North Bengal forms the northern part of West Bengal.
North Bengal consists of the districts of Cooch Behar, Dakshin Dinajpur, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Murshidabad and Uttar Dinajpur. However, tourism refers to chiefly the Dooars region in Jalpaiguri district and Darjeeling districts.
North Bengal is a geographical division. It was historically called Gour but that included certain districts or areas such us Rangpur and Rajshahi, which are now in Bangladesh. The total area has a distictiveness in the matter of the dialects spoken, the folk culture and life styles. Far away from the madding crowds of the metroplitan city, it has a quietness of its own.
Standing at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, it gradually slopes down to the alluvial plains of the Ganges, the Padma and the Jamuna. The Ganges flows in circumventing the Rajmahal Hills and the Brahmaputra round the Garo Hills. Other turbluent rivers originate in North Bengal and flow down to the plains.
It is the land of the mountain climbing Sherpas, and other prople with some distinctiveness of their own. Certain Muslim dominated areas have their own traditions. It has been home to the famous one-horned rhino and numerous other species of animals and birds.
With improvement in communication links, the inflow of tourists into North Bengal is increasing and it is hoped will increase manifold. It is a wonderful land waiting to be explored properly by the inquisitive tourists.
New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Alipurduar Jn and Coochbehar are prominent railheads of the region. Nearest Airport is Bagdogra. Siliguri (NJP) is well connected by ovenight Volvo bus service from Kolkata. Various govt run CSTC, NBSTC buses along with private buses ply between Coochbehar/ Siliguri and Kolkata.
Public transport is offered through state run NBSTC buses and private buses. Shared cab service is also available from selected points to certain destinations. However it is adviseable to take a cab for hire. A large number of rent a car operators are present in this tourist spots and SUVs like Bolero/ Innova is available at Rs 2000- Rs 2200 per day. Since most of the tourist spots are offbit and away from hustles and bustles, a private car shall a walk a long way towards a comfortable trip.