Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas the town of Siliguri has grown and developed thanks to its strategic location. It is the gateway to the Dooars and acts as the connecting point where Northeast India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh come together to do business. It also provides access to the ‘Silk Route’ or the route via which the trade between India and Tibet is conducted. A rich commercial hub, Siliguri is also blessed with natural beauty and attracts business travellers as well as tourists all the year round.
What’s special about the city?
Like any city which absorbs influences of different cultures, Siliguri has a unique character of its very own. While it usually treated only as a stopover by tourists headed to the neighbouring destinations, Siliguri does boast several must-visit locales. The 100 ft Stupa at the Salugara Monastery is a sight which must not be missed. Built by Tibetan Monks, the monastery houses as many as 5 relics of the Buddha. Wildlife enthusiasts could head to the Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary which is located between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. Besides providing a glimpse of wildlife in natural habitat, the sanctuary offers opportunities for trekking too. The spiritually-minded traveller may head to the ISKCON temple, or the ancient Sevoke Kali Mandir built on the banks of the Teesta River and the visit the Coronation Bridge located close by. This iron bridge was built to commemorate the coronation of King George V and offers a glimpse of the British style of architecture.
Explore at Your Own Pace
The best way to navigate the busy streets of this noisy transport hub is in the comfort and privacy of a self-drive car. Travellers to the city can now give uncomfortable public transport and expensive private taxis a miss, with a convenient and affordable alternative. Self- drive cars are the new trend among tourists and locals alike, and several providers like Zoomcar ensure that one never wants for a car of one’s very own when in Siliguri. Self-drive car rentals in Siliguri are not only easy to book but also include perks like free fuel, insurance cover, all-India permits and much more for a smooth driving experience.
Siliguri is at an easy driving-distance from several popular hill-stations including Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. Car rentals which have all-India permits make it possible to drive to these destinations and visit the enchanting neighbourhood of Siliguri.