Siliguri is a tiny hill station nestled in between the Himalayan foothills and the Doar region of West Bengal which is situated on the banks of the river Mahananda.
Siliguri is a tiny hill station nestled in between the Himalayan foothills and the Doar region of West Bengal which is situated on the banks of the river Mahananda. Also known as the Gateway to North East India, Siliguri serves mainly as a base for tourists to camp in before moving out to explore nearby tourist attractions such as Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok. However, Siliguri itself is a perfectly good holiday destination with many things to see.
The Jaldapara National Park, situated on the banks of the Torsa river is a prime attraction of Siliguri. Formerly known as the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is spread over an area of around 215 kilometres, and is comprised of riverine forests as well as grasslands. The park is home to Royal Bengal Tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, and various other species of deer. You can go for an elephant ride, which will give you a chance to catch a glimpse of the animals up close.
North Bengal Wild Animals Park is an integral part of the Mahanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and spread out over an area of 300 hectares, this park contains a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Mirik is around 50 kilometres from Siliguri which is famous for its picturesque beauty, its pristine Sumedu Lake, and its monastery. Sumedu Lake offers fishing activities and boat rides for tourists, which is a wonderful way to relish the breathtaking view of the hills bordering the lake on all sides.
The major attraction of Siliguri are Salugara Monastery, ISKCON Temple, Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary, The Science City, Dudhia, Sevoke Kali Mandir, Coronation bridge, Madhuban Park, Surya Sen Park, Umrao Singh Boat Club, various tea gardens and many more.
Salugara Monastery was 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.
ISKCON Temple was built by ISKCON, which stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This is also known as Sri Sri Radha Madhav Sundar Mandir. With a grand temple, beautiful campus and soothing ambience, this temple is a must visit for everyone.
Situated between Mahananda and Teesta River, Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare mountain goat, Cheetal, barking dear, fishing cat, sambar, tiger, elephant and Indian bison and migratory birds. It offers mild to medium trekking challenges at Deorali, Latpancher and Golaghat Mana.
The North Bengal Science Centre is a highly reputed institution in north Bengal famed for its planetarium and Nature Interpretation Centre.
Dudhia is a beautiful small town in the outskirts of Siliguri which also offers accommodation facilities.
Sevoke Kali Mandir is an ancient temple on Teesta banks, close to the Coronation Bridge. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Coronation bridge, also known as Sevoke Bridge, is situated in Darjeeling. It is also known as Lohapul as it is made of steel. It is about 20 km away from Siliguri. The bridge spans across the Teesta River. In Siliguri it is the best place to observe the natural beauty.
Madhuban Park is a spectacular park located in the outskirts of Siliguri which is founded by Indian Army. The park serves as an ideal picnic spot. The lush green surroundings of Sukna Forest offers cool climate and serene ambiance.
Other places to visit in Siliguri are Surya Sen Park, Umrao Singh Boat Club, various tea gardens.