siliguri is situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It lies on the banks of the river Mahananda, at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The city is a gateway to the exotic hill stations in North Bengal such as Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The city was originally a small hamlet which flourished into a busy town when the British introduced railways to the region. The economy of Siliguri is mostly based on tourism. However, agricultural products of the regions in and around the city also contribute to it. Educational facilities in the city depend on institutions like the University of North Bengal, Surendra Institute of Engineering & Management, Siliguri Government College and Siliguri Institute of Technology, etc. Apart from connecting tourists to the much-coveted vacation spots in the Himalayas, Siliguri itself is an attractive tourist destination. Tourist spots worth visiting in and around the city include the ISKCON Siliguri, Coronation Bridge, Kali Mandir, Sri Sri Radha Madhavsundara, Hong Kong Market, The Science City, Chilapata Forest, Chapramari Sanctuary, Garumara Sanctuary and Sourian Nature park.
In 1994, HDFC Bank was established, based in Mumbai, India. As of 31st March 2018, it has a presence of 88,253 permanent employees. Outside India, it is present in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The largest bank in India by market capitalization and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first office of HDFC Bank. Across India, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, 4.30 lakhs POS terminals were installed and 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards were issued. Several products and services are offered by the HDFC Bank including wholesale banking, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, treasury, retail banking, loans against property. HDFC bank also introduced various digital products such as Payzapp and Chillr. In February 2000, the HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank. It was one of the first mergers of two private banks in the new-generation private sector banks category. The HDFC Board approved the acquisition of Centurion Bank in 2008 for 95.1 billion INR which was one of the most significant mergers in India in the financial sector.