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Jalpaiguri district is the largest district of North Bengal. The city has an elevation of 75 m and lies in the middle of the boundless fertile plains at the south of the Himalayas, providing a glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga.  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. The town has been the capital of the Raikats of Baikunthapur. It has also been part of the Duars area of old Kamarupa, which later went into the hands of the Bhutanese. The Bhutanese divided the area into two parts, combining the eastern half with the Goalpara District. The western half was later formed into a new district, Western Duars, which in 1869 was recognised by the name Jalpaiguri. The town is famous for its tea cultivation, which became its main profession during the late 19th and early 20th century, after the Britishers in the northeast region founded the town. The main attraction in Jalpaiguri lay in the large number of important forests. Gormara National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary present rich biodiversity with some exquisite and rare species of floral and faunal life form.

Gorumara National Park :

Gorumara National Park is located in the Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district. It is a medium-sized park covered with forests and grasslands. Cradled on the bank of Murti River, Gorumara National Park has a variety of flora and fauna. The forest of Garumara is famous for the Asian one-horned rhino. There is a watchtower beside the Forest Rest House offering a view of the Murti Valley and the entire park. Tourists climb up the tower to observe wild animals especially elephant, rhino, deer and bison as they frequently visit the salt reservoir below the tower.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary :

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife park, nestled at the foothills of eastern Himalayas. It is located in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal on the bank of River Torsa. Jaldapara is primarily known for Royal Bengal Tigers and One-horned Rhinos.  It also offers shelter to migratory birds during winter. It is a heaven for bird watchers. The other wildlife inhabited in the  consist’s of deer, hog deer, barking deer, elephants, wild pig and bisons. Elephant safaris are organised by Hollong to tour the  entire sanctuary. Jeep safaris are also available inside the sanctuary.

Buxa Tiger Reserve :

180 km from Siliguri is the Buxa National Park . 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. Rajabhatkhawa , 15 km from Alipurduar, on the Buxa – Alipurduar road one can spend a night at Rajabhatkhawa. Surrounded by the deep natural forest it is noted for the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary :

64 km from Siliguri and about 30 km from Chalsa and Lataguri, The Chapramari forest is located near the NH31 connecting north-east with the rest of India. As you cross river Tista on your way into Dooars, you reach the famous Chapramari sanctuary. A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests. Chapramari is famous for its elephant population.

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Darjeeling the ‘Queen of Hills’, is arguably the most popular tourist destination in northeast India. Situated at an altitude of 2134m, Darjeeling, with its exquisite scenic beauty, attracts travelers of varied interest. Darjeeling is the Abode of Lord Shiva and offers spectacular views of Kanchenjunga and the hospitality of colorful Himalayan people. Darjeeling and all her tea plantations lie under the shadow of this snowy Himalayan giant. Darjeeling is just 78 km from Siliguri (the major rail and road head) and is well connected by Bus & jeep.

Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim, Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid 19th century when, because of its climate, the British first established a hill station there after leasing it from the Chogyal of Sikkim and later discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations.

Because it was a popular hill station during the days of the Raj, a lovely Victorian town was built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around the Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata today.

Brilliant red rhododendrons, charming white magnolias, majestic pines and lush green tea bushes covering the entire hill slope welcome us along the way.

Top tourist places to Visit in Darjeeling

 Toy Train :

The official name of the Darjeeling Toy Train is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few hill railways which are still operational in the country. Diesel trains run to and from New Jalpaiguri and steam engines run to and from Kurseong.

Tiger Hill :

The Tiger Hill is situated at an altitude of 2590m (8482 ft) and 11 km from Darjeeling town. From here you can get a breathtaking view of Mount Everest and the Kanchenjunga range. It’s a famous spot to watch the sunrise in Darjeeling.

The Observatory Hill :

The Observatory Hill is joined in strong religious faith and importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Mahakal temple rests on this hill and is considered to be the personification of Lord Shiva. The Bhutia Busty Gompa was initially located in this hill, but was later on relocate to its current place. The hill thus serves as a harmony between the Hindus and Buddhists.

Ghoom Monastery :

Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa.

Located at a distance of about 8 km south from the main town of Darjeeling, this gompa has become a destination for people seeking peace and serenity. The gompa is located nearby Ghoom station. One can also reach the gompa from Hill Cart Road as it is situated just below the road.

The Mall:

The Mall is Darjeeling’s popular commercial street. It is lined with Tibetans selling hand-knitted sweaters and souvenir shops chock-full of Himalayan artifacts and both real and imitation antiques. Photo shops carry turn-of-the-century photos as well as specialising in hand-painted black and white prints with glowing oil colours. The Mall leads to Chaurasta, a square, which doubles as a bandstand, a pony riding arena for children and a haven for lovers.


The Chowrasta, meaning crossroad, is a hive of commercial activity. The Mall Road originates and culminates at the Chowrasta. This is the heart of Victorian Darjeeling. Here hotels, restaurants and shops brush against each other. The shops and stalls are a veritable paradise for souvenir collectors. The Bhutanese sellers display their wares. Woollen garments, tribal ornaments, Thankas, rosaries, brass statuettes and Gorkha daggers are kept on display for sale. Foreign goods are also available in some shops. Local handicrafts are much in demand.

Zoological Park:

About 2 km. from the Darjeeling town, this zoo houses a wide collection of high-altitude birds and animals, India’s only collection of Siberian tigers and some rare species such as the red panda. The Darjeeling zoo is famous for its success in the snow leopard breeding program.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is one of the highlights. A zoological garden nearby has an assortment of wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region their home.

Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:

At North Point about 3-km from the town, this is the first passenger ropeway in India. For reservation of ropeway seats please contact – officer in-charge, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway Station, North Point, Darjeeling. Regular share taxi service is available from Market Motor and Taxi Stand is to the Ropeway Station.

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