West Bengal is a state situated in the eastern region of the country. It shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Sikkim, Assam and also Bangladesh. It has been the home to many cultural and political revolutions in the past and it has a rich heritage and culture. Along with these a tourist can also look forward to many scenic and beautiful places to visit in the state. The state has sea beaches, temples, forests and wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations. So as a tourist enjoy the diversity that this state has to offer and visit its many beautiful locations. The top tourist destinations in the state are:
Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal. It is one of the most important and historically significant cities of India. As it used to be the British capital you will see a lot of early British architecture around the city. The city is one of the oldest in India and it is said that it is two thousand years old. There are many historical sites to visit in the city and on your visit you should enjoy the rich culture that the city exudes. Top destinations in the city are the Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, National Library and the science city among many more.
Shantiniketan meaning abode of peace was established by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore. He was allured by the beauty and peace of the land and established a home there. With time the vision of Rabindranath Tagore led to the foundation of the Vishwa Bharati University based out of Shantiniketan. It is home to many festivals like the Poush Mela in December, Jaydev Mela in January and the Basanta Utsav during holi. Visiting the place during these times will give you a captivating cultural experience. You can listen to the legendary Baul singers singing to their heart’s content and you will find a peace exclusive to this beautiful land. Even during other times of the year you can visit the place and bask in the tranquility and beauty of its surroundings.
Dooars is a region in the northern part of West Bengal on the foothills of the Himalayas. Here you will be spell bound by the enchanting natural beauty surrounding you. Driving through Dooars will help you to an experience of a lifetime as the lush green surroundings cut through huge hills and the great Himalayan range visible in the distant sky. It’s also famous for its bio diversity; you will find many wild life animals as well as different species of plants, fruits and flowers. The main attractions here are the Gorumara National park, Jaldapara wild life Sanctuary and the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Bankura lies in the western region of the state of West Bengal. The place is rich in history and art and offers diverse topics for contemplation and discussion. The place also has great trekking and hiking spots. Top destinations are susuniya hills, Mukutmonipur dam, Garh Darwaja and Nara Narayan temple.
One of the most historic cities in India, Murshidabad was the capital city of Bengal before the British shifted it to Kolkata. It is one of the oldest civilized locations in India. The town is located on the Bhagirathi River and has many significant and historic sites for tourists to see and explore. The Hazarduari palace museum, Nasipur Palace, Imambara, Wasef Manzil, Katgola etc are few exciting sites for tourists.
Bishnupur is mainly known for ancient temples which date back to the 15th century. Exploring the area you will discover that the rulers of this place had a great taste for art, culture, paintings, music, etc. The ancient buildings are proof that this place was rich in its artistic persuasions. Some of the top attractions for tourist in Bishnupur are Gate of old Fort, Radha Govinda temple, Pancha Ratna temple, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sarbamangala temple and many more.
Sunderbans are a part of a larger mangrove forest which is majorly situated in Bangladesh. A small part of it is situated in India in the state of West Bengal. The Sunderbans are home to a huge tiger reserve and these tigers are called the Royal Bengal Tigers. It is also home to a diverse wild life and flora and fauna. The site is world heritage declared by the UNESCO. Tourists will absolutely enjoy this huge delta and nature lovers are bound to be enchanted by the beauty of this forest.
Digha is an absolute favourite with many travellers in West Bengal. It is a sea side town with a long sea beach touching the Bay of Bengal. There are many hotels in Digha for tourists and the place is always hustling with travellers. If you prefer a quiter sea side experience you can always go to Mondarmoni, Shankarpur or Tajpur which are adjacent to and near Digha.
Dakhineswar houses the very famous Ma Kaali temple. It is very close to Kolkata and many pilgrims visit this temple all round the year. This temple is of extreme spiritual importance to all pilgrims and is a must visit if you are a spiritual Hindu.
This little town houses the huge ISKCON temple. Mayapur is the head quarters of the ISKCON movement. The temple is spread across a huge area and has many buildings so as to allow pilgrims to stay for the desired period. Tourists can also cross the river to Nabadwip and revel in the history of that place.