West Bengal Tourism

West Bengal Tourism


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West Bengal

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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Debasish Bhadra

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  • Debasish Bhadra
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 9 Reviews
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"Mindblowing Mithon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
For the last 15 years I go to Maithon every year. There are three reasons lying behind. 1stly, the serene nature. 2ndly, the famous Kalyaneswari temple. And 3rdly, the delicious food of the DVC guest house called Mazumdar Nivas. One can book the rooms here from its head office at DVC TOWERS, near Bidhannagar crossing at Rs 750 for economy and Rs 1500 for AC suite (phone : 033-6607-2124/2149). Your trip to Maithon will be incomplete unless you stay here.

Although there are a few resting places like Hotel Shantinivas, a Tourist Lodge and some other hotels too. However, we boarded on Ispat Ex from Howrah stn at 6.15 am and reached Kumardhubi at about 10 am. Sitting reservation will do. You may reach Asansol station from anywhere in India and book a cab for a 45 minute journey to Maithon. There is minibus service too from Asansol. Last year December the environment was almost magical.

From Kumardubi station we hired an auto at Rs 150 to reach Maithon (12 km). In Mithun river Barakar is imprisoned to construct a huge dam, the main attraction of Mithun. To its three sides there are green hills and over the dam another state Jharkhand will welcome you. The road is through the hills. We had to get down a few steps to cross a cantilever bridge to reach Mazumder Nivas which is situated on an island within the dam. One may spend hours sitting on this bridge. From the midway of the bridge if you look back, you can first see the vast expanse of azure water, then gradually you could see the verdurous green hills and over them the blue sky. I bet you will be spellbound with the beauty of nature.

After lunch we were amazed to see the host of flowers planted and nursed very carefully all around the guest house. In the evening we walked past the road over the dam to go to the other end. Photography is strictly prohibited while you are on this very road. There are many shops and fast food centre at the other end. Next day, we went to offer prayers and puja to Kalyaneswari temple (only 2km) early in the morning to avoid crowd by auto which is available at the guest house gate. Then we hired a car and visited panchet dam. There was a beautiful park full of flowers and kids' arena called Nehru park. This trip may take 2.30/3 hours at the cost of Rs 800-1000.

Coming back, having a delicious lunch at a very minimum rate (veg Rs 40, fish @ 50, chicken @ 70-80) we again crossed the road over the dam to visit the deer park. If you speak with the manager, he would arrange a tour to go and witness the activity of the power project and a nearby coal mine.

However, one may take a boating ride in the dam which is awesome. In the evening, when all the lights are on in the far and nearby localities of the hills around, the vista becomes spectacular! We stayed here for two days. An auto was booked to carry us to Kumardubi stn next day before sunrise because our train Coalfield EX was due at 6:20 am.
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Ashok kumar Yadav

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  • Ashok kumar Yadav
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A beautiful nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is near god's nature. It touched our heart to come again and again. Here there are many sites to see nature like tea garden, zoo, rope way and sun rise point and so many sites. It really touched heart. I will come here again and again with my family and friends. And I love it.
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Smriti Das

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  • Smriti Das
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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Super Duper journey"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2016
We're six persons, so hired a Xylo for our Taki trip. 26th December 2015, in the morning seven o'clock we started our journey from Kolkata to Taki. It took near about three hours to reach the destination. In between this period we halted for a tea break for half an hour. Taki is a nice place located in the bank of Ichamati river. This place is close to Kolkata so one can make a weekend trip here. Beautiful view of Ichamati river is obviously attractive and on the other side of the river is Bangladesh Khulna dist. There is a border line in the river assuming half is for India and other half for Bangladesh. Boat riding was super. Boats are must to hoist a country flag. Swimming is not allowed and strictly prohibited. Surrounding beauty both sided of the river is awesome. It was a super trip with school mates.
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Pallavi Sapre

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  • Pallavi Sapre
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nature's shrine -Sunderbans"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 7, 2015
The Sunderbans is the largest delta and the largest mangrove forest in the world. Huge, magnificent and foreboding, the allure of the endless stretches of water and mangroves is magnetic. Most trips to the Indian Sunderbans begin at the Sonakhali jetty. Sonakhali (on the River Hogol) is 90 kms from Kolkata ( 21/2 hour drive) and is the start of the chain of waterways that are a feature of the land of a hundred islands. From Sonakhali, a slow and comfortable Motor Launch carries you down the Durgaduani Channel past densely inhabited islands. We reached Sunderban Tiger Resort in the village Jamespur, around 3 pm. The journey took us near 5 hours from the time we left home. This resort bordered by the Gumdi on the south, the mighty River Bidya on the north, Khanakhali on the west and the Duragaduani on the east. The resort is located on the banks of the Gumdi and overlooks the Sunderban Tiger Reserve and National Park. Sunderbans is blessed day with immense natural beauty. You can see different variety of birds, crocodiles, and if very lucky you can spot The king Royal Bengal Tiger crossing river or in jungle. You can make a trip for 2-3 days. We were in boat for for 2 days, spending night at resort in a village. Full day you can move in boat sighting wild life. Food is served on boat. So can have excitement of wild life and leisure to be in calm back waters at a same time.
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Pritam Maity

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  • Pritam Maity
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Beautiful West Bengal"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2015
Few month ago I visited west Bengal after visiting I come to know that its a place with natural beauty, historical monuments and specially the food of Bengal just yummy whether your veg or non- veg & don't forget to take the taste of rasgulla(Rosogolla).
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Arun kumar Chatterjee

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  • Arun kumar Chatterjee
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  • Lives in Durgapur
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"What religious beauty is i got to know"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2014
To visit Mayapur during RAS festival is a worth experience. I have ever visited in my life. There is a prayer festival call DEEP DAN. The beauty of the campus, food accommodation etc was excellent. Had I ever get a chance I will visit the place many times in my life. The beautiful religious festivals in the temple campus kept us busy all the day. This place is easily reachable from Kolkata by bus or train. One can go to NABADWeep for a day crossing the JALANGI river by boat. That too is a beautiful experience.
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Arindam Roy

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"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

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  • Sudhakar Singh
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  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"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

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  • Susmita Basu
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"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

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"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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