Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri

The land of “Tea, Timber and Tourism”, Jalpaiguri is replete with numerous tourist spots which entertain visitors throughout the year. A land of extraordinary natural beauty, wildlife, diverse ethnic groups with their cultural heritage, ancient history as well as several places of religious importance, Jalpaiguri is a treasure trove of tourist potential. Whether you want to tour Jalpaiguri city in one day or are willing to have a weeklong vacation, there are ample tourist attractions to keep you entertained.

One Day Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri

There are several extraordinary tourist spots within the city of Jalpaiguri which you can visit in one day. Some of them are:

Teesta Udyan

Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri
Teesta Udyan in Jalpaiguri city

This children’s park adorned by the scenic beauty of the River Karala flowing along its side is a much sought after tourist spot in Jalpaiguri. The park was built in the 1980’s. Featuring an artificial lake, deer park, children’s play ground and aquarium, the Teesta Udyan is a fitting place for picnicking within the city precincts.


Jalpaiguri Rajbari

The erstwhile home of the local Raikat rulers of Baikunthapur estate, the Jalpaiguri Rajbari is a major sightseeing option for all tourists who visit Jalpaiguri city. The Rajbari Palace of Jalpaiguri is an architectural marvel and boasts of a palace gate which is a huge unenforced concrete structure. The entire structure consists of a palace building, two temples, portico, and a garden adorned by a pond or the “rajbari dighi”.

Sarojendra Deb Raikat Kala Kendra

This art gallery is a must visit for all art lovers as well as casual tourists who tour Jalpaiguri.

The Sarojendra Deb Raikat Kala Kendra reveals the astonishingly rich historical art of Jalpaiguri displaying in its exhibitions the ancient history of the region.

It is situated right across the city’s town club on N.S.C. Bose Road on the Karala River’s right bank.

Jogomaya Kalibari

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Jogomaya Kalibari in Jalpaiguri

The Jogomaya Kalibari is one of the most important religious spots In Jalpaiguri. Situated in Temple Street, it is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. Besides the worship of the deity who is believed to be very powerful, worshippers flock to the temple to pay their obeisance to the Baba Loknath shrine. Tourists coming to Jalpaiguri always visit this temple especially during the Kali Puja celebrations.

Jubilee Park

Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri

One of the most prominent tourist attractions of Jalpaiguri city is the Jubilee Park located on the banks of the Teesta River.

It is popularly known as a lover’s hangout. It’s beautiful natural surroundings with the lush greenery of the park, the cool breeze and views of the Teesta River makes it another favourite haunt for picnicking and chilling out.

Both tourists to the city as well as local population come to the park to enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of the park.

River Karala

All visitors to Jalpaiguri must take time out to have a leisurely walk along the banks of the Karala River, popularly known as the “Thames of Jalpaiguri”. The river bisects the city into two parts and has given the local population and tourists some beautiful natural spots to enjoy and admire the scenic beauty of the place. There is also a boat ride along the River Karala up till its confluence with the Teesta River from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire city and its busy life. Undoubtedly this will be one of the high water marks of your tour!

One Day Outing Near Jalpaiguri

The entire district of Jalpaiguri is heavily dotted with tourist attractions of natural & wildlife, religious and cultural importance. Some of the important places which you can incorporate in your one day outing tours include:

Murti

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River Murti (Source: flickr)

Situated beside the Murti River, this place is a base point for travelling in the entire Dooars region. The Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Chilapata forest, Khunia, Chalsa and  Chukchukia all lie in its close vicinity. Travelers to Jalpaiguri can also tour the nearby hill destinations like Samsing, Suntalekhola, Jhalong, Paren and Bindu from Murti. With ample opportunities for accommodation in the form of beautiful resorts, guest houses and lodges, Murti is a fantastic locale in Jalpaiguri to stay and cherish its memory.

Gorumara National Park

Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri

This medium sized national park renowned for its population of the Indian rhinoceros is the pride of Jalpaiguri district. Situated in the Terai region of the foothills of the Himalayas, the Park has a large diversity of flora and fauna. Some of the fauna include Indian rhinoceros, Asian elephant, gaur, bear, sloth, chital, Sambal deer, hog deer, barking deer and wild boar.

It is the natural habitat of a huge population of snakes including the king cobra and the Indian python. There is also an admirable collection of the avian species here like scarlet minivet, spangled drongo, sunbird, Asian paradise suncatcher, Indian hornbill and the rare Brahminy duck among others. Read More Here.

Jaldapara National Park

Sightseeing in Jalpaiguri

Tourists to Jalpaiguri must make a point to visit this national park in the Eastern Himalayan foothills within Alipuduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district.
It contains the largest population of the one horned rhinoceros in the state after Kaziranga in Assam and is also renowned for its luxurious diversity of flora and fauna.

A jungle safari along Jaldapara National Park is the experience of a lifetime!

Chalsa

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Chalsa in Jalpaiguri (source: flickr)


Known as the “Queen of Dooars”, your trip to Jalpaiguri remains incomplete without visiting Chalsa. This tranquil retreat in the Dooars is a haven of natural beauty surrounded by rivers, hills, tea gardens and forests. It has the Gorumara National Park along one side and the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary along the other. You can reach Chalsa in one and a half hours from Siliguri by road.

Samsing and Suntalekhola

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Cottage in Suntalekhola (Source: flickr)


Driving for 90 kms from Siliguri through Chalsa takes you to Samsing. Its primary attractions rest in its scenic beauty, orchid bloom, and the orange plantations growing at a relatively high altitude. Suntalekhola is only 5 km from Samsing and is a picturesque, serene village abounding in scenic beauty and multiple trekking trails.

Some of the other tourist destinations in Jalpaiguri which you can opt for one day tours are Lataguri, Jhalong, Bindu, Paren, Rajabhatkhawa, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayanti, Buxa Tiger Reserve among many others. Reach any of these offbeat Dooars tourist destinations and watch the splendour of Jalpaiguri unfurl before your eyes.


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