West Bengal has some of the best known tourist spots of natural and historical importance.
It is a great destination for art lovers, culture enthusiasts, sports lovers and admirers of history and architecture. From high mountains to beautiful beaches and serene forests, West Bengal has a lot to offer.
Nestled in a steep ridge of the Lesser Himalayas, the mesmerising locales, lush green tea plantations, and wonderful climate make Darjeeling the Queen of Hills. It is noted for its tea industry, the magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga (world’s third highest mountain peak) that it provides, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sunderbans are the world’s largest mangrove and offer a wildlife safari like no other. Spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger and freshwater crocodiles are common in these marshes. The most sought after seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal is Digha. Rocky beaches and great cuisine attracts thousands of tourists round the season to Digha.
The northern part of the state offers the Dooars regions on the foothills of the Darjeeling Himalayas. The Jaldapara and Buxa wildlife sanctuaries, the Gorumara Tiger Reserve offer a plethora of wildlife including elephants, Indian rhinos, deer, and tigers, apart from the calm and tranquillity of nature.
Historic places in the state would definitely have Bankura-Bishnupur, Murshidabad, Coochbehar, and Kolkata on the list. While Bankura-Bishnupur is famous for wonderful ancient terracotta temple; Murshidabad is Bengal’s city of Nawabs and has wonderful Islamic style architecture.
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and the cultural capital of the country. Several historic places, like the South Park Street Cemetery, Jorasanko (Tagore’s birthplace), Dakhshineshwar Kali Temple, Belur Monastery, Victoria Meorial stand scattered throughout the city. While in Bengal, the Bengali cuisine and desserts are a must try.