A city in the sub-Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling district, Siliguri is one of the most important cities in the entire North-East of India due to its strategic location. The burgeoning city is a commercial and transit hub of the North East. You can’t travel to North East India by road or rail without crossing the city. The city is also the entry point and business hub for Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan, Dooars, parts of Nepal, Bangladesh, Bihar, and Assam.
Well connected with Air, Road, and Rail to all the important Indian cities, Siliguri is basically a starting point for the travelers to explore Bengal-Sikkim area. Siliguri is also the gateway to Bhutan through Dooars. Direct road connection to Bhutan and Nepal and other North-Eastern states have prompted Siliguri to become a buzzing modern international trade center.
Although Siliguri is a typical modern city, it does not lack in tourist attractions and natural beauty either. The city itself has limited offering for a tourist. But half an hour journey in any direction takes you to innumerable natural tourist destinations. Be in Sevok or Sukna to its North, or Gajoldoba and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary to its East, Bangladesh border to the south and Panighatta and Nepal border to its West. The distinct view of the snowy range of Mount Kunchenjungha on a clear day can mesmerize any visitor to the town.
Siliguri offers several options for a day outing. Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, Shorea-forest recreation center, Sevok Coronation Bridge, Madhuban Nature Park, Panighata are some of the major tourist spots lying with 25kms radius from Siliguri.
Shopping in the city is another reason for visitors from all over the region to congregate here. The City Center at Uttarayan township and Cosmos Mall are the two most popular modern shopping malls. There are many more concentrated around the Sevok road area. Bidhan market is the largest market of the city with about 3000 shops within it. Another shopping area is concentrated around Hill Cart Road and Sevok road.
Entertainment and Night Life
Entertainment and nightlife. There are a number of nightclubs, bars and a few discos in town. Zorb, Nasha, Devils, Sizzler are some of the nightclubs and discotheques in town. There are innumerable restaurants and bars spread throughout the city. The town also has half a dozen movie theatres and a few modern multiplexes including Cinemax and Inox. The multiplexes are located in popular shopping malls, the more traditional movie theatres including Biswadeep, Bishal, Meghdoot, Urbashi, New Cinema etc. There are a number of cultural centers in the city, the most important is the Town hall and its Dinabandhu Mancha which hosts regular cultural programs. Mitra Sammelani hall is another famous hall of town. City center organizes regular cultural events and programs.
Air: Bagdogra, the nearest airport, is only 15Km from Siliguri. It has direct daily air link with Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati as well as international flights to and from Bangkok, Paro and Kathmandu.
Rail: Siliguri is the junction of NorthEast frontier Railway Grid. New Jalpaiguri, popularly known as NJP is one of the most important rail station of Northeast and just 4 km from Siliguri. NJP is connected with direct trains from New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore etc.
Road: Siliguri is 650km from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal,
760kms from Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal
350Kms from Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Siliguri to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is 120Kms
Accommodation in Siliguri:
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