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HOW TO REACH HERMITAGE RESORT DARJEELING

Darjeeling is a picture perfect hill station as called as "The Queen of Hills" sitting atop a ridge at 2134m is replete with Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails and awesome mountain views. People flock to this lovely hill station to escape the heat and humidity of the plains and beat the stress of city life. In Darjeeling, feast your eyes on the panoramic views of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas

Darjeeling tea is universally acknowledged to be the finest tea in the world. Tea plantation was introduced in 1841 by Dr. Campbell who brought a China tea plant and grew it on the slopes near his home in Darjeeling. The altitude, soil and the nature of the workers all go along way into making Darjeeling tea what it is today - the world's most exotically flavoured tea.

By Air :

The nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri, 96 km from Darjeeling. Bagdogra Airport is 2.5 hours by road from Darjeeling and 2 hours by air from Delhi, and 50 minutes by air from Kolkata.

By Train :

The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi.

New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Siliguri is the nearest station on the main inter-city line. Direct trains to NJP run from Delhi (approx 27 hours) several times a day. If you are traveling from Kolkata (Sealdah Station) the best train for you will be Darjeeling Mail (circa 12 hours) running nightly at 10:05PM.

From there (NJP), the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), known to all as the 'Toy Train' completes the journey to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. It is now listed as a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.

By Bus :

There is regular bus service from Silguri to Darjeeling. However, they are quite slow due to the steep, twisted climb up to Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are faster. The road distances are Kolkata 651 km, Gangtok 100 km. and Kalimpong 51 km. If you plan to drive in from Kolkata you will face certain stretches where the road condition is not favourable. But after you hit the hill stretch, it is a joy to drive. Journey time is 14 hours.

By Taxi/Shared Jeep :

Siliguri is the nearest town connected to the mainline rail network. Ample transport is available to Darjeeling from here. The most popular modes of transport are taxi (usually shared by three to four passengers) or shared jeep (ten passengers).

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