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Transportation in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the Queen of hill stations, is a Victorian town, which still retains its colonial charm. It is the snowy land of courageous Gorkhas and the sturdy Sherpas. Set against the mighty Himalayas, providing a panoramic view of its emerald valleys, fragrant tea gardens, forests full of fragrant conifers, untamed bamboo and ferns and the tranquil little hamlets below, Darjeeling holds its own charisma. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India.

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is the Bagdogra airport and the nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri. There is a railway station in Darjeeling as well, but to get there in train one has to take the Toy Train ride, a major tourist attraction in Darjeeling. Normally tourists travel either by air or by train to Bagdogra, New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. Frequent bus services are available from these places to Darjeeling. Private jeep services and taxi services are also available in Darjeeling. The total time of travel is 3 to 4 hours. If you opt for the toy train ride from Siliguri, it would take nine hours. But the journey is worthwhile, all the same. The toy train Ride is a thrilling

If opting for a taxi ride from Siliguri, you don’t have the option of retaining the taxi for sight seeing and the return journey. It is better to get a one-way ride to Darjeeling from Bagdogra, New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri and then hire a taxi from Darjeeling itself for transportation in Darjeeling. The information about taxi services would be available in the place of stay itself. Many of the hotels also arrange for taxi services for the guest.

Darjeeling is a lovely hill station with an absolutely pleasant climate. Hence, it is better to stroll around the town leisurely to nearby areas like shopping centers and mall. But it is better to opt for mode of transportation for sight seeing and visiting nearby villages, from Darjeeling. Taxi services are the best for transportation in and around Darjeeling. Tourist cars, taxis and tourist mini coaches can be reserved through the Tourist Bureau in Darjeeling, a body of the West Bengal government.

Such modes of transportation in Darjeeling can be booked at fixed rates, for sightseeing and transportation, in New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri or Bagdogra. Private taxis or land-rovers can be hired for sightseeing and transportation in Darjeeling and around. Private jeep services are available, throughout the day, to New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Bagdogra and other places. You have the option of booking for it in advance. But even if you turn up at the jeep stand without booking, finding a jeep, headed for the destination, won’t be troublesome.

Darjeeling has a lovely climate and the best season to visit Darjeeling is in the summers. This picturesque little Victorian town is definitely worth a visit. In summers, it provides a nice relief from the scorching heat in the plains. It has temperate climate throughout the year. Besides, there are so many things to see and enjoy in Darjeeling. So make sure your next holiday bookings are to Darjeeling.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12