||West Bengal Tourism
Interestingly, it has various distinct geographic regions popular for the tourists. It has wide range of tourists’ spots such as natural landscapes, hill stations, beaches, plains, wildlife, archaeological sites, museums, science parks and many more. However, major tourists’ attractions of the state are given below:
Monuments and Historical Places
- Hazarduari Palace: It is built in Indo-European style. It is popular among the tourists because of its largest staircase in India and the second largest chandelier in the world.
- Shantiniketan: It is the Ashram of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Birbhum District. The place has enshrined several collections of Rabindranath Tagore. However, at present, it is popular university in West Bengal.
- Howrah Bridge: It is located in Kolkata city. At present, known as “Rabindra Setu,” it is one of the iconic bridges of India.
- Victoria Memorial: It is located in Kolkata city. It is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in West Bengal.
- Cooch Behar Palace: Popular as Buckingham Palace of London, Cooch Behar Palace is one of the most significant tourists’ attractions in West Bengal. It is known as Victor Jubilee Palace. Because of its elegance and greatness, it is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: Popular as "Toy Train", it is located in Darjeeling. It was built during the period of 1879 to 1881. It is a narrow gauge railway that runs between the Hill Station Darjeeling and New Jalpaiguri.
- Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden or Calcutta Botanical Garden: It is the largest and oldest reserve of greeneries of its kind in the whole South East Asia region.
- Hazarduari Palace: It is located in Murshidabad. The palace was built by architect Duncan Macleod in the nineteenth century. However, the magnificent Hazarduari Palace is handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for its protection and maintenance.
- Bishnupur Terracotta Temples: Located in the Bankura District of West Bengal, it is an historic town. The town is largely known for various terracotta temples made up of locally available laterite stones.
- Dakshineswar Kali Temple: It is located on the bank of Hooghly River near Kolkata city in Dakshineswar. The temple is devoted to goddess ‘Bhavatarnini’ (one of the incarnations Goddess Kali).
- Sunderbans: It is located along the coast of Bay of Bengal. Located partly in West Bengal and partly in Bangladesh, Sunderbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. It is popular for unique flora and fauna. Sunderbans is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park. It is one of the largest sites of Tiger Reserve of India.
- Adina Mosque: It is located in Maldah District. Sultan Sikandar Shah built it in 1373.
- St. Paul's Cathedral: It is located in the city of Kolkata. It was built by Bishop Daniel Wilson in 1847.
National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Sundarbans National Park: It is located in the coastal region, it is worldwide popular for the Royal Bengal Tiger reserve.
- Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located on the bank of Torsa River, along the foothills of Eastern Siwalik Himalayas in Jalpaiguri District of the state. Though it has wide diversity of flora and fauna, but it is largely popular for the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros.
- Gorumara National Park: It is located in the Terai region of Siwalik Himalayan foothills, in the north-east region of West Bengal. This park is popular for grasslands and forest.
- Neora Valley National Park: It is located in the Darjeeling District. It has rich reserve of flora and fauna. It is popular for Red Panda.
- Buxa Tiger Reserve: It is located near the India-Bhutan border in the Buxa hills, known for tiger reserve.
- Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: It is located in the southern region of Kolkata. It is popular for the varieties of unique birds.
- Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located in Uttar Dinajpur District of West Bengal. It is popular for distinct birds. The sanctuary is also popular for the varieties of migratory birds.
- Singalila National Park: It is located on the Singalila Ridge along the border of Sikkim.