North Bengal

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Maps of the West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh, showing North Bengal in green and the South Bengal in red.
Dancing Ganesha sculpture from North Bengal, 11th century CE, Asian Art Museum of Berlin (Dahlem).

North Bengal (Bengali: উত্তরবঙ্গ) is a term used for the north-western part of Bangladesh and northern part of West Bengal. The Bangladesh part denotes the Rajshahi Division and Rangpur Division. Generally it is the area lying west of Jamuna River and north of Padma River, and includes the Barind Tract. The West Bengal part denotes Jalpaiguri Division (Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong) and Malda division (North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda) together. The Bihar parts include Kishanganj district. It also includes parts of Darjeeling Hills. Traditionally, the Ganga River divides West Bengal into South Bengal and North Bengal, divided again into Terai and Dooars regions.

In Bangladesh

Rangpur Division Rajshahi Division

In West Bengal (India)

Jalpaiguri division Malda division

Cities and towns (West Bengal and Bihar)

  • Alipurduar (West Bengal) is the main commercial town of the Eastern Dooars region. Now Alipurduar is a new district
  • Balurghat (West Bengal) is the headquarters of Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal. Situated near Indo-Bangladesh border.
  • Barsoi (Bihar)
  • Maharajahat (West Bengal)
  • Cooch Behar (West Bengal) was once home to the famous Cooch Behar kingdom. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation operates its services from all over the region. It has its headquarters here. It also features the North Bengal State Library.
  • Dalkhola (West Bengal) is commercial town, business hub and 4th largest railway station in North Bengal.
  • Darjeeling (West Bengal) is the largest hill town of the region. It was once the summer capital of Bengal.
  • Dhupguri (West Bengal) is one of the most flourishing cities of the region, due to its significant location.
  • Dinhata (West Bengal)
  • Falakata (West Bengal)
  • Farakka (West Bengal)
  • Gangarampur (West Bengal) is the second largest town and a municipality in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the state of West Bengal, India. The town is located on the bank of river Punarbhaba.
  • Haldibari (West Bengal)
  • Hasimara (West Bengal)
  • Itahar (West Bengal)
  • Islampur (West Bengal)
  • Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) Once the most important town and the home to the tea industry, it is presently the third largest city of the region and the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri division of West Bengal. The city is home to the Circuit Bench of the Kolkata High Court and features the newly built up Jalpaiguri Medical College. Lying, about 35 km from one another, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri both merge up to be the largest metropolis of the region.
  • Kalimpong (West Bengal) is a hill station of the region. It is the 21st district of West Bengal.
  • Katihar (Bihar)
  • Kurseong (West Bengal) is another hill station of the region.
  • Kaliyaganj (West Bengal) * Kishanganj (North-East Bihar)
  • Malbazar (West Bengal) is one of the most important towns of North Bengal and known for its scenic beauty and tea Gardens around.
  • Maynaguri (West Bengal) is also one of the most important towns in North Bengal which is situated at the junction of several cities and connects Jalpaiguri, Malbazar, Dhupguri, Mathabhanga, Changrabandha, etc. with one other. It is also one of the most important business location and known as the 'Gateway to the Dooars'.
  • Maldah (West Bengal) English Bazar or mainly known as Malda is the second largest city in the region and the most important commercial city. It is the Headquarters of Malda division. The University of Gour Banga and Malda Medical College and Hospital are situated in this town. Malda Town Railway Station which is the second busiest station in this region, after New Jalpaiguri.
  • Nakshalbari (West Bengal) is a small hamlet in the Darjeeling district. It is the place from where the Naxalite movement draws its name, and was the scene of the first Naxal agitation.
  • Raiganj (West Bengal) . the district headquarters of Uttar Dinajpur.
  • Siliguri (West Bengal) is the largest city of North Bengal and its commercial and transport hub. University of North Bengal[1] is situated at Raja Rammohanpur and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital are situated at Sushrutanagar in this town. Lying, about 35 km from one another, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri both merge up to be the largest metropolis of the region.
  • Totopara (West Bengal) is a small village in Jalpaiguri district, and home to one of the last remaining ethnic tribes of the regions – the Totos.

In sport

The North Zone cricket team in Bangladesh is a first-class cricket team that represents northern Bangladesh (Rajshahi and Rangpur) in the Bangladesh Cricket League.


  1. ^ NBU
  • Sujit Ghosh, Colonial Economy in North Bengal: 1833–1933, Kolkata: Paschimbanga Anchalik Itihas O Loksanskriti Charcha Kendra, 2016, ISBN 978-81-926316-6-0.

External links

Coordinates: 25°33′N 88°50′E / 25.55°N 88.83°E / 25.55; 88.83

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