|• Body||Dhupguri Municipality|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Jalpaiguri (SC)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Dhupguri (SC), Madarhat (ST), Nagrakata (ST)|
Dhupguri has an average elevation of 80 metres (262 feet), and is a municipality in the Jalpaiguri district. In the foothills of the Bhutanese Himalayas, the Jaldhaka River flows through the west of the town. The Daina, Gilandi, Duduya, Kumlai, Jhumur, and Bamni are other rivers which flow through the town.anuragAKM
In the 2011 Indian census, Dhupguri had a population of 44,719: 22,953 men (51 percent) and 21,766 women (49 percent). Dhupguri has a literacy rate of 78 percent, higher than the national average of 74.04 percent; male literacy is 81.61 percent and female literacy 74.21 percent. In Dhupguri, 9.64 percent of the population is under age six. The municipality was established in 2001.
A Rajbongshi community surrounds Dhupguri; Rajbongshi means "royal community". They have a rich cultural heritage and language. The Koch Rajbongshi people called themselves "Kamateshwars" (rulers of Kamata), but their influence and expansion were so extensive that their kingdom is sometimes called the Koch Kingdom. Bhawaiya song is a popular musical form in North Bengal, particularly in the Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri districts.
Agriculture is the backbone of the economy. Paddy, jute, betel nuts, and vegetables are produced in large quantities in and around Dhupguri. It is known for its potatoes, which are exported to Bihar, Assam, and the states of northeastern India. International trade has increased, and potatoes from Dhupguri are available in the markets of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. The government-regulated wholesale market has aided local farmers. The regulated market, locally known as Dhupguri Hut, was established for wholesaling agricultural products and is West Bengal's second-largest market. In addition to agriculture, small-scale industries are also growing.
Dhupguri is connected by rail and roads, such as National Highway 17 (now converted to an Asian Highway from Jaigon on the Indian-Bhutanese border), which runs across the middle of the city. State highways connecting Siliguri-Jalpaiguri and Guwahati also pass Dhupguri.
The Dhupguri railway station(DQG) provides connections to all parts of the country through passenger-train service . Many long-distance trains (including superfast trains) like ([Kanchenjunga Express],[uttarbanga Express] etc.) pass through Dhupguri daily and provide links to other parts of India. The town is also connected by road to much of West Bengal.
Dhupguri's college (co-ed)Sukanta Mahavidyalaya, was founded in 1981 with departments of English, Bengali, history, economics, philosophy, chemistry, physics, mathematics and political science; physical education, geography, and Sanskrit were later added. The college, affiliated with the University of North Bengal, has a science stream combining physics, mathematics, and computer science. It offers BBA and BCA degrees. Dhupguri Girl's College (affiliated to NBUNorth Bengal University) It offers undergraduate courses in arts. Dhupguri Girl's College, established in 2013, is the women's general degree college in Dhupguri. Other schools are:
- Dhupguri High School, the town's oldest, opened in 1945. It offers a 10+2 programme in science, arts, commerce, and agriculture. About 2,500 students are enrolled and the faculty numbers about 45, the school is great.
- Purba Mallickpara High School
- Bairatiguri Higher Secondary School.It offers programme in Science,arts,vocational. (co-ed school)
- Dhupguri Girls Higher Secondary School
- Vidhasram Divyajyoti Vidhaniketan High School
- Kalirhat D. C. High School
- Dawkimari D. N. High School
- Mallik Para Higher Secondary School
- Dakshin Khayer Bari High School
- Dhupguri Tista Torsha Foundation
- Accredited Nursing school
- Bhor Academy (affiliated with the CBSE)
The Last Darvesi Singer Sri Kalachand Darvesh and renowned poet Punyaslok Dasgupta were belonging from this place.
Amit Kumar De, the renowned poet, lives in this town. He is very popular among the readers for his Bengali rhymes and poems. He portrays the serene beauty of Dooars with his sensitive pen. His writings take the readers to different places, people, tradition and culture of Dooars. Hundreds of poems and rhymes of Amit Kumar De have been published in Uttarbanga Sambad and several other magazines. His published books are as follows : 'Hat Baralam Dharo' (a collection of Bengali Rhymes), 'Brishti Amay Nibi' (a collection of Bengali Poems), 'Ak Sathe Aksho' (collection of 100 rhymes and poems), 'Chhande Chhobite Dooars (a collection of poems and rhymes on Dooars). Amit Kumar De is popularly called as "Poet of Dooars" (Dooars er Kobi). He is an approved lyricist of All India Radio. He wrote dozens of drammas for All India Radio. His compositions are regularly performed by the artists of North Bengal. Some of his popular drammas are : Fire Paoya, Ekushe February, Rehearsal, Pata Oltanor Shabdo, Ekti Kabyik Sakal, Dhansinri Noditir Tire, Shesh Parani Briddhrashram etc. Amit Kumar De is also the editor of a literary magazine, entitled "CHIKRASHI". This magazine sincerely does the research work on the literary figures of Dooars and North Bengal.
Notable Residents Also Include- Bikram Adhikary, a famous writer who written stories in various newspapers and magazines, he is awarded by Doshomik Dhupguri & Central Dooars Press Club for his amazing writings. He written stories in 'Anandamela','Desh','Unish Kuri','Uttarbanga Sambad' etc. His popular stories include 'Na Thakle Ase','Hygenic' etc.
Mr Partha Ghosh, Faculty, Department of physics, Dhupguri High School, is a renowned physicist of the town and the writer of the books A compact guide for physics problems, Basic electromagnetism etc.
Points of interest
- A vidyaashram (a self-sufficient village following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi) has been founded near Dhupguri by Dhirendra Nath Dasgupta.
- A library and several clubs sponsor plays on social and cultural issues and seasonal festivals.
- Mayer Sthan is Dhupguri's oldest temple.
- Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara National Park are near Dhupguri.
- The most popular festival of the town is KaliPuja, it is celebrated on the occasion of diwali. Local clubs take up the duty decorate the streets with lights and construct their own marvelous pandals, clubs like STS Club, Shanti Sangha, Netajipara Cultural Club, Suhrid Sangha, Bidhan Sangha, Evergreen Club, Young Association and Bairatiguri Sarbojonin are the notable ones.
- The biggest Bengali festival of Durga Puja is also celebrated with great enthusiasm across the town.
- The town also has a very rich history in the sporting department, STS Club, Nabajiban Sangha, Dhupguri Football CLub, Dooars Cricket Academy are doing their best to carry forward the sporting legacy of Dhupguri.
- There is an organization named Dhupguri Vivekanda Yuva Mahamandal, it holds a class every week named 'PATHACHAKRA' where they discuss about various information of Swami Vivekananda.....
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