With myriad tourist destinations, each of which is distinguished by its unique natural beauty and cultural and religious significance, Jalpaiguri is a treasure house for travellers who come to explore the region. This tremendous tourist potential has led to insistent travelling along the length and breadth of Jalpaiguri as well as accessing it from different parts of India. To cater to this huge influx of visitors, a well developed transportation system has been created and maintained by the central and state government. In addition, Jalpaiguri has developed an efficient mode of transport due to its steady development as a commercial and trading centre especially in the tea industry.
Jalpaiguri-Siliguri has a strategic location with respect to the transport network in North Bengal and beyond connecting Border States and even countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. This has led to the development of a well connected road network across the region.
Bus Services in Jalpaiguri
Bus Services in Jalpaiguri
Jalpaiguri has a number of bus stands. The most important bus depot is the NBSTC (North Bengal State Transport Corporation) bus stand which plies government buses covering all tourist destinations through their AC/luxury bus services. Many of the NBSTC buses have their starting point from the Tenzing Norgay Central bus terminal situated in Hill Cart Road, Siliguri. If you want to travel to Sikkim from Jalpaiguri, you will require a permit from the Sikkim Tourist Information Centre available in Siliguri. The buses to Gangtok are operated by Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) and leave from SNT terminal in the same place (Hill Cart Road).
Private buses operate from the Kadamtala Bus Terminus in Jalpaiguri which takes you to Siliguri. In addition, super bus services are available from the nearby railway station in Jalpaiguri which ply non-stop buses to the twin city Siliguri. Over and above these, the Santipara Private Bus Terminus starts buses which travel to the entire Dooars region, Alipuduar, Cooch Behar, Mathabhanga and other adjoining areas.
Train Services in Jalpaiguri
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station
Jalpaiguri is situated within the Indian Railway’s Northeast Frontier Railway Zone. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Junction lying in Siliguri, Jalpaiguri district is one of the most prominent railway stations not only in the region, but also in the entire Indian railways, with more than a hundred trains passing through the junction. It is located about 40 km from Jalpaiguri city and handles many prestigious trains like Darjeeling Mail, Guwahati Rajdhani Express Express, Brahmaputra Mail and the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express.
Besides the New Jalpaiguri Railway Stations, the other major railway stations in Jalpaiguri include Jalpaiguri Station (JPG) and Jalpaiguri Road Station (JPE). Excellent railway connectivity is the hallmark of the Jalpaiguri Road and New Jalpaiguri Stations whose trains come and can reach almost all parts of the country. The Jalpaiguri Station lies on the older Sealdah-Siliguri route through Bangladesh and is mainly used by a couple of trains going to Kolkata (Sealdah).
Air Travel in Jalpaiguri
Bagdogra Airport near Jalpaiguri
The Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is one of the major domestic and international airport in India with direct flights to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati among others. It is located about 50 km from the city of Jalpaiguri and 16 km from the twin city of Siliguri. With a number of airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, GoAir, Druk Air and Kingfisher Airlines carrying numerous tourists and general passengers, it has become an extremely important airport for people visiting Jalpaiguri. There are also helicopter flights which take off from the airport’s aerodrome to the town of Gangtok.
Taxi and Car Rental Services in Jalpaiguri
Car Rental in Jalpaiguri(Source: www.flickr.com/search/?q=jalpaiguri%20transport)
Jalpaiguri is an extremely popular tourist destination and hence a number of car rental services as well as cabs available in all parts of the city/district. One can book a private car online or from the hotel where you are staying as a guest. Apart from these, there are government approved taxi stands which ply across the city at fixed rates per hour. If you wish to go on excursion and city tours, you can always avail the cabs directly after bargaining at your convenience.
Other Modes of Transport in Jalpaiguri
Cycle Rickshaws in Jalpaiguri
Some of the other forms of transport in Jalpaiguri are two wheelers, bicycles and rickshaws. Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are an excellent mode of cheap transport ferrying you to all parts of the city and are available in almost all corners of Jalpaiguri. They are a familiar presence in Jalpaiguri and are especially useful for travelling short distances and in the interior parts of Jalpaiguri where other forms of transport are limited.
So tour the entire Jalpaiguri and Dooars region at your ease. With an efficient road, rail and air network, Jalpaiguri is one of the most coveted and extensively covered travel destinations in India.