Dorothie Jones (May 2017)
Hi, We are flying into Bagdogra from Paro. This will be our second entry into India on this trip. We will be visiting Darjeeling. I understand there may be local difficulties at Bagdogra with the e-visa. Would it be better/quicker for us to get a regular visa? Thank you so much.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017
Hi, as per Indian online visa (indianvisaonline.gov.in) website, Bagdogra is one of the 24 designated airports where e-Visa is accepted. 2-times entry is permitted with a valid e-Tourist visa as well as e-Business visa. So, I don't see any problem in your case.
Thomas Hassler (February 2017)
Hi Raj and at first a big thank for your information given, this is really helpful. I have a question to the pre booked cab counter in Bagdogra airport: We will arrive at 5:30pm. Will we still get a cab to Darjeeling and how safe is the way during darkness? Kind regards.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) February 2017
Hi, you should get pre-paid cab at the counter, however it'll be dark soon and driving in the mountains then won't be fun. I would suggest that you stay overnight at Marina's Motel in Bagdogra and proceed next morning.
Dr Dhiman Bhattacharyya (November 2016)
Is there any bus service between siliguri and bagdogra airport and vice versa?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2016
There is no bus service between Siliguri and Bagdogra airport. Reserved taxi is the only option.
Pamela Adams (September 2016)
Hi Raj, I'm hoping you might be able to inform me of luggage storage options at or near Bagdogra Airport. We will be flying from Kolkata to Bagdogra and then hope to take the helicopter to Gangtok. We understand the limit on luggage weight is 10kg per person and would like to know if there is a place at Bagdogra Airport where we could store excess luggage if we have more than the 10kg allowed. Regards
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2016
There is no luggage storage provision at Bagdogra airport. You can send your extra luggage to your hotel in a taxi (preferably in a car sent by the hotel).
N.C. Behera (May 2016)
Respected Raj ji, I want to know what government vehicles travel from Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport for general public (Tourists) and price per pax? We are three persons, what will do for this? one more question, any government transport system available for public from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok? Thanks & Regards
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2016
There is no Government transport like bus service at Bagdogra airport. You can get buses for both Darjeeling and Sikkim at the bus terminals on Hill Cart Road (Siliguri). You need to take a taxi to Siliguri which takes about 30 minutes from Bagdogra. There are also shared taxis at Siliguri that operate on per person rate (Rs. 200 for Darjeeling).
B S Gulati (April 2016)
Hi! I just want to know that in case I come out from the Bagdogra airport to negotiate with the private taxi for Darjeeling and fails to finalize, is it possible to come back to the prepaid booth? Thanks in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2016
Security guards may not initially allow you to get back to the arrival lounge. But show the boarding pass and tell them that you did not notice the pre-paid taxi counter inside, then they would usually let you get in.
Dr Dhiman Bhattacharya (March 2016)
Respected Mr Raj Bhattacharya, If I want a shared taxi/other car from Bagdogra to Darjeeling, what is the best and cheapest option? When I shall return from Darjeeling where from and what rate I shall get the shared taxi? Thanks and regards.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2016
Good day, There is no shared taxi from Bagdogra airport. The only option is pre-paid taxis. You can otherwise come out of the arrival hall and negotiate with drivers to get a better rate, but not recommended. While returning, there is no shared taxi to the airport either. You can however come down to Siliguri by a shared taxi and then take a private taxi to Bagdogra. From Darjeeling, the usual small private taxi fare to Bagdogra is about Rs. 2,500/- (it can be much higher in high season).
Prasad Hajare (December 2015)
Hi Raj, your article is very informative and in lucid language. Are there any visiting points near Bagdogra airport to be covered in 3 hours time? while coming from Darjeeling we will reach at Bagdogra airport at 11am, so we'll have lots of time for our flight at 5pm ,so if there are such places we can enjoy them in between?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2015
There is nothing much near Bagdogra. You can spend your time at City Center Mall on the main road near Bagdogra. From Darjeeling, come to Bagdogra via Mirik.
Ajay Upadhyaya (October 2014)
Hi, Just wanted to know till what time pre-paid cabs are available from Bagdogra to Darjeeling in the evening.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2014
Usually until about 7pm. However private cabs that have come to drop passengers are usually available till the last flight arrives.
Prasad Jakhadi (June 2014)
It would be really good if you guide me for a decent budget restaurant which offers good veg. food near by Bagdogra airport or on the way to Darjeeling. I have 6 adults out of which 4 are elderly people and 1 kid of 2 year old. We need budge hotel having decent North Indian/South Indian food. We are coming from Maharashtra, Mumbai. We are planning to get down at Bagdogra by noon traveling from Mumbai very early in the morning, so would like to know the hotel name and address which should be close to airport with decent food quality and within my budget.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2014
There are not many veg only restaurants in Bagdogra or on the way. But some restaurants serve vegetarian dishes. You can try the Bagdogra airport restaurant (upstairs) ... which is a multi-cuisine mid-range restaurant and serves some veg dishes. Alternatively you can go to Marina's restaurant (mid range) at Marina's Motel which is about 2.5kms from Bagdogra airport. They serve Indian, Chinese, Tandoori items (both veg and non-veg). Further down (about 1km from Marina's), there is a veg South Indian restaurant (Dyke). Another option is the multi-cuisine restaurant at Kurseong Tourist Lodge run by West Bengal Government. It's about 1hr 45 minutes from Bagdogra and on the way to Darjeeling. Prices are budget/mid-range.
Panjak Jain (April 2014)
Hi, I want to know how do I reach Tenzing Norgay bus stand from Bagdogra terminal. I am to catch Bhutan bus from there. And what would be the fare. Thank you in advance for the help
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2014
You will need to take a taxi. Siliguri bus stand (Tenzing Norgay) is about 16kms from Bagdogra airport. Taxi would cost about Rs. 300. Go out of the arrival hall and talk to the drivers directly. Pre-paid fare is likely to be higher.
Pete Fitz (June 2013)
Hello do you know if there is a business class lounge in the airport please? Many thanks
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2013
Hi, There is no Business Class lounge available at Bagdogra airport. However there is wi-fi at the general lounge area. Regards.
Sujata Dey (June 2013)
Are prepaid taxis readily available from the airport? I would imagine asking for a drop to Darjeeling from an operator based in the hills would be impractical and more expensive. But I don't want to take a chance with my parents and thus the question.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2013
Pre-paid taxis are available as long as there are flights arriving or departing. No need to get a taxi from Darjeeling which will cost you far more than pre-paid fare.