Siliguri has long been known as a hill station of significant repute in the Indian state of West Bengal and has over the years developed into a self sustained township with loads of tourist value to offer.
The addition of an international airport at Bagdogra and a well-connected railway station has made it very accessible and the township's proximaty to it increase the breadth of Siliguri tourism prospects.
Siliguri, situated at the foothills of the majestic Himalayan ranges has also come to be known as an educational hub and students from the state and the country aspire to spend their formulative years in this east Indian paradise.
Geographically, Siliguri is flanked by Nepal on one side and Bangladesh on the other. Siliguri corridor links India to its various North Eastern states.
Siliguri also forms a base for various other tourist destinations in the North of the state and makes for a great place from which to see these small townships, being just a few hours away from Siliguri.
Tourist places in and around Siliguri
Siliguri includes various places of interest and importance. Some of these include The ISKON Temple, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Science City, Coronation Bridge, Salugara Monastery, Madhuban Park and Umrao Singh Boat Club,
Festivities and Carnivals
Siliguri, like most of India, celebrates the major festivals like Diwali, Bhai Tika, Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Ganesh Puja. Baisaki mela makes for one of Siliguri’s oldest carnivals. The local population is fairly open minded and during the festive season many contemporary events like fashion shows and fetes are organized. Hast Shilp fete, the Book Fair and Lexpo Fair are few among the many events. The Kanchanjunga stadium is where most of the events are organized and is fairly centrally located.
Siliguri’s local population is a happy go lucky lot and the township has recently seen mass migration from neighbouring states and countries. This has taken away from the city’s basic ethos a little, but nevertheless one can still amply enjoy the local culture. The food in Siliguri is definitely worth a try with many roadside joints serving delicious food.
One must not miss the signature momos (dumplings) made with chicken, beef, pork or vegetables. Authentic north east indian tea is also in the offering and makes for a perfect afternoon beverage especially in the monsoons and the winters.
Mall culture has made its way to Siliguri of late with Cosmos and Orbit being 2 of the most talked about places. These malls feature a full-fledged multiplex facility that screens all the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies. The city also features a fully functional technology park.
The best way to get around Siliguri is by rickshaw and a fun way is by hiring a bicycle! One must be careful with rickshaws since meters are misused and fares are hiked. Local buses are also a good way to get around but may get a little crowded.
The best time to visit Siliguri is during the winters.
How to reach Siliguri
Siliguri is well connected with road, rail and by air.