Police in Darjeeling

Foreigners’ Registration Office

To get a permit for Sikkim you'll have to first head to this office to get the application form, before heading down to the District Magistrate's Office. If you’re crossing at Rangpo, you can skip this process and g…
Travel Agency in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Help Tourism

A recommended agency with a strong environmental and community-development focus, including voluntourism. It has links to dozens of homestays and lodges around the hills, including a historic tea estate at Damdin an…
Police in Darjeeling

Office of the District Magistrate

The place to get your permit for Sikkim, after picking up forms at the Foreigner's Registration Office. Head to room 4 upstairs. The whole process takes about two hours and there’s no fee – just bring your passport,…
Tourist Information in Darjeeling

Highlander Trekking Guides Association

Local guides (₹1200 per day) are mandatory within the park and, if you don't have one already, must be arranged at the office of the Highlander Trekking Guides Association at Mane Bhanjhang, along with porters (₹700…
Bank in Darjeeling

State Bank of India

Changes major foreign currencies plus US-dollar Amex travellers cheques, with a commission of ₹100 per transaction. It has an adjacent ATM, and another in Chowrasta.
Travel Agency in Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Planet Travel Desk

Mithun of Wild Planet Travel Desk and Hotel Relax can often book accommodation and safaris when no one else can and is probably your best option for a DIY trip, including cycling and birdwatching.
Tourist Information in Kalimpong

Helpdesk Tourism

This private information centre on the ground floor of Sherpa Lodge offers guides, a useful map and information on trips around Kalimpong. Ask for Jigme.
Tourist Information in Darjeeling

West Bengal Tourism

Of little use, but sells a basic map of the town (₹10) and can book accommodation at government lodges, including those at Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary.
Exchange in Darjeeling


Good rates, long hours and short queues. Changes most currencies and travellers cheques at no commission. It’s inside a clothing store.
Exchange in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

Delhi Hotel

Cash foreign currency exchanged, opposite the Tenzing Norgay central bus terminal. Flexible hours often extend into the evening.