Permit Office in Shimla

Additional District Magistrate

Applying in Rekong Peo or Kaza is generally easier but foreigners wanting to obtain the inner line permit for travelling the Spiti–Kinnaur loop can also apply here. Bring a sponsor's letter from a local travel...

Telephone in Shimla


Sim cards for ₹350 valid three months with one month's unlimited calls in India and ample data. Foreigners need a passport copy, photo and to find a local resident who is prepared to act as 'sponsor' giving their...

Exchange in Shimla

SBI Main Branch

If you're not in hurry, SBI's exchange rates are good and commission just a few rupees plus 0.18% tax.

Post in Shimla

Main Post Office

This main post office, one of India's oldest, occupies a half-timbered 1882 building formerly known as Conny Cottage. Foreign-mail services close at 4pm.