The name Alipurduar has three parts. The first part `Ali` is derived from the name of Col Hedayat Ali Khan who had leaved here and fought war with Bhutan. `Pur` meaning residence and word `Duar` has its origin in the name of the region `Dooars`. The original name was Alipur meaning the place where Ali leaved, the Duar was added to distinguish it from the Alipore of Calcutta. The subdivision is located at the extreme east of West Bengal bordering the state of Assam.
Tourism in Alipurduar
The municipal town is important from tourism perspective mainly due to its critical location at a junction.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is by far the most important tourist attraction. From the railway station, the Rajabhatkhawa forest check post is just 10 kms away. Jayanti and Santarabari are about 25 kms and Buxa fort about 30 kms. Upcoming destinations inside Buxa such as Raimatang can be reached within an hour or so.
Coochbehar, the erstwhile capital of the Cooch dynasty is just 26 kms away. The Coochbehar palace and the Madam Mohan temple are important sightseeing points here.
The Bhutan boarder of Phuentsholing is about 60 kms through Hasimara town. This is the main road entry point to Bhutan. If you are not travelling to Bhutan, you may also go for a day trip to the Boarder and return to Alipurduar in the evening.
Jaldapara and Chilapata forests are close to Hasimara and about kms through the NH31C. The forests are famous for one horned rhino and Asiatic Elephants.