Baikunthapur is a Tarai forest region in the western part of the Dooars in West Bengal, India, south of the Himalayan foothills, between the Mahayana River to the west and Teesta River to the east. The main towns in the area are Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. The forests are partly in the Darjeeling district and partly in the Jalpaiguri district.
Baikunthapur is an important ecological zone, home to many wild elephants, but is threatened by growth of the local population. The least disturbed areas are in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Historically, the Baikunthapur forests were the secure base of the Raykat princes in the time when Koch Bihar was an independent kingdom.
Gouricone Bit is 18 km from Jalpaiguri Town Station and 13km.from Jalpaiguri Road Station. Kathambari Forest is around 15 km away from Gouricone Bit. Scenic beauty of Forest and Tea Gardens, somewhere with a backdrop of hills is the main attraction of these locations. Teesta barrage is very close from Bodaganj. The wildlife, in addition to one-horned Rhinos(new home in Baikunthapur Forest), consists of wild Elephants, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, Gour and a number of Birds, Peafowl’s, etc.
Division: - Baikunthapur Division.
Range: - Belakoba Range.
Bit: - Gouricone Bit.
Block: - Sadar Block.
District: - Jalpaiguri.
PLACES OF INTEREST
1) Baikunthapur Rajbari
2) Sun rise at Teesta spur is real refreshment.
3) Several Tea Gardens (Karala Valley Tea Garden, Raipur Tea garden, Jaipur Tea garden, Denguajhar Tea Garden, Shikarpur Tea Garden, Bhandiguri Tea Garden, Sarashatipur Tea Garden.)
4) Devi Choudhurani Mandir (A historical place)
5) Bhabani Pathak’s Temple (A historical place)
7) Teesta barrage (Gajoldoba),
8) Bhramori Devie’s Temple (This temple is one of the temple, 51Pits) etc.
tourism in jalpaiguri