It is my privilege and honour to serve Cooch Behar. The District comprises of 5 Subdivisions with 12 Rural Development Blocks and 6 Urban Local Bodies. It lies in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas with Bhutan and Alipurduar District in the north, Jalpaiguri District in the east, a long international border of nearly 550 km with Bangladesh in the south and a 84 km long State border with Assam in the east. Cooch Behar city, the District Headquarters, has the distinction of being the first modern era planned city of Eastern India. The District’s enthralling heritage, indigenous culture, landscape & topography, and friendly people attract tourists and visitors from far and wide and give the District a unique identity. Some of the major tourist attractions include the majestic Cooch Behar Palace, picturesque Madan Mohan Temple, historical Gosanimari Rajpath, the ‘Teen Bigha Corridor’ between India and Bangladesh, Rasik Beel – an inland wetland complex of national importance, etc. Cooch Behar District is also home to the erstwhile Enclaves between India and Bangladesh, which merged with mainland India in mid-2015. It is well connected by Rail, Road and Airways. Multiple Rivers crisscross the District throughout its length and breadth.
The vast expanse of the District, its multifarious socio-economic challenges and various unique elements provide a range of opportunities for innovations & excellence in the pursuit of good governance. Cooch Behar District Administration is committed to achieve these ideals in the developmental journey of Cooch Behar.
Sri. Pawan Kadyan, IAS District Magistrate & Collectorate, Cooch Behar District