Darjeeling : The town and hill station of Darjeeling lies in
northern West Bengal, India. Darjeeling district lies between
26° 31' and 27° 13' north latitude and between 87° 59' and 88°
53' east longitude.
Altitude : Comprising mainly of mountain terrain,
Darjeeling stands at a height of 2134m (7053 ft) on a mountain
Area : Darjeeling town covers an area of 11.44 sq. kms.
Population : About 100,000.
spoken : English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan
Climate : Almost every year Darjeeling's temperature
drops below freezing during the Winter season, from November to
February. In Summer, Darjeeling is delightfully cool with the
maximum temperature reaching about 20°C.
Rainfall : Rain falls mostly during months from June to
September. The annual recorded rainfall in Darjeeling is 320
Clothing : Light woollen for summer and heavy woollens
Best months to visit : March to
mid-June and September to mid-December.
Transport and Communications :
Railway : Darjeeling Railway station is in Darjeeling town. Toy
Train journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling takes about 8
New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station (88 kms about 3
hours drive) which is connected to all the major cities in
Airport : Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (90 km) which has
flights connecting to Calcutta, Delhi and Guwahati. Drive from
Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling takes about 3½ hours. Airlines
bookings can be made from Darjeeling.
Darjeeling - Siliguri/Bagdogra airport (90 km )/New Jalpaiguri
Railway Station (80 kms)
Darjeeling - Kalimpong 51 kms.
Darjeeling - Gangtok, Sikkim 115 kms.
Darjeeling - Pashupati (27 km) (Nepal border)(Not authorised
entry point for foreigners, only Indian and Nepali citizens are
allowed to enter from here)
Darjeeling - Kakarvita (117 km) (Nepal border)
Darjeeling - Phuntsoling (233 km) (Bhutan border)
Postal Service & Couriers : Darjeeling town has two Post
Offices and also has offices of some courier services.
International code for India - 91
Local code for Darjeeling - 0354
Darjeeling town has lots of STD/ISD booths scattered all over
the town from where local and long distance calls can be made.
Internet Cafe :
Email and internet facilities are available. There are lots of
Internet Cafes in town. Compuset Centre's Internet Cafe at
Gandhi Road, (Near Bethany School), Darjeeling has fast DIAS
(DSL) line (opens everyday at 9 a.m.).
Other facilities :
Banks : ICICI Bank and State Bank of India can exchange foreign
currencies besides some major hotels and currency dealers in
town. These two banks also has ATM facilities.
Other Banks in town : Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Central
Bank of India, Indian Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of
India, UCO Bank, U. B. Khetriya Gramin Bank and Vijaya Bank.