important sub-divisional town of Jalpaiguri
District is Alipurduar. The town has special significance
from tourism perspective since the Buxa
tiger reserve is in close proximity of Alupurduar. Recently
government has decided to create a seperate district of Alipurduar.
The town is a very important railway junction,
All trains entering into the North East passes through this
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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
Coochbehar, the erstwhile
capital of the Cooch dynasty is just 26 kms away. The Coochbehar
palace and the Madam Mohan temple are important sightseeing
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.