The scenic Cooch Behar

The scenic Coochbehar

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Cooch Behar district is situated in the north-east corner of West Bengal state of India. It is bounded by the district of Jalpaiguri in the north and north-west, state of Assam in the east (bounded by the districts of Kokrajhar & Dhubri in Assam) and the International Border in the form of Indo-Bangladesh boundary in the south and south-west. Cooch Behar was transferred and merged with the province of West Bengal on 19th January, 1950 and from that date Cooch Behar emerged as a new District in the administrative map of West Bengal.

It takes 2 hours, 38 minutes to travel from Coochbehar to Jhalong. Approximate driving distance between Coochbehar and Jhalong is 132 kms or 82 miles or 71.3 nautical miles. Travel time refers to the time taken if the distance is covered by a car. Coochbehar is also the maternal home of the Maharani Gayatri Devi, the 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur. The name Cooch Behar is derived from the name of the Koch or Rajbongshi tribes indigenous to this region for many centuries.

There are few sightseeing places in Cooch Behar:

Coochbehar Palace: the iconic landmark of Coochbehar. Built in 1887 under the command of King Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur. The gigantic Coochbehar Palace was built in Indo-Saracenic Revival archicture combining British architectural style with Mugal style. In 2002 a museum has been set up inside the palace depicting the culture of the local people as well as the royals of Coochbehar. Apart from being a historic scenically blessed town, Coochbehar is also a pilgrim centre for many devotees. Located at short walking distance from Coochbehar Palace is the historic temple of Madan Mohan which is known to be considered as one of the sacred place in Coochbehar. Madan Mohan is the "Kul Devta" of the Cooch Kings. The Madan Mohan temple was built by the Cooch king Nripendra Narayan in 1889. Located 10km from Coochbehar is another sacred temple called Baneswar Temple of Lord Shiva which was built more than 400 years ago.


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