Kalimpong is well connected by road from several 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 readily 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 rail 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.
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How to reach Kalimpong by air, rail, and road
The nearby airports of Kalimpong are Bagdogra in Siliguri and Pakyong in Sikkim.Though Bagdogra is regular but Pakyong airport is irregular. Bagdogra airport is well networked with Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Guwahati. So you would easily reach Kalimpong after getting there. Foreign travelers can use the connecting flights from metro cities like Kolkata or Delhi.
Kalimpong does not have its own railway station and the nearest rail station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP). This is a very important railway station of North Bengal and direct trains from Kolkata, Delhi,Mumbai and Chennai reaching New Jalpaiguri reularly. Pre-paid and private taxis are available outside the station and can be availed to reach Kalimpong.(Cab rates given below)
Siliguri is well linked with Darjeeling and Sikkim and other major cities of India. The Kalimpong city is well connected by direct bus services from the neighboring states. Private and government buses are also available to Bagdogra (79 km) and Siliguri (70 km) respectively from Kalimpong. Two stunning tourist places, Darjeeling and Gangtok are just 50 and 75 km away from the town respectively.
Cab rate to Kalimpong from Bagdogra/NJP
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 various places in the daytime (usually up to 3 pm). Some popular taxi stands include one near Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand on Hill Cart Road, Darjeeling More, Vishal Cinema etc. From NJP to Kalimpong is about 75kms by road via Teesta Bazaar. We have taken Sevoke Road, then National Highway NH31A, then crossed the bridge over river Teesta.
While NH 31A continues to Gangtok, we have taken right into Rishi Road that goes uphill through Kalimpong hills and ends up 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 same. From Bagdogra the route initially passing through the townships of Bagdogra, Matigara, etc before getting on to Sevoke Road and then it’s the similar 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 scenic and therefore memorable too! The first part of the total 64 Kms journey on the NH 10 goes 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 forest ends at Sevok and you are instantaneously exposed to a large canvas painted with forested hills, a gorgeous river, and huge river basin. The landscape changes swiftly 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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