Planning a short vacation in Darjeeling has been a great indicative of sagacity for the tourists of India, especially for the people of Eastern India. This attractive holiday destination offers plethora of lures to be traveled over during the trip. Being the former summer capital of India, the popularity of Darjeeling tour is not pretended. Sometimes many travel enthusiasts don’t get much time to make a trip for long tour. In that case, this fascinating small town welcomes them to spend a week in cost effective budget. Tourists in general think about the reservation of trains to be reached at NJP station and then hire cars according to the number of tour members. But have you ever think about flying to Bagdogra? Yes, it can save your valuable time by which you can explore every nook and corner of the “Queen of Hills.”
Transportations from Bagdogra to Darjeeling
Before sharing the description it is important to make the travelers understand that there is no airport in North Bengal except Bagdogra Airport. Tourists can avail four ways to reach from Bagdogra to Darjeeling for enjoying a beautiful journey.
- Pre-paid Taxi
- Private Car
- Bus from Bus Terminal
- Toy Train
Pre-Paid Taxi Option:
The arrival building of the Bagdogra Airport contains a pre-paid taxi counter. Booking pre-paid taxi to go to Darjeeling is the most convenient option. Though pre-paid taxi has a fixed rate, some of tourists don’t want to bear the fare. But to avail pre-paid taxi passengers don’t have to haggle with driver. The pre-paid counter in airport takes the fare against a printed slip. One more benefit to choose pre-paid taxi is that this service facilitates to select two kinds of cars like small and large. If the tour party is of three persons then they can hire Wagon R, Santro, Indica, Maruti Van, Alto etc. On the other hand, Tavera, Scorpio, Innova, Sumo etc can also be booked for big group. The rate depends on the category of car chosen by the passengers.
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Hiring Private Car:
Plenty of private cars are available outside the Bagdogra Airport irrespective of large and small cars. As the private car business has established in this area by depending on Doors Tourism, the Bagdogra to Darjeeling taxi fare varies with seasons and routes through which the passengers want to travel. In most of the time the tourists bargain with driver and fix a rate. The indicative fares are listed below.
Bus from Bus Terminal:
Tourist can minimize their transportation cost by hiring bus from Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminus situated on Hill Cart Road. Tourist can reach the terminus within half an hour by hiring auto or any shuttles. Bus covers Bagdogra to Darjeeling distance which is 94km within 5 to 6 hours.
Though riding on toy train is very enjoying reaching Darjeeling, but it is not fruitful. Firstly, it has schedule timing of 9am and takes almost 8hours to arrive. Even during monsoon this service is suspended due to rock fall and landslide.