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Siliguri is a city in Darjeeling district in the northern part of West Bengal, India.


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1 Get in 1.1 By train 1.2 By bus 1.3 By plane By train Siliguri has three railway stations: New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction and Siliguri Town. These stations connect Siliguri with different places across India. New Jalpaiguri is a 20- to 30-minute ride from the city center. Siliguri Junction has some long distance trains including Mahananda Express (from New Delhi) and Kanchankanya Express (from Sealdah). By bus Siliguri Bus Station is located across the street from the Sher-e-Punjab Hotel on Hill Cart Road (Tenzing Norgay Road). There are regular buses to/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 run by Gupta Travel (Tel: +91 353 251-3451) leaves Kolkata at 8PM arriving Siliguri at 9 AM (₹745 AC/₹325 non-AC). Under a joint understanding between Indian and Bangladeshi transport authority, there are regular bus services to/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 heading towards Siliguri leave at 7AM, 7:30AM, 8:15AM and 3PM daily and takes approximately 4½ hr. By plane 26.68111188.3286111 Bagdogra Airport (IXB IATA) (just 14 km from the heart of Siliguri). Due to the airport being designated an air force base, it is still known as Bagdogra, but, in reality, it is Siliguri Airport. 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 to/from Bangkok, while Druk Air offers twice in a week direct flights to the Thai capital, which begin and terminate in Paro. Taxis are available from the airport to Siliguri (approx ₹500), as well as to Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Phuentsholing.   


Top Attractions

Tashi Gomang Stupa in Salugara Buddha Mundir Monastery, Buddha Mundir Road, Salbari (Salibari). A monastery established by the Nyingma yogi, Chatral Sangye Dorji Rinpoche  26.902888.47311 Coronation Bridge (Sevoke Bridge) (At Sevoke. This is 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.    Dudhia, Siliguri-Mirik Highway. A picturesque tourist spot  Khordong Byangter Monastery, Dhansara (On road to Darjeeling, near NJP Station), ☎ +91 99 33 062222, +91 98 32 049416. A monastery is in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Accommodation available at the compound.  [dead link] Iskcon Temple. 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.  26.794588.36412 Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary (At Sukna.). This is a wildlife sanctuary at the foothills of the Himalayas. Vehicles can be hired to enter the sanctuary at a minimal charge. While many different types of animals live at the sanctuary, wild elephants and peacocks are its most famous inhabitants. The sanctuary is closed during the rainy seasons (15 July to 15 September).    Madhuban Park, Sukna (towards Darjeeling). A spacious park known for its manicured lawns, pathways and children's play areas.  North Bengal Wild Animals Park, Ashrampara, ☎ +91 353 2643900, e-mail:,. The park contains, a leopard, tiger, rhino, deer and Himalayan black bear safari, bird aviaries, small cats compound, crocodile ponds and a botanical trail  26.725688.38523 Science City (At Matigara). The campus has a museum, a planetarium and an Interpretation Centre that displays various type of flora.  26.763188.44754 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. (updated Mar 2017) Sevoke Kali Mandir (At Sevoke.). This is around 20 km from Siliguri, near the Coronation Bridge. This 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.  Surya Sen Park, Mahakal Pally. A children's park with green lawns, fountains, toy train, alternative energy exhibition, and picnic areas. Rs5. (updated Oct 2017) Tea Gardens (At Dagapur / Sukna). Siliguri is at the heart of a tea-growing area.  26.763188.44755 Triratna Monastery, Salbari. 15 - 20 minutes from Siliguri. A monastery in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (updated Mar 2018)