Once in Sikkim, what all places are ‘open’ for foreign tourists? What restrictions should be observed by foreigners?
Individual foreign visitors may visit/stay at any of the following towns in Sikkim
EAST – Gangtok-Rumtek-Pakyong,Barapathing-Rongli-Renak-Aritar-Rorathang
WEST – Geyzing . Pemayangtse . Khechepheri, Tashiding . Yuksom . Soreng
NORTH – Phodong . Mangan . Singhik
SOUTH – Namchi . Ravangla
Groups of foreigners (4 or more persons in a group) are allowed to visit following additional places/circuits. Permissions are granted for specific tour circuits as identified with definite entry and exit points and a specified mode of transport. Local tour operators only organize these trips and also provide a local Liaison Officer who accompanies the group.
II. North District
Mangan-Lingzia-Shabrung-Tholung Monastery-Kisong (except Yabok)
Mangan-Lingzia-Sakyong-Royot Patam (except Gochala)-Dzongri-Yoksum
Yuksom-Dzongri (except Gochala)
Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim (day visit only), Mangan, Singhik, Toong, Chungthang, Lachung and Yumthang (for 5 days only). It must be remembered that foreigners cannot stay at any place, which is not mentioned above. Violation of above instructions and conditions specified on permits are treated as an offence under the Foreigners Act and are punishable under law.
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