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With a population of over 1half a million in 2011 census[http://www.5], Siliguri is the second third largest city in West Bengal after Calcutta and Asansol. It boasts the highest literacy rates in the state. With its environs such as Bagdogra included, the population of Siliguri urban agglomerate reaches three quarters of a million.[]
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 it has little to offer 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.
===By train===
* Siliguri has two important railway stations: - Siliguri Junction and New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) besides '- and Siliguri Town'railway stations. NJP connects Siliguri with Gauhati/Dibrugarh in the north-east, Calcutta in the east (actually south of Siliguri), Delhi/Jaipur/Jodhpur/Mumbai Kashmir, etc . in the westnorth, Mumbai/Gujarat, Delhi etc . in the north west and Trivandrum/Cochin /Bangalore, etc . in the south. All the railway tracks in Siliguri Junction mainly serves short distance are broad gauge now and meter gauge line trains along with a new broad has ceased to exist. The narrow gauge line up track to NJPDarjeeling remains, of course. NJP is about a twenty to thirty minute ride from the city center.
Now Some trains pass through both Siliguri Junction have some long distance and NJP but the majority of the trains pass through only NJP. There NJP is the favored railway station to take a train like Mahananda Express(Upto New Delhi), Kanchankanya Express (upto Sealdah) etcfrom Siliguri to any place in India.
===By bus===
*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]]. The bus from Phuentsholing heading towards Siliguri leaves at 7am,7:30am,8:15am and 3pm daily and takes approximately 4.5hrs.
*Reserve cars also available from Kings Travels, dial-098304-28401/ 093319-39486.
===By plane===
==Get around==
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 KMkm. The fares are pretty nominal. To go about 5-10 KMkm, 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 many 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.* '''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. *'''Iskon Temple''' []. 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 from 15 July to 15th september15 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. You can get good quality tea from Jaiswal Enterprises, (Mr. Ajit 09832079893).
*'''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 SiliguriIncludes an INOX movie theatre.*'''City Center''', Uttarayon , near darjeeling more - latest . A huge mall with all offering major brands and international chain eateries like KFC.
===Street markets===
*<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>
*<eat name="Amarjit" alt="" address="Hillcart Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*'''<sleep name="Mainak Tourist Lodge''', " alt="" address="Hill Cart Road, Pradhan Nagar. Tel:''" directions="" phone="+91 353'' 251-2859. " email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Standard: s 340Rs, d 450Rs, Deluxe: s 525Rs, d 700Rs">Not as grand on the inside as on the outoutside, but still good value. Standard: single - 340Rs, double - 450Rs, Deluxe: single - 525Rs, double - 700Rs.</sleep>*'''<sleep name="Dewan's Hotel''', " alt="" address="" directions="NJP Railway 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." phone="+91 353 734-007" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A simple hotel located just outside New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station.</sleep>*'''<sleep name="Athithi Guest House''', " alt="" address="Hill Cart Road, " directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A well maintained hotel at low rates with AC and non-AC rooms.</sleep>* <sleep name="Hotel Holydon" alt="" address="N.J.P. Station Road" directions="5 minutes from the station, following the auto-rickshaw route" phone="+91 353 2691335" email="[email protected]" fax="+91 353 2690118" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Std. d 400Rs, Deluxe d 600Rs; Triple 700 Rs">Pleasant enough tiled interior - somebody once cared. Bathrooms could use some attention. Standard rooms best value for money. TV, with English channels, in most rooms. Ticket booking facilities.</sleep>
*'''Barsana Hotel''', Khaprail Road, Matigara. Tel: ''91 353'' 257-1662/3 [] A beautiful hotel with all the modern amenities. Very reasonable as per the infrastructure and facilities.
*'''Hotel Cindrella''', [] A four star hotel on Sevoke Road.
*'''Hotel Sinclairs''', Pradhan Nagar. Tel: ''+91 253'' 251-7674 []. 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] []. A smart hotel located on the outskirts of town. Convenient for Orbit and Cosmos Shopping Malls. Good views over the Darjeeling Hills.
*'''Viramma Resort'''. [] A luxury resort on the Darjeeling highway.
There are several banks on Sevoke Road that offer money change and ATM service. A fee of up to 4 US dollars is charged by the ATM for withdrawing money in Indian rupees using a foreign credit or debit card from that ATM (The charge appears in your monthly statement).
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