The Sikkim government addresses the escalating issue of rising taxi fares for the popular Gangtok-Nathula route, ensuring more affordable travel for tourists and locals alike. 

This decision comes in response to growing complaints from travelers and tourism stakeholders regarding the steep and unpredictable fare hikes that had become a deterrent for many planning to visit the scenic Nathula Pass.

Previously, taxi fares for this route had surged dramatically, often reaching exorbitant levels during peak tourist seasons. Travelers reported paying anywhere between INR 7,000 to INR 10,000 for a single trip, a significant increase from the earlier standard rates.

In response to the ongoing menace, the Government of Sikkim has set round-trip taxi fares INR 6,500 and INR 7,000, respectively, inclusive of permit charges for both normal and luxury vehicles traveling from Gangtok to Nathula. 

The Sikkim Government has put in place several measures to enforce compliance with the newly established fare structure. Tourists can now reach out at 9434182178, 7908081127, and 9434126851 in case they come across instances of overcharging. 

Offenders will be penalized under transportation laws and regulations, including the Central Motor Vehicle Act 1988, CMV Rules 1989, and Sikkim Motor Vehicles Rules 1991, enforced by the Transport Department. Also, numerous checkpoints have been set up to ensure adherence to the prescribed fares.

This move has been widely welcomed by the tourism industry and travelers, who can now plan their trips with greater financial certainty. The government of Sikkim remains committed to promoting sustainable tourism and ensuring that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the state without facing undue financial burdens. This fare revision is a significant step towards achieving the same.

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