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Tourism of West Bengal

West Bengal is a land blessed with the boundless bounties of nature. From the Tiger Hill of Darjeeling with its views of glistening Kanchenjunga peak at the break of dawn, to the dense forests of Sunderbans filled with the roar of Royal Bengal tiger, the tourism of West Bengal presents an awesome variety to explore upon. From secluded beaches in the south to hill stations in the north, West Bengal has got it all, making it a great tourist attraction.

There are serene beaches at Digha, Shankarpur, Junput, and many other places of the state. The coastal strip extends from the Gangetic delta land to the border of Orissa. The beaches are hard with rows of casurian groves. They have a pleasant weather throughout the year. Darjeeling is the most famous hill station of the state. The breathtaking views of Kanchanjunga and a wide variety of plant and animal life, along with colourful festivals, picturesque tea estates, adventure sports and solitude make the hilly Himalayan regions of West Bengal a choice attraction of tourists.

The wildlife in West Bengal is as varied as its terrain, ranging from the Royal Bengal tiger of the Sunderbans to the one horned rhinos in Jaldapara. The Jaldapara forest sanctuary is mostly covered with tall grasses. In addition to one horned rhinos, the luxuriant vegetation of the sanctuary also houses wild elephants, deer, wild pigs, bisons, and a number of feathered species. The best time to visit the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary is between September and March. The sanctuary is in the heart of the Dooars, which is the habitat of the rare one-horned rhino, which is facing extinction.

The Sundarbans, which hosts the regal Royal Bengal tigers, is one of the high points of the tourism of West Bengal. September to May is the best time for tiger sighting. Apart from tigers, the Sundarbans is a breeding ground for an immense variety of birds like fishing eagle, tern, heron, kingfisher, sea eagle and seagull as well as migratory birds like the black-tailed godwit, little stint and eastern knot. Reptilian and amphibious life forms include sea turtles, pythons, king cobras, monitor lizards, etc. Other life forms are various large cats like cheetahs, mongooses, Rhesus monkeys, jungle cats, deer, fishing cats, wild boar and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world.

Festivals and fairs are frequent in the state of West Bengal, with the autumn season being host to Durga Puja, which is followed by Id and Diwali. Rasajatra is organized in November or December. The harvest festival, Navanna, is celebrated during the same time. Winter is the season of Christmas, and then comes the Ganga Sagar Mela, drawing hundreds and thousands of devotees from all over India. Then there are cultural events such as the Poush Mela and Joydev Mela. In late winter there is Saraswati Puja. In spring it is Holi- the festival of colours. All these festivals present the opportune time to visit West Bengal and observe closely the inherent festive spirit of its animated people.

The capital city of Kolkata, which attracts considerable leisure and business tourism, has wonderful colonial heritage. Though Victoria Memorial is the most well known tourist attraction of Kolkata, but many stately buildings in Esplanade, and dilapidated palaces in north Kolkata whispers the glory of a different era…

There are a multitude of hotels and resorts all over West Bengal, catering to tourists from all over the world, making West Bengal a fantastic place to visit as a tourist or for a vacation.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12

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Posted on 2011-12-26Vizag