Hill Stations Near Kolkata

There is no dearth of popular hill stations near Kolkata. Once Britishers used to spend their summer holidays on these popular hill stations.Today a lot of people from Kolkata and India plan their holiday trip to these popular destinations near Kolkata.Plan your trip to Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, and make your vacation enjoyable and memorable.

Let’s find out in detail about these hill stations , how to reach , where to stay and also about the major attractions .

Darjeeling

Best Hill Station near Kolkata

This is perhaps one of the most popular hill station near Kolkata .Famous for its tea gardens and mountain ranges-Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Darjeeling has everything to please your eyes.
It is undoubtedly one of the most sought places in India. Tourists and visitors from across regional and national barriers often visit this part of West Bengal to feast their eyes. For nature lovers it is like a heaven where they can enjoy the panoramic view of sparkling rain drops, morning sunshine and more.

How to reach ?

Airways:
There is no direct connectivity to flight between Kolkata and Darjeeling. You can flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra then hire a taxi from Bagdogra to Darjeeling.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, located 90 km from Darjeeling.

Railways:
There is no direct train between Kolkata and Darjeeling. You can take train from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri either you can opt a taxi cab or prefer to travel by ‘Darjeeling Himalayan Railways’ – which is an experience in itself . Enjoy a trip on the famous Darjeeling Toy Train to make your trip memorable for lifetime. The narrow gauge railway is about 78 kilometers long and connects New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. It is included in World Heritage site list.

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri,located at 108 Km from Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Toy Train

Roadways:
There is no direct bus service between Kolkata and Darjeeling.You can take State transport bus from Kolkata to Siliguri and then hire a taxi cab to reach Darjeeling .

Where to stay ?

There are a lot of hotels in Darjeeling to suit everyone’s palette. From Four Star Hotels to Heritage and Budget hotels all are available. You can book the one suiting your budget and requirement. Many hotels and lodges are located near‘Mall Road’ – a very popular shopping destination in Darjeeling .

Popular Hotels in Darjeeling

Sterling Resort Darjeeling
Address :P.O # 6 Ghoom Monastery Road, Ghoom
Darjeeling-734102 India

Shangri-La Regency
Address :21 Gandhi Road, Opposite Bethany School
Darjeeling-734101 India

Viceroy Darjeeling
Address :17, Gandhi Road
Darjeeling-734101 India

The Elgin Darjeeling
Address :18, H.D. Lama Road
Darjeeling-734101 India

Mayfair Darjeeling
Address :The Mall, Opposite Governor House
Darjeeling-734101 India

WelcomHeritage Windamere
Address :Observatory Hill
Darjeeling-734101 India

Dekeling Resort
Address :Hawk's Nest, 2, A.J.C. Bose Road
Darjeeling-734101 India

What are the major attractions ?

Some of the major attractions include visiting the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, the Observatory Hill, Llyod Botanical Garden and Bengal Natural History Museum. One should not forget to visit ‘Glenarys’ to have desserts and buy Darjeeling Tea from ‘Nathus’.

Important Facts about Darjeeling:

Location: East of West Bengal
Area: 10.57 sq km
Languages: Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, and English
Tourist Attractions:Observatory hill, Dhirdam Temple,Museum of Natural History,Aloobaari Monastery, Yiga Choeling Monastery, Bhutia Bustee Monastery and the Ava Art Gallery

Kurseong

Kurseong hill station near KolkataKurseong or ‘The Land of White Orchids’ is a hill station which comes on the way to Darjeeling. This hill station near Kolkata is home to some of the ‘world’s costliest tea’. Popular tea gardens of Ambotia, Castleton and Makaibari are located here. The cool climate of the region plays a major role in making this oplace so spaecial. Tucked away from the hustle bustle of city life you will find the place a perfect getaway for a lazy retreat. The toy train station apart from being an attraction is the nucleus of the town.

How to reach ?

You can reach Kurseong via rail, road or air. New Jalpaiguri [NJP] is the nearest major railway station located at the distance of about 53 km from Kurseong.Well connected with road network, Kurseong is about 47 km from Siliguri.The nearest airport is at Bagdogra from where you can easily travel to this beautiful city.

Airways:
There is no direct flight connecting Kolkata to Kurseong. You can take flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra then hire a taxi from Bagdogra to Kurseong.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, located 35 kms from Kurseong.

Railways:
There is no direct train between Kolkata and Kurseong.You can take reservation from Kolkata to Jalpaiguri and then hire a taxi from Jalpaiguri to Kurseong .

Nearest Railway Station: Jalpaiguri located 67 kms from Kurseong.

Roadways:
There is no direct bus between Kolkata and Kurseong. You can take State transport bus from Kolkata to Siliguri and then hire a cab to Kurseong .

The road distance between Kolkata to Kurseong is 601 km.

Where to stay ?

There is a ‘Government Tourist Lodge’ in Kurseong where you can stay. You can also opt to stay in hi-tech hotels located amidst Kurseong. If you want to experience traditionalism of British Raj and modernity you can opt to live with families working in tea plantation at ‘Makaibari Home stays’. Other places to stay includes:

WBTDC - Kurseong Tourist Lodge
PO Kurseong, District Darjeeling, Kurseong , West Bengal,734283

The Amarjeet Hotel
12 , T.N Road Kurseong, Kurseong , West Bengal,734203

Cochrane Palace
Fatakdara, Kurseong, West Bengal - 734 203
Call us on 91 92222 72222

What are the major attractions ?

Eagle's Craig, Deer Park or DowHill Park, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum, Chimney, Buddhist Gompa in Montieviot and Dowhill Road, and many other will certainly make your stay more pleasant.

Important Facts about Kurseong:

Location: West Bengal
Area:5.05 km2
Languages:Nepali, Bengali, English
Tourist Attractions: Deer Park or DowHill Park, Eagle's Craig, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum, Chimney, Buddhist Gompa in Montieviot and Dowhill Road

Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Known for it’s educational institutions and orchids, Kalimpong or the ‘Land of Kings’ is yet another popular hill station near Kolkata. You will get mesmerized by the rich art and craft of this region. Hand made and traditional handicrafts will compel you to order one for your near and dear ones. Dotted with beautiful orchids, nurseries, monasteries it has everything to appeal your eyes.With dense virgin forests, vast valleys, meadows, river streams and pleasant climate it will surcharge your mood. Enjoy excellent view of the Himalayas from this popular hill station.

How to reach ?

To reach this destination, one has to take a jeep from Darjeeling to Kalimpong motor stand. Regular cars are available from New Jalpaiguri and Gangtok to reach this hill station near Kolkata.

Airways:
There is no direct air connectivity from Kolkata to Kalimpong. You have to take flight from Kolkata to
to Bagdogra then hire a taxi from Bagdogra to Kalimpong.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, located about 80 kilometres from Kalimpong

Railways:
Kalimpong does not have railway station. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is a nearest railway station connecting to Kolkata.

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri located about 72Kms

Roadways:
There is no direct bus between Kolkata and Kurseong. You can take State or private bus transport service from Kolkata to Siliguri and then hire a cab to Kurseong .

The road distance between Kolkata to Kurseong is 601 km.

Where to stay ?

Adorned with beautiful locations, there is no dearth of hotels and lodges in Kalimpong. You will be overwhelmed by the warm hospitality and courteous behavior of the hotel staffs who will leave no stone unturned in making your stay more pleasant and comfortable. Popular hotels of this region includes:

The Elgin Silver Oaks Hotel, Kalimpong
Address: Rinking Pong Road,
Kalimpong, West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 734301
Telephone : 91-3552-255296
91-3552-255767
Fax : 91-3552-255368

The Soods Garden Retreat
8.5Miles, Rishi Road
Kalimpong, WB
03552 260 321

Kalimpong Park Hotel
Address: Rinkingpong Road
Kalimpong - 734301, West Bengal

Bethlehem Lodge
Address:David Gas Building, 10th Mile, Reshi Road
Kalimpong - 734301
West Bengal

Hotel Garden Reach
Address:Upper Cart Road, Below Bankim Chandra Park
Kalimpong, Darjeeling - 734301
West Bengal

The Himalayan Hotel
Address:Upper Cart Road, Kalimpong
Darjeeling - 734301, West Bengal

What are the major attractions ?

Dr. Graham's House,Mangal Dham, Flower Nurseries, Pedong Monstery, Deolo Hill,are some of the most popular attractions and should not be missed at any cost.


Zangdokpalri Monastery Kalimpong

Famous Monasteries in Kalimpong:
  • Zangdokpalri Monastery
  • Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa
  • Tharpa Choeling Gompa
  • Tongsa Gompa

Important Facts about Kalimpong:

Location: North of West Bengal, adjacent to the state of Sikkim
Languages: Bengali,Hindi,Nepali,and English
Suitable Time to Visit: April-June
Popular Places:Gompas,Sericulture Research Institute, Flower Nurseries, Dr Graham's Home,Nature Interpretation Center

Plan your trip to Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong which have ever remained the most popular hill stations near Kolkata for a break.These places are ideal for a quiet weekend. With dense forests,tall trees,and the many springs and water bodies they bring out a completely different feel.

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    sahitya from bangalore 632 Days ago

    Hey, this is a really informative blog on hill stations in Kolkata. You just gave a great info by guiding what to see and where to stay .

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    Sania from Dhiwadi 1586 Days ago

    What is the best time to visit Darjeeling ?

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    kolkataonline.in Expertfrom 1268 Days ago

    Hi! April-June is the best time to visit Darjeeling. The weather is pleasant at that time of the year.

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