Located on the banks of Mahananda River and the foothills of Himalayan foothills, Siliguri is probably the prettiest place to visit around West Bengal. The city is endowed with natural scenic beauty all year round and the views of the white snow-clad mountain peaks of the great Himalayan ranges cannot be missed. The Kanchenjunga stadium and the Hong Kong market are famous tourist attractions in Siliguri. Pride of the West Bengal tourism, Siliguri, has its own international airport at Bagdogra. Rich in landscapes and picturesque spots, Siliguri has all the vital elements that a traveller expects during a vacation. Also, what trip is complete without tasting the local food and drink? The Chhang, a drink made of barley is a must try. Now that we have sorted with the views and the food, the other big concern remains where to stay in Siliguri. The city has several hotels ranging from deluxe to budget hotels to choose from. While in Siliguri, why not explore some of the quaint and beautiful hill stations nearby. Let’s take a look at some of them…
Darjeeling, the nearest hill station from Siliguri, is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 70,001 feet. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO and is definitely worth cherishing among other places.
Mirik is situated at an elevation of nearly 1,768 meters and is the last range before the terrain starts. The town is centered on the Sumendu Lake.
A quieter destination situated at an elevation of 1,243 meters, Kalimpong is perched on a ridge above the Teesta River. Home to the Shivalik Hills, Kalimpong experiences good rainfall that accentuates its beauty. Dominated mainly by Nepalese population, this hill town celebrates an array of festivals that would appeal to a tourist.
Rimbik is a small town in the Singalila National Park area of Darjeeling district. The small town is a tourist hub for trekkers travelling to the Singalila National Park area, including Sandakphu. The town is perched on a hill above river Rammam flowing from Sikkim to Bengal.
Another pretty hill station near Siliguri is the town of Kurseong. Famous for its temples, churches and museums, this town has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The temples house nearly 300 year-old idols of Hindu gods and these attract quite the attention from devotees and visitors as well. The quaint toy train station is a hub for tourists. Rippling waterfalls, countless tea-gardens are beautiful sights to behold in Kurseong.
Also known as Sandakpur, this hill top is famously known as West Bengal’s highest peak. Sandakphu offers the view of Everest and Kanchenjunga among the other highest mountain peaks. You can either trek along the winding pathways of Sandakphu or even follow the rocky road.