West Bengal

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

West Bengal Teesta River

Teesta River

General Information:

Area: 87,853 sq km.

Capital: Kolkata

Temperature: Max. 40° and Min. 25° C in summer.Max. 20° and Min. 9° C in winter.

Climate: Summer – Hot, Winter – Cold

Languages: Bengali, English & Hindi.

Religion: Hindu, Muslim, Christian & Others.

Best Season: October to March.

Introduction:

West Bengal is distinctively marked for its unique and variegated tourism resources. All over from the snow-capped peaks of the East Himalayas to the sand and surf of the bay of Bengal, from a grand historical legacy and centuries-old culture to a modern commercialism, from a wealth of wildlife to a serene yet vibrant country life, West Bengal offers a complete tourist destination. The state has something for everyone; it is a land steeped in history, heritage and visual delights replete with enormous riches: the magic of snow-capped mountains, hills and valleys – lush green tea gardens – the mystery of the dense natural forests and a wealth of wildlife – a legacy or rich history and heritage – rivulets, rivers, beaches and the sea – a large variety of flora and fauna – rare mangrove forests and the Royal Bengal Tigers – the fertile soil, the greenery and the unending cornfields – Kolkata, the intellectual capital and the city of joy – the art and culture – and the rest to explore. West Bengal provides tourists with any destination of their choice. The state is a variegated attraction for tourists looking for their favourite haunts or activities. Among famous destinations are Darjeeling – the Queen of the Hills, the Dooars at the foot of the East Himalayas where nature has kept her doors wide open; the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forests; the western forest and hill tracts of Medinipur, Bankura and Puruliya; Digha, Shankarpur, Bakkhali and Sagar island – some of the most famous beaches on the Eastern coast of India. The East Himalayan region of Darjeeling and the nearby hills mentioned above abound in a variety of flora and fauna – from the alpine to the tropical; the dense natural forests and the sanctuaries of the Dooars region provide home to a variety of wild animals and birds; the Sundarbans are world famous for the mangrove forests, the Royal Bengal Tigers, crocodiles and birds; the western forest and hill tracts also abound in wildlife. Darjeeling and the nearby hills offer immense opportunities for trekking, rock-climbing, mountain biking, hang-gliding etc. and River Teesta attracts the young and the brave for white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. West Bengal is a unique place of religious harmony providing a large number of pilgrim destinations for almost all religious communities. The state has a rich history and heritage reminiscent of Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Vaishnava as well as tribal cultures. Among the most famous heritage siter are Kochbihar, Gosainmari abd Jalpeshwar in the Dooars; Gaur, Adina and Pandua in Maldah District; Lalbagh in Murshidabad District; Palashi, Krishnanagar, Nabadwip and Mayapur in Nadia District; Bardhaman and Kalna in Bardhaman District, Bandel Chandannagar, Chunchura, Srirampur and Kamarpukur in Hugli District; the temple town of Vishnupur in Bankura District; and a large number of heritage sites in and around Kolkata. The Sundarbans and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (Toy Train) have been given World Heritage status by UNESCO. The state has ever played a dominant role in the field of art and culture, giving birth to a large number of movements in literature, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, as also in politics, science and industry. Tagore’s Santiniketan is an epitome of art and culture and Kolkata is rightly regarded as the cultural capital of India. West Bengal also offers exquisite opportunities for conferences and conventions with city life, shopping multiple cuisines and amusement all over the state. With the recent declaration of tourism as industry and great emphasis on industrial rejuvenation and extension of facilities therefore, the state has been a perfect destination for investors too. West Bengal is also the gateway to the Eastern Himalayas, the Northeast and the South East Asia including Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangladesh. West Bengal is watered by the Ganges whose branches and tributaries run throughout the state. The main channel within West Bengal is the Hugli or the Bhagirathi River; West Bengal has thus inevitably become a multipurpose and a complete tourist destination.

Getting There:

Air: Indian Airlines and other private airlines with all the major cities of India connect Kolkata. The international airport at Dum Dum is served by a number of leading carriers, including Air India, Thai International, Royal Nepal, Bangladesh Biman and Burma Airways.

Rail: Kolkata is well connected by rail with the major Indian cities. It has two main railway stations – Howrah and Sealdah. Howrah on the west bank of the Hugli River handles most of the trains, except for the northeast region, which are handled by the Sealdah Station.

Road: Kolkata is connected with major cities and tows through an extensive network of National Highways.

Sea: The Shipping Corporation of India operates steamers from Kolkata to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Tourist Attraction:

Travel Spot:

Bankura, Dooars, Kolkata, Purulia, Bardhaman, Ganga Sagar, Malda, Shanti Niketan, Birbhum, Howrah, Midnapore, South  24 Parganas, Dakshineswar, Hooghly, Murshidabad, Srirampur, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Nadia, West Dinajpur, DighaMandarmaniKochbihar, North 24 Parganas.

Wildlife:

Ballavpur Reserve Forest

Jaldapara Reserve Forest

Buxa Tiger  Reserve

Mahananda  Wildlife Sanctuary

Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary

Sajnekhali  Bird Sanctuary

Haliday Reserve Forest

World Heritage Site:

Sunderban National Park

Other:

Fair & Festival

Art & Culture

Map Of West Bengal:


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