With a population of
over 1. 5 mil, Siliguri is the second largest city in West Bengal and boasts the highest literacy rates in the state.
As one of the most important transportation hubs in the north east, Siliguri has recently become something of a boom town. Sprawling and boisterous, modern condominiums dominate the landscape on entering the town, followed by endless streets of market stalls that surround a core of up-scale shops and shopping malls. Due to its position as a shopping and business hub and its high concentration of colleges and institutes of learning, the city enjoys a sophistication and range of shopping rarely found outside the five metro cities.
While it is a popular place to shop and do business for people from the [[Northeast (India) | North East]] and [[Bhutan]],
there is little in the way of tourist attractions and so there is no good reason for tourists to linger in Siliguri. However, travelers heading towards Bhutan, [[Darjeeling]] and [[Sikkim]] may need to spend a night here.
The people of Siliguri have a reputation for their business prowess, but at the same time are known to be friendly and welcoming to outsiders.
* Siliguri has two important railway stations
: Siliguri Junction and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) besides 'Siliguri Town '. NJP connects Siliguri with Gauhati/Dibrugarh in the north-east, Jaipur/Jodhpur/ Mumbai etc in the west, Delhi etc in the north and Trivandrum/Cochin etc in the south. Siliguri Junction mainly serves short distance meter gauge line trains along with a new broad gauge line up to NJP. NJP is about a twenty to thirty minute ride from the city center.
Now Siliguri Junction have some long distance train like Mahananda Express(Upto New Delhi), Kanchankanya Express (upto Sealdah) etc.
*Under a joint understanding between Indian and Bangladeshi transport authority, there are regular bus services to/from [[Dhaka]], capital of [[Bangladesh]]. BRTC (Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation) buses leave Dhaka everynight at 8 PM and reach India-Bangladesh border at Changrabanda post at early morning. These buses will not cross the border and the passengers have to clear customs, walk a few hundred yards to cross the border and board the waiting Indian buses for another three hour ride to Siliguri. The buses are air conditioned, very comfortable and depart on time. One way fare from Dhaka to Siliguri is between USD 20 to 25, depending on conversion rates.
*There is a regular bus service from [[Phuentsholing]] in [[Bhutan]] and the Bhutanese border town of [[Jaigon]].
*Reserve cars also available from Kings Travels, dial-098304-28401/ 093319-39486.
Moving in and around Siliguri is cheap. Cycle-rickshaws, Auto-rickshaws, buses, taxis are easily available in almost every region. One can walk around the market place. Cycle-rickshaws can be hired to move around within the radius of 1-2
KM. The fares are pretty nominal. To go about 5-10 KM, one can hire/share auto-rickshaws. You just need to flag down one and when you leave you pay a fixed amount.Cars can be arranged by several companies, such as Kings Travels (098304-28401).
*'''Salugara Monastery'''. A monastery in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The compound includes a 100 foot stupa consecrated by the late Kalu Rinpoche. *'''Iskon Temple''' [http://www.iskconsiliguri.in]. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as Hare Krishna Movement manages the ISCKON temple, Siliguri. The temple houses many
beautiful idols of Advaita Acharya, Lord Narasimha, Lord Chaitanya and many more . This temple attract thousand of people every year.
* The '''Coronation Bridge''' at Sevoke. This is about 23 km from the city on way to [[Gangtok]]/[[Kalimpong]] and Dooars on the National Highway 31.
* '''Sevoke Kali Mandir''', Sevoke. This is around 20 kms from Siliguri, near the coronation bridge. This is a temple of goddess Kali, the goddess of destruction, and is considered very holy. People from far off places come here to pray and worship her.* '''Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary''', Sukna. This is a wildlife sanctuary at the foothills of the Himalayas. You can hire a vehicle and enter the sanctuary at a minimal entry fee. Different types of wild animals are found here. However it is famous for its wild elephants and peacocks. It is said that these elephants travel for around 1000kms sometimes and come here. However, the sanctuary is closed in the rainy seasons, i.e. 15th july to 15th september.
* '''Tea Gardens''', Dagapur. You can take a view of some tea plantations over here in dagapur.
*<see name="Kalchakra Monastery" alt="" address="Salugara" directions="7 KMs from Siliguri towards Sevoke" phone="" url="" hours="15 - 20 minutes from Siliguri" price="" lat="" long="">The Kalchakra Monastery at Salugara was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama when he visited Salugara, a suburb in Siliguri, for the Kalchakra ceremonies in 1996.</see>
Basically, Silguri sells its wares on two streets - Hillcart Road and Sevoke Road. The former offers more traditional stores and is home to many of the city's hotels, while Sevoke offers more upscale shopping and is the center of the city's banking.
As the centre of a tea growing area, Siliguri is an excellent place to pick up some Darjeeling and other brands of the leaf.
*'''Cosmos Mall''', Sevoke Road. A large and up-scale mall.
*'''City Mall''', Sevoke Road
*'''Orbit Mall''', check post
, if you are a movie worm, you can take a peek at the [['''INOX''']] movie centre in the mall along with some shopping. *'''CINEMAX''', another Multiplex in the city near Dagapur having 4 screen and ticket rates are cheaper than '''INOX''' * '''Cosmos Mall''', Sevoke Road. This place is very good for shopping. This is the first mall built in Siliguri.*'''City Center''', Uttarayon , near darjeeling more - latest mall with all major brands and chain eateries like KFC
*<eat name="Monarch Restaurant" alt="" address="10 Sevoke Rd" directions="" phone="03532537312" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Famous for Indian, Tandoori and Chinese dishes.</eat>
Mainak Tourist Lodge
Hill Cart Road, Pradhan Nagar
Not as grand on the inside as on the
, but still good value.
Standard: single - 340Rs, double - 450Rs, Deluxe: single - 525Rs, double - 700Rs.
Station. Tel:''+91 353'' 734-007. A simple hotel located just outside New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Station. After exiting station, turn into first alley on right (adjacent to the taxi parking lot). The hotel is at the end of the alley.
Athithi Guest House
Hill Cart Road
A well maintained hotel at low rates with AC and non-AC rooms.
*'''Barsana Hotel''', Khaprail Road, Matigara. Tel: ''91 353'' 257-1662/3 [http://barsanahotels.com/] A beautiful hotel with all the modern amenities. Very reasonable as per the infrastructure and facilities.
*'''Hotel Cindrella''', [http://www.cindrellahotels.com] A four star hotel on Sevoke Road.
*'''Hotel Sinclairs''', Pradhan Nagar. Tel: ''+91 253'' 251-7674 [http://www.sinclairshotels.com/siliguri/
index. php3]. A well maintained hotel with good facilities. Located about a five minute taxi ride from main bus station.
*'''Royal Sarovar Premiere''', 3rd Mile, Sevoke Road. Tel: ''+91 353'' 2216-999 Email: [email protected]
[http://sarovarhotels.com/siliguri-royal-sarovar-premiere.shtml]. A smart hotel located on the outskirts of town. Convenient for Orbit and Cosmos Shopping Malls. Good views over the Darjeeling Hills.
*'''Viramma Resort'''. [http://www.viramma.com] A luxury resort on the Darjeeling highway.
There are several banks on Sevoke Road that offer money change and ATM service.
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