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West Bengal

West Bengal Tourism - A Gateway to Dreams

West Bengal is located in the eastern part of India and is gateway to the other states in eastern region of the country. West Bengal shares the border with Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa on west and the state touches Assam, Sikkim on north. Three international frontiers Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh are the neighbours. West Bengal stretches from the Himalayan terrains in the north to the waters of Bay of Bengal in south. West Bengal celebrates all cultural and religious festivals with high spirit. It is a cosmopolitan state with widest variety of nature and attractions. West Bengal has all the diversities of natural beauty which is a traveller’s and tourist’s dream.

Geographical location of West Bengal
West Bengal lies on the eastern part of the country, extending from the Bay of Bengal to the south to the Himalayan mountain range in the north. The state is situated between 21°38’ and 27°10’ North latitude and 85°50’ and 89°50’ East longitude.

Some interesting facts and figures about West Bengal
State area: 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq miles).
Elevation: The tallest point in West Bengal is Sandakphu or Sandakfu with an altitude of 12,400 feet or 3,636 meters.
Climate: The weather of West Bengal ranges from tropical savannah in the southern areas to moist subtropical in the north. The principal seasons in the state are summer, monsoon or rainy season, a brief autumn, as well as winter. Though the summer months in the delta areas feature too much moisture, the uplands in the west witness an arid summer, similar to the areas in the northern part of the country. During the summer months, the mercury can rise to 38°C (100°F) - 45°C (113°F) in the daytime. During nighttime, a cold southern wind brings humidity from the Bay of Bengal. During the beginning of summer, short spells of thunderstorms and tempests called as "Kal-baisakhi" frequently come from the north and northwest directions. The rainy season gets precipitation to the entire state and the season spans from the month of June to September. The state obtains the Bay of Bengal segment of the Indian Ocean rain which flows in a northwest direction. In West Bengal, the winter season spans from December to January and it is gentle over the flat terrains and the mean minimum temperature is 59°F or 15°C. A cool and arid northern breeze flows during this season, and this reduces the extent of moisture by a considerable amount. Nonetheless, the Himalayan mountain area in Darjeeling witnesses a severe winter, and there are sporadic snowfalls at certain areas.
Rainfall: The average annual rainfall in West Bengal is 175 cm.
Largest city: Kolkata
Capital city: Kolkata
Population: 91,347,736 (2011)
Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee
Languages spoken: Bengali, English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Best season to visit: From October to January.

State symbols
Animal: Fishing cat
Bird: White-throated kingfisher
Tree: Devil tree
Flower: Night-flowering Jasmine

Places of interest in West Bengal:

 
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and one of the four metropolitan cities in India. Kolkata with its colourful people with their rapidly changing lifestyle and modernisation is a new city now and has become one of the top and main tourist attractions in eastern region of India. There are a wide variety of tourist spots in Kolkata and around the city. Read More....
 
When we talk about jungle safari in West Bengal, the two places that come in mind are the terrain area and the foothills of the north east Himalayan range called Dooars and Sunderbans in south. Let us first takeyou to Dooars. The name is derived from the word Doors because Dooars is the gateway to the hills in north Bengal, Sikkim, north eastern states in India and Bhutan, our neighbouring country. Dooars extends from the district of Jalpaiguri to Cooch Behar. North Bengal is divided into Hills and Doors region when we talk about tourism. Tourists from all over India and abroad comes to Dooars to taste and feel the adventure in the forests and jungles of Dooars region. Read More....
 
The divine seems to come alive when visiting the magnificent temples of West Bengal. They have stood witness to intense history of religion of people in the state. West Bengal is home to many important Hindu temples like Dakshineswar Temple and Kalighat Kali Temple that have made Bengal the a must visit for Hindu pilgrims. Not only are these temples visited by pilgrims; tourists too come here to experience the beauty of their architectural splendor. West Bengal is truly a secular state and tolerates many religion. You will find centuries old churches and mosques that have grown alongside the many Hindu Temples. Kolkata is the best example of unity in diversity as far as religion is concerned. The city is dotted with uncountable number of temples, big and small, famous and not so famous, all lending an air of divine and spirituality to the capital city. It is also the city where you get to see revered St. Paul's Cathedral and Armenian Church. West Bengal is probably the most important destination for all Lord Krishna devotees as this is the state where the world headquarters of ISCKON (International Society For Krishna Consciousness) is situated. It is in the famous town of Mayapur. Read More....
 
In West Bengal, the beach destinations would take you to the waters of Bay of Bengal. The shorelines of West Bengal stretch from the Gangetic delta to the boundaries of the state of Orissa. There are a number of picturesque sea beaches and villages in this region such as Shankarpur, Digha, Bakkhali, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Gangasagara, and others. A number of these seashores are drive through shores with capacity to bear the weight of tourist vehicles. It is a reality that airplanes landed on the seashore of Digha 20-30 years back. The beaches in West Bengal are ideal places to relax and rejuvenate. Obviously, Digha is the most popular sea beach in the state. However, the popularity of other beaches like Bakkhali, Shankarpur, Tajpur and Mandarmani is also on the rise. Not only Bengalis, but also people from different parts of India come here to spend their vacations. Read More....
 
The hills in North Bengal located in the lap of nature with its grand beauty and adventure opens the gateway to your dreams and ultimate destination for tourism. The hilly region of West Bengal is located at the foothills of the eastern part of the Gigantic Himalayan range. The scenic view and the gorgeous beauty of the hills and valleys attract people and tourists from all over India and abroad. North Bengal hills are nature's paradise that renders you the benefits of viewing snow -capped tops of mountains, the pleasure of viewing the sun rise and sun set beyond the mountain peaks and tops, the wilderness of the jungles on hills etc. Read More....
 
Think about the thrilling adventure and experience of spending a day or two in a boat in midst of the jungle with the majestic Royal Bengal tigers, mud clad crocodiles and the hopping Cheetals. Sundarban is the place and gateway to your lifetime experience. Sundarban is the largest single block of Mangrove forests in the world. The UNESCO Heritage Site covers parts of India and Bangladesh. The forest is known for the famous Royal Bengal tigers. Read More....
 
By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the biggest international airport of the state. It is situated at Dum Dum, Kolkata. One more major airport is Bagdogra airport close to Siliguri. This was initially set up to cater to the needs of the domestic travelers. However, it currently offers overseas flights to Thailand and Bhutan as well. One more international airport has been proposed and it is being built up by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd., as well as other enterprise collaborators. In the scheme, the Changi Airports of Singapore, Citystar Infrastructure, IL&FS, Pragati 47, Lend Lease Company, and Pragati Social Infrastructure & Development Ltd. are also involved. It is under construction in the city of Durgapur, Burdwan district. It is expected that this airport will act in the form of an international airport as well and the name of this airport is going to be Kazi Nazrul Islam International Airport. Read More....
 
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