Torsa River at Hasimara
|Elevation||109 m (358 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Hasimara is a small town in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal state, India near the border with Bhutan. It is located at 26° 45' 0N latitude and 89° 20' 60E longitude at an altitude of 109 metres above sea level and has a population of about 40,000 (2001 census).
The town is located in the central Dooars region of the district and is surrounded by tea gardens. The town also lies on the way to Phuentsholing, the gateway to Bhutan, and the border is just about 17 km away.
Hasimara is located at 26°45′N 89°21′E / 26.75°N 89.35°E / 26.75; 89.35. It has an average elevation of 109 metres (358 feet). Hasimara lies between two rivers running from North to South, draining from the lower Himalayas in Bhutan. Torsa on the west and Basra on the East, both offer picnic spots; though Basra is not frequented on account of a cremation ground next to the road-rail bridge on the west banks of the river. Both rivers are perennial; they don't flood in the monsoon season but can be quite ferocious when in spate. This small hamlet lies at the cross-roads between Alipurduar, Cooch-Behar, Alipurduar, and Phuentsholing (gateway to Bhutan). Phuentsholing is accessed through Jai Gaon, the border town. Hamilton-Ganj is another small settlement on the railway line to Alipurduar, about 10 km away, across river Basra. The road traverses through some of the most pristine tropical monsoon forests.
The town is served by the Hasimara railway station (Code:HSA) that lies on the New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–Samuktala Road line. This railway line was metre gauge and converted to broad gauge in 2003 under Project Unigauge. Many important trains like Sealdah-Alipurduar Jn. Kanchankanya Express, Guwahati-Alipurduar-Ranchi Express, Patna-Kamakhya Capital Express, Mahananda Express (15483/15484), Alipurduar-New Alipurduar Intercity Express pass through Hasimara.
Hasimara Air Force Station
Hasimara Air Force Station is an airbase of Indian Air Force where No. 2 Squadron IAF is based. The airbase is not open to civilian flights. The nearest civilian airport is Bagdogra Airport just west of Siliguri. (Incidentally Bagdogra is also an airbase of Indian Air Force but IAF allows civilian flights at Bagdogra.)