Siliguri, the gateway to North Eastern India was only a small place at the beginning of this century. It was an entry point for the traders to Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet. In 1901 the population of Siliguri was app.1000. At present it has a population of nearly 19 lacs. It is situated in the so called chicken's neck of the North Eastern India, and is the vital connecting link with the rest of the country.