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How To Reach Loleygaon
Loleygaon is one of the two beautiful mountain villages lying in Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 5,500ft, Loleygaon is a stunner and a much loved tourist destination in the state. From here tourists get treated to an amazing view of the Kanchenjungha Range and it is surrounded by towering cypress and dhupi forests. It is easily accessible from different parts of the state. Let us take a brief look at how to reach Loleygaon.
A small mountain hamlet that it is, Loleygaon does not have an airport of its own. The closest airport is in Bagdogra which is located 100km away in Siliguri. There are regular flights operating between Bagdogra, Kolkata and other cities of the country. Private carriers like Go Air, Spicejet, Indigo and public ones like Air India have daily flights operating out of Bagdogra. This makes neighboring areas accessible to tourists. From the airport, tourists can hire a cab or taxi to reach Loleygaon which is a 4 hours’ drive.
Tourists can reach Loleygaon by train as well. The railway station nearest to the hamlet is in New Jalpaiguri which is well connected by trains with major cities like Kolkata, Chennai, New Dehli, Mumbai etc. Satabdi Express, New Tinsukia Express, HWH NJP AC Express, Padatik Express, GHY Garib Rath Express are some of the popular trains operating between Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri. For cities that do not have direct trains to New Jalpaiguri, they can take a train to Kolkata and then a connecting one to Jalpaiguri. Tourists can hire a cab from the station to travel the 99 km from New Jalpaiguri to Loleygaon.
Loleygaon is well connected by roads from adjoining areas. One can drive down from Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Kalimpong and the ride is quite a smooth one. Bus transportation is not very frequent. There is a bus service in the morning and evening from Loleygaon to Gorubathan and Kalimpong. Rather than bus, jeeps are more convenient and dependable, and prove better for comfort.
For commuting within the town, tourists have to depend primarily on jeeps and cars. Three wheelers are also quite common. For sightseeing tourists can ask hotels to arrange transportation for them. However, the best way to explore a hill station is by trekking or walking. It feels wonderful to walk down those winding roads taking in fresh air and getting a glimpse of the hills in the background, surrounded by those towering trees.