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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2013
Cycling north to south of West Bengal  (15 Answers)

I'm going to be entering at Naxalbari after three months of travel in Nepal. I'll be going to mirik and Darjeeling first, and then make my way down to the beaches!I'll be traveling through WB during the month of may. I'm not well informed about places to go to in WB, and I'm new to virtual tourist, it's a great site and a good travel source. I'm a sucker for historical places, nature, and food! WB is a beautiful state, and has much to offer in these matters :)
I'd really like for you to suggest really worthwhile places to go to between siliguri and Calcutta. I stay away from noisy polluted places, as I suppose any nature lover would. Riversides for a cool bath, waterfalls, national parks to stay in and around, forts and palaces, places of historical significance, architecture, and not to forget food! I work up a good appetite by cycling, and I want try some local delicacies!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2012
Guest houses in Kolkata?  (5 Answers)

Hey all,

Will be arriving in Kolkata October 26, yes just after the festival, and wondering about some good guesthouses or B & B's to stay at? Probably will be there for a few days before heading to Darjeeling. Was wondering also about Bodh Gaya if it's on the way to Darjeeling. Might like to stop there for a day to see it. Any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2012
Need info. about taxi & bus fares  (4 Answers)


I will be travelling to Bhutan from Bangladesh by road.

I need to know the following info.:

1. Is there any bus service available from Changrabandha to Myanaguri & what could be appx. fare?

2. If not, then what could be appx. taxi fare (non luxurious) from Changrabandha to Myanaguri?

3. Bus fare from Mynaguri to Jaigaon.

Appreciate for the help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2011
Update to situation in Darjeeling please!  (3 Answers)

Hi. Just wondered if anyone would give me an update as to whats happening in Darjeeling at present. We are due to visit at the beginning of April for a couple of weeks and not sure whether to cancel everything and make new bookings elsewhere.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2011
strikes in Darjeeling  (8 Answers)

We (myself, husband and 10 year old son)are hoping to visit Darjeeling/ Kalimpong/ Chalsa in April. However, I am a bit concerned about the current unsettled state up there. If there is a strike while we are there, is it only Darjeeling that is affected or will it affect Kalimpong and the plains too? Will we able to travel around? I understand there is an election in May - do you think this means the situation will get worse nearere the time?
We are flying into Calcutta and I am not sure whether we should cancel our train ticket to NJP and head down to Puri instead (or across to Varanasi). Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks - Berni.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2010
Darjeeling and Sikkim in August?  (5 Answers)

I am travelling to India in August and would like to visit Darjeeling and Sikkim to do some trekking around (in particular, the Singalila Trek). Is it possible and worthwile to visit and trek this aerea in August in spite of the monsoon?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2009
Need help in planning vacations for Darjiling-Gangtok....  (4 Answers)

Please help me in this...

We are planing our vacations between 22nd May09 to 31st May09 at Darjiling-Gangtok-Shillong etc..
How should plan these days in these places?
We have temp like folloing:
Day 1. On 21st fly to Kolkata from Mumbai and stay kolkata.
Day 2. Kolkata Site seeing and leave at night to New Jaipaigudi using Darjiling Mail.
Day 3. Leave New Jaipaigudi in the morning towards Darjiling. We will reach there in the evening.
Day 4. Darjiling Site seeing
Day 5. Leave Darjiling in the morning to Gangtok
Day 6. Gangtok Siteseeing
Day 7. Leave for Nathalla Pass, Chamku lake, Baba Mandir and return to Gangtok
Day 8. Leave Gangtok to New Jaipaigudi via Siliguri (Visit China Market) Leave NJP in the Night to Guwahati.
Day 9. We will reach Guwahati at 6 AM. Local Siteseeing
Day 10. Guwahati -- Shillong -- Cherapunji Return to Guwahati
Day 11. Buffer Day
Day 12. Leave Guwahati to Mumbai.

Note. Here we have planned Flight Jorney from Mumbai to Kolkata and Guwahati to Mumbai. However it will be over our budget. So we will cancel one flight jorney and will go by train.

I have following querries:
1. How should we plan here? I think this may be little Hectic. As we have not planned for rest days
2. If we cancel Guwahati How can we those extra days ?
3. Which is preferable Darjiling or Kalimpong?
4. PLease let me know any sacred places as I am very much interested in visiting old Temples.

Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2007
fishing dtails required


Have just taken to fishing as a hobby. Wanted to have details regarding contacts of fishing outlets (ponds or river) in and around Kolkata. Please do drop a note in case you are aware of any such place to fish. Many Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2007
Somewhere to live with the kids  (1 Answer)

We are intending to come and stay in northern India for about 9 months from September 07 onwards. We have 2 small children aged 3 and 1. We are looking for suggestions as to where might be a good place to stay for this period. We would like somewhere that is not very touristy but is not completley off the beaten track either. Trips to other interesting places that aren't days and days away would also be a good idea and if at all possible a place with lots of children and things for them to do.

Any suggestions welcome?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2007
Darjeeling  (4 Answers)

Im traveling to India in April and am going to be spending a few days around Darjeeling. Does anyone have any recommendations for that area and around? Also, I was thinking about heading into Nepal for a day or two. Any suggestions about crossing the border and possibly flights to Kathmandu?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2006
do you know about the eco-tourism at Makaibari tea gardens?  (1 Answer)

do you know about the eco-tourism at Makaibari tea gardens? if anyone has any idea please let me know.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2006
Bakkhali-Frasergunj Trip  (4 Answers)


This time I go to India, I am planning to make a short trip for couple of days to Bakkhali-Frasergunj. Can anyone please tell me whether it is possible to cover the entire stretch from Kolkata to Frasergunj in a car? I read somewhere that there is a small creek named Hatania-Doania which needs to be crossed. Now if there is no bridge out there, how is it possible for a car to cross that???

One more thing, can anyone give me an estimate of the cost to hire a car for those two days? How do they charge? Is it based on distance, or is it a fixed cost? It will be really nice if someone can provide me with some phone no.s where I can call from here to book a cab, so that I can go there directly from the airport.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2006
Fare from New Jalpaiguri station to Mall, Darjeeling  (2 Answers)

what would be the usual fare by Tata Sumo and/or Maruti van from New Jalpaiguri station to Mall, Darjeeling? Do I need to book/arrange before our trip, or this transportation is available easily at the station. Thanks for your help, we are travelling in mid-October.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2006


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2006
Airport to Sealdah/ Howrah railway station!  (1 Answer)

How far is the International Airport from Sealdah and Howrah Railway stations
(in kms and in time by taxi)?
If I land at the airport at about 7:00 pm, will it be possible to take a train from Sealdah at around 10:00 pm the same day (considering baggage claim, security clearance etc.)?
Have any VTer experienced such a situation in Kolkata?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2006
Budget Accomadation Kolkata  (2 Answers)

Hi Can anyone inform on budget ( safe & hygienic) accomadation at Kolkata. Preferably near the airport or Howrah station or any well connected area. A couple friend is visiting Cal soon. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2006
Darjeeling trip  (5 Answers)

We are planning for 4-5 days in Darjeeling. What is the weather like during mid October? Do we need jacket, raincoat etc.? Anyone knows about hotel info, cost relative to comfort, any phone# etc. It would be first time experience in Darjeeling, any tips would be appreciated. Can you please recommend "any must seeing palces"? Is it good idea to take blanket with us? My son is 6 and he will be travelling with us, any tip?? Thanks folks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2006
Kolkata to Delhi - How long is the train ride? Overnight?  (2 Answers)

Kolkata to Delhi - How long is the train ride? Overnight?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2005
How safe is Calcutta  (4 Answers)


This maybe the usual stupid American question- but I will be visiting Calcutta early January and my plane arrives at 1 am. I will be travelling from the airport to Baligunge. I have been warned by freinds that roads are not safe and to take a prepaid cab. Is it really that dangerous. Would I lose all my luggage? How bad is it? Just a poor foreigner but have ben told that is the primary target, is that true- please tell

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2005
Air fare

Does anyone know the cheapest flights and airfares(Roundtrip) from calcutta to Kathmandu?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2005
Calcutta to Darjeeling  (2 Answers)

Can anybody tell me the transport mode from Calcutta to Darjeeling and how long does it take..Is it possible for a night ride??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2004
Historical place in Kolcata  (2 Answers)

I 'm thinking about a trip to Kolkata for visiting museums and some historical places.But as I 've seen in guidebooks,I think it'd have more places to see. Does anyone know about interesting historical sites (which it 's not in guidebook) in Kolkata and surrounding area? Any recommended bookshop (for art and history)? Thanks for all suggestions. Have a nice day!! Patt

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2004
Have You Been to Suderbans Tiger Reserve/  (2 Answers)

Can you help? I would like to get the e-mail of the Calcutta Tourist Information Center and/or Sunderbans Launch Association in Calcutta. Wehave been to Northern India and West Bengal in 1997 and now we are going back to see some of the places we didn't have time for during the 7 weeks I visited last time. If you have been to Suderbans Tiger Reserve and can share some information on your experience and the Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge, it would be greatly appreciated ? traveling with aloha the coconut wireless

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