Many of the Nepalese visits Darjeeling every year. The reason is, Darjeeling and Nepal are naturally similar and Culturally connected. In past, part of Darjeeling used to be in Nepal and still, the Nepalese language is widely spoken language in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is situated at the height of 2,046 meters, 700 meters higher than Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and Darjeeling holds a strong relationship and many of the people from Darjeeling visit Kathmandu every year. Here in this article, you can find the list of several alternatives to reach Darjeeling from Kathmandu.
Darjeeling is the mesmerizing hill station that falls in the West Bengal, India. In the 19th century, Darjeeling used to be a group of villages intermittently administered by Nepal and Sikkim. Later, in the middle of the 19th century, the British regiment captured Darjeeling and then the drastic development of the region was witnessed. Now the region is governed by the state of West Bengal, India.
At present, the Darjeeling is the famous hill station and one of the best tourist destination in India. Darjeeling is popular for it’s globally consumed tea and the cultural and natural beauty that it holds. lured by the dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga overlooking the hill town of Darjeeling and the beautiful tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills along with the orchids, pines & rhododendrons makes Darjeeling a dream destination. Likewise, the cute Himalayan toy train whistling its way through the mountains is another major attraction of the hill. Culturally, Darjeeling composes of traditions from Tibet, Nepal and India. Looking in multiple aspects, Darjeeling is not just about nature and culture, however, you’ll only know the depth of its importance after you physically visit this place.
The nearest airport from Darjeeling is Bagdogra in Siliguri. However, there’s no direct flight from Kathmandu to Siliguri. You might have to change the plane on your transit in Delhi, Banglore, Calcutta or Mumbai. Sometimes, the transit might be in Bangkok as well. After, you land on Bagdogra in Siliguri you need to take a taxi or some local bus and drive 96 kilometres to reach Darjeeling. The minimum cost of the plane is 8,000 Nepali rupees hence, the total cost to reach Darjeeling from Kathmandu by flight might cost you 10,000 Nepali rupees in general. Likewise, there’s no guarantee of time since it depends on the airport transit.
However, the best way to reach Darjeeling by plane is first to fly to Chandragadhi Airport, Bhadrapur in Jhapa and then take a drive to Darjeeling. It would cost a minimum of 8,000 Nepali rupees per person to fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur.
There’s no direct bus overland from Kathmandu to Darjeeling. However, there’s a direct bus from Kathmandu to Siliguri. Hence, Kathmandu to Darjeeling by bus is a very economical way. For this one should travel from Kathmandu to Siliguri by bus and take a taxi or bus from Siliguri to Darjeeling. You’ll get buses, shared jeeps and Taxis at Siliguri to reach Darjeeling. It takes approximately 20 hours in total to reach Darjeeling from Kathmandu by Bus. Hike on treks and travels is operating the Kathmandu to Delhi and Kathmandu to Siliguri bus services at the best cost prices. The Kathmandu to Siliguri bus fare is 2400 Nepali rupees and 3840 Indian Rupees. Hence, it might cost you approximately 5,000 Nepali rupees to reach Darjeeling. The total Kathmandu to Siliguri road distance is about 485 Kilometers. Likewise, Darjeeling is 80 kilometres farther from Siliguri.
There’s no direct railway connection between Kathmandu and Darjeeling. One can travel to Calcutta in India and get the train to Siliguri. From Siliguri, one can get the toy train to reach Darjeeling.
Hike on Travels and Treks is operating Darjeeling Sikkim Tour Package from Nepal, for more than 4 years. Hence, you can book this tour package on a group basis or individual basis with us. Do check out the details.