The state of West Bengal lies in the eastern region of India sprawling from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south. Once the epicenter of British colonial activities of India, it has still the traces of the British time reflecting in its architecture and old heritage buildings. West Bengal tourism has shown growth in the past few years with the mix of ethnic and modern prevailing in the culture and a wide number of tourist attractions.
The topography of West Bengal is varied in nature. The Himalayan Range in the northern part of the state represents the highest point with Assam and Sikkim sharing the borders. The Gangetic plains cover a large portion of West Bengal followed by the delta regions of Sunderbans in the south as huge wildlife tourist attraction and the tip of Bengal ending in to the Bay of Bengal. West Bengal is surrounded by the neighboring countries of Nepal and Bhutan on the north and Bangladesh on the east. This varied topographical nature provides the traveler to explore nature at its best.
Kolkata – A Story of Three Villages
Kalikata, Gobindpur and Sutanuti, the three villages together formed the city of Calcutta or Kolkata founded by the British administrator Job Charnock..The capital city of Kolkata situated on the river Hooghly is also called the cultural capital of India. It is a major tourist hub and is rightly called the “City of Joy.”
This city of noble laureates has significant tourist attractions like Victoria Memorial, the iconic Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Marble Palace, Kalighat Temple, Birla Planetarium, Fort William and many more. The heritage buildings and monuments represent the British architecture while the old zamindar baris and havelis depict the architectural style of West Bengal.
Art and Culture of West Bengal
From the famous lines “ Ekala Cholo Re” by Rabindranath Tagore to the celestial Baul music going international today, the art of Bengal comprises of a variety of dances, paintings, sculpture and other forms of art. The ethnicity in the art of Bengal is the chief attraction worldwide.
Handlooms and textiles of every region in Bengal have its own story. Santiniketan is the first choice of the tourist to explore the art of West Bengal.
The 'adda culture' is a part and parcel of the daily lives of the people in the state. People gather in groups and chat. These groups can be noticed on many crossings across the streets of every city and town of West Bengal.
Sweet to Spicy-Appetising Cuisine
The Bengali cuisine today has become the first choice of the chefs all over the world. The variety can be noticed not only in the topography of the place but also in the cuisine of West Bengal. From the lip smacking delicacies of the Mughalai cuisine like Biryani and Mughalai Paratha to the traditional dishes of Bengali cuisine like Macher Jhol or Bengali Fish Curry.
Fairs and Festivals
Fairs and festivals are a significant part of the tourism of West Bengal. Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Jagadhattri Puja are the famous festivals where the different forms of female power is worshiped. The Ganga Sagar Mela attracts thousands of devotees every year. However, the cosmopolitan culture brings together people of all sects, castes and religions to celebrate all festivals with the same enthusiasm.
Tourism in West Bengal
West Bengal Tourism offers you a wide scope of wondering into a mixed world of old and new. The wildlife adventures at Sunderbans, Bakkhali, Murti, Birbhum, religious bowing at Tarapith, traveling through the scenic beauty of Darjeeling and Mongpong or paying a visit to the heritage at Kolkata, Murshidabad and Santiniketan, West Bengal is a full of excitement.
Climate in West Bengal
The climate of West Bengal is tropical in nature in the south and subtropical in nature in the north. It has four distinct seasons with hot and humid summers and cold winters. The pattern of rainfall is varied throughout the state.