The Gateway to the North East India Siliguri is a bustling city of West Bengal, India. The second largest city of North East Region, Siliguri is located on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas along the bank of Mahananda River. The connectivity to pictorial destinations like Bhutan, Darjeeling, Nepal and Sikkim make Siliguri famous amongst the travellers along with its tea gardens and temples. Bagdogra Airport is located at a distance of 12 km from Siliguri. There are many places to visit around Siliguri which has hyped the interest of travellers. Summers are hot and humid making winter season the best time to visit Siliguri.
Siliguri is the melting pot of diverse culture where travellers can see people of different community living in peace and harmony. Being the hotspot of diverse culture, travellers can taste variant cuisine of Northeast region while travelling to Siliguri. Venture upon the scenic Himalayan valleys and less trodden land of North Bengal from Siliguri while being awe-stricken by the alluring charisma of this vibrant city.
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Situated on the outskirts of Siliguri along the meandering Balason River is a pictorial hamlet called Dudhia. From Siliguri Dudhia is only 26 km away. Dudhia with its tranquil ambiance and scenic beauty has become a favoured picnic spot of Siliguri. Situated on the Mirik-Siliguri highway Dudhia is an ideal site for river side camping. Far from the daily hassle of city life, Dudhia with its impeccable beauty has become the perfect getaway destination. The landscape of Balason and roads leading towards Dudhia has captivated the mind of many travellers.
Bengal Safari or Bengal Wild Animals Park is merely 10 km away from Siliguri. This park is spread over 297 hectare area. The establishment of North Bengal Wild Animals Park or Bengal Safari is for showcasing the fauna diversity of the North Bengal flood plains. Keeping in mind about the norms of Central Zoo Authority the Safari Park has been planned. Medicinal plants are also found in this park. In natural habitat of Sal and its associated species the park was built.
Following are the details of Safari: 1) Mixed Herbivore Safari, 2) Tiger Safari. For visitors specially designed vehicles is being used for safari.
Endowed with verdant forested area and sparkling river stream is a nature bound place called Dooars. Sprawled on the Himalayan foothills Dooars with its rich flora and fauna has become a favored destination of nature lovers traveling Siliguri. Dooars is located at a distance of 56km from Siliguri. The road leading towards Dooars creates a visual treat for the tourists. The emerald green forest of Dooars is famous for being the safe haven of exotic creatures like Asiatic One-horned Rhinoceros and Bengal Florican. Dooars is one of the few places in India where tourist can explore the core of dense forested area on the back of elephant. Listen to the chirping of exotic birds while observing the nature at its pristine form in Dooars. If you relish being amidst the nurturing lap of nature Dooars is one of the must visit destinations of Siliguri.
Situated on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas near Siliguri is a new found tourist destination called Rohini. It is located at a distance of 25 km from Siliguri. The valley enclosing Rohini is dotted with lush tea garden making it a favoured picnic spot of Siliguri. Situated on the new road between Darjeeling to Siliguri, the beauty of Rohini has mesmerized both travellers and visitors. The temple located in the Rohini is a vantage point to catch a panoramic view of Siliguri and meandering river streams of Balason and Mahananda. On a clear day visitors can also catch the view of sub Himalayan region from Rohini. The cool mountain breeze and aromatic fragrance of lush green tea garden makes Rohini a must visit destination of Siliguri.
Sukna a scenic forest settlement is located in the periphery of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is situated on the road between Darjeeling and Siliguri. Surrounded with dense forested area the occasional sighting of wild elephants is a common event while visiting Sukna. The main attractions of Sukna are the DHR station, Forest Department Campus and Sukna cantonment. Enclosed by the meandering river streams of Mahananda and Teesta, Sukna is one of the favoured picnic spot of Siliguri. The best time to visit Sukna is during October to April. Sukna has its own pace of life which is unscathed by the modernised society. Learn more about the iconic toy train in DHR museum and spot some exotic birds in the thick woods while travelling to Sukna.
Situated 17 km from the bustling city of Siliguri is a scenically blessed hamlet name Rongtong on the route towards Darjeeling. Rongtong is well connected with roads and railway lines. Visitors can spots birds like Himalayan Bulbul, Black-Crested Bulbul, Spangled Drongo, Serpentine Eagle and Minivets in the luxuriant forest surrounding Rongtong making it a birding paradise for avid bird watchers. The rundown park of Rongtong is a vantage point to watch a mesmerizing sunset. The road leading towards Rongtong is considered one of the most pictorial roads in Siliguri. Listen to distant melodious chirping of the exotic birds as you bask in the view of setting sun glazing the adjacent valley in a beautiful hue of orange. Enclosed with verdant forested area Rongtong has become a favored destination of Siliguri to find solace amidst nature.
Close to Baikunthapur forest on the western bank of river Teesta is a small village named Gajoldoba. Gajoldoba now known as ‘Bhorer Aalo’ (Light of Dawn) is famous for the barrage on River. Because of this dam the collected water body on the north side attracts migratory birds to make their temporary home during winter. The serene natural views of forest, river and mountain never fails to mesmerise tourists or travellers’ .The barrage over Teesta at Gajoldoba is also an important road connection between Dooars and Siliguri. This place is situated at the distance of 27 km from Siliguri. Among major attractions are bird watching and boating. Best time to visit Gajoldoba is from November to March.