Paradise Unexplored
A monthly newsletter for East India
May 2019

Festivals:

Buddha Purnima – 12th May

Buddha Purnima is celebrated as birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha. This festival is celebrated with a special prayer and procession in all the monasteries.

Saga Dawa – 29th May

Saga Dawa for Tibetan Buddhists is among the most sacred months, honouring the enlightenment and commemorating the parinirvana of the Buddha!

Tourist Movement:

The Month of May is a high season period in most places in North East. With the plains reaching high temperatures, the hill stations of Darjeeling & Sikkim and Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh are some of the most sought-after destinations for tourists. Please ensure to double check on hotel availability before blocking your air tickets as during this period most hotels are sold out.

Kolkata and South Bengal experiences a low season during this period due to extremely high temperatures and humidity levels.

Permits and Regulations:

PERMIT REGULATIONS FOR FOREIGNERS AND INDIANS

STATE DOMESTIC INBOUND
Sikkim To enter Sikkim no permits are required.
For visit to Changu Lake, Baba Mandir, Lachen and Lachung permits are required:
Documents to be carried for Tsomgo Lake/Lachen & Lachung 02 copies of passport size photographs, original photo ID proof with photo copy (identity card – Voter ID card / Pass-port / Driving License / Aadhar Card) for processing the permit.
For entering Sikkim, a normal Inner Line permit is required.
This permit can be obtained on any one of the following procedures:
  • At the time of applying for the Indian Visa itself, the clients need to mention that they will visit Sikkim and accordingly a 15 days inner line permit is stamped on the visa.
  • On arrival in Darjeeling we need to produce the original passport with valid Indian Visa at the District Magistrates office and a 15 days inner line permit can be granted. It takes half day.
  • While entering Sikkim the permits can be issued on the spot at Rongpoo Check Post (while going to Gangtok) or Melli Check Post (while going to Pelling). It takes 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on group size. A serial numbered form at the check post needs to be filled and submitted along with photocopies of passport and Indian visa and 02 passport size snaps.
The following can be granted Inner Line permits to visit Sikkim ONLY by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi or the Indian High Commissions abroad.
  • Foreigners travelling with Diplomat Passports/Official Passport like Red Cross etc.
  • Citizens from Bangladesh, Republic of China, Peoples Republic of China, Pakistan, Myanmar, Taiwan, Nigeria.
Arunachal Pradesh For Indian Tourist travelling to Arunachal Pradesh is required Inner Land permit which is issued for a period of 30 days. Documents needed are Aadhar card, Driving Licence, Passport, Ration card, Voter ID Card Foreign tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh needs Protected Area Permit (PAP)/Restricted Area Permit (RAP). The stay is permitted for a period 30 days. Single traveler is not allowed to travel in Itanagar, Aalo, Pasighat, Daporijo. Few other areas are restricted in the state due to security reasons.
Documents needs are valid duly filled Permit form, Passport, valid Indian VISA and International flight tickets (both arrival/departure)
Nagaland For Indian Tourist travelling to Nagaland is required Inner Land permit which is issued for a period of 30 days. Documents needed are Aadhar card, Driving Licence, Passport, Ration card, Voter ID Card. Photocopy of Passport and Indian VISA needs to be submitted in all check points while travelling in the state.
All foreign nationals have to register themselves at the office of Superintendent of Police (CID/SB) Nagaland who is the designated Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the State within 24 hours of arrival.
However, in the following cases, the permit require before entering the state with prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs.would be necessary for the foreign tourist
(i) If the tourist is a citizen of Afghanistan, China or Pakistan.
(ii) Citizens of Myanmar visiting Nagaland beyond 16 Kms from the Indo- Myanmar border.
Manipur NA Foreigners visiting Manipur need to register at the the CID Office in Imphal. If spending overnight in Imphal, hotels will assist with the formalities for registration.
Foreigners visiting Manipur by Road from Nagaland may register at the Mao Gate check post for immigration check. Foreigners visiting Manipur by Air need to register at the Immigration Counter located at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal.
Mizoram For Indian Tourist travelling to Mizoram is required Inner Land permit which is issued for a period of 30 days. Documents needed are Aadhar card, Driving Licence, Passport, Ration card, Voter ID Card. Photocopy of Passport and Indian VISA needs to be submitted in all check points while travelling in the state.
All foreign nationals have to register themselves at the office of Superintendent of Police (CID/SB) Mizoram who is the designated Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the State within 24 hours of arrival. Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before entering the state.

Photographs :

How to Reach :

Nearest Railway Station :

Guwahati Railway Station       160 kms

Nearest Airport :

Umroi Airport, Shillong       90 kms

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport, Guwahati        170 kms

Driving Distance :

Guwahati to Cherrapunjee       160 kms 5 hours

Shillong to Cherrapunjee        60 kms 1.5 hrs

Weather Update :

Storm FANI is expected to hit Kolkata and parts of South Bengal on 03rd May and in view of the intensity the airport is going to remain closed and all flights suspended from 2130 hrs on 03rd May till 1800 hrs on 04th May. Guests are requested to stay inside the hotels during this period.

Further the storm is expected to move northwards and hit parts of North Bengal and Sikkim between 04th – 06th May.

Guests traveling between destinations are suggested to travel during morning hours and avoid any movement in the second half. Also based on the weather conditions the sightseeing at these destinations may be curtailed and some points may have to be avoided keeping the safety of the guests on priority.