit (ILP) can be obtained at the following places :
How long is the Restricted Area Permit (ILP) valid?
Initially it is issued for 60 days. It can then be extended for 30 days at a time. These extensions can be obtained at Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO) at Kazi Road, Gangtok or at the office of Sub Divisional Magistrates, or even through Superintendent of Police at district head quarters in Sikkim.
Following are the protected areas in Sikkim .
Documents required for Protected Area Permits (PAP).
Protected area permit for Senior Citizens & Minors
If you are travelling with your child or infant, then you must carry his or her Birth Certificate. The permit issuing authorities usually check that to determine the age. If the age is less than 5 years, then the permit may not be issued. In fact it is not a good idea to travel to places like Tsomgo, Nathula and high altitude places in North Sikkim with an infant or an aged senior. Lack of adequate oxygen in the air can cause breathing problems.
Note that you are not allowed to self-drive your own or rented car to any protected area of Sikkim. However self driven bikes are allowed with special permits. Read Self driving bike or car in Sikkim to get full information on self driving a bike or car in protected as well as unprotected areas of Sikkim, necessary permits and how to get them, rental options for cars and bikes etc.
Online Issue of ILP for Foreign nationals
A foreign national can get Restricted Area Permit (i.e. Inner Line Permit) online from the website https://sikkimpts.azurewebsites.net/ilp/Register. While filling up the online application form, you will need to choose a Tour Operator out of a long assorted list, enter date of arrival, passport & visa details, your email address, upload your photo etc. Once done, you can self print the permit. There is no charge. However, what you get is known as Provisional ILP. You need to finally get it stamped at one of the border check posts of Sikkim (like at Rangpo). No need for passport photocopies or photos. However this method is not yet finalised. Therefore not advisable.
There is some confusion with the Online ILP (i.e. Online Restricted Area Permit). It is issued only as a provisional permit and requires a registration on arrival at one of the Sikkim check posts. And there is one more issue in this part of the country and that’s ignorance. Some staff and check post guards may be taken by surprise when you show a self printed ILP. They may not have seen one before and you might need all your skills to convince them. So don’t be surprised if they keep checking with authorities to verify and you ending up wasting time.
Foreign nationals will require a regular tourist visa or an e-Tourist visa along with valid passport to apply for a Sikkim permit, i.e. Restricted Area Permit (ILP) and/or Protected Area Permit.
All foreigners should travel in a group of two or more in protected areas wherever allowed.
Solo foreigners are not permitted in protected areas. Additionally foreigners should apply for Protected Area Permit through tour operators who are registered with Sikkim Tourism Department.
Foreigners are not allowed in Nathula Pass and Gurudongmar Lake as these two are international border areas. However with necessary permits, foreign nationals are allowed to visit protected areas such as Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Tsomgo Lake etc.
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Formalities for entering Darjeeling :
Unlike the neighbouring state of Sikkim. Foreign Nationals need to have only a valid Indian Visa to enter and visit Darjeeling Area. No special Permit is needed. Chinese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi & Sri Lankan Nationals are barred from Visiting the Singalila National Park. Foreign Nationals of other countries besides the ones mentioned above can Trek & Visit the Sandakphu Phalut area. No special permit is required to trek in the Singalila National Park. They only need to register at the Foreigners registration office & the Singalila National Park Authorities at the entrance of the Park. Minimum Park fees has to be paid at the park office for entering the Singalila National Park.
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FORMALITIES FOR ENTERING NEPAL
NEPAL TOURIST VISA
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Nepal Trekking Permit
The Department of Immigration located at Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu (Tel : 977 – 1 – 4429659 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868 Fax : 977 – 1 – 4433934 /4433935 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Web : http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np) issues permit for foreign tourists who intend to trek in controlled areas of Nepal.
A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas mentioned below. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit. But solo trekkers do trek in some areas like the Everest Base Camp area and the Annapurna Area.
One will need to pay TIMS( Trekkers information monitoring System) fees of US$20 (if going individually or US$10 through an agency). One can either pay at the Office in Kathmandu, located in Thamel or one can also pay at Lukla before entering the Khumbu area. Likewise there are TIMS offices at the entrance of the Annapurna Area too. TIMS can be paid there too.
Restricted are Trekking Fees :
|S.N||Trekking Area||Permit Fee|
|a. Areas of Upper Dolpa||For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day person or equivalent foreign currency|
|b. Areas of Lower Dolpo||Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Areas of Upper Mustang||For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day per person, or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|a. Manaslu Region||From September to November US$ 70 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August US$ 50 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|b. Areas of Chhekampar and Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area)||From September to November, per person US$ 35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$ 25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency|
Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri
|For the first 7 days US$90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Areas of Nar and Phu||From September to November, US$ 90 per week per person and December to August US$ 75 per week per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Gaurishankar and Lamabagar||Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
Thuman and Timure
|Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
Simikot and Yari (Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee)
|For the first 7 days US$ 50 per person and after 7 days US$7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola VDCs)
|For the first four weeks, US$ 10 per person per week and After four weeks, US$20 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
Kanchanjanga Region (Areas of Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin VDCs)
|Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
(Areas of Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli)
|For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and After seven days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
(Areas of Byas VDC)
|For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
a). To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
b). Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency: Notwithstanding anything written in above, the Indian citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars.
Formalities for Entering Bhutan :
Formalities for entering Tibet :
Documents required for availing Tibet Travel Permit & Chinese Visa.
Kathmandu – Lhasa – Airfare – US$ 410 / Person