Jalpaiguri Travel Guide

 

 


Places to visit


* Jalpaiguri Rajbari, at Rajbaripara. "Rajbari" means Palace. The
palace gate at Rajbari is a large unreinforced concrete arch
structure..
* Sun rise, sun rise at Teesta spur is a real refreshment.
* River Karala, Walking through the bank of river Karala and enjoy

the nature.

* Several lakes in Rajbari Palace ground.
* Jalpaiguri Nawab Bari (now the Jalpaiguri circuit bench of the

Kolkata High Court).
* Jubilee Park, a park located on the spurs of the River Teesta.
* India's first Forensic Science laboratory in the Police Lines,

Racecourse Para.
* King Shaheber Ghat
* Rabindra Bhawan (also called the Arya Natya Samaj).
* The River Teesta.
* Teesta Udyan, a children's park along the banks of the River

Karala.
* Sarojendra Deb Raikat Kala Kendra, an Art Gallery opposite the

Town Club Stadium.
* Town Club Stadium.
* Jogomaya Kalibari, a famous temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali

on Temple Street. It also houses a temple of Baba Loknath.
* Kali Temple at Paharpur.
* Several Tea Gardens (Karala Valley Tea Garden, Raipur Tea garden,
Jaipur Tea garden, Denguajhar T.G.) are very near to Jalpaiguri Town

and are worth a visit.
* Jalpesh Temple. An old Shiva temple about 15 km from the town.

Jalpesh Temple

* Jatileshar Temple , Tie a stone on the branch of the old tree and

wish for good.
* Jaldapara Wildlife sanctuary, about 50 km west of the town
* Gorumara National Park, a wildlife national park located north

towards the northern part of Jalpaiguri district.


 

 

get there and around

The town is very well connected to Siliguri (45 km away), Kolkata and
all neighbouring towns and districts.
The main mode of public transport is the rickshaw. Amongst personal
transport, people use bicycles and other two-wheelers. Use of
four-wheelers is also catching up slowly.

Bus services

There are several bus stands.

* NBSTC depot.- Govt. Buses are available from here.
* Kadamtala Bus Terminus.- Private buses to Siliguri are available

from here.
* Super Bus Stand near the Railway Station - Super (or non stop)

bus services to Siliguri are available from here.
* Santipara Private Bus Terminus - Buses to the Dooars region,

Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Mathabhanga, Malbazar etc. are available from

here.
* Haldibari Bus Standnear the Railway Station - Bus services to

Haldibari are available from here


 

Jalpaiguri is a town in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the
headquarters of Jalpaiguri district, and the divisional headquarters of
the North Bengal region.




History


Jalpaiguri was initially founded as a trading centre, as the origins of
its name suggests. The name Jalpaiguri may come from the Bhutanese term
je-le-pe-go-ri, which means 'a place where warm clothes are bought and
sold'. Others attribute the name to the more common Bengali term jôlpai
"olive" and thus the name meaning "town of olives".
For some time, the town was capital of the Raikats of Baikunthapur. The
town was part of the Duars area of the old Kamarupa and later the
Bhutanese kingdoms, which was later annexed by the British in 1864.

They divided the captured area into two parts and merged the eastern
half into the Goalpara district (now in Assam) and converted the
western half into a new district of Western Duars and then in 1869, it
was reorganised and renamed to Jalpaiguri, with Jalpaiguri town
becoming the district headquarters.

The town saw its main boom period during the late 19th and early 20th
century, when the British found the region north-east of the town
(called the Dooars region), near the foothills of the Bhutan hills very
suitable for tea cultivation. Within a very small period the area was
dotted with thousands of tea gardens, with Jalpaiguri town becoming the
port-of-call for all going to those gardens. People flocked to the town
to lay their hands on a part of the lucrative tea-trade. This resulted
in the cosmopolitan nature of the town, with people from many parts of
the country settling there. Business boomed and the town established
itself as the premier commercial and cultural hub of the northern
Bengal region. It also helped that the town was well connected with
Kolkata (then Calcutta), as it lay on the main Railway link between
Calcutta and Darjeeling (via the Hardinge Bridge and Parbatipur
junction, now in Bangladesh).

The British had their own little spots in and around the town. The
Jalpaiguri Club, the Race Course (now defunct), the beautiful bungalows
along the banks of the Teesta and the Karala and the defunct airport at
Panga, close to the town, bear testimony to this fact
It is amazing how Jalpaiguri still retained most of its colonial
character even fifty-plus years after independence. The core town
possibly resembles more or less the same as it was during the end o
the British rule. A walk along the Teesta beside the stately bungalows,
built by the British, now housing the Government officials, would evoke
the same feelings. A visit to the beautiful parks and gardens along the
banks of the Karala gives peace to the strained city-dweller. This is
colonial Bengal in all its glory.