india transportation

Nov 24th, 2005, 08:45 PM
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hi i will be flying into delhi, but will need to make my way over to kalimpong near darjeeling, but have some time to do it. whats the best way? thanks
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Nov 26th, 2005, 09:13 AM
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i think you need to fly from delhi to bagdogra airport and then drive it down from there.

you will get a taxi from airport, there seems to be taxi union there so price is fixed always
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Nov 26th, 2005, 06:53 PM
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Options really depend on your budget and time available. Colours is right, flying to Baghdogra then taking a taxi is one option. Another is landing in Calcutta (Kolkata) then taking the train.
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Nov 27th, 2005, 02:39 AM
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What does "some time" mean. Enough time to stop - enough time to go to Calcutta by train; thence to Darjeeling by train; and then to Kalimpong by shared taxi or bus?

It can be done if you want to do it.
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Nov 27th, 2005, 07:35 PM
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i mean i will probably have 1 week to get to kalimpong. how long will the train take? is it safe? how much will it cost?
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Nov 28th, 2005, 02:56 AM
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Of course it's safe!! But the fact that you ask that question probably means that you should fly.

How much does it cost? Prices change - check it out for yourself on the Indian Railways web site. Or even better check out the wonderful man in seat61 site:

http://www.seat61.com/India.htm

As for the road section from Darjeeling to Kalimpong - it's a shared taxi - it won't be expensive. I did this journey years ago so I can't remember how much it was exactly; probably less than you would spend on a gourmet sandwich in your home country.

A week is a good amount of time for the trip. You could spend a couple of days in Kolkata, and a couple more in Darjeeling - both amazing places.

Or you could just fly and miss the whole lot.

Your choice - it is an adventure - one that thousands of visitors enjoy every year.

Happy travels.
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Nov 28th, 2005, 03:49 AM
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thanks fuzzy logic. from the sound of it...rails are the way to go. can't wait. thanks!
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Nov 28th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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We flew to Bagdogra from Calcutta and took a taxi to Darjeeling. Check out IndiaMike.com. for answers to most questions about India.
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Nov 29th, 2005, 03:01 AM
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Best of luck, Elbert! You might even consider stopping in Varanasi which is an absolute "must see" (as they say!).

I was less than precise in my route outline. From Kolkata you train it to Siliguri I think or New Jailpaguri. Wherever it is, you then change trains for Darjeeling. And I really hope on your behalf that the toy train still runs. When I took this journey the train to Darjeeling was a tiny steam train - it takes a long time as it winds up into the mountains. But it is one of the great railway journeys of the world. Stupendous.

I didn't stay long in Kalimpong - I was running out of time by then so left pretty quickly for Gangtok. My abiding memory of the place is of a cricket pitch on the edge of the small town - a level space obviously made with huge effort and commitment in the middle of all those mountains.

What takes you to Kalimpong?

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Nov 29th, 2005, 03:06 AM
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forgot to say - if you want totally up to date info - and cost is important - go to the Thorn Tree.

www.thorntree.lonelyplanet.com

All the best.
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Nov 29th, 2005, 04:58 AM
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interestingly enough there is a gathering of believers that i am interested in visiting. apparantly 5,000 or so make it out there. though i hear lodging obviously is a problem! thanks all for the pointers!
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