Shiliguri,a sub-divisional town of Darjeeling district, is perhaps
the most important in the entire North-East India. Well connected
with Air, Road and Rail to almost all the important Indian cities,
Shiliguri is basically a launching ground for the travelers to explore
North Bengal and Sikkim. Shiliguri is also the gateway to Bhutan
through the Dooars. Direct road connection to Bhutan and Nepal and
other North-Eastern states has prompted Shiliguri to become a buzzing
modern international trade center.
Although Shiliguri is a typical modern city, its scenic surroundings
are hardly comparable to any other cities of India. A half an hour
journey from Shiliguri to any direction reaches deep into the natural
environments. With Mahananda and Balasan River flowing through it,
Shiliguri is not deprived of natural beauty. The distinct view of
snowy range of Mount Kunchenjungha on a clear day is very attractive.
Shiliguri offers several options for day visitors. Mahananda Wild
Life Sanctuary, Shorea-forest recreation center, Sevok Coronation
Bridge, Madhuban Nature Park, Panighata are some of the major tourist
spots lying with 25kms radius from Shiliguri.
a small village at an altitude of 700m, on the India-Bhutan border,
Bindu, famous for its cardamom plantation, is also coming up as
a popular offbeat tourist destination in Dooars Himalayan foothills.
Bindu is scenically placed among the high mountains all around
with Jaldhaka River flowing through the valley making a natural
border with Bhutan and India.
The 108 km drive from Shiliguri to Bindu winds up through the undulating
slopes of Dooars covered with lush green tea garden and forests.
A visit to Todey (1500m) and Paren from Bindu is worth experiencing
for the unspoiled natural environment and innocent village people.
32 km drive away from Shiliguri, Mongpong provides you with the mesmerizing
landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. On the lofty banks of Tista
under the floating clouds will offer you some unforgettable picnic
spots and panoramic view of Mahananda wild life sanctuary. You also
can trek through the virgin forest near Mongpong. The sight of flickering
ripples in the Tista in a moonlit night will take you to the world
of sublime dream. The cool breeze and soft melting glow of the sun
will infuse a new life in you at Mongpong.
An important offbeat destination in Kalimpong hills, Lolegaon is
123 km from Shiliguri, 54 km from Kalimpong and 24 km from Lava.
At an altitude of 1850M in the midst of undulating slopes and adorned
with towering Dhupi and Cypress trees Lolaygaon / Lolegaon is the
place of ethereal wilderness. Glittering Kunchendzonga at dawn or
sensational sunrise and sunset from Jhandidara will leave you spellbound.
The soft colourful petals of the flowers and orchids and the cool
breeze will bring a new life in you.
The visit to the Heritage Forest of Lolaygaon / Lolegaon is a must
to get a feel of the exquisite wealth nature has showered here.
The unique 'Canopy Walk' over the century old mossy Oak and Cypress
in the Heritage Forest is a thrilling experience. The all-pervading
melodious silence will give you a new dimension of contended soul.
of 99km via Kalimpong or 115km via Gorubathan from Shiliguri will
take you to Lava, one of the most picturesque spot in the Darjeeling
Himalayas. A serene misty hamlet in the Kalimpong sub division,
Lava has been a recent addition in the tourism map of North Bengal
and is getting immense popularity among the travelers looking for
off beat destinations.
Situated at an altitude of 2100m, Lava presents a landscape with
ultimate splendour of nature that can never be captured by word.
The conifer forests under the worm glow of sun with colourful birds
flying and singing everywhere the whole surrounding will enthrall
you to a new dimension.
The view of the silvery peaks of Greater Himalayan snow ranges
or the smiling children of local ethnic villages, soaked in simplicity
and hospitality, will give you a sense of total fulfillment. Visit
the Lava Monastery and Neora valley Interpretation center, which
offers the glimpse of the nature's wealth.
Lava is the gateway of Neora Valley National Park, a virgin, unexplored
terrain in the Himalayas. A drive to Choudaferri inside the park
through the pine clad winding road and the Sunrise spot at Tiffin
Dara are simply unforgettable. Rishap, another upcoming popular
tourist destination is only 8kms from Lava.
Bagdogra, the nearest airport, is only 15Km from Shiliguri. It has
direct daily air link with Calcutta (now Kolkata), Delhi and Guwahati.
Presently Jet Airways and Indian Airlines are operating flights
on regular basis from Bagdogra.
Shiliguri is the junction of NorthEast frontier Railway Grid. New
Jalpaiguri, popularly known as NJP is the one of the most important
rail station of North east and just 4 km from Shiliguri. NJP is
connected with direct trains from New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai,
Shiliguri is 650km from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal,
760kms from Khatmandu, the Capital of Nepal
350Kms from Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Shiliguri to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is 120Kms
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