West Bengal

About West Bengal

West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata, retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj. The city's colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain's queen. Darjeeling, in the Himalayan foothills, is known for its distinctive black tea, plus views of the world’s third-highest peak, Kanchenjunga. Once a summer resort of the British Raj, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or “Toy Train”, completed in 1881. Boat tours take visitors through the Sundarbans, a massive mangrove forest that’s home to Bengal tigers. Bishnupur is the site of terracotta temples built by the Malla Dynasty in the 1600s and 1700s. The town is also renowned as a producer of traditional silk Baluchari saris.
Sundarbans National Park

Sundarbans National Park is a large coastal mangrove forest, shared by India and Bangladesh. The area is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, plus other endangered species such as the estuarine crocodile and Ganges River dolphin.
Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, which was built between 1906 and 1921.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini.
Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is a bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. It was commissioned in 1943.
Marble Palace

Marble Palace is a palatial nineteenth-century mansion in North Kolkata. It is one of the best-preserved and most elegant houses of nineteenth-century Calcutta.
Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian state of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is a CNI, Church of North India Cathedral of Anglican background in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, noted for its Gothic architecture. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta.
Hazarduari Palace

Hazarduari Palace, earlier known as the Bara Kothi, is located on the campus of KilaNizamat in Murshidabad, in the Indian state of West Bengal. 
Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Jorasanko Thakur Bari in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. 
Beluṛ Maṭh

Beluṛ Maṭh is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Kolkata formerly Calcutta is the capital of India's West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.

Santiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 km north of Kolkata. It was established by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore and later expanded by his son Rabindranath Tagore whose vision became what is now a university town, Visva Bharati University.

Bishnupur is a town in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. It’s known for its Hindu temples made from local terracotta, such as the pyramid-shaped Rasmancha, established around 1600. Ornate carvings adorn the walls of Jor Bangla Temple. North, Madan Mohan Temple is decorated with scenes from Hindu legends, including the "Mahabharata." In town, the Bishnupur Museum displays manuscripts and ancient sculptures.

The name Sunderbans is perhaps derived from the term meaning 'the forest of Sundari', a reference to the large mangrove tree that provides valuable fuel. Along the coast, the southern part of the forest passes into a mangrove swamp, which has numerous wild animals and crocodile-infested estuaries. Sundarbans Tiger Reserve has the highest tiger population in the world and has also received recognition as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

Midnapore, located in the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal is a scenically blessed town. It is renowned for being a prehistoric excavating site. Archeologists during their expedition have discovered many coins issued during the Gupta Era in Tamraliopta. The natural beauty and manmade beaches are another prime attraction of Midnapore. 

Siliguri is a city in the northeast Indian state of West Bengal. It sits in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by tea gardens. It’s home to the North Bengal Science Centre, with its digital planetarium and model T. rex. To the east is leafy Surya Sen Park, named after an independence activist, and the huge, white-domed ISKCON Temple. Farther north, the Salugara Monastery is a colorful Buddhist shrine.

Hooghly district is one of the districts of the state of West Bengal in India. It can alternatively be spelled Hoogli or Hugli. The district is named after the Hooghly River. The headquarters of the district are at Hooghly-Chinsura.

Kalimpong is an east Indian hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it’s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church, named after a Scottish missionary. South, the hilltop Durpin Monastery, or Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, contains sacred Buddhist scriptures. Deolo Park has landscaped gardens and offers views of the town and surrounding hills.

Barrackpore, or Barrackpur, is the headquarters of the Barrackpore subdivision of North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration. The name Barrackpore may have originated from the English word barracks, as it was the site of the first cantonment of the British East India Company. Alternatively, the Ain-i-Akbari suggests that the name comes from "Barbakpur". Manasa Vijay, written by Bipradas Pipilai, refers to Barrackpore as "Chanak".

Kurseong comes from the Lepcha word 'Kharsang', meaning "The land of white Orchids". It is a hill station and sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district of the Indian state of West Bengal. White orchids grow in abundance in this area. The area is also full of beautiful tea gardens, forests, and year round vegetation on the hill slopes. From some parts of Kalimpong, you get magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kabru, and Jannu, and the meandering rivers Teesta and Mahananda flowing downwards to the lower plains and meadows. 
Best Time To Visit West Bengal

The best time to visit West Bengal is during the winter season from November to March as the weather remains cool and pleasant. The summer season in West Bengal starts with the month of March and ends with the month of June. During this season, the temperature of the place reaches as high as 45°C. It is not a good time to visit the destination as the weather remains hot and sticky.  West Bengal receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. Rains are accompanied by a strong breeze. It is a good time to visit for those who like the rains. The Winter season is the best time to visit West Bengal. During the winter season, West Bengal experiences cool and pleasant weather. The season begins in the month of October and ends in February. The temperature ranges between 5°C to 15°C during this time. A number of festivals are celebrated across the state in this season. 

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