How to reach Darjeeling :
- The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is NJP (New Jalpaiguri) sation.which is connected to all the major railway stations.
- The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra airport.
- The nearest bus stand to Darjeeling is the Siliguri bus stand.
|Way to Darjeeling|
- Darjeeling to NJP railway station distance = 73 km
- Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport distance = 70 km
- Darjeeling to Kalimpong distance = 51 km
- Darjeeling to Gangtok distance =100
For car reserve :
From NJP or Bagdogra you can reserve an entire car to Darjeeling, it will be charged you from Rs. 2500 to Rs.4000 depending on the type of vehicle (4 seaters or 8 seaters) and your bargain power.
For a shared vehicle :
Take a shared auto from outside of NJP station to Junction stoppage of Siliguri which will charge you Rs.20 per head.
Bus service :
|Bus Timing to Darjeeling and other locations from Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Picture credit: Tarun Kanti Das)|
Joy ride :
You can also book your Joy ride (Steam engined Toy Train) from NJP to Darjeeling, which will arrive at Darjeeling via Ghoom Railway Station. You can book online tickets from IRCTC or any Railway reservation Ticket counter.
|Toy Train (Picture credit Surajit-Ghosh )|
Our journey To Darjeeling :
There are many routes to reach Darjeeling, most used routes are – you can go to Darjeeling either via Kurseong or you may go to Darjeeling through of Tista bazaar.
|At Darjeeling Taxi Stand (Picture credit: Sayantan Pal)|
Our driver took the second option to reach Darjeeling. It took 3 hours to arrive at Darjeeling via of Tista bazaar.
On the way, we enjoyed the beauty of the river Teesta.
At Teesta Bazar, our driver took a halt for refreshment. After having some snacks and tea in a tea stall we noticed that locals are selling woolen clothes and fresh vegetables.
From this spot the view of Teesta is very mesmerizing, we have clicked a few snaps and start our journey.
|Roads of Darjeeling (Picture credit Surajit-Ghosh)|
The route goes through the Peshok Tea Estate if you are traveling in a reserved car you may consider to halt here for a while and enjoy the view of Peshok Tea Garden.
On a sunny day, you may have the fortune to view the Kanchenjunga, on the way to Darjeeling.
|Darjeeling (Picture credit:by-Soumik-Das )|
Where to Stay :
if you are a budget traveler: Walkthrough the passing by narrow lanes beside Astabal and you could easily book your hotel for a double-bedded room which will charge you around Rs.800 to Rs.1500 per night for a cozy stay. Day-1:
|View from our room of Hotel IVY Castel at Darjeeling|
So, we spent the evening at the mall area and explored the Mahal market adjacent to the Mall and also did some shopping.
For dinner, we moved to the club stand are and have our dinner in a local Nepali restaurant. Though it was a Nepali restaurant, Bengali food was available there.
We had one veg thali (Cost Rs. 90/- per plate) and one chicken thali for our dinner (Cost Rs -140).
|View from our Hotel|
- Tiger Hill
- Batasia loop
- Ghoom Monastery
- Padmaja Naidu Himalayan zoological park
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
- Japanese Temple
- Peace Pagoda
- Rock Garden
- Happy Valley Tea Estate
- Mahakal temple
|Sunrise-at-Tiger-Hill (Picture credit Somnath Chakraborty)|
If it is your first visit to Darjeeling you must consider visiting Tiger Hill because Darjeeling trip is incomplete without Tiger Hill.
For visiting Tiger hill you must book your reserved car the day before your trip, it will cost around Rs.1500 to Rs.2500 depending on the vehicle.
Some times also shared trips are available to Tiger Hill, which may cost you Rs.200 per seat.
|Morning at Tiger hill of Darjeeling (Picture credit Atin Banerjee)|
To visit the popular sightseeing places you can reserve the car from your hotel. Most of the hotels of Darjeeling conduct sightseeing tours.
Generally, the cost for a day tour depends on multiple factors like the type of vehicle and the number of spots we wish to visit.
Tour packages like 3 points, 5 points, 7 points, and mixed points are very popular in Darjeeling.
Three points :
Five Points :
Seven Points :
Cost: Generally Rs. 2000 for a four-seater and Rs. 2500 for an eight-seater car.
Mixed Points :
We have planned not to go with the predefined spots and selected a few spots of our choice.
To book the car for the trip I always suggest, to reserve the car from any of Darjeeling Syndicate Taxi Stand rather than from any cab driver or agent as the rates are fixed in all syndicate Taxi Stands run by the owners of cars and drivers association.
|Bhanu Bhawan Darjeeling|
These three spots are situated in the same area. So you can buy a combined ticket to explore these three places which will cost you Rs.60, the charges for the camera are extra.
The Zoological park was founded in 1958. The Zoo is at the highest altitude in India i.e 7,000 feet.
The main attraction is an endangered snow leopard, Himalayan wolf, white tiger, Red Panda, and many beautiful birds.
The Mountaineering Institute was founded in the memory of Tenzing Norgay, the renowned sherpa.
Here you will find many all types of equipment required for mountaineering. They also offered Training regarding rock climbing and Mountaineering.
Tenzing Rock was founded in the Memory of great sherpa, Tenzing Norgay who climbed Everest.
The Gombu Rock was founded in the memory of Nawang Gombu.
You can enjoy the test of Rock climbing in any of these rocks by paying a nominal fee.
We were amazed by the calm environment of the Japanese Temple.
In the Peace Pagoda, you will find various idols of Lord Buddha. The view from the Peace Pagoda is also very charming.
After spending some time here we moved towards our next destination was Ghoom Monastery.
|Happy Valley Tea Estate|
We have not entered the Happy Vally Tea Plantation but we have explored the Tea garden.
We have dropped the plan to visit Lebong tea garden and on our way back, we asked the cab driver to drop you near Bhanu Bhavan as you could go and explore the Mahakal Market and other nearby markets for shopping.
|Darjeeling Mahakal Temple (Picture credit: Surajit Ghosh)|
You may have your breakfast at the renowned Keventer’s Café situated on Neheru Street. Hot chocolate and the chicken platter are a must-try at Keventer’s.
|Keventers at Darjeeling|
**If you want to enjoy the Ropeway ride plan your time return accordingly.
After breakfast, I would suggest you hire your cab from in front of hotel Ramada and plan your return journey to NJP.
For a four-seater, it will charge you around Rs.3000.
Both reserved and shared vehicles are available to reach Darjeeling and for visiting popular tourist destinations.
As a budget traveler, I am sharing our budget for Darjeeling trip :
- Expense to reach Darjeeling :
NJP to Siliguri by auto-rickshaw: Rs.20 per head. Siliguri Junction Taxi stand to Darjeeling on a shared car: 200/- per head (pay Rs.50 extra and take the two front seats).
We liked the food at the hotel Mahakal which is near to the club stand area. They offer a meal (Thali) system. For breakfast, you must consider Keventers for at least once for its famous Hot chocolate, Darjeeling tea, and chicken platter.
The expense for Sightseeing & return to NJP:
- We have booked our car (4 seaters) for Darjeeling Sight-seeing for Rs.1500.
- For your return to NJP, you will get shared cars from in front of Hotel Ramada which charged Rs.150 per head.
Important points to be noted :
- Try to book your hotel near the Darjeeling Mall area as that is the heart of the place.
- After reaching Darjeeling, many agents approached us for hotel booking, my suggestion is to avoid them and if the possible book your hotel in advance.
- For sightseeing purposes, either book your car from the hotel or from the Darjeeling Taxi association.
- Market closes at around 8:00 PM to 8:30 Pm at Darjeeling, try to return to your room by the time.