Cooch Behar is a city and administrative district of the North Bengal region of West Bengal.
In the beginning, the capital of the kingdom of Cooch Behar was not static and became stable only when the same was shifted to the city of Cooch Behar in the early 17th century. The territory of Cooch Behar was known as ‘Kamta’ even during the period of Maharaja Viswa Singha and his son Maharaja Nara-Narayan. The Mughal forces grabbed a certain portion of the ‘Kamta’ kingdom in the middle of the 17th century AD. Later on, the accounts of Badshanama, Shah-Jaha-Nama, Tarikh-I-Assam, and the Alamgirnama ascribed this territory as Cooch Behar. It is, therefore, very much apparent that the ‘Koch’ kingdom was known as ‘Kamta’ even during the middle of the 17the century AD when the Koch kings like Maharaja Viswa Singh, Maharaja Nara Narayan, and Maharaja Pran Narayan used the title ‘Kamteswar’ for themselves. The valor of the ‘Koch’ kings is known best by the pride of Maharaja Nara Narayan. He has issued his own coins. The kings ruled here till its union with Indian territory and its declaration as a district headquarters of the Province of West Bengal in 1950.
From Siliguri by buses (lots of them, both private and government-run), train from New Jalpaiguri railway station, SUVs, hired cars.
From Assam by train, buses, cars. By rail, alight at New Cooch Behar railway station.
One can use a taxi, auto, rickshaw, and bus for internal movement.
1 Cooch Behar Palace. It also called the Victor Jubilee Palace. The design of the palace was based on that of Buckingham Palace in London in 1887, during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. It is a brick-built double-story structure in the classical Western style. The whole structure is 395 ft long and 296 ft wide. The articles and precious objects that these rooms and halls used to contain are now lost.
2 Ranir Bagan. It was the Samadhi Sthal of the Cooch Behar royal family. Now it is being converted into a park.
3 Madan Mohan Temple. It was constructed by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan from 1885 to 1889. Ras Yatra and Rua Mela draw large crowds.
4 Sagardighi. Sagardighi is a great pond in the heart of Cooch Behar. It attracts migratory birds in winter and is surrounded by many important administrative buildings.
5 River Bank.
6 Naranarayan Park. The park is known for its serenity and exquisite lush green setting. It has rare bamboo plants, exotic flowers, and orchids. Migratory birds come and settle in the lakes in winter. Kingfishers are there the year around.
7 Madhupur Dham temple. It was built in the 16th century in honour of Shankaradeva.
8 Shiva temple, Baneswar. Situated at a distance of about 10 km to the north here, the temple has a ‘Shivalinga’ 10 feet below the plinth level.
Ardhanariswar temple, Baneswar.
9 Rasik Beel (South of Kamakhyaguri). Situated about 42 km from Cooch Behar city, Rasik beel is a wetland complex. In Bengali, beel means large water body. A recognized bird sanctuary it has such birds as lesser whistling teal, common teal, cotton teal, dabchick, bronze winged jacana, pheasant-tailed janacana, shoveler, barheaded goose, white-eyed poacherd etc. A 70 feet high watchtower has been constructed by Coochbehar Forest Division. There is a mini zoo at Rasik beel, with the tortoise, gharial, leopard, spotted deer, peafowl, and other inmates.
Day 01 : Bagdogra – Cooch Behar
On reach at Bagdogra Airport, you will meet and assist by our representative, and now you will ready to drive to Cooch Behar (170km 04-05 hrs journey). Cooch Behar or Koch Bihar is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It has the headquarters of the Cooch Behar district. Cooch Behar is the planned city in the Bengal region with remnants of royal heritage. Dinner and Overnight stay at Cooch Behar hotel.
Day 02: Cooch Behar Local Sightseeing – Cooch Behar
After breakfast, ready to proceed Local Sightseeing o Cooch Behar as like Rasikbil, a large lake famous for a vast population of migratory birds that assemble here during winter months, visit the watchtower take a walk in the Deer and Crocodile park here. Dinner and Overnight stay at Cooch Behar hotel.
Sightseeing of the Day:
Madan Mohan Temple
Light and Sound Show
Baleswar Siva Temple etc.
Day 03 : Cooch Behar – Rajabhat khawa Jayanti (40km 01-02 hrs journey)
After breakfast, ready to drive to Rajabhat khawa is a small town situated outside of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is known for its natural beauty. The entire permit for the Buxa Tiger reserve can be taken from here. Dinner and overnight stay at Cooch Behar Hotel.
Sightseeing of the Day:
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Day 04: Cooch Behar – Bagdogra Departure
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel now ready drive to Bagdogra airport/railway station (170 km 04-05 hrs journey )our representative will drop you at the airport /railway station to catch onward your flight/train & return back to home with sweet memories of the Cooch Behar Holidays Tour.
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