SIKKIM, LADAKH & SPITI
These three Himalaya regions are located in India. Hence, the Indian visas are neccessary to enter the regions. Tourist visa is granted to a short time visitor who intends to visit India for tourism purposes. Therefore, the duration of a Tourist Visa would usually not exceed 6 months. Processing time usually requires 7 business days to grant Tourist Visa, excluding the time taken for postal transmission.
All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a Visa and must book their holiday through a local tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.
The foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa for traveling to Nepal. Nepali embassies and consulates overseas issue Visas without any problem. Visa can also be obtained on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport or at road borders at Nepalganj, Birganj/Raxaul Bazaar, Sunauli, Kakarbhitta, Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi and at Kodari checkpoint on the road to Tibet.
For traveling to Tibet, one of the first things you will need is a Chinese Tourist Visa. It is important that you NOT list Tibet as one of the destinations. It is important to understand that you are still able to go to other places in China, including Tibet, even if you don’t list them on your visa application. When entering Tibet from mainland China, you can apply for a Chinese tourist visa in your home country or at most other Chinese Embassies/Consulates across the globe. When entering Tibet from Nepal, you will have to obtain a Group Chinese Visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. You will not be able to use a Chinese Visa obtained from anywhere else, it must be from the Kathmandu Chinese Embassy.