Siliguri is rightly considered as the shopping destination of North Bengal. With numerous street markets selling large stocks of imported foreign merchandise and indigenous wares as well as upscale shopping malls and complexes in the heart of the city, Siliguri markets are a must visit on every traveller’s itinerary. It is also a great place to buy everyday items and its huge and sprawling shopping areas invite people from neighbouring regions to buy as well as engage in trade.
Shopping in Siliguri
Due to its strategic location, Siliguri is known as the gateway to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. This advantageous position has made Siliguri an important base for all essential supplies to these regions. Along with this, Siliguri has also developed itself as a profitable business hub. Thus a huge amount of essential and luxury commodities especially imported items are made available for purposes of trading. From cheap electronic goods manufactured in China and nearby regions to garments, handicrafts like furniture and cane artwork, clay and wooden decorative items; there is an amazing variety to explore and buy for the tourist in Siliguri.
Shopping Attractions in Siliguri
Sikkimese Handicrafts in Siliguri
Despite having multiple tourist attractions, Siliguri is primarily famous as a shopper’s paradise. For tourists, the inimitable Darjeeling tea is the most bought item in Siliguri, closely followed by woollen garments. Shopping for electronic goods at extremely competitive prices at the famous Hong Kong market is also an enjoyable option. The wide array of designs and choices which the handicrafts market affords in Siliguri will leave you spellbound. Among these, Tibetan paintings, carpets, bamboo and cane crafts, furniture and wooden decorative products, pottery work, handcrafted ornaments and embroidery work as well as jute products are the favourite shopping products for tourists.
The bustling Siliguri markets also furnish many Sikkimese handicrafts which are germane to the culture of Sikkim. The most enticing as well as utilitarian among these is the Choktse, which is a foldable and portable wooden table intricately carved and polished with Tibetan motifs. With alluring colours, they are a much vaunted antique decor piece which will add to the charm of your living room.
The upscale shopping malls like City Centre in Siliguri will give you a wholesome shopping and leisure experience with shops for accessories, apparel, book and stationery, jewellery, home decor, sportswear and fitness products and shops for gifts and toys. For the best shopping option, do not forget to bargain at the street stalls and quaint gullies of this busy city offering you an unforgettable experience.
Major Shopping Markets in Siliguri
Hong Kong Market in Siliguri
Traditionally, Siliguri has two main streets for selling its items, Sevoke Road and Hill Cart Road. Hill Cart Road which is the focal point of all the chief hotels of the city is also the major market area for selling traditional commodities and items for daily use. In fact, the Hong Kong market here situated near Khudirampally is a primary place for buying imported low cost Chinese electronic products and other items. Some of the other markets here are the Seth Srilal market which is situated in the center of the city and famous for its “momo gali”, the Nivedita market and Bidhan market. The Bagdogra airport market is another lucrative place for shopping. Along with this, people from the nearby hilly regions come to shop in the Matigara haat in Siliguri for meeting their daily needs.
Shopping Malls in Siliguri
Cosmos Mall in Siliguri
With economic prosperity and the expansion of the general population, Siliguri has developed a number of shopping malls to cater to everyone’s growing needs. Most of these shopping malls with multiplexes are located in the upscale area of the city, i.e. Sevoke Road which is also Siliguri’s primary banking center. Some of the major shopping malls and complexes in Siliguri include Cosmos Mall, City Mall, and Orbit Mall which has an INOX theatre. As mentioned earlier, all of them are in Sevoke Road. If one is looking for handicrafts, come to Fab India, which has a large branch in Cosmos Mall and will provide you with specialized hand spun products at affordable prices. The City Centre is a huge shopping mall in Uttarayon, SIliguri offering many national as well as international brands and eateries in a luxurious setting.
So gear up for an unforgettable shopping experience in the streets and shopping malls of Siliguri even as you trudge up the hills!