Siliguri is blessed with wonderful natural beauty. Siliguri is renowned for its three “T” – the tea, timber and tourism. The other two may be part of economic world but the tourism is the blood vain of Siliguri. The distant view of Kanchenjunga from Siliguri is a clear day is enough to take away the mind to a long journey from the world of reality.
The forest-covered foothills also present a panoramic sight for the visitors of Siliguri. The myriad flora in the Terai to the north and the agricultural flats, along with teagardens to the south combine to form beautiful vistas, thus Siliguri is uncommon around most other cities of India. Siliguri serves as the gateway of 8 northeastern states of India. Its amazing views really charm the visitors to have a look on it.
Places in the city of Siliguri
North Bengal Science Centre:
It is located 5 km north of the city Siliguri alongside the National Highway 31 in Matigara. This Science Museum exhibits many scientific experiments and scientific equipments. The Science city complex encloses a planetarium and a Nature Interpretation Centre. The Science City of Siliguri shows the biological diversity of the region. the visitors can also enjoy the flora and fauna existing in Siliguri range. Another attraction of the place is observing the dialect, customs and traditions and culture of the people living in North Bengal.
It is Located within the Army Cantonment area, which is 8 km from the city Siliguri. The park is well maintained and serve as a picnic spots also. It is the trail of the renowned Sukna forest. There some animals at the park house like rabbit, deer, peacock etc. A wide variety of Butterflies will surely attract the heart of the visitors not only from Siliguri but also the visitors from out side the city Siliguri.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary or Reserve is located 8 km from the city Siliguri in the Sukna Forest Range. It is a vast stretch of wilderness with thick foliage stretched along the tributary of the Mahananda River, called the Panchanoi River. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat of many varieties of wildlife fauna and flora. The foliage includes thick woody trees and dense bushes. The animals include rare mountain goat, Chetal, barking dear, fishing cat, sambar, tiger, elephant and Indian bison.
Elephant Saffari and jeep Saffari are to wonderful option to enjoy the wild beauty very closely. It is a nice place for trekking nearby the city of Siliguri.There some mild to medium options for trekking lovers to meet their charm for it. It is Really a good place near to Siliguri to be part of the wild and enjoy it thoroughly.
Surya Sen Park:
It is located at Mahakalpally in Siliguri, alongside the Mahananda River. The Surya Sen Park, a favorite picnic spot among the local people of Siliguri. The park is a eco-friendly pace as it exhibits different alternative energy source. This park in Siliguri is named after the renowned freedom fighter Surya Sen. The park facilitate the children of Siliguri with different equipment of enjoyment. The beautiful decorations, the lush green lawn, picturesque view of the fountains will definitely the steal the heart of anyone weather from Siliguri or not. The night lighting of the Surya Sen Park, Siliguri is another thing that should not be missed.
North Bengal University:
The North Bengal University is located 9 km away from Siliguri with a great campus stretched along an area of 330 acres. It is the educational centre for the North Bengal region along with the state of Sikkim. This University situated at Siliguri was established on1962. It enrolls over 36,000 undergraduates and 1500 graduates at different courses under its affiliation every year. There are 23 post graduate departments, 18 centres and 19 administrative departments other then the researchers centers and officers quarter at Siliguri. Student not only from Siliguri and its surrounding area , Darjeeling, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda and the states of Sikkim choose this university for their study. Again students from neighboring Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal like to this university as the way to get the successes.
Sed-Gyued Monastery, Salugara:
The Sed-Gyued Monastery, Salugara, is a sacred Buddhist destination near to Siliguri. It is located in Salugara, belonging to the Gelugpa. Siliguri. It was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in November, 2001. Here is also a researcher center for the Buddhist studies. It is believed that the original Monastery was first destroyed by Chinese when they invaded Tibet. Dalai Lama wished to rebuilt it at Salugara, Siliguri. The main attraction was the 100 feet high Stupa founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. The stupa at Slugara, Siliguri brings out five kinds of relics and is really worth to be revered.
The Kalchakra Monastery at Siliguri was also inaugurated by the Dalai Lama when he visited Salugara, a suburb in Siliguri, for the Kalchakra ceremonies in 1996.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as Hare Krishna Movement manages the ISCKON temple, Siliguri The temple houses many beautiful idols of Advaita Acharya, Lord Narasimha, Lord Chaitanya and many more. This temple attract thousand of people every year.
Places around Siliguri
Gajoldoba on Tista Barrage
Gajoldoba on Tista Barrage is 25 km away Siliguri is a perfect place for bird watcher.The place has been a boon to the migratory water fouls after a dam was constructed for irrigational purposes on river Tista. The water reservoirs are surrounded by dense forest of Baikunthapur that invites a number of water birds from Ladakh and Central Asia. This place is a wonderful place near to Siliguri to enjoy the beauty Brahmini ducks, Bar headed goose, Poachards, Pintails, Shovlers, mallards, black Ibis, and many species of storks, cormorants and ducks.
It is located 15 km away from Siliguri on Siliguri-Jalpaiguri highway is lesser-known artificial water body – Fulbari. The most important river Mahananda provides a wide marshy land that is an ideal nesting place for the migratory birds like Rudy shell, Mallard, open bull stork and much more during December to February.
Shorea Forest Recreation Center
It is located at Siliguri on NH31 towards Gangtok. It is a recently established eco-tourism center – Shorea.It is name after botanical name of Sal tree 'Shorea Rubusta' as the place is situated amidst the dense high sal forests of Baikunthapur division of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, Siliguri. A nice and unique tree top restaurant is situated here to provide the visitors of Siliguri with a wonderful experience.
Sevoke, Kalijhora, Mongpong:
Sevoke, Kalijhora, Mongpong combines a popular visit place for the people of Siliguri. These are 8-10 km away from each other and 30 km away from the city Siliguri. these beautiful places are situated at the foothill of Kalimpang surounded by dense forest and wide river basin.
The Corronation Bridge at Sevok near Siliguri is a unique example of architecture. It was built by the British before the independence of India. Sevoke Kali mandir is situted on the hill top which provide a wonderful view of river Tista.
Mongpong is surrounded by dense forest providing a panaromic view of Tista valley and Mahananda forest.
Rohini is a famous tourist place 25 km away from Mirik. There is good accomodation arrangement so that visitors can have a night long view Mirik.
A common tourist spot on the Siliguri-Mirik highway.
Panighata and Lohagarh
Both the places are situated at Indo-Nepal border on the bank or river Mechi. We can find the places 25 km away from the Siliguri city. This places is famous for campaigning composed of forest, low hills, rivers and teagardens.
There is a market named Dhulabari famous for foreign goods from Nepal is only half hour drive from this tourist place.