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Outskirts of Siliguri and the Darjeeling Hills beyond

Siliguri (Bengali: শিলিগুড়ি, Hindi: सिलीगुड़ी, Nepali: सिलगड़ी) is a major city in the northern region of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a liberal and cosmopolitan city that is known for its vibrant music scene and strong youth culture. Located on the banks of the Mahananda River and the Teesta River at the foothills of the Darjeeling Hills, Siliguri is the third-largest urban agglomeration in West Bengal. It is known as the "Gateway of Northeast India" as it connects North-Eastern India with mainland India making it a major trading and transportation hub. The narrowest point on the Siliguri corridor is 20-22 km (12–14 mi). It borders Nepal on one side and Bangladesh on the other.

Understand[edit]

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 since the turn of the 21st century, the city has grown from a small regional town into one of the most important business centres in North Bengal. Sprawling and boisterous, it is a city whose periphery is dominated by modern condominiums, while the downtown is characterised by sprawling street markets, up-scale shops, and large shopping malls.

Due to its position as a commercial hub and centre of learning, the city enjoys a sophistication and range of shopping usually only associated with metro cities. Furthermore, as it has attracted a large number of young Nepalese, Sikkimese, Tibetans, and Bhutanese, it has developed into one of India's most liberal and cosmopolitan cities that is known for its vibrant music scene and strong youth culture.

Siliguri is the only city in West Bengal other than Durgapur and 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. Traditionally, Siliguri has been known for the four 'T's — tourism, timber, tea and transport — and is the gateway to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan and North-Eastern India.

Climate[edit]

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Siliguri has a warm summer, cool winters and a severe monsoon. In summer, the temperature varies from a minimum of 18-22 °C to a maximum of 26-32 °C. The temperature in summer sometimes exceeds 35 °C. On the other hand, the winter maximum temperature hovers around 20-24 °C, and the minimum drops 6-9 °C. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 16.1 °C. The minimum temperature in winter season sometimes drops 5 °C or below. On an average, Siliguri gets 3340 mm per year. Winters are mostly dry, with the summers being rainy. About 80% of the annual rainfall is felt between June to September, this period is known as monsoons or rainy season in the season cycle. Heavy showers are often felt in May, June, July, August and September. July is the wettest month (804 mm) and January is the driest month (12 mm).

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Siliguri has three railway stations: New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Siliguri Junction and Siliguri Town, of these New Jalpaiguri is the busiest, and is a 20- to 30-minute ride from the city centre. Although mostly servicing local routes, Siliguri Junction also has a few long distance trains including Mahananda Express (from New Delhi) and Kanchankanya Express (from Sealdah).

  • 1 New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station. New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station (Q11790860) on Wikidata New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Siliguri Junction railway station. Siliguri Junction railway station (Q7515061) on Wikidata Siliguri Junction railway station on Wikipedia
  • 3 Siliguri Town railway station. Siliguri Town railway station (Q7515065) on Wikidata Siliguri Town railway station on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

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

  • There are regular buses from Kolkata. The well-known and comfortable Siliguri Rocket, run by the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), leaves Kolkata at 8PM arriving Siliguri at 8AM (₹245). Some private bus lines also ply the route. The 'Royal Cruiser' Volvo buses leaves Kolkata at 8PM arriving Siliguri at 9AM (₹745 AC/₹325 non-AC).
  • Under a joint understanding between Indian and Bangladeshi transport authority, there are regular bus services from Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. BRTC (Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation) buses leave Dhaka every night at 8PM and reach India-Bangladesh border at Changrabanda post at early morning. These buses will not cross the border and the passengers have to clear customs, walk a few hundred yards to cross the border and board the waiting Indian buses for another three-hour ride to Siliguri. The buses are air conditioned, very comfortable and depart on time. One-way fare from Dhaka to Siliguri is between USD 20 to 25, depending on conversion rates.
  • There is a regular bus service from Phuentsholing, Bhutan and the Bhutanese border town of Jaigon. Buses from Phuentsholing leave at 7AM, 7:30AM, 8:15AM and 3PM daily, with the journey taking approximately four hours.
  • A direct deluxe service links Siliguri to Kathmandu, with buses plying the route on alternate days.

By plane[edit]

  • 4 Bagdogra International Airport (IXB IATA) (14 km from the heart of Siliguri). The number of flights operating from Bagdogra has increased substantially and the airport has links with most major Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati. In addition, a number of airlines operate connecting flights from Bangkok, while Druk Air offers twice in a week direct flights to the Thai capital, which begin and terminate in Paro with a stop here. Taxis are available from the airport to Siliguri (approx ₹500), as well as to Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Phuentsholing. Bagdogra Airport (Q2900847) on Wikidata Bagdogra International Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

An electric rickshaw in Siliguri

Moving in and around Siliguri is cheap. There are electric rickshaws (locally known as totos), an efficient public bus service, and rental cars. App-based car services are also available on OLA Cabs and Uber, while shared e-rickshaws run on established routes, charging ₹10-15 per person (as of 2021) per journey. The core areas can be covered on foot and is very safe.

See[edit]

  • 1 Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Hill Cart Rd, Sukna, +91 83370 66882, . Daily 6AM–4:30PM (Tuesday closed). Forested reserve area with a wildlife park, birdwatching towers & an elephant migration area.
  • 2 Science City (At Matigara). The campus has a museum, a planetarium and an Interpretation Centre that displays various type of flora.

Monasteries[edit]

  • 3 Buddha Mundir Monastery, Buddha Mundir Road, Salbari (Salibari). A monastery established by the Nyingma yogi, Chatral Sangye Dorji Rinpoche
  • 4 Ewan Buddhist Monastery, Junglee Mohal, Toribari Village, Behind Bengal Safari P.O P.S, Distt, Bhaktinagar, Salugara, +91 353 259 0264. A large Buddhist monastery in the Nyingma tradition
  • 5 Khordong Byangter Monastery, Dhansara (on road to Darjeeling, near NJP Station), +91 99330 62222, +91 98320 49416. A monastery is in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Accommodation available at the compound.
  • 6 Iskcon Temple, Iskcon Rd, Ward 41, Haidar Par, +91 92316 84759. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as Hare Krishna Movement, manages the ISCKON temple, Siliguri. The temple houses many beautiful idols of Advaita Acharya, Lord Narasimha, Lord Chaitanya and many more.
  • 7 Sed-Gyued Institute of Buddhist Studies, Salugara. 15 - 20 minutes from the downtown. The institute was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1999, and belongs to the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The compound includes a 100-foot Tashi Gomang Stupa.
  • 8 Triratna Monastery, Salbari. 15 - 20 minutes' drive from downtown. A monastery in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

Do[edit]

There are many places in Siliguri to visit and spend some quality time. You can tour the city yourself by renting a bike or a car. There are many places to watch movies. You can also visit tea estates for a tour where you can see the serene and spacious tea farms in and around the city. There are many exhibitions and sport events around the city.

A dazzling array of sacred objects on sale by a local vendor
  • 1 Dreamland Amusement Park, Ghoshpukur Canal Road, Fulbari, +91 97328 51000, . 10AM-7PM. An amusement and theme park.
  • 2 Madhuban Park, Sukna Forest (towards Darjeeling). Daily 6AM–7PM. A spacious park known for its manicured lawns, pathways and children's play areas.
  • 3 Savin Kingdom, Darjeeling More, +91 353 251 4228, . Daily 10:30AM-6PM. Dagapur (near Darjeeling More). An amusement and water park among tea plantations.
  • 4 Surya Sen Park, Janta Nagar. Daily 3-7PM. A river runs along this park with kids’ rides, play equipment, shade trees & a miniature train. It also hosts many alternative energy exhibitions and picnic areas.
  • 5 Triveni Camping (Triveni Siliguri), Triveni, Teesta Bazar, West Bengal 734312 (Siliguri to Teesta Triveni distance is around 52 kms via NH10), +91 82409 78266, . 9AM - 8PM. A confluence of two rivers, the river Rangeet with its deep green and crystal clear water, meets with the forceful mountain stream Teesta at a point called Teesta Triveni. ₹1500 per person per night.

Buy[edit]

Siliguri City Centre Mall

Silguri sells its wares on three streets: Hill Cart Road, Bidhan Road and Sevoke Road. The former offers more traditional stores and is home to many of the city's hotels, Sevoke is home to several upscale shopping malls and is the centre of the city's banking, while Bidhan Road is primarily known for the street markets that span out from the thoroughfare.

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[edit]

Tea[edit]

  • 4 Chai Chun, GF, Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (diagonally across from Cosmos), +91 93827 02318, . A modern shop selling traditional Indian teas, flavoured teas, Indian oolong, and tea-making equipment and accessories.
  • 5 The Tea Cottage, Shivmandir, Military Road, +91 94345 54741. Excellent selection of Darjeeling and Assam teas at retail and wholesale prices.
  • 6 Siliguri Tea Auction Committee, Mallaguri, Pradhan Nagar, . Tu-Sa 9AM–5PM. A place to make bulk purchases of Darjeeling and other locally grown teas.

Malls[edit]

Cosmos Mall
  • 7 City Centre (The Uttorayon Township), Matigara, NH-31. A huge mall offering major brands, international chain eateries, and live music events.
  • 8 City Mall, Service Road, Ward 13, Punjabi Para. Unassuming mall featuring local shops selling traditional clothing & jewelry, plus fast food.
  • 9 Cosmos Mall, Sevoke Road, +91 353 254 5143, . Daily 10AM–10PM. Mall with a Big Bazaar store, plus fashion, cosmetics & home retailers, eateries & frequent events.
  • 10 Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (vertically opposite Cosmos Mall). A modern complex filled with pubs, restaurant, and cafes. A very happening place for the under 40s.
  • 11 Vega Circle Mall, Nimbu Basti, . Daily 10:30AM–9PM. Home to an INOX movie theatre, hotel, and international stores, including a large branch of the well known London toy store, Hamleys.

Street markets[edit]

  • 12 Bidhan Market, Ward 11, Hakim Para (near the Kanchenjunga Stadium). Daily noon–9PM. The oldest and largest street market in Siliguri, Bidhan Market meanders along streets and alleys and is particularly bustling and atmospheric at night.
  • 13 Hong Kong Market, 6, Satyajit Roy Colony Rd, Ward 41, Don Bosco Colony. Tu-Su 9:30AM–9:30PM. Lively, long-standing market for bargain clothing, electronics & cosmetics, plus food vendors. However, beware of duplicate items. Even items made in Delhi stamped with "Made in China" are being sold here. The actual price of the item will be 1/2 or 1/3rd of the price the shopkeeper asks.
  • 14 Seth Srilal Market, Ward 11, Hakim Para. Daily noon–9PM. Buzzing market in the heart of the city, where you might get the best deals. Also famous for its Momo Gali (Momo Street).

Eat[edit]

Due to the large 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.

  • 1 Badshah Biryani Hut, Opposite Kanchenjunga Stadium, Khudiram Pally Rd, Ward 11, Hakim Para, +91 81013 47809. Daily noon–10:30PM. Excellent Biriyani along with several other cuisines.
  • 2 Bedween Restaurant, Bidhan Market, Old Bus Stand, +91 98323 71558. Daily 10AM–10:30PM. Known for its delicious Biryani.
  • 3 Bhojohari Manna (Hotel Golden Moments), 143 Hill Cart Road, +91 94342 10011. Daily noon–10PM. Bengali cuisine.
  • 4 The Cinderella Hotel, 3rd Mile, Sevoke Road, +91 353 254 4130, +91 35325 47136. Amrapali - Vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant, Recoil - Bar, Sizzler - discotheque for private parties, Patio - Roof-top restaurant-cum-bar.
  • 5 Havelli, Hill Cart Road, +91 353 253 5013. Daily 11AM–11PM. An excellent restaurant for fish and mutton items. Also offers high standard Chinese and continental dishes. Cool decor.
  • 6 Hi Spirits Cafe and Pub, 2nd floor City Centre, Uttorayon, +91 98320 59826. Daily noon–11PM. Low-key bar & restaurant in an unpretentious, no-frills ambience with Lebanese, Mexican, Chinese and Tibetan dishes cooked to a very high standard and live music
  • 7 Indian Pagoda, Top Plaza, Ground Floor, Sevoke Rd. Daily 10am–11pm. Contemporary space serving a typical menu of popular Indianised Chinese dishes.
  • 8 Kalpana Hotel Bengali Cuisines, Bidhan Market (Near Siliguri Town railway station), +91 76796 38292. Daily 10AM–9PM. Bengali cuisine
  • 9 Kalpatru Pice Restaurant, Panitanki More, Sevoke Rd, Ashram Para, Hakim Para, +91 353 264 3479. Daily 10AM–10:30PM. Bengali cuisine
  • 11 Momo Gali, Seth Srilal Market (near Margaret School, within easy walking distance of Siliguri Bus Stand). Daily 10AM-10PM. A street of restaurants and stalls selling fantastic momos.
  • 12 Monarch Restaurant, 10 Sevoke Rd, +91 98320 62155. Daily 8AM–11:30PM. Famous for Indian, Tandoori and Chinese dishes.
  • 13 New Zaika Biryani House, Hill Cart Road, +91 94346 89708. Daily 9AM–11:15PM. Mughlai dishes
  • 14 Punjabi Kadhai, Sidhi Arcade, 2nd Mile, Sevoke Road, +91 98326 45678, . Daily 11AM–11:11PM. Biryani, kebabs & other North Indian standards served in a casual, family-friendly rooftop setting.
  • 15 Sagar Family Restaurant, Golden Enclave Building, near Ravi Auto, 2nd Mile, Sevoke Road, +91 98320 77344, . Daily 9AM to 11PM. Relaxed option prepping regional & global fare including dosas, noodles, pizza, momos & curries.
  • 16 Sartaj, 110/156, Hill Cart Rd, +91 94325 16825. Daily 10AM–10:45PM. Good food, good ambience
  • 17 Steamy Moktu, 94, Udham Singh Sarani, Ward 13, Punjabi Para, +91 80015 84124, . Daily noon–10PM. Asian fusion restaurant, specializing in Thai and Chinese cuisine. Creative interior.
  • 18 Tai Wah Restaurant, Sri Bhavan building, ground floor, Hill Cart Road (opposite Century Park), +91 353 243 6132. Daily 11AM–10PM. A standard menu of multicuisine meals in a restaurant with a homey, low-key ambience.
  • 19 The Palms (Sinclairs), Ward 46, Pradhan Nagar, +91 97334 62777, toll-free: 1800 120 267000, . 7:30AM to 11PM. Also: O3 lounge bar, 5-10:30PM.
  • 20 Taste of Sikkim, 3rd Mile, Sevoke Road, Salugara Bazar, Salugara. Daily 10AM–10PM. Simple and authentic Tibetan cuisine
  • 21 Viramma, Viramma Resort, Dagapur, +91 353 251 2222. A dining area in a resort.

Drink[edit]

Tashi Gomang Stupa in Salugara

Coffee[edit]

As Siliguri is at the heart of a tea-growing area, it has traditionally been associated with tea. However, following the international trend, coffee culture has made inroads in the city and there are now numerous branches of cafe chains as well as a growing number of independent coffee shops in and around Siliguri.

  • 1 Art O Adda Coffee House, 189, Subhas Pally, Netaji Subhash Road, Subhas Pally (near Netaji Girls High School), +91 86176 98119. 10AM-10PM daily. A quirky, art-filled cafe. Cosy seating. Specialises in Chinese and street food.
  • 2 Barista, Vega Mall, Sevoke Rd, . 10AM-10PM daily. A café chain in a great shopping mall. Also offers quick snacks.
  • 3 Cafe Bohemia, Opp. Navjeevan Apartments, near Shiv Mandir, Shiv Mandir Road, Punjabi Para, +91 94344 96177. Everyday 10AM-9:30PM. Great coffee. Innovative snacks and meals. Rough brick walls. Live music.
  • 5 Cafe Italiano, Vega Circle Mall, Salugara, toll-free: 1800 102 5093. Daily 11AM-10PM. Authentic Italian cuisine and high-quality coffee.
  • 6 Cuppa Java, 2nd Mile Sevoke Road, +91 74074 48000. 11AM-10:30PM. Coffee, international cuisine.
  • 7 New York City Cafe, 41 Khaprail Bazaar, +91 85974 35436. M-Sa 3-8PM, Su 3-9PM. Great coffee. Specialises in fancy cakes
  • 8 Ovenly, Swamiji More, Nazrul Sarani, Ashrampara, +91 70014 45897. Noon to midnight. A small bakery-cafe specialising in custom-made cakes and pastries.
  • 9 Panache, 1F, Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (opposite North City, diagonally across the road from Cosmos), +91 97332 50863, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Su 11AM-11PM. Excellent coffee, Lebanese and Indian cuisine. Free wifi. Good sound system.
  • 10 The Coffee Shop, 3F Vega Circle Mall, Salugara., +91 89727 72026. 10AM-10PM. Espresso based coffees, pastries, and pizza
  • 11 The Haphazard Cafe, 3F, Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (opposite North City, diagonally across the road from Cosmos), +91 79809 17609, . 10:30AM-10PM. A café offering excellent Persian/Parsi dishes. Free Wi-Fi.

Tea[edit]

  • 12 Netaji Cabin, Bidhan Market, +91 94342 47564. 6AM-9:15PM. A traditional tea store with great breakfast menu.

Alcohol[edit]

Outside wall of pub on Sevoke Road

With a young, educated, and liberal population, Siliguri enjoys a vibrant and lively pub scene. Planet Mall is the city's main watering hole, and there are a number of pubs and cafes throughout the mall.

  • 13 Half Full, 3F, Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (diagonally across the road from Cosmos), +91 35325 45886. noon-11PM. Upbeat bar & lounge featuring multicuisine fare, regular live music & sports screenings.
  • 14 Hashtag, 3F. Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (diagonally across the road from Cosmos), +91 98320 99995. noon-11:30PM. European-style pub with live music, dancing, pizza, continental cuisine.
  • 15 O3 (Sinclairs lounge), Ward 46, Pradhan Nagar, +91 97334 62777, toll-free: 1800 120 267000, . 7:30AM to 10:30PM. Worth checking out for a nice evening drink and snacks.
  • 16 Open House Cafe, 3rd Floor, Infinity Square, Sevoke Road, +91 96096 01818. noon-11PM. Cocktails & global fast food are served in this casual resto-bar with live music.
  • 17 Novus Tanzanite - Bar & Discotheque, 3F. Central Park Building, Sevoke Road, 2nd Mile (Ahead of Cosmos Mall, before PC Mitral Bus Stand), +91 70290 70290. Noon-11:55PM. Disco. Bar and restaurant. Sophisticated, urban décor. Good food.
  • 18 The Swedish Cafe and Pub (The Swedish), 2F Planet Mall, Sevoke Road, +91 91133 95783. 11AM–11:30PM. A stylish pub that serves innovative meals, alcohol, and coffee
  • 19 Worth The Hype, B29, Planet Mall, Sevoke Road (opp North City), +91 74070 45000. noon–11:15PM. Cafe and pub with chic interior, good selection of drinks, coffee and meals

Sleep[edit]

Travelers using Siliguri as an overnight halt might like to consider their hotel options based on the convenience for traveling to their next destination. Bagdogra, Matigara, and Darjeeling More areas are convenient for Darjeeling, Kurseong (route 110), and the airport (route 327), while Salugara, 2nd or 3rd mile Sevoke Road addresses are good for Kalimpong, Gangtok, and Bhutan (route 10).

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Athithi Guest House, Hill Cart Road. A well-maintained hotel at low rates with AC and non-AC rooms.
  • 2 Dewan's Hotel, Bhaktinagar (near New Jalpaiguri railway station), +91 353 269 1452. A simple hotel outside New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station. After exiting station, turn into first alley on right (adjacent to the taxi parking lot). The hotel is at the end of the alley.
  • 3 Himalayan Foothills Homestay, Kharagsingh Road (near Bagdogra Airport), +91 94759 08908, +91 89180 79640, +91 91265 88308, .
  • 4 Hotel Golden Moments, 143 Hill Cart Road (near Hasmi Chawk), +91 353 253 5825, +91 92336 56407, +91 94340 07001, . Non-AC double room: ₹753-2249, AC double room: ₹942-2698.
  • 5 Hotel Ranjit, 44, Hill Cart Road, Mahanandapara, +91 353 243 1680, +91 353 252 4053.
  • 6 Nine Ten Hotel, Navin Sen Circle, Sevoke Road (near Gurdwara), +91 353 2543539. Check-out: noon. up to ₹1,000.
  • 7 Sunakhari Lodge (from the Siliguir Junction train station, walk to the main road (Hill Cart Road), cross Hill Cart Road, turn left, walk one block to the Hotel Heritage, turn right at this hotel; walk one block; Sunakhari Lodge is on the corner). Sunakhari Lodge has free Wi-Fi. Singles with shared bathroom start at ₹400, ₹500 with attached bathroom (March 2019). It is less than a ten-minute walk from the Siliguri Junction train station (not the New Jalpaiguri train station).

Mid-range[edit]

  • 8 Hotel Central Plaza, +91 353 251 6119. Hill Cart Road, Pradham Nagar. Located about five minute taxi ride from main bus station. Clean and acceptable facilities. ₹650 non A/C to ₹3,500 for suite.
  • 9 Hotel Heritage, Hill Cart Road, Pradham Nagar, +91 98000 04488. Across from the city's main interstate bus station, Heritage is a well maintained and efficiently run hotel. ₹900 non A/C to ₹2,500 for suite.
  • 10 Hotel Manila, Hill Cart Road, Pradham Nagar, +91 353 251 9342. Next to Hotel Heritage. ₹600 non A/C to ₹2,400 for suite.
  • 11 Hotel Vinayak, 35, Hill Cart Road (near Punjab National Bank), +91 353 243 1130, +91 353 243 3154. Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM.
  • 12 Marina's Motel (close to the IXB airport), +91 97490 93020.
  • 13 Mainak Tourist Lodge, Hill Cart Road, Pradhan Nagar., +91 353 251 2859. Basic restaurant, but modern and smart rooms. Standard: single/double ₹1,200.
  • 14 Sawasstika Eco Resort, Fulbari hat, Changrabandha Village, Fulbari (behind Narayana School), +91 99333 33111, +91 90027 76070. Simple, but well equipped resort, outdoor baths, tea plantation, organic farm.

Splurge[edit]

Many of the modern, up-scale hotels are located on Sevoke Road (2nd-3rd mile), near Vega Circle Mall.

Courtyard by Marriott, Siliguri

Stay safe[edit]

Tips and warnings (India#Respect)

  • Try to dress as normal as possible, especially for female-solo travellers just to avoid some unwanted attention.
  • Be extremely careful when discussing religion — Many people have liberal, open-minded attitudes towards religion, although there are some who have rigid, radical viewpoints. It would be unwise to engage in a deep discussion about religion unless you know the person well. Proselytisation is frowned upon by many people and will not be welcomed.
  • Racial relations have historically been complex, and you should exercise a degree of respect when discussing that.
  • The swastika symbol is a common sight in the city, and is considered a religious symbol of good luck for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is also fairly common for Indian parents to name their daughters "Swastika". There is no connection of this symbol to the Nazis. Jewish people have lived in India for thousands of years and have never faced any antisemitism. Drawing parallels between the Swastika and the Nazi Party, however, will not be appreciated.

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.

Many first-time travellers find themselves falling victim to scams and touts. Be on guard for anybody trying to help you by giving you unsolicited directions or travel advice. Do not blindly rely on the advice of taxi and auto drivers. If this is your first time to the city, do not openly admit it, as this will make you more vulnerable to touts. Carry your cash, passport, and cards in a secure money belt, with only enough cash for a few hours at a time in your wallet or other accessible place. Some recommend carrying an expendable wallet with a few ten-rupees notes in it in an obvious place such as your hip pocket as a decoy to ubiquitous pickpockets. Beware during the rush hours in bus terminals and railway stations as many pickpockets will try to get your belongings.

If someone persuades you to get tickets from them, don't blindly trust them. Visit the official railway counters in the stations. It is recommended you book your tickets online prior travelling as the railway provides online booking services as well.

If you're arriving after midnight, it is therefore highly advisable to have accommodation pre-booked and arrange pick-up from the bus terminal or station with your hotel, or at least have the phone number with you, so that should you get lost or caught in a sticky situation you have someone reliable to call up. If you are visibly drunk and you are on the streets, the police might detain you on sight.

Siliguri Metropolitan Police[edit]

ISKCON Siliguri

Siliguri Metropolitan Police is one of the most advanced police forces in North Bengal. There are police patrollers all around the city and can be asked for any help.

Connect[edit]

Cell phone coverage in the city is excellent. There are three major service providers offering a wide variety of plans. Among them are Airtel, VI (formerly Vodafone) and Jio. Airtel is the preferable one as it provides high quality calls and great internet speed all across the city.

To call Siliguri from abroad you will need to dial the international prefix for your country, followed by India's country code +91. If you want to dial a landline no. from a mobile, then you have to add the area code of Siliguri, 0353 before the number.

Internet services are unreliable in some parts of the city. Most stores have broadband connections. Both the railway stations have free high-speed Wi-fi services but you need an Indian mobile number to register and receive the One-time password.

Emergency numbers[edit]

Here are some emergency numbers in case you need any help.

  • Emergency Number, 112.
  • Police, 100.
  • Fire Department, 101.
  • Ambulance, 102. or dial the nearest local hospital
  • Women's Helpline, 1091.

Cope[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Local newspapers can be handy and reliable sources for day-to-day updates about the city. The city has number of newspapers and other publication that list local happenings. There are different options for newspapers including daily, weekly and bi-weekly. Some of the popular newspapers are Uttarbanga Sambad, Bartaman, Anandabazar Patrika and The Statesman.

Rentals[edit]

Money exchange[edit]

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

  • 9 EBIXCASH World Money, 75, Rampada Bhavan, Ground Floor, Near SBI, Mangaldeep Branch, Hill Cart Road (A few steps from Rampada Bhavan), +91 89294 85250, . M-Sa 9:30AM –6PM. One of India's most trusted foreign exchanges. The branch provides good rates with no hidden charges.

Hospitals/clinics[edit]

Ayurvedic medicine[edit]

Tibetan medicine[edit]

Western medicine[edit]

Nearby[edit]

Coronation Bridge, Sevoke
  • 9 Coronation Bridge (Sevoke Bridge) (at Sevoke, about 23 km from the city on way to Gangtok/Kalimpong and Dooars on the National Highway 31.). You can see the turbulent Teesta roaring below. Near the bridge, there is a temple of goddess Kali, the goddess of destruction, and is considered very holy. People from far off places come here to pray and worship her. Coronation Bridge (Q5172206) on Wikidata Coronation Bridge on Wikipedia

Go next[edit]

  • Darjeeling — one of the oldest hill stations in India with interesting sites as well as trekking opportunities.
  • Dello — a small and peaceful Himalayan hamlet
  • Gangtok — this hill station is a popular site as a jumping-off point for treks, the home of the Banjhakri Falls, views of surrounding mountains and friendly atmosphere.
  • Gompa Dara — a small village that is the site of Gompa Rock and meditation caves and the Ogyen Mindrol Samtenling (Buddhist monastery)
  • Jalpaiguri — headquarters of the Jalpaiguri Division is a city with many historical links to the past
  • Jaldapara this national park is a 180-min drive from Siliguri. It's famous for its wildlife, in particular the Indian rhinoceros, bison, elephants, and peacocks.
  • Kalimpong — a small city with many gardens and religious sites.
  • Kathmandu. The Indian border town of Panitanki is around one hour from Siliguri. From there, it is 1.7 km to the Nepalese border town of Kakarbhitta (rickshaws available). Buses depart Kakarbhitta for Kathmandu (10 hours) from 3 to 6 PM. Direct Siliguri to Kathmandu deluxe bus service on alternate days, and North Bengal bus company service every Mon, Wed, and Fri - depart 3PM, ₹1,500 for the 11-hour journey.
  • Lava — a hamlet surrounded by beautiful natural forests. Home to the Lava Monastery and a spot to view Kanchenjunga peak at sunrise.
  • Loleygaon (Lolegaon) — a village noted for its Canopy Walk, Jhandi Dhara Sunrise Point, and Lolegaon View Point.
  • Mirik — a hill station with scenic views and tea gardens. The town is home to Sumendu Lake, several religious sites, and the international Bokar Buddhist Meditation Centre.
  • Mangpoo — a small village (hill station) with beautiful views was once known for its medicinal plant cultivation. It was the site where poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote his famous poem Janmadine.
  • Pelling — a small town ideal for nature walks and monastic treks.
  • Phuentsholing Buses depart for Phuentsholing at 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM every day from opposite Golden Plaza on Burdwan Road (behind Air View More). Tickets are sold at a counter near the bus. There are more frequent Indian buses to the border town of Jaigaon from Siliguri Bus Station on Hill Cart Road.
  • Raiganj — visit the Raiganj Eco Park and the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Rishop — suitable for a one-day stint. There is no city/town life here, just a small village with spectacular views of the third largest mountain peak of the world (Kangchenjunga) and its range.
Routes through Siliguri (National Highway and Heritage Railway routes)
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Kishanganj ← Islampur ←  W NH27-IN.svg E  AlipurduarJalpaiguri
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