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Why to visit West Bengal

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Some Facts about the Epic State of West Bengal.

West Bengal, a epic state located in eastern part India, the state has colors of both Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal,is one of the top tourist destinations in India. In 1882 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee composed his famous song, "Bande Mataram", inspired by beauty of Bengal. West Bengal has cultural fringes of past history like establishments of East India Company to colonization of hill stations like Darjeeling and aristocratic style of Kolkata. Kolkata served as the British Capital till 1911 has some of the major architectural marvels create during that period including Victoria Memorial.

During the British colonial era from 1700–1912, Kolkata enjoyed the privilege of being the capital of British India and witnessed a spate of frenzied construction of buildings, largely influenced by the conscious intermingling of Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Oriental and Islamic schools of design. Unlike many north Indian cities, whose construction stresses minimalism, the layout of much of the architectural variety in Kolkata owes its origins to European styles and tastes imported by the British and, to a much lesser extent, by the Portuguese and French.

There are many hill stations in North West Bengal, of which Darjeeling is world-famous. Others are Kurseong, Kalimpong, Rimbick, Lava and Loleygaon, Mirik and Sandakphu.All the hill station in West Bengal as astonishing view of Kanchenjunga.The mesmerizing view of the Himalayas is a treat to mind and soul.The view of sunrise at Tiger hill in Darjeeling is world famous for its mesmerizing and scintillating beauty.

West Bengal has 3.26% of its geographical area under protected areas comprising 15 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 national parks — Sundarbans National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Singalila National Park, and Jaldapara National Park. West Bengal also has wildlife sanctuaries and bird sanctuaries like Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary and Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary.This reserved forest housed various animals including Tigers,Leopard,rhinoceros, deers and many more. These forests are a treat for ornithologist as these reserved area home for various migratory bird from all over the world.Bird watching is another activity that tourist prefer in these forest.

Apart from that West Bengal housed world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is located in southern West Bengal.The southern part of West Bengal can be divided into two regions: the Gangetic plain and the littoral mangrove forests of the Sundarbans.The coastal region of Purba Medinipur exhibits coastal vegetation. A notable tree from the Sundarbans is the ubiquitous sundari (Heritiera fomes), from which the forest gets its name.The distribution of vegetation in northern West Bengal is dictated by elevation and precipitation. For example, the foothills of the Himalayas, the Dooars, are densely wooded with Sal and other tropical evergreen trees.[26] However, above an elevation of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), the forest becomes predominantly subtropical. In Darjeeling, which is above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft), temperate-forest trees such as oaks, conifers, and rhododendrons predominate

8 Reasons Why You Should Make West Bengal Your Next Travel Destination

A Place where Colonial Architecture meets Indian Style
1. A Place where Colonial Architecture meets Indian Style

Kolkata aka Calcutta was the capital of India till 1911.Be the seat of power the Mighty British rule,KoKata has some of the most magnificent architectural marvel build during the early period of British rule in India.

The Shades of European style of architecture can be traced in buildings and monuments of Bengal-be that of Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu) which is an iconic landmark of the city of Kolkata or that of incredible Victoria Memorial (an architectural marvel built in Queen Victoria’s name) which is a vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble.

Apart from Kolkata,the state also has the Summer Capital of British which is Darjeeling where you can have glimpses of stately buildings, wide boulevards, English churches and grand formal gardens.All these in a state makes it unique and distinct and a place to visit if you have taste of architectural delights.No wonder,West Bengal is coined as a place of architectural marvels

Vibrant Tea States in West Bengal.
2. Vibrant Tea States in West Bengal.

Since the days of British rule West Bengal is the major epicenter of tea industry.It second-largest tea growing state, accounts for 24 percent of the total tea crop. The Tea producing areas include the district of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and North Dinajpur. It consists of about 450 tea gardens spread out in the Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars region that are registered as sellers in the Siliguri Tea Auction Centre. The youngest tea gardens are Chinchula Tea Estate, Raimatang Tea Estate and Kalchini Tea Estate all of which are 72 years old. The largest tea garden is Samsing Tea Estate of 1256.60 hectares.

Sweetness of West Bengal is as sweet as it sweets
3. Sweetness of West Bengal is as sweet as it sweets

West Bengal is a state is world renound for its sweets.The state housed numerous varieties of sweets, ranging from Roshogulla, Mohan Bhog, Lobongo Latika, Chom Chom, Nolen Gurer Payesh, Pantuwa, Pati Shapta, Chanar Jeelapi, Kalo Jaam, Raskadam, and much more. Finally, the list could not have been complete without a mention of the very quintessential Bengali Mishti Doi. Ravish your mouth with these bengali delight and fill your soul with a happiness.While in West Bengal don't waste a opportunity to firecracker your with these delights.

 Warming Sea shores of West Bengal
4. Warming Sea shores of West Bengal

West Bengal is the name behind the world famous Bay Of Bengal.It has most pristine form and enchanting beauty that allures thousands of tourists every year form all around the world . The coastal strip of West Bengal, extending from the Gangetic Delta to the border of Orissa.It has some beautiful coastal settlements, such as Digha, Shankarpur, Mandarmani, Bakkhali, Gangasagara, and Tajpur. Sunrise and sunset are best times to visit the beaches to get the most nascent view of the water flowing over the crystal clear sand and sun rays striking the sea.It creates a mesmerizing experience around these beaches.

West Bengal,a state with enormous biodiversity of flora and fauna.
5. West Bengal a state with enormous biodiversity of flora and fauna

The distribution of biodiversity in northern West Bengal is dictated by elevation and precipitation. For example, the foothills of the Himalayas, the Dooars, are densely wooded with Sal and other tropical evergreen trees.However, above an elevation of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), the forest becomes predominantly subtropical. In Darjeeling, which is above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft), temperate-forest trees such as oaks, conifers, and rhododendrons predominate. West Bengal has 3.26% of its geographical area under protected areas comprising 15 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 national parks — Sundarbans National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Park, Neora Valley National Park and Singalila National Park. Extant wildlife include Indian rhinoceros, Indian elephant, deer, bison, leopard, gaur, tiger, and crocodiles, as well as many bird species. Migratory birds come to the state during the winter.

The high-altitude forests of Royal Bengal Tiger Singalila National Park shelter barking deer, red panda, chinkara, takin, serow, pangolin, minivet and Kalij pheasants. The Sundarbans are noted for a reserve project conserving the endangered Bengal tiger, although the forest hosts many other endangered species, such as the Gangetic dolphin, river terrapin and estuarine crocodile.The mangrove forest also acts as a natural fish nursery, supporting coastal fishes along the Bay of Bengal. Recognizing its special conservation value, Sundarban area has been declared as a Biosphere Reserve.

West Bengal a state with Scrumptious Food
6. West Bengal a state with Scrumptious Food

Sikkim is a exotic place with exotic food.Gundruk and Sinki are two of the few well known vegetarian dishes of Sikkim. They are soups that are prepared generally during winters when vegetables growth is at its maximum.Gundruk is prepared using leaves of mustard or spinach but Sinki is made just of radish tap root only. Radish is made to ferment, keeping or burying it inside the soil and keeping it for a week or two, wrapped inside a plastic bag, which gives a sour taste later.Other exotic food includes Dhindo - Traditional Nepalese cuisine,Gya thuk or Thukpa - is a noodle based soup with vegetables or meat.Momo - stuffing minced meat, vegetables or cheese in flour dough and then making them into dumplings.Phagshapa- is strip of pork fat stewed with radishes and dried chillies.Sha Phaley- bread stuffed with seasoned beef and cabbage.

An Art of Rhythm of Lyrics Or Sound
7. An Art of Rhythm of Lyrics Or Sound

The Indian state of West Bengal has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. Due to the reign of many different rulers in the past, arts and crafts in West Bengal underwent many changes giving an artistic diversity today in the forms of traditional handicrafts, masks, painting and carving, dance, music etc.West Bengal has a deep engraving Indian Culture which has its roots in the Bengali literature, music, fine arts, drama and cinema. Different geographic regions of West Bengal have subtle as well as more pronounced variations between each other, with Darjeeling Himalayan hill region and Dooars showing particularly different socio-cultural aspect.It make the state unique and distinct in its own cultural Identity.

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How to reach West Bengal

Reaching West Bengal By road

Thinking of reaching West Bengal by road. West Bengal is well connected by road network from all the major part of the country.Travelling by road is a good and easy option to reach West Bengal. All the major highways are connect West Bengal with neighboring states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. Even cross border roadways are well maintained and connect the state to places such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. One can drive their own vehicle, or take a bus to their destination from West Bengal. Private as well as government operated buses are easily available for passengers, with frequent rest stops and gas stations on the way. The most taken highways include NH2 and NH16 among others.

Reaching West Bengal By Train

If thinking of reaching West Bengal by train, then the best way to reach West Bengal is via railways, since the state is very well connected to the rest of the country via high speed trains, express trains as well as passenger trains. The main railway stations of the state are in Kolkata including Howrah Railway Station and Sealdah Railway Station. In Siliguri, the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is a major one near Siliguri, whereas Asansol Junction is an important one for reaching Asansol and the nearby areas. Other important railway stations include Malda Town, Barddhaman Station, New Cooch Behar Station, Haldibari Railway Station, Azimganj Junction and Raiganj Railway Station among several others. These railway station connect almost all parts of the country, through the main cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and more to West Bengal.

Reaching West Bengal By Air

For those wondering how to reach West Bengal by air, it would be good to know that West Bengal can be said to be adequately well connected by air to all major destinations across the country as well as most parts of the world. Almost all private and government operated airlines offer regular flights to West Bengal. Some of the major airports of the state include the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Balurghat Airport, Bagdogra Domestic Airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Malda Airport and Cooch Behar Airport. There are a few others in the state as well, which serves mostly private aircrafts or smaller planes. The airports are all well connected to the city center, via buses and taxis.

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Places to visit in West Bengal

Darjeeling

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Darjeeling is a mesmerizing hill station located in West Bengal and is a divine amalgamation of lush green hills, beautiful serene monasteries, tea plantations and the amazing toy train.

Kolkata

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Kolkata

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Kolkata , also known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River approximately 75 kilometers west of the border with Bangladesh, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational center of East India,

Dooars

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The Dooars or Duars is major tourism destination located in West Bengal.The tour package of Dooars comprises of Jaldapara, Alipurduar, Gorumara, Lataguri, Samsing, Jhalong, Coochbehar and many more.

Kalimpong

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Kalimpong is another tourist destination located in Kalimpong District of West Bengal.Tourism in Kalimpong is booming mainly because this town is beautifully blessed with some of the most breath-taking mountains, gardens and lakes and is often regarded as a paradise for nature lovers and provide unlimited adventure options.

Mirik

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Mirik is one of the best tourist location, located in the hills of Darjeeling district, West Bengal.Tourism in Mirik is gaining popularity based on its exotic hill location and the road of Mirik is beautifully blessed with some of the most breath-taking mountains cover with serene pine forests.

Digha

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Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in Purba Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach.

Sunderban

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The Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. It spans from the Hooghly River in India's state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh.

Kurseong

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Kurseong is a small hilly tourist location in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. Tourism in Kurseong is based on its exotic location which is located half way between Siliguri and Kurseong.Kurseong is a midway halt used by the Britishers on way to Darjeeling. Till 1835 Kurseong was ruled by King of Sikkim, in 1835 it was handed over to the British by the King of Sikkim as a tribute.