As soon as we plan holiday, we start imagine the places. When we imagine the places, we tend to imagine it beautiful. Sometimes, we imagine it to be as beautiful as our fantasy. So, it better to know the places we are going to visit beforehand. Here I am going to describe about North Bengal Tourist Spot And Dooars Tour.
If you are planning a holiday in North Bengal, you need to know the districts which fall in the area. Alipurduar, Coochbehar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda are the districts of North Bengal. The geographical division divides North Bengal into Himalayas, Terai region and North Bengal Plains.
Himalayas: Darjeeling district, narrow part in the northern portion of Jalpaiguri district constitutes the Himalayas.
Terai Region: The plains of Darjeeling district, Alipurduar district, Jalpaiguri district and upper portion of Coochbehar district constitute this region. The Teesta River divides the region into two parts. The eastern part is Duars and the western part is Terai.
North Bengal Plains: Southern portion of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar, northern portion of Uttar Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda and Alipurduar constitute this region. The narrow land in North Dinajpur is popularly known as Mahananda Corridor.
Now let us see the Tourist Places in North Bengal and know about the North Bengal Tourism.
North Bengal Tourist Spot :
LOCATION: It is the gateway to Bhutan and the north-east state of India and located in the north bank of Kalijani River.
TOURIST PLACES IN ALIPURDUAR:
It is one of the prominent districts for North Bengal Tourist Spot.
- BUXA TIGER RESERVES: The Buxa tiger reserve is located inside the Buxa National Park. In 1992, the Government of West Bengal declared its intentions to constitute an area of 117.10 square km of the Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary. And after that in 1997 Govt. declared it as National Park.The main trees are Sal, Simul, Chapa, Gamar, Chikrasi. The animals found are leopard, Asian elephant, tiger, wild boar, sambar, gaur, Himalayan goat, wild buffalo, antelope, regal python, greater pied hornbill, etc.
2. JALDAPARA WILD LIFE SANCTUARY: It is Savannah type of forest covered with tall grasses situated on the foothills of eastern Himalayas. It is a rain forest. Elephants and Safaris are the mode of transport inside the forest. Elephant ride is the best to view the species. Asiatic one horned rhino is the centre of attraction. You can find here Bisons, wild pig, tiger, elephant, spotted deer, barking deer, hog deer, Bengal bustard, partridge, Palla’s fishing eagle, peafowl, jungle fowl, crested eagle, hornbill, turtles, gecko, python, monitor lizard, cobra and krate.
3. BHUTAN GHAT: Bhutan Ghat is famous for its scenic beauty with green forest. It is located near India and Bhutan border. River Raidak flows through this place. You can find rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, bisons and many birds and animals here.
4. BUXA FORT:It is in Rajabhatkawa. And the fort served as the refuge during the freedom movement in 1900s.
5. CHILPATA FOREST: It is a dense forest near Jaldapara National Park. Nalraja Garh is the main attraction. You can enjoy the view of of elephants, rhinoceros, leopards here.
6. KUNJANAGAR ECO PARK: The park has mostly suspension bridge, a watch tower and a centre for wild animal rescue operations. When one stands in the suspension bridge, he/she can have a view of Kunjanagar and Jaldapara National Park on the opposite sides. Here you can see elephants, deer, leopards etc.
How to reach the town? If your journey is by train, the nearest stations are Alipurduar Junction, New Alipurduar and Dalgoan Station. The nearest of these station is Dalgoan. The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri. From Bagdogra, you can reach the place by road. Taxis are available outside airport.
LOCATION: Coochbehar, the only planned town of North Bengal is located in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas.
TOURIST PLACES OF THE DISTRICT:
- COOCHBEHAR ROYAL PALACE: The model of the Coochbehar Palace or Coochbehar Rajbari was built after the Buckhingam Palace in London. It was during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan, in 1887, the royal palace also known as Victor Jubilee Palace constructed in a classical western style.The details of the palace is as follows:
Area: 4766.8 square metre.
Length: 120 m, Breadth: 90 m
The sight of the palace reminds us of the great works of our kings. The palace is a huge one. A porch at the centre leads towards the Durbar Hall. The things used by the queen and the kings of the palace are preserved and displayed for the visitors.
- GOSANIMARI RAJPAT: Gosanimari, an archaeological site and a village contains ruins fo ancient city, Kamtapur (capital town of Kamata Kingdom). At present, Archaeological Survey of India looks over the site.
- DANGAR AYEE TEMPLE: It is at Gunjabari. And the 1st queen, Dangar Ayee (Kameswari Devi) of Maharaja Snibendra Narayan constructed it in the year 1839-1847.
- SIDDHANATH SIVA TEMPLE: Maharaja Harendra Narayan and Maharaja Shibendra Narayan built it in the year 1799-1843. It is on the way to Dinhata.
- RASIK-BHIL: It is a home of migratory birds in North Bengal. It covers an area of 2500 hectares on Alipurduar-kamakhyaguri road.
- SAGAR DIGHI: It is in the heart of Coochbehar town. The shape of this waterbody is square.
- MADAN MOHAN TEMPLE: It is at Mathabanga subdivision. People celebrates the festivals like Rath Jatra, Raas Jatra, Janmaastami in a majestic way in this temple.
- SIDDHESWAR KALI BARI: Maharaja Harendra Narayan constructed it in 1830. It is 11 km away from Coochbehar and 1 km away from Baneswar.
- MADHUPUR DHAM TEMPLE: It has a special significance for the devotees of Acharya Shankaradeva. Shankaradeva, in 1489 visited Coochbehar to preach the teachings of neo-Vaishnava cult.
- BANEWAR SIVA TEMPLE: This temple has “Shivalinga” which is 10 ft below the plinth level. A big mela is held every year at Shiva Chaturdashi.
- BRAHMO MANDIR: This temple signifies the influence of Brahmo Samaj in the life of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan.
- KAMTESWARI TEMPLE: Maharaja Pran Narayan established it in 1665. It is 8 km west of Dinhata railway station.
- MADAN MOHAN BARI: Maharaja Nripendra Narayan established it in the heart of Coochbehar in the year 1885-1889. People celebrates Raas Jatra and Raas Mela, which is among the biggest festivals of North Bengal during Raas Puja.
- BARADEVI BARI: It is at Debibari. It is designed in European architectural style and Idol of goddess Durga is housed here.
How to reach the town? The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport near Siliguri. The taxis which are available outside the airport take the travellers to the town.
If your journey is by train,the nearest station is the New Coochbehar railway station.
LOCATION: Darjeeling is a beautiful town in northern part of West Bengal. It lies at the border between Nepal and India.
HOW DID DARJEELING GET ITS NAME? The name Darjeeling came from the words “Dorje” and “ling”. “Dorje” means thunderbolt and “ling” means land.
TOURIST PLACES IN THE DISTRICT:
When one thinks to visit North Bengal Tourist Spot, how the the name of Darjeeling can be left. It is one of the main attraction among the North Bengal Tourist Spot.
- TIGER HILL: Tiger Hill (2590 m) is in Darjeeling. The panoramic view of Mt. Everest and Mt. You can see the view of Kanchenjunga from here.
People go to see the peaks of Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest and Makalu at sunrise. You can also discover the view of Kurseong, River Teesta, River Mahanandi, River Balason and Mechi southward during a clear day. It is 11 km away from the main town of Darjeeling.
- BATASIA LOOP: It is 5 km away from Darjeeling town. We see a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives after Independence.
Why is Batasia loop created? It is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.It started to function in 1919.
- HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE: The main motive to establish HMI was to encourage the mountaineering as a sport in India. Narendra Dhar Jayal was the founding principal of the Institute and Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training in HMI. The mountaineering outfit and articles of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary are well exhibited in the Institute.
- DARJEELING ZOO: Darjeeling zoo or Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park opens in 1958. The zoo got its name after Padmaja Naidu, daughter of Sarojini Naidu. It is a member of World Association of zoos and aquariums.Snow leopard, red panda, mountain goat, Siberian tiger, blue sheep, grey peacock pheasant, Himalayan salamander, blood pheasant, Tibetan wolf.
- JAPANESE TEMPLE: Japanese Temple or Peace Pagoda is in Darjeeling to help the people unite together in search for world peace. It was built under the guidance of Buddhist monk,Nichidatsu Fuji from Japan.
- BOTANICAL GARDEN: Llyod Botanical garden is at chauk bazaar, below Eden Sanatorium in Darjeeling. It also has a living fossil called gingko biloba.
- DARJEELING ROPEWAY: It is 3 km from Darjeeling railway station. It is a 40 minute ride up and down. The charge per person is just 200. You can discover the scenic beauty of tea estate in the ride.
- ROCK GARDEN: Barbotey rock garden is one of the tourist attractions in Darjeeling. It is 10 km away from Darjeeling. Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department constructed the garden. Subash Ghising inaugurated it. The place has picnic spot and a natural waterfall.
- GANGA MAYA PARK: It is 3 km away from Rock Garden. It got its name in the memory of Ganga Maya, an innocent victim of police firing in GNLF agitation. It has a small lake with boating facility.
- CHOWRASTA: Chowrasta i.e. summation of the word Chow which means four and rasta which means road. There are benches to see the hills all around. There is a statue of Nepali poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya in the midst of an open area. We see horses for ride here.
- BENGAL NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: It is few minutes away from Chowrasta. There are huge collections of birds with nests and eggs, mammals, insects, reptiles, fishes etc. The museum opens every day except during national holiday. It remains open from 9am to 5pm.
- MAHAKAL TEMPLE: It is at the top of Observatory hill. The right side path of Chowrastaleads to the temple. It is a place where worship of two faiths (Hinduism and Buddhism) co-exists. The temple of Siddhi Sai Baba is on the last bend of the main temple area. A Hanuman temple is next to it. We see dhajas (Buddhist flags) fluttering all over. The Mahakal cave lies outside the temple area. People worship Shiva and Goddess Durga here.
How to reach the town? The nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Outside the station, various taxis are available which will drop you to the town. If your journey by air, the nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport near Siliguri. The taxis which are available outside the airport will reach you to the town.
`On the way to Darjeeling from Siliguri, visitors can visit Mirik and Kurseong. Mirik has a Lake which is an eye catching one. When one ascends upwards from Mirik, Illam (the border of India and Nepal) is located. You can purchase Various Winter attire from here. Kurseong is a small town in the district of Darjeeling. Kurseong Railway station, Dowhill are places of visit here.
LOCATION: It is on a ridge which connects Deolo and Durpin hills. Its elevation is 1247 m.
TOURIST PLACES IN THE DISTRICT:
- DEOLO HILL: It is the 10th highest peak of West Bengal. The altitude of the hill is 1704 m. It is the highest point of the town and has 2 water reserves which supply drinking water to the town. It has a park where tulips are grown and it serves as a picnic and recreation spot too. The view of the town from this point is really a majestic one.
2. DURPIN HILL: It is the second highest hill of Kalimpong. Its altitude is 1372 m. Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Indian Army base camp and a helipad is famous in this place.
3. KALIMPONG CACTUS NURSERY: It is at Atisha road. It is a private property. The entry fee is just Rs. 20. There are varieties of cactus in the nursery.
4. MANGAL DHAM: It is below Seva Sadan nursing home, Gumba Hatta. It has a large complex and is relevant for Krishna devotees. It also has an orphanage.
5. SCIENCE CENTRE:It is established in the year 2008. It is designed and developed by National Council of Science Museums (Ministry of Culture, Government of India).
6. HANUMAN MANDIR: It is recently constructed. It has a huge statue of Lord Hanuman. A Durga Mandir is close to it. In front of it is the statue of Lord Buddha in the lotus position. It is a beautiful place where one finds peace spiritually too.
7. TONGSHA GUMPA: It is the oldest monastery of Kalimpong. It is located at 10th mile, Gumba Hatta.
8. THARPA CHOLING MONASTERY: It was founded by Domo Goshe Limpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. It has a statue of Dorje Shugden. It is at Tripai.
9. 7th MILE VIEW POINT: It is on the way to Teesta Bazar. It gives a beautiful view of Ranjeet Valley.
How to reach the town: The nearest railway station as well as the airport is near Siliguri. So, from Siliguri you can travel to the town. It just takes 2.30 hrs or 3 hrs from Siliguri.
LOCATION: It is located on the banks of river Teesta.
TOURIST PLACES OF THE DISTRICT:
Jalpaiguri is also a favourable place among the North Bengal Tourist Spot.
- JALPAIGURI RAJBARI: Rajbari is a Bengali word for palace. Raikats, the local rulers of Baikunthapur estate lived here before. It is 3kms away from Jalpaiguri Railway station in Subash Ch. Bose road. A pond, popularly known as Rajbari Dighi is within Rajbari.
- GORUMARA FOREST: It is located on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak. The common trees found here are siris, sal, simul, teak and khair. It is famous for one horned rhinoceros. It also house Indian Bison, turtles, pythos, deer etc. In 1949 it was declared as a Wild Life Sanctuary and later in 1992, it was declared as a National Park.
3. JUBLIEE PARK: It is at along the banks of Teesta River. It is well known for the mesmerising view of sunrise and sunset.
4. BABA JATILESWAR TEMPLE: It is an old temple dedicated to lord Shiva during the Gupta dynasty. It is 10 kms away from Mynaguri town.
How to reach the town: The nearest railway station is the Jalpaiguri station so, people can directly reach the town. If the journey is through air, then Bagdogra Airport is the nearest one.
NORTH DINAJPUR :
TOURIST PLACES OF THE DISTRICT:
- RAJBARI: It is near to Rajarampur village. It is presently in its ruined status. There are two temples inside the premises.
- RAIGANJ WILDLIFE OR KULIK SANCTUARY: It is near Raiganj subdivision. It was established in the year 1985 and it is an abode for 164 species of birds.
3. SAP NIKLA FOREST: It is a part of Chopra block. A lake nearby attracts people in the forest.
4. KARNAJORA MUSEUM AND PARK: It is in Karnajora. Different flora and fauna are present here. It is well known for the antique collection of terracotta sculptures.
How to reach the town? The town is near to Raiganj Railway Station. You can also reach by road.
SOUTH DINAJPUR :
TOURIST PLACES OF THE DISTRICT:
- MAHIPAL DIGHI: It is believed that this artificial lake was dug by King Mahipal II of Pal dynasty. During winter, migratory birds flock together near the lake.
2. KAL DIGHI: The lake has been named due to its color, black (kal in Bengali). The grave of a muslim saint, Atash Fakir is famous here.
3. DHAL DIGHI: This lake too got its name due to its color , white (dhala). Its is 200m away from Kal Dighi.
4. BANGARH: It is a historical place situated in Gangarampur. The ruins of palace are present in this place.
5. BOLLA KALI TEMPLE: It is in Balurghat subdivision. It is a historical temple which is famous for the British period architectural style. People worship of Goddess Kali here.
6. PATIRAM THAKUR ESTATE: It is situated along the banks of River Atreyee. It is world famous for housing the memories of Tagore’s family.
7. BALURGHAT COLLEGE MUSEUM: It is a public museum inside the premises of Balurghat College. You can see here the stone inscription of medieval period, ornamental stones, coins and sculptures of Pala dynasty , terracotta artefacts.
How to reach the town? The town is near Malda as well as Siliguri. So, after reaching Malda town or New Jalpaiguri Station, the town is reached by taxis and buses. From Bagdogra Airport, taxis will drop you to the town.
Malda is the gateway of North Bengal. It is famous all over the world for the production of mangoes. During 18th Century, it was famous for cotton and silk industries.
TOURIST PLACE OF THE PLACE:
- DAKHIL DARWAZA: There are no proper proofs as to who built the gate. It is at Gour. And it was built as an entrance gate to Gour. Some believe that Nasiruddin Mahumad Shah built it, whereas others believe that Alauddin Husain Shah built it.
- SHONA MOSQUE: Alauddin Hussain Shah started the construction but his son Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah completed it in 1526 A.D. It is located at Boro Sona Masjid road.
- ADINA MOSQUE: It is believed to be the largest mosque of medieval times. It is at Hazrat Pandua of Firuzabad. From the inscription at its back wall it is clear that Sikandar Shah built it in 1373 A.D. At present, the mosque is in ruins.
4. LATTAN MOSQUE: It is one of the best preserved monuments in the town.
5. KADAM RASUL MOSQUE: Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah built it in 1530 A.D. It has a stone tablet which has the footprints of Prophet Muhammad, so it is called Kadam (foot) Rasul Mosque.
6. CHIKA MOSQUE: Sultan Yusuf Shah built it in the year 1475, near Gour Road. It got its name as number of bats house here.
7. FIROZ MINAR TOMB: It is a tomb of Firoz Shah and resembles Qutb Minar. Sultan Saifuddin Feroze Shah built the Firoz Minar Tomb in Tughlaqi style. It is near Dakhil Darwaza . At present, it is under Archaeological Survey of India.
8. QUTB SHAHI MOSQUE: Qutb Shahi Mosque was built in honor of saint Nur Qutub ul Alam and it is situated at Hazrat Pandua and resembles bara sona mosque of Gaur-Lakhnanti and also known as Sona Masjid.
9. BAISAZI WALL: It is at Gaur. William Baillie built it to enclose the royal palace in Gaur.
10. MALDA MUSEUM: It is an archaeological museum. Malda Museum is located at Subhankar Bandh Road. It displays the calligraphic inscription tablets, sculptures, figurines and terracotta plaques that belong to 1500 years ago.
11. EKLAKHI MAUSOLEUM: It is a mausoleum of Jalauddin Muhammad Shah at Hazrat Pandua. It is the first brick tomb in Bengal.
12. TANTIPARA MOSQUE: It was built during the reign of Yusuf Shah in 1480 and well known for its decorative patterns.
How to reach the town? Malda Town is the major railway station of the town. So, people from all over can directly drop at the Malda Town.
Siliguri is the junction of North Bengal. You can reach all the places of North Bengal from here. It is also known as chicken neck of West Bengal.
If you are planning to visit North Bengal Tourist Spot, do give ample time as your eyes will never miss the beauty of nature, archaeology and heritage. I am sure you will feel that your idea of travelling through North Bengal was a fruitful one.