Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need special permit to visit North East India?
For Foreign Nationals – PAP (Protected Area Permit)/RAP (Restricted Area Permit) for foreign tourists in a group of 2 or more persons is required to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which is issued for a period of 30 days and shall have to pay USD 50 Per head as Royalty to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh (as per the treaty between hilly area & British India govt.-for more details visit our History of North East India section) and application for PAP are to be applied through local approved tour operators only. Rest of the states needs NO PAP, ILP or RAP for foreign tourists; they have to report/register themselves to local Police station within 24 hours of arrival.
For Indian Nationals – ILP (Inner Line Permit/Pass) is required to visit Arunachal Pradesh/Nagaland & Mizoram states for persons other than government employees and can be easily obtained on a minimum fees & formalities from respective State Houses. Rest of the states does not require any special permits for Indian nationals to visit the area.
Is it safe to travel North East India?
North East India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura) are safer places to travel like any other states in India. Peoples are peace loving and hospitable by nature, only the political issues are making obstacle sometime which is unavoidable and out of our reach. Almost all the militant groups in North Eastern states of India are under the peace treaty with the government presently.
Is North East India is a good destination for travelling with children?
North East India is an excellent destination for family with much to offer for different categories of travelers. Parents, youngsters and children delight in the experience of its scenic landscapes, rich tribal culture, wildlife adventures in the national parks/wildlife sanctuaries, outdoor sports and adventure activities will be enjoyed by all.
What is the best time to visit North East India?
The best time to visit North East India would be from November to April. Though in North East India, scope for tourism activities prevail throughout the year.
What type of accommodation can I avail in North East India?
Private hotels/resorts/guest houses/camps are available throughout North East Indian states, besides government run tourist lodges/circuit houses. These private accommodations are available from luxury colonial style tea bungalows to cozy neat and clean comfortable guest houses with all the modern amenities.
What kind of food I will have at North East Indians hotels/resorts/guest houses/camps and in restaurants?
One can get both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. One of the main specialties of the food is that it is very different from the food available in other parts of the country. North East India has everything to offer to its visitors, foreigners or Indians. Restaurants offering Indian, Chinese & Western style foods can be found mostly in cities and towns.
Will I be able to get internet access easily during tour in North East India?
Internet connections are available in most of the cities/towns except in the more remote rural/tribal/border areas.
Can I use credit card in North East Indians states?
You can use Visa or MasterCard only at few selected places in North East Indian states. It is recommended to carry enough Indian currency for your daily expenses etc. Fooding, lodging, shopping, personal expenses, safaris, entrance fees etc.
How is the ATM facility in North East Indian states?
ATM facility is available only in state capitals and some bigger towns in all the states.