department of tourism

government of west bengal

Destination Bengal

Surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh internationally, and by the Indian states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam, West Bengal has an area of 88,752 km. The state capital is Kolkata ,formerly known as Calcutta.

West Bengal boasts of artisanal excellence with its extraordinary terracotta work, handloom weaves, heritage sarees and various other unique handicrafts. Geographical indication tags like Nakshi Kantha(Handicraft), Terracotta, Darjeeling tea (Agricultural), Santipore Saree (Handicraft), Shantiniketan Leather Goods (Handicraft), Fazli Mango (Agricultural), Khirsapati or Himsagar Mango (Agricultural), Laxman Bhog Mango (Agricultural), Baluchari Saree (Handicraft), and Dhaniakhali Saree (Handicraft) are some of the examples of the unique array of attractions that West Bengal has to offer. It is also a center of educational excellence as well as a technologically advanced state in India.

West Bengal has always been at harmony amidst numerous religious practices. The state offers an astounding variety of religious places such as the most number of Shaktipeeths in the likes of Kalighat Temple and Tarapith; magnificent Hindu temples like Belur Math, Mayapur ISKCON Temple, Hangseshwari Temple and Tarakeshwar Temple; opulent mosques like the Nizamat Imambara and Katra Mosque in Murshidabad, Furfura Sharif and Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque in Kolkata; Gurdwaras for Sikhs and majestic churches like the The Basilica of the Holy Rosary in Bandel, St. John's Church, St. Jame's Church (Jora Girja), St. Paul's Cathedral and Church of the Lord Jesus and spectacular Buddhist monasteries of Ghoom, Bhutia Busty, Mag-Dhog Yolmowa ,Tharpa Choling, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang among others.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, the state has no dearth of attractions for you. Visit the dense mangroves of Sunderbans for waterway rides to spot a staggering variety of flora and fauna including the famed Royal Bengal Tiger; trek the Himalayan Mountains with their breathtaking beauty or the green Puruliya Hillocks; or enjoy a safari in the misty forests of Jaldapara, Chilapata. Even a visit to the colourful tribal villages of the Santhals or other ethnicities is sure to be a thrilling experience of a lifetime.

Celebrate myriad of festivals with us like the Durga Puja, Poila Baishakh (the Bengali New Year), Rathayatra, Dolyatra or Basanta-Utsab. From Christmas carnivals to Eid ul-Fitr and Muharram; from Buddha Purnima to the legendary Ganga Sagar Yatra, all celebrated with great zeal.

History in West Bengal co-exists with modernity. From the Last Independent Nawab's Havelis to the superfast AC rides of the Metro Rail - West Bengal has it all. Here the culinary diversity merges, from haute cuisine to street foods to mouthwatering local specialities...

Come to West Bengal - The sweetest Part of India

Facts at a glance:

Capital Kolkata
Districts 23
Area 88,752 Sq Km
Official Language Bengali
Other Languages Hindi, English and other Indian Languages
Temperature Summer – 26 °C - 43 °C/ Winter 10 °C- 19 °C
Rainfall 175 cms
Best Season to Visit September End to March
Currency Indian Rupee
Major Cities Kolkata, Siliguri, Asansol, Burdwan, Malda

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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