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.
Vaman Kudva, T M A Pai, Upendra Pai worked together to set up the Syndicate bank in 1925. As time passed, 20 banks joined with the Syndicate Bank Limited along with Southern India Apex Bank Limited and Maharashtra Apex Bank Limited. In 1964, the name of the bank was changed to Syndicate Bank Limited, and the corporate office was moved to Manipal. The bank extended its business not only on the national land but overseas too. It opened a branch in London and managed to incorporate Musandam Exchange Co. in Muscat and National Exchange Co. in Doha. At Hauz Khas, Delhi, it had opened its 1000th office in 1978. The bank has more than 3500 branches currently, and all offices are providing core banking-e-banking services under anywhere-anytime-anyhow banking mission. It has been conferred "Best Bank Award" by Sri Jairam Ramesh, Honble Minister for Rural Development, Government of India In the RSETI movement. The Bank had also been awarded by State forum of Bankers Club, Kerala, "Banking Excellence Award 2013" for being the second best public Bank in overall performance. During Synd LIC Saptah (2 to 7 December 2013), the Bank has been awarded for Record-Breaking Performance by marketing 15119 policies, during a week by Life Insurance Corporation of India.