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North Bengal forms the northern part of West Bengal.


Map of North Bengal

The Himalayan area 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
  • 4 Darjeeling — the hill station famous worldwide for its tea gardens
  • Jaigaon - the chaotic town on the Border of Bhutan. Travellers to/from Bhutan will need to complete immigration procedures here.
  • 7 Malbazar — the second largest city in Dooars region after Alipurduar and main communicating hub.
  • 8 Raiganj — a city with important wildlife and bird sanctuaries
  • 9 Siliguri — the largest city in North Bengal and a major commercial and shopping hub.

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Chilapata — a wildlife sanctuary that is a migration corridor for rhinos and elephants
  • 3 Gour and 4 Pandua — Twin historical and heritage site near Malda Town
  • 5 Jaldapara — a national park with wildlife including one-horned rhinos
  • 6 Mirik — a picturesque and fertile hill station in Darjeeling district
  • 7 Hasimara — a picturesque small tea-growing town. The town has the nearest railway station to the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing.
  • 8 Kurseong — a picturesque small tea-growing town with memories of Toy Train


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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri.

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Stay safe[edit]

Altitude sickness is a problem in the mountainous areas of North Bengal.

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