Nagrakata is a quaint town of Jalpaiguri District which is located at the distance of 64km from Hasimara and 53 km from Jalpaiguri. Before the tourism made its way to Dooars region, the local people were and still dependant on the tea production. Most of the land of Dooars region are used for the cultivation of tea garden and play an important role in the economy of the people inhabiting in Dooars region. Nagrakata might be small but it is one of the essential towns of Dooars region. During British era, Nagrakata was an important tea trading centre and was the gateway towards 14tea garden. The Nagrakata railway station during British raj used to deport tea leaves throughout the world.
Surrounded with lush tea garden the road leading towards Nagrakata is full of pictorial sight of changing landscape. The journey towards this quaint town Nagrakata start with the panoramic vista of emerald blue river Teesta cascading through the mountainous valley dotted with alpine forest which is witnessed while crossing the iconic Coronation Bridge, a sight which has bewitched the mind of many travelers. Throughout the journey, tourists are accompanied with the view of paddy fields and semi tropical forests which is an added charm to the blissful trip towards Nagrakata. The scenic beauty and the green tea gardens make Nagrakata a picturesque destination of Dooars. Enclosed with the picturesque view of the lush tea garden, Nagrakata situated in the National Highway 31c also acts as a bridge towards some of the pictorial destination of Dooars like Jaldhaka a lesser known hill station of Dooars region. Located at a distance of 20km from Nagrakata, Jaldhaka, situated near the Indo-Bhutan border is the first large settlement which can be reached after crossing the dense forest of Chapramari, the oldest forest reserve in West Bengal. Tourist visiting Jaldhaka from Nagrakata can see the foremost Hydel Electric Project built on the river Jaldhaka which also acts a bridge towards Bhutan. If the tourists have more time to spare they can shop in the largest market which Jaldhaka houses. On the way to Jaldhaka tourist can visit the oldest forest reserve of West Bengal, Chapramari. Located 6km from Nagrakata, Chapramari is practically the continuation of Gorumara National Park which is the home of famous Asiatic one-horned Rhino. Chapramari with its vast collection of wildlife species and verdant forest has hyped the interest of tourist who wants to explore the wild side of Dooars region. Chapramari watchtower is considered to be the prime attraction of Chapramari. Enclosed with verdant forested area and lush tea garden, Nagrakata with its serene ambiance and pictorial sites is sure to woo any nature lover. From witnessing the first Hydel Electric Project of India to exploring the thick wooded forest of Dooars, the gateway of 14 tea estates, Nagrakata, has something to offer to each of its visitor.
Taking a stroll around the lush tea garden while being engulfed by the serene ambiance which is only broken by the occasional hooting of the steam engine can be an amazing way to spend a laid back weekend in one of the essential town of Dooars. If you want to go on a voyage to explore the less trodden destination and dense forested area of Dooars, Nagrakata can the base for your journey towards exploring the authentic beauty of Dooars.
The summers of Dooars region are hot and humid so the best time to enjoy the scenic beauty along with a much favorable weather is considered the post monsoon season from October to May. It's best to avoid traveling in rainy season since the forest reserve of Dooars remains close from mid July to mid September.