Places to stay near Bagdogra Airport Siliguri
Reviews of Bagdogra Airport Siliguri • 8
We flew in at Bagdogra airport from Mumbai - a 2.5 hour flight with great view of Himalayas. Bagdogra is a small airport in West Bengal, India about 170 km away from Phuentsholing, Bhutan border.One will be mobbed by taxi drivers just outside the airport; but since we were on a budget trip, we chose to go via local state transport bus. Taxis charge about Rs. 2-2.5k from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing.We took a share cab to Siliguri Bus Station, about 15 km from Bagdogra, and a bus from there to Phuentsholing for Rs. 112 per head. It took us about 5 hours to reach the border, but the journey was really comfortable with cold breeze and fresh air and most importantly - no traffic!
After a early breakfast we packed our bags and left for Bagdogra. Just about an hour and a half from Mongpong, we reached Bagdogra nice and early for our afternoon flights. I took a fight from Bagdogra to Kolkata and then a late evening flight from Kolkata to Hyderabad. After 8 days of non stop travelling, I was extremely tired and sleep deprived but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t one of the most memorable trips of my life. North-East, like I said, has always had a very special place in my heart. I love the nature, the culture and the amazing food it has to offer, not to forget the extremely warm and friendly people make the place even more magical. It is one place I highly recommend you visit. I’m sure you will fall in love with it just the way I did.
Day 4, now its time move towards Siliguri Airport for flight to Kolkata.
Bagdogra is another 6 kms. from NJP, which takes some odd 25-30 minutes extra to reach Siliguri comapred to time taken if you start from NJP.If you are travelling tight on budget then you can go all the way to Ravangla by shared taxi(Sumo/Bolero/Max) which accommodates 10 passengers; however you need to brake this journey in 3 stops.
Being aware of total trek route length of 82 km, this was our first ever multi-day trek trip that too in winter and in North India. Upon reaching base camp, our trek leader had our quick health check and shown our rooms in a tea house (small hut like structures as in image run by locals for trekkers)
When you get out of Bagdogra Airport, head straight out and take an auto to Siliguri, and ask the driver to drop you at the shared taxi stand. This will cost Rs 100-200. Several shared jeeps go to Gangtok and Darjeeling. A shared ride to Gangtok from Siliguri should not cost you more than Rs 200. The journey will take upto 5 hours.
The aerial view before landing at Bagdogra Airport. The beauty of the clearly demarcated paddy fields is mesmerizing. Bagdogra in West Bengal is the nearest airport to Gangtok. Sikkim doesn't have a functional airport or railway station. The nearest railway station is therefore New Jalpaiguri, in West Bengal.