Cooch Behar - Historical and Cultural Places of West Bengal

About Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar is the northernmost district of West Bengal, located on the foothills of the Himalayas. It is considered to be the only planned town of North Bengal, which can boast of a rich royal heritage. This small town used to be the seat of the Koch dynasty, and was a princely state. It used to be a part of the kamrupa Dynasty during 4-12th century BC. Cooch Behar today can boast of the famous Cooch Behar Palace and the Madan Mohan temple.

How to reach

By Road: Cooch Behar is directly connected by roadways with Kolkata. From Kolkata, both government and private buses are available.
By Rail: Railways is by far the most convenient way to travel. New Cooch Behar is the nearest railway station.
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport which is around 121 kilometres away. From here, one can avail a bus or a car ride to the town of Cooch Behar.

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  • When to visit
  • Tourists can visit this place throughout the year. During the monsoon, the road through the hills get closed, so transportation during that time becomes a bit difficult.

  • What to Eat
  • Lot of eateries are there, which offer a wide range of multi-cultural cuisines. Tourists have a rich choice to select from.

  • Attractions
  • - Cooch Behar Royal Palace : Perhaps the most popular site that draws most of the tourists. This palace used to be the seat of power during the British rule. This beautiful palace (also known as Rajbari), spread on a wide area, housed the Koch Kings, and it stands today as the witness to innumerable historic events.
    - Madan Mohan Temple : It is an auspicious temple, which houses the deities of Madan-Mohan, Maa Kali, Maa Tara and Maa Bhavani. This temple was constructed by the then ruler- Nripendra Narayan during 1885-1889, and is considered to be the core of the historical and cultural heritage of this place.
    - Baradebi Bari : This temple host the deity of Goddess Durga. The temple itself shows some influence of European architectural designs.
    - Some other major tourists sites include- Baneswar Shiv Temple, Ardhanariswar Temple, Madhupur Dham Temple, Kamteswari Temple and many more.

  • Things to do
  • - Tourists can spend a good deal of time visiting all the historical places situated here. The town is a repository of history.
    - Apart from that, they can also visit the nearby market, which has a lot of shopping centres, and is good place to collect some souvenirs.