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Tourist Places To Visit In West Bengal
West Bengal, also known as Paschimbanga, is the India's fourth most populous state, and is located in the eastern region. With Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) as its capital, Paschimbanga is home to the ferocious Bengal Tiger, the famous mishit doi and roshogolla, and the world renowned Durga Pooja. Exquisitely slow-paced and bursting-at-the-seams with people, West Bengal is also known for its sweetness and poise, qualities that make it a place one must surely visit. Here are 5 top tourist places to visit West Bengal for you.
The capital of West Bengal with a name that rolls beautifully on the tongue, Kolkata is a place you just cannot afford to miss. Most cricket fanatics might know Kolkata for the famous cricket stadium, Eden Gardens. But Kolkata is much more than that; it houses honey-tongued people, nostalgia inducing streets and a vintage aura that will take your breath away. And if you are the romantic kind, a walk along the Hooghly river, a boat cruise under the starlit sky at Outram Ghat or a ride in a tuk tuk will make Kolkata all the more memorable for you.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Darjeeling is the region's wonderful tea. A quaint little mountain city in West Bengal, Darjeeling is all they make it out to be in the movies - nippy, picturesque and home to the world's best tea! Internationally known for its cultural diversity and the elegant Buddhist monasteries, Darjeeling will fill you with an awe that you will not be able to shake off for a long time. Do not conclude your West Bengal trip without visiting this neat little Himalayan city.
A scenic city nestled at the Himalayan foothills; Siliguri is a contemporary town showing off a number of gorgeous condominiums lined along the landscape. Widely known for its lush tea gardens and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Siliguri will take your breath away with its prominent old-world charm blooming into something modern and cosmopolitan. Take in the fresh air and sumptuous greenery in and around this town for your West Bengal trip to really feel complete.
A large, plush mangrove forest spread across Bangladesh and West Bengal in India, the Sundarbans also enjoy pride of place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to Bengal Tigers and Spotted Deer, the Sundarbans are everything you imagined and much more. Bask in the pristine air while being cocooned in the lushness of this forest, and go for a wildlife safari for your most impressive West Bengal experience.
An official city all on its own, Howrah is obviously known for the Howrah Bridge on the river Hooghly. Located on the western bank of the river, Howrah is known for its olden aura despite being a twin city to Kolkata. This vintage appeal is a very distinguishing quality that separates it from the rest of the Paschimbanga cities.
A coastal town in West Bengal, Digha is the refreshing getaway any state needs. With its stunning beaches and a chill out vibe, the resort town attracts visitors from far and wide, especially in hot summer months. Some of its highlight tourist places include the Old Digha Sea Beach by the Bay of Bengal, New Digha Sea Beach, Chandaneswar Shiv Temple and the Amarabati Park. Also, do visit the Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) that houses some sea snakes, rays and even sharks.
Kalimpong is a quiet hill town, with its Himalayan foothill-type of climate and the British era houses, roads and churches. A definite summer destination to escape the heat of plains, Kalimpong fascinates travellers with its mix of sights; from the Teesta River to the Durpin Monastery, MacFarlane Memorial Church to the lush and beautiful Deolo Park. There are bazars here as well as fruits orchards, nurseries with blooms in every season and quaint hillocks to picnic. It is an all-round hill station spot.
Cooch Behar draws its massive popularity from its royal family, and the fact that it is the hometown of Gayathri Devi, the most beautiful princess India has ever known, who married into the royal family of Sawai Madhopur. Cooch Behar is a mix of traditional Bengali lifestyle and royal remnants, from palaces to summer houses, temples to royal courts. Visit Rajbari, which is the royal palace of the Kings of Cooch Behar, surrounded by royal buildings. There are also a few temples of devi and Madan Mohan (Krishna) for you to explore.