department of tourism

government of west bengal

How To Reach

West Bengal is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. It offers the visitors so many places worth visiting that it would be difficult for them to decide what to see and what not to see. From mountains to sea side, hill stations to deltas, botanical gardens to wildlife sanctuaries, forests to planetariums, you name it and you have it here. The local transportation facilities in West Bengal are also perfect for travelling from one city to another. As for information of reaching West Bengal from other states of India or abroad, go through the following lines. Come to Bengal, Experience the Sweetest part of India.

Air Services
Air networks in this state that can be used for internal and interstate commuting.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located at Dumdum in Kolkata and Bagdogra airport at Siliguri in North Bengal. Regular flights operate from major cities of the country and the world to West Bengal. From the airport, tourists can take taxis or buses to reach their destination.
Kazi Najrul Islam airport at Asansole-Durgapore has been set up.
Smaller Air and Helicopter services are also coming up at Balurghat, Cooch Behar.

A well planned and extensive road network covers the entire state of West Bengal. A number of National Highways and State Highways cross through the state. One can easily approach the state from neighbouring states, like Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand, via road. Cross border roadways are also fully functional, with neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Kolkata and West Bengal are well connected with bus, Taxi, auto, services. There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Kolkata. Bus services to North Bengal, South Bengal and all Districts are easily available through a wide road network of National highway, State highway and rural network. Various types of local transport are also available like Taxi, Auto, Toto, Rickshaw, Jeep and Horse Ridden Carts, at few places in Kolkata.

Kolkata is an important river-harbor in the eastern part of the country; the Haldia port and the Kolkata port are under The Kolkata Port Trust. Ship transport services are available to Port Blair, Freight transport services to various harbors in the country and overseas are carried out by the Shipping Corporation of India. Transport by ships/vessels is a major means of transportation in the southern segment of West Bengal, particularly in the Sundarbans region. Steamer, cruise, vessel, launch and ferry services are also available. Ferry Services are also available along the river zones along the Hooghly and other rivers and Sundarban.

Tram Service
The Kolkata tram is the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, running since 1902, and currently the only tramway in India Tram lends Kolkata an old world charm and adds to the romantic element to the city. This slow moving, electrical reptile in narrow and crowded streets completes the ultimate attraction of the city .Having glided down the rails as a historian witness; Tram has itself been turned into an immemorial heritage for which the whole Kolkata and Bengal feel proud of.

Rail Service
West Bengal has good rail connectivity with all parts of the country. Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata are three major stations. The trains from north-eastern part of India begin and end at Sealdah and the trains from south, west and central India originate and end at Howrah station. Howrah railway station is the oldest station and largest railway complex in India with maximum number of platforms. Others important stations New Jalpaiguri at North Bengal, Ghum Station at Darjeling (DHR) is credited of being highest altitude station in the world, Kharagpur Railway station has the longest platform of India.

Metro Rail
Kolkata Metro Rail is the first underground rail system in the nation, started commercial operations in 1984. The network currently consists of one operational line of 27.22 km from Noapara to Kavi Subhash with five other lines in various phases of construction. DumDum to New Garia Metro line is of 25 kilometers and has 23 stations. There are 300 metro services daily carrying over 650,000 passengers making it the second busiest metro system in India. Along the metro stations there are many important places of Tourist Attractions.

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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