New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, locally known as NJP station, is a railway station in the Jalpaiguri district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves the twin cities of Jalpaiguri and Siliguri.

More than a hundred trains pass through New Jalpaiguri station. Fifteen express trains and nine passenger trains originate and terminate here as of August 2015. The station handles the Guwahati Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Darjeeling Mail and Howrah – New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express trains. The originating trains travel to cities all over the country- Chennai, Udaipur, New Delhi, Amritsar, Howrah, Ranchi, Digha, Sealdah, Patna, Sitamarhi and New Coochbehar.

There are many other trains which pass through this station. One of the train has the longest east-west run in India – the Dibrugarh Town to Kanyakumari Vivek Express. This weekly train, numbered 15905/15906, is currently the longest train route in the Indian subcontinent. It travels a distance of 4286 km in almost 4 days.  Other trains include the Guwahati- Trivandrum Express covering 3,474 km, the Guwahati-Okha Express covering 3,222 km, and the Guwahati-Dadar Express covering 2,657 km.

During the partition, the travel between Assam and North Bengal and southern parts of West Bengal was completely disrupted. The links, which earlier went through the eastern part of Bengal, became a part of Pakistan. Therefore, Siliguri gained importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.

 

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