It takes some effort to visit Darjeeling. Getting around on the roads in this Himalayan region of West Bengal are a real challenge, but the visitor is greatly rewarded.  

Most travelers to Darjeeling will fly into the nearest airport, which is Bagdogra, about 52 miles away. However, the difference in elevation from Bagdogra to Darjeeling is about 6,000 feet, on precariously steep and winding dirt roads, so be well prepared for it to take some time.