West Bengal is a state (fourth-most populous state) in eastern India. Spread over 88,750 km2, West Bengal is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. Kolkata is the state capital of West Bengal.
West Bengal is a major agricultural producer and the sixth-largest contributor to India’s net domestic products.West Bengal is noted for its cultural activities and presence of cultural and educational institutions; Kolkata is the “cultural capital of India”.
Tourism in West bengal:
Architectural and geographical:
Terracotta temples of Bishnupur
Cooch Behar Palace
Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu)
Second Hooghly Bridge
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Sundarbans National Park
Neora Valley National Park
Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden is the largest and oldest reserve of greeneries of its kind in South East Asia.
Bay of Bengal
Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks:
Sundarbans National Park,
Buxa Tiger Reserve,
Gorumara National Park,
Neora Valley National Park,
Singalila National Park,
Jaldapara National park
Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary
Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary
Flora and fauna
Some other tourist attractions in West Bengal:
Darjeeling Himalayan hill region
West Bengal also attracts tourist for pilgrimages to the holy places of different religions.
Kolkata is one of the four adi Shaktipeethas. Among the other 52 shaktipeethas some are located in West Bengal. They are as follows:
- Bahula, 8 km from Katwa, Burdwan, West Bengal,.
- Ujaani, 16 km from Guskara station under Burdwan district of West Bengal.
- Bhramari Devi temple near Jalpesh Temple in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
- Yoga Adya at Khirgram; under Burdwan district, West Bengal.
- Kalighat Kalipeeth in Kolkata.
- Kireet at Kireetkona village, 3 km from Lalbag Court Road station under Murshidabad district, West Bengal.
- Kankalitala, 10 km north-east of Bolpur station in Birbhum district.
- Vibhash, at Tamluk, under district Purba Medinipur, West Bengal.
- Tarapith and countless others.
Other famous temples are Belur Math, Mayapur ISKCON Temple, Hangseshwari Temple, Tarakeshwar Temple and Dakshineswar Kali Temple.
Very famous mosques like the Nizamat Imambara in Murshidabad, Katra Mosque, Furfura Sharif and Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque on Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Kolkata.
Gurudwaras like Gurudwara Bari Sangat in Kolkata, Gurudwara Chhoti Sangat, Gurudwara Nima Serai Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gurudwara Sikh Sangat and Gurudwara Liluah Belur Sikh Sangat in Liluah.
Churches in West Bengal like the The Basilica of the Holy Rosary in Bandel, St. John’s Church, St. Jame’s Church (Jora Girja), St. Paul’s Cathedral and Church of the Lord Jesus.
Buddhist Monasteries in West Bengal, especially in the hilly regions like the Ghoom Monastery, Bhutia Busty Monastery, Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang and more others.