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Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

by Ang2011 Online Now Oct 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Hi, anyone would know if there are current restrictions or strikes in Darjeeling?and what are the options to travel from Varanasi to Darjeeling.any worthwhiile tours (which are not too expensive!)that goes from Varanasi or Bodhgaya?

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    Re: Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

    by Donna_in_India Online Now Oct 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Hi - check www.makemytrip.com or www.cleartrip.com for packages (should be inexpensive). You may have to get to Bagdogra Airport on your own. You can fly via Delhi on Spice Jet, GoAir, Jet Airways, etc. Enjoy!

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    Re: Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

    by lynnehamman Online Now Oct 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Hi

    I am not sure about how much time you have available in India-

    You might have a think about going to Darjeerling from Kolkata.

    Kolkata is an overnight train trip from Varanasi, and then the Darjeerling Express goes north from Howrah Station in KOlkata.

    Kolkata is a wonderfully interesting city- well worth a visit. My homepage has a KOlkata link.

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    Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

    by anilpradhanshillong Online Now Oct 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    1. There are no restrictions to travelling to Darjeeling.

    2. Owing to the ongoing stir in support of Gorkhaland, a strike may be called any time by the Gorkha JanMukti Morcha (http://www.gorkhajanmuktimorcha.org/). You learn to live with this. However, they normally give adequate time to tourists to leave the hill station.

    3. Like mentioned in the post above, try makemytrip.com for your railway ticket. The result I got are, you leave Varanasi at 3.30 pm and arrive New Jalpaiguri (NJP) the next day at 8.05 am.

    Asr Dbrt Express - 5934 Varanasi to New Jalpaiguri

    Varanasi Jn (BSB) a. 15:30 d. 15:40
    Ghazipur City (GCT) a. 16:50 d. 16:55
    Ballia (BUI) a. 18:00 d. 18:05
    Chhapra (CPR) a. 20:30 d. 20:45
    Desari (DES) a. 22:40 d. 22:42
    Barauni Jn (BJU) a. 00:20 d. 00:30
    Khagaria (KGG) a. 01:28 d. 01:30
    Katihar Jn (KIR) a. 03:50 d. 04:10
    New Jalpaiguri (NJP)a. 07:45 d. 08:05

    4. From NJP, you'll get plenty of buses or taxis going to Darjeeling. It normally takes three and half hours. The roads are pretty bad. Had been to Gangtok during the Pujas just recently. Phew! The moonsoons have wrought havoc on these hill roads - whatever is left after the mighty Teesta river had taken her share.

    5. Confirm your seat and the amount BEFORE you board the vehicle. Front seats in taxis are more comfortable.

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    Re: Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

    by ashokSPB Online Now Oct 20, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Delhi is in opposite direction and so flying from there I donot recommend. For Darjeeling you have to drop at New jalpaiguri/Siliguri Rly stn. Take AC 3 Tier or 2 tier boggey. From New jalpaiguri/Siliguri Rly stn you can hire a van (Approx cost Rs 900) to darjeeling or can take a shared trekker (cost approx Rs 100). If train reservation is not available you can use Tatkal sewa of Railway (starts 2 days in advance from scheduled journey)for which Railways charge extra.
    Currently no restrictions I find. Tours you better arrange at Darjeeling.

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    Re: Any restrictions to travel to Darjeeling

    by Donna_in_India Online Now Oct 20, 2010 at 4:33 AM

    Yes Ashok, thanks for correcting me. I meant fly via Kolkata, not Delhi!

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