Alipurduar became the 20th district of West Bengal. For long a subdivision of Jalpaiguri district in north Bengal, Alipurduar was made a district mainly for administrative reasons. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, its location and topography have a unique appeal. There are around 70 tea gardens in the district and numerous sites of natural beauty such as Jayanti, Rajabhatkhawa, Jaldapara, and Chilapata. The business community and the chambers of commerce to come forward with suggestions to develop the region into a tourist hub.