Siliguri the 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 Siliguri, though there's effectively no break
in the urban sprawl between the two places.
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 WestBengl 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 elephant.
87 km, by the side of jaldhaka river on the Bhutan border,
is a scenic picnic spot.
87km, is a compact wildlife sanctuary. There is a Forest Rest
104km, is capital of the erstwhile state of the same name,
and has parks, palaces and temples. The palace here has been recently
Weir: 18 km, is a picnic spot inside the Mahananda Wildlife
27 km, is a picnic spot by the side of the Teesta river. It
is ideal for fishing.
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.
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 Kolkata.
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 Delhi.
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.