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Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim, the most favored triad of Himalayan states in North East India are welcoming tourists once again. These three destinations nestled in Himalayas are very popular among honeymooners, couples, families and adventurers alike.
Post Covid-19 lock down, these destinations were completely shut to contain the spread of the pandemic. However with Unlock 4.0 in place now and many other states like Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Goa and Himachal Pradesh fully open for tourism (albeit with some guidelines SoPs), these 3 tiny Himalayan destinations also announced lifting of restriction on travel & tourism activities just recently.
After remaining shut for almost 6 months, Darjeeling & Kalimpong in West Bengal were the first to open their gates to tourists. Whereas hotels in Darjeeling & Kalimpong resumed booking services from 5th of September, hotels & homestays booking services will resume from 27th of September in Sikkim.
Foreign tourists with valid visa could also apply for inner line permit in Sikkim from 10th of October.
By 10th of October, tourists will be permitted to resume travel activities and hotels will start receiving guests across Sikkim.
Even though Darjeeling & Kalimpong were open from 5th of September, it is with opening up of Sikkim that brings in the good tide for the beleaguered tourism industry of this region post Covid-19. Collectively, these 3 destinations (Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Gangtok) attracts 1 million plus visitors every year.
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A trip to Darjeeling is mostly clubbed with destinations in Sikkim as well as Kalimpong renowned for adventure sports activities. These 3 Himalayan destinations are often inseparable when it comes to planning a tour itinerary to North East India.
With their salubrious weather in summer, North East is a favored destination for family holidays in India. During winters, many places in Sikkim receive good amount of snowfall which makes it one of the best time for couples and honeymooners to visit Sikkim.
However, irrespective of the weather or season, Sikkim & Darjeeling and by extension entire North East region remains popular among adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers owing to its mesmerizing Himalayan mountainscape and adventure sports activities like river rafting, trekking, paragliding and mountain biking among others.
However in view of the Covid-19 pandemic certain SoPs (standard of procedure) will be announced soon for travel sector (to be followed by both the tourists and service providers) to ensure that opening up doesn’t lead to spread of the infection.
On our part, we recommend that you keep below mentioned points in mind to do your part as a discerning traveler to ensure that Covid-19 remains contained while the local community is benefited with opening of tourism which plays a significant part of this region’s GDP.
Covid-19 Safety Tips & Guidelines: Travel Responsibly:
- Always wear a mask whenever outside the room
- Clothes should not be washed inside the room
- In case a balcony is shared with another room. Please be on the side of your room
- Do not interact with other room’s guest
- No visitors should be allowed in the rooms
- Door should be kept closed and any contact with the door knob should be avoided if you aren’t wearing a disposable glove
- Do not enter kitchen or washing areas of the hotel
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and sanitize frequently
- Always carry an alcohol based hand sanitizer (if you aren’t provided one)
- It is also recommended that you keep a few disposable gloves handy
- Always dispose of masks/gloves in bio-hazard garbage bag
- Put all disposable plates/cups/wrappers/bottles etc. in garbage bags
- You should strictly observe social distancing norms with a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) per person. Family groups can stay together as long as they ensure that are at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from any other individuals or family groups
- Don’t touch anything inside monuments/structures/museums
- You should sanitize your hands after any contact with public surfaces including ticketing counters or check-in counters
- You should avail online / digital ticketing facilities where available and book their tickets well in advance. This will ensure that service providers have information to make adequate arrangements
- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home
- And to conclude, most importantly, please do not spit in public places