Siliguri located in the state of West Bengal on the banks of River Mahanadi and the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya is the third largest city of West Bengal. Siliguri is also known as the Gateway to the North East India and is famous among the travelers for its temples and tea gardens but mostly they are attracted toward this city for its connectivity to other regions of the North-East. Siliguri is the second most important city in the state of West Bengal, after Kolkata.
Cuddled on the foothills of the glorious Himalayan range, Siliguri apart from being a junction towards the most scenic destination also has a number of tourist attractions to its credit. Right from the holy and scared ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple and monasteries to the numerous shopping centers and the informative, yet entertaining Science City, Siliguri has a number of places that are worth visiting. One of the popular monasteries The Sed-Gyued Monastery is in Salugara. It is a sacred Buddhist destination belonging to the Gelugpa. It was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in November, 2001. Here is also a researcher center for the Buddhist studies and visitors are lured towards this monastery for its famous 100ft tall stupa. There are number of parks in Siliguri. Surya Sen Park is located at the walking distance from International Market here you can enjoy boat ride or take a stroll in the well manicured garden and if you are tired from all the shopping you can take a tour of whole park on lookalike toy train. But if you want to do something more adventurous then you can go to Savin Kingdom or the newly opened ice skating ring. From shopaholic to sports lover there is something for everyone in Siliguri. Nature lover will be swooned by the boosting tea plantation along the meandering rivers of Mahanada and Balasan in Siliguri. Siliguri is the melting pot of many cultures and a great place to observe them living in peace and harmony. The best time to relish the beauty of Siliguri is from November to February when the weather is soothing and pleasant which lets the travelers to make best of the trip to 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 which makes it a must visit destination. If you want to explore the beauty of the gateway of 8 northeastern states of India, Siliguri is the ideal destination.