The Koch Dynasty is nearly five hundred years old. Its duration was from 1510 AD to 1949 AD. The princely state of Cooch Behar merged with India as a central territory on September 12th, 1949 and subsequently became a district of West Bengal on 1st January, 1950. Of the 583 native states in India, only 118 enjoyed the honor of gun salute and Cooch Behar was one of them. The Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar enjoyed the honour of 13 gun fire.
Situated almost at the foothills of the Himalayas, Cooch Behar town then capital of Cooch Behar state, has a picturesque beauty with its long and specious roads and an exceptionally remarkable tank, Sagar Dighi and its calm and serene atmosphere, like of which is rare to be found in the hole of West Bengal.
- Festivals in Cooch Behar include, Durga Puja in October, Ras Purnima, when a big fair is organised in the town near the famous Madan Mohan Temple.
- Cooch Behar Palace
- Madan Mohan Temple,
- Bara Debi Bari
- Rajmata Temple
- Rasikbill Sanctuary
- Buxa Tiger reserve
- Chilapata Forest
- Gosanimari Temple
- Baneswar Temple
- By Air – The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport , 160 kilometers which is nearly 3 hours drive from Cooch Behar. There is a airport already been tested by the Airport Authority of India and may be operational very soon. Guwahati airport is nearly 400 kilometers and is also well linked up with rest of India.
- By Rail – Nearest railhead is New Cooch Behar station. Long distance trains to and from Guwahati, Tinsukia, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai etc are available.
- By Road – It is well connected with roadways to Bhutan, Guwahati and Siliguri. Cooch Behar is well connected to all important cities of West Bengal and neighboring places of Assam and Bhutan.