Lachen: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know And Ultimate Guide

Lachen: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know And Ultimate Guide

Lachen and Lachung are two integral parts of North Sikkim Trip. Lachen and Lacnhung are two cities that work as the base for the tourists who want to travel to Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Yumthang Valley, and Zero point.

North Sikkim is one of those places on earth that redefine our definition of beauty in several ways. While some of us prefer rugged terrains, a majority of us prefers lush green hills and then there are some that marvel at the mesmerizing flowers blooming in the wild.

North Sikkim is an amalgamation of all these and more. Considering the fact that it spreads out over varying altitudes, a trip to North Sikkim will ensure that you experience a bit of everything that Nature bestows upon us, humans.

The Hill City

While all the aforementioned information caters to the poet in us, there is a calculative accountant within that raises eyebrows at the possibility of an overstretched budget.

Well, here’s good news! North Sikkim is much cheaper in comparison to other hilly areas like Mussoorie, Nainital, Manali, Jammu & Kashmir, Dharamshala etc. If you choose the right time to visit, you might even experience fresh snowfall that will remain etched in your heart forever.

North Sikkim is also a photographer’s delight. There are so many vivid colours, textures, and varying landscapes to capture that your camera will be your best travel companion on the trip! In this article, we will take a detailed look at the two significant places of North Sikkim; Lachen and Lachung and discuss a few essential facts.

Lachen: Ultimate Travel Guide 

It is the twin sister of Lachung and both the villages form bases for tours up towards Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley. Situated at a height of 8,838 feet above sea level. Following the North Sikkim Highway, it will take around 6-7 hours to drive up to this place from Gangtok.

From Gangtok:

Expect a Roller Coaster Ride Through the Bumpy Roads

The most widely available means of transport is the car. Three significant places fall on the way of driving from Gangtok to this place. These places are Phodong, Mangan, and Chunthang. From Chungthang, the road splits into two directions. The road on the left leads to the city, that is about 26 Km from Chungthang.

To the right, it goes towards Lachung. Conditions of the road from here on tend to be rough and unfavourable, depending upon weather conditions. Prepare yourself mentally for a roller coaster ride ahead.

On-the-way-to-Lachen

Snow on Roads

On the way from Gangtok, you will be able to witness the meandering Teesta River. The colours of the river range from a sapphire blue to emerald green, depending upon the colour of the sky in different patches of the journey. Your first halt will most likely be at Tingchim.

This is where you can have your simple lunch of rice, lentils, and curries. It might not be a fascinating meal but it will fill you up sufficiently. You might even witness people from the Border Road Organization repairing stretches that have been damaged by landslides.

 

From Paved Roads To Mountain Roads!

Depending upon your package, your driver may or may not stop at Naga Waterfalls. The next brief stop will be at Toong Check Post. This is where all your documents and permits will be thoroughly checked and entries will be made in logbooks about the details of the trip and the car.

As the car inches towards the town, you will notice that paved roads will gradually give way to typical mountain roads with curves and hairpin bends.

The air will start feeling thinner and colder as you go higher up. It will be late evening by the time you reach Lachen. If you are welcomed with a cup of hot tea in your hotel, make sure you drink it right away because it will get cold in minutes from being served.

What Does Lachen Look Like?

This heavenly place will instantly look like a place cut off from the world. Its serenity is unmatched and the warm welcome of the locals is like a bowl of piping hot soup to comfort you in the chill that reaches your bones.

You might be surprised to see how the locals go about in single layers of clothing, especially if you visit in the summer months, while you could be shivering habituated to the extremities of weather.

Lachen Is At 9,000 feet or 2,750 meters!

Village Surrounded by the Green Mountains

Situated at an altitude of 9,000 feet and “Lachen” originally means, ‘Big Pass’.

It is majorly a grassy valley that is also spotted with forests of conifer and Rhododendrons. Lachen Chu, a mountain stream, passes right through the heart of the valley and cuts through the village, making deep gorges as it flows. The valley is lined on the other side with towering pine trees and snow-capped peaks.

The roads of the city require frequent repair and maintenance work because of landslides and especially during the monsoon months. However, that does not deter the village from looking as picturesque as ever. There are only 250 houses in the village and the inhabitants migrate to the valleys in summers to avoid facing the extremities of weather.

Weather and Temperature Across Months 

Moderate Summers (March-June)

Summer months in Lachen begin from the month of March and end in the month of June. Summer months are pleasant and the temperatures are bearable. While snowfall might not be a part of your experiences, you could still cherish the fresh weather conditions.

The temperature is quite pleasing and ranges between 10 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Since the temperature is favourable, you will absolutely love travelling from one place to another and experience the local charms of the place. One of the main attractions of the summer season is the annual yak race that the adventure-lover in you will be thrilled to witness.

Unfavourable Monsoons (July-September)

Monsoon, in here, lasts from July to September. It is a completely unfavourable phase for travelling and we discourage our customers to travel during the monsoons. Heavy rainfall, along with landslides, tends to happen all through these months. The temperature ranges anywhere between 15 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius.

Winters

Adventurous Winters ( October – February)

Winter officially sets in by the month of October and end anywhere between February to mid-March. The place witnesses temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. December and January are the prime winter months.

It can get extremely cold in these months and you can expect heavy snowfall. However, the peak season is generally around October-November because of the stability of weather and increased visibility.

Winters could mean extremely low temperatures but the thrill of walking through the snow is an adventure of sorts.

Lachen: Best Time to Visit

The first question that a tourist generally has on the mind is the best time to visit a destination. When it comes to this place, the best time to visit is the month of November. The skies are clear, snowstorms and blizzards are at least a month away and moderate snowfall may or may not occur.

However, the time between October to June is also favourable period since there are several opportunities for sight-seeing and outdoor activities during these months.

Places Of Interest | Sightseeing Options 

There is something for everyone in the undiscovered paradise of Lachen. Whether you are a seeker of peace or a shopaholic, whether you are a thrill-seeker or a lover of Nature; you will find something or the other to interest you here. Listed below are a few places of interest in and around the city that you will absolutely love.

Trekking the hills and valleys

It is but natural to want to trek to a location which is so beautiful. The trekking trails of the place are not easy, to begin with. The mountain edges are sharp and rugged, the weather is highly unpredictable, and the terrain looms large as a challenge.

However, if you plan your innings well and do thorough research on how to go about the process, you will love the biodiversity and the irresistible views that the trekking trails of Lachen have to offer.

Greenery-at-its-best-In-Chopta-Valley-Lachen

Greenery at its best In Chopta Valley

 

The two places that trekkers love are Chopta Valley and Green Lake.

For the Peace-Seeker

If you are not too fond of adventurous treks and trails, you could visit the city Monastery. Apart from it being visually appealing, the place is also home to the oldest Monastery in Sikkim that was built in 1858.

The Lachen Monastery had a small start, with not more than 6 monks but it received monetary aid from Sikkim government and was reconstructed. The Lachen Monastery is also called the Lachen Gompa. The architectural style is typically Tibetan.

The Monastery hosts an Annual Mask Dance Celebration. It brings together the bright and wonderful colours that represent the essence of North Sikkim.
Mask-Dance-Festival-in-Lachen

Mask Dance Festival

 

For the Nature Lover

There is the famous Rhododendron Sanctuary that is in full bloom in the month of April. It is a photographer’s delight. There is a minimum of 40 different species of Rhododendrons in this sanctuary. You can find Rhododendrons abundantly in North Sikkim but the sanctuary has the best varieties.

You can cherish the view from the months of April-July. It is at a distance of 22 Km from the town center.

For Wildlife and more

The Kanchenjunga National Park is located around 107 Km from the city but is worth a visit. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Zemu Glacier is one of the many attractions of the Park. You can spot several species of wildlife like the snow leopard, the musk deer, the clouded leopard, red panda etc.

Among outdoor activities, you can choose from trekking, wildlife photography, camping and wildlife spotting.

For the compulsive shopper

If you love shopping wherever you go then the place will surely not disappoint you in any way. The local people are skilled at handicrafts and they sell these at affordable prices. There are exquisite handloom products like carpets, shawls, handbags and intricately designed wooden artefacts to choose from.

If you wish to buy local tokens of remembrance for loved ones back home, then the Handicraft Center of the city will be a pleasant surprise.

The locals, originally called the Lachenpas, are skilled craftsmen and they weave several gift items from yak and sheep wool that could serve as perfect souvenirs. You will also find several hard-working women spend ages weaving these pieces of beauty.

The Tourist Information Center will help you buy maps of the local area and postcards as well.

Lachen Hotels 

The city has many hotels and stay-options. But as you get in extreme hilly locations, all the options are quite basic and devoid of any luxury amenities. However, the most important thing apart from the clean bed, room and toilet is warm water here. You get warm water in all the hotels.

Our team has travelled across this place many times and we have selected the best hotels at every price category. So, with us, you will certainly not have any complaints.

Nights here are cold and you will love the dining area of your hotel or homestay where you can expect a large fireplace. Most tourists warm themselves up in front of the fire. You will relish a simple meal of rice, mixed vegetables, fries, and chicken curry.

The hot steam rising up from the bowls of curries laid out for dinner is the kind of warmth one seeks for while on a vacation to the hills. You could take a stroll out on the streets after dinner but if you can’t really brave the cold, you could curl up under layers of quilts in your room and sleep well.

We at Nomadic specialize on trips in the North-Eastern parts of India. We send thousands of people to Noth Sikkim Trp every year.

You can get a quotation and free consultancy from us.

 

 

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Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Darjeeling, the most famous hill station of West Bengal is approximately 2150 km away from Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat. From the Manchester of India on the bank of River Sabarmati, there are several ways to reach, which are as follows:

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Air:

There is no airport in proper Darjeeling. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB), which is 67.5 km from Darjeeling, and it takes around 3 hours to reach by car from the airport. There are a number of flights that connect Bagdogra to Ahmedabad, as it received the status of a major airport recently.

The average fare ranges between INR 6,900 to INR 7,900 per person, and a flight with one stop in Kolkata International Airport (Airport code: CCU) takes around 8-9 hours to reach Bagdogra. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Ahmedabad-to-Darjeeling-air

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling Air ticket options in Cleartrip

 

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Train:

There is no major rail-station in Darjeeling with direct rail connectivity with Ahmedabad.

However, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri, which is a major station, and then take a car to reach Darjeeling in 4-5 hours. The road is beautiful, with an amazing mountain experience.

If you want a very unique experience and have time, opt for the Darjeeling-Himalayan railway that is the UNESCO-World heritage site from New Jalpaiguri Jn. to Darjeeling (Starts at 08:30 from NJP station and reached Darjeeling at 15:35 every day.)

Major Train leaving from Ahmedabad to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
15635 Dwarka Express Fri Ahmedabad 21:40 21:55 48:15
15667 Gandhidham-Kamakhya Express Sat Ahmedabad 21:40 21:55 48:15

 

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling: Through Road:

As there are not many flight or train options, you may try to take a car to cover the great distance, as it can make for a great journey, while making you aware of the heritage of India. The routes consist of NH-27, NH-48 and Agra-Lucknow Expressway. There are three major routes.

Route 1 covers 2213 km and it takes 39 hours to reach Darjeeling. The road passes through Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to reach West Bengal. The night stay options are in Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, and Siliguri respectively.

Ahmedabad-to-Darjeeling-road

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling road map

Route 2 is about 2184 km and Route 3 covers 2142 km and both of them take 39 hours to reach Darjeeling. This route passes by Udaipur and joins Route 1 after Jaipur. Route 3 goes through Chittorgarh, Kanpur etc. and joins Route 1 after Lucknow. In these cases, the night stay options are in Udaipur and Kanpur respectively.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Ahmedabad.

 

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling. You will not find them everywhere.

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  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

Mindblowing locations

All modern amenities

Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

 

Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

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Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map All in One Place

Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map All in One Place

Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map All in One Place

if you are wondering about how to go to Chandigarh to Darjeeling in different ways, you are at the right place.

Chandigarh, the union territory and the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, is approx. 1770 km away from Darjeeling, the most famous hill station of West Bengal. From “The City Beautiful” to Darjeeling, there are several ways to reach, which are as follows:

Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Through Air:

There is no airport in proper Darjeeling. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB), which is 67.5 km from Darjeeling, and it takes around 3 hours to reach by car from the airport. There are a number of flights that connect Bagdogra to Chandigarh, as it received the status of a major airport recently.

The average fare ranges between INR 5,500 to INR 7,200 per person, and a flight with one stop in Kolkata International Airport (CCU) takes around 7 hours to reach Bagdogra. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Chandigarh-to-Darjeeling-air

Chandigarh to Darjeeling Air ticket options in Cleartrip

Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Through Train:

There is no major rail-station in Darjeeling with direct rail connectivity with Chandigarh.

However, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri, which is a major station, and then take a car to reach Darjeeling in 4-5 hours. The road is beautiful, with an amazing mountain experience.

If you want a very unique experience and have time, opt for the Darjeeling-Himalayan railway that is the UNESCO-World heritage site from New Jalpaiguri Jn. to Darjeeling (Starts at 08:30 from NJP station and reached Darjeeling at 15:35 every day.)

Major Train leaving from Chandigarh to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
15904 CDG-DBRG Express Wed, Sun Chandigarh 23:15 10:10 34:55

 

Chandigarh to Darjeeling: Through Road:

Chandigarh and Darjeeling are apart by a huge road distance. However, if you want a have your own car and want to enjoy the personalised experience instead of the Long flight or train journey, you can visit Darjeeling in a car from Chandigarh, by NH-27.

Chandigarh-to-Darjeeling-road

Hyderabad to Darjeeling road map

The route covers 1767 km and takes around 29 hours to reach Darjeeling. It passes through the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before entering West Bengal. The night stay options on this road are in Agra, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Darbhanga and Siliguri, with good hotel and food.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Chandigarh.

 

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling.

You will not find them everywhere.

4 Pointers on Us: Nomadic Weekends
  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

Mindblowing locations

All modern amenities

Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

 

Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

Click on the Image or Link below to explore More.

 

If you are finding these interesting, here 25 such awesome unknown and offbeat Destinations Near Darjeeling. Do check out. You won’t waste your time.

Check out Nomadic Weekends site here.

 

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8 Awesome Things to Do in Darjeeling Which You Just Cannot Miss!

15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

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Hyderabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Hyderabad to Darjeeling: Flights, Trains, Road-map Everything in One Place

Darjeeling, the most famous hill station of West Bengal is approximately 2014 km away from Hyderabad, the capital of the state Telangana. From the City of the Nizams, there are several ways to reach the beautiful place, which are as follows:

Hyderabad to Darjeeling: Through Air:

There is no airport in proper Darjeeling. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB), which is 67.5 km from Darjeeling, and it takes around 3 hours to reach by car from the airport. There are a number of flights that connect Bagdogra to Hyderabad, as it received the status of a major airport recently.

The average fare ranges between INR 4,900 to INR 6,000 per person, and a flight with one stop in Kolkata International Airport (CCU) takes around 7 hours 15 minutes to reach the airport. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Hyderabad-to-Darjeeling-air

Hyderabad to Darjeeling Air ticket options in Cleartrip

Hyderabad to Darjeeling: Through Train:

There is no major rail-station in Darjeeling with direct rail connectivity with Hyderabad.

However, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri, which is a major station, and then take a car to reach Darjeeling in 4-5 hours. The road is beautiful, with an amazing mountain experience.

If you want a very unique experience and have time, opt for the Darjeeling-Himalayan railway that is the UNESCO-World heritage site from New Jalpaiguri Jn. to Darjeeling (Starts at 08:30 from NJP station and reached Darjeeling at 15:35 every day.)

Major Train leaving from Hyderabad to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
07149 SC-KYQ Express Fri Secunderabad Jn. 07:30 21:55 38:25
12513 SC-GHY Express Sun Secunderabad Jn. 07:30 21:25 37:55

 

Hyderabad to Darjeeling: Through Road:

If you are up for a really long but exciting journey to this hill station in your own car, from the southern part of India to the North-East, you can visit Darjeeling by a car from Hyderabad, by NH-53 or NH-16.

There are three major routes to reach Darjeeling from Gangtok. Route 1 covers 2060 km and it takes around 42 hours to reach Darjeeling. This route goes by Maharashtra, Chattishgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Bihar before entering West Bengal. In this route, you may stay for the nights in Nagpur, Sambalpur, Dhanbad and Siliguri respectively.

Route 2 is 2014 km and it also takes 42 hours to reach.  This road diverts from Route 1 after Nagpur and enters Madhya Pradesh. It crosses Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before entering West Bengal. The options for the night stay are- Nagpur, Varanasi, Muzaffarpur and Kishanganj.

Hyderabad-to-Darjeeling-road

Hyderabad to Darjeeling road map

Route 3 covers 2081 km and it takes 43 hours to reach Darjeeling. This is a more scenic route which passes by the seacoast to the east.  It goes through Andhra Pradesh and Odisha before entering West Bengal. The night stay options are in Rajahmundry, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Malda and New Jalpaiguri.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Hyderabad.

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling. You will not find them everywhere.

4 Pointers on Us: Nomadic Weekends
  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

Mindblowing locations

All modern amenities

Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

 

Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

Click on the Image or Link below to explore More.

If you are finding these interesting, here 25 such awesome unknown and offbeat Destinations Near Darjeeling. Do check out. You won’t waste your time.

Check out Nomadic Weekends site here.

 

Here are a few other articles on Darjeeling that you may like reading

Darjeeling Weather And Temperature: All Your Questions Answered

8 Awesome Things to Do in Darjeeling Which You Just Cannot Miss!

15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

Darjeeling Toy Train: History, Experience and All Useful Information

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Bagdogra To Darjeeling: Different Routes & Fun Stopovers In Between

Kolkata to Darjeeling: Flights,Trains,Road-map Everything in One Place

Kolkata to Darjeeling: Flights,Trains,Road-map Everything in One Place

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, lies 615 km south to Darjeeling, the most famous hill station of the state. From the city of joy, there are several ways to reach the beautiful place, which are as follows:

Kolkata to Darjeeling: Through Air:

There is no airport in proper Darjeeling. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB), which is 67.5 km from Darjeeling, and it takes around 3 hours to reach by car from the airport. There are a number of flights that connect Bagdogra to Kolkata, as it received the status of a major airport recently.

The average fare ranges between INR 2,665 to INR 3,515 per person, and a direct flight takes around 1 hour 25 minutes to reach the airport. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Kolkata-to-Darjeeling

Kolkata to Darjeeling Air ticket options in Cleartrip

 

Kolkata to Darjeeling: Through Train:

There is no major rail-station in Darjeeling with direct rail connectivity with Kolkata.

However, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri, which is a major station, and then take a car to reach Darjeeling in 4-5 hours. The road is beautiful, with an amazing mountain experience.

If you want a very unique experience and have time, opt for the Darjeeling-Himalayan railway that is the UNESCO-World heritage site from New Jalpaiguri Jn. to Darjeeling (Starts at 08:30 from NJP station and reached Darjeeling at 15:35 every day.)

Major Train leaving from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
13173,

13175

Kanchenjunga Express Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun;

Mon, Wed, Sat

Sealdaha 06:35 18:20 11:45
12363 KOAA HDB SF Express Tue, Thu, Sat Kolkata 09:05 18:55 09:50
12509,

12513

SBC-GHY Express Fri, Sat, Sun;

Mon

Santragachi Jn. 10:05 21:25 11:20
13141 Teesta Torsha Express Daily Sealdah 13:40 02:40 13:00
12041 HWH-NJP Shatabdi Express Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat Howrah 14:15 22:30 08:15
12345 Saraighat Express Daily Howrah Jn. 15:50 01:40 09:50
15959 Kamrup Express Daily Howrah Jn. 17:35 06:20 12:45
13147 Uttar Banga Express Daily Sealdah 19:35 06:50 11:15
13149 Kanchan Kanya Express Daily Sealdah 20:30 07:30 11:00
12343 Darjeeling Mail Daily Sealdah 22:05 08:00 09:55
12377 Padatik Express Daily Sealdah 23:20 09:15 09:55

 

Kolkata to Darjeeling: Through Road:

You can easily board a bus from Esplanade bus depot in Kolkata to reach Siliguri. From there you can book a car or share a taxi to reach Darjeeling. Per head charge to reach Darjeeling is Rs. 150 INR by Pankhabari, Rs. 200 INR by Rohini and Rs. 250 by Mirik. Small cars are also available on rent, with Rs. 2,500 INR for a prepaid car.

If you want to drive from Kolkata in your own car and want to enjoy the amazing road journey, you may go by three major routes, by NH-12 or NH-19.

The 1st Route covers 618 km and takes around 15 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic, and passes by Behrampore, Malda etc. on the way to New Jalpaiguri.

The 2nd route is 615 km, which takes more than 16 hours. It passes by Burdwan and joins Route-1 before entering Murshidabad. For these two routes, you can stay for the night in Behrampore or Malda.

Kolkata-to-Darjeeling-road

Kolkata to Darjeeling road map

The 3rd route was once a major route, with 728 km which takes around 17 hours to reach Darjeeling. It goes by Durgapur, then enters Jharkhand and Bihar before entering West Bengal again after Kishanganj. For this route, the night stay option is in Dumka or Kishanganj.

So, hopefully, you got everything that wanted to know about how to go to Darjeeling from Kolkata.

 

Here are a few great options to stay at Darjeeling. You will not find them everywhere.

4 Pointers on Us: Nomadic Weekends
  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why go Offbeat? 

Away from super congested Darjeeling city

Close to nature

Mindblowing locations

All modern amenities

Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

 

Darjeeling Offbeat Stay Options: 

Click on the Image or Link below to explore More.

 

If you are finding these interesting, here 25 such awesome unknown and offbeat Destinations Near Darjeeling. Do check out. You won’t waste your time.

Check out Nomadic Weekends site here.

 

Here are a few other articles on Darjeeling that you may like reading

Darjeeling Weather And Temperature: All Your Questions Answered

8 Awesome Things to Do in Darjeeling Which You Just Cannot Miss!

15 Tourist Places Near Darjeeling that You Must Include in Your Darjeeling Tour

Darjeeling Toy Train: History, Experience and All Useful Information

Awesome things to Do in Darjeeling

Bagdogra To Darjeeling: Different Routes & Fun Stopovers In Between