This narrow stretch of land lying between the Sikkim - Darjeeling Himalayas and Gangetic West Bengal has more than often evoked a sense of eerie and romanticism in many a heart since the early British Rule.
Places like Jayanti, Murti, Chapramari, Jaldapara, Gorumara only to name some will get any tourist's imagination run wild. Moreover this place gives any one the opportunity to access the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas whose potential in this regard need not be mentioned.
Toto para is a small village on the lap of Himalayan range situated at the border of India and Bhutan under Madarihat-Birpara Block.This picturesque village is the abode of primitive Tribal group, TOTO. Presently there are 1564 tots in Totopara.More ..
Jalpesh Mela, one of the main fairs in Jalpaiguri district, takes place on the occasion of Shivratri in the months of February and March. The age old Shiva temple is the main attraction of the mela and the mela takes place round this temple. Not only local people but people from different parts of the country come to take part in the fair which is the meeting place of various cultures.
Apart from the major festivals like the 'Durga Puja' and the 'Kali Puja', there is the 'Teesta Burir Puja' epitomising the life line of this region the Teesta River. 'Manosha Puja' or the worship of the Serpent Goddess is another important festival of this region. Then there are rituals for 'Good Crops' and 'Good Rain'; the later is known as "Hutt Ghurni". Karom, Bishua, Jitia, Bandna and Gaburdeb are some of the festivals of other Tribes.
Jalpaiguri's very own Folk form is the 'Chor Chunni'. 'Dham Gaan' is another popular folk song of Jalpaiguri. 'Bhawaiya', the folk song of the Rajbangshis depict the love of both God and Man. 'Bisha-Hara Pala' is another very popular stage drama of Jalpaiguri. It depicts the confrontation of Man and God. Rava songs and Dance are gaining popularity these days.
The district situated in the northern part of West Bengal has international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh in the north and south respectively and district borders with Assam and the Darjeeling hills in the east.west and northwest.
National protected areas include the Buxa National Park (which inlcudes the Buxa Tiger Reserve), the Gorumara National Park. the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, and part of the Jaldapara National Park.
Jalpaiguri is a part of monsoon zone of South-Eastern Asia. May is the hottest month of this region with average maximum temperature of about 32°C whereas January is colest with 11°C. Highest ever recorded maximum and minimum temperature and 40°C and 2°C. The average annual humidity in the district is of 82% and the rainfall is 3160mm. December is the driest month with average rainfall 0.2mm and July is wettest with 809.3mm.
The entire topography is crisscrossed with rivulets, rivers and hills. Jalpaiguri with its myriad and verdant, undulating and plain beauty soothes the heart of travellers & nature lovers. Veined by mighty rivers like the Teesta, Torsa, Jaldhaka, Raidak, Dyna, Neora, Sankosh etc. this piece of land has been aptly named as the land of 'Tea', 'Timber' and 'Tourism'. A major stretch of area is bordered in the north by Bhutan and hence the name Dooars/Duars which -Door of Bhutan.
Indian One Horned Rhinocerous can be found in both Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Species like the Hispid Hare and Pygmy Hog have been found in Gorumara National Park. Bengal Florican- an endangered bird had been photographed in Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary. Other species include Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Tiger, Sambar, Cheetal, Hog deer, Barking Deer, Badger, Rhesus, Sloth Bear, Otter, Wild Boar, King cobra and Assamese macaque, Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant Stork.