Alipurduar, original name was Alipur meaning the place where Ali leaved, is situated on the north bank of Kaljani River on the foothills of the Himalayas. The town is a gateway to Bhutan and North Eastern states of India and is located in Dooars region, known for its forest, wildlife, timber and scenic beauty, since the colonial period. The town is surrounded by deep forest and tea garden and there are two rivers flowing across the town namely kaljani and nonai. The name Alipurduar has three parts. The first part `Ali` is derived from the name of Col Hedayat Ali Khan who had leaved here and fought war with Bhutan. `Pur` meaning residence and word `Duar` has its origin in the name of the region `Dooars`.
Alipurduar derives its name from the late Col. Hedayat Ali Khan who did admirable service in the Bhutan war and was stationed here as first Extra-Assistant Commissioner. The place had been a very old trading center and was connected with the famous trading route called Silk Route with Bhutan and Tibet. One can see the remains of the traditional route in Santalabari, near Alipurduar.
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is adjoining rail station New Jalpaiguri.
By Road: NH 31 is the main highway and can be accessed by various modes of transport by road available from Siliguri.
Hotel Sinchula located in the heart of Alipurduar town. The hotel offers immaculate service, modest luxury, fine cuisine, modern facilities and moderate price for perceptive tourists and business travelers.
Alipurduar does not deprive the trek lovers. A day trek to Buxa hill through dense forest track reaches Buxa fort and further up to Rovers Point and then leads to Rupam Valley in Bhutan Hill.
Jayanti Mahakal trek is another popular route that leads to a stalactite cave near Bhutan boarder. This trek is also very popular among the pilgrims who visit the cave to offer prayer to their deity.