Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a hill resort in West Bengal, India that has been fittingly dubbed the Queen of Hill Resorts. Set in a scenic backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, Darjeeling presents a vision of snow capped mountain peaks and lush, verdant green hills juxtaposed against the brilliance of an array of colors provided by the fiery rhododendrons, the variegated lime and jade green tea brushes, the sparkling silver of the fir forests and the radiance of white magnolias. Darjeeling is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world which is well known for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you are a tourist, trekker, ornithologist, photographer, botanist or artist, Darjeeling offers a unique experience.

Darjeeling

General information

It is possible to get to Darjeeling by air, road and railway.

Air service: The closes airport to Darjeeling is about 94 to 95 miles away at Bagdogra. It is well connected to major cities such as Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati as there are direct flights from these. From Bagdogra, tourists can access taxis/cabs to come directly to Darjeeling or they can choose to go through Siliguri before heading to Darjeeling. In Siliguri it is possible to either charter a taxi or take a bus from the Bus Junction area.

Train Service: The two closest railway stations are at Siliguri, 80 kms away and New Jalpaiguri which is 88 kms away from Darjeeling. Darjeeling also has its own railway station. All of these stations have regular transits to Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi and many other major Indian cities.

Road Service: Darjeeling can be accessed via a major roadway that goes through Siliguri. This roadway is connected to all the major cities. Darjeeling is also connected to Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and the surrounding hillside towns.

Local transportation: Darjeeling offers taxis of various makes and models for hire to go sightseeing in and around Darjeeling at fixed rates. It is also possible to hire ponies at Chowrasta to go sightseeing locally on trails and less travelled roadways.

 

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