West Bengal

West Bengal is a land of natural allurement where the artistry of God sets out with sedate beaches, continues with mangrove estuaries & green gigantic plains, and reaches to the Holy Himalayas. Multiplying its attractiveness and appeal is the incredible heritage architecture, hue-filled traditional festivities, ethnic & contemporary music, heart-stealing arts & crafts, theatre & films, and delectables traditional cuisines that make West Bengal a unique land of diversities.

 

History

The history of West Bengal goes back to the year 1947 when India got independence and the western part of British Bengal Province transformed into one of the Indian states after the dominance of Hindus.

Places to visit

Kolkata

The intellectual and literary capital of India, Kolkata (Calcutta) is India’s second-biggest city. The city boasts the triumphant heritage among the topsy-turvy of the modern speedy days. The place radiates the vibes of liveliness & luxury while concurrently showcasing the true pictures of distress and pennilessness.

Places to visit: Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Marble Palace, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, National Library and Writer’s Building, Salt Lake Stadium, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Nakhoda Masjid, National Library

Best time to visit: Oct-Feb

 

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in the foothills of Himalaya and earned a laurel of “Queen of Himalayas”. Blessed with enchanting tea gardens, picturesque Himalayas, and mesmerizing colonial architecture, Darjeeling is one of the most aesthetic hill stations in EastIndia and attracts many North-East Indians to enjoy beautiful sunrises, wandering toy train rides across the panoramic city, and delicious cuisine of Tibet.

 

Places to visit: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Singalila National Park, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Ghoom Monastery, Rock Garden, Nightingale Park.

Best time to visit: March-May & Oct-Nov

 

Bankura

Labeled as the “Rarh area of Bengal ” – Bankura has bagged a badge of a famous tourist destination due to the wide array of sports, dense virgin forests, scenic charm, terracotta temples, and arts & architecture that entice travelers. Blessed with murmuring water streams, brown hills, and ancient temples; the Bankura district appears like a traditional gem of Mother Nature.

Places to Visit: Madan Mohan temple, Shyam Roy Temple, Bishnupur, Jayrambti, Mukutmonipur, Jorbangla Temple, Susunia, Panchratna Temple, Rashmancha, Garh Darwaja

Best time to visit: Oct-March

 

Sundarbans

Carpeted with the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans is a “Home of the Bengal Tigers’. Bestowed with ringing rivers and mesmerizing estuaries, this biosphere reserve is also a UNESCO world heritage site with a huge array of flora & fauna that includes salt-water crocodiles.

 

Places to visit: Sundarbans National Park, Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, Tin Kona Island, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Mangrove Eco Garden, Bharat Sevashram Sangha Temple, Halliday Island.

 

Best time to visit: Oct-March

 

Midnapore

Another jewel of West Bengal – Midnapore town (Medinipur) bunches up the charm of the diversified religion & culture of India with the vibes of rich history. The place is among those few towns of India that have a semi Urban landscape with a lot of tourist spots.

Places to visit: Tajpur Beach, Digha Beach, Digha Mohana Fish Market, Kanak-Durga Temple, Gopegarh Eco Park, Digha Science Centre, Jagannath Temple, Shankarpur Beach

Best time to visit: Oct-May

 

Siliguri

Referred as the Gateway to North-East India, Siliguri city is established in the Jalpaiguri and Siliguri districts of West Bengal. Siliguri is an admirable tourist destination with its international airport that makes it a first place for tourists to sojourn in before exploring nearby places like Kalimpong, Gangtok, Bhutan, etc.

Places to visit: City Centre, Bengal Safari, Hong Kong Market, Kali Mandir, Vega Circle Mall, The Science City, Savin Kingdom, Lokenath Temple, Cosmos Mall

Best time to visit: Oct-Feb

 

Murshidabad

The last capital of Bengal erstwhile the British regime, the city of Murshidabad has witnessed the nucleus of the history from the pre-British rule of Nawabs to the British empire.

It is a religious town with historical monuments where glimpses of glorious history can be seen while inhaling the soothing energies of mother nature.

Places to visit: Hazarduari Palace Museum, Katra Masjid, Motijheel Park, Kathgola Gardens, Char Bangla Temple, Khosh Bagh, Jahan Kosha 

Best time to visit: Oct-March

 

Delectable dishes of West Bengal

dishes recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

  • Ilish Macher Jhol
  • Aloo Potol Posto
  • Sandesh
  • Shukto
  • Mutton Biryani
  • Tangra Macher Jhol
  • Alur Dom

 

Must-try restaurants of West Bengal

restaurant recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

 

  • Oh! Calcutta
  • Kewpie’s Kitchen
  • Arsalan Restaurant
  • Nizam’s
  • Nahoum and Sons
  • Flurys
  • Nizam’s

 

Hotels

hotels recommended by rajshree upadhyaya

Budget

  • Hotel City Inn
  • Hotel Green City International
  • Bodhi Villa
  • Hotel Shrestha Inn

Average

  • Transit Express Hotel
  • Behala Guest House
  • Hotel Platinum
  • Hotel Lee International

Luxury

  • Summit Swiss Heritage Hotel & Spa
  • The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata
  • ITC Royal Bengal
  • Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge

 

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