Kalimpong is well connected by road from various places including NJP (New Jalpaiguri), Siliguri, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, and Gangtok. From NJP station and Siliguri, one will get private cabs (small and large vehicles) and shared vehicles. Buses are available from the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri on Hill Cart Road. There are pre-paid taxi counters available both at Bagdogra airport and NJP railway station where one will get pre-paid taxis for Kalimpong. Here I am going to discuss- How to reach Kalimpong by rail, road, and air.
How to reach Kalimpong by rail, road, and air.
Bagdogra/NJP to Kalimpong (small car 4pax): Rs. 2500/-
Bagdogra/NJP to Kalimpong (bigger car 8pax): Rs. 3000/-
NJP to Kalimpong by shared taxi: Rs. 250/- per person
Siliguri to Kalimpong by shared taxi: Rs. 200/- per person
a person can take two seats for comfort.
In Siliguri shared taxis for Kalimpong are available at several places during the daytime (usually up to 3 pm). Some popular taxi stands include one near Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminal on Hill Cart Road, Darjeeling More, Vishal Cinema etc. From NJP the distance to Kalimpong is about 75kms by road via Teesta Bazaar. We have taken Sevoke Road, then National Highway NH31A, then to Teesta Bridge and cross the bridge over river Teesta. While NH31A continues all the way to Gangtok, we have taken right into Rishi Road that goes uphill through Kalimpong hills and leads to Kalimpong town. From Siliguri, the distance to Kalimpong is 65kms (2.5 hours drive) and from Bagdogra airport 75kms (3 hours drive). The journey is similar. From Bagdogra the route initially passing through the townships of Bagdogra, Matigara, etc before getting on to Sevoke Road and then it’s the same journey.
Our driver took a short stop at the Sevoke Kalibari (temple of goddess Kali) on Sevoke road and we offer a short prayer and then move on. This is a ritual to take the blessings for a safe onward journey through the winding roads of the mountains. It’s a nice way to start the uphill journey anyway. The journey from Siliguri to Kalimpong is a memorable one too! The first phase of the total 64 Kms journey on the NH 10 passes through the dense forests of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary.
Remember, this is a silence zone and we must drive cautiously so that the natural habitat for elephant, bison, and tiger is not disturbed. If you are lucky enough, you may even have a glimpse of an elephant on the roadside, a glimpse of fleeing deer or a sudden colorful flashy flight of peacock. The journey through the sanctuary ends at Sevok and you are suddenly exposed to a huge canvas painted with forested hills, a mighty river, and vast river basin. The landscape changes rapidly as your car takes the zigzag hilly road on the NH 10 (Old NH 31A). The mighty Teesta River will go with you throughout the second phase of your journey up to Teesta Bazaar.
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