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West Bengal
Area 88,752 sq kms. The Capital of this state is Calcutta
Boundaries   To the North of West Bengal is the Sikkim, Bhutan, to the North West is Nepal, East Assam, and Bangladesh, and to the South is Bay of Bay of Bengal, West Bihar.
Important Cities and towns   Asansol, Puruliya, Murshidabad, Baharampur, Bankura, Calcutta, Midanagar, Darjeeling, Durgapur, Hugli, Hora, Kharagpur, Kuch Bihar, Krishna Nagar, Jalsaigiri
Places of Tourist Interest
Bankura, Bakareswar, Vishnupur, Bakkali, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Murshidabad, Santiniketan, Sunderbans, Tarakeswaram, Haldiya
Best Time To Visit   October to March
Airports   Dam Dam Airport
Winter Max 36.3° Celsius
. Min 9.6° Celsius
Summer Max 41.7° Celsius
. Min 38.1° Celsius
Required Clothing  
Cotton in summer and light woollen in winter
Some of the must visit sites are - Calcutta, Darjeeling
Calcutta, the state Capital of West Bengal is famous for its culture; films, poetry, art and dance. The Victoria Memorial is a splendid architectural monument in white marble, modeled after the Taj Mahal, was built in the memory of Queen Victoria. Victoria Memorial houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia from colonial days. Brass cannons, wrought iron street lamps and imposing statues recreate history.

With an overwhelming 10 million people, Calcutta is busy and bustling. Wether Religious celebrations, concerts, theatre or a political demonstration; Calcutta is always on the move. >>TOP



Darjeeling is a popular hill station, surrounded by tea plantations on all sides. The views over the mountains to the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga and down to the swollen rivers in the valley are magnificent. Buddhist monasteries; tea plantations; colourful markets and handicrafts shops; trekking are some of the major attractions, not to mention the famous 'toy train' which is part of the fun in getting there. Excursions include Kalimpong on the foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas; Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, overflowing with ancient temples, palaces, monasteries and colourful bazaars. Darjeeling tea is one of the finest teas in the world and the snowcapped mountains form a picturesque background to the many tea plantations in the region.

Tiger Hill: About 11 kms from Darjeeling is the Tiger Hill, the highest spot in the area at 2520 metres. Tiger hill is famous for it magnificent view of Kanchenjunga and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Visit pre dawn to enjoy the spectacular sunrise amongst the mountain peaks and on a clear day the peak of Mt. Everest visible.

Ghoom Monastery: On the way back to Darjeeling see the Ghoom monastery, belonging to the yellow sect it houses famous Buddhist scriptures. >>TOP


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