Coochbehar, located in the north-eastern region of West Bengal
, is a transit point to the eastern states of India. The district, with an irregular triangular shape, covers an area of 3,387 sq km. While the district of Jalpaiguri
lies in the north and the state of
in the east, Coochbehar shares an international border with Bangladesh in the south. Coochbehar, which is under the Jalpaiguri division of West Bengal, enjoys a relatively pleasant climate throughout the year. The district headquarters is Coochbehar
town. Population is over 2 million.
Coochbehar was once a princely state of Royal India. Leftovers of this golden past are still seen. The region is often identified with the ancient territory of Kamrup. The sculptures, temples and coins found in the region point to this connection.
Coochbehar is a level country with a minor south-eastern slope along which six rivers flow. Raidak and
Jaldhaka are the main rivers. Agriculture is the main source of income. The humidity of this place and abundant rain is ideal for crops such as pulse, tea, rice, jute, tobacco, wheat, and potatoes. The district has a considerable production of vegetables and fruits. A number of agriculture based industries are found. Cane, bamboo and jute handicraft items including mats, bags, slippers, dolls and baskets are famous all over India.
The district has excellent infrastructure facilities comprising an efficient railway network and roads connecting various parts of the state. The
Madan Mohan Bari, located in the heart of Coochbehar town, is one of the important temples.