Gorkha Hill Council) in northeast India provides the
perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate
and laid back charm (Its verdant hills and valleys mare
steeped in color, and are interspersed with vast
stretches of lush green tea gardens. President over all
these is the 8,856m Mt. Kanchenjunga looming over the
northern horizon, giving a magical aura to the land that
entices thousand to its environs and leaves all the
Darjeeling is hemmed in by Sikkim in the north, Nepal in
the west and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling town,
Kalimpong and Kurseong are the major urban centres.
Heavy influenced by British India, Darjeeling still
carries imprints reminiscent of its colonial past. The
toy is on of the most striking examples of Darjeeling 's
British Raj influence.
By Flight : Darjeeling town is 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest
Indian airport, where scheduled flights operate from New Delhi,
Calcutta and Guwahati. You can also fly from Kathmandu and take
the one-hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport
to Darjeeling ). From Bhadrapur a 34 km drive will take you to
Kakarbhitta (Nepal - India border, ) and then after covering 36
km you will reach Siliguri, the gateway city to the tourist
destinations of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan.
By Road : From Siliguri buses and taxis leave for Darjeeling ( 2
hours 30 minutes) which is at a distance of 77 km. Darjeeling is
also connected by road with Sikkim (120 km) and Bhutan (about
By Rail : The nearest railheads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri
(88 km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and
other major Indian cities. From Siliguri you can take the famous
toy train (8 hours) to Darjeeling.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
march-may and September November are the best times to
visit. Bring light woolen clothing during summer (maximum
temperature 16 degrees Celsius) and heavy woolens in winter
(minimum 1.6 degrees)
Trekking, white water rafting, Kayaking, canoeing, mountain
biking and rock climbing.
There are modern hotels and restaurants in Darjeeling and
Kalimpong, and comfortable lodges in Kurseong and Mirik.
is provided by buses. Vehicles are also available on
hire.Darjeeling is a hill top town overlooking hills and valleys
Foreigners visiting Darjeeling must possess and Indian visa.
No permits is required for those coming to Darjeeling by air
through Bagdogra airport, and proposing to stay in Darjeeling
town for not more than 15 days. However, they need to repot to
the Foreigners Registration Office at Bagdogra airport on
arrival and at the time of departure and get their passports
Those travelling by rail or road are required to obtain
Restricted Area Permit before entering Darjeeling . To visit
Kalimpong, this permit has to be endorsed at the Foreigners
Registration Office in Darjeeling or, alternatively, at the
office which issued it.
No permits is required for trekking trip to Sandakphu and Phalut
provided trekkers inform the Foreigners Registration Office in
Darjeeling at least 24 hours in advance and also report on
arrival at Sandakphu and Phalut checkposts.