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How to Reach Darjeeling

How to Reach Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of the most frequented hill stations in India. It is mostly visited by weekenders and some adventurous who head for the mighty trek to Sandakphu. Well even the unique blend of tradition and modernity draws in many travellers. Nonetheless how to reach Darjeeling is not a matter of fuss. With flourishing Darjeeling tourism, the mighty hill station encircles the hues of many other hill stations of North Bengal and Sikkim. As well as the Gorumara National Park is only 140kms away from Darjeeling. The distance from Siliguri to Darjeeling is approximately 70kms whereas from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling the distance by road is approximately 75 kms. One travelling from Bagdogra Airport needs to cover a distance of 100kms approximately. It takes one couple of hours to travel from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. The other nearby hill stations like from Kalimpong, the distance is 50kms whereas it takes one just couple of hours to reach Darjeeling from Pelling, Sikkim. One, who is planning to reach Darjeeling by road from Gangtok, needs to cover a distance of 110kms. It takes approximately 3 hours from Gangtok to Darjeeling.


One who is planning to reach Darjeeling by train may opt to reserve his ticket on the Darjeeling Himalayan narrow gauge that connects Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. It is one of the most prestigious as well as heritage journey in India. Well, the new Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the closest broad gauge railway station from Darjeeling that connects to all other major cities in India.


The Bagdogra Airport is the only airport that connects Darjeeling by air with all other major destinations in India. There are some direct flights to Bagdogra from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling.


Reach Darjeeling By Air

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport. Flights are available from all major cities.

Reach Darjeeling By Road

Darjeeling is well connected to some of the major cities closeby such as Gangtok and Kalimpong which are located at a distance of 100 km and 51 km respectively. The city is also connected with Kolkata which is 651 km away and it takes around 14 hours to reach here. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is just 310 KM away from this beautiful place. From the airport, one can reach the city by Bus or Cab.

Distance Charts:
Location Distance Time
Bagdogra to Darjeeling 66 KM 1 hrs.
Kolkata to Darjeeling 632 KM 11 hrs.
Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling 109 KM 2 hrs.
Gangtok to Darjeeling 97 KM 2 hrs.
Kalimpong to Darjeeling 48 KM 1 hrs.
Guwahati to Darjeeling 503 KM 8 hrs.
Patna to Darjeeling 525 KM 8 hrs.
Shillong to Darjeeling 596 KM 10 hrs.
Pelling to Darjeeling 73 KM 1 hrs.
Siliguri to Darjeeling 64 KM 1 hrs.

Reach Darjeeling By Train

The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi. People can hire private cabs from the station to reach Darjeeling.