Located in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas is the only planned town of West Bengal India, Coochbehar. Endowed with serene ambiance, temperate weather and rich flora and fauna, Coochbehar has hyped the interest of traveler since ancient era. The princely town of Coochbehar is the maternal home of Maharani Gayatri Devi. Till 1949 Coochbehar was ruled by the regal member of Koch Dynasty, still there are monument and artifact which hold the lingering essence of that era. The most iconic landmark of Coochbehar is known to be the Victorian Jubilee Palace, or Rajbari. Apart from housing the remnant of Kingly legacy, Coochbehar is known showcasing an exquisite collection of natural world. Being connected with well paved roads and railway line Coochbehar is easily accessible. Shrouded beneath the dust of ancient era, Coochbehar has its own pace of life, which is unhurried and gives a sense of tranquility. There are many places to visit while traveling to Coochbehar.
Also known as the Rajbari it is the most renowned historic site of Coochbehar. Built in 1880 under the commandment of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan, Coochbehar Palace is now protected by the Archeological Survey of India. Turned into museum, visitor can observe the portrait of regal family member adorning the walls of well crafted palace with other artifacts like skulls and remains collected after royal hunting expedition. It is said Coochbehar Palace was designed by the same architect who made the design of Buckingham Palace.
Located in the heart of the regal town it is an ancient Hindu Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, Madan Mohan Temple was constructed under the order of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. During rush Purnima, devotees from far and wide travel towards Coochbehar to visit Madan Mohan Temple.
It is a manmade ocean-like pond dug under the rule of King Nripendra. Enclosed by the administrative building, Sagardigha is situated in the heart of Coochbehar. During the onset of winter season, the artificial lake of Sagardigha attracts many exotic migratory birds.
Located at a distance of 12km from Coochbehar Palace, Baneswar Shiva Temple is a hallowed temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Baneswar Shiva Temple is famous for its Shivalinga, which attracts pilgrims from around the world. Adjacent to Baneswar Shiva Temple is a temple idolizing the statue of Arthanarishwar. Devotee can also see a serene lake which is the home for turtle aging up to 300years.
Famous for its dome shaped structure, Siddhanath Shiva Temple was built by Maharaja Harendra Narayan and Maharaja Shibendra Narayan. It is located at a distance of 7km from Coochbehar on the way to Dinhata. The ancient cravings and 5ft tall Shivalinga are the main attraction of Siddhanath Shiva Temple.
It is a serene natural lake enclosed by the verdant subtropical forest. Rasikbill is famous as the birding paradise. The marshy land of Rasikbill creates a perfect environment for hosting a vast collection of avifauna. Water birds like Common Teal, Lesser Whistling Teal, White-eyed pochard, and Grey-headed Lapwing can be spotted while visiting Rasikbill. Within the premises of Rasikbill there is a large aquarium, a crocodile rehabilitation centre, a tortoise rescue centre, and a python house.
December to February, when the migratory birds can be seen flocking near the artificial and natural lakes, is the best time to visit Coochbehar. And the festive season is considered the best time to see the livelier side of Coochbehar.