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Jalpaiguri - Gateway of North-East India by sreedhar sreedhar

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Jalpaiguri - Gateway of North-East India

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Jalpaiguri got its name from the olive fruit, which is locally known as ‘jalpai’ and it actually means a place where olives are found profusely. Its name is also related with Lord Shiva who is also known as Jalpesh, the commanding divinity of the region. Jalpaiguri shares the northern part of West Bengal and is near to international borders with Bhutan in the north and Bangladesh in the south. It is griped by the state of Assam and Darjeeling district in the West and East. Jalpaiguri incorporates chiefly of a rural population, which is more than 80% of its total population. The geography of the land is cut across by rivulets, rivers and hills and covered with forests and tea gardens. It is a realistic caldron of different ethnic tribes and races like the Rabha, Rajbanshi, Toto, Santhals, Metch, Madasia and Oraons. The major rivers that runs near the area are the Torsa, Teesta, Raidak, Jaldhaka and Sankosh.

Jalpaiguri is a big tourist attraction which still lies unexploited; the wild currents of Torsa, Teesta and Sankosh affirming its way through the ravines; huge stretches of wilderness with the background of the Himalayas; rolling acres of tea estates and colorful tribal peoples makes it a perfect place for adventure lovers and holiday makers.

Its beauty lies in its tranquility, green parks and the relaxed way in which people go about their day-to-day life. The look and feel of the town deviates the fact that it is a great place of learning and education in North Bengal. It boasts of a reputed Law College constituted and Pharmacy Institute; large numbers of people are well educated. Recently, Jalpaiguri Court won the honor privilege of hosting the High Court Circuit Bench beating Siliguri Court. If Siliguri is known for its economic development and commercialization, Jalpaiguri has specific identity of its own in the educational, cultural and social map of North Bengal.

Jalpesh Siva Temple is located almost 3 km from Mainaguri and 15 km from Jalpaiguri holiday packages . A famous temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, the commanding deity of North Bengal. Every year in the Hindu calendar month of sawan that is between 15 July to 5 August thousands of devotees plung the Jalpesh Temple and a large fair is organized for a month. Deities collect water in vessels from the river Teesta after offering puja and walk barefoot towards the temple, which is nearly about 15 km from the river.

Tourists can also visit the Gorumara National Park trip package , located few km away from Jalpaiguri, which is also known for its rich wild life. This National park has nearly 50 species of mammals, 193 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles, 7 species of turtles, 27 species of fishes and other macro and micro fauna.

Bagdogra travel packages airport is the nearest airport that connects Jalpaiguri district with the rest of India. New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the major railway station, which connects to all the major cities in India. Jalpaiguri is easily accessible through roadways. There are both government and private bus services available as well that connect the district to the other areas.

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