End of train journey. Siliguri Town

Siliguri Travel Blog

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I reached the station of New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri around 9:30pm and it was during the festival of Hindu Godess Durga Puja. The town was decorated brightly and colorfully with idols of Goddess Durga placed at all cross roads, people moving around everywhere, in groups and it was like a local fair all over the city. Transportation was limited to the cycle-rickshaw (like a tuk-tuk but pulled manually.) Motors were restricted and had to take a longer route in the outskirts of the city. I had to reach the bus station from where I was to board the bus to the Bhutan border the next day.
The bus stand is located on Hill Carton Road (now renamed as Tenzin Norgay road), but locally its known as "junction". I hired a tuk-tuk, the guy charged me almost 3 times the normal rate, but took all the shortcuts and I was able to reach the bus stand in less then 30 min amidst all the chaos. A quick look around and found that most of the hotels were full but was able to find a cheap place to crash, Siliguri Guest house. Rooms started at 100 Rupees for a single bed with shared bathroom. The place is nothing much to write about as just needed a room to crash after the long and tiring train journey. After a quick wash and freshening up, had my dinner and went to sleep. Mind was playing tricks, still thinking that I am on the train and felt was shaking as if on a moving train.

Woke up around 6 in the morning and was feeling refreshed after a good nights sleep. Out of the hotel and walked to the bus stand which is around 5-10 min walk. There came to know that the bus stopped further down the road, reached the place and found the bus, people had started boarding the bus, keeping there luggage. Got chatting with a few Bhutanese guys who were studying in Bangalore, India and were going back to Bhutan for the holidays. It  turned out they were also in the same train as mine. Now there are direct buses from Kolkata and Siliguri to Bhutan, One can find all the details of this buses over the internet.

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