There are two opinions about the origin of the name Siliguri. One opinion is that it is derived from the word “shil” meaning small stones. It is said that the name orginates from the broken bolders which lie scattered in the Mahananda river. The other opinion is that it means “a place with Sal trees”.

Siliguri is the gateway to eastern India. The town is strategically located near the international borders with Bangladesh and Nepal. Bhutan and China border is also not very far. Access to the north-east India also passes through Siliguri. This has resulted into great strategic importance of the town both in economic and political sense.

The places of interest in the town include -

Bidhan Market – A shopper’s paradise. Located on the hill cart road, this market offers a wide variety of article.

North Bengal Science Centre – This is a unit of the National council of science museums. At a distance of about 6 km from the town located on the national highway, the science centre is spread over 10 acres of land and attracts tourists and locals equally due to its popular science gallery.

Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary – the sanctuary is located in the city outskirts. The entry point to the sanctuary has a Forest museum. Tourists may visit Gulma khola inside the forests during the day.

Madhuban Park – The park is located at a distance of about 15 km from the city. It is maintained by the Indian Army and attracts picnickers from the city.

Siliguri  Park – located on the Mahananda river bed, this is one of the most common places for the city dwellers to spend the evening.


The word dooars is said to have been derived from the word “Door” as this is the gateway to the entire north east India and Bhutan. The main attraction of Dooars is its forests and tea gardens. The region has several National Parks, Sanctuaries and Reserve forests for the tourists to explore. This include Jaldapara Wild Life Sactuary famous for its one horned rhinos, Gorumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve and many others.

The region also has rich historical and cultural diversity to attract the tourists. The tourism potential of the region has been explored only recently and already this region has become a major tourist hub.

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