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time to visit
October - March
Summer: 42 - 38 degrees
Winter: 30 - 10 degrees
West Bengal is a land of varied charms. Right from the mighty Himalayas
in the north to the sea-caressed beaches in the south, it is a wonderful
journey over the vardant plains, hilly terrains, forests and the wonderful
mangrove forests - the Sunderbans. It is also a wonder-filled journey
through the rich cultural treasures of the state.
How to get here
Calcutta (Kolkata) is the nearest airport. From your you can fly to most
places bot inside India and overseas.
Kolkata is linked to all parts of the country by railway network. There
are two main railway stations - Howrah and Sealdah.
Buses connect most major cities.
Places to visit
Kolkata - Darjeeling - Siliguri - Kalimpong - Kali
Temple - Sundarban - Shantiniketan
.: Kolkata (Calcutta)
If Delhi is the elegant capital of the nation and Bombay its major industrial
city, then Calcutta ranks as the intellectual and cultural capital. Poets,
thinkers and film directors of international renown hail from this city
where avant garde plays and art exhibitions go on show practically every
day of the year.
Once known as "Pragiyotishpura" or Light
of the East, the most striking feature of Guwahati, is the Brahmaputra,
whose swollen sandy channel is so wide that the far shore is often rendered
Darjeeling popularly known as the "Queens of Hill Stations"
offers a picturesque view of the Himalayan panorama. Darjeeling is famous
for tea gardens, magnificent view of the Himalayas, Kanchenjunga peak,
beautiful valleys, trekking to high altitude and famous toy train.
Darjeeling is at the altitude of 2134 metres.
A picturesque town is situated 51km. east of Darjeeling. The town is set
among the foothills and deep. Valleys of Himalayas between the Deolo and
Durbindra hills. Previously it was the former headquarter of Bhutanese
Governor. Kalimpong is an ideal and attractive place for a quiet holiday
at the foot of mighty Himalayas.
.: 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.
it's a mangrove sanctuary in the south of west Bengal. Famous for Royal
Bengal Tigers, it's an experience in itself to catch them in action. For
more information, check here.
Home of Visvabharati University established by Tagore. There's a deer
and bird sanctuary nearby.