Top 16 places to visit in West Bengal

Tripiwiki : 25 Jun 2024
The state capital is Kolkata. The state encompasses two broad natural regions: the Gangetic Plain in the south and the sub-Himalayan and Himalayan area in the north. located on eastern bottleneck of India stretching from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south, presents some of marvelous landscape features and natural scenic beauty. Some of India's most preferred travel destinations like; the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region in the northern extreme of the state, the highest peak of the state Sandakphu and the Sundarbans mangrove forests in the extreme south.

Following are the Top 16 places to visit in West Bengal

Bishnupur Temples (1 out of 16 places to visit in Bankura)

Ancient town of Bishnupur islocated in the Bankura district of West Bengal, India. The town is famous for the terracotta temples made from the locally available laterite stones. The temples are located in Bishnupur and across many other small villages in the Bankura district. Bishnupur is about 138 KMs from Kolkata & 36 KMs from Bankura town

Cooch Behar Palace, Rajbari or Victor Jubilee Palace, Cooch Behar (2 out of 16 places to visit in Cooch Behar)

Cooch Behar Palace, also popular as Victor Jubilee Palace, is a notable historical landmark of Cooch Behar city, West Bengal, India. Idealised from the concept of classical European style of Italian Renaissance, this magnificent palace was built by the famous Koch king Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887. Coochbehar blessed with pleasant weather and astounding natural resources is a regal town of North Bengal. Located at 326km from Guwahati, Assam; 240km from Gangtok, Sikkim; 705km from capital city Kolkata, West Bengal.

Darjeeling (3 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

Darjeeling, known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ is one of the Beautiful hill stations in India located in northern part of West Bengal, India. Darjeeling is the headquarters of the Darjeeling District which used to be a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim. It is noted for its tea industry, its views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's all about magnificent views of snow-capped Kanchenjunga, torrents flowing down the mountain slopes, lovely tea gardens, landscapes with firs, pines & ferns, and all that combined with friendly people and modern yet colonial charm. Located at 98km from Gangtok.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (4 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling . Small steam engine pulling mini coaches up the steep mountains through breathtaking landscapes and overcoming almost impossible curves and gradients using sheer engineering ingenuity and creative skills. Riding the Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) has always remained a coveted experience to the tourists. Toy Train has been accorded the UNESCO World Heritage status, and that's for a special reason. Darjeeling is located at 98 km from Gangtok, 500km from Guwahati, 515km from Patna.



Dooars, Jalpaiguri, Jalpaiguri (5 out of 16 places to visit in Jalpaiguri)

Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity, forests, wildlife and ethnic people and their cultureThe Dooars or Duars are the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity, forests, wildlife and ethnic people and their culture. The Dooars region politically constitutes the plains of Darjeeling Himalayas, the whole of Jalpaiguri district and Alipurduar district.. The Dooars valley The Bengal part of Dooars, which stretches from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east, is an area coving roughly 130 km by 40 km. The area forms a major part of the Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Coochbehar district and is one of the most important tourist areas. The Jalpaiguri district treasures some of the best natural forests in the region. Jalpaiguri is located at approx 108km from Darjeeling, 158kom from Gangtok.

Gorumara National Park, Lataguri wildlife park, Jalpaiguri (6 out of 16 places to visit in Jalpaiguri)

Gorumara National Park is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India . It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. Lataguri is a quaint settlement located just outside Gorumara National Park on National Highway No. 31. It is considered as the entry point to the Gorumara Park. Jaldhaka a Tributary of Brahmaputra flows just beside the National Park. Gorumara has mixed vegetation of forest & grassland. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Kalimpong (7 out of 16 places to visit in Kalimpong)

Kalimpong is an quiet and pleasant hill town and a district headquarter of ‎Kalimpong District in West Bengal, India. And is one of the most visited Hill Stations in West Bengal. Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station overlooking the Teesta River with a magnificent backdrop of the snow-peak Kanchenjunga and Himalayan ranges. Located at Kalimpong is 50 km from Darjeeling and 80 km from Gangtok.

Kurseong, DowHill, Darjeeling (8 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

Kurseong is one of the most haunted beautiful hill station located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Dow Hill is a beautiful place with lush green vegetation. The pine trees are straight and tall, standing like a magnificent guard, guarding the secrets of the hilly forest. Dow Hill is mysterious, as it is beautiful. And the weather is dismal. Located at approx 32km from the famous hill station of Darjeeling, 118km from Gangtok.



Mirik (9 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

Mirik a beautiful small Hill Station is one of the most visited Hill Stations in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Mirik has become a tourist destination for its climate, natural environment and easy accessibility. Located on the banks of a huge lake, surrounded by a garden named Savitri Pushpaudyan on one side and pine trees on the other, linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pool. Mirik is located at approx 60km from Darjeeling, 160km from Gangtok.

Neora Valley National Park (10 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

Neora Valley National Park is located in Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Covering an area of 88sq kms at an altitude of 3200m, Neora Valley National Park is one of the last remaining hill forest of Eastern Himalayas. Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast India and home to elegant red panda and five species of civet. The park is an important wilderness zone in the Kalimpong hills and also known as birders paradise. Located at 32km from Kalimpong, 82km from Darjeeling, 85km from Gangtok.

Nizamat Imambara (11 out of 16 places to visit in Murshidabad)

he Nizamat Imambara is a Shia Muslim congregation hall in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India is one the famous attraction in Murshidabad. The present Nizamat Imambara was built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah, who succeeded his father Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah in Murshidabad, India. It was built after the fires of 1842 and 1846 which burnt the wooden Imambara built by Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah. Located at 210km from state capital Kolkata.

Rabindra Sarovar, Dhakuria Lake, Kolkata (12 out of 16 places to visit in Kolkata )

Rabindra Sarobar is an artificial lake in South Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal, India. Also referred as Dhakuria Lake is located close to the Rabindra Sarobar metro station in Kolkata. It was created in the 1920s to provide soil for filling up the low lying areas of Ballygunge that were being made habitable by the Calcutta Improvement Trust. Currently it is the breathing ground for South Calcutta and frequented by morning walkers. Excellent bio-diversity with a wide range of flora and fauna. There are a number of rowing clubs namely Bengal Rowing Club, Lake Club, Calcutta Rowing Club and the National Rowing Championships are held here.

Santiniketan, Shantiniketan, Birbhum (13 out of 16 places to visit in Birbhum)

Shantiniketan or Santiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India,. Santiniketan is known to few, mainly as Rabindranath Tagore's home and now a university. One of the most valued places in all of Santiniketan, Tagore's Aashram is located in the Uttrayan Complex. It is the place that Tagore's father first built when he arrived many years ago. He called his home Santiniketan. Located at 212km from state capital Kolkata.

Siliguri (14 out of 16 places to visit in Darjeeling)

Siliguri is small hill station situated at the base of the Himalaya mountains in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Located on the banks of the Mahananda River and at the Himalayan foothills, Siliguri is endowed with natural scenic beauty and attracts numerous tourists all year round. Views of the white snow-clad mountain peaks of the great Himalayan Ranges from Siliguri are treat to eyes. Located at approx 64km from Darjeeling, 116km from Gangtok.

St. Pauls Cathedral (15 out of 16 places to visit in Kolkata)

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful architectural church in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. And is famous for its Christmas midnight mass. It is one of Kolkata’s most beautiful churches and sees thousands of visitors every month. The cathedral is decorated beautifully during Christmas and New Year’s time and is thronged by local visitors and by tourists as well.

Sundarbans National Park, Sundarbans, South 24 Parganas (16 out of 16 places to visit in South 24 Parganas)

Sundarbans National Park is one of the most popular wildlife tourist destination in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. It is a part of the world’s largest delta and home to the largest mangrove forests. Sundarbans National Park is a home to the Royal Majestic Bengal Tigers. The park basically forms the core area of Tiger Reserve, which has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1987. The best time to visit Sunderbans is between November to March. The park has many entry points and easily accessible from different parts of West Bengal.

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