Darjeeling, popularly known as the Queen of the Hills, is situated in the northern part of the state of West Bengal about 600 km north of Kolkata. Darjeeling is famous for its tea which is one of the finest in the world. It is also a popular hill station, 2134 meter high in the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas with fabulous views of Kanchenjungha, the 3rd highest peak in the world. It is also home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a World Heritage Site. Darjeeling with its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from liesurely scenic walks to more gruelling activities such as trekking for the adventurous ones.
The temperature rises to about 9 °C during the day time, dropping to 3 °C during the night in December. Proper warm clothes are required for the participants.
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How to reach Darjeeling
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra about 95 kms away from Darjeeling. There are direct flight connections with Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Tourists heading for Darjeeling can get direct taxis/cabs to Darjeeling from Bagdogra or one can head towards Siliguri first and get a transport there. There are a number of transport facilities available from Siliguri - one can reserve a taxi or choose to go by paying Rs. 120/- per head (this varies from time to time) from the Bus Junction area.
The closest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) about 90 kms away from Darjeeling. It has direct railway connections with Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and other major cities of India. Once in NJP one can avail of taxis directly to Darjeeling or take an auto-rickshaw or rickshaw upto Siliguri and thus proceed to Darjeeling by getting a taxi as mentioned above in "By Air".
After reaching Darjeeling, you may contact Bose Institute. The address is,