Jaigaon from the Gumba hill
|• Official||Nepali, Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Alipurduars (ST)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Kalchini (ST)|
Jaigaon (Bengali: জয়গাওঁ) is a small town in Jalpaiguri district in the Indian state of West Bengal, near the Bhutan border. The town lies at the gateway to Bhutan – Phuntsholing, and is thus a very thriving place of trade. The main source of income for the vast majority of people here is through the Bhutanese citizens that come down to Jaigaon in order to buy their monthly and weekly ration.
The main entrance to Bhutan is through Jaigaon. As Bhutan is a Himalayan Kingdom, it does not have roads linking to all its towns. Thus, Bhutan uses Indian roads to reach some of its cities, namely Samtse, Gomtu and Samdrup Jongkhar. Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri) is the nearest airport, and Kolkata its nearest port, where goods to Bhutan are brought to. India offers a free flow of goods from Kolkata port to Bhutan. It lies on the banks of the Torsa River. It is a census town and a police station of Alipurduar subdivision 
Being a border town Jaigaon has a secular population. The major population consists of people from Bengali, Bihari, Marwari and Nepali backgrounds. Many of the scheduled tribes of the country reside in the lower part of the city commonly called Mechia Basti. The Totos, the most preserved tribe of India, reside on the other side of the River Torsha (also spelled Torsa) beneath the mighty Himalayas. The weather of Jaigaon is pleasant and has a Mediterranean type of climate. The place gets abundant of rainfall all throughout the year irrespective of the general climate pattern of the country.
Jaigaon is located at .
As of 2001[update] India census, Jaigaon had a population of 38,664.[not in citation given] Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Jaigaon has an average literacy rate of 90%, much higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 90%, and female literacy is 90%. In Jaigaon, 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.
- District-wise list of statutory towns
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- "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.
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