Siliguri Travel Guide
Get There and Around
* Siliguri has two important railway stations: Siliguri Junction and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) besides 'Siliguri Town'. NJP connects Siliguri with Gauhati/Dibrugarh in the north-east, Jaipur/Jodhpur/Mumbai etc in the west, Delhi/Kolkata etc in the north and Trivandrum/Cochin etc in the south. Siliguri Junction mainly serves short distance meter gauge line trains along with a new broad gauge line up to NJP. NJP is about a twenty to thirty minute ride from the city center.
* There are regular buses to/from Kolkata. The well-known and comfortable Siliguri Rocket, run by the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), leaves Kolkata at 8PM arriving Siliguri at 8am (Rs. 245). Some private bus lines also ply the route. The 'Royal Cruiser' Volvo buses run by Gupta Travel (Tel: +91 353 251-3451) leaves Kolkata at 8PM arriving Siliguri at 9am (Rs. 745 AC/Rs. 325 non-AC).
* Under a joint understanding between Indian and Bangladeshi transport authority, there are regular bus services to/from Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. BRTC (Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation) buses leave Dhaka everynight at 8 PM and reach India-Bangladesh border at Changrabanda post at early morning. These buses will not cross the border and the passengers have to clear customs, walk a few hundred yards to cross the border and board the waiting Indian buses for another three hour ride to Siliguri. The buses are air conditioned, very comfortable and depart on time. One way fare from Dhaka to Siliguri is between USD 20 to 25, depending on conversion rates.
* There is a regular bus service from Phuentsholing in Bhutan and the Bhutanese border town of Jaigon to Siliguri. The Bhutan Government buses depart across from the bus station, near the Hotel Heritage.
The bus station is located across the street from the Sher-e-Punjab Hotel on Hill Cart Road (Tenzing Norgay Road).
* The closest major international airport is at Kolkata, approx 570km south of Siliguri. The Bagdogra Airport is just 14km from the heart of Siliguri and has links with most major Indian cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati, while Druk Air operates flights from Bangkok twice a week (incoming in Sundays and Wednesdays, outgoing on Tuesdays and Saturdays). Flights on the Bangkok route begin or terminate in Paro, Bhutan. Taxis are available from the airport to Siliguri, as well as to Darjeeling and Gangtok, though these are expensive. Cheaper options are available from Siliguri bus station.
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.
is a city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Siliguri Corridor or Chicken's Neck — a very narrow strip of land linking mainland India to its north eastern states. It is also the transit point for air, road and rail traffic to the neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. The town hosts over 500,000 domestic and 15,000 foreign visitors annually. It is the commercial nerve center of North Bengal.