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From a small village, Siliguri became a sub-division in Darjeeling district exactly a hundred years ago. It was in the year 1907 that Siliguri was declared a sub-division (Mahakuma) by the British administration. It is really surprising to note the growth of the small town into one of the largest cities in the entire North East of India.

Siliguri District Library The original village of Siliguri was to the south of where we have the Saktigarh Colony today.
The area is under Jalpaiguri District and Rajganj police station. It was a small and little village at that time. Much more important was Phansidawa bandor. The government activity was mostly conducted from the area where the Haskhoa Tea Estate is located now.

The land measurement of the area started in the year 1891. The whole area was covered with deep forest. Naturally there was abundance of Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, variety of Deer, reptiles and birds. One major problem in the Terai area at that time was Malaria – Kalajwar. The names of the different places in the region are significant in this respect. Bagdogra was known for the Bag or the Tiger. Matigara is where one buries the dead. Hatighisha was famous for Hati or the Elephant and so on.

POPULAR PLACES

Siliguri City The city of Siliguri is very well planned. Siliguri is endowed with the natural scenic beauty that adds to the grace of the place. One can see the white snow clad mountain peaks of the great Himalayan Ranges from Siliguri. The pleasant weather of Siliguri attracts numerous tourist all over the year

Kanchanjunga Stadium
The Kanchanjunga Stadium of Siliguri hosts many district, state, national and international level competitions. Spread over a huge area, the Kanchanjunga Stadium draws many tourists

Hong Kong Market
One of the major place of tourist attraction, the Hong Kong Market of Siliguri is a well known shopping complex of the region that draws several tourist who are absolutely thrilled at the variety of commodities that are sold at very reasonable

Jaldapara
124kms away from Siliguri, this wild life sanctuary is home to rare one-horned rhino and many other species of animals and birds. With the beautiful river Torsa running through the forest, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Siliguri.

Garumara
This is also another Wild Life Sanctuary only 87kms away from Siliguri. A variety of species of animals and birds are found here.

Coochbehar
Lying close to Siliguri, Coochbehar was once a princely state. Beautiful palaces, lakes and temples still exist with an old-world charm.

Mirik
Some 100kms away from Siliguri, this is a picturesque hill resort.

Kalijhora
The scenic spot of Kalijhora lies 27kms away from Siliguri Along the river Teesta.

Mahananda Weir Sukna

This is also a wild life sanctuary close to Siliguri.

HOW TO REACH SILIGURI
By Road: Siliguri is 7 Kms from Matigara, 12 Kms from Bharat Basti, 16 Kms from Kamal Pur, 26 Kms from Pankhabari, 36 Kms from Kurseong, 45 Kms from Mirik, 66 Kms from Kalimpong, 67 Kms from Darjeeling, 170 Kms from Biratnagar, 206 Kms from Pratapganj and 377 Kms from Naogaon and is well connected through West Bengal State Road Transport Corporation (WBSRTC) and some private travel services.

By Train : The nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station which is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Siliguri. It is well connected to Mumbai and Delhi and many cities of the state like Dhupguri, Kishanganj, Katihar, Malda, Bhagalpur and Kolkata etc.


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