Cooch Behar District of West Bengal at a Glance

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About Cooch Behar District :

The Cooch Behar district is located in the North-Eastern part of West Bengal; bounded by the districts of Alipurduar in the north and Jalpaiguri in the north-west, state of Assam in the east (bounded by the districts of Kokrajhar & Dhubri in Assam) and the International Border in the form of Indo-Bangladesh boundary in the south-west, south and south-east. Beside this bounded area there are enclaves (called Chhits) which are outlying and detached tracts of land situated inside Bangladesh. There are 110 such Chhits. Cooch Behar district lies between 25°57’47” & 26°36’20” North Latitude ; between 88°47’44” & 89°54’35” East Longitude. The Area of the district is 3387 sq. kms, which contributes 3.82% of the land mass of the State of West Bengal. The population of the district is 28,19,086 as per 2011 Census. The district is divided into 5 Subdivisions and 12 Blocks. The places of tourist interest in th districts are Rajbari (royal palace) of the “Koch” dynasty, Madan Mohan Bari, Madan-Mohan Temple and Sagar Dighi.

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Tourist Places :

Palace of Koch kings – popularly known as “Rajbari” :

Idealised from the concept of classical European style of Italian Renaissance, this magnificent palace was built by the famous Koch king Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887. Raised on a basement of 1.5 metres in height, this double storied brick building covers an area of 4768 square metres. It extends 120 metres from north to south and 90 metres from east to west. The frontal facade consists of a series of arches resting by an alternate arrangement of narrow and broad piers to contain single and double Corinthian pilasters respectively.

A porch is projected in the center to provide main entrance to the building through the Durbar Hall. Recalling the memory of St. Peter’s Church at Rome, the Durbar Hall is dodecagonal in shape, resting on four arches supported by massive Corinthian pilasters and projecting a lantern at the top. The intrados of the dome is relieved in stepped patterns and flanked by a small elegant balcony with twelve window openings at the base. In the center of the Durbar Hall, the marble floor contains the royal insignia in pietradura. The building contains more than fifty rooms/halls of varied dimensions which include the bedrooms, dressing rooms, billiard room, kitchen, dinning hall, dancing hall, library, toshakhana and the ladies gallery. Certain rooms deserve special attention for their beautiful paintings in the ceiling as well as in the interior wall surface.

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