Jalpaiguri - West Bengal
Jalpaiguri is a district in West Bengal, India, which is known for its tea plantations and thick forests that boosts of wild life. Situated on the foothills of Himalayas,
Location of Jalpaiguri
Jalpaiguri is situtated between 26 degree 32'N and 88 degree 46'E. It is located in North of West Bengal and shares its borders with countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan, which lie to the south and north respectively. To the east are Assam and Darjeeling hills that expand further west and North West. The topography of the district comprises of hills, rivers and rivulets. The main rivers that you will find here are the Teesta River, Jaldhaka River, Torsa River, Neora, Dyna, etc.
Jalpaigur has a great network of roads and railways. There is a good scope for transport in the region. Jalpaigiri has National Highway No. 31 running from the district and National Highway No 30C as well. They connect well to the other parts of the state and country. The other major roads connect to towns like Alipur Duar, Kalchini, Madari Hat, BIrpara, Banarhat, Mainagur, Dhupgari, Rajganj, Matiali and Mal.
The major railway junction is new Jalpaiguri and is 40 KM from the town. Some of the other railway stations are the Jalpaiguri Road and Jalpaiguri that helps connect people with the rest of the country. Most of the North eastern trains pass through Jalpaiguri Road.
Tea industry is the major industry here. However, the district is agriculture based and most of the population is engaged in agriculture. Timber is also famous in the district and has many timber industries that are flourishing.
Tourism is a fairly new industry, which has great potential at present and in the future as well. it comprises of diverse flora and fauna and can attract vast chunk of tourists from within the country and outside. Important attractions are the sanctuaries, National parks and the Tiger reserves. Visitors can get an opportunity to see Rhinoceros, Leopard, Gaur and elephant.