The name West Bengal smells very similar to a warm hug, an accepting attitude of local people and pieces of beauty scattered all over the state. The state is surrounded by Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha in the east and Bangladesh in the west. To the north of West Bengal, we have Sikkim and the Bay of Bengal lies on the southern side of the state.
The geographical location of West Bengal adds to the beauty of the place. The northern part lies along the foothills of the Himalayas, while the southern part kisses the sea. This wide difference in altitude brings diversity to the state and its people.
The people of West Bengal are homely and you will feel nothing less than your own home. The place showcases a wonderful combination of History, nature and architecture. Are you coming to West Bengal with us?
Welcome to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal! This city was once the capital of India; the glam and glaze of the city is still intact. It is one of the busiest cities in West Bengal, as the city is blooming with opportunities for business, tourism and residence.
Now, you should never expect Kolkata to be a very small city, that you can easily cover walking. You do need to use some or the other mode of transport to reach each corner of the city. Just in this situation, Kolkata unfolds the tram, the nostalgic spice of the city. If you are travelling to Kolkata, a tram ride is a must!
Victoria Memorial is one of the best attractions in West Bengal. History is depicted most beautifully here! You should take a small trip to the National Museum also. Do you think history is not your cup of tea? Kolkata has brilliant plans for you too!
If you are a nature lover, then Zoological Gardens and Botanical Gardens in Kolkata is certainly a paradise for you. For shopaholic heads, Kolkata proudly houses two City Centres apart from local shops lining the roads at every corner. Weigh your wallet before you head out for shopping.
Lastly, we want to mention a few places in Kolkata for spiritual heads. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is very popular among people. Whenever you are coming to Kolkata, you can visit the temple to seek blessings of Goddess Kali.
After Kolkata, we will take you high up to the Northernmost part of West Bengal and boom! We are in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and the pleasant weather conditions throughout the year makes this place highly appreciated among tourists.
Darjeeling is situated at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. The rough peaks of the mountain range, weave smooth picturesque sceneries in the eyes of the tourists. You can expect to experience snowfall during winter, between the months of December to February.
When you are in Darjeeling, you should not omit visiting The Tiger Hills. The breathtaking pictures of the sun peeping through the mountains during sunrise is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
You can find your way through the sprawling tea gardens, as you click some wonderful pictures in the green background. A ride in toy trains is definitely worth it, right? Click here for Darjeeling Sikkim Tour Information
Darjeeling is blooming with tourists, and as a result commerce unwraps in the best version of itself. The Mall or Chowrasta, has multiple local shops lined all over the place. Dive in Darjeeling, and let your heart beat the fastest!
Digha and Mandarmani
Fasten your seat belt as we will fly directly from the northernmost part of West Bengal, to the southernmost tip of the state. Digha is a beach destination and is popular among tourists. The roaring sea is the chief attraction here.
Digha is an older sea beach city and witnesses the maximum number of tourists at any time of the year. There are many local shops along the sea beach selling sea shell toys, ornaments and handicrafts. They are certainly worthy and cost effective!
A few kilometres from Digha, another beach destination awaits us! The name shines brightly all over the place, Mandarmani. It is relatively a new place, so you will not get the hubbub of people and tourists. But nature has different plans for you!
The scenic beauty of the wild waves in the sea, the sun rising and setting with the dim orange rays, and the never ending horizon are all worth exploring. Mandarmani awaits your visit!
The word 'Shanti' means 'peace' and 'Niketan' means 'abode' in Bengali. So, you can understand by now, that Shantiniketan means the 'Abode of Peace. You will not get the opportunity for adventurous activities or jaw-dropping experiences, but Shantiniketan will bless you with something that no other place can.
The place is closely related to the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore, the first non European to be honoured with the Nobel Prize for his excellent work in literature and poetry. Shantiniketan was the residential area of Rabindranath Tagore in the last years of his life.
Everywhere in Shantiniketan, you will find a cultural vibe bubbling in people of all ages. The Rabindra Bharati University is the most prominent educational university in Shantiniketan. The students are highly enriched with literary and cultural skills. Moreover, the green tint of beauty enhances the overall experience in the city.
For all the history freaks out there, Murshidabad awaits you to unfold the pages of history as you explore the city with your friends and family. The city was founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century.
Since the foundation, the city glitters through ages till the end of the Mughal rule. Many of the architectural sites are in ruins, while some are appropriately managed and looked after. Once you start unfolding the city, you may discover some unknown pages of history too!
The must visit places in Murshidabad are Hazarduari Palace Museum, Katra Masjid, Kathgola Gardens, Motijheel Park, Char Bangla Temple, Khosh Bagh, House of Jagat Seth, Jahan Kosha Cannon, Imambara, Nasipur Palace, Tomb of Azeem Unnisa Begum and Kiriteswari Temple. The entire trip takes a couple of days, so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
The Royal Bengal Tiger is somewhat the brand ambassador of West Bengal because you will not find the animal anywhere else in the world. There are a variety of unique animals and birds that find their shelter in the dense forests of Sunderbans.
Apart from birds and animals, Sunderbans hosts an unique collection of flora. The entire area is lined by mangrove trees. The green canopy of the mangrove forests make the place beautiful. The panoramic green view on both the sides of the Matla River is not only serene and peaceful but a grand feast for the eyes too.
You need to take a ride in a car for almost 3 hours to reach Sunderbans from Kolkata. You can hire a car or a cab to reach there. In the Sunderbans, you have to book some or the other water transport, like a boat , to complete your trip.
There are thousands of more places to visit in West Bengal, but it is nearly impossible to list them down here. We have handpicked the best places in West Bengal and compiled them for you. Hope this blog catered to your needs. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop a comment. Our experts will get back to you as soon as possible.
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