How to reach
Darjeeling, the northernmost district of the Jalpaiguri Division, roughly resembles an inverted wedge with its base resting on Sikkim, its sides touching Nepal, Bhutan and the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal.
Siliguri, a bustling town about 80 kilometers from Darjeeling is the gateway to the Hills.
Air : The closest air port is at Bagdogra (about 88 kilometers from Darjeeling and a three and half hour drive) and is connected by air with all the Metros in the country.
Rail : New Jalpaiguri(NJP) is the nearest rail head and is also about 88 kilometers from Darjeeling. NJP is also connected with all the major cities of the country with most of trains heading for the north-eastern states making a stop at this junction.
Bus services can be availed from Siliguri to Darjeeling, Mirik and Kalimpong from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus, Siliguri. However, it is more convenient to travel in smaller vehicles which are available on seat sharing basis/hire, from near the Bus terminus, airport and railway station.
The fare per passenger on a seat sharing basis from Siliguri to Darjeeling is less than Rs 150. For regular visit to Darjeeling, vehicles can be arranged from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra and insist on coming up to Darjeeling through the National Highway 55(also called the Tenzing Norgay Road). There are numerous stalls dotting the highway for refreshment as well as have a break in Kurseong. The journey through NH-55 will take approximately 3-3.5 hours.