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14 Oct 2006

North Bengal Medical College and Hospital - Transport Guide

When I first came to my college at the time of admission, I had no idea where it is located. So I am giving a location guide of the campus. North Bengal Medical College is located in Sushrutanagar, to the west of Siliguri, connected to the town by the 3rd Mahananda bridge. Sushrutanagar, otherwise referred to as ‘medical’ by the local people, is more or less 5 km from the Siliguri town proper. Trains The nearest big station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) that connects North Bengal with the rest of the country. With the extension of broad-gauge railway track to the Siliguri Junction station, people can now travel directly to the heart of the city without having to alight at New Jalpaiguri. Some of the trains plying are: Darjeeling Mail - 7 days Teesta Torsa Express - 7 days Kanchankanya Express - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday Kanchanjanga Express - 7 days Kamrup Express - 7 days Guwahati Express - Tuesday UttarBanga Express - Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Saraighat Express - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday Bus The Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal is the major bus stop wherefrom state-owned NBSTC, CSTC and private operators runs rocket buses to Kolkata and other areas. The few air-conditioned sleeper Volvo buses plying in the route provide a very comfortable journey but come at a price. Airlines The following airways operate from Bagdogra, a suburb 12 km away from Siliguri. Jet Airways Indian Air Deccan []([SpiceJet]( Kingfisher Airlines Fare For railway fares, refer to the IRCTC website. The fare of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation run rocket bus is Rs. 250. CSTC bus fare is Rs. 235. A ride in an AC bus by CSTC costs Rs. 280. Private rocket buses rates vary a lot from time to time, season to season. Private operators may charge less during off seasons. For airline fares, refer to the respective company websites. Road City autos are the chief means of local transport. The traffic rule is to take 6 passengers though drivers flout rules taking from 8 to upto 13 passengers. Bus service is not well developed. There is however no direct NJP-Medical College route. Either one has to reserve an auto for about Rs. 120 or 1. Go upto Venus More in auto and then catch another Medical College-bound auto from there. 2. Go upto Noukaghat More in auto and then catch another Medical College-bound auto from there. 3. Bus passengers alighting at the bus terminal will have to go by auto. If direct autos are not available then go to AirView More by rickshaw and then catch a Medical College-bound auto. 4. Airlines passengers landing at Bagdogra will have to catch one of the Bagdogra-Medical College autos. If, in any case, direct autos are not available then go upto Shibmandir and from there catch another auto to Medical College. Shibmandir, a suburb of Siliguri, is where the North Bengal University is located. It is about 4 km from Medical College and accessible by auto.