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The word Jalpaiguri has both Bhutanese and Bengali origins, with the word being derived from the Bhutanese phrase for a â€˜place where warm clothes are bought and soldâ€™ and from the Bengali term â€˜jolpaiâ€™ meaning olive. The town lies on the banks of the Teesta River and boasts of some unique sight-seeing options for the traveller. Topping the list of tourist attractions is Jalpaiguri Rajbari, at Rajbaripara, a reminiscence of the yesteryears, which once served as the residence of the Raikats, the kings of Baikunthapur estate.The palace gate at Rajbari is a large unsupported concrete arch structure. For those looking forward for a picnic spot by the river side, adorned with the pleasant beauty of nature, Jubilee Park is the best bet which is thronged by both tourists and locals alike. On the temple street of Jalpaiguri stands tall the famous Jogomaya Kalibari - a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is believed to be the abode of Maa Kali. Another amazing option is the Karaya River with its scintillating beauty, which slices the town into two halves, thus earning the sobriquet of being the 'Thames of Jalpaiguri'. Tea estates, which are located fairly close to the town can also make for an interesting day visit. On a clear sunny day, Mount Kanchenjunga is visible from the town itself. The town also functions as a starting point for tourists to visit Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok. For accommodation, budget hotels are available in plenty in number and you can get a room with the very basic of facilities for Rs. 700 a night.
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