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The name of the city Jalpaiguri actually comes from the Bhutanese term je-le-pe-gu-ri meaning a place where warm clothes are traded, suggesting a trading center.[1] Another suggestion is that it is from the word Jalpai meaning olive, and Guri meaning place.[2] Jalpaiguri once had many olive trees. With time, Jalpaiguri emerged as the most important city next to Siliguri in North Bengal. Lying just 42 kilometres away from Siliguri, it is the Twin city to Siliguri. Jalpaiguri is the largest city and is presently the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri District and also the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri Division, comprising all districts of North Bengal.

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Lying in the Himalayan foothills and sharing its proximity to the Gangetic plains, the food in Jalpaiguri is a mixture of the staple choices of Bengal and the traditional cuisine of DarjeelinSikkim and the North-east. Fish and rice form the staple ingredients which are usually paired with a vegetable dish. In addition to the subtle and yet spicy flavours of Bengal, Jalpaiguri cuisine is heavily indebted to regional specialties of other parts of India and outside influences including the Mughlai, South Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies. They are usually accompanied by the quintessential Jalpaiguri tea or the bharer cha which comes with an intoxicating earthern aroma.



Shopping in JalpaiguriJalpaiguri district or the Dooars region had been an important economic transit point between the people of the hills and the plains. The Bhutanese had used the Dooars (meaning doors or passages) region to establish trans-Himalayan trading and commercial activities with the Bengal plains.Traditionally materials like cotton and rice were bought by the Bhutanese or exchanged for woollens and silks of Tibet and China. Bhutan chiefly manufactured dark blankets which it sold in the Jalpaiguri region. In fact, the name Jalpaiguri itself is thought to have originated from the Bhutanese term “je-le-pe-gu-ri” meaning a place for the barter or exchange of woollens or warm clothes.


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