This crowded, sprawling, noisy place is the
departure point for visits to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim and the North-East states.
Siliguri is the major trade centre for the north-east and eastern
Nepal; a real boom town, it's packed with trucks and buses and not a pleasant
place to stay for a moment more than necessary. New Jalpaiguri (known as NJP),
the main railway junction, is eight km south of Silliguri, though there's
effectively no break in the urban sprawl between the two places.
Orientation & Information
The towns of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri comprise
essentially just one north-south main road - Tenzing Norgay Rd. It's about four
km from New Jalpaiguri railway station to Siliguri Town railway station, and a
further four km from there on to Siliguri Junction railway station, behind the
Tenzing Norgay Central bus terminal. You can catch the toy train (if it's
running ) from any of these railway stations. Bagdogra, 12km west of Siliguri is
the airport serving this northern region.
The West Bengl Tourist Office is up a flight of stairs on
Tenzing Norgay Rd, on the south side of the river. Here, it's possible to book
accommodation in the Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary. There are tourist counters
at the airport and railway stations.
124 km from Siliguri via New Teesta Bridge (Jalpaiguri),
it is a wildlife sanctuary which houses rhions, bisons, barking deer and wild
Jaldhaka : 87 km, by the side of jaldhaka river on the Bhutan border,
is a scenic picnic spot.
Gourmara : 87km, is a compact wildlife sanctuary. There is a Forest
Rest House here.
Cooch-Behar : 104km, is capital of the erstwhile state of the same
name, and has parks, palaces and temples. The palace here has been recently
Mahananda Weir : 18 km, is a picnic spot inside the Mahananda Wildlife
Kalijhora : 27 km, is a picnic spot by the side of the Teesta river.
It is ideal for fishing.
The best buy in Siliguri is loose tea, available almost everywhere. With the
Nepal and Bhutan borders being near, a certain amount of smuggled goods are also
available. All the better markets/shops are located on either Hill Cart Road or
Sevoke Road. Excellent cane furniture is available.
With rising demand from locals and visitors, all the upmarket
goods with international labels are now available in Siliguri.
Where to stay
Cindrella : 3rd Mile, Sevoke Road; 8 km from NJP railway
station, 16 km from airport.
Sinclairs : P.O.Pradhan Nagar; 5 km from railway station, 12 km from
Mainak Tourist Lodge (West Bengal Tourism
): P. O. Pradhan Nagar; 4 km
from railway station , 10 km from airport.
Vinayak : P .O .Pradhan Nagar; 3 km from railway station, 11 km from
Viramma Resorts : Hill Cart Road; 10 km from railway station, 10 km
Skylark : 1 Tilak Road; 1 km from airport, 3 km from railway
Air: Bagdogra airport is 12 km west of Siliguri. Jet Airways and Indian
Airlines have five flights a week between Bagdogra and Kolkata or New Delhi,
and four a week to Guwahati. Not all the flights to Delhi are direct, some
backtrack to Guwahati first. Skyline NPEC also has three flights a week to
Lots of train runs from different part of country. The Darjeeling mail is
available from Sealdah(Kolkata). The North East Express is the latest train to
To reach Bangladesh you can take a train from New Jalpaiguri to Haldibari.
Taxi and Jeep
: The fastest and most comfortable way of getting around the hills is by share
jeep. There are a number of taxi stands where you can get share jeeps to
destinations in the WB hills, and to Sikkim, including one on Sevoke Rd, and one
outside Tenzing Norgay Terminal.