Birpara - a tiny town in the Jalpaiguri district is a small but commercially significant destination. People of eighteen tea gardens in and around are dependent on this town for their essentials.
The population of Birpara is about 30000 and it is spread over a large geographical area. The town is 118 km. far from Siliguri.
Dooars is the melting pot of different cultures and Birpara is no exception to this. The aborigines, the tea garden workers, Marwaris, Assamese, Bengalis from both sides of the border and Nepalese leave together in harmony. Birpara is surrounded by tea gardens and villages. The tea gardens around have ensured that people in this area have a relatively better standard of leaving. However, during the last decade, there has been a decline in the tea industry which has also influenced the local economy. The major occupation of people is service.
Things to See
Birpara in itself is not a very attractive tourist destination. Most tourists pass through here on their way to Dooars from Siliguri. However, there are several tourist destinations within easy travel distance of the place.
Gomtu on the Bhutan border is about 25kms far from here. Set among the hills, Gomtu is a virgin destination with a beautiful and serene environment. The road leading from Birpara to Gomtu is covered with lush green tropical vegetation. The temple of goddess Kali at Gomtu is quite famous.
Jaldapara – Madarihat is just 23 km away and takes about 20 minutes. Jaldapara is famous for the largest population of horned rhinos in the world outside of Assam.
Moraghat forest – Just 14 km from Birpara is Goyerkata, based on which one can easily visit the Moraghat forest.
There are about seven small and medium-sized hotels in Birpara. Hotel Sriram Lodge is among the better ones.