(উত্তর বঙ্গ) is a term, for the parts of Bangladesh
and West Bengal
. The Bangladesh part denotes the Rajshahi Division
. Generally it is the area lying west of Jamuna River
and north of Padma River
, and includes the Barind Tract
. The West Bengal part denotes Cooch Behar
, North Dinajpur
, South Dinajpur
districts together. It also includes parts of Darjeeling
Hills. Traditionally, the Hooghly River
divides West Bengal into South and North Bengal, divided again into Terai
Major towns in the North Bengal are (in alphabetical order):
- Alipurduar (West Bengal) is the main commercial town of the Eastern Duars region.
- Bogra (Bangladesh)
- Cooch Behar (West Bengal) can be considered to be the cultural capital of the region. It was home to the famous Cooch Behar kingdom, and is a town planner's delight. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation operates its services from all over the region. It has its headquarters here. It also features the North Bengal State Library.
- Darjeeling (West Bengal) is the largest hill town of the region. It was once the summer capital of Bengal.
- Dinajpur (Bangladesh)
- Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) was once the most important town and home to the tea industry. The title has since shifted to Siliguri, but this little town is still the divisional headquarters of the region and seat of the Kolkata High Court Bench.
- Kalimpong] (West Bengal) is a hill stations of the region.
- Kurseong (West Bengal) is another hill stations of the region.
- Malda (West Bengal) was once the capital of Bengal, and an important commercial town today.
- Naxalbari (West Bengal) is a small hamlet near Siliguri is the place from where the Naxalite movement draws its name, and was the scene of the first Naxal agitation.
- Pabna (Bangladesh)
- Rajshahi (Bangladesh) is the administrative capital of Rajshahi Division. There's an airport here.
- Rangpur (Bangladesh)
- Saidpur (Bangladesh) has the second airport of Rajshahi Division.
- Siliguri (West Bengal) is the largest city of North Bengal and its commercial and transport hub. University of North Bengal is situated at Raja Rammohanpur and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital is situated at Sushrutanagar in this town.
- Sirajgonj (Bangladesh)
- Totopara (West Bengal) is a small village in Jalpaiguri district, and home to one of the last remaining ethnic tribes of the regions - the Totos.