Tourists are drawn to the East Jalpaiguri Jaigaon Region’s gorgeous tea plantations and forests, grandiose palaces and temples, lovely weather and famed tiger reserve.
But to the 3.5 million inhabitants who live in this region, the soil is their main interest. More than 65 percent of the population are farmers or tea-garden laborers. The area’s vegetable market is known across India. Some people gather sticks in the forests or stones from the river to sell, and others create bamboo and jute handcrafts.
The Central Jalpaiguri Jaigaon Region
Tea plantations employ many people in the East Jalpaiguri Region.
The vegetables grown in this region are known throughout India.
This woman washes dishes outside her home. Most of the people who live in this region make low wages working in the tea gardens, so they live very simple lives.