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"Gateway Town to North-East India and the Himalayas"

Bagdogra Tourism

Bagdogra is a small hill station town resting at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is often regarded as the gateway town to North-East India and the Himalayas. Bagdogra is famous for its tea estates and the abundance of greenery. The town becomes mesmerising during monsoons as you get to see the clouds hovering around the peaks of the mountains. Bagdogra is a quiet and beautiful destination that is ideal for nature lovers and anyone looking for a refreshing and peaceful holiday.

Bagdogra has been blessed with an abundance of nature and greenery. River Teesta flows through this town, making it an excellent spot for river rafting. The city is surrounded by lush green tea gardens and serves as a perfect getaway for nature lovers. Bagdogra gained importance for being the entry base for tourists travelling to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Siliguri and neighbouring Bhutan. The town is well connected to major Indian cities and offers plenty of picturesque sights and activities.

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Places to Visit

The Himalaya World Museum was inaugurated recently in Bagdogra. The museum aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the Himalayan region. It is fast emerging as a popular tourist destination.

Food and Restaurants

Plenty of multicuisine restaurants have come up in Bagdogra during recent years. The Bagdogra Airport Cafe has become increasingly popular among travellers. The local food of Bagdogra is unique and makes for a great experience. The menu at Bagdogra reflects diversity as the place hosts various cultures and traditions. The staple food is rice and potatoes. Not surprisingly, tea is a significant beverage in this town. Great restaurants in Bagdogra include Marina’s Restaurant, Rasoi, Bagdogra Airport Restaurant etc.

Local Culture of Bagdogra

Bagdogra is nestled among nature and preserves several traditions and customs. There is a distinct Buddhist influence on the town, that only adds to the calm vibe of the city.

Festivities of Bagdogra
The locals celebrate a variety of festivals with a great deal of enthusiasm and zest. Some of the essential festivals include Kenduli Mela, Jalpesh Mela, Gangasagar Mela, and Naba Barsho (the Tibetan New Year). During this festival, travellers get to witness the rich traditional heritage of Bagdogra.

Languages of the Region
The most commonly spoken language in Bagdogra is Bengali, followed by English. Individual sections of the locals also speak Bihari, Hindi, Nepali, Assamese and Tibetan.


Day 1:
Reach Bagdogra by morning/noon. Check in to your accommodation and freshen up. Visit the Himalaya World Museum and then go on a tour of the beautiful tea estates. Retire for the day.

Day 2:
This day is for activities. Try out river rafting in the morning. You can either relax for the rest of the day or go for a trek — departure at night.

Traveller Tips

  • Winters can get quite chilly in Bagdogra.
  • Travellers are advised to carry suitable winter wear if visiting during the colder months.
  • The river rafting activities are well-suited for adventure junkies.
  • Beginners might find it slightly tricky to navigate on the rapids.
  • It is advised to talk to the instructor and choose the activity or location depending on your comfort.

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FAQs on Bagdogra

What is famous about Bagdogra?

There are presently not many options for tourists as Bagdogra is mainly a gateway town to the North East and other destinations.

What is not so good about Bagdogra?

Bagdogra is a perfect destination for those looking to get away from noisy and polluted city life. The town has an abundance of greenery and is bound to rejuvenate you.

Who should visit Bagdogra?

Bagdogra is a perfect destination for those looking to get away from noisy and polluted city life. The town has an abundance of greenery and is bound to rejuvenate you.

What is the best time to visit Bagdogra?

The best time to visit Bagdogra is from July to February. July to October constitute the monsoon season in Bagdogra. The summer season starts in March and goes on till the end of May. Summer sees a peak in tourism in this hill station town. The summer temperatures are relatively low as snow-covered mountains surround the town. The average daily maximum temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius. Winters can get quite harsh in these parts with the temperatures falling to about 5 degrees Celsius. November to February is also considered one of the best times to visit Bagdogra as you get to witness the refreshing winter mist in the air.
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What is the best way to reach Bagdogra?

Reaching Bagdogra is not very tough as it is easily accessible from major Indian cities.
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What are the places near Bagdogra?

The top places near to Bagdogra are Darjeeling which is 38 km from Bagdogra, Gangtok which is located 76 km from Bagdogra, Kalimpong which is located 42 km from Bagdogra, Kurseong which is located 20 km from Bagdogra, Siliguri which is located 10 km from Bagdogra

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