Located on the banks of the Mahananda River and at the Himalayan foothills, Siliguri is endowed with natural scenic beauty and attracts numerous tourists all year round. Views of the white snow-clad mountain peaks of the great Himalayan Ranges from Siliguri are not to be missed. The Kanchenjunga stadium and the Hong Kong market are famous tourist attractions. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, located nearby, is also a great place to visit for a safari.
Siliguri has several restaurants serving mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The Chhang, a drink made of barley is a must try.
Gateway of North East
Siliguri is one of the most important cities not only for West Bengal, but for many states of North East as well. Situated at a distance of 600 Km from Kolkata, Siliguri is at an altitude of 400 feet above sea level. This not too high and not too low altitude ensures a perfect climate for tourist activities. The second largest city of West Bengal after Kolkata is the gateway to Darjeeling, the most important tourist attraction of the state.
Built in 1930, Sevoke Coronation Bridge is still considered among the best architectural wonders in the country. The Coronation Bridge was built by Britishers to connect West Bengal to North East India. The Bridge is built over River Teesta and stretches from Salugara till Kalihora. Situated around 20 km from Siliguri, the Coronation Bridge gives us breathtaking views of River Teesta below and high green mountains on both sides.
How to reach
The Coronation Bridge is easily accessible as the National Highway 31 runs across it. Anyone proceeding to Sikkim, Darjeeling or Dooars region by road will see this bridge and people proceeding to Dooars will have to cross this bridge.
Coronation bridge, also known as Sevoke Bridge, is situated in Darjeeling. The bridge marks the coronation of King George V.
ISKCON Temple Siliguri
Also known as Sri Sri Radha Madhav Sundar Mandir, this temple was built by ISKCON, which stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. With a grand temple, beautiful campus and soothing ambience, this temple is a must visit for everyone.
The Science City of Siliguri
The North Bengal Science Centre is a highly reputed institution in north Bengal famed for its planetarium and Nature Interpretation Centre.
The Center is an amazing place to visit and one of the important characteristic of the place is that even a little whisper into the parabolic reflector can be heard by the other person standing right in front of other reflector. It presents the fundamental rules of science for young people through inventive methods.
Established by Tibetan Buddhist Monks and followers of Dalai Lama, the monastery is famous for the 100 feet stupa founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. This monastery also known as The Great International Tashi Gomang Stupa and is situated just 6 km away from the main town. This monastery also contains five kinds of Buddhist relics.
Salugara Monastery is among the most frequented revered places, located in the outskirts of Siliguri. Located 6 km from the city, the Buddhist shrine is visited by tourists for meditation. The ideal tranquil location for meditation was established by Tibetan monks and followers of religious leader, His Holiness Dalai Lama. One of the highlighting features of this monastery is the 100 ft stupa, which is believed to be founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. This stupa is revered by the monks as it brings out five kinds of relics of Buddhism. The object of idolisation is believed to bring salvation to those who sight it.
How to reach
The closest airport is Bagdogra, which is at a distance of 15 kms from Salugara Monastery. The closest Railway station is Siliguri.
Hong Kong Market
Hong Kong Market is a famous location in the township of Siliguri for buying foreign goods and international brands like apparels and gadgets. Besides, the illegal shopping arcade also features old confectioners and restaurants.
Like Dhulabari in Nepal, the market offers a wide variety of imported goods at highly reasonable prices. In comparison to metro cities, the goods sold here are nearly 30% cheaper than Kolkata and 40% cheaper than Delhi and Mumbai. As the prices are not fixed, visitors can negotiate for the prices.