West Bengal Tourism
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About West Bengal Tourism
The Land of Unabashed Natural Beauty
When talking about the West Bengal tourism, we know that the state is famed all over for its natural beauty. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the state is bordered by Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and is highly acclaimed for its affinity for the arts and culture. If you are looking for a tryst with nature, or some time away simply contemplating the depth of life while watching an extraordinary sunset, or a decadent meal full of sinful sweets or spicy fries, then tourism in West Bengal is meant for you. What’s famous in West Bengal is not just the food or the art but the spirit of the people, the ubiquitous laid-back attitude of the people, the vibrant markets, the muggy humidity and the twisting turning alleyways. The best places in West Bengal make one feel welcome and completely at home.
This West Bengal travel guide intends to make you familiar with everything that the state proffers to the traveler, be it food, art, culture, festivals or the wonders of nature.
History of West Bengal
Being a prominent territory of India under the colonial rule, West Bengal got to witness division basi religion after the independence of the nation in 1947. As the western part of Bengal, which is dominated by the Hindus, became the West Bengal; the other Muslim dominated portion of the region became a part of Pakistan. Later in 1971, post the fallout between the East Bengal and Pakistan, the latter portion became Bangladesh.
Culture of West Bengal
With strong inclination towards literature, music, art, and craft, the locals of West Bengal can be found quite welcoming and well-spoken. Inhabiting people of every religion, including Islam, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhism, Hindu is the most dominated one. Hence, here one can get to observe festivals of different religions. Home to many great scholars, poets, and film-makers, locals can be found speaking Bengali, Urdu, Nepali, and some other languages.
Attractions in West Bengal
Although there are many tourist destinations in the state, the gem of West Bengal tourism is Darjeeling, a serene, charming little hill station that invokes the poet in everybody. Beautiful sunrises to wake up to, foggy afternoons spent soaking up the sunrays, and chilly evenings to bundle up inside in. Just the name of Darjeeling conjures up images of the sun reflecting off of snow covered peaks, vibrant green hills and fragrant tea gardens, while the clouds roll in. Tiger Hill, perched atop a height of 2,590 m, is especially popular for offering mesmerizing sunrises, when the weather is clear.
Tourism in West Bengal is not limited to the hill station of Darjeeling, there are a hundred other destinations that are worth a visit such as Kolkata, The Sundarbans, Digha, Siliguri, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Kurseong among several others. There are several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the state, such as Sundarbans National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Gorumara National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary and Singalila National Park, which are worth a visit for the unique flora and fauna found there. The coastal areas are ideal for a relaxing beach vacation, without the hustle bustle of the city.
As architecture is a major draw here, so are the shopping opportunities. If you are looking for silk or handloom saris then there can be no better place in this part of the country than West Bengal. Choose from a myriad of colors and make such as jamdani, kantha, tant, korial, gorad, baluchari, muslin and tussar.
Adventure in West Bengal
Encompassing some magnificent pinnacles that are perfect for trekking, here one can grab a chance to navigate through the deep and tapered valleys, while cherishing the alluring views of pristine waters and alpine forests. Hop on to Jayanti and Ayodhya hills to feel some adrenaline rush through rock climbing, or indulge in parasailing, water skiing, and activities like snorkelling. Tourists may also visit to Delta River, and choose to sail through the creeks, jungles and an ocean on a wooden cruise boat while savouring the enticing view of the backdrops of West Bengal.
Famous Food of West Bengal
Being a treasure trove of rich culture, here locals enjoy the art of cooking. With some flavourful cuisines at its credit, Bengalis are quite foodie. Mainly prepared with fish, rice and lentils, and sauteed with cumin, fenugreek leaves, and mustard seeds; here one can cherish famous food items, like: Sukto, Macher Jhol, Pitha and more. While, the famous sweets of Bengal are: Shondesh, Rasmalai, Roshogolla and more.
Festivals of West Bengal
The list of famous festivals of Bengal includes, the celebration of Durga Pooja, when the entire state is decked up like a bride. While, Vasant Panchami, Basanta Utsav, and Jamai Sasthi are some of the important festivals observed here. With a wonderful heritage and tradition to take pride in, here many religious festivals are celebrated with passion.
Travel and tourism in West Bengal will take you to many different spots, each one more beautiful and fascinating than the first, so make sure that you have planned accordingly and have enough time to cover all the major destinations of the state.
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Tea Garden in Darjeeling
The Tea garden in Darjeeling has gained much fame over the years for their serenity and beauty. And so of all the things to do, visits to the tea gardens are considered to be a must-do! It not only lets you experience the breathtaking beauty of the gardens, but also offers the much-needed refreshing experience that you may ...
- Tea plantations
Tiger Hill in Darjeeling
The majestic view of the Kangchenjunga peaks and the warmth of the sunlight make Tiger Hill in Darjeeling a perfect holiday destination. The Everest looks at you from far away and enhances the picturesque beauty of the location.
At the highest point of Tiger Hill, the summit Ghoom awaits to introduce you to the beautifu...
Ghoom Monastery in Darjeeling
India is one of the most visited countries in Asia. It has endless tourism objects enriched with original culture and friendly people. If you happen to visit India, you would never want to skip visiting Darjeeling. It is located in West Bengal, India. Darjeeling is well known as the largest tea Industry in West Bengal. One ...
- Ideal for families
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling
With an average elevation of 7,000 feet, Padmaja naidu himalayan zoological park in Darjeeling offers an exciting trip experience for the visitors. The park was opened in 1958 and has been a home to different kinds of animals since. The park is popular as the breeding center for the animals that are adapted to live in alpin...
- Ideal for families
Batasia Loop in Darjeeling
The Batasia Loop is located on Hill Cart Road (National Highway 55) in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. This Batasia Loop in Darjeeling was created in order to alleviate the steep gradient in the hills. It was engineered by the British in 1919 to negotiate the 140 ft drastic fall of the train. The track wraps aro...
- Toy Train ride
Things To Do In West Bengal
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Cable Car Ride in Darjeeling
When it comes to talking about the famous tourist town in India, Darjeeling will be one of the top lists. It offers the tourists a magical view, peaceful atmosphere and pleasant experience. The people who like to enjoy an exciting experience, to see the whole shape of Darjeeling can try a cable car ride in Darjeeling. It is...
Mountain Biking in Darjeeling
The interest in biking in Darjeeling has gone beyond the locals; it has now become tourist attractions. However, not all Tourists will get the best out of their vacation. The only place in the country to have an exclusive Park for Biking is in Darjeeling; it has been as far back as January 2017. The popularity of Mountain B...
Ride the Toy Train in Darjeeling
Known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Toy Train in Darjeeling is the rail service provided by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The route of the train allows the passengers to explore the beautiful natural sites of Darjeeling and other nearby locations. The train gives the opportunity to explore the eastern Himalayas...
Paragliding in Darjeeling
The search for an adventure lures people to the natural beauty of Darjeeling. With the hills, mountains, and mesmerizing landscape, Darjeeling make people fall in love with it. To experience the bird-eye view, the adventure seekers indulge in Paragliding here. Paragliding in Darjeeling has become exceptionally popular among...
How To Reach West Bengal
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For those wondering how to reach West Bengal by air, it would be good to know that West Bengal can be said to be adequately well connected by air to all major destinations across the country as well as most parts of the world. Almost all private and government operated airlines offer regular flights to West Bengal. Some of the major airports of the state include the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Balurghat Airport, Bagdogra Domestic Airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Malda Airport and Cooch Behar Airport. There are a few others in the state as well, which serves mostly private aircrafts or smaller planes. The airports are all well connected to the city center, via buses and taxis.
If thinking about how to reach West Bengal by train, then the best way to reach West Bengal is via railways, since the state is very well connected to the rest of the country via high speed trains, express trains as well as passenger trains. The main railway stations of the state are in Kolkata including Howrah Railway Station and Sealdah Railway Station. In Siliguri, the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is a major one near Siliguri, whereas Asansol Junction is an important one for reaching Asansol and the nearby areas. Other important railway stations include Malda Town, Barddhaman Station, New Cooch Behar Station, Haldibari Railway Station, Azimganj Junction and Raiganj Railway Station among several others. These railway station connect almost all parts of the country, through the main cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and more to West Bengal.
Thinking about how to reach West Bengal by road? Reaching West Bengal via the road is a good and easy option. The state enjoys extensive road network, and is well connected to most major cities of India via national and state highways. The highways connect the state to neighboring states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. Even cross border roadways are well maintained and connect the state to places such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. One can drive their own vehicle, or take a bus to their destination from West Bengal. Private as well as government operated buses are easily available for passengers, with frequent rest stops and gas stations on the way. The most taken highways include NH2 and NH16 among others.
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Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingDipendar and Rajat(Travel agents from Himavat destination) were both very good coordinators and were very helpful whenever we wanted clarification before and during the trip. However, one thing i noticed was that they do not send the pictures of the hotels they are suggesting which could create confusion when we google it and see the condition of the rooms. I personally had agreed for a very bad hotel in Lava, West Bengal. When i googled the hotel name, the pictures i saw may have been from some other hotel which is why i agreed. So please ask the travel agent to share pics of the hotel before you book. Having said that, Rajat agreed to book another room immediately. I have to say that the patience of these agents was commendable. Thank you for making our trip great.
Trip to GoaDRIVER WITH VEHICLE SUPPLY IN TIME YO TIME WITH GOOD CONDITION AND COMFORTABLE AND COVER ALL RESPECTIVE POINTS AT GOA AS PER LIST OF TRAVEL BOOKING , ONLY CRUISE TICKET EARLY BOOKED 05.30 PM BUT IT IS BOOKED AT 06.30 PM FOR BETTER ENJOY. ALL THINKS ARE GOOD. I PREFER FOR OTHERS FOR BOOKING . OUR BOOKING ON 17 DEC TO 21 DEC 2018 . FROM DIPANKAR DEY ,MOB 9903063436 , ASANSOL WEST BENGAL 713301
Trip to Bhutanit was an amazing trip. The day we reached phuntsholing was unfortunately a holiday. Eventhough the travel agency managed it well by taking us to the local site seeing in West Bengal and rescheduled all tue hotels. Bhutan was an amazing experience. The staybat thimphu was not good as expected. but it was average. Overall a memorable Trip and the driver was amazing.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingSikkim driver service was too good. But West Bengal driver service was too bad. He was not on time and made us to rush here & there for flight. We were about to miss flight from Bagdogra due to him. Nathula and zero point visit
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOverall organization was good , not perfect . It was a little inconvenient . Sikkim was too good . But west Bengal part of journey was absolutely pathetic . Hotel was booked a super sketchy area. Food was bad . So not good at all. These agency should pay more attention to their customer's hospitality because any place's goodness will be reflected through the hospitality provided. 1 Sikkim , nothing has been this better. Totally enjoyed.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingAll Over very good. Enjoyed every bit of it. Mr.Arbin took care of all at every place through out. Drivers of West Bengal were bit arrogant in their communication and behavior. But Mr.Arbin has supported all through. The only thing I was really upset with Mr.Arbin and IAMHIMALAYAS travelers was things were not communicated with the drivers and drivers vendors. Like Parking Fees were included in the package and were paid by me before the tour began. But with all drivers I need to communicate with them regarding parking amount and need to arrange for a call with Mr.Arbin. All the places visited are my best memory. Playing with Snow was ultimate of them all.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingThe Trip was for 6n/7d to Gangtok-Kalimpong-Pelling-Darjeeling. The trip was well organised but the only thing which should have been better is traveling from one city to other. Gangtok to Kalimpong was longer than Pelling. Also Kalimpong was in West Bengal. The traveling was from Sikkim to West bengal then again Sikkim and then back to West Bengal. The hotels provided was good. Only in Kalimpong the hotel was not good. Bad odour water throughout. The trip went well until Darjeeling where the driver showed spots in a hurry and most of the spots as running spots where there was a sightseeing. Overall it was good experience. Sikkim - Towards Baba mandir
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingTrip2Hill representative very friendly and cooperative. All confirmed arrangement done.Always available for any information required. However the taxi drivers were not acting as guide as he should be to a tourist under him. The view of Sun Rise and its rays on Kanchenjunga before sun is visible was marvelous on 14 th Nov 16. However worst road ever seen after Sikkim border in West Bengal area while going from Pelling to Darjeeling.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingMyself and my wife booked for 9D/8N Sikkim/Darjeeling/Kalimpong trip. We selected We care Holidays as it provided us the least cost. First and foremost thanks to Madan Sir of We Care Holidays as he provided excellent support to us throughout our trip. Madan and Ajay provided us good drivers and they were gracious to provide us a KUV for our trip. (We had different drivers for sikkim and west bengal.) Commitment of Madan was excellent and experienced it many times. I share a personal friendship with him. Hotels were good and safe for women/family travellers. Food at hotels too were good. I recommend we care holidays for sikkim/Darjeeling/Kalimpong trips and looking forward to do a North Sikkim trip early next year. Watching beautiful Mt.Kanchenjunga from hotel in Pelling
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingYes Tourism.. has done good co-ordination during Trip. Over all Trips is good. however, please consider at least 3 star hotels only while in Sikkim and west bengal as lower hotel facilities are below average. .
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FAQ's of West Bengal
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West Bengal is a great place for foodies. Try to savor the fish preparations here, and the sweets.
You can club Sikkim and Orissa with your West Bengal trip.
It is very hot and humid in West Bengal during the summers and the monsoons, so make sure to carry light and airy clothes if visiting during this time. For the winter months, carry light woolens.
The ideal duration for a West Bengal tour depends on the destinations that the tourists wish to cover and the experiences they want to choose. A 4 nights, 5 day trip would ideally cover all major destinations in a hassle-free manner. However, if tourists wish to explore more offbeat destinations then a longer trip can be arranged. Consult the travel agents at Travel Triangle for more information regarding the same.
Tourists should try to visit West Bengal during the winter months, from November to February
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