Cooch-Behar Tourism
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Cooch-Behar Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Cooch Behar
Cooch Behar is located in the north-eastern area of West Bengal and is surrounded by West Bengalís Jalpaiguri district in the north, Assam in the east and Bangladesh to the south. Characterised with natural beauty, Cooch Behar has a legacy of royal palaces, kings and temples, since 11th century.

Initially, Kamrup, an ancient territory used to exist, on which the present Cooch Behar exists. This Kamrup was ruled by Palas and Senas Kings, whose sculptures, mosques and coins of the Mughal Period have been excavated in Dinhata and Rajpat. In the Gosanimari village, 13 km west of Dinhata Police Station, the Archaeological Survey of India has found an age-old mound that is considered the old capital Kamtapur of the Khen Kings and the mound at Rajpat is believed to be the ancient Kamteshwari Temple and Kamtapur palaces. Quite recently a water system and stone engravings have been discovered here too.

In 1510 AD, on the relics of Kamrup, Narayan dynasty was founded by Koch King Chandan Narayan, which ruled till 18th century. After which Cooch Behar went under British Rule and then merged with West Bengal after independence on 19th January 1950. The most prominent leader of the Narayan dynasty was Nripendra Bahadur Narayan, whose Royal Palace or Rajbari built in 1887 is a popular tourist spot even today. The palace architecture has strong influences of the European Renaissance. Apart from this palace, other royal palaces and buildings have been converted into Government hospitals, offices, and defence quarters.

Amidst all these historical places, Cooch Behar being a planned city offers its visitors mixes of history, culture and religion. The district is sub-divided into 5 sections Cooch Behar Sadar, Dinhata, Mekhligunj, Mathabhanga and Tufangunjt. Like the Rajbari, other tourist places are Baneshwar Shiva Temple, Kamteshwari Temple at Dinhata and Madan Mohan Temple which was built between 1885 and 89 by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. Madhupur Dham Temple, Ranir Bagan, Sagar Dighi, and Rasik Bill are other places of interest for travellers to Cooch Behar.

Rasik bill is a huge water body, which is frequented by numerous migratory birds. Due to the growing popularity of this place, the forest department has made arrangements for the tourists to stay there as well. Throughout the year, many festivals and fairs are celebrated in Cooch Behar, which are strong attractions for the visitors. Like the Raas Mela with Raas Jatra, Sri Panchami Mela, Raath Yatra, Durga Puja, Baradebi Mela, Shibratri Mela, Dol Purnima, Astami Snan Mela and Annapurna Puja. Fruit, flower and book fairs are also commonly conducted in Cooch Behar.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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"A Trip to Cooch-behar" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I had been to Cooch-behar by road in the month of May 2016. Cooch Behar is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of modern-day West Bengal. The must-visit attractions near Cooch Behar include the Madan Mohan Bari, Sagar Dighi and Madhapur Dham. The Madan Mohan Temple is a an excellent place for sightseeing as well as a good location for religious photography. The Madan Mohan Temple is a rich combination of Hindu, islamic and Charistian architecture. This great architectural wonder was built by nripendra Narayan. The Sagar Dighi is one among the 22 spectacular tanks in the town attracting a lot of migratory birds from places known all over. The building structures were built between the period 1880's stretching to the 1920's. The Madhupur Dham is a perfect weekend getaway for intending tourists and is dedicated to the Vaishnavite scholar Shankar Dev.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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"Royal Heritage city Cooch Behar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2015
Cooch Behar, located in North Bengal is the oldest planed city in Bengal. The place has a very old history. During the British Raj it was a princely state of Koch Dynasty. After independence, it became part of India. Cooch Behar is famous for its Palace named Victor Jubilee Palace, constructed in the year 1887. The palace was built following the architectural concept of Buckingham Palace of London. Madanmohan temple is also an important tourist attraction. Close to Cooch Behar, you must visit Chilapata Forest, a dense forest to see elephant and rhino. Winter is the best time to visit these places.
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Surya Debnath

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"Raaj mahal, nice place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2015
Unique feature, Never seen before wonderful moment would likely to visit once again very soon. The location itself is very nice and peaceful as well as eco friendly. Nice place to spend leisure hours. Although camera is restricted within the premises.
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Narayan Kulkarni

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"A nice destination, must visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Aug 17, 2015
The experience was awesome, took two days to reach via train from Bangalore to Cooch Behar. Visit the local eateries, palace and parks as they are maintained well with a nominal entrance fee.

Stay at a good hotel near the Palace, accessible to every place during the day's time.

Savor all the sweets and snacks which are fresh made, daily and served. Cafe bars and pan shops are available everywhere.

Shopping cannot take more than 2 hours as the shops are limited.

Driving in Cooch Behar could be tricky as the roads are not tarred but cemented with gravel stones in between. Auto Rickshaws (Electric) are economical and buses are available to take you to the next city/state.
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Sriramkannan V

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"Jungale area"

  • Posted Dec 4, 2012
Cooch-Behar is a very small and very nice district. Rajbari is the heart of the district. The view of rajbari at evening is very good.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Elora is the best hotel of my knowledge. The location of hotel is very good.

Activities & things to do: There is no children park and swimming pool at elora hotel, but you can get every facility at elora hotel.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can go Sealdah to Cooch-behar by train or Bus. winter season is the best time for travel purposes.
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Poly

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  • Lives in Thane
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"Experience Chalsa In Dooars Dist. West Bengal"

  • Posted Nov 9, 2009
A small, tiny, undisturbed hillock situated in Dooars Dist of West Bengal.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You don't have much of foods varieties except for the local dishes called thupka and momos..which are easily available.. Parathas are available easily in the most of the restaurant.. very limited food options

Activities & things to do: Important Places: Chalsa has one of the best untouched jungles viz. Gorumura, Chapramari, Jaldapara where one can sight [if luckly] the famous one horned Rhino.Elephants, Bisons, Peacock and rare species of birds.

Nearby Places:
One can visit the Bhutan border by entering a place called Phuntosholing..a cozy small town with Bhutanese culture

Activities: One can do a jungle camping [Wild life resorts are available on advance bookings] situated in the midst of the jungle and one can enjoy cart safari, elephant safari. One can visit a place called Lava wherein a Monastery is situated, this Place Lava is at a higher altitude and covered with Pine tress all across.. quite chilling weather up out there

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: How to Travel:
If by train, get down at NJP [New JalPaiguri] and take a maruti Van [charges Rs.750/- - 800/-] which will drop you to your destination at Chalsa..
Local sight seeing may cost anywhere between Rs. 1200/- Rs.1500/- per day..
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