Unfold the pages of history and you would find West Bengal as one of the idyllic retreats, since times immemorial. Whether itís experiencing the rejuvenating freshness of the snow-capped hills, thrill and adventure of the rich forestlands, buzz of a metropolitan city, peaceful calmness of the religious destinations, or basking under the sun on sandy beaches, you get a taste of everything here. And if the natural splendor of the land is not enough, the culturally-inclined people of the state are sure to leave your heart and mind astounded. A seat of culture and literature, the state of West Bengal has something for every soul.
Hailing in the eastern part of India, West Bengal boasts of a prolific list of tourist attractions. While the colonial structure of Malda and the British houses of Kolkata unfold the glorious history of the state, Rabindranath Tagoreís Shantiniketan and Nawabi city of Murshidabad pen the cultural heritage of the land. Add to this, the tiger reserve of Sunderbans, amazing repository of national parks and captivating pristine beauty of Darjeeling and Kalimpong. For those who wish to see the festive spirit of the place, Durga Puja is the answer. The state is engulfed in a riot of colors, with an incredible manifestation of art, ethnicity, ingenuity, prosperity and revelry. The intriguing freshness, coupled with the sheer brilliance of the place, is sure to make your visit to West Bengal a once-come-never-forget experience!!!
Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. People not only from India, but also from other foreign countries come to visit this city of joy. The city of Kolkata offers its tourists, lots of avenues, in terms of natural beauty, marvelously erected monuments and fun activities. At the same time, it provides them a deep insight view of a tremendously rich and intellectual culture. Motherland of noted scholars, this city is also famous for its education as well as trading sector. Thousands of people come here every year, to explore the beauty of this attractive place.
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill-station, situated in the Shivalik Hills of the Himalayas, in West Bengal. It is a picturesque hilltop, with unscathed beauty and interesting tourist spots to boast of. It is internationally renowned for its tea industry and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (nicknamed Toy Train), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from scenic grandeur, Darjeeling also offers spots considered a trekker's paradise. Nestled amidst the rolling mountains, this place offers a perfect getaway for those seeking a rendezvous with nature.
Pristine beauty, charming ambience and inviting location - these features set Kalimpong aside from the other hill stations in the region. Snuggled at an altitude of 1250 m above sea level, in the Shivalik range, it is one of its kinds in the Indian state of West Bengal. While the scenic grandeur of this hill station is sure to captivate your sensual senses, Kalimpong also satisfies the religious bend of people, as it is the seat for Buddhism in the North-east India. The tantalizing and enticing climate of the hill station is an added bonus for tourists visiting the place.
Murshidabad is one of the nineteen districts in West Bengal. The district has a city with the same name. Located on the southern bank of the Bhagirathi, a tributary of the Ganges River, the city was the capital of undivided Bengal during the Mughal rule. Talking about its origin, Murshidabad was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. The history of Murshidabad dates back to the pre-historic times. Many kings and rulers had made it one of the entities in their kingdom. During the British rule over India, Murshidabad remained a seat of administration.
In Bengali, Nabadwip means 'a collection of nine islands'. Just as its name suggests, Nabadwip is a collection of islands, namely Antardwip (Sri Mayapur), Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. Situated in the Nadia district of West Bengal, the place is considered to be much sanctified, since it is the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Nabadwip is visited by thousands of pilgrims belonging to Gaudiya Vaishnavism every year, on the occasion of Sri Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama.