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West Bengal is situated in east India, with Bangladesh abutting most of its eastern border. The states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar lie on its west and its northern parts touch Assam and Sikkim, as well as the international borders of Bhutan and Nepal. Till 1947 this state was part of the larger Bengal region, which was split up into west Bengal and east Pakistan (which later became Bangladesh). This partition means that a chicken's neck strip of narrow land (just 21-40km in width) in West Bengal joins the landmass of India to its northeastern states.

 

South of the chicken's neck, West Bengal is a fertile agriculture-based plain that produces a lot of rice. The plain ends in the Ganges's delta, where the mighty river (called Hooghly in this state) flows into the Bay of Bengal. The estuary is known as the Sunderbans, the world's largest Mangrove forests that is a UNESCO heritage site. This network of creeks, canals, and rivulets, is home to tigers that are adapted to living in such a watery environment.

 

North of the neck, is the Himalayan region, with British colonial-era hill stations like Darjeeling, Kuseong and Kalimpong. Darjeeling district at heights of 750-2000m produces high-quality Darjeeling tea, which is a world famous brand name in itself. In India, West Bengal is most associated with being governed by a Communist Party the CPI-(M) for nearly 30 years, making it the world's longest ruling democratically elected communist regime.

 

The capital Kolkata (popularly known by its former name Calcutta), a metro city with an international airport and good infrastructure, is a suitable base for travelling in eastern India. Till 1911 Calcutta was the capital of British India, and Victorian buildings and churches from that time survive in today's crowded city. Nearby are the Belur math and the Dakshineshwar temple, associated with 19th-century saint Ramakrishna Paramhansa. West Bengal also has ancient monuments such as the ruins of the Gaur empire in Malda district and the unique terracotta temples of Bishnupur. A popular sea-side resort is Digha.

 

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Arindam Roy
  • Arindam Roy
  • 1 Review

"Mayapur"

  • Posted Jan 22, 2013
This is a Holy place of GOD Lord Shree krishna .There is no pollution, noise of a city .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Total veg foods & u can get all kinds of ur favorite veg dishes.

Activities & things to do: Prayers & Boating in the river

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best travel by car otherwise by train
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Sudhakar Singh
  • Sudhakar Singh
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 12 Reviews

"Ganga Sagar 2012"

  • Posted Jan 24, 2012
Ganga sagar is an holy place of India during mela there is so much rush like in 2012 15th January around 8 lakhs people were there.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food - Typical Bangali Food like Preboiled rice, pulses and vegetables
Ganga Sagar and Kapil Muni Asram.

Activities & things to do: Taking a holy dip in Ganga Sagar.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Any one can go From howrah station to kakdwip or namkhana by bus or private vehicle, or First came from howrah to Sealdah and then take a local train from there but it is a difficult job to catch the train during mela time because of rush. After that from kakdwip or namkhand you have to take steamer again during mela you have to wait for steamer aroung 3-4 hrs.After half an hour journey of steamer you can reach in Kachiburia from there you again you can take private vehicle or bus to reach in main place.
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Susmita Basu
  • Susmita Basu
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Darjeeling Dist."

  • Posted Dec 17, 2011
Recently, I was in a vacation to the queen of hills, and the entire district of Darjeeling covering the likes of: Mirik, Mongpoo, Maneybhanjan, Sandakphu, Darjeeling, Delo, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Lava, RIshyap, Jorepokhri, Teesta Bazar. Needless to mention, we had a fabulous holiday.. the hills hadn't started welcoming the winter as yet last month, and enjoying the sleeping Budhha over Mt. Kanchendzongha, sipping Darjeeling tea, gorging mouth watering chinese food, clicking for the albums, learning various tree names from the hills... aha! the eastern himalayas are so mighty serene. Quiet yet robusts, it renders a lilting touch to ur memory! The red pandas at the Darjeeling zoo added to the extravagence.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Chinese food rock, and don't forget to taste the Darjeeling tea at Nathmulls, Darjeeling or breakfast at Glenary's. Shopping at Darjeeling mall stays a favourite to many when people like to stock upon the woollens.

Activities & things to do: Paragliding at Darjeeling, white water river rafting at Teesta Bazaar.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best time to travel: March to October.
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Arijit Pal
  • Arijit Pal
  • Highlander
  • 6 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Tajpur...the unspoiled hamlet."

  • Posted Aug 20, 2011
Tajpur lies in between familiar tourist spots Shankarpur and Mandarmoni, near Digha, East-Midnapore.Tajpur is far away from hustle and bustle of the city-life. It is an ideal week-end destination for a tired mind. The beach is flat, calm and clean in the backdrop of blue sky and the Bay of Bengal. The approach toward the beach is through dense vegetations of ever-green casurina trees. The birds welcome a relaxed soul till the sounds of waves break the silence. And, the Tajpur remains undermentioned, unless and until I recall the very sight of marching bright red crabs in tandem during low-tides. Be there and rejuvinate yourself.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The hotels or resorts at Tajpur mostly offer fooding and lodging packages. We were very satisfied with the arrangements. This is not a shopper's paradise like Digha. Regarding sight-seeing, if you wish so, you are in close proximity to Digha, Shankarpur and Mandarmani.

Activities & things to do: Bath in the smooth waves until your mind is full and the stomach becomes empty. Plenty of chances to find out several molluscs, arthropods and echinoderms on the beach. We went for an adventurous coastal trek from Tajpur to Mandarmoni and, on the way, we had to cross a river twice with approximately 4.5 ft depth of water and a mild undercurrent. It was slendid. Go for it.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Tajpur is about 180 km from Kolkata. Cross the Hooghly river via any of the 3 bridges and then head for Mumbai Road. After Kolkaghat, take the left diversion toward Digha. Cross Contai, then Chaulkhola (Mandarmoni) and then a little before Balisahi, turn left, opposite to Fisheries office (landmark: oikkotan club). From here Tajpur is 5 to 6 kms away.
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Nabamita D
  • Nabamita D
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 45 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Kalimpong"

  • Posted Aug 26, 2010
Kalimpong is one of the beautiful hill stations which is still untouched by the waves of commercialization. The entire route from Salugara to Kalimpong soothes the eyes with serene green mountains, densely vegetated valleys and waterfalls. The Teesta river boldly cuts through the valley and adds up to the beauty of the hills. The weather is pleasant, there r bouts of rains due to the passing clouds though. The hills are misty and the serenity calms the human mind to a large extent.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not very cheap, Chinese being easily available and the most popular cuisine. Food quality is decent in most of the restaurants.

It is not a shopping destination at all.

Activities & things to do: Not much of activities can be done in Kalimpong as it is out an out a hilly destinations with not so developed people.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach Kalimpong, one has to travel by road from NJP. To reach NJP by train one can take Darjeeling Mail, the most preferred one from Kolkata or flights are available till Bagdogra, from where one has to take NH31A
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Prithwis Chandra
  • Prithwis Chandra
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"Mayapur, ISKCON Temple"

  • Posted Mar 2, 2010
Mayapur is the head quarter of ISKCON society and the Holy place for Hindu regions. We visited that place during Winter, January 2010.
I would say the best time to go Mayapur is during winter or spring, from October till March.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: If you stay inside the ISKCON campus, then you can avail the daily Prasadam(full meal) during lunch and dinner time. Of course, you have to stand in a long queue. The meal is very tasty and absolutely they will serve veg meal. The cost is just Rs 40 to 45 for lunch meal and dinner meal is just Rs 25.
There are many Hindu temples in Mayapur. Definitely you should plan to visit those temples also. ISKCON offers a boat riding on river Ganges and the cost is just Rs15. You can see the banks of river Ganges and various Ghats of Nabadwip.

Activities & things to do: We were heavily involved in Bhajan and Kirtan during our stay over there. We woke up early in the morning and reached the main assembly hall by 4:30PM to see the Arati.
Every Saturday, during evening there is a spectacular elephant procession. Luckily we saw that procession where beautiful ladies from different countries were dancing.

Inside the ISKCON campus there are many well maintained gardens. You can pass your leisure time in those gardens.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kolkata there are many ways to go Mayapur.
We planned to go there through train. Nearest station is Krishnagar or Nabadwip. From Krishnagar station, there is direct Bus service to go ISKCON.
You also can catch any auto from Krishnagar station and ask to go Mayapur Ghat. From there you need to cross a small river called Jalangi and you will reached Mayapur.
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Parag Paul choudhury
  • Parag Paul choudhury
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"A unique sea-side spot - Mandarmoni"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2009
Recently we visited Mandarmoni, a unique beach town. We were there for 5 nights /6days, and quality time we spent. The most uniqueness about Mandarmoni is - its beach.
1} Stretched over 13kms. this beach is hard as a nut top. There is no road as yet, hence to go from one side of the beach to the other end you just drive your car/vehicle.
2} All resorts are on the beach. You just walk out of the resort gate and the beach starts.
3} The water during the hi-tide touches the resort gate, and recedes to about 40meters suring low-tide.
To enjoy Mandarmoni stay at any of the resorts, not in hotels as they are far away from the beach and there are no proper public roads to the beach.
4} from slightly expansive room rent to very reasonable rent, you name it, they are all there waiting for you.
5} Mandarmoni has no electricity, but that will not dampen your spirit, as every resort has giant generators and a/c rooms are in abundance.
6} Mandarmoni's approach road from Digha - Kolkata road is not mettaled. This 12km stretch is a little tedious, but enjoyable experience.
7} While in Mandarmoni don't expect a liquor shop supply, since there are none. So either carry your stock or prepare to drive down to any of the 2 nearby towns for your supply.
So take a decision visit this 'VERY DIFFERENT' seaside experience, I promise you will love it.
--- Take your own vehicle.
---- For food avoid stuff sold on the beach.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Palki - highly recommended
Other good joints are all in the resorts only.

Activities & things to do: Just CHILL OUT in the beach, dont have much to do.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Drive down from Kokata to Digha. Stop at Chowlkhola/14mile, turn left to Mandarmoni.
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Jamil Sayed
  • Jamil Sayed
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 7 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Don't confine yourself to only Darjeeling town"

  • Posted Apr 5, 2009
When next time you visit Darjeeling, you take a private car from Siliguri/NewJalpaiguri Station or Bagdogra Airport. You may get also share taxis/jeeps. Vehicles are easily available. Drivers will run behind you! Try to go to Darjeeling through Pankhabari Road, instead of main Road - it is a wonderful experience.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You will see Ghoom Monastery, Tiger Hill, Zoo, Zoological Museum (very near to Mall/Chowrasta). You may go to Tenzing rock, Bhutia Bustee Monastery, Bhutia Rehabilitation Centre, Lebong Race Course. After that, You must go to Jorpokhri, Lepcha Jagat, Mirik Lake.

Activities & things to do: Try to go to Takda and Moongpoo. You may stay at Tinchule at the beautiful resort of Gurung family. You may go to the confluence of Rangit and Teesta rivers - it is a life time experience. You may enjoy Rafting in Teesta river at Chitrey Tourist Lodge. Chitrey is situated at the bank of Teesta in the way to Sikim/Kalimpong.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Beware of Touts. Always touts and middlemen will follow you. When you enter a hotel, a tout will appear behind you. So the rate will be increased, because the hotel owner must have to pay the tout without any reason. Park Hotel, Glenaries and Caventers are good places for eating out.
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Priyanka Rajwar
  • Priyanka Rajwar
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 46 photos
  • 14 Reviews

"The Virgin Beach"

  • Posted Feb 10, 2009
Ever since I moved to Kolkata from Delhi,I wanted to find out the best beaches along the West Bengal Coast. I heard about Digha all the time and didnt find it upto the mark. Too crowded and rocky for me! However, I heard about Mandarmani from a few people here and decided to explore. Internet offered a lot of information and I decided to take a vacation there.
The first thing I'd heard about the beach was the 11km road that runs on the beach and I definately enjoyed the ride. Its a truly virgin beach, hidden from all pomp and show of Beach places!!
A neat beach stretched as far as you can see and red crabs to keep you company. Nothing compares to this beach. Swim in the waters for as long as you fancy (without the hassle of being watched) There's not even a soul around. Lounge on the beach chairs while you bask in the sun with Beer and the day would fly past you. Watch the waves and the crabs walking sideways. The sound of the waves would lift your spirit and you would want to stay there forever. For a group of friends its the best place to look back upon the days gone by and for a couple in love its the best place to kindle the romance.
Mandarmani is a virgin beach so far and I'd recommend it to everybody before it gets wasted like the others.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food stalls can be found on the beach, especially out side the resort 'Sana Beach' The Prawns are too good and so are the Red Crabs (speciality of Mandarmani)
The only sight, worth seeing is the BEACH! You would not want to leave it anyway. No shopping anywhere except for some terracota stuff that Sana Beach Resort sells inside an exclusive shop they have.

Activities & things to do: One thing that we enjoyed doing is taking a ride along the beach on an open Rickshaw It was fun. We went to the far end of the beach and clicked pictures along the way.
The only thing that you should do there is to get into the water and get out when you need to catch a beer!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By Car: Its the same road that goes to Digha except that 16-20 kms before Digha you need to turn left towards Mandarmani (You cannot miss the sign boards there)
By Bus: There are Deluxe/ semi deluxe buses plying from Kolkata that can drop you at the Mandarmani crossing. You can hire a local taxi or similar vehicles to reach Mandarmani. If you have a booking with a resort in advance you can ask them for a pick and drop facility
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Soumen Dutta
  • Soumen Dutta
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 10 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"Mandarmoni-A sea side destination with a difference"

  • Posted Nov 7, 2007
Very few people outside West Bengal Knows about Mandarmoni. Its a beautiful sea side destination near Digha. Mandarmoni boasts of a very long 13 km stretch of sea beach.The most important thing is you can drive along the beach.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is good. Try different types of Fish. No shops & no sight seeing. Only watching the vast stretch of sea.

Activities & things to do: Swimming in the sea. Sitting on the beach for long hours.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kolkata take Kona Expressway. Then take Mumbai Road and reach Kolaghat. From Kolkaghat one has to reach Contai. From Contai town drive 12.3 kms. and you will reach a very small village called Chowlkhola. Turn left & drive approx. 10 kms till you reach a serene sea side village called Dadan-e Patra. From there drive down the beach approx six kms. to reach your hotel. 8/9 hotels are available. The best three are Sana Brach Resort,Rose Valley & Debraj Resort. No electricity is available. All the three hotels run on generator. AC available in Sana & Rose Valley.
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