Darjeeling district occupies a very special place in the State of West Bengal as well as Union of India in the sense that it served as summer capital of the then British Government till the year 1911, when the capital was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Further, the geo-strategic importance of this region was very well understood by the British and therefore, Darjeeling was obtained in a Deed of Gift from the then ruler of Sikkim in 1835. Similarly, the entire track of approximately 1234 sq. miles presently in Kalimpong was obtained as a Deed of Gift from the then ruler of Bhutan in the year 1864 by the Treaty of Sinchulia. The district is spread over 3149 sq. kms. and has a population of 16,05,900 as per Census 2001. The district has border with Bangladesh in Siliguri in its South, with Nepal on its North-West side and with Bhutan on its North-Eastern side in Gorubathan. The district has a very rich culture and is a perfect example of the diverse nation that India is in terms of ethnic, linguistic and religious congregation which is present in most of its major towns like Siliguri, Kurseong, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The district has a number of tourist spots which will require more than a week to explore. Besides, there are also quite a number of Forest Rest Houses located in very pristine environment throughout the district. To name a few, these are Bengdubi in Siliguri , Mirik and Lohagarh in Kurseong sub-division, Sandakphu, Jorebungalow, Sukhiapokhri in Darjeeling Sadar and Lava, Lolaygaon and Mungpong in Kalimpong sub-division. The district can also boast of the oldest train called the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which has been declared as Heritage by the UNESCO in 2001.

In this information age where the Right to Information Act, 2005 has opened a lot of scope for the citizens to know about the functioning of the Government, it is very important that this website provides most of the routine information needed by the citizens. I would like to thank D.I.O., National Informatic Centre, Darjeeling and all the other officers and staff for their hard work in putting this site on the net.

(Ms. Joyoshi Das Gupta, IAS)

District Magistrate