Siliguri

Siliguri is a city in Darjeeling district in the northern part of West Bengal, India.

Outskirts of Siliguri and the Darjeeling Hills beyond

Understand

Siliguri has a population of half a million (around one million for the entire metropolitan area), making it the third-largest city in West Bengal.

With massive developments in recent times, the city has grown from a small, sleepy town into one of the most important commercial hubs in north east India. Sprawling and boisterous, modern condominiums dominate the landscape on entering the city, followed by 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 a centre of learning, the city enjoys a sophistication and range of shopping usually only associated with the metro cities. Siliguri is also the only city in West Bengal other than Kolkata to have a commercial airport and, perhaps due to the high concentration of colleges, institutes and private schools, the city has the highest literacy rates in the state.

Siliguri is gateway to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan and the North East.

Get in

By train

By bus

Siliguri Bus Station is located across the street from the Sher-e-Punjab Hotel on Hill Cart Road (Tenzing Norgay Road).

By plane

Get around

Siliguri Institute of Technology, showing a combination of traditional and modern architectural ideas

Moving in and around Siliguri is cheap. Cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, buses, taxis are easily available in almost every part of the city. 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 hired from several agencies.

City landmarks

See

Tashi Gomang Stupa in Salugara

Do

A dazzling array of sacred objects on sale by a local vendor

Buy

Siliguri City Centre Mall

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.

Handicrafts

Tea

Malls

Street markets

Eat

Due to a high number of Nepalese and Tibetans living in Siliguri, the city offers an excellent selection of authentic Tibetan and Nepali delicacies. In addition, there are also several good quality restaurants specializing in Western and Chinese cuisine as well as a considerable number of US fast food outlets.

Drink

Coffee

Alcohol

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

Like most major Indian cities, Siliguri is prone to demonstrations, although these remain mostly peaceful. Otherwise Siliguri is one of the safest large cities in India, and assaults on tourists are unheard of. Even domestic violence figures are some of the lowest in the entire country.

Connect

There are a host of internet cafes in the lanes behind Hotel Heritage/Hotel Manila (across from the main bus station). There is also an internet cafe among the row of restaurants directly outside NJP Station. Web connections in Siliguri are fast and reliable.

Cope

There are several banks on Sevoke Road that offer foreign exchange and ATM service.

Go next


Routes through Siliguri

Darjeeling Kurseong  N  S  Jalpaiguri


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