Situated at the foothills of Himalayas in Darjeeling is a small hill station called Bagdogra. Just 11 km away from Siliguri, it is one of the most peaceful and untouched places in West Bengal. Often regarded as the gateway town to North-East India and the Himalayas, it is one of the most desired hill stations in the state. ‘It is better to explore the beauty of the same place once than hear about it a thousand times,’ Bagdogra  is one of those places for sure. The hovering clouds on top of mountains, lushy tea estates and gardens and uninfluenced from human pollution adds on to the beauty of this hill station.

The blissful Teesta river will make you stop frequently to behold her calmness and solace. The place is blessed with floral beauty with a blend of greenery and serenity which makes it an ideal destination to travel, especially in the monsoon. Bagdogra is a base for the tourists travelling to Darjeeling, Siliguri, Sikkim and Bhutan. This North-Eastern beauty packs a trip full of thrill and adventure from breathtaking river rafting in Teesta to the astonishing North Bengal Science Center. Walk through beautiful mountain slopes over the rising sun, relish the town in rambling toy trains and savour delicious Tibetian food around every corner of this station.

Himalaya World Museum, Dreamland Amusement Park, Jorpokhri Wildlife Sanctuary are some other famous places to visit in and around the city. The average temperature in Bagdogra stands between 10°C to 35°C throughout the year. Summer season experiences the peak of tourism in this town, with not so heavy rainfall and springy weather. The quiet and chilly weather during winters also marks a good time for travelers. The refreshing winter mist in the air gives a sign of natural purity with dazzling sunrise view in the cold morning. At sunset, you can see a combination of the most beautiful colors in the sky, which you don’t want to miss.
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  1. What are the best places to visit in Bagdogra?

    If you are planning your trip to Bagdogra then you should make sure you must visit all the well popular places. There are a number of places and attractions of Bagdogra that should be on your bucket list. If you miss out even one of them you will be regretting it. Here are 10 best places to visit in Bagdogra.

    1. Coronation Bridge
    The Coronation Bridge, also known as Sevoke bridge, offers a breathtaking view of the lush greenery and was made to connect Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. Just 37 kms away from Bagdogra, this bridge offers its tourists to experience the grandeur and capture the panoramic view of the sparkling blue waters of River Teesta flowing underneath. Adventure junkies will be found rafting in the river to enjoy a different view of this engineering marvel while the locals visit it to get some respite from the buzz of the city life.

    2. Madhuban Park
    The Madhuban Park is situated around 24 km from Bagdogra, in the vicinity of Siliguri. The park is a very popular picnic and tourist spot giving home to various birds and animals like peacock, deer and rabbits with a wide variety of butterflies. The manicured lawns, stone paths and the greenery of the park attract visitors to spend some peaceful time with their companions.

    3. The Science City 
    The Science City is also known as The North Bengal Science Centre and a well known institution of Siliguri. Around 20 km from Bagdogra, Science city is a walk amidst the natural beauty of the trees of North Bengal. With its spellbinding gate, the Gokul and hazel trees and the long stretch of Kamini bushes, the institute leads you to the doorsteps of a world which will leave you perplexed and wanting for more.

    4. Surya Sen Park  
    Bearing the name of the Bengali freedom fighter, Surya Sen Park is a very well known picnic spot for locals. Located at Mahakal Pally in Siliguri, around 16 km from Bagdogra, it is a hub of recreation and entertainment. The park also offers exhibitions and is an eco friendly place to hangout with your friends and family. The river Mahananda flows through it and enhances its beauty making it a delightful spot for every tourist.

    5. Neora Valley Park
    Situated in the Kalimpong sub-division under Darjeeling district, Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast. The land of elegant Red Panda in the spotless undisturbed natural habitat with rich diverse flora and fauna and uneven hilly terrain together make the park an important wilderness zone. An integral part of the Kanchenjunga Landscape, this is one of the most popular bird watching national parks of Bengal.

    6. Salugara Monastery 
    Just a few kms away from Bagdogra, Salugara Monastery is among the most frequented revered places, located in the outskirts of Siliguri. The Buddhist shrine is an ideal tranquil location for meditation, established by Tibetan monks and followers of religious leader, Dalai Lama.

    One of the highlighting features of this monastery is the 100 ft stupa, which is believed to be founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. The serene and tranquil environment around the monastery makes it a perfect place for them to move away from the crowded city and rejuvenate themselves.

    7. Hong Kong Market
    Hong Kong Market is a famous location in the township of Siliguri for buying foreign goods and international brands like apparels and gadgets. Only 10 km from Bagdogra, this market is best to splurge as people love to buy souvenirs and gifts for their loved ones.

    From clothes to cosmetics, electrical, to electronics, bedsheets to blankets, slippers to shoes- almost everything is available in this market at a cheap price. As the prices are not fixed, visitors can negotiate and bargain for the prices they want.

    8. Bengal Safari
    If you want a walk around nature then you should visit Bengal Safari. Only 20 kms away from Bagdogra, this wildlife park showcases the wild lives in a habitat similar to that of their home. With its rich diversity of flora and fauna, Bengal Safari flourishes with emerald lush greenery throughout the year.

    Visitors can spend a day out at this park to enjoy and explore the wide scene of nature around, with a bunch of playful birds and animals. A cafeteria is also available next to the park where the visitors can have delicious snacks in the evening. 

    9. Sed-Gyued Monastery 
    Sed-Gyued Monastery is located in Siliguri and is a popular attraction to visit on your first trip to the North-East. Located 15 km away from Bagdogra, Sed Gyued is a breathtaking monastery which was originally destroyed by the Army of China and then rebuilt.

    The monastery contains more than 90 monks of the Gelukpa division. Presently it has become a research centre and an institute for Buddhist study. The monastery can be visited at any time of the year for free and usually opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.

    10. Teesta Udyan 
    Teesta Udyan is a beautiful park situated in Jalpaiguri which is 15 km from Bagdogra. This park is built by Britain colonial rulers, known for its quiet and pleasant environment.  It has a beautiful artificially constructed lake where one can enjoy boating with the family and a deer park as well. The different sections of this park doesn’t disappoint anyone and leave them enchanting for this destination.
  2. Is Siliguri and Bagdogra same?

    No, Bagdogra and Siliguri are not the same places. Bagdogra is a small hill station in Darjeeling district and also a part of the Siliguri Metropolitan area, while Siliguri is the 2nd largest city in West Bengal. Although sharing the same airport, Bagdogra and Siliguri are 10 km away from each other and both are one-of-their-kind.
  3. What can you buy in Bagdogra?

    Bagdogra is very famous for its market to buy cheap yet branded items like  woollen sweaters, scarves, brass artefacts, wooden handicrafts, T Shirts with Tibetan logos, etc. A wide range of goods from wooden handicrafts to electronics to International brands of clothing and cosmetics are readily available at your bargain price.
  4. What is the best time to visit Bagdogra?

    The best time to visit Bagdogra is from July to February. This period is considered to be the best monsoon season in Bagdogra. Summer season is the peak in tourism as the environment becomes very pleasant to the eyes. The temperature is very charming and soothing during these months and traveling becomes much more easier and fun.
  5. What is the name of Bagdogra airport?

    Bagdogra Airport is the name of the international airport located at the western part of Siliguri in West Bengal, India. It is operated as a civil enclave at AFS Bagdogra of the Indian Air Force and also serves the Siliguri city. This airport is a major transport hub for the tourists as it connects Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and many more.
  6. How long is Bagdogra to Darjeeling?

    Bagdogra is 67 kms away from Darjeeling with a trip of approximately 2 hrs and 20 mins. 

    - Via NH 110
    Distance: 67.1 kms 
    Time: 2 hrs 18 mins

    - Via Matigara, Subash Ghisingh Marg
    Distance: 74.7 kms
    Time: 2 hrs 40 mins
  7. How far is Bagdogra Airport from Siliguri?

    The Bagdogra airport is 12 km away from Siliguri. It will take up to 25 to 30 minutes for you to reach Bagdogra airport from Siliguri. You can take a bus or taxi to reach Siliguri as it's very easy to get one. There are no transportation difficulties. Every 20 minutes there are buses to Bagdogra.
  8. How do I get from Bagdogra Airport to Sikkim?

    Sikkim is 155 km away from Bagdogra airport. It will take up to 6 hours to reach Sikkim from Bagdogra airport. 

    - By Taxi:
    Time: 4.5 hours
    Fare: Rs 2500 to 2800
  9. How do I get to Bagdogra?

    You can take a train, taxi, bus or a flight to reach Bagdogra.

    By Taxi:
    You can directly get to Bagdogra. 

    By Bus and Train:
    You have to reach Siliguri, 5 kms away from Bagdogra, as there are no direct buses. If you want to take a long journey then taxis or trains will be a good idea, as it will allow you to view the magnificent views of the journey.

    By Air:
    If you want to reach early you can book a flight.
  10. How do I get to Bagdogra from NJP?

    Bagdogra is 17 km away from NJP (New Jalpaiguri Junction) and will take you only 31 minutes to reach. You can take a taxi or bus to reach Bagdogra as the transportation services are always available. Taxis will be costlier than the buses but give you an amazing view of the journey as you pass by.
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