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Jalpaiguri

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(3.7/5 based on 260+ reviews for 9 attractions)
Things to do: nature, wildlife areas, sightseeing
Jalpaiguri is a city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the largest city and the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri district, and the divisional headquarters of the region. The city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal on the foothills of the Himalayas. As of the 2011 cansus, the city had a population of 107,351. and the metropolitan area 169,002 The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal. It is a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center of the North Bengal region. It lies 42 kilometers away from Siliguri which is its twin city.EtymologyThe name "Jalpaiguri" comes from the Bhutanese term je-le-pe-go-ri, meaning a place where warm clothes are traded, suggesting a trading centre. Another suggestion is that it is from the word "Jalpai" meaning olive, and "Guri" meaning a place. The city of Jalpaiguri once had many olive trees.HistoryJalpaiguri is a significant city in commercialisation and business. It is one of the most busiest and important cities of North Bengal as well as in the Indian state of West Bengal. Jalpaiguri is the largest city and the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri district, and also serves as the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri division, comprising all of the seven districts of North Bengal.
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