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West Bengal Tourism



West Bengal is a state in the eastern region of India and is the nation's fourth-most populous. It is also the seventh-most populous sub-national entity in the world, with over 91 million inhabitants.Spread over 34,267 sq mi it is bordered by the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata . West Bengal encompasses two broad natural regions: the Gangetic Plain in the south and the sub-Himalayan and Himalayan area in the north.

West Bengal Tourism

  1. 1. 3/3/13
  2. 2. 3/3/13 WEST BENGAL BASIC INFORMATION Location: Eastern India Capital: Kolkata Area: 88,752 sq. km Climate: Tropical and humid Best Months to Visit: October to February Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi & English Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Railway Stations: Howrah Sealdah Kolkata
  3. 3. 3/3/13 ADVENTURE • Darjeeling • Dooars • Tajpur MOUNTAINS •Darjeeling •Ghum WILDLIFE •Sunderbans •Darjeeling •Jalpaiguri HERITAGE •Kolkata •Murshidabad •Shantiniketan SPIRITUALITY •Kolkata •Darjeeling PLACES FAMOUS FOR
  4. 4. 3/3/13 HERITAGE
  5. 5. 3/3/13 KOLKATA- City of Joy VICTORIA MEMORIAL •Collection of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts from British period. •Open on all days except Mondays and second Saturdays of the month •Timings: 10 am to 4pm (Jan- Feb) & 10am – 5pm (rest of the year) •Entry fee: Rs. 10(Indians) Rs. 150( Foreigners) FORT WILLIAM •Houses arms and armors, swords, muskets and photographs of the Burma campaign and Bangladesh Liberation War. •Open all days, 10am to 5.30pm WRITER’S BUILDING •Built in1770, served as office to writers of British East India Company. •Currently, seat of the West Bengal Secretariat
  6. 6. 3/3/13 KOLKATA- City of Joy ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL •First Episcopal church in Eastern world •Replica of Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, UK. •Pictures and representations of St. Paul KALIGHAT KALI TEMPLE •Dedicated to Goddess Kali, about 200 years old. •One of the 51 Shaktipeeths of India •Right toe of Dakshayani or Sati is said to have fallen here. PARESH NATH JAIN TEMPLE •One of the rare Jain temples of India •Consists of 4 temples of which the main one is dedicated to the 10th Jain avatar Sri Satal Nath ji.
  7. 7. 3/3/13 KOLKATA- City of Joy INDIAN MUSEUM •Anthropological, art, botany, geological and zoological sections •Entry fees: Rs.10(indian) Rs.150 (Foreigners) HOWRAH BRIDGE •Open throughout •Boat rides through the river Hoogly from morning to evening. GREAT BANAYAN TREE •The largest Banyan Tree in India and perhaps Asia is located in the Botanical Gardens of Kolkata. •Widest tree in terms of its canopy •About 200 to 250 years old!!
  8. 8. 3/3/13 MURSHIDABAD HAZARDUARI- PALACE OF THOUSAND DOORS Built as a residence for Nawab Nazeem Humanyun Jha, a magnificent marble structure, having 900 doors!! BADA IMAMBARA Parallel to the north face of the Hazarduari Palace, stands the Nizamat Imambara, built by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan, the largest in Bengal and perhaps in India. KATRA MOSQUE Mosque and tomb of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, where he was buired under the steps to the entrance of the mosque
  9. 9. 3/3/13 MURSHIDABAD Kolkata to Murshidabad-236Kms. Murshidabad can be reached from Kolkata by various train services like Hazarduari Express and Bhagirathi Express, from Kolkata to Murshidabad, which covers the distance in 4 hours.  Another option is to hire a private taxi and it will charge around Rs.4,200 inclusive of a return journey. SBSCT buses ply frequently from Kolkata to Murshidabad.
  10. 10. 3/3/13 SHANTINIKETAN CHHATIMTALA •Meditation room of Maharishi Devendranath, father of Rabindranath Tagore. •Students of Vishwa Bharati University have their convocation and prayers here. UTTARAYAN •Designed by poet ‘s son Rabindranath Tagore. •5 abodes of Tagore’s- Udayana, Konarka, Shamali, Punassha and Udichi. •Some of the oldest sanctums where Rabindranath used to meditate and leisure. BICHITRA (RABINDRA BHAVAN) •Research Centre and Museum exhibiting belongings of Tagore- paintings, his literary works, clothes and utensils used by him •Timings: 7am-11am(summer) 10.30am-4.30pm(winter) Wednesday closed
  11. 11. 3/3/13 SHANTINIKETAN Kolkata to Shantiniketan- 212Kms. Closest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkata The nearest railhead is Bolpur, 2 km away. There are trains connecting Bolpur with Howrah/Sealdah (Calcutta), Sealdah- Mughalsarai Exp, Kanchenjunga Exp., Shantiniketan Exp., Danapur Fast Pgr. and Tarapith Passenger. Good motorable roads connect Shantiniketan with Calcutta  Tourist cars and cabs are available from the Manager, Tourist Lodge. Fare would be approx. Rs.3700( Non A/C) and Rs.5100 (A/C) State owned buses connect nearest cities with Santiniketan. Many tourist service providers arrange package tours by A/C deluxe buses to Santiniketan from Kolkata. They charge about Rs 4 per km.
  12. 12. 3/3/13 MOUNTAINS
  13. 13. 3/3/13 DARJEELING- Queen of Hills DARJEELING TOY TRAIN •UNESCO world heritage site •b/w Darjeeling and Ghum, to/from Jalpaiguri and Jungle Safari •Best Season: Sept to June DARJEELING ROPEWAY •Plies between Darjeeling & Singla •Beautiful views of the hills & valleys •Timings: 10am to 2pm •Rates: Rs.120/- for adults Rs.60/- (children 3-8yrs) TEA GARDENS & CHOWRASTA You can walk through the lush Tea gardens of Darjeeling and the Chowrasta to get the beautiful view of the valley and Tibetan artifacts and handicrafts to buy.
  14. 14. 3/3/13 DARJEELING- Queen of Hills DHIRDHAM TEMPLE •Nepali style Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. •Opens only in mornings and evenings for aarti. ST. COLUMBA’S CHURCH •Estd. In 1894 •Belongs to Eastern Himalayan Church Council •You can also visit: •The Yiga Choeling Monastery or more famously known as the Ghum Monastery, in Ghum, located at a distance of 8km from Darjeeling. •The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Gardens which is home to the Siberian Tigers and the rare Red Panda.
  15. 15. 3/3/13 DARJEELING- Queen of Hills Kolkata to Darjeeling - 634 Kms. The closest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra near Siliguri and is connected to Kolkata airport. From the airport taxis are available for Darjeeling which charges around Rs.1,200 Siliguri Jn (SGUJ) and New Jalpaiguri are the nearest railheads connecting to Kolkata. Trains are also available from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. A taxi can also be hired from Kolkata which costs anywhere between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 17,000 (for a round trip). Regular bus service connects Darjeeling and Kolkata.
  16. 16. 3/3/13 WILDLIFE
  17. 17. 3/3/13 SUNDERBANS Kolkata to Sunderbans- 112Kms Canning Railway Station is the closest to Sunderbans and is connected by regular trains from Kolkata and Howrah. Sunderbans is also well linked to all major cities by bus services. SUNDERBANS TIGER RESERVE •World’s largest delta •UNESCO World Heritage site. •Home to the largest concentration of tigers •2585 sq-km range of semi submerged mangroves •Open to visitors in the month of October.
  18. 18. 3/3/13 ADVENTURE
  19. 19. 3/3/13 TAJPUR Tajpur is the latest addition in tourist map of Bengal. Tajpur offers various adventure sports options like para-gliding, rafting, rock-climbing and other activities. •The prime attraction of Tajpur is its pristine sea beach fringed with a dense forest of tamarisk trees. •The beach is infested with infinite number of red crabs which play hide and seek in the sand.
  20. 20. 3/3/13 TAJPUR Kolkata to Tajpur- 170Kms All buses to Digha from Kolkata would also drop you at Balusai More and from Balusai More you can catch a local van to take you to Tajpur If you are travelling by train, then you can get down at Digha and hire a trekker to Tajpur.The trains connecting Kolkata and Tajpur are Digha Express and Howrah Digha Express(Only Sunday) Closest airport to Tajpur is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkata
  21. 21. 3/3/13 HANDICRAFTS TERRACOTTA POTTERIES AND ARTIFACTS Finest patterns of Terracotta panels found in Murshidabad, Bishnupur, Birbhaum, Hooghly and Digha DOKRA METAL •Artifacts made by the traditional metalsmiths of Bengal- Dokra Damar tribe. •Can be bought from the districts of Burdwan, Bankura and Midnapur. SHOLA PITH •Shola pith is a milky- white sponge-wood which is carved into delicate and beautiful objects of art. •Sold in Murshidabad
  22. 22. 3/3/13 TEXTILES BALAUCHARI SAREE •One of the most exquisite sarees in India, created by craftsmen of this place. The silk strands are dyed separately and then put into a loom. •One saree may have an entire episode from the Mahabharata woven into its border and pallu. MURSHIDABAD SILK SAREES •The Baluchari sarees are figured silk saree produced in the town of Baluchar in Murshidabad district. •These sarees have a silk base with silk brocaded designs with respect to their colours. KANTHA EMBRIODERY •Type of embroidery and thread work popular in west Bengal •Specialty of Bolpur.
  23. 23. 3/3/13 FAIRS AND FESTIVALS Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Shantiniketan to mark the Harvest season. It lasts for 3 days and includes live performances of Bengali folk music- Baul music. You can witness West Bengal at it’s best, during Durga Puja time, when the city comes alive with colour and joy!! Book lovers can also visit the Kolkata Book Fair that takes place in January. It is the third largest annual conglomeration of books in the world!
  24. 24. 3/3/13 DANCES The Chaau is a masked dance and is centered around the Purulia region. It is a very vibrant dance form and is usually performed with the accompaniment of drum beats or the music of bamboo flutes. No song accompanies the dance, and the dancer has to communicate the emotions and tensions of the character he portrays only through body movements. The Santhals are worshippers of nature, and to that end, the community (mostly women) performs different kinds of vibrant dances to the sound of sweet music. Gaudiya Nritya is a classical Bengali dance. Originating in Gaur, West Bengal, the ancient capital of the region, it is an all- pervasive form which eventually gave rise to present day Odissi, Manipuri and Kuchipudi and contributed to the development of many classical dance forms.
  25. 25. 3/3/13 CUISINE For those who of you who have a sweet tooth, West Bengal has quite a wide variety of sweets to offer on it’s plate!! Titillate your taste buds with Sandesh, Payesh, Roshogollas, Cham Cham, Mau, Patishapta & Naru. Fish and sweets are the two things, Bengali food never misses. Do try out out the Roshogollas, Sandesh and Cham-Cham and street food like Aloor Chop, Kathi Roll and Phuchka. Rosgullas Patishapta Cham Cham Sandesh
  26. 26. 3/3/13 MUST-DOs BEFORE YOU LEAVE WEST BENGAL Do visit the famous Indian Coffee House, the once meeting place of freedom fighters. Do take time out to ride the tram that runs through the city. Kolkata is the only city in India where trams still function!! If you’re into adventure activities, do go trekking on Tiger Hill in Darjeeling and water skiing and parasailing at Digha beach!!!
  27. 27. 3/3/13 TRAVEL TIPS DON’Ts •Do not attempt to travel without tickets in public transport. •Avoid to commute in the peak office hours as the streets are often jammed with traffic. •Kolkatans are very particular about their culture. Do not make any kind of nuisance regarding the popular culture. DOs •If you are planning for a visit to the city then winter season is the most appropriate time. The summers are hot and humid and in monsoons there is lot of down pouring. October to February is the best time to move into the place. •Before starting the journey be sure to carry minimum of the luggage. Kolkata is a very crowded place and to carry heavy luggage means lots of hassles. •The public transport is very crowded and there are good chances of your pocket being picked in buses and metro. So act wise and travel by taxi.
  28. 28. 3/3/13 Where To Stay Darjeeling Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Glenburn Tea Estate Tumsong Chiabari Tea Retreat Tumsong Chiabari Tea Retreat is a beautiful heritage tea house, professionally managed by Chamong Group. This is a family owned property, now in its 6th generation and has been in the tea business for almost a century. Snow Lion Homestay Snow Lion Homestay is owned and managed by a Tibetan family. The Snow Lion, a mythical creature of Tibetan lore, is the national symbol of Tibet. Two Snow Lions appear on the national flag of Tibet. 
  29. 29. 3/3/13 Kolkata Homestay Kolkata - Hasting 4BHK Apartment is a luxury service apartment, situated right at the centre of town surrounded by area full of greenery. The property is closest to the most important & one of the busy happening place in between Central and South Kolkata. Homestay Kolkata Hasting  Spandan is a beautiful 1 BHK apartment located in Action Area III of Rajarhat, owned and maintained by Shapoorji Paloonji & Co. Ltd. An ideal place, economical, affordable and yet with uncompromising comfort for the person seeking rest from hectic city life. Spandan Service Apartment 
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