The land of glorious past with rich heritage and culture, Coochbehar is a town as well as a district. It is the only planned town in North Bengal. The monuments and palaces depict the golden ages of the Cooch dynasty. Cooch Behar was an independent kingdom before it merged with India after India's independence.
Coochbehar is the easternmost district of West Bengal bordering Assam. The district of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar together constitutes the Dooars region of North Bengal. To the North and North West of Coochbehar is Jalpaiguri district, to its south is Bangladesh and to its east is Assam.
Train – There is a major rail station in town about 5 kms from the town centre. The station is well connected with major cities of India.
Alipurduar Junction, about 25 kms away from Coochbehar, is another important rail station.
New Jalpaiguri rail station in the vicinity of Siliguri town is 150 kms away. This is the most important rail station of the entire North-Bengal Sikkim region. If you are travelling by a North East bound train, it must be passing through New Jalpaiguri as well as one of the two station of Alipurduar Junction or Coochbehar or both. Alternatively you may travel to a train that ends at New Jalpaiguri and travel to Coochbehar from here by road.
By Air – Bagdogra is the nearest major airport about 160 kms away. The airport is well connected with rest of the country. There are a few international flights to Bagdogra as well, especially from the neighboring countries. Coochbehar town also has its own airport which has not been operational on a regular basis for quite some time. There has been some effort by the government to make the airport operational but it has not seen much success so far.
Road – As for the rest of Dooars, Siliguri is the main transit point for Coochbehar. From Siliguri there are two main roads to Coochbehar. The Siliguri – Jalpaiguri National Highway 31 will take you to Coochbehar 150 kms away. Alternatively the Dooars route via Malbazar through National Highway 31C is relatively lengthy at 185 kms but offers much better viewing pleasure. Both routes meet at Falakata about 45 kms before Coochbehar.