Metropolitan City / Urban Agglomeration in West Bengal, India
Jalpaiguri is a city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the largest city and the headquarters of the Jalpaiguri district as well as of the Jalpaiguri division of West Bengal. The city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is the home to the circuit bench of the Kolkata High Court, the other seat being at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is presently, the sixth largest city in the state after Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur and Berhampore. The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal, besides being a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center. Jalpaiguri features the JGEC Deemed University, the second campus of the University of North Bengal, the newly built Jalpaiguri Medical College and the Biswa Bangla Krirangan/ Jalpaiguri Sports Village. It lies 35 kilometers away from its twin city, Siliguri which both merges up to be the largest metropolis of the region.
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