EAST OR WEST SILIGURI IS THE BEST !!

Why Siliguri is the preferred place for living??

Siliguri is a true blend of pure air and care & is one of the best tourist places in West Bengal. Here you don’t ‘stay’ rather you ‘live’. Life is so easy and calm here that you don’t wanna go anywhere out of here. Located at the foothills of Himalayas,  Siliguri has its own legacy.

You will always find localities boasting of this town. Let us check the reasons that make this place such a favorite, here is a list of best things about Siliguri which makes it a heaven on earth.

1.The Salubrious Weather :

People living in big cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmadabad always complain of a very hot weather. But the siliguri weather is a true bliss. No one can complain about it here.  People, there are actually obsessed by its weather. Actually, the maximum temperature here goes up to 35 degree Celsius. Even after a sunny day, Siliguri has the rain coming to its rescue. Rainy season wins heart here as it is so beautiful and serene. Nevertheless, winters here are chilly and Siliguri witnesses a very cheerful Christmas.

2.  Eye Catching Surroundings :

Siliguri is the junction to three of our neighboring countries namely Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is also the Gateway to North East. Surrounded by Darjeeling, kersheong, Mirik, Kalimpong etc., its strategic location makes it an ideal spot for the tourists. Here most of the crowd comprises of the foreigners, migrants, and tourists. The scenic beauty, the rain spills, the sunbathed mountains are a true candy to the eye. The outskirts of the city are so beautiful that you would want to explore it every morning on your bikes.

3. Tea

One you have had a cup of tea in Siliguri, you wouldn’t like the tea of any other place. Tea from Darjeeling is processed in Siliguri and carried over all of India and even exported. The tea has a pure aroma and one can  relish its taste forever.

4. Yummy Momos

Who doesn’t love momos. You can get the tastiest momos ever here in Siliguri at an affordable price? Not only Momos but many more varieties in it. If you are crazy for momos then Siliguri is definitely not the place you can miss.

5. Toy trains

We have seen toy trains in movies like Parineeta or Barfi. So do the people of Siliguri, every day. The joy of the ride in a toy train from Siliguri to Darjeeling is marvelous, especially if you are with your friends. The sight of those mountains and greenery are like God’s blessings.

6. Festivals

Siliguri celebrates almost all festivals of all possible communities. Be it Holi, Diwali, Durga Puja, Id, Christmas, Chhat Puja or Guru Parv. The whole population here comes together when it comes to any festival.

7. A Meeting point for the Silk Route

There is nothing you won’t get in this small town. Siliguri has emerged as an important economic center of West Bengal. Its strategic location makes it a base camp through which it supplies essentials to Bhutan, Nepal Bangladesh and also to the North-east.

The Silk Route of India i.e. trade route between India and China can be ventured only after crossing Siliguri. The Hong kong Market is a hub of cheap imported Chinese products and is actually very lucrative. The coming of malls and shopping complexes have paved the way for many new  brands here.

8. Economic expansion :

Siliguri has witnessed rapid globalization and economic expansion in the last decade. Township projects like Uttarayon, Vastu Vihar, Shantiniketan and many countless ones have fostered huge economic inflow in this small town. It also owes a huge part of its revenues to the tourists who visit in large numbers.

Cost of living in Siliguri, India

Cost of living in Siliguri, India

List of prices in Siliguri, India. Current as of Dec 2018.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨432
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨650
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨85
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨54
12 eggs, large ₨83
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨48
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨293
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨139
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨89
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨613
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨95
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨17,789
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨5,304
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨1,649
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨5,917
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨1,500
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,000
40” flat screen TV ₨35,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨6,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨350
Hourly rate for cleaning help
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨1,800
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨800
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨1,900
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨999
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨90
Monthly ticket public transport
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨250
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨130
Tube of toothpaste
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,000
2 tickets to the movies ₨500
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨300
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨200
Cappuccino in expat area of the city
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨90
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨25,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨500
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨135

WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 33 prices entered by 18 different people.

Latest price update: December 27, 2018.

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