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Flights from Bagdogra

Bagdogra is located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, the area is famous for its picturesque hill stations and the world-famous Darjeeling tea. The nearest city to Bagdogra is Darjeeling. If you are travelling from Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport, the best way to get there is by taxi.

Where to go from Bagdogra

Take a flight from Bagdogra to Guwahati, the largest city in Assam. An important educational and commercial hub, one of its prominent attractions is the state museum which has an impressive collection of antiques and also offers insights into the lifestyle of the Assamese community. The city is also famous for the Bhubaneswari Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Bhubaneswari, the temple is set in beautiful surroundings and provides a beautiful view of the city of Guwahati. Visit at sunset for a view of the sun setting over the Brahmaputra River.

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, has long been known for its literary and artistic heritage. Art aficionados will want to visit the Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Situated on Southern Avenue, the academy is a treasure trove of medieval paintings and ancient Indian sculptures. Cricket fans won’t want to miss Eden Gardens, a famous cricket ground in the city. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team. The Alipore Zoo is also worth visiting for a peek at the rare white Bengal tiger and exotic migratory birds.

Further south is Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Take a trip to Mahabalipuram, 60km from Chennai. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its major attraction is the Shore temple. Noted for its complex carvings and beautiful craftsmanship, the temple is sited on the Bay of Bengal. Rejuvenate yourself with an ayurvedic treatment at one of the many centres in the city or take a course in hand-painting of textiles at the Kalakshetra foundation.

Catch a flight to Bhutan. Tucked away in the Eastern Himalayas, the Land of the Thunder Dragon offers great opportunities for trekking. Alternatively you could explore the country on a cycle tour. Those with an interest in Buddhism will want to visit the Trongsa Dzong, spectacularly sited on a spur above the ravines of the Mangde Chuu valley. Another impressive and well-known dzong is Paro Dzong which offers a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Shop for local handicraft like bamboo boxes and metal ewers at Lungta Handicraft, and watch weavers at work at the Gagyel Lundrup Weaving Centre – take home a finely embroidered kira (the Bhutanese national dress for women) which could set you back by more than US$1,000.

For an urban holiday, head to Bangkok. Bangkok is full of wats (temples) -- one of its most famous is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Pra Kaeo. The green jade Buddha statue there is supposed to be the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand. If you are an early riser, why not visit a floating market for a glimpse of life on the water. If shopping is on your agenda, Central Plaza Ladprao is a massive complex that retails everything from high-end fashion to home furnishing. Or go to Patpong Market instead for nighttime shopping -- you can literally shop all night long here.

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