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Hill Stations in West Bengal

west_bengal_hindu_templeWest Bengal was formerly known as Vanga and was spread over a vast area. West Bengal is a land of natural beauty, exquisite lyrical poetry and enthusiastic people. Situated in the east of India, West Bengal is stretches from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the South. This state shares international boundaries with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Hence it is a strategically important place.

West Bengal state is a popular tourist destination for its cultural and natural beauty. Kolkata known as city of joy is the capital of West Bengal. Sunderbans is famous for tiger sanctuary. Kolkata is famous for Howrah bridge and many other tourist places.

West Bengal Tourism

West Bengal experiences three distinct seasons over the course of the year. Winter lasts from October to February. When March comes along, the state begins to see its hot and dry period, which continues on through early June. Finally, from late June to early September, West Bengal falls under its monsoon season. In terms of lifestyle choices, the monsoon season makes the largest impact on West Bengal life, because the strength of the monsoon rains has a sizeable impact on the quantity and varieties of harvested crops.

West Bengal's climate is transitional between tropical savanna in the southern portions and humid subtropical in the north. Throughout West Bengal there is a pronounced seasonal disparity in rainfall.

Major Hill Station in West Bengal

Darjeeling | Kalimpong | Mirik.

Tourist attractions in West Bengal

Eden Gardens : Named after the sister of Alexander, the Eden Gardens is a lush area covered by trees and garden. The major part of the garden is covered by one of the largest and most beautiful stadia of India- the Eden Garden or the Ranji stadium.

Tiger Hills : It is the highest point in Darjeeling and it provides the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks. The height of the peak allows a clear view of other peaks in the Eastern Himalayas. The sight of the sun rising from over the Tiger Hills is an unforgettable experience. The first rays of the sun on these peaks of the Great Barriers gives an impression of molten gold having been spread.

Rabindra Setu or Howrah Bridge : t is the pride of West Bengal. The bridge suspended on the pillars with out any kind of external support. It is one of three bridges on the river Hooghly and is the most famous symbol not only of Calcutta but also of West Bengal.
The most striking thing is that the bridge is built with out a single pier within the river. The bridge that took six years to get completed is a wonder of the 20th century Bengal.

Victoria Memorial : Built on the banks of the Hooghly river signifies the British powers in pre independent India, The Victoria Memorial was inaugurated by Prince of Wales in 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria. The Memorial is based on the architecture of the Taj and is built in marble.

Birla Planetarium : It is one the oldest & largest planetariums in India and a major tourist attraction. The auditorium has a capacity of 500 and there are daily multi-lingual film shows. the Birla Planetarium presents a spherical view of the astral positions of the celestial bodies in the universe.

Sahid Minar : A mixture of Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian architectural elements, this 48-m high monument was built in 1828. The monument located to the north of Maidan. From the top of the minar, the view of Calcutta is panoramic.

Kali Temple : The present temple was built in 1809 on the site of an ancient temple. It is also known as the Kalighat temple. It is after the name of this temple that the English christened the place, Calcutta, an anglicized form of Kalikata.

Belur Math : The Ramkrishna Mission established by Swami Vivekanand has its head Quarters here.

Digha : is the nearest sea beach from Calcutta. It takes a six-hour bus journey from Calcutta to reach here. Digha offers every possible attraction for a sea-loving traveler: good surf and golden sands. Just eight kilometer from Digha is the Chandaneshwar Siva Temple across the border in Orissa.

Mirik : It is 52 km from Siliguri and 55 km from the Bagdogra airfield. It is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Free from the hustle and bustle of a regular hill station, it attracts the tourists automatically.

Zoological Garden : The garden was established in the year 1875 to protect the animal species from parasites and other diseases. The Garden has a varied population of fauna from all over the country and is a specially known for the tigers and bears in natural habitats. Varied species of birds are also to be found there.

Shantiniketan : The place, 2 km from Bolpur is the embodiment of peace and serenity which was the original residence of Rabindra Nath Tagore. The University founded by the Nobel Laureate is the meeting place of the scholars of the east and the west. The Vishwa Bharti University was initially a hermitage or an ashram founded by Marharishi Devendra Nath Tagore. It was later converted to an open school by his son Rabindra nath Tagore.

Sunderbans, the largest Delta : The home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, the ever green Sunderbans possesses myriad forms of life in it. Split into numerous rivers and channels emptying in the Bay of Bengal, it is also the habitat of the Kingfisher and the White bellied Sea eagle. It is formed by 54 small island and covered by mangrove trees. The worlds largest estuarine forest lies 70% under saline water.

Hotels in West Bengal

West Bengal offers accommodation options ranging from luxury Hotels and hill resorts in West Bengal and medium-priced Economy hotels in West Bengal, we offer you the right kind of accommodation for you and your family visiting West Bengal...

West Bengal Climate

Climate is hot and sweaty all the year round. The rains come around July. Temperature lies between a maximum of 41.7°C to a minimum of 35°C in the summers. During the winters it reaches a maximum of 29.3°C to a minimum of 9.6°C. However, the best time to visit west Bengal is the Durga Puja months of September-October and December-January.

How to reach West Bengal:

By Air : West Bengal is very well connected with the national and international air network. The international and domestic airports of Calcutta are at Dumdum, located 15 km from the city center.
By Rail : West Bengal runs a major railway network that connects the rest of the country.
By Road : The state is connected to all the nearby places by road.



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