West bengal Travel Guide


At the time of Partition, Bengal was split into East and West Bengal. East Bengal became the eastern wing of Pakistan and later, with the disintegration of that country, Bangladesh. West Bengal became a state of India with Kolkata as its capital. The state is ling and narrow, running from the delta of the Ganges River system at the Bay of Bengal in the south to the heights of the Himalaya at Darjeeling in the north.
There is not a great deal of interest in the state apart from these two extremes Kolkata, with its bewildering maelstrom of noise, culture, confusion and squalor at one end and Darjeeling, serene and peaceful, at the other. 
Outside these two centers the intrepid traveler will find a number of places to consider visiting, either south of Kolkata on the Bay of Bengal or north along the route to Darjeeling. Few foreign tourists visit the ruined mosques of Malda, the palaces of Murshidabad, the temples of Vishnupur of the Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary. If you do, the friendly Bengalis will make you feel all the more welcome for being an exception to the rule.

 

HISTORY:


Bengal finds a coveted place even in pre-historic times. At the time of Alexander's invasion a powerful king called Gangaridai ruled over Bengal Ascendancy of the Guptas and the Mauryas had little effect on Bengal. Later Sasanka became King of Bengal and is said to have played an important role in north-eastern India in the early half of the seventh century. He was succeed by Gopala, who founded the Plaa dynasty which ruled for centuries and had created a huge empire. The Pllas were followed by the Sena dynasty which was ended by Muslim rulers from Delhi. Various Muslim rulers and governors till the Mugahal period in 16th century ruled Bengal.
After the Mugahls, history of modern Bengal begins with the advent of European and English trading companies. the Battle of Plassey in 1775 changed the course of history when the English first gained a strong foothold in Bengal and India. In 1905 it was partitioned to achieve some political returns but people's growing movement under the auspices of the congress Party led to the reunion in 1911. This triggered of the hectic movement for freedom which culminated with Independence in 1947 and partition. 
After 1947, the merger of native settlement began which ended with its final reorganization in 1956 when some Bengali speaking areas of a neighbouring state were transferred to west Bengal.

 

USEFUL INFORMATIONS:

 

Capital : Kolkata 
Population : 74.5 million 
Language : Bengali  
Area : 87,853 sq km 
Literacy Rate : 50% 
Airport : Dumdum, Kolkata,Bagdogra

 

BOUNDARIES:

 
East : Bangladesh and Assam. 
West : Orissa, Bihar and Nepal 
North : Sikkim and Bhutan 
South : Bay of Bengal

 

IMPORTANT MUSEUMS:

Kolkata : Indian Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Nehru Children's Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Museum.
Darjeeling : Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museums and Natural History Museum.

 

PILGRIM CENTRES:

 
Bakreswar : Bakarnath Shiva Temple and Mahisasurmardini Temple. 
Bansberia : Temples of Haneswari and Vasudev. 
Belur Math : Headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekanand. 
Kolkata : Temple of Kali. 
Dakshineshwar : Kali temple associated with Ramakrishna Parmahansa. 
Ganga Sagar : Famed for Ganga Sagar Mela in January and for Kapil Muni Temple. 
Kamarpukar : Birthplace of Saint Ramakrishna. 
Mayapur : Temple of Gourange. Headquater of ISCON. 
Nabadwip : Birthplace of Sri Chaitanya. 
Tarapith : Temple of Tara Devi. Acentre of Tantrik culture.



Best Time to Visit


Summer: Bengal summer is quite hot and humid. It extends from March and carries well into August. It is difficult to enjoy your holidays in such weather. 

Winter: The best time to visit this state is from October to March. Winter is ideally between November and February, with January being the coldest month. The weather is pleasant during these months and you can enjoy all tourist attractions here. The month of October also witnesses the popular festival of Durga Puja and you can visit West Bengal in this month to participate in this extravaganza when the entire town decks up and out in revelry and glitz. 

Darjeeling : Winter is the best Session, Otherwise you can visit at any time, As because of hill station there are several chances of landslide So its better to avoid the rainy session.

Other parts of West Bengal : Any Time



How to Reach


One of the most traveled destinations in India, West Bengal is well-known for to offer a potpourri of wonders. Right from beautiful hill stations to wildlife sanctuaries and botanical gardens, West Bengal has much to offer to every traveler. It is easy to reach any of the destinations of the state as it is well-connected to other cities of India and the world via rail, road and air. Here is more on how to reach West Bengal:

BY AIR:

There are two airports in West Bengal. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located in Kolkata and Bagdogra airport is a domestic airport located in Bagdogra city. Regular flights operate from major cities of the country and the world to West Bengal. From the airport, tourists can take taxis or buses to reach their destination. 

BY RAIL:

West Bengal is well-known for its good rail connectivity with different parts of the country. Main railheads of West Bengal are Howrah railway station and Sealdah railway station. Both the railheads are located in the capital city Kolkata. Then, there is New Jalpaiguri railway station, which is located near to Siliguri. Apart from all these railway stations, there are many more railheads across the state which connects it to other cities and towns of the country. From the railway stations, tourists have an option of taking buses and taxis to their destination. 

BY ROAD:

There is an extensive road network covering the state of West Bengal. The state is connected to different parts of the country via National and state highways. West Bengal is easily accessible via neighbouring states like Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Travelling within the state is also easy and comfortable with state buses and metro rail.

 





All Popular Destinations in West bengal


JALPAIGURI

JALPAIGURI

BISHNUPUR

BISHNUPUR

KALIMPONG

KALIMPONG

SILIGURI

SILIGURI

MANDARMANI

MANDARMANI

BAHARAMPUR

BAHARAMPUR

KOLKATA

KOLKATA

HALDIA

HALDIA

ASANSOL

ASANSOL

DURGAPUR

DURGAPUR

DARJEELING

DARJEELING

BAGDOGRA

BAGDOGRA

MURSHIDABAAD

MURSHIDABAAD

BARDDHAMAN

BARDDHAMAN

HOWRAH

HOWRAH

BIRBHUM

BIRBHUM

MIRIK

MIRIK

KURSEONG

KURSEONG

DOOARS

DOOARS

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