Raiganj is a small city as well as a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the Uttar Dinajpur district. Raiganj was established 200 years ago. Some believe that the name of the place has come from the word "Rai" which refers to the character of Radha in Mahabharata. Some others say that the name is associated with the royal family of Dinajpur as their surname was Rai. However, the widely accepted opinion is that the name of the city originated from the excess of rai sorshe cultivated in the place, which is a special type of mustard. The city has around 2 lakh Bengali speaking residents. Raiganj is famous for the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Kulik bird sanctuary. It is a home to many Asian Openbills as well as other waterbirds. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia. Hence tourism is a huge source of the economy here. Raiganj doesnt have many industries, but it is a very important trading center. Daily business transactions in Raiganj shoots up to at least six crores on an average. A few places worth visiting in and around the city are the Raiganj Church, the Jain Temples, several Hindu temples, Terracotta pottery at Malgaon, etc.
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