Best Places To Visit In West Bengal

Set amidst the grand Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal continues to be a top destination for holidays. Considering its cultural and architectural remnants from the East India Company period, and the greens that the cities are surrounded with, it comes across as no surprise.

Bengal is that one place you would love to explore at your own pace. One spot at a time to take in its beauty, delve into its rich culture and capture it for a lifetime. But just like most popular destinations for tourism, the state too has a number of places that travellers often miss visiting.

 

Some simply skip them because they don’t have time and others probably don’t know of them. So we are listing down 10 places to visit in West Bengal that should definitely be a part of your  travel itinerary.

1. Darjeeling - Most famous tourist attractions in West Bengal

must visit place in West Bengal 

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The one place that is always on the list of those who enjoy watching the sunrise, is Darjeeling. Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations in the world. The 96 kilometers long Toy Train here is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO and is definitely worth experiencing if you’re around. Apart from the train ride, we recommend you set aside a few days to enjoy the famous tea gardens, Singamari Ropeway and the Lloyd’s Botanical Garden.

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2. Kalimpong - The little known hill station

hill station in the West Bengal  

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Another gorgeous hill station in the West Bengal, Kalimpong is situated at a height of 1,250 meters. The place is known for its educational institutions that were established back in the British Colonial period. A few places to visit in Kalimpong include the municipality overlooking the Teesta River, the flower market for its wide range of orchids and the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist monastery for the rare Tibetan sculptures it holds. With such beautiful surroundings you will never ask what to do in Kalimpong.

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3. Digha - Weekend tourist spot in West Bengal

Digha - most visited beach in West Bengal 

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Digha is a gorgeous seaside resort town in West Bengal, that is also a popular honeymoon destination in India. For that matter, it is the most frequented beach in the state for its picturesque setup. We definitely recommend Digha for anyone who enjoys a good, clean beach on a clear day!

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4. Sundarbans - Famous for its unique mangrove forests

  

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One of the largest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarban National Park is popular for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The forest provides a unique and rich wildlife habitat that is worth visiting at least once. There are more than 150 species of fishes, 270 species of birds, 42 species of mammals and a lot more that can be spotted here. Truly a place for those who love to connect with nature every now and then.

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5. Mandarmani - Seaside resort village of West Bengal

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Another seaside resort village in West Bengal, Mandarmani is situated at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal and in the East Midnapore district. The place is famous for spotting red crabs crawling across the 13 km long beach, so you better watch your step and keep your cameras ready. It is also known for being one of the longest beaches that allow a drive in, in India. Now driving on the beach certainly needs to be on your bucket list!

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6. Bardhaman - Must visit historical place in West Bengal

Bardhaman - historical city  

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Bardhaman is a city in West Bengal that is known from about 5000 BC. The place literally has a rich history to offer and is a part of most traveller itineraries. Some of the places that you definitely need to visit in Bardhaman include the Christ Church, 108 Shiv Mandir, Meghnad Saha Planetarium, Golap Bagh, Curzon Gate, the Deer Park and the Damodar Riverside.

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7. Asansol - For an easy short tour in West Bengal

Asansol - 2nd largest city in West Bengal 

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Asansol City is located in the Bardhaman District of West Bengal and is the second largest city in the state after Kolkata. It is one of the offbeat locations that people head over to for a quick break from the busy lifestyles. While you’re here, don’t forget to seek for blessings at the Kalyaneshwari Temple and the Sacred Heart Church, enjoying an eased boat ride at the Maithon Dam, trekking up to the Joychandi Pahar, visiting Churulia and relaxing at the Spandan Recreation Park.

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8. Midnapore - Pilgrim center

Midnapore - ancient monuments 

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Situated on the banks of the Kangsabati River, Midnapore is a pilgrim center in West Bengal. It is home to some ancient temples and mosques, whose architecture will leave you awestruck. There are also many memorials for freedom fighters established here. And if you have a sweet tooth, then don’t forget to binge on Khirer Goja sold at the sweet shops here.

9. Neora Valley - Visit the Red Panda

Neora Valley national park 

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Situated in the Kalimpong, the Neora Valley National Park was established back in 1986 and spreads over an area of 88 square kilometers. It is one of the richest biological zones in India and should definitely be on your list of must-visit places. After all, who wants to miss spotting the elegant red panda in its undisturbed natural habitat? While you’re here, don’t forget to visit the Petrichor Farms, Samsing, Rishyap and the Neora River.

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10. Santiniketan - For a peaceful and quiet tour

Shantiniketan for some quiet time 

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Approximately 160 km North of Kolkata, Santiniketan is a small town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Established by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, it was later expanded by Rabindranath Tagore into the Visva Bharati University. The ashram - university campus now, is full of splendid sculptures, murals and paintings. The place is also popular for the fairs and festivals like Poush Mela and Basanta Utsav, but you’ll have to plan your trip accordingly if you want to attend them.

If you’re planning on visiting the state, we recommend you do so from anytime in October to March. The weather during this time is considerably pleasant and will let you enjoy all the tourist attractions here without having to worry about it being too cold or far too sweaty to walk even a kilometer!

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Is there a place in West Bengal that you absolutely recommend to anyone visiting the place?

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VANHISHIKHA BHARGAVA VANHISHIKHA BHARGAVA

A content marketer for startups who has adopted the remote life for the sake of travel. And of course, some sleep. Can usually be found on Twitter ranting or discussing cultures.

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