Darjeeling is the Himalayan district of West Bengal and is adjacent to the state of Sikkim in India in north East India. Darjeeling district consist of three major hill divisions and plain land called Dooars covered with forest. They can be classified as Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik in the Hills and the plains of Siliguri and Mahananda region including many National Parks and sanctuary. The other section is the Terai region consisting of Tea estates and forest which is the stretch from of the foothills of Himalaya. Each division and parts of this district are beautiful in its own way. The snow capped mountain peaks, the dense foothill, the luxuriant forests, the frothing rivers, the lush paddy fields makes north Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Mirik, Kurseong, Siliguri and parts of Dooars a fascinating destination for tourist to enjoy any time of the year. The region is hot bed of bio – diversity. In this region along with few meandering rivers are stretches of forest land and the elephant corridor from Nepal to Assam via Bhutan. Darjeeling is a historical city and the capital of the district, Siliguri is the trading, tourism, tea and timber hub, Kalimpong sector is forested with few historical establishments so is Kurseong and Mirik small and historical. Darjeeling is popularly is known as the Queens of Hills for its beauty. It offers a picturesque view of the Himalayan panorama. It is a combination of forested valleys, snow-capped peaks, the wildlife, historical places and the tea-estates adds to the beauty of the district. Darjeeling is famous for tea gardens, magnificent view of the Himalayas, beautiful valleys, trekking routes and the internationally famous toy train (World Heritage). This region attracts international tourist, trekkers, botanists, ornithologists, photographers, etc throughout the year. With its array of scenic wonders and colorful culture, this destination has something for everyone. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill / downhill. Mirik, Kalimpong, Pedong, Reshi, Mungpoo, Takdah, Samthar, etc are places of tourist activities and are exotic site in this district dotted all over the hills. Darjeeling is a fascinating district where one can come across monastery, Temple, Churches and other religious centers pf ancient period. Buddhist monasteries, tea estates, trekking, rafting, paragliding, birding, angling, biking are some of the destinations or activities tourist enjoys. Sandakphu and Falut route are best during the months of April, May, October and November. As during these seasons the visibility is clear and the weather is also hospitable but again these destinations are worth visiting any time of the year. Wildlife is diversified along with the places of interest in each destination. Colorful markets, handicraft shops, views of Kanchenjunga, rhododendrons, the sparkling white magnolias, the miles of undulating hillsides covered with emerald green tea bushes, the exotic forests of silver fir are added attraction to tourist of all ages. People here are warm and god fearing. Many migratory tribes of this region from Nepal / Tibet / Bhutan and other Himalayan states along with the locals stay in harmony. Darjeeling Tea is the world's most exotically flavored tea. Connoisseurs over the world have fancied and valued Darjeeling Tea from time immemorial. Ideally located and well connected by air (Bagdogra International Airport (IXB) and Railways with New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) and Siliguri Town Station and by Roadways Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus is easily accessible from all the destinations of the district.
Airways - Nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) which is the lone airport of the region. Darjeeling is 100 Kilometers, Kalimpong is 95
kilometers, Mirik is 60 kilometers and Kurseong 50 kilometers from Siliguri or Bagdogra Airport or the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus or the New Jalpaiguri
Railway Station. Nearby places are all linked up with roadways and airways but the major airport is Bagdogra. Bagdogra Airport (IXB) which is served by
regular Indian, Go Air, Kingfisher, Spice Jet and Jet Airways flights from Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Delhi on daily basis.
Railways - Major railway station is New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) nearly 90 kilometers from Darjeeling Town. Darjeeling is 100 Kilometers by road; Kalimpong is 85 kilometers from Siliguri. Nearest railway link is Darjeeling which is connected with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (UNESCO). There are regular trains from New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP) to Darjeeling town, Kurseong, Sukhna, Malnadi, etc. The frequency of train is better from NJP.
Roadways – National highway number 31 A connects Sikkim and Kalimpong to Siliguri, National highway 55 connects Darjeeling and Kurseong and National highway number 31 connects Guwahati with Siliguri and it passes through the middle of the Dooars connecting all the major places of Dooars. New Jalpaiguri railway station (NJP)/ Bagdogra Airport (IXB) links up with road to all nearby destinations and the places around Darjeeling too like Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Assam and the rest of North eastern states by road.