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Rajendra, West Bengal Travel Expert
Stretching from the Himalayas to the sea, West Bengal boasts an extraordinary selection of landscapes, cultures and monuments. From the mangrove swamps of Sundarbans home by man-eating tigers, to the dramatic hill station of Darjeeling not far from Mt Everest itself, West Bengal is truly diverse.
West Bengal, contrary to its name, is a state located on the east side of India. West Bengal has been noted for its rich cultural activities, tourist attractions and heritage. The fourth most populous state in the country, its capital is Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is considered to be the Cultural Capital of India, owing to its fervent festivals, museums, educational institutions and performing arts. The city boasts of diverse folk traditions and has birthed several notable writers, musicians and artists, including the Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
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This cultural hub flourished culturally and materially during the height of the British rule in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, cultivating a distinctively creative blend of East and West which is still noticeable to this day.
One of the best times to visit the vibrant city of Kolkata on a West Bengal tour is in the month of October, when the Hindus celebrate the grand festival of Durga Puja. This festival, although celebrated throughout the country in many forms, takes on a behemoth shape in Kolkata. The unmatched fervor, energy, colors and emotions can be overwhelmingly beautiful for even the most avid traveller. An unforgettable festival, Shanti Travel can craft a unique customized tour that will allow you to soak in the authentic atmosphere of this celebration.
The hill station of Darjeeling is an extremely popular tourist spot. Amidst vast lush tea plantations, waterfalls, magnificent views of the Kanchengjunga, and misty mountains, this former British colony still exudes a charming British aura. The temperate climate here in the mountains made it a popular resting place for the British, and they certainly left their mark! Located on the banks of Mahananda River in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Darjeeling district, Siliguri is an enigmatic region enveloped in dense forests. The lush town of Gangtok, located in the state of Sikkim, is not too far from West Bengal.
The Sunderbans National Park is an oasis of bountiful wildlife and lush vegetation where the land merges with the sea at the southernmost tip of West Bengal. An almost impregnable stretch of mangrove forest on the world’s largest delta, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts of being home to the legendary and majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. The allure of this enigmatic sanctuary is too strong to avoid.
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