Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Why Bagdogra is the Gateway to the heavenly North East

If there is ever a testimony to prove that big things come in small packages, Bagdogra, a silent Himalayan town is a prime example. This small pristine town located on the foothills of Himalayas may not be a popular city or a big name, but for travelers and nature lovers, Bagdogra is nothing less than a gateway to the heavenly North East.

[Connectivity to the North East and beyond]

As part of the Greater Siliguri Metropolitan Area in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Bagdogra is home to the Bagdogra International Airport, which is the only airport in the entire North Bengal region offering connectivity from all metropolitan cities from India and overseas. It offers direct connectivity from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Chennai as well as international destinations like Paro and Bangkok.

Bagdogra Airport is located at a distance of 9 km west of the city of Siliguri, the second largest city in West Bengal. Cabs are easily available for travelers to visit Siliguri or explore the pristine natural surroundings of Bagdogra town.

[Things you can do at Bagdogra]

Due to its strategic location right at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayan ranges, Bagdogra provides a gateway to the natural beauty of the North East. Travelers visiting the popular hill station of Darjeeling opt for Bagdogra as a preferred stopover as the town offers the closest air connectivity to the region. There are ample accommodation options in Bagdogra, including resorts near Bagdogra Airport, for tourists to explore the lush green natural habitat and the natural tea trails on offer.



For the adventure loving tourists, Bagdogra is nothing less than a heavenly paradise. The town offers a number of adventure sport options like river rafting, trekking, and fishing excursions in and around the Teesta River. From walking on the exotic tea trails to sipping some of the finest Himalayan Tea, exploring nature and indulging in water sports, Bagdogra offers ample options for just about everyone.

[Repository of culture and heritage]

The cultural heritage of Bagdogra is another attraction for tourists from all over. Even amid the modern world frenzy of commercialization, the town of Bagdogra and its inhabitants have a strong connect with their cultural roots and heritage.

The town hosts a number of rich cultural festivals with the ‘Gangasagar Festival’ being one of the prime attractions. Visitors and locals indulge in a holy dip at the merging point of River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal in a location called Sagar Dwip.

While North East India is known for its rich and heavenly natural beauty, the rich cultural heritage and traditions are as much a part of the people and their everyday lives. All of this cultural affluence makes Bagdogra a true gateway to the heavenly North East.

Unwind at Bagdogra, experience the North East

The presence of the Bagdogra International Airport with its good connectivity has ensured that there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of weekend tourists in the town. With ample accommodation options right from exotic resorts near Bagdogra Airport to budget accommodation options, the town is the perfect destination for weekend excursion or getaway.

Being one of the few airports in India with zero sales tax on aviation turbine fuel, it is no surprise that the air traffic to Bagodra Airport is witnessing a rise. Visitors wanting to explore the North East, especially the regions of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, and Kalimpong, find it convenient to reach the Bagdogra Airport to resume their journey ahead.

With Bagdogra Airport even offering helicopter flights to Gangtok with on-the-spot permits for foreign travelers, Bagdogra is truly the Gateway to the heavenly North East.

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