The best time to visit West Bengal is between October and March. This period marks the absence of sweaty and suffocating humid summer climate. The ten day ritual of Durga Pooja is the grandest celebration and worship towards goddess of strength which takes place in October. This is also the period when the doors to see the Royal Bengal Tiger is opened for the visitors
The international airport of West Bengal is located in the capital of the state Kolkata; where there are regular international flights and also multiple domestic flights from major cities of India.
One can take a road trip to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai or Guwahati; however one should remember that the road connections get affected once in a while due to floods. The road distance is great however there are multiple dining and resting options available on the route.
Bengal finds its first description made in The Mahabhrata. It was part of the Mauryan Empire in the third century BC and part of Gupta Dynasty in the fourth century AD where it gained importance. The Portuguese, British, Dutch, French and few more colonial rulers set their trading post in Bengal. Later by 1784 the British gained full control of the state. The effect of British divide and rule in 1905 resulted in the communal drift between the Hindus and the Muslims of Bengal and years later one of the cause of partition into India and Pakistan. Since Independence the state has been under the communist party rule.
Bakkhali and Digha Beach
Darjelling and Kalimpong hillstation
Darjeeling regards as the Queens of Hills was earlier known ‘Dorje Ling’ which literally means “place of thunderbolt”. This picture perfect hill station of West Bengal is located at a height of 2134m housing some perfect mountain views, Buddhist monasteries, and trekking trails for its visitors. The universally acknowledged finest Darjelling tea cannot be produced at any other part of the world.
Take a break from the chaotic city lifestyle at this quaint little hill station Kalimpong. You will find Buddhist monasteries, temples and few churches that will remind you of the old world charm. One of the oldest monastery The Thongsa Gompa built in the 17th century is approximately a km away from Kalimpong. Take a trek in the pine forest, enjoy a day picnic at the nurseries to see the orchids and truly unwind yourself in the beauty of this hill station.
The cultural capital of the city Kolkata is vibrant, exciting, volatile and overcrowded. Unlike the capital of the country Delhi; Kolkata is relative a new city owing its creation to the British who had Kolkata as their capital till the beginning of the 20th Century. The Mughals permitted the British to set the East India Company in 1686. There are few historical landmarks in Kolkata like the magnificent Fort William, St. John’s Church, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club and Eden Gardens. The engineering marvel Howrah Bridge also known as Rabindra setu is the third largest bridge in the world. If visiting Kolkata don’t miss the grand Durga Puja that is held every year in October (be prepared for the crowds and book yourself well in advance)
Regarded as the world’s largest delta and mangrove swamp; Sunderbans is formed by the merging of three rivers- the Ganga, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. The Sunderban Tiger reserve houses almost 270 Bengal Tigers and some other animals