This district of West Bengal has a tremendous inclination towards history and nature. It falls just under the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal making it perfect extension for the visitors of Jalpaiguri. Firstly Assam and Bangladesh surround Cooch Behar. Secondly, it is a small town filled with happy and helpful people who are proud of their culture and heritage of their city.
For food lovers: Elements of Bengali cuisine can be found as Cooch Behar is located in the state of West Bengal. One must try the Bengali delicacies like Sukto, Ambole, Pitha, Chingri macher Malai curry, Maccher jhol. For dessert, you get the famous range of Bengali sweets which are famous across the entire country. Sweetened cottage cheese (Chaana) is the main ingredient in most of the Bengali Sweets. You must relish the taste of sweets like Rashogolla, Shandhesh, Laddu, Rasmalai, Pantua, Chamcham.
For commuting within the city, tourists could use the buses and shared auto rickshaws. Since Cooch Behar is a small town most of the destinations are nearby to each other. One could also travel by foot from one place to another place.
History of Cooch Behar: Cooch Behar used to be the capital of Koch dynasty.In addition, it is the only planned city in North Bengal. This town is a beautiful reminder of the glorious history of eastern India. Religious and international forms of architecture have inspired various palaces and temples in the town. One could see the cultural influence of the bygone era in the lifestyle and festivals celebrated by the local people of the district.
Here are some must places to visit in Cooch Behar:
Rajbari is famous as the major attraction in the district. It is also called the Victor Jubilee Palace. Furthermore, It was designed on the same architecture of Buckingham Palace in London in 1887, during the reign of great king Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. This palace is noted for its elegance and grandeur, it is considered as the pinnacle of architecture. Concepts of the classical style of Italian Renaissance influence the architecture of the structure. a historian could easily notice that the structure of the palace is inspired from various European monuments. The entrance of the palace clearly represents the St. Peter’s Church located in Rome. On a tour inside, the palace one could see beautifully painted paintings both on the ceilings as well as the walls as well.
The Rajbari is entirely built by bricks. In addition, it has an area of over 51,909 square feet and structure of two stories. It has various verandahs in a series, and has over 50 rooms of different sizes including various bedrooms, billiard room, dressing rooms, kitchen, dining hall, ball room, Tosha Khana, library and the famous ladies’ gallery. One could visit the museum inside the palace which has a massive collection of rare artifacts. There’s also a special corner for tribal gallery which shows various paintings of the everyday life of the locals. The tourist department of West Bengal organizes a light show after the sunset on a regular basis. Furthermore this show is conducted in the back garden of the palace and is carried on till 8 o clock starting from 6 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Madan Mohan Temple:
Maharaja Nripendra Narayan built the temple during the year 1885-1887. The temple has a beautifully designed structure which has a huge following. In this temple, you could find the deities of Madan Mohan, Tara Ma, Kali Ma and Ma Bhawani. The festival of Rath Yatra makes the temple hugely crowded. As a result, thousands of visitors visit this temple during the festival. In North Bengal, Rath Yatra is the most famous and celebrated occasion
Sagardihi, the huge water tank situated in the heart of the city. Maharaja Hitendra Narayan excavated this tank. Accordingly today its surroundings are full of heritage hotels, tourists often gather to capture some stunning pictures of the views around it. You could also visit Victor House and War Memorial near it.
Baneswar Siva Temple:
Located at a small distance of 10km from the city center, This temple is the home to Lord Shiva. Temple holds a 10ft statue of Shiva, along with a statue of Arthanarishwar. Within the temple premises, you could spot a huge pong which is the home to a large number of tortoises aging over 100 years!