Jalpaiguri is a picturesque district town, municipality and Civil Division in with a population of more than 150,000 situated on the right bank of the Teesta River. It is the largest district in the entirety of the North Bengal and has shared borders with Bangladesh in the south and Bhutan in the north. The name Jalpaiguri is derived from Jalpai trees, which were growing here in plenty in 1900. The main town is divided into two parts by the great Karala river. The snow clad Kanchenjunga peaks can be viewed from the town itself and the great park beside the Karala river is famous as a picnic spot among the tourists. Also there are opportunities to boat in the river Karala up to the point where Karala meets with the Teesta river.
- By Train: Situated at a distance of just 40 km is the North Bengalâ€™s most important railway station, the New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. Most of the tourists can disembark at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and take a bus from here to Jalpaiguri.
- By Air: The Bagdogra airport in Siliguri town is the nearest airport situated at a distance of about 50 km only. This airport is connected throughout the entire country and internationally as well. Several buses are available from the airport to Jalpaiguri.
- By Bus: Siliguri is the major city in the entire North Bengal and as such it has several buses available that will take a tourist to Jalpaiguri. There are several buses by the North Bengal State Transport Corporation available that are released from the Siliguri bus terminus and go directly to Jalpaiguri.
Things to See and Do in Jalpaiguri
In the entire North Eastern part of India, Jalpaiguri is the most important tourist destination. While Jalpaiguri offers little to the tourists themselves, Jalpaiguri instead serves as a junction point to several popular tourist destinations and national parks. Over the years, Jalpaiguri has made itself known for the cultural, educational and social policies. Also, major rivers like Teesta, Torsa, Jaldhaka, Sankosh and Karla river flow through the Jalpaiguri district and make for excellent locations and picnic spots.
Jalpesh Shiva Temple: The Jalpesh Shiva temple is the most popular tourist destination in Jalpaiguri by far. This famous shrine is located at a distance of about 14 km from the main Jalpaiguri town. This shrine is dedicated to the Hindu lord Shiva and each and every year devotees throng the temple during the pious months of July-August. A large fair is also organised during this month in this area. This temple is mainly popular to the tourists due to its historical roots in being created in the year of 1665 and for having a combination of Muslim and Hindu structure. Legend says that the king of Coochbehar built this temple in the ear of 1665 with the help of both Hindu and Muslim architects brought from Delhi.
Boating in Karala River: The Karala river also has a designated boating spot. In here, dozens of tourists flock each day in order to enjoy boating down the Karala river. The boating starts at the banks of Karala and continues up to the point where the Teesta river meets with Karala river. Boating in the calm waters of Karala is a truly unforgettable experience that cannot be forgotten.
Picnic in the banks of Karala river: The banks of the Karala river is a famous picnic spot. It is made even more famous due to the huge park on the banks of the Karala river. Picnic in the calm banks of the Karala river is a truly great experience and offers peace of mind to the tourists as well.
Visit the Jubilee Park: The Jubilee Park is also situated on the banks of the Teesta river and is also a great place for leisurely spending oneâ€™s time. It is also a nice picnic spot.
Accommodations in Jalpaiguri
Several large, medium and small accommodations are available in Jalpaiguri. All of them offer several basic amenities to the users such as satellite television, room services, hot waters etc.