For a traveller visiting the eastern parts of India, West Bengal is the first destination in his journey. West Bengal offers natural diversity to her visitors. It offers views of snow-covered peaks in the north, the diverse flora, fauna, and wildlife in the Terai region. The southern part of West Bengal boasts of the largest river delta, the Sundarbans. The coastal strip here extends from the Gangetic delta to the border of Orissa.
The City of Joy
The historical Howrah Bridge welcomes you to the ‘City of Joy’. Kolkata used to be the capital of India during the British colonial era. That has provided the place with a very rich architectural heritage. Victoria Memorial, which was built in memory of Queen Victoria, now houses a museum. St. Paul’s Cathedral, noted for its gothic architecture, was built in 1847 and is the first cathedral built in the overseas territory of the British empire.
If you travel north, West Bengal offers a view of the snow covered peaks of the greater Himalayas. The “Queen of the Hills”, Darjeeling is famous for the aromatic Darjeeling tea. The Darjeeling Himalayan railways is a world heritage site. Tiger Hills in Darjeeling offers a panoramic view of the majestic Kanchenjunga. The highest peak in this region is Sandakphu.
The lower Himalayan region is known as ‘Doors’, the gateway. This region is famous for the wildlife sanctuaries. If you want to visit with the elegant red pandas, you should head to Neora Valley National Park.T his region houses a number of endangered species like Indian tiger, Asian elephant, Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear etc.
Largest River Delta
The confluence of the river Ganga has given rise to the largest river delta in the world, the Sunderbans. The majestic Royal Bengal tigers reside in the swamps of this deltaic region. This territory achieved its name from the Sundari mangrove trees in the forest.
West Bengal offers a number of sites to delights those who love history and archaeology. Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad was built in the Indo-European style in 1837. The Cooch Behar palace was designed on the model of Buckingham Palace during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. A number of temples in the Bankura-Bishnupur region display ancient terracotta work.
The coastal strip of West Bengal offers a number of seaside tourist places. Amidst them, Digha is the most popular among the residents of the state. Unexplored beaches of Mandarmani and Tajpur hold their own allure. Bakkhali and Frazerganj are clean, uncrowded beaches that attract tourist with its natural beauty and the raw charm of the sea.
You can visit West Bengal at any time of the year, but the winter season is most comfortable. Just disembark at the Howrah station or the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport, and head to the destination you find most exciting.