VISA AND PERMITS: Foreigners
visiting Darjeeling must possess an Indian visa. No special
permit is required for either traveling or trekking inside
Darjeeling. However, necessary travel documents need to be shown
as and when required.
Transport is providing by buses, four-wheel drive and smaller
vehicles. Local taxis are also available for hire for getting
ACCESS: From Kathmandu, take the one-hour flight to
Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling), drive to
Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border, 34 km), to Siliguri (36 km) and
to Darjeeling (77 km, 2 hours 30 minutes). Darjeeling is also
connected by road with Sikkim (120 km) and Bhutan (about 200
km). Darjeeling town is 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest Indian
airport, where scheduled flights operate from New Delhi, Kolkota
and Guwahati. The nearest railheads are Siliguri and New
Jalpaiguri (88 km), which is, connected Kolkata, New Delhi,
Guwahati and other major Indian cities. From Siliguri, buses,
taxis and the famous toy train (8 hours) leave for Darjeeling.
SEASON: March-May and September-November are the best
times to visit. Bring light woolen clothing during summer
(maximum temperature 16 degrees Celsius) and heavy woolens in
winter (minimum 1.6 degrees).
ADVENTURE: Trekking, white water rafting, kayaking,
canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.