This picturesque hamlet is located just outside the city between Siliguri and Mirik. Located near the banks of the Balson River, it is surrounded by tea gardens that you can also visit during your time here. It does get crowded a bit during winter when water levels are low, however a visit during weekdays would be a perfect getaway.
There are many other places to make a visit during your stay here such as the Madhuban Park, Surya Sen Park and Salugara Monastery amongst others.
Most popular shopping options include the famous Darjeeling Tea, woollen garments from Tibet and Bhutan and handicrafts from Sikkim. There are a number of shopping joints at Hill Cart Road and Sevoke Road. The most popular market for international gadgets is the famous Hong Kong Market.
Cuisine on offer
Siliguri does not have any popular cuisines to call its own, however its close proximity to most places make it a perfect destination to gorge on delicacies from Tibet, Nepal and Bengal Cuisine. Offering options in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, it is the perfect place to try out everything from Momos to Thupkas. Don’t go by the average look of most restaurants here, the food here will leave you amazed with its quality and taste without burning a hole in your pocket. A filling meal can cost you as low as Rs.100-200 per meal.
When to go
Siliguri is one of those rare places which is perfect to visit year round. However the touristy months are considered as March-May and October-December as both summers and winters are not very harsh in Siliguri and are perfect to experience the surrounding beauty.
By Air: The city as a domestic airport in Bagdogra located 17 kms away from the city centre.It has regular flights from most metros such as Mumbai , New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Several private and public options are available to reach the city from the airport
By Train: The city has three railway stations: New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction and Siliguri Town. These stations connect Siliguri with different places across India. New Jalpaiguri , the biggest station in the city is a 20- to 30-minute ride from the city centre.
By Road: The city’s popularity as a connecting point to many other cities/countries gives it an added advantage of being well connected to other destinations via road. The most popular route to travel to Siliguri is via Kolkata. There are also regular bus services from Phuentsholing/Jaigaon , Gangtok , Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Getting around the city is very cheap as there are multiple options available including private/shared taxis, buses, electric rickshaws and cycle rickshaws to name a few. The fares are pretty nominal and are easily accessible.
While there are accommodations available all over the city , the most popular ones can be found near Sevoke Road or Pradhan Road.With options starting from INR 1,200 per night on twin sharing,it’s a complete value deal. Some of the popular options in Siliguri are Sinclairs Siliguri , The Cindrella Hotel ,Lemon Tree Hotel Siliguri.
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