The district forms a part of the basin lying between the Rajmahal hills on the east. Raiganj on the bank of the river Kulik is the District Headquarter, where the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest bird sanctuary in Asia is situated. The headquarters of the Uttar Dinajpur district, Raiganj is a municipal town since 1951 and is one of the major trade centres of the North Bengal. The place is well-connected with the rest of the state through National Highways, State Highways and railways. NH-31 and NH-34 pass through the heart of the district. Uttar Dinajpur or North Dinajpur is a district in West Bengal. Created on 1 April 1992 by the division of the erstwhile West Dinajpur district, it comprises two subdivisions, Raiganj and Islampur.
At a Glance
District Head Hq-
3,140 Sq Kms
30,00,849 (Ref: Census 2011)
Best time to visit-
September to March
For Kulik: July to September
Bengali (Prime), Hindi, Urdu & English (Alt.)
Fair in the month of June at Bhopalpur, Hasua village, near NH34, around Swaminath Temple
Places of Interest-
Kulik Bird Sanctuary,
Kulik Bird Sanctuary
Distance from Kolkata-
Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, popularly known as Kulik Bird Sanctuary is no less than heaven to the bird watchers. This haven of a huge variety of birds is located near Raiganj in the Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal. The sanctuary offers shelter to almost 164 species of birds and every year around 70,000 to 80,000 migratory birds visit the sanctuary. The sanctuary spanning an area of 1.30 sq km is often claimed as the second largest bird sanctuary across Asia. The Kulik Bird sanctuary has the shape of the English alphabet "U" and is connected with River Kulik with an intricate network of artificial canals. Raiganj Bird Sanctuary with an area of 35 acres and a buffer area of 286.23 acres, an ideal habital for a wide array of colorful birds. The resident birds include flycatchers, kites, owl, woodpeckers, kingfishers, drongoes and many more. Apart from this, a number of migratory birds also fly here every year from the coastal areas and South Asian countries. The major migratory species include egrets, open-bill storks, black-crowned night heron, pond heron, Indian Shag, little cormorants and most importantly Asian Openbill. Apart from birds, the exotic collection of flora and the wildlife of the sanctuary is also fascinating.
How to reach
Kulik Bird Sanctuary is located in Raiganj, which is well connected by NH34. Can go by driving to Raiganj from Kolkata, located at a distance of 425 kms. Can also hire cars from Siliguri, which is 181 kms from Raiganj. Raiganj railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah.
Burhana Fakir's Mosque
It is famous for its architecture, which also represents the culture of the Muslims, once inhabited the land.
How to reach
BURHANA FAKIR'S MOSQUE
To reach Dinajpur by air, the nearest airport is at Kolkata which is about 359 km away from the town. From this town can go for a bus, taxi or a train. There is a major railway station at Dinajpur. This is an important railway stations with many active trains and is well connected to all other towns of Bengal as well as other states too. Travelling by train is the cheapest and most convenient one. Tourists can also reach Dinajpur by Bus or taxis. There is a good bus service available for Dinajpur.
Karnajora Museum and Park
Karnajora Museum and pottery work along with terra cotta sculptures are the other attractions of North Dinajpur. It is famous for the collection of a rare kind of flora and fauna.
How to reach
KARNAJORA MUSEUM AND PARK
It has its own railway station named as North Dinajpur railway station which is connected to the major cities of West Bengal. It is situated on the major Kolkata - Darjeeling railway. Buses are also available from Kolkata Esplanade bus terminus to Raiganj.
It is a midsized village situated in the Uttar Dinajpur District. It is famous for clay/teracotta works and the clay used for decoration comes from the tea gardens.The craftsmen make tiles and tubs for small plants. Some of them also make telephone stands, lampshades, fancy idols and decorative tiles. Motifs recur across items, the four commonly seen motifs are those of the tribal woman with a child, the palm tree, Ganesha figures or typical motifs of Bengal, designs like 'lata' (blooming creepers) and 'kalka' (mango motif). Terracotta in Kunore is of very recent origin, though the craftsmen who migrated to this region have been involved with the craft our generations.
Sap Nikla Forest
Sap Nikla Forest comes under the Chopra Block and is situated at a distance of 22 km from Islampur.The forest type is mainly Northern tropical Most Mixed Deciduous Forests. The distribution of forests is very erratic and mostly spread in small pockets. There are some pockets of natural forests of 282.11 acre.Many tourists come here to visit the lake and forest for sightseeing. The panoramic view of the nearby areas is very enthralling.
How to reach
SAP NIKLA FOREST
It has its own Railway Station named as North Dinajpur railway Station which is connected from Sealdah and Kolkata station. It is situated on the major Kolkata - Darjeeling railway line. North Dinajpur is around 13 Kms from Hemtabad, 19 Kms from Itahar, 32 Kms from Karandighi, 111 Kms from Balurghat, 189 Kms from Pratapganj, 236 Kms from Darjeeling, 307 Kms from Darbhanga, 314 Kms from Durgapur and 327 Kms from Asansol through West Bengal State Road Transport Corporation (WBSRTC) and some private travel services.