|Elevation||161 m (528 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, Hindi, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||WB-71 and WB-72|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Jalpaiguri (SC)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Dhupguri (SC)|
Banarhat is a census town in Jalpaiguri district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is a town surrounding 23 tea gardens in the Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district in the state of West Bengal, India. People of twenty three tea gardens in and around are dependent on this town for their essentials. Population of Banarhat is about 25,000 and it is spread in an area of about 900sq. km. Banarhat is 72 km. far from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri ( The District Headquarters). This is the melting pot of different cultures where the aborigines, the tea garden workers, Marwaris, Bengalis, Oriya from both side of the border and Nepalese live together in harmony. Banarhat is surrounded by tea gardens and basties (villages). The tea gardens around has ensured that people in this area have a relatively better standard of living. Major occupation of people is service. Although many are engaged in businesses as well. Banarhat is one of the most important towns in Dooars. The town is strategically located on the NH-31C providing close access to major tourist attractions around.
Tea Garden Surrounding Banarhat
Tea garden Surrounding Banarhat are :
2. Moraghat Tea Garden,
3. Banarhat Tea Garden,
4. Totapara T.E,
5. Mogulkata T.E,
6. Kalabari T.E,
7. Karbala T.E,
8. Palashbari T.E,
9. Rehabari T.E,
10. KathalGuri T.E,
11. New Dooars T.E,
12. Chunabhati T.E,
13. Chamurchi T.E,
16. Redbank T.E,
17. Dharanipur T.E,
18. Surendranagar T.E,
19. Diana T.E,
20. Binnaguri T.E,
21. Telipara T.E,
22. Huldibari T.E,
23. D.B.I.T.A ( Dooars Branch Indian Tea Association )
As of 2001[update] India census, Banarhat Town had a population of 14,431. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Banarhat has an average literacy rate of 55%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with 59% of the males and 41% of females literate. 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Banarhat is connected by State road to the district city of Jalpaiguri and other nearby towns of Dhupguri, Gairkata, Mainaguri, etc. It lies on National Highway 31C, which crosses the Teesta river at the Coronation Bridge, Siliguri, Oodlabari, Malbazar, Birpara, Hasimara , Alipurduar and beyond.
Banarhat has one important railway station: Banarhat (Code: BNQ, Railway Zone: Northeast Frontier) - on the New Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar-Samuktala Road Line.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.