Bagdogra, in the district of Darjeeling in West Bengal, is the gateway to the
Eastern Himalayas. It is a part of the Greater Siliguri Metropolitan area.
Tourists flock here to enjoy peaceful retreats in the neighboring tea gardens and
explore the lofty hill stations nearby. Close to the Himalayas, the city offers
road connectivity to Gangtok, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Mirik and Kurseong among
other hill-stations. The rolling meadows near the town support tea gardens which
provide a lush, green coverage to the region. The scenic views of River Teesta on
the way to Darjeeling are breath-taking at any time of the year. Adventure
seekers visit Bagdogra to access opportunities of river-rafting in River Teesta,
hiking in the mountain trails, camping and mountaineering. This tranquil town is
welcoming of visitors and thrives on tourism.
Air Connectivity to Bagdogra:
Bagdogra is easy to reach from all across India. Major global cities connect to
it on hopping flights. The Bagdogra Airport serves the city and its adjoining
regions. It is an international airport and is 9 km away from Siliguri, lying to
its west. Jalpaiguri is 48 km away from it. The airport has a single terminal
which handles both domestic and international flights. Domestic airlines
, Air India, Indigo Airlines
and Jet Airways reach out to Bagdogra.
International airlines like Druk Air connect the city to Bangkok and Paro. There
are some shopping and dining options at the airport. Snacks and coffee counters
inside the airport will not let you go hungry. Wi-Fi is available at the Business
Center at nominal rates. Luggage-carts are available for your convenience. They
are free of cost. The airport also supports a child-care room. There is a pre-
paid taxi counter in the Arrival Hall.
Railway Link to Bagdogra:
Bagdogra is served by the Siliguri Junction and the New Jalpaiguri Junction stations
. These are the two main stations which connect to most parts of India.
Considered to be one of the cleanest railway hubs of the country, the New
Jalpaiguri Junction is the busiest station in North Bengal. The station handles
the traffic of three Rajdhani and one Shatabdi Express from Howrah. The Siliguri
Junction mostly handles intercity express trains. You will find many trains to
choose from for your travel from Chennai to New Jalpaiguri
can easily travel from New Jalpaiguri to Bagdogra
in under an
hour by road.
Places to Stay at in Bagdogra:
It is easy to find accommodation in Bagdogra. No matter what your budget, you
will find a place to rest here. Choose ‘Hotel Vinayak’. Rooms are available for
Rs.999 after discount. Head to ‘Hotel Monarch Aachal’. The
rent per night is Rs. 2,000 at this three-star hotel
. Relax in
the peaceful ambience of ‘Siliguri Sinclairs’ at Siliguri. You can make your
booking here for Rs. 5,200 only.
Eating Out in Bagdogra:
If you are a foodie, you have come to the right place. There are multiple options
when it comes to eating out in Bagdogra. The ‘Green Chilli Restaurant’ at Station
More serves Indian fare. You will also find many eateries serving Nepalese and
Tibetan food. Sample the momos at ‘Momo Gali’ near Hong Kong Market. ‘Tibet
Restaurant’ on Sevoke Road is the place to visit for authentic Tibetan fare. The
Chinese delicacies at ‘Tai Wah’ on Hill Cart Road are favored by locals and
visitors alike. For Bengali fish curries, visit ‘Kalpana Pice Restaurant’ in the Ramkrishna Commercial
Shopping in Bagdogra:
Bagdogra and the neighboring areas of Siliguri offer a lot of shopping
opportunities. Visit the ‘Cosmos Mall
’ for indulging in international brands.
Here you will find home decor goods, clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, gift
items etc. Bidhan Market is a lively venue full of colour and spice. Shop for
fresh produce, groceries, kitchen ingredients and Bengali sweets here. The Hong
Kong market is also a must-visit. Browse for imported goods from Nepal, Thailand
and China at this bustling marketplace. Remember to haggle over the rates of
goods here. It is as much a part of the experience of shopping as it is about
attracting sensible prices for your purchases. For carpets, cane-crafts,
Sikkimese handicrafts like the ‘choktse’ (an intricately carved wooden table
highlighting Tibetan motifs) - the local markets are your best bet. Seth Srilal
Market is another popular shopping haunt.
How to Get Around in Bagdogra:
You can take a taxi to Siliguri from Bagdogra
, which is about a
30 minutes ride. Bus services are available from the Hill Cart Road to the
neighboring regions. It is easy to get around the town. Cycle-rickshaws, auto-
rickshaws, taxis and buses connect to all the major spots of the city. Cycle-
rickshaws will take you across short distances. It is best to ascertain the fare
for auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws before embarking upon your journey.
Alternately, there are several car-rental agencies from where you can hire cars
Places of Sightseeing:
The Coronation Bridge is a popular tourist-spot. It is at the merging point of
River Teesta and River Rangeet. Built to celebrate the coronation of King George
V in in 1930, it is about 37 km outside Bagdogra. Visit the Science City at
Matigara for a fun and educative outing with family. It has a planetarium and a
Nature Interpretation Center. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at the Surja
Sen Park. It is at Mahakal Pally. The park offers an exhibition on alternate
energy sources and a range of facilities for children. The Madhuban Park at
Bagdogra is another popular picnic-spot. It is home to deer, rabbits and
peacocks. For boating, head to the Umrao Singh Boat Club. The Isckon Temple at
Bagdogra is also a must-see. For breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga Peak,
spend a morning at the Kali Mandir at Binnaguri. This is close to the Coronation
Bridge. The temple attracts pilgrims throughout the year.
When to Visit Bagdogra:
Bagdogra is located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas and enjoys pleasant
weather almost throughout the year. Summers can however turn hot, between the
months of April and May. This is the time when tourists flock to the city for
quick getaways to the Himalayan hill-stations close-by. Monsoons bring the
temperatures down and last from June to October. Winters are cold. The
temperatures drop to about 5 degree C in the evening. The best time to visit is
between October and March. The days are cool and clear. There is no rainfall
during this time making the weather conducive to outdoor pursuits.