Situated in North East India, just south of Sikkim, Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with it’s mild climate and laid back charm. Its verdant hills and valleys are steeped in colour, and are interspersed with vast streatches of rolling green tea gardens. Presiding over all this is Mt. Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain on Earth, looming over the northern horizon, giving a magical aura to the land that leaves one’s senses intoxicated.
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra about 94-96 kms away from Darjeeling. There are direct flight connections with Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati. Tourists heading for Darjeeling can get direct taxis/cabs to Darjeeling from Bagdogra or one can head towards Siliguri first and get
a transport there. There are a number of transport facilities available from Siliguri.
The closest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) about 88 kms away from Darjeeling. It has direct railway connections with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and other major cities of India. Once in NJP one can avail of taxis directly to Darjeeling or take an auto-rickshaw or rickshaw upto Siliguri and thus proceed to Darjeeling by getting a taxi as mentioned above in “By Air”.
If tourists are travelling through Nepal and want to reach Darjeeling – there are several options available in order to reach the same;
??? There are daily flights from Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal) to Bhadrapur (in Nepal) – one can opt for any of the airlines available. Once in Bhadrapur, one can get a taxi to Kakarivitta (India-Nepal border), Rs. 100 per head or Rs. 600 for the whole taxi (in Nepal currency). From Kakarivitta one can get direct taxis to Siliguri and from Siliguri one can avail direct vehicles as mentioned above in “By Air”.
??? If coming by bus from Kathmandu – there are two routes to choose from;
1) Kathmandu to Kakarivitta
2) Kathmandu to Pashupati
Kathmandu to Pashupati is the most convenient route because it hardly takes one hour to reach Darjeeling from Pashupati, but foreign tourists are not allowed to traverse these areas – restricted zone. Only Indian Nationals and citizens of Nepal are allowed to move across the borders. Foreign nationals should opt for the first route i.e. Kathmandu to Kakarivitta and follow the directions as
The best season to visit Darjeeling is between April and June. The weather during this period is generally clear and the chilling biting cold gets subsided. But one can also go to Darjeeling between September and November. During these months the mountains are clearly visible and one can enjoy the golden sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Being a mountain city Darjeeling experiences rains throughout the year. Often heavy down pours wash away the roads and the place is totally cut off from rest of the country.
The temperature range is not very large here with the maximum in summers being 15 degrees and 1.5 degrees in winters. This place requires warm cloths any time of the year and do not forget to carry a umbrella to this place.
- Amit Saxena