On December 30, 2022, West Bengal will most likely get its first Vande Bharat Express, which will run from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the train from Howrah on the same day. The train will leave from Howrah station in the early morning and will reach New Jalpaiguri by afternoon.
This Vande Bharat Express will offer a convenient route for those travelling to North Bengal, Doors, Darjeeling and Sikkim from Kolkata.
Travel To New Jalpaiguri From Howrah Soon On West Bengal’s First Vande Bharat Express
Unless you’re flying to Bagdogra, it takes around nine to fourteen hours to reach Siliguri from Kolkata via train or bus. Then, you can hire a car to Darjeeling or Sikkim. But the new Vande Bharat Express can reduce the overall travel time to Darjeeling or Sikkim from Kolkata via train. You can board the train in the morning and reach New Jalpaiguri in the afternoon. Then you can take a car from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling or Sikkim. Darjeeling is around 3 hours away from Jalpaiguri by road. The distance between New Jalpaiguri and Sikkim is around 5 hours and 21 minutes. And if you’re travelling to Darjeeling, you can also take a toy train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.
PM Modi To Launch Jaka-Taratala Metro Section
Reportedly, PM Modi will also flag off the Joka-Taratala section of the Joka-BBD Bag metro corridor virtually. Kolkata’s connectivity got a massive boost with the city’s metro coverage expansion. The North-South metro corridor was extended beyond Dum Dum to Noapara and Dakshineshwar. Also, eight stations are operational on the Kolkata East-West metro corridor, including Phool Bagan, Salt Lake Stadium, City Centre, Karunamayee and Saltlake Sector V.
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