Siliguri, also known as the Gateway to the North East India, is a city in North Bengal famous for its temples and tea gardens and its connectivity to other regions of the North-East. One of the most startling and alluring tourist destinations in the Darjeeling district, Siliguri is located in the state of West Bengal on the banks of River Mahanadi and the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya. Siliguri is famous as the commercial centre of North Bengal and is the transit location to the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and into the Himalayan ranges of Gangtok, Mirik, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Kurseong.
Siliguri is the second most important city in the state of West Bengal, after Kolkata. Located at the foothills of the glorious Himalayan range, the city, apart from boasting a panoramic view of the nature, has a number of tourist attractions to its credit. Right from the holy and scared ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple and monasteries to the numerous shopping centers and the informative, yet entertaining Science City, Siliguri has a number of places that are worth watching. One of the popular monasteries is The Sed-Gyued Monastery, Salugara. It is a sacred Buddhist destination near to Siliguri. It is located in Salugara, belonging to the Gelugpa. It was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in November, 2001. Here is also a researcher center for the Buddhist studies. It is famous for its 100ft tall stupa. There are number of parks in Siliguri. Surya Sen Park is located at the walking distance from International Market here you can enjoy boat ride or take a stroll in the well manicured garden and if you are tired from all the shopping you can take a tour of whole park on lookalike toy train. But if you want to do something more adventurous then you can go to Savin Kingdom or the newly opened ice skating ring. From shopaholic to sports lover there is something for everyone in Siliguri.
You might be thinking that there is no place for nature lover in this bustling city but you are wrong. Siliguri is also famous for its tea plantations on the banks of rivers Mahananda and Balsan. Siliguri is not as famous as Darjeeling for its tourist attractions but one cannot skip Siliguri as few attractions that are there, are simply outstanding. Jaldapara Wildlife Park is the most widely visited attraction of this town. The best time to visit Siliguri is from November to February when the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the beauty of this city at its most.
The forest-covered foothills also present a panoramic sight for the visitors of Siliguri. The myriad flora in the Terai to the north and the agricultural flats, along with teagardens to the south combine to form beautiful vistas, thus Siliguri is uncommon around most other cities of India. Siliguri serves as the gateway of 8 northeastern states of India. Its amazing views really charm the visitors to have a look on it.
The Batasia Loop
Darjeeling Toy Train
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Rock Garden
Neora Valley National Park