Darjeeling Transportation

  • Rakhi & Munu is side the train.
    Rakhi & Munu is side the train.
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  • The train stopped for refuelling, Coal & water for
    The train stopped for refuelling, Coal &...
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  • The train at Sonada.
    The train at Sonada.
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    toy train

    by davidjo Written Apr 6, 2012

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    the best way to reach Darjiling

    The toy train runs from NJP near Siliguri to Darjiling daily rising from 100m above sea level to 2200m. Although it is slow it is well worth it just to view the scenery and villages on the way up. The 80 km trip takes 7 hrs and departs NJP at 9 am and costs around 250 rupees, but having taken the bus before i think my last experience on the train was the best. Take plenty of snacks with you if you are particular about your food, although there are opportunities to purchase snacks on the way up.

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    Bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling

    by Liatris1 Updated Sep 24, 2011

    We took a taxi from New Jalpaiguri to Siliguri. We were also offered a shared jeep, all the way to Darjeeling, for 90 R per person, and 800 Rs for a jeep-taxi to ourselves. But we chose the bus. The train would take approx. 9 hours and the bus 3-5 hours.

    The road up was dramatically beautiful. We saw traces of landslides, which probably had occurred during the monsoon. We drove past the train, it ran very slowly. Train tracks criss-crossing the road, and there were signs of "stop, look, run ..."

    There were also many signs like this along the road that would remind people to drive carefully:

    "Hurry Burry spoils the Curry"

    "Good gave you your life, save it!"

    "Give your blood to the blood bank, and not to this road"

    "Do not mix drive and drink"

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    By Air , Rail & Road to Darjeeling

    by goutammitra Written Aug 11, 2011

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    You can reach Darjeeling from Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata or Gauhati by air or train first to New Jalpaiguri or at airport Bagdogra. From there you can take shared taxi ( Commander Jeeps or Scorpio) to Darjeeling in less than four hours. Some cars take about two and half hours if they take Pankhabari route but that route is not suggested as it has very sharp bends and very steep climbing. Since, last 20 years or so due to Gorkhaland agitation rods are not properly maintained. Please try to take Hill Cart road or the main road to Darjeeling!

    Fare would be around Rs.150/- to Rs.200/- or US$ 4-5 in shared jeep. But you can pay for two for the front seat or for four for the back seat.

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    Himalayan Mountain Railway

    by goutammitra Written Aug 11, 2011

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    The best and the coolest option to travel to Darjeeling is by Himalayan Mountain Railway's Toy Train from New Jalpaiguri. Now driven 6 time by Diesel Engine, it is faster and takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach Darjeeling from Jalpaiguri. On way, you shall cross many beautiful locations and stations like Teen Dharia, Kurseoung, Sonada, Ghoom and many more!

    But in these fast days, no one wants to spend a day in this train. But I suggest and recommend that you travel to Darjeeling by this Toy Train , you will not only be able to see locals, take pictures, get the breathtaking views of the hills and mountains but it will also acclimatise your body to a great extent. You can return by road, which runs parallel.

    The fare would be around Rs120/- or about US$3 in second class, but this is just nothing compared to what you get in return.

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    Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway)

    by bladedragon Updated Dec 7, 2010
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    This train is awarded world heritage by UNESCO in 2000.
    It's running between Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri (NJP).
    However at the time we were there in Dec 2010, it was only running from Darjeeling up to Kurseong because of a landslide.

    You can book the ticket from these websites:
    - http://irctc.co.in/ (Official Indian Railway website, but apparently more confusing to book)
    - http://www.cleartrip.com/ (Easier to book tickets from this website)

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    Jeep Taxi

    by bladedragon Written Dec 7, 2010

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    Sometime some people will just hitch a ride
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    Taxis in Darjeeling and in fact in most North Bengal region are Jeeps.
    They will have a board on their windshield showing where they're headed.
    Fare will depends on the destination, but not fixed, so there's room for bargaining.
    For instance from Darjeeling to Siliguri should be between 80 rs to 130 rs.
    Typically the jeep will wait until they have around 8-10 passengers before they start the journey.

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    From Bhutan (Paro) to India (Darjeeling) by road

    by bkarjee Written Mar 8, 2009

    If you are in Paro and if you want to drive to Darjeeling, you have to drive down to Phuntsholing, which is the Bhutanese border town. This will be your transit point for stepping into India. The adjacent Indian town is Naigaon, which is in the West Bengal state of India. You will have to proceed to Siliguri by road and then change to Toy train/Jeeps that will take you to Darjeeling. In all, it will take you more than 10 hours from Paro to Darjeeling via Phuntsholing.
    The two hotels (Windamere and Mayfair) in Darjeeling are among the good Hotels there. Worth staying there. You get a very colonial feel.

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    Go by steamengine narrow gauge railway.

    by AKHTARSAYYAD Updated Jan 28, 2009

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    To see the Dargiling by Jeep car or toyota car is really nice but by the steam engine narrow gauge train is really great experience.
    You will get this train from Siligudi . To and fro travell u can do by this train and this train is the world heritage now as it is only steam engine which is running ....!

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    toy train of course.....

    by mantru Written Jun 7, 2007

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    You can take either a toy train if you have enough time if not catch a shared jeep or hire a van from new Jalpaiguri in case reaching by train ...if by flight to Bagdogra then have to hire a taxi...in and around mostly you can go around by foot as most part of darjeeling taxi's are not allowed otherwise you get shared jeeps avaliable....

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  • Transfer from airport/railway station

    by vpsn_99 Written Feb 21, 2007

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    If you are visiting Darjeeling you will be most probably reach up to Bagdogra (by flight) or New Jalpaiguri (by train). Take a pre-paid taxi from either West Bengal Road Corporation (or something like this) or Sikkim Transport Corporation. They have counters inside airport and railway station. They charge correct fare, give you receipt and their drivers are licensed and experienced. You need to pay money at counter and take a receipt. After driver has dropped you at your destination, you will hand over the same to him. You should not pay any thing extra.
    Note: The taxis are allowed only upto city centers. From there to your hotel, you will have to take a local taxi (this is understanding between various local taxi unions, I was told). However by coaxing, the driver most of them take you till your hotel. Remember to tip them in such cases ;-)

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    train

    by mantru Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    The nearest railhead is in Jalpaiguri district the station is NJP or new Jalpaiguri fron here also it takey give and take 3.5 hours.The code is NJP

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