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Transportation in West Bengal

West Bengal is a state located in the eastern part of India. The state is known for its wonderful location stretching from Himalayas to Bay of Bengal consisting of dense forests, deep valleys, rivers, hills, beaches and rich soil. Tourists planning a trip to this enchanting place will never face a problem of transportation in West Bengal as the state offers various modes of transport.

Tourists can reach West Bengal using any of the three ways of transport. The state is well connected by rail, road and air route to other major cities of India. Air route even connects the state to international cities. Local transport facilities available in the state are excellent. Several rivers flow in the southern part of the state hence ferry is a principle mode of transport there. Especially in the Sundarbans area this mode of transport is very popular.

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is the only city of the country having trams as a mode of transport. These trams are operated by the Calcutta Tramsway Company. Bus services in the state are operated by various government owned organizations as well as private bus companies. The railway system in the state is also a convenient option for transportation in West Bengal. Several railway stations in the state such as Howrah Station and Sealdah Station are the major railway stations of West Bengal, which connect the state to other major places of India. Darjeeling Station, Kharagpur Station, Alipurdur Railway Junction and Naxalbari Station are some other railway stations in West Bengal. There are number of fast trains as well as local and passengers trains within the state.

Metered taxis and auto rickshaws even play major role in transportation in West Bengal. Cycle rickshaws are also available in most of the parts of the state. Hand-pulled rickshaws are also used in Kolkata for short distance traveling. Enquiry about the rates before hiring any vehicle is necessary. Metered taxis and auto rickshaws have their tariff cards, while cycle and hand-pulled rickshaws have their rates fix for distances.

The excellent services of transportation in West Bengal make your tour to this state a pleasant and comfortable journey.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12