DARJEELING conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendour, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas.

DARJEELING is one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world. This heavenly retreat is bathed in hues of every shade. The flaming red rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir - all under the blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds, compellingly confound Darjeeling as the QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area

11.44 sq. kms

Altitude

2134 m

Population

345669(90-91)

Climate

Summer : 14.89C Max - Min 8.59C
Winter : 6.11C Max - Min 1.5 C

Rainfall

320 cms annually

Best Season

March to mid June & September to mid December

Clothing

Summer Light woollens
Winter Heavy woollens

Language

English, Gorkha, Bengali & Hindi


TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

AIR

The nearest airport Bagdogra is primarily for Darjeeling hill areas. Bagdogra is 90 kms(56 miles) from Darjeeling. Journey Time - about 3 hours.

RAIL

The two closest railway stations are Siliguri(80 kms) and New Jalpaiguri(88 kms) from Darjeeling. These railway stations have direct railway connections with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi and other major cities of India.

DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY : This locomotive with little changes still running over hundred years as Toy Train. The train gains its gradient with the help of loops and zigzags, is a marvel of engineering feat. The highest point in this line is Ghoom Railway Station which is 7407 ft. The journey takes more than 7 hours and the track passes through green forests and tea gardens. A must for the steam locomotive enthusiast.

ROAD

Darjeeling is connected by Road with Gangtok, Siliguri and from there to all the major cities of India. From New Jalpaiguri Jn./Siliguri, visitors may proceed to Darjeeling by bus,taxi-Ambassador, Van or Landrover, Journey time-3/3.5 hrs. There is direct land-rover service from Darjeeling to Kalimpong(Journey Time : 2.5 hrs.) & Gangtok (Journey Time : 4 hrs.) starting from Bus Stand.


SOME IMPORTANT LINKS

NAME OF PLACE

DISTANCE(KM)

Gangtok

120

Guwahati

590

Calcutta

728

Delhi

1389

Kathmandu

677

Kalimpong

51

Siliguri

80

Courtesy of Information : Tourism Department, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, Darjeeling.

 
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