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West Bengal

West Bengal

Capital City:
Kolkata
Population:
90.32 million
Geo Location:
East
Area:
88,752 sq km
Average Climate:
Summer: 20°C – 40°C
Monsoon: 23°C – 35°C
Post-monsoon: 17°C – 32°C
Winter: 10°C – 28°C
 
Best time to visit:
October to March

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About West Bengal

West Bengal is a state in the eastern region of India and is the nation's fourth most populous. It shares international borders with Bangladesh, Nepal,  Bhutan and with the Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim, and Assam. The British adventurer Robert Clive had wrested the area from the hands of its Muslim ruler, Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula, at the 1757 Battle of Plassey. Till 1947, the state was part of the larger Bengal region that was split by the Partition into West Bengal and East Pakistan (later Bangladesh). West Bengal is land of Ganga’s avatar as the river Hooghly flows here into the world’s largest mangrove forests, the Sunderbans. Ancient Bengal was the site of several major Vedic kingdoms and large Indian empires.   West Bengal has three distinct types of landscape. In the west, the red soil gives its rich colour to the terracotta temples of Bishnupur. The Ganges Delta in lower Bengal has dense, tangled mangrove swamps where Royal Bengal tigers roam, while the charming, Raj-era hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong are located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern part of the state. Main tourist attractions of West Bengal are Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sunderbans National Park, Shantiniketan, Murshidabad, Siliguri, Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalimpong, Kursoeng and Lava & Lolegaon.      

Cities to visit


Darjeeling
Darjeeling name is derived from the monastery of Dorje Ling (meaning Place of the Thunderbolt) that once stood on Observatory Hill. The city is nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt. Kanchenjunga towering over the sky. Darjeeling is fondly called as `Queen of the Hills’. It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO&n...
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Kolkata
Kolkata or Calcutta as it used to be known has been through many incarnations. From an obscure village on the banks of Hoogli-river, it evolved into the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. In the late 17th century, the three villages that predated Kolkata were ruled by the Nawab of Bengal under Mughal suzerainty. It is the principal commercial, ...
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Kalimpong
The Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of west Bengal. The bustling bazaar town sprawls along a saddle shaped mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River with the best view of khangchendzonga. Kalimpong's early development as a major Himalayan trading centre focused on the tea trade with Tibet. The kalimpong has a colonial architecture with Buddhist monasteries and fascin...
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Holiday packages in West Bengal


Scotland of the East
Region: East India
West Bengal, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee

Set on the dramatic horseshoes of rocky cliff above the Bengal plains, is hilly Meghalaya. Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on eart...


Exotic Andaman with Kolkata
Region: East India
West Bengal, Kolkata, Port Blair, Havelock Island

This tropical island destination, an archipelago of 572 idyllic islands in the middle of the Bay of Bengal, are fringed with coral...


Eastern Paradise
Region: East India
West Bengal, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Puri

Essence of Kolkata and Tropical Orissa has much to offer the traveller. Orissa prides itself on being a rich realm of culture and ...



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