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Hill Stations near Siliguri

A land of manifold economic opportunities and strategic value placed near national and international borders, Siliguri is also the transit point to all the favourite hill stations of North Bengal, north-east India and Sikkim. Though Darjeeling referred to as the Queen of the hills is the most coveted destination from Siliguri, other hill resorts and towns like Mirik, Kalimpong and Kurseong in North Bengal and Gangtok and Peling in Sikkim are increasing in popularity due to their exquisite scenic beauty, virgin valleys and the splendour of Kanchenjunga peak.

More than 3, 00,000 domestic visitors and 20,000 foreign tourists visit Siliguri annually, and most of them head for the hill stations near the city. In addition, the excellent transport connectivity and communication network of Siliguri also aids in making the city the favoured starting point or base for the hill stations of North Bengal, Sikkim and the north-east.

Some Hill Stations near Siliguri

Darjeeling near Siliguri

Hill Stations near Siliguri
Darjeeling near Siliguri

Darjeeling is placed at a convenient distance of 65 km from Siliguri.
The snow clad Himalayan ranges are seen towering over the town while Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak is prominently visible on all clear days. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also denoted as a UNESCO world heritage site is a prominent tourist attraction. Some of the popular places to visit in this hill station are the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tiger Hill, Buddhist Monasteries, Himalayan Zoo, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, Batasia Loop and Nightingale Park.

Kalimpong near Siliguri

Hill Stations near Siliguri
Kalimpong near Siliguri

Kalimpong town stands on a ridge between two hills, Durpin Hill and Deolo Hill. Located about 66 km from Siliguri, this beautiful hill station nestles in the mid-ranged Himalayas and is famous for its exotic flora including orchids, old colonial bungalows and natural beauty. It has been a popular hill station for tourists travelling in Siliguri and is about 80 km from the Bagdogra airport. Its richness of natural, cultural and historical attractions has given it abundant places of interest. Some of these include Mac Farlen Church, Nature Interpretation Centre, Tsonga Gumba, Durpin Monastery, Pine View Nursery, Lepcha Museum, Deolo Hill (Kalimpong’s highest point), Morgan House, Science City, Hanuman Tok and Dr. Graham’s Homes.

Mirik near Siliguri

Hill Stations near Siliguri
Sumendu Lake in Mirik near Siliguri

Mirik is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination and a serene alternative to Darjeeling and Kalimpong for its natural beauty, nearness to Siliguri, placed 49 km from the city and for its salubrious climate. The Sumendu Lake, situated in the heart of Mirik is the prime tourist attraction. It is bordered by pine trees on one hand and a garden on the other side and is linked by an arched footbridge called “Indreni Pull”. Some of the other tourist spots in Mirik include the Bokar Monastery, Rameetay Dara, Rai Dhap, Tea Gardens, Tingling View Point, Bunkulung, Mirik Church, Pasupati Nagar, Sunrise Point and Swiss Cottage.

Kurseong near Siliguri

Situated about 51 km from Siliguri in the Darjeeling district, Kuseong has developed as a fascinating hill station nestled amidst lush, green tea gardens and the captivating snow clad Himalayan peaks in the distance. This quaint, little hill station has plenty of good walking grounds which include the one leading to Eagle’s Craig, “Aranya Sarani” leading to the meadows at Chimney and the road to DowHill Park. Other tourist attractions in Kurseong include the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum, Naya Busty Park, the “Kholas” or Waterfalls, Makaibari and Ambootia Tea Estate.

Gangtok near Siliguri

Hill Stations near Siliguri
Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok near Siliguri

Placed about 113 km from Siliguri, Gangtok is the most prominent hill destination in the state of Sikkim. At an altitude of 1,650 m, this hill station in the eastern Himalayan ranges is coveted by hill tourists for its closeness to the higher Himalayan peaks and temperate climate throughout the year. The Enchey Monastery constructed in 1840 has made it one of the most prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. The Rumtek Monastery is another important traditionally designed Tibetan Buddhist monastery and the seat of the head of Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhists, His Holiness Karmapa XVI.

Pelling near Siliguri

Hill Stations near Siliguri
Khecheopalri Lake in Pelling near Siliguri

Enjoy the magnificent views of the snow capped Kanchenjunga from Pelling, a hill station developed in west Sikkim. Situated about 135 km from Siliguri, Pelling has gained popularity as a trekking base for adventurous trekkers who want to explore the virgin Alpine territories of this hill town. Notable tourist spots are the Khecheopalri Lake, Rimbi Waterfalls, Karchen Power House, Pemayangtse Monastery, Sewaro Rock Garden and others.

So head for these incredibly mesmerizing hill destinations from Siliguri and spend your perfect vacation!

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