New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station
Express train and Passenger train station
|Location||New Jalpaiguri Road, Bhaktinagar, Siliguri-734004, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal|
|Elevation||114.00 metres (374.02 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Northeast Frontier Railway zone|
|Platforms||8 (7 Broad Gauge/1 Narrow Gauge)|
|Connections||Cabs, Taxi, Auto-rickshaw, E-rickshaw|
|Structure type||Standard (on-ground station)|
|Zone(s)||Northeast Frontier Railway zone|
|22M/Year||60K/Day ( high)|
Railways in the Siliguri area
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station (station code NJP) established in 1960, is an A1 category broad gauge and narrow-gauge railway station under Katihar railway division of Northeast Frontier Railway zone. It is the largest as well as the busiest railway junction of Northeast India. This Junction is largest among the railway stations which serves the city of Siliguri, the largest metropolis of the North Bengal. The other stations are- Siliguri Junction, Gulma, Bagdogra, Matigara and Siliguri Town. New Jalpaiguri junction ranked 10th cleanest railway station in India in 2016 survey and came among the top 100 booking stations of Indian railway. New Jalpaiguri, as a railway station serves as the entry point to North Bengal, Sikkim, other countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the seven northeastern states (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya). New Jalpaiguri Junction acts as a connecting base for the Northeastern states to the Indian mainland.
The partition of India in 1947 completely disrupted communication links in North Bengal and Assam with the southern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the links were through the eastern part of Bengal, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947. Siliguri gained in importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.
Around 1949, Siliguri Junction station, a new station north of the old Siliguri Town railway station, came up with several metre-gauge lines converging on it. In addition there was the narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running from Siliguri Town station to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. The Assam Rail Link Project, completed in 1950, linked the railways in Assam, with a metre-gauge line to Kishanganj. The line running across North Bengal, spanned the Teesta, Torsha, and Sankosh rivers.
In the early 1960s, Indian Railways started changing over from metre gauge to broad gauge and built a new 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge station south of Siliguri Town station. Since the new station was located in Jalpaiguri district, it was named New Jalpaiguri. By 1964, New Jalpaiguri became the most important railway station in the area. It had both broad gauge (to Kishanganj and Barsoi, and to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) and metre gauge (to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) tracks. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway narrow-gauge track was extended from Siliguri town station to the New Jaipaiguri station. The metre-gauge track from New Jaipaiguri to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction was later converted to broad gauge.
Effective political lobbying by the Siliguri politician Ashok Bhattacharya led to the establishment of this new railway station, which effectively serves the city of Siliguri, although it is located in the district of Jalpaiguri. The railway station was strategically named New Japaiguri as a bargaining chip to allay the residents of Jalpaiguri. The new station at New Jalpaiguri was not actually a necessity, up-gradation of existing railway stations at Raninagar Jalpaiguri Junction railway station, or the Jalpaiguri Road railway station would have served the same purpose. New Jalpaiguri was created strictly for further elevating the strategic importance of Siliguri, a town far smaller than Jalpaiguri in area as well as population. As a result, the residents of Jalpaiguri have been disadvantaged over the last few decades, as they have to travel to Siliguri for most long-distance trains, which don't even halt at the Jalpaiguri Road railway station.
New Jalpaiguri railway station has two double-bedded air-conditioned (AC) retiring rooms, six double-bedded non-AC retiring rooms, one three-bedded dormitory and one twelve-bedded dormitory. Free High speed Google RailWire WiFi is available at this station. It has IRCTC and other private restaurants.
New Jalpaiguri Jn, which is commonly called as NJP is the largest as well as busiest railway junction of North East Frontier Zone, which serves as the lifeline of the Northeastern states . NJP acts as a connecting base for the Northeastern states to the Indian mainland. NJP is the railway station of the largest city of North Bengal (Siliguri), which is popularly referred as the gateway of northeast India. New Jalpaiguri railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.
New Jalpaiguri is connected to almost all parts of the country (except Goa, Pune, Haridwar and Surat) and has been ranked 10th in the Cleanest Railway Stations of India recently. It has a good connection to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati and there are many other trains to different parts of India. New Jalpaiguri is the Busiest station in North Bengal and the Northeast Frontier Railway Zone. Eight Rajdhani Express, two Vistadome Special and one Shatabdi Express (New Jalpaiguri–Howrah Shatabdi Express) runs from this station.
This station have international express train service between India and Bangladesh. Mitali Express train operate from New Jalpaiguri railway station to Dhaka Cantonment railway station.  The Mitali Express train is an international express rail service which runs between the Indian city of Siliguri (New Jalpaiguri railway station) and the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka (Dhaka Cantonment railway station) every week.
- New Jalpaiguri Alipurduar Tourist Vistadome Special originates from this station and passes through the beautiful Doars region of North Bengal.
- DHR Vistadome Special on Narrow Gauge also originates from this station and passes through hills of Darjeeling.
The North Bengal State Transport Corporation operates bus services from NJP New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station to Siliguri city and sub urban areas, Also private buses runs between all over the city from NJP New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station
Many road is directly connected from Siliguri to New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station.
Ride aggregator services Uber, Rapido, Ola provide rides from the train station to various parts of the city. One can also book private cabs to go Darjeeling, Gangtok and all over hill areas. Apart from these numerous private taxi operators provide pre-paid and post-paid taxi services to the city. E-rickshaw, City auto facilities are available in the station.
- Trains from New Jalpaiguri Junction
- Siliguri Junction railway station
- Siliguri Town railway station
- Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus
- Mitali Express
- Darjeeling Mail
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|Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express arriving at New Jalpaiguri|
- New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station at the India Rail Info
- Jalpaiguri travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Siliguri travel guide from Wikivoyage
|Preceding station||Indian Railways||Following station|
|Northeast Frontier Railway zone||Terminus|
|Darjeeling Himalayan Railway||Terminus|
|Northeast Frontier Railway zone||Terminus|
|Northeast Frontier Railway zone||Terminus|
|Northeast Frontier Railway zone||