Top Places to Visit in West Bengal
Kolkata, Darjeeling, Digha, Siliguri, Sundarbans, Dooars and Kalimpong are some of the top places to visit in West Bengal.
Updated: September 26, 2019
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Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is, in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. It is the second biggest city of India and a vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India's Eastern Coast.
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and has its own heritage and culture which are , once-in-a-lifetime experience. The major attraction of this city are The Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Belur Mutt, Howrah Bridge, The Birla Planetarium, The Indian Museum, Mother House, Science city and many more.
Kolkata's street food is famous all across the country, and the city is lined with eateries and food stalls at every corner, where you can savour local Bengali food, or try out local snacks such as Jhalmuri, or Ghugni Chaat.
Darjeeling also known as "Queen of The Himalayas" is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India that has jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises and the untouched beauty of the hills. Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round.
Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, this scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata.
The major attraction of Darjeeling are Tiger Hill, Batasia loop, Japnese Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,Nightingale Park and many more.
Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches and scenic views that is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The magnificent beaches, religious temples and high-tech research centers and museums in this most popular sea resort of West Bengal has a lot to offer for people of all age groups.
Therefore it is an ideal place for families looking forward to spend a pleasurable weekend.
The major attraction of Digha are Marine aquarium cum regional centre, New Digha beach, Udaipur beach, Shankarpur, Amarabati park, Talasari beach, Chandaneswar Shiv temple and many more.
Siliguri is a tiny hill station nestled in between the Himalayan foothills and the Doar region of West Bengal which is situated on the banks of the river Mahananda. Also known as the Gateway to North East India, Siliguri serves mainly as a base for tourists to camp in before moving out to explore nearby tourist attractions such as Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok. However, Siliguri itself is a perfectly good holiday destination with many things to see.
The Jaldapara National Park, situated on the banks of the Torsa river is a prime attraction of Siliguri. Formerly known as the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is spread over an area of around 215 kilometres, and is comprised of riverine forests as well as grasslands. The park is home to Royal Bengal Tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, and various other species of deer. You can go for an elephant ride, which will give you a chance to catch a glimpse of the animals up close.
North Bengal Wild Animals Park is an integral part of the Mahanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and spread out over an area of 300 hectares, this park contains a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Mirik is around 50 kilometres from Siliguri which is famous for its picturesque beauty, its pristine Sumedu Lake, and its monastery. Sumedu Lake offers fishing activities and boat rides for tourists, which is a wonderful way to relish the breathtaking view of the hills bordering the lake on all sides.
The major attraction of Siliguri are Salugara Monastery, ISKCON Temple, Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary, The Science City, Dudhia, Sevoke Kali Mandir, Coronation bridge, Madhuban Park, Surya Sen Park, Umrao Singh Boat Club, various tea gardens and many more.
Sundarbans National Park is known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world which is located in West Bengal, India. It is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere reserve that provides a complete circle of nature to the tourist right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans National Park is a part of Sundarban delta that is covered with Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large variety of birds and reptiles including salt-water crocodile.
Sundarbans mean beautiful forest, that have been declared a UNESCO heritage site. It is shared between India and Bangladesh. The Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary since 1966, and it is estimated that there are over 400 Royal Bengal Tigers and about 30, 000 spotted deer in the area.
This forest has the largest number of Sundari trees. Sundarbans epitomize wilderness with its meandering rivers, springs, creeks and estuaries. It is a declared Tiger Reserve, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger- an almost extinct species who swim in the saline water and are often man-eating varieties.
Dooars is a local name given to the floodplains of North-East India around Bhutan that starts from river Teesta in the East to river Sankoshi in the west. The name 'Dooars' has come from 'door' as Dooars is the gateway to Bhutan.
Dooars comprises of several towns and districts in this region including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Siliguri, etc. It is blessed with the mighty range of mountains of the Eastern Himalayas in the backdrop, a band of thick forests, rich in species of Flora and Fauna, continued with tea gardens, and cut here and there by water body.
The major attraction of Dooars are Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary, Sumsing and Suntalekhola, Chapra Wildlife Sanctuary, Latpanchore and many more.
Kalimpong is a virgin hill station in West Bengal renowned for its panoramic valley views, Buddhists monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc.
Kalimpong is a hill station on the foothills of Shivalik ranges at an altitude of 1250 m overlooking the Teesta Valley. It is located 50 minutes east of Darjeeling. Dotted with ancient Buddhist monasteries, centuries old churches and exquisite revered temples Kalimpong marks the Bhutanese history till it was wrested by British rulers. The Jang Dong Palriffo Brang (Monastery), Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery) are some famous places to visit. Also make sure to visit the flower markets famous for its orchids and lovely bright flowers.
The major attraction of Kalimpong are Durpin Dara hill, Cactus Nursery, The Morgan House, Deolo Hills, Galingka, Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa and many more.