Top 10 Places to Visit in West Bengal
Be it those majestic mountains or the vast Gangetic planes; Gorgeous beaches or the dense Mangroove forests; West Bengal is a land of natural wonders. However, Bengal is just not all about a handful of picturesque locations, it has got much more to offer to you as well…
Bengal has always been an owner of rich literary heritage, a pioneer of painting and music, a glorious legacy of terracotta and Indo Saracenic architecture. A historic melting point, blending indigenous traditions with cosmopolitan influences…
West Bengal is colourful enough to bedazzle the eyes and at the same time serene enough to heal the souls. A never ending celebration of India, that you should at least once be a part of!
It’s time to reveal the top 10 worth visiting places in Bengal,
Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’,is a city with many marvels. And also the proud capital of West Bengal. Here you will find the British ruled Calcutta’s architectural gems, historical museums, numerous libraries and art galleries.
If you happen to be an avid reader, you will be definitely amazed by the passion of this city for literature. College street, locally known as Boi Para(colony of books) and Indian Coffee House are the major attractions here.
Similarly, there is Victoria Memorial Hall, a museum having an assortment of Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. As night descends on Kolkata, the Victoria Memorial Hall is illuminated, giving it a fairy tale look.
Kolkata also houses India’s largest and world’s second largest cricket stadium- the Eden Gardens Stadium. This iconic cricket stadium has a seating capacity of more than one lakh spectators.
Another must visit is the Howrah Bridge on the Hooghly River, the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world. The city will dwell forever in your heart in the form of those beautiful moments spent on a boat trip on Hooghly!
The serenity of vibrant green hills steeped in splendours can be felt only in Darjeeling. Often labelled as a top notch tourist place, Darjeeling is an experience for a lifetime.
The are several prestine locations here. Its famous Tiger Hill has the most beautiful sunrise view of this planet. Even the Mount Everest, world’s highest peak, is also visible from here.
Another must see in Darjeeling is it’s Railway Loop , a marvellous feat of engineering. Tahe town and glorious view of snowy peak can be seen from here.
Also there is a War Memorial dedicated to the bravehearts of the land. You can also visit here and pay homage to the martyrs.
The Sunderbans is one of the top national parks in India. It’s spread over 102 islands. However, there is a constraint, the Sundarbans is only accessible by boat.
But, witnessing those dense mangroove forests over a boat is an experience of its own kind. Once you reach there, you will realise that it was worth taking so much pain. If you are daring enough then do consider placing Sunderbans on your itinerary!
A very old city of Bengal, Bishnupur had been ruled by the Mughals for decades. Despite of all these years of Mughal rule, the masses were majorly Hindus.
All this resulted into clubbing of art and creativity of the best of these two communities. Today, Bishnupur is known for its remarkable terracotta temples, terracotta pottery, and silk saris.
You will be amazed to see Gumbaz or domes in the temples. On the walls of these historic temples, there is a vivid explanation of various incidents from epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This amazing blend of Bengali, Islamic and Oriya architecture will leave you in awe.
Mirik is a town nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. Mirik has become a popular tourist in the past few years. The centre of all attraction is the Sumendu lake, surrounded by a garden on one side, pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pull (Rainbow Bridge).
The place has many lovely view points to watch sunrise, sunset and the landscape;several nearby tea gardens; monasteries and temples ; flower gardens including orchids and more.
This beautiful town of Bengal called Murshidabad is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi river. Murshidabad was once a city ruled by the Nawabs. However ‘Nawabiyat’ has still retained itself in the air of the city.
The palaces and gardens of Nawabs are picturesque. There are a number of sightseeing places such as Hazarduari Palace, Bachhawali Tope and Katra Mosque.
7. Cooch Behar
Experience a pleasant weather and natural freshness at Cooch Behar. A place located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas.
Interestingly, it is the only planned city in north Bengal region. The unique blend of mordenity and royal heritage has made it a prominent tourist spot in Bengal. You must visit the marvelous Cooch Behar Palace and Madan Mohan Temple.
8. Siliguri city
You must have already heard about Siliguri. A city, located on the banks of the Mahananda River and the foothills of the Himalayas. The city of Siliguri attracts many tourist and probably the prettiest place to visit around the West Bengal.
9. Jaldapara National Park
Witness the wildlife of Bengal in Jaldapara National Park. This pristine beauty of West Bengal is situated at the foothills of Himalayas. There are a number of wild animals(including some declared threatened species) like Indian Rhinoceros, Elephants, Hog Deer and Indian Bison.
Located at the east Midnapore District, Mandarmani or Mandarboni, is the fastest growing tourist attraction in West Bengal.
Renowned for its beach, Mandarmani is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise. A wide range of water sports like surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides are all enough to give you an andrenaline rush!