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Darjeeling - Social Indicators


Darjeeling : The town and hill station of Darjeeling lies in northern West Bengal, India. Darjeeling district lies between 26� 31' and 27� 13' north latitude and between 87� 59' and 88� 53' east longitude.
Altitude : Comprising mainly of mountain terrain, Darjeeling stands at a height of 2134m (7053 ft) on a mountain ridge.
Area : Darjeeling town covers an area of 11.44 sq. kms.
Population : About 100,000.
Languages spoken : English, Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan and Bengali.
Climate : Almost every year Darjeeling's temperature drops below freezing during the Winter season, from November to February. In Summer, Darjeeling is delightfully cool with the maximum temperature reaching about 20�C.
Rainfall : Rain falls mostly during months from June to September. The annual recorded rainfall in Darjeeling is 320 cms.
Clothing : Light woollen for summer and heavy woollens for winter.
Best months to visit : March to mid-June and September to mid-December.
Transport and Communications :
Railway : Darjeeling Railway station is in Darjeeling town. Toy Train journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling takes about 8 hours.
New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station (88 kms about 3 hours drive) which is connected to all the major cities in India.
Airport : Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (90 km) which has flights connecting to Calcutta, Delhi and Guwahati. Drive from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling takes about 3� hours. Airlines bookings can be made from Darjeeling.
Roadways :
Darjeeling - Siliguri/Bagdogra airport (90 km )/New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (80 kms)
Darjeeling - Kalimpong 51 kms.
Darjeeling - Gangtok, Sikkim 115 kms.
Darjeeling - Pashupati (27 km) (Nepal border)(Not authorised entry point for foreigners, only Indian and Nepali citizens are allowed to enter from here)
Darjeeling - Kakarvita (117 km) (Nepal border)
Darjeeling - Phuntsoling (233 km) (Bhutan border)
Postal Service & Couriers : Darjeeling town has two Post Offices and also has offices of some courier services.
Telephone :
International code for India - 91
Local code for Darjeeling - 0354
Darjeeling town has lots of STD/ISD booths scattered all over the town from where local and long distance calls can be made.
Internet Cafe :
Email and internet facilities are available. There are lots of Internet Cafes in town. Compuset Centre's Internet Cafe at Gandhi Road, (Near Bethany School), Darjeeling has fast DIAS (DSL) line (opens everyday at 9 a.m.).
Other facilities :
Banks : ICICI Bank and State Bank of India can exchange foreign currencies besides some major hotels and currency dealers in town. These two banks also has ATM facilities.
Other Banks in town : Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank, U. B. Khetriya Gramin Bank and Vijaya Bank.


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