Jalpaiguri - this narrow stretch of land lying between the Sikkim - Darjeeling Himalayas and Gangetic West Bengal has more than often evoked a sense of both eerie and romanticism in many a heart since the early British Rule. Veined by mighty rivers like the Teesta,Torsa, Jaldhaka, Dyna, Neora, Sankosh etc. this piece of land has been aptly named as the land of 'Tea, Timber & Tourism'. A major stretch of area is bordered in the north by Bhutan and hence the name - DOOARS/DUARS which mean - Door of Bhutan.
Jalpaiguri Palace Gate
Location: West Bengal, District Jalpaiguri
Altitude: 75 metres
Area: 6245 sq.km
Languages spoken: Nepali, Bengali, English, Hindi and Urdu.
Nearest Airports: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport situated 50 kms from Jalpaiguri. This airport has flights from Delhi,Calcutta and Guwahati.
Main Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station in Siliguri is 50 km away. This has trains from all over India.
Distance of a few Major Towns from Darjeeling:
Jalpaiguri is the main city center from where tourist can go around anywhere.
Multi – Cuisine.
Places of Tourist interest:
Scenic beauty is the point of attraction of these places. Raimatang is a nice place to enjoy the beauty of nature. One can reach Kalchini by bus and from there can hire personal vehicle to reach this place. Nimati is 17 km away from Alipurduar. Bus service is available for this location from Alipurduar.
Totopara is a small locality in the northwest corner of Madarihat block in Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district. This place is inhabited by toto tribal community, one of the three recognised primitive tribes in West Bengal.
Bodaganj, Ambari, Kathambari, Odlabari:
All these places are at a distance of 25 km to 90 km from Jalpaiguri town. Scenic beauty of Forest and tea gardens, somewhere with a backdrop of hills is the main attraction of these locations. Tista barrage is very close from Ambari.
Rajabhatkhawa is 15 km away from Alipurduar town and located in between Alipurduar and Jayanti. This place is connected both by road and train from Alipurduar and Siliguri. A large variety of important flora and fauna exists in this area. Nature Interpretation Centre and Tiger Rescue Centre are points of interest of this place.
Buxa Tiger Reserve & Buxa Duar:
Touching one state boundary and one international boundary lays the 'Buxa Tiger Reserve' in the eastern dooars of West Bengal. This tiger reserve is located near Alipurduar sub-divisional town of Jalpaiguri, The main Attractions of BTR are tiger, Leopard (Black Panther also), Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Gaur, Pangolin, and Python. Buxa Duar is famous for its prison fort.
Getting around the destination:
Continues Bus, Minibus, Rickshaw and Auto Rickshaw Facility is provided to get around the destination.
Best time to visit:
September and June is the best time to visit.
Durga Puja, Diwali, Saraswati Puja and Lakshmi Puja, Bhailo, Deosi Bhai Tika and Shivratri are the festivals celebrated here.