Explore West Bengal
West Bengal
Land of Divinity

Between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal is the magnificent state of West Bengal. It is located in the eastern part of India. The state is well-known for its dynamic culture, history, literature and cuisines. Its capital, Kolkata retains cultural and architectural remnants of the state's colonial past. West Bengal is home to verdant hill stations, expansive tea plantations, tranquil beaches, exotic wildlife, rich biodiversity, magnificent temples and so much more. 


Popular cities: 


  • Kolkata

  • Murshidabad

  • Asansol

  • Darjeeling

  • Siliguri

Climate
West Bengal has a humid subtropical climate in the north and tropical savannah climate in the southern part. The best time to visit the state is between October to mid April.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, cultural festivals, temples and much more. It also offers a vibrant and exciting nightlife. There are several clubs, lounges and pubs for a thriving party scene and cultural performances for those who aren't fans of loud music. Murshidabad is famous for its ivory and wood Handicrafts and Silk Kora Sarees especially at Belampore market. The city displays cultural diversity and the rich history of West Bengal.
History & Heritage
Victoria Memorial, located in Kolkata, is considered to be the pride of the city. This magnificent white marbled edifice is one of the prestigious relics of the British rule in India. It is adorned with a lush green garden with numerous statues and sculptures in it. The sound and light shows that take place in the evening are a must watch. Built on the eastern banks of River Hooghly, Fort William is embellished with hundreds of arched windows that overlook well-maintained gardens. It displays meticulous stonework that will leave you spellbound. Marble Palace Mansion is famous for its exquisite art collection of masterpieces by Reuben and beautiful paintings by eminent artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Reynolds.Murshidabad will transport you to the past through its monuments as the city has seen history from its core. One of the most important monuments in Murshidabad is the Hazarduari Palace. Its magnificence cannot be described in mere words. It reflects the grandeur of Nawabi lifestyle with a thousand ornamental gateways, amalgamation of Italian and Greek architectural styles, and priceless relics among others. The campus of this regal mansion also houses Wasif Manzil, Nizamat Imambara, Murshidabad Clock Tower and Bacchawali Tope. Rajbari or the Cooch Behar Palace is considered of great historical importance in the country. With its numerous verandahs, intricate architecture, royal aesthetics and beautifully maintained gardens the palace will leave you awe-struck. Other prominent historic places in West Bengal include Belur Math, KathGola, Katra Mosque, F Fort, Gokul Chand Temple and Jor Bangla Temple.
Museums
The Indian Museum, located in Kolkata, is one of the oldest museums in the world. It boasts some of the most exquisite collections of Mughal paintings, ornaments, antiques, armors, fossils and skeletons. Gandhi Museum in Barrackpore is spread over five galleries, a massive library and a study centre. Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Gurusaday Museum and Rabindra Museum are some of the other museums worth visiting in the state.
Nature & Adventure
Jalpaiguri is an ideal place to rejuvenate amidst nature. Its open fields and exotic wildlife in the nearby sanctuaries gives you an indescribable sense of tranquility. Panjhora River, Dooars, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Reserve and Mendabari Fort are some of the major highlights of this town. Susunia Hill, situated at the north-western part of Bankura, offers a soulful escapade through interesting activities like camping, trekking and rock climbing. The entire hill is covered with rich flora. There also stands an ancient monolith structure named as the Narasimha Stone. It's intricate carvings are of immense interest. Sunrise at this hill is a spectacular sight to behold. Tiger Hill, Lolegaon, Jhilimili, Biharinath Hill are other scenic places worth visiting in the state.
Hill Stations
Darjeeling, fondly known as the 'Queen of the Himalayas', is one of the most beautiful hill stations in eastern part of India. It reflects an old world charm with its jaw-dropping locales, colonial architecture and lush green tea plantations. The hill station is adorned with over 86 tea estates. Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level offering a respite from hot summers. Toy train ride at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the best way to explore this picturesque hill station. Also, do ride in the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car. Mirik is another very famous and scenic hill town in West Bengal. It's home to the beautiful Sumendu Lake, exotic orange orchards, extensive tea gardens and endless greenery. Bokar Monastery is also a prime attraction of this hill station. Besides sightseeing, you can indulge in boating, fishing and hiking. Rameetay Dara Viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the extensive plains as well as frozen mountain ranges. Kalimpong is known for its ancient Buddhist monasteries, churches, beautiful valleys and Tibetan handicrafts. Situated at the foothills of Shivalik ranges, Kalimpong marks Bhutanese history till it was seized by British rulers. Thongsa Gompa, Jang Dong Palriffo Brang, Durpin Dara Hill are some of the prime attractions of Kalimpong. Galingka, a British Bungalow, offers splendid views of the Kanchenjunga peak. To feel a thrilling adrenaline rush try river rafting in the roller coaster rapids of Teesta river. Siliguri, Kurseong and Rimbik are few other popular hill stations in West Bengal.
Wildlife
Sundarbans National Park is known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world. It is also home to the majestic 'Royal Bengal Tigers', spotted deer, rich flora, various mammals, birds and reptiles, pristine rivers and beautiful estuaries.Sagardwip, part of the Sundarbans group of islands, is at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the holy river Ganga, giving the island immense religious importance. Jaldapara National Park is a prime attraction of Siliguri. Situated on the banks of Torsa river, this park has the largest population of Indian one horned rhinoceros in the state. Other animals in the park include Indian elephants, Indian Leopard, sambhar, spotted deer, barking deer and wild boars, among others. Buxa Tiger Reserve is primarily a tiger reserve but also houses at least 284 bird species and a number of mammals such as Indian leopard, Asian elephant, clouded leopard and hog deer, among others. Gorumara National Park is known for its population of Indian rhinoceros.Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary and Singalila National Park are also prime attractions of the state owing to their fascinating flora and fauna.
Beaches
Digha Beach is one of the most popular beaches in West Bengal. You can sit for hours enjoying the tranquil waves or try various water activities. The nearby attractions to Digha include a Science Center and Shiva Temple. Mandarmani is famous for having the longest motorable beach in India. Stroll at the beach enjoying a picturesque sunset and also grab some delicious seafood available at the roadside eateries. Tajpur Beach is for the solitude seekers. It's often not crowded which makes it one of the most serene places in the state. One of the prime attractions of this beach is the on and off visibility of red crabs. Other scenic beaches include Bakkhali Beach, Shankarpur Beach, Junput Beach and Falta Beach.
Temples/Places of Worship
Located on the western banks of Hooghly river, Navadvipa is home to nearly 200 temples. The serene temples, orchids and small hamlets give you a sense of innate peace. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Radha Rani Temple, Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math are few of the famous places of worship in this quaint town. Madan Mohan Temple, located in Cooch Behar, is a beautifully designed structure that enshrines deities like Tara Maa, Kali Maa, Madan Mohan and Maa Bhawani.Tarakeswar Temple is an exquisite example of craftsmanship with its marble flooring and opulent architecture.St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Kolkata. Revered to be the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta, it's an epitome of Indo-Gothic style of architecture. Established by Tibetan Buddhist Monks, Salugaru Monastery is an architectural wonder. It contains five kinds of Buddhist relics along with the majestic 100 feet stupa founded by the Tibetan Lama, Kalu Rinpoche. Rasmancha is a uniquely brick-built temple near Bishnupur. It has a pyramidal structure and terracotta has been used in the intricate carvings. Located in Bankura, Bahulara Siddheshwar Temple displays Kalinga style of architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is known for its carvings on the walls. Jora Masjid, Kali Temple, Bartholomew Cathedral, Birla Mandir, Kalighat Temple, Dakshineswar Kali temple, ISKCON Temple, Rampura Kalibari, Tarapith, Nakhoda Mosque are other popular places of worship in West Bengal.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can visit prominent cities and towns of West Bengal in 8 to 14 days. Spend a day or two in Kolkata exploring the city’s cultural and historical sites, beautiful temples and scrumptious street food. Make a short day trip to Sundarbans National Park. You can then enjoy a day at the picturesque beaches of Digha and nearby towns. From here make your way to Hooghly where you can visit its architectural wonders. On your way to Asansol, stay in Bishnupur for a day to visit its quaint temples. Spend a day in Asansol as the city is home to some fascinating attractions. Moving upwards, spend two days in Murshidabad to explore the exquisite historical monuments that it houses. Further moving upwards, spend two to three days in Darjeeling making the most out of its natural beauty. Here you can also spend a day each at Siliguri, Mirik and Kurseong for rejuvenating amidst bountiful nature and breathtaking landscapes. From here make your way to the scenic Kalimpong. Do visit the monasteries and Teesta river while you are here. You could end your trip in Jalpaiguri by exploring the mystical national wildlife reserves such as Gorumara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Cuisine
  • Bengal cuisine has a proper multi-course structure similar to the style of modern French cuisine. It is well known for using varied flavours and its delicious desserts. Some of the famous dishes include Aloo Potol Posto, Ilish Macher Jhol, Shukto, Alur Dom, Daab Chingri, Kosha Mangsho etc. Bengal is very famous for its lip-smackingly delicious traditional sweets. Sandesh, Rasgulla, Chamcham, Mishti Doi, Darbesh, Pantua, are just a few of the traditional Bengali sweets you must try.
Costs
  • While meal prices in West Bengal can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 200 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 200. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Other need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 14 days

Known For
  • Temples
  • Tea Plantations
  • Wildlife
  • Beaches
  • Hill Stations
  • Nature
  • Wildlife
Areas to Visit
  • Darjeeling Himalayan hill region for nature and adventure
  • Sundarbans for mangrove forest and wildlife
  • Kolkata and Asansol for urban delights and temples
  • Murshidabad for heritage and historical monuments

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