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Siliguri [1] is a city in Darjeeling district in the northern part of West Bengal, India.

Understand

As one of the most important transportation hubs in the north east, Siliguri has recently become something of a boom town. Sprawling and boisterous, modern condominiums dominate the landscape on entering the town, followed by endless streets of market stalls which surround a core of car show rooms and shopping malls. While it is a popular place to shop and do business for people from the North East and Bhutan, there is no good reason for tourists to linger in Siliguri. However, travelers heading towards Bhutan, Darjeeling and Sikkim may need to spend a night here. With a population of over 500,000, Siliguri is the second largest city in West Bengal and boasts the highest literacy rates in the state.

Get in

By train

Now Siliguri Junction have some long distance train like Mahananda Express(Upto New Delhi), Kanchankanya Express (upto Sealdah) etc.

By bus

Siliguri Bus Station is located across the street from the Sher-e-Punjab Hotel on Hill Cart Road (Tenzing Norgay Road).

By plane

Get around

Walking is one method of getting around however one needs to be constantly alert, aware and awake since the traffic in all of India can be very chaotic and dangerously deadly. It is recommended that one opt for cycles rickshaws, city autos, buses or one can hire a private taxi.

The best and cheapest option is to use the shared taxis that run across town. You just need to flag down one and when you leave you pay a fixed amount.

See

Do

Buy

Basically, Silguri sells its wares on two streets - Hillcart Road and Sevoke Road. The former offers more traditional stores and is home to many of the city's hotels, while Sevoke offers more upscale shopping and is the center of the city's banking.

Malls

Street markets

Eat

Drink

Sleep

As a major transportation hub and business center, Siliguri has a host of hotels. Many are located on the main thoroughfare, Hill Cart Road.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

There are a host of internet cafes in the lanes behind Hotel Heritage/Hotel Manila (across from the main bus station). There is also an internet cafe among the row of restaurants directly outside NJP Station. Web connections in Siliguri are fast and reliable.

Cope

There are several banks on Sevoke Road that offer money change and ATM service.

Get out

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