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New Jalpaiguri Railstation, commonly known as NJP, is the largest and the most important train station in entire North East of India. If you intend to travel anywhere in North East by train, you would either have disembark at this station or atleast your train would pass through here.

Although the name suggests otherwise, NJP station is not near Jalpaiguri town, it is located in the outskirts of Siliguri town. The original station of Siliguri is a small and dilapidated rail station called the town station. After Independence of India in 1947, importance of Siliguri town increased substantially as it is located in a 10 km wide corridor which has to be crossed to connect North East with the rest of India. To the North of the corridor is the Himalayan mountains and to the south is the newly formed Bangladesh. The increased importance of Siliguri soon lead to development of the new rail station of NJP.

Today all trains going to North East India pass through this station, there are many other trains originating and terminating at this station that connect the region to rest of the country.

The immediate hinterland of New Jalpaiguri Station is the Darjeeling and Sikkim hills, the Dooars plains, districts of lower Assam, the entire Kingdom of Bhutan, Eastern Nepal, parts of Bihar and the entire North Bengal.

Being a station of immense importance, the area around New Jalpaiguri Rail Station has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. There are innumerable shops, small cars, taxis, Rickshaws, hotels, porters and touts all around. There is a food plaza inside the station offering normal Indian food.

The station premise is well guarded and is quite safe any time of day or night. However it is recommended that first time visitors do not travel alone outside the station premises during night hours. There are a number of hotels in the immediate vicinity of the station which offer basic overnight boarding facility. There is also a passenger resting hall inside the main building.

Map of New Jalpaiguri Station

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