Gateway to North-East
The location of the place makes it very popular amongst the travellers as they have to pass through the place to enter to northeast. Situated at the base of Himalayan Mountains by the river side of Mahananda, Siliguri is famous for tea gardens. The natural beauty, view of the snow-clad mountain has been attracting travellers throughout the year.
The settlement in Siliguri started with tea plantation and in 1907 it acquired the status of sub-division with the establishment of junction station to the Toy train in Darjeeling in 1880. In 1947 with the independence, the town witnessed an inflow of refuges from then East Pakistan. Siliguri is also the most vulnerable nodal point in the narrow corridor linking north eastern states with rest of India. In 1951, Assam rail link and broad gauge link with New Jalpaiguri in 1962 established Siliguri as an important trading centre for Assam, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Eastern Nepal. Today, Siliguri has gained considerable importance.
Siliguri serves all variety of cuisine such as Chinese, Bengali, Mughal and South Indian. The must to taste cuisine in Siliguri is the variety of Bengali cuisine, along with Tibetan and Nepali.
Siliguri is famous for handmade wooden crafts which are beautifully crafted. Apart from this, cane furniture, terracotta, kantha patched cloth embroidery is some of the known handicrafts in the region.
Places to Visit
Famous for the 100 feet stupa founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche.
Grand temple with soothing ambience is also known as Sri Sri Radha Madhav Sundar Mandir.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to rare mountain goat, Cheetal, barking dear, fishing cat, sambar, tiger, elephant and Indian bison and migratory birds.
Hong Kong Market
Known for stocking imported goods and international brands.
260 sq km
Light clothing for summer and warm clothing during winters.
Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, English
Nearest Railway Station