Situated in the eastern region of India, West Bengal is home to beautiful coastal areas, dense vegetation, magnificent Himalayan hills, historical monuments and ancient temples.
The terrain of the state is varied, some of the highest mountains are found in the upper part of Darjeeling and the swampiest mangroves in the Sundarbans where the Bengal Tigers roam in the jungles while crocodiles infest the river.
The land of West Bengal has intricately woven many civilizations that have left their footprints here. Awash in the memory of that rich history and heritage the state boasts of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, people and languages which add to this beautiful landscape. There's also a lively art scene and delectable cuisine which is hard to resist.
Visit & explore the culturally and ethnically diverse, Bengal- the land of the erstwhile Zamindars & Nawabs! The region with the most listed and recorded heritage buildings but still creating space for modern architecture wonders. Birthplace of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and home and resting place of Nobel laureate Mother Teresa.
The state has its roots in literature, music, fine arts, drama and cinema mostly based on Bengali folklore, Hindu epics, and Puranas. It is also known for its holy pilgrimages as Kolkata is one of the four adishaktipeeths. World renowned for its Darjeeling tea, handicrafts like Nakshi, and sarees of Santipore, Baluchari, and Dhaniakhali, West Bengal is also known as the cultural capital of India. The much detailed Bengali cuisine for its famed mustard Hilsa Fish and Prawn Curries. A wide variation of street food culture. Desserts in Sandesh and Mishti Doi, the famous Malda Mangoes.
West Bengal receives heavy rainfall during the monsoons. Strong breeze accompanies the rains. It is a good time to visit for those who love rains.
Winter season is the best time to visit. The season begins in the month of October and ends in February. The temperature ranges between 5°C to 15°C during this time.
Darjeeling is the first name that comes to mind when talking about West Bengal. Famous for its tea industry, the striking views of Kanchenjunga-world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway often called as the Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kolkata, the capital city is home to many crumbling British Raj-era gems, beautiful gardens, and historical institutes. The main attractions are B.B.D. Bagh, Victoria Memorial- Kolkata's most famous landmark, and the Howrah Bridge.
Cooch Behar being the only planned town and a declared heritage town along with Madan Mohan Temple are popular tourist destinations. Not to forget the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Places like Dooars, Jaldapara National Park, and Gorumara National Park, are famous for its abounding greenery and wildlife. Bishnupur famous for its terracotta temples. Murshidabad is known for the Hazarduari Palace, Bara Imambara situated on the banks of Bhagirathi, the beautiful horse-shaped lake- Moti Jheel and Kathgola- garden palace along with the famous Adinath Temple.
By Air :
Reaching West Bengal by air is convenient as well as comfortable. Kolkata, the capital of the state, has an international airport that is connected by regular flights. Also has a domestic airport at Bagdogra, near Siliguri.
By Rail : Howrah on the west of Hooghly River and Sealdah on the east of the river are the two rail stations in Kolkata. All IRCTC trains to northeast India originate and end at Sealdah and trains to the central, west, and south India operates from Howrah. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Nagpur, Hyderabad and other major Indian cities connect with the towns and cities of West Bengal.
By Road : An extensive road network covers the entire state of West Bengal. Some national highways and state highways cross through the state. One can easily approach the West Bengal from neighboring states, like Bihar, Orissa, and Jharkhand. Cross-border roadways are also fully functional, with neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.
There are regular bus services and local trains running across the state. You can also hire cabs and can head to the various beaches by road.
Kolkata, the capital, has a great transport system. Metro rail in the state was first of it kind in India and includes overhead and underground lines of metro rail. The bus services are quite efficient within and across the towns, cities and rural areas. Also, tram services are still functional.
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