The state of West Bengal, located in the eastern India, is known for its
natural beauty and exuberant people. Apart from various architectural
treasures and the Victorian influence still persisting, it also stands tall
for its exotic Bengali culture, that can be encountered with in its cities
and towns. The aforementioned city is also renowned for its Victorian charm.
Moving towards the southern boundaries, you come across with the Digha Beach
whereas in the north you have such famous cities as Darjeeling.
There occurs a bit of variance in the climatic conditions of the state. The
southern region experiences a tropical savannah climate while the northern
parts have a humid subtropical climate. During summers, temperature can
reach up to a maximum of 45 degrees centigrade. The Bay of Bengal branch of
monsoon bring a lot of rain from June to September. Winters, from December
to February are mild in the plains. The hilly areas, however, can be a bit
Important Cities & Towns
The state of West Bengal has been divided into 19 districts. Kolkata, the
state capital, has the distinction of being the largest city of the state
and the fourth-largest in India. Asansol, Durgapur and Raniganj are
significant in terms of industrial output. Other important cities and towns
of the state include Howrah, Haldia, Kharagpur, Burdwan, Darjeeling,
Midnapur, Tamluk, Cooch Bihar and Malda.
People & Culture
Bengalis form the majority of population in West Bengal. Biharis also
inhabit in good numbers. Besides, you will find Sherpas and ethnic Tibetans
in areas bordering Sikkim. A significant population of indigenous tribals
Santals and Kols can also be seen in the western districts of the
state. Bengali, Hindi and English are chiefly spoken by the people. In terms
of literature too, Bengal has a long and rich tradition. The Bengali film
industry has created some of the finest talents in the country, some of
which have also made a mark in the Bollywood industry. Visitors who wish to
soak up the Bengali culture can partake in the Durga Pooja festival, the
most popular in the state.
Famous Travel Attractions
West Bengal holds a variety of experiences for its visitors. One can always
start with the exotic hill stations of the state including Darjeeling and
Kalimpong. The expansive tea gardens and the colonial charm that lingers
here are major draws for holidaymakers. The Toy Train of Darjeeling is not
something new to the world. The capital city of Kolkata has a number of
tourist attractions to offer, both classic and contemporary. Even wildlife
lovers have good options. The Sunderbans National Park is known the world
over for its Royal Bengal Tiger. Places like Belur and Dakshineshwar,
closely located to Kolkata, are famous Hindu pilgrimage centres. To have an
eyeful view, one can head to scenic beaches of Digha and Shankarpur.
Air/ Rail/ Road Links
The state has its international airport in Kolkata Subhash Chandra
Bose International Airport. The airport lies at a distance of 20 km from the
city. The airport has regular flights to the major destinations of the
country and the world. Bagdogra, near Siliguri, has a domestic airport.
Howrah, Sealdah and New Jalpaiguri are the chief railheads in the country.
Road routes of the city are also well-established.