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Travel India guide provides you with detailed information on West Bengal. From Himalayan heights to the tea ranges, from plantation country to the flourishing jute fields of the fertile plains of the great rivers, from the great plains to that deltaic hive of massed humanity, throbbing industry and explosive politics: Kolkata, this is a land of today searching for tomorrow rather than remembering yesterday. It is a land of cash crops and booming industry, of cultural progress and a curiously volatile, yet tradition-bound, cultured people in quest of all their tomorrows. It is a land where there is seldom a dull moment, especially in Kolkata, one of the great cities of the world.
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Tourist places to visit in West Bengal
The immortal inheritance of Indian Culture has moulded its artists of the people, joyful exciting, intricate in imagination intuitively creating, but each with its individuality of his own. This is the expression that found incarnation in the traditional masters of arts and artifacts of West Bengal. Here cheek by jowl are stacked the wonderful worlds of our weavers, potters, metal-wrights, shell-artists, carvers in wood, bone or stone. And these amazing variety of creation, the aesthetic, varied, living pulsating life are expressed in vibrant collections of colour, hue, tone, shape and size.
Artistic Leather Craft,
Brass & Bell Metal,
Cane & Bamboo,
Masks & Puppets,
Museums uphold national heritage and promote international understanding. West Bengal pioneered modern museum development in India with institutions like the Asiatic Society (1784), the Indian Botanic Garden (1787) and the Indian Museum (1814) - institutions which are among the oldest in India and till today remain.
Academy of Fine Arts,
Asutosh Museum of Indian Art,
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum,
Nehru Children’s Museum,
State Archaeological Gallery,
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya.
Down south from Calcutta, the coastal areas of West Bengal present eye-catching beautiful options: - Digha - Shankarpur - Junput - Bakkhali - Frazergunj and Sagardwip.
Wildlife in West Bengal
Owns the land ruled by 269 Royals. West Bengal’s wild life offers a fascinating diversity of terrain, flora and fauna. It is a delight for nature lovers.
West Bengal is famous for it's Royal Bengal Tiger or the White Tiger.
Sunderbans : Sunderbans, the place that owes its name to Sundari trees.
Dooars : The forested areas.
Jaldapara: Jaldapara Sanctuary is of 26 sq. km where one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, sambhar, red crab etc are protected.
Gorumara is a national park in the Chapramari Forest Range and is just 2.5 hours by car from Siliguri and forms home to Indian Cheetah and other rare species of birds and wild animals.
Silks of Bengal were much acclaimed the world over, since ancient times. The most well-known Bengal Silk saree, which carry its legendary name, is the Baluchari saree - a product of exquisite design, and fabulous weaving technique.
|Know your West Bengal
|Area : 88,752 sq kms
Population : 8,02,21171
Languages : Bengali
Roads Surfaced : 44,569 kms, Total Roads : 77,595 kms
National Highways : 1,651 kms
Railways : 3,765 kms
Airports : Dum-Dum, Kolkota, Koch-Bihar,
Balurghat, Malda, Bagdogra.
Best Time to Visit : October to March Monsoon : June to October