Permit Office in Darjeeling

Foreigners’ Registration Office

A laborious way of getting a permit for Sikkim is to fill an application form and get a memo number at this office, then head across town to the District Magistrate's Office for further formalities. Total time is ab…
Travel Agency in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

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 th…
Tourist Information in Darjeeling

Highlander Guides & Porters Welfare Association

A local guide (per day per group Indian/foreign ₹1000/1300) or porter (per day ₹1000) is mandatory within Singalila National Park unless you come with a Forest Department–authorised guide from Darjeeling. Local guid…
Travel Agency in Jaldapara National Park

Wild Planet Travels

Mithun Das of Wild Planet Travels can often book accommodation and safaris when no one else can and is probably your best option for a DIY trip. Contact him more than a month ahead for bookings for Hollong or Jaldap…
Permit Office in Darjeeling

Office of the District Magistrate

You can get a permit for Sikkim here if you come with a completed form and memo number from the Foreigners' Registration Office. Head to room 4 upstairs. Bring your passport, photocopies of it and your visa, and two…
Tourist Information in Kalimpong

Helpdesk Tourism

This very helpful private information centre on the ground floor of Sherpa Lodge offers guides (per day ₹1000 to ₹1500) and information on Kalimpong-area hikes, homestays, transport and more. Ask for Raju Sherpa.
Tourist Information in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Tourism Centre

Tourist information office with some helpful staff speaking good English. Can book accommodation at government tourist lodges around West Bengal, including at Jaldapara National Park.
Tourist Information in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Sikkim Tourist Office

Issues permits for Sikkim on the spot, as does a branch at Bagdogra airport (open 10am to 4pm daily). Bring copies of your passport, visa and one passport-sized photo.
Tourist Information in Darjeeling

GTA Tourist Information Centre

The staff are friendly, well organised and the best source of information on Darjeeling. You can book government-run trekkers' huts on the Singalila Ridge here.
Exchange in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Delhi Hotel

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