North Bengal forms the northern part of West Bengal.
- 1 Alipurduar — a city in eastern Dooars, close to the foothills of the Himalayas, forests and wildlife preserves
- 2 Balurghat — home to a museum with numerous ancient artefacts and close to forests and places for a picnic
- 3 Cooch Behar — the former capital of the Kingdom of Cooch Behar has a glorious late 19th-century palace
- Jaigaon - the chaotic town on the Border of Bhutan. Travellers to/from Bhutan will need to complete immigration procedures here.
- 5 Jalpaiguri — a historic city with rail links to North-Eastern India
- 6 Kalimpong - a popular hill station, known for its orchids, cheese, and schools
- 3 Gour and 4 Pandua — Twin historical and heritage site near Malda Town
- 5 Jaldapara — a national park with wildlife including one-horned rhinos
- 7 Hasimara — a picturesque small tea-growing town. The town has the nearest railway station to the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing.
North Bengal was historically called Gour, but that region included certain districts or areas such as Rangpur and Rajshahi, which are now in Bangladesh. The total area has a distinctiveness in the matter of the dialects spoken, the folk culture and life styles. Far away from the madding crowds of the metropolitan city, it has a quietness of its own.
Standing at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, it gradually slopes down to the alluvial plains of the Ganges, the Padma and the Jamuna. The Ganges flows in circumventing the Rajmahal Hills and the Brahmaputra round the Garo Hills. Other turbulent rivers originate in North Bengal and flow down to the plains.
It is the land of the mountain-climbing Sherpas, and other people with some distinctiveness of their own. Certain Muslim-dominated areas have their own traditions. It has been home to the famous one-horned rhino and numerous other species of animals and birds.
With improvement in communication links, the inflow of tourists into North Bengal is increasing. It is a wonderful land waiting to be explored properly by inquisitive tourists.
Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri.
Altitude sickness is a problem in the mountainous areas of North Bengal.