Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri in detail



Delhi Hotel Exchanges cash Western currencies and (at poor rates) Nepali rupees. On Hill Cart Rd's eastern side lane, opposite the Central Bus Terminus.

Travel Agencies

Private transport booking agencies line Hill Cart Rd.

Help Tourism A recommended agency with a strong environmental and community-development focus, including voluntourism. It has connections with dozens of homestays and lodges around the West Bengal hills, many of them well off the mass tourism trail, and also organises treks, birding, butterfly and wildlife trips.

Tourist Information

Sikkim Tourist Office Issues free permits for Sikkim on the spot, as does a branch in the arrivals area at Bagdogra airport (open 10am to 4pm daily). Permits are also available (usually from 8am to 7.30pm) on the Sikkim border at Rangpo and Melli. In all cases bring your passport, copies of your passport and visa, and one passport photo.

Tourism Centre Information office with some helpful staff speaking good English; can book rooms at government tourist lodges around West Bengal, including at Jaldapara National Park.