Located in the state of West Bengal, Siliguri and the town of New Jalpaiguri, which is a stone’s throw away, are the gateway towns to the hills surrounding Darjeeling, Kalimpong and the mountain state of Sikkim in the far east of India. You may also pass through here if travelling to/from Bhutan overland or eastern Nepal.
A large and noisy hub, there is little to stop at Siliguri for, although a night is sometimes required if arriving in the evening by train. The town is set on the banks of the Mahananda River and the foothills of the Himalayas, and although it is not known for being picturesque, it does have beautiful surrounding views.
Some of the oldest sites in Siliguri are from colonial British rule, built in the 1880s, such as Siliguri Town Railway Station, Hill Cart Road and Mahabirsthan market. There is also the colourful Salugara Monastery a half hour drive out of town, which is adorned with a 30 metre tall Tibetan-style stupa.
Features in the following itineraries
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India