This bustling bazaar town sprawls along a saddle-shaped mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River and lorded over by the summit of Khangchendzonga. It’s not a must-see, but it does boast Himalayan views, Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era architecture and a fascinating nursery industry, all linked by some fine hikes. You could easily fill three days here.
Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri
The crowded and noisy transport hub encompassing the twin towns of Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the jumping-off point for Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim, the Northeast States, eastern Nepal and Bhutan. However, despite this being one of the largest cities in the state, there’s little to see or do here, apart from staying the night in transit, if you have to.
Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The little-visited Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary protects 114 sq km of lush forests and grasslands along the Torsa River and is a refuge for 150 Indian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). It's not the easiest place to visit independently and booking accommodation inside the park needs to be done months in advance, so plan ahead.