Travelling to West Bengal!!
West Bengal, an Indian state situated in eastern India, is a land with surplus diversity and home to different civilisations. Famous for its cultural diversity, West Bengal had a rich history and mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as well. As per its geographical location stretching from the great Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the state has spectacular landscapes to enchant souls. Known for mustard cooked fish and steamed rice along with the sweetness of Sandesh, Bengal is the place with distinctive food culture as well.
If you are also planning to visit Bengal, here are the famous destinations, which are must visit during your tour.
The capital and one of the largest metropolitan city in India, Kolkata is an ancient city considered to be inhabited for more than 2000-years, and it is evident from its rich cultural background and diverse ethnicity. Howrah Bridge, Belur Math Shrine, Botanical Gardens, Mother House, Shantiniketan, Fort William, Victoria Hall, Eco Tourism Park, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Science City, Birla Temple, Park Street, and Indian Museum are some of the famous tourist attractions here.
Located to the west of the state, Bankura is a historical place in West Bengal. Apart from its historical side, the city has an artistic face as well. It has tourist spots that boast of its historical significance and destinations that challenge you to trek and hike. Biharinath and Susunia Hills, Rasmancha, Garh Darwaja, Krishna-Balaram Temple, Ganesh and Nandi Statue, and Mukutmonipur Dam are few of the leading locations to visit.
Darjeeling is an ideal place to unwind on your holiday. Snow clad mountains, lush greenery and beautiful views of Himalayas make the place a heaven on earth. The entire land is colourful and captivating with green tea leaves, red rhododendrons, white magnolias, birds of various species and snow-covered peak of Kanchenjunga. Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Lava, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Everest Museum, Neora National Park, and Sandakpu are some of the major places to visit here. For the enjoyment of locals and tourists, Darjeeling Toy Train is the best thing to revive childhood.
Midnapore is situated in the west of Medinipur District and famous pilgrim locations as it is home to some ancient temples and mosques. The land has memorials built in memory of the war heroes who fought for independence. Places namely Garbeta, Kurambera Fort, Jora Masjid, Egra, Keshiari, Jhargram, Chandrakona, Bahiri, Shankarpur Beach, Dantan, Baptist Mission Church, and Dandeshwar Mahadev Temple are popular places to visit in Midnapore.
Siliguri offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and famous for the production of tea and timber. Dense forest on the foothills and the tea gardens bestow picturesque land views. Some of the places in Siliguri like Chilapata Forest, Isckon Temple, Surya Sen Park, Fulbari Barrage, Kanchenjunga Stadium, Coronation Bridge, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary can be in a bucket list of any tourist.
This city is home to various races and religions. Located on River Bhagirathi banks, Murshidabad has a history that dates back to pre-historic times. Before the British rulers, The city was at its height of glory and capital of Bengal in the past. Later on, the tag of capital shifted to Kolkata. And, enchanting locations namely, Katra Mosque, Katgola, Jalangi River, Imambara, Wasef Manzil, Jahankosha Canon, and Hazarduari Palace Museum are some of the best one to visit here.
Hooghly is an appealing tourist destination for various reasons. It is considered sacred, as it is where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Sarada Devi stayed for many years; it has historical significance as it bears the influences of Portuguese, French and the Dutch. Srirampore, Deer Park, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Garh Mandaran, Tarakeshwar Temple, Chandannagar Museum, Bhadreswar, and Hangseswari Temple are the places that signify Hooghly.
A hill station in lower Himalayas, Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1250 meters. The view of the Himalayas from this city is fantastic. The tranquillity of the land attracts tourists in great numbers. It is known for traditional handicrafts, orchids, and nurseries. Kalimpong includes the following destinations, and some of them are Kalimpong Cactus Nursery, Dr Graham’s Home, Deola Hill, Jaldhaka River Valley, Tharpa Choeling Gompa, Tongsa Gompa, Pine View Nursery, and Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa.
Famous for ancient temples belonging to the 15th century, Bishnupur is the oldest one in West Bengal. Malla rulers, great patronizers of paintings and music, flourished art and culture flourished over here. The temples here are a proof of the gorgeous architecture of the past. Just to name a few, Jorebangla Temple, Rasmancha, Pancha Ratna Temple, Radha Govinda Temple, Gate of Old Fort, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loukoipat Ecological Park, and Sarbamangala Temple are sites to go for.
A village in Hooghly district, Kamarpukur bears an evidence of old elements. A visit to the city with ancient buildings, temples, and tanks will bestow you a glance into its glorious history. This beautiful village is considered divine, as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was born here. And, locations namely Mukundapur Temple, Jairambati Math, Yogi Shiva Temple, Gopeshwar Temple, Matri Mandir makes it even more religious for people.
Jalpaiguri enjoys an excellent topographical advantage that it receives many visitors who are passionate about enjoying the bliss of nature. Since it is easy to access Darjeeling and Sikkim from here, you can find tourism flourishing here. Also, places namely Dooars, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Park, Panjhora River, and Mendabari Fort are likely meant to visit in Jalpaiguri.
Being world’s largest delta and also the largest Mangrove Forest, Sunderban is on the major hit of many travel aficionados around the world. It is the River Malta that divides Sundarbans Reserved Forest into Sundarban Tiger Reserve (on the east) and Reserved Forest of South 24 Parganas Forest Division. River Muriganga bound Sundarban on the west and Harinbhahga and Raimangal Rivers in the east. It is the biosphere reserve that has received the recognition of UNESCO under its Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme in November 2001.
Cooch Behar, a district in Jalpaiguri, is situated in the northeastern part of West Bengal. To its south and west lies the Indo-Bangladesh border. The land still has the rich influences of the Mughal era. It is not only famous for the ancient monuments, but it is also known for massive water bodies. Cooch Behar Palace, Chilapara Forest Range, Rasik Bil, Dangar Ayee Temple, and Madan Mohan Bari are some of the places to take a look here.
Malda lies at the confluence of River Mahananda and Kalindi. Like many other parts of West Bengal, this town also has its share in history. Called as English Bazaar in the past, Malda imparts a clear picture of its architectural splendour in the past. Places namely Bara Sona Mosque, Lattan Mosque, Adina Mosque, Dakhil Darwaza, Firoz Minar Tomb, Maa Johura Temple, Baisgazi Wall, Malda Museum, etc. are major attractions to visit.
Famous with a name as the ‘Land of the brave,’ Birbhum was earlier a place where many brave kings ruled. The historical importance of the place is evident from the remnants of the civilisations that lived here. The land of red soil houses Shantiniketan, Hetampur, Fullara, Kankali Pith, Dubrajpur, Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Temple of Nandikeswari and other famous tourist destinations.
The area of Barrackpore is rich in natural beauty with high historical importance too. It was here where the famous Sepoy Mutiny originated. Reflecting the glimpse of independence locations here namely Gandhi Ghat, Gandhi Museum, Jawaharkunja Garden, Mangal Pandey Park, Indira Gandhi Water Treatment Plan has earned this city a special place. And, with religious concern, Kali Temple, Tarkeshwar Temple, and Bartholomew Cathedral have got frequent visitors with time.
Located at an altitude of 1458m, Kurseong is a beautiful and lesser-known hill station in West Bengal. About 30kms from Darjeeling, Kurseong is blessed with a salubrious climate all through the year, which makes it an ideal summer destination in West Bengal. What attracts most about this place is the absolute peace that it provides.