Top 50 Places to visit in West Bengal

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Best things to do in West Bengal and sightseeing in West Bengal

This is a state in the Eastern India and is also known as the 4th most populated state of the country. West Bengal is surrounded by Bangladesh on one side and Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Sikkim on the other sides. Kolkata, the cultural Capital of India is the capital of this state. In the ancient times, Bengal was an important part of the kingdoms of many janapadas, kings and zamindars. The major kings who ruled over Bengal in the ancient times were the Mauryas, Guptas, Palas and Senas. The Bengal Sultanate was the clan to rule this place for the maximum time. The British East India Company later took it away from the Sultans and this resulted in the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Even after the battle, the British worked very much towards the development of imfrastructure and education of the state and most of the famous buildings you will find in the state today were the contribution of the British. Later, when the fire of independence was burning bright, Bengal also saw the rise of many leaders and able fighters who were also reformers and social activists. Out of all Raja Rammohan Roy is known as the "Father of Bengal Renaissance". He was the person who stood against the social evils of Female infanticide, Sati and supported Female education and female rights. Rabindranath Tagore changed the world with his power of writing. Subhash Chandra Bose was a soldier whom the whole world still remembers for his valour and love for his country. In the recent history, people have seen the rise of communism and then crossed the times of riots also. Presently, West Bengal stands in a secure place with a number of places to see and a lot of beauty to witness. Ganga is the main river here which divides West Bengal and it enters Bangladesh as Padma and remains in West Bengal as Bhagirathi or Hooghly. The other rivers which flow through the state are the Teesta, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Mahananda, Damodar, Ajay and Jangsabati.

Darjeeling - West Bengal

Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
Tea gardens
Megha Arora

22 Followers, 9 Reviews


Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes.
Prachi Srivastava Sahni

66 Followers, 67 Reviews


Whether it’s a horse ride on the hilly landscapes or breakfast at Kevanters, the gorgeous hill station will make any solo female traveler feel like a princess. Darjeeling offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities on a super low budget.
Nandan Priyadarshi

451 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
October- April
Things to do
Trekking, bird- watching, sight- seeing, photography, white water rafting, toy train rides
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kolkata - West Bengal

Kolkata is the cultural hub of India and a place that gives you a feel of the heritage even in this modern era. Where there are other metropolitan cities that are moving ahead in advancement, Kolkata is one city that is retaining the richness of the past generations and the traditions that were followed. In simple words, Kolkata is a city with a soul. Known as Calcutta in earlier times, it is also a place that is high on the intellectual front. This is the city that was the capital of the India under the British rule and therefore a lot of architecture and feel can be experienced from the history before independence. Do not forget to get the hands on the tangy Bengali cuisine when here. You can either stroll along the Hoogly or else explore the Howrah Bridge, the choice is yours. So when are you taking the plunge?
I have been to Kolkata as a kid, when it used to be Calcutta. I remember having most amazing time back then at Nico Park and how I walked down those beautiful spiral stairs of Victoria memorial trying to imagine how would it feel to be a Princess. I wanted to revisit those memories, so I made a stop to Kolkata. First thing you would notice about Kolkata is its massive population. You see people everywhere on roads, beside road on footpaths, bordering small alleys, everywhere and they are on a move. Always. The traffic is bad. I mostly walked around, both to save money and found it more time efficient. Not even one instance in which I was bothered by anyone as I scaled kms alone. I loved the spectacle clad, intellectual crowd that dominates Kolkata. I would write separate post to do justice with this marvellous place.Eat- Chello kebab at Peter Cat, Biryani at Zum Zum, Bengali food at Ekante and Ballygunge 6, Street food at Park street and Lindsay road they are cheap and delicious, Misti Doi.Visit- Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Princep Ghat, Mother House, Eco park.Stay- I stayed at Oyo room in Elgin Road because of close proximity to places I wanted to visit. I prefer Oyo rooms for bigger and not so touristy cities.
Shipra Shekhar

424 Followers, 66 Reviews


Athena Mondal

22 Followers, 27 Reviews


Sounak Ghosh

237 Followers, 93 Reviews


Tiger Hill - West Bengal

One of the most important attractions in West Bengal, this is around 12 kilometres from Darjeeling and is a point 2555 metres above sea level. The Tiger Hill is famous for the rare views at dawn. The only condition if you want to enjoy this enthralling experience is that you have to be awake and ready by 4AM in the morning. You go straight to the Tiger Hill before the sun comes out and take the last views of the snow capped Kanchenjunga Peak. As soon as the sun comes out, the color of the sbow turns absolutely red and a little later Orange and then turns to Golden which again cpmes back to white when the sun is completely up. This natural show of lights is extra ordinary and is a visual treat. Starting your day to something like this is complete bliss. You can come to this place at anytime of the year except for monsoons and deep winters as the climate is extremely uncomfortable at this time.
Sunrays kisses the peak of Kanchenjunga
Sai Sandeep

1 Followers, 1 Reviews


Despite it's popularity, an eyeful of sunrise at Tiger Hill remains one of the most popular things to do in Darjeeling. Soak up the mountain sun, amidst the emerald horizon of tea meadows. The most mesmerizing burst of colours that light up the whole sky is one of the most spectacular things you can witness. You'll be enveloped with a blanket of serenity, something that can only be felt in the arms of nature.
Tripoto

818 Followers, 799 Reviews


This place is famous for its Panoramic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. During sun rise, snowy mountains of Everest and Kanchenjunga become golden. Awesome place to visit in Darjeeling. Must see
Rahul Goley

4 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
April- June and September- December
Things to do
Sunrise viewing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Howrah Bridge - West Bengal

Howrah Bridge made from 705m long steel cantilevers, is something that catches the attention of old and young alike. It is one place that defines Kolkata in real terms. Though, the place is always polluted and is really crowded, the view of the place is worth the pain taken to reach there. It is one of the top notch architectural icons of Kolkata from World War II till date. For those who want to click this wonderful bridge, needs to do it from a ferry on River Ganga that passes from below it. The Howrah Bridge is also the connection between the city and the 1906 formed Howrah station.
crantiveler bridge
Navneeth Venkatesh

269 Followers, 4 Reviews


One of the most iconic landmarks of Kolkata, this cantilever bridge connects Kolkata to its twin city of Howrah.
Debashree Roy

135 Followers, 15 Reviews


Howrah Bridge is the famous symbol of Kolkata. Commissioned in 1943, it is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly river in West Bengal. It is the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world. The bridge provides the views of the vibrant city.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
Early morning
Things to do
Explore the architecture
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Siliguri - West Bengal

A city located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and on the banks of the Mahananda river and the foothill on the Himalayas.
The journey to Gangtok can be completed via Siliguri by road in a bus, shared cab or reserved cab.I prefer going by a car because that means you can stop at any picturesque location and click as many pictures as you like. This is a picture taken on the way to Gangtok in the outskirts of Silguri away from the hustle bustle of the town.
Bidisha

411 Followers, 75 Reviews


Siliguri to Maneybhanjan by jeep Maneybhanjan is an important place in the eastern zone as it is the gateway to many important places like Darjeeling, Gangtok. It is a place which is close to the Nepal border. There are lot of hotels in Maneybhanjan for accomodation,food and other activities.
Somnath

644 Followers, 25 Reviews


Sushant Panda

588 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
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Budget
N/A

SANDAKPHU - West Bengal

This place is paradise for adventure lovers. This is the highest point in West Bengal and you have to trek for around 12 hours from Maneybhanjan to reach this place. You can also hire a landrover from maneybhanjan. This is also a village and is a part of the Singalila National Park. As you reach on top of this [point, you will be welcomed with some of the most awesome views including the famous route from Bhutan till Mt. Everest. The view of the mighty River Teesta is also very attractive. This river is apt for river rafting due to the high speed in which the water flows. If you can put in physical effort for the love for nature, this is the right place to choose.
Sahil Raut

13 Followers, 14 Reviews


Trekked from Maneybhajang to Sandakphu, it was a 5 day trek for me with stay at tree houses around Indo-Nepal friendly border. It goes through Singalila National Park with Red Pandas, Leopord cat and wide variety of birds - kalij pheasant, blood pheasant and fire-tailed myzornis. On the way you get to witness up close view of the Kanchunjunga range and find Mount Everest turning golden with first ray of sunlight at Sandakphu. There is a road parallel to the trail and you can take a roadless-road ride through rocks and boulders giving your spine a challenge it won't ever forget.
Anjaneai Srivastava

6 Followers, 6 Reviews


The highest point of the trail as well as the highest point of West Bengal.Sandakphu, allow the trekkers to witness the Mt. Khangchendzonga massif along with some prominent peaks like Mt Pandim, Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse ,3 sisters etc. Sandakphu or Sandakfu or Sandakpur as it is known in nepali is 11,941 ft abovethe sea level, it parly falls in Darjeeling district of west bengal and Ilam district of Nepal. Unlike others places we've been in this trek, Sandakphu got some nice number of hotels, trekkers hut and tea houses..even got some well designated glass covered view point for the visitors.
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Keventers - West Bengal

If you are in Darjeeling, this restaurant is a must visit. They are here for about 100 years and is a must for all people who love their ice- creams and non- veg food. This is more of a café and they still serve softy ice- creams. Their milkshake is very famous along with their sandwiches and other snacks. The view from the balcony seating area is extremely beautiful. This is also the place where a part of the famous Bollywood Movie 'Barfi' was shot.
A full English breakfast
Prajwal Sharma

4 Followers, 5 Reviews


A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a trip to Keventers! Their hot chocolate is to die for. You can sit for as long as you want there, admiring the view [you have to sit at one of the roof-top tables], and nobody would ask you to leave, at least so has been my experience!
Anwesha Maiti

178 Followers, 11 Reviews


Old world charm,reasonably priced food and an unparalleled view make this place what it is.
Shubhanjana Das

271 Followers, 14 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
eat- out
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
N/A

Digha - West Bengal

Digha is the most famous seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. Situated only 187 kilometres away from the capital of the state, Kolkata, it is well equipped with hotels and various other tourist facilities. The sunrise and sunset reflecting off the misty blue water of the Bay of Bengal offer the most picturesque view. Digha was originally known as Beerkul and it started gaining fame when in 1923, an English tourist by the name of John Frank Smith got so greatly allured by its charm and magnificence that he started living there and writing about Digha. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally offers a number of stunning beaches such as Digha beach, Udaipur sea beach, Junput beach and Shankarpur beach. Chilling at these beaches, swimming in the water, or simply lying down admiring the view is a blissful experience. Besides its beaches, Digha also offers other places of interest, the most popular being Digha Gate, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC) and Lord Shiva Temple at Chandaneswar. With its extremely picturesque beaches and enticing charm, Digha never fails to impress its visitors.
This sea-side city is located around 200 kilometers away from Kolkata. Being an extremely popular destination, it is generally a good idea to make your bookings in advance. Don't be fooled by the number of hotels you will have the chance to choose from. Most of these will be booked way in advance during the peak season, or a long weekend. Seek out beaches that are less crowded. Try the fried fish that the locals sell. Stock up on sea shells. Follow the trail left behind by crabs. Sip on coconut water like a true tourist while lazing under an umbrella on the beach. There was a time when the average Kolkatan's weekend getaway to the seaside always spelled out Digha. But slowly, with the rise of Mandarmani and Shankarpur- two new sea-side towns, Digha has faded into the background. But it is still worth a visit, and the popularity of new places means that you might just be able to find that peace and quiet that you are looking for on your weekend getaway. 
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

1k+ Followers, 32 Reviews


The most popular beach of Bengal. It's very crowded usually but you got to find the right places to be. Digha is now Old digha and new digha. Although very commercialized by now, the charm of eating fried fishes by the beach hasn't ceased to exist for an average bengali guy!
Muktadhara Ray

976 Followers, 71 Reviews


There are two beaches at Digha: the old one and the new one, which is usually known as New Digha. Two days are enough for this place as the place doesn't have much to offer but beaches. The water is choppy and swimming doesn't really look like a good option here as the beaches seem deceptive at times. Although, it can be a good weekend getaway near the beach.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Nature
Open Hours
Budget

Kumartuli - West Bengal

As you walk a little from Shovabazar Ghat of River Hooghly or from the west gate of the Shovabazar metro Station towards the Rabindra Sarani Lane, you will come across the Kumartuli. This is a place where a number of Kumars or potters are always busy with their work of designing and sculpting huge statues of Gods and Goddesses which are later used for the festivals of the city. The most common are the statues of Goddess Durga here. Initially clay and straw are used to form the figures and then they are spray painted. The original material used are the marrows of the banana trees but now many other materials are being used in making these idols. Later, the idols are dressed in fine attires and are ready to be sent to the pandals for being worshipped.
This locality stuffed in the northern fringes of Kolkata houses generations of potters. Their heritage is as diversified as the gharanas (styles) of idols they create.
Raisa

193 Followers, 5 Reviews


Being trapped in the morbidity of a typical city life, Kumartuli ends up serving you a platter of shriveled memories. The broken alleys and the withered walls exude a sense of belongingness which seems untouched when one is amid the city-hullabaloo. Further, the place exemplifies the artistic roots of this city. Being a hub of artistry, a photographer interested in culture and people might bump into a series of instances to revel in. Therefore, I would suggest everybody to pay a visit to this place in a bid to trail down the forlorn essence of a typical Bengali culture.
Sreyashi Mazumdar

124 Followers, 1 Reviews


Kumartuli is the neighbourhood of artisans specializing in making clay idols of Gods and Goddesses. In makeshift shafts idols in various stage completion can be seen - from bamboo straw structures to the finished idols. The area becomes a fascinating hive of activity especially before the Durga Puja. Watching the artisans engrossed in the intricate work itself has the ability to mesmerize any onlooker. Today, the idols made in Kumartuli adorns pandals across the world . The temple at Kumartuli is also the abode of the original idol of 'Devi Dhakeshwari' brought from Dhaka during partition.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Alipurduar - West Bengal

It is a district in the north of West Bengal with the district headquarter by the same name.
Neha Bhise Sadalge

272 Followers, 8 Reviews


Nabakumar Das

16 Followers, 8 Reviews


Alipurduar is a sub-divisional municipal town of Jalpaiguri district, and is located at the eastern end of the district. Situated on the east bank of Kaljani River on the foothills of the Himalayas, the town is a gateway to Bhutan and North Eastern states of India. This town located in the Dooars region is known for its forest, wildlife, timber and scenic beauty, since the colonial period.
Mustak Ali

262 Followers, 8 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
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Budget
N/A

Peace Pagoda - West Bengal

After the dropping of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Buddhist saint Fuiji decided to spread the message of peace and harmony all around the world and this pagoda in Darjeeling is just one example of the movement. This is a Japanese Style pagoda built by the Buddhist Monk. The foundation stone was laid down in 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii and the pagoda was completed by his biggest disciple Guruji Fuiji and opened in 1992. It is a white pagoda and white is the symbol of peace. The aim of this place was to entertain everyone irrespective of their caste and religion. You will find immense peace when you come here.
Beautiful Monastery
Rahul

245 Followers, 105 Reviews


Connect with the Buddhist heritage of this beautiful mountain town. Set amidst rolling hillsides, visit the Peace Pagoda for a tranquil afternoon in Darjeeling.
Tripoto

818 Followers, 799 Reviews


Very near to the Japanese temple is the peace pagoda, where there are four avatars of Lord Buddha. The view from the top is splendid and the snow peak range is also visible from here along with Kanchenjunga.
Ruchi Jain

520 Followers, 88 Reviews


Best time to visit
6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
Meditation
Open Hours
4:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - West Bengal

The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
The Darjeeling Zoo consists of all the wild animals found at the high altitude in the upper Himalayas. Some rare animals like red panda, snow leopard and Tibetan wolf are witnessed. I was lucky enough to have seen all of these. The surrounding is splendid as it is covered with mountains.
Ruchi Jain

520 Followers, 88 Reviews


The red pandas, the snow leopards and the Everest museum are why this place is a must visit
Shoyeta chatterjee

344 Followers, 60 Reviews


Also called as the Darjeeling Zoo, this has to be the most well managed zoo I have been to. Quite huge and housing a variety of animals from birds to the Leopard, and the most favourite Red Panda. There is also the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute inside , started by Tenzig Norgay, one of the firsts to climb the Everest. The museum inside tracks the history of various ascents to the highest peak in the world by the students of the institute. It also houses the gear used by Tenzing during the first climb. Moreover, it has a memorial to the man himself. It is a bit of a walk from the zoo, but worth it.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
Wildlife trails, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Budget
Rs 40 (incl. charges for the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute), Additional Rs 10 for cameras.

Kalipokhri - West Bengal

Kali means Dark and Pokhri means Lake in Nepali and Kalipokhri is a small Himalayan Village which was named after a lake with dark waters here. This beautiful mountain village lies inside the Sanglila National Park and is on the way from Mane Bhanjang to Sandakphu, a trekk route. The village is exactly between the Gairibas to Sandakphu and serves as a location where trekkers rest before they further trek up the Sandakphu, which is the highest peak of West Bengal.
It is the optional stopover before you make your final push for Sandakphu.. "kal" means black and "pokhri" means pond in nepali..so literally this place got its name from the little water-body that lies next to the trail to sandakphu. Kalpokhri got some good nepali homestay for trekkers to spend night and have food
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Sanchita C

264 Followers, 8 Reviews


Kalpokhri or Kalipokhri was our second camp enroute Sandakphu.
Ashar

90 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
sight- seeing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Victoria Memorial - West Bengal

As a kid, I always wanted to travel to Kolkata alone, and start my day with visiting the glorified Victoria Memorial at the time when the first ray falls on the spectacular monument. The gardens were well trimmed, and the look of the place - SPELL BOUNDING. Nostalgia train had left its station. And there are more halts to come.
Shreya Rathi

26 Followers, 19 Reviews


The regality of Bongs.
Prateek Dham

1k+ Followers, 1k+ Reviews


Beautiful architecture in the memory of queen victoria
Navneeth Venkatesh

269 Followers, 4 Reviews


Victoria Memorial Hall - West Bengal

The Marble Memorial is a popular attraction in the whole world and people who come to Kolkata make sure they visit this place. The beautiful marble marble monument is built in Indo- Saracenic style with a blend of Mughal style opf architecture. This is also a symbol of British victory in India. The foundation was laid down in 1906 by the Prince of Wales and the building was built in the memory of Queen Victoria and also named after her. The memorial houses a beautiful museum which is also one of the most prominent if you want to know about the British Era. The whole complex covers a huge area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which is also a popular picnic destination. Inside the museum you find photographs of people who had contributed in some way or the other towards the development of the state as well as the country. There are also a number of ancient artworks and weapons inside the museum. The light and sound show in the evenings is nerve wrecking as the sound of the British armies walking past behind you thrills you and the light work is done inside the memorial. It is like a time travel and is a place where people of all ages can enjoy.
This large building of marble was built between 1906 - 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. The building is surrounded by lush green gardens. It is now a museum and a tourist destination. Visitors have to pay the fees to enter the building. Inside the building, one can see the British India memorabilia - the large collection of oil paintings by famous artists of that period.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


A gaze into the history of British India. It also has a museum which has some exquisite oil paintings and a lot of extra artifacts.
Kushendra Tiwary

203 Followers, 85 Reviews


Victoria Memorial is the world renown curator, known to have preserved and properly described the British Raj from the beginning to the end. With an art gallery of artists who've been to Africa to painting by artists of every important event, this place is bound to take you back to the 19th and 20th Century. Also, the park around the museum is beautifully maintained. Though Kolkata tops the charts of being The Most Polluted City in India, these places seems to contradict this fact.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

147 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
Museum tours, picnics, photography, light and sound show
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (park and museum timings), 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (light and sound show), museum closed on Sundays, Mondays and Government holidays
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 150 for foreigners

Indian Museum - West Bengal

Built in the Italian style in the year 1875, this is one of the oldest museums of the world and also the largest of the country. This was built by the asiatic Society and was opened to the public in the present location in the year 1878. There are three floors of the museum with over 60 galleries and also a library and a publication unit. This is a round building with a fountain seating arrnagement in the middle. The museum halls are divided under six main sectors- Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Industry and Zoology.
home to largest museum in India
Navneeth Venkatesh

269 Followers, 4 Reviews


It is the largest and the oldest museum of India. It has rare collections of armour, ornaments, antiques, skeletons and Mughal paintings.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


This Museum is by far the best museum I've been to. From History, to Biology to evolution to textile to god knows what! This museum seems to never end! A must visit for nerds... kidding! A must visit for everyone! Local's tip: Make sure you use to Metro to reach this place. It's fun and it's also for free. Remember to pay for your camera and video cameras if you wish to take pictures there. You don't want to land in trouble without the pass, do you?
Nilanjana Chatterjee

147 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
Museum tours
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 150 for foreigners

Marble Palace - West Bengal

This is a palatial residence of North Calcutta which was built in the 19th Century and named by Lord Pinto. The beautiful residence was built by Raja Rajmohan Mullick who was the adopted son of Nilmoni Mullick. As the name suggests this building was made up of 126 varieties of Italian Marble imported overseas. This is a lavishly built structure where the descendents of Raja Mullick still reside. The whole mansion is surrounded by luxurious gardens with eccentric seating arrangements in the form of marble table tops and chairs. There are fountains and statues of mermens and mermains that are now not in very good conditions. The palace zoo does not function anymore though the aviary is still a place where birds migrate down especially during winter. As you enter the mansion you will find yourself awestruck with the beauty, grandeur and classic taste of everything. There is also a small statue of Raja Mullick near the entrance. The wooden staircases with beautiful chandeliers and huge rooms are a symbol of the lavishness of rich men during the 19th century. There is also a statue of Queen Victoria beautifully carved inside a room that was dedicated to her. All around the house you will find statues of lions spread around in different positions and also other statues including one of Christopher Columbus. There are rooms also on the first floor with billiards tables and musical instruments. Parts of the palace are inaccessible as people stay in these parts. To visit the palace you need a permission from the tourism Department one day in advance.
This mansion id famous for its architecture. Its walls and floors are all made with marble. It is a palatial 19th century mansion designed in Neoclassical style with open courtyards. It was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, who was a wealthy Bengali merchant. The marble palace zoo is located next to this mansion. Although the mansion is a private residence so the photography is prohibited and entry is free but a permit is needed. Then, the guide gives you the tour of the house.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


Located in the Northern part of Kolkata, close to the residence of Rabindranath Tagore is the Marble Palace. Constructed purely with Italian marbles in the year 1855 in the Chorbagan area of the C.R. Avenue, the Marble Palace was the residence of one of the richest landlords of Bengal - Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. The garden encircling the palace is dotted with marble fountains, Greek and Hindu idols among which is a stunning statue of 'Leda and Swan'. The garden also houses a zoo. Inside, the walls have a ornate stucco mouldings and the museum is a treasure trove of curios, statues and paintings by Rubens and Joshua Reynolds.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


The Marble Palace located at 46, Muktaram Babu Street, Kolkata-700007 built in the 19th century neoclassical style has priceless paintings by Indian and European artists, western sculpture and fine variety of Victorian furniture, chandeliers, clocks, mirrors etc preserved in very good condition. The Marble Palace is reputed in the world of art for housing two paintings by Rubens and two paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Marriage of St. Catherine, The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, The Infant Hercules Strangling the Serpent and Venus and Cupid respectively. Gurusday Museum on the Diamond Harbour Road has the best collection of folk arts from Bengal and is the best place to get an essence of the local culture that this city has managed to conserve.
Kishnaa Samana

332 Followers, 20 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
History tours
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM except Mondays and Thursdays
Budget
Free

Bagdogra Airport - West Bengal

Sanchita C

264 Followers, 8 Reviews


The aerial view before landing at Bagdogra Airport. The beauty of the clearly demarcated paddy fields is mesmerizing. Bagdogra in West Bengal is the nearest airport to Gangtok. Sikkim doesn't have a functional airport or railway station. The nearest railway station is therefore New Jalpaiguri, in West Bengal.
Bidisha

411 Followers, 75 Reviews


Day 0 (Bagdogra to Phuentsholing) We took a flight from Delhi (a few from Bangalore) to Bagdogra given that the only direct flight to Paro, Bhutan was quite exorbitant (~35,000 return journey for one). Getting a taxi to the entry point at Bhutan - Phuentsholing was easy and we got a prepaid one at reasonable cost (2875/- for 6) from the airport itself. The 5 hour drive to the Bhutan-India border was scenic, pretty and adorned by a couple of occasional showers.
Vivek

126 Followers, 22 Reviews


Batasia Loop - West Bengal

This is a railway loop a few kilometers from the beautiful Darjeeling. The toy train goes round this loop and there is also a war memorial here. This war memorial was built after independence in memory of all the brave people of Darjeeling who laid their lives in various wars since the time of independence.
Great View of Kanchunjunga
Rahul

245 Followers, 105 Reviews


Batasia Loop is a spiral of a narrow railway track where the toy train takes a sudden sharp descent from The Ghoom. You will experience a wonderful view of the garden, streams and falls which will mesmerize you. It gives a beautiful view of Darjeeling's landscape along with Kanchenjunga.
Ruchi Jain

520 Followers, 88 Reviews


Toy trains in Darjeeling are an amazing experience. Even if it feels like the most touristy thing to do here, go ahead. It has a very sweet, old-world charm to it and it gives you a chance to see the city slowly at ease. Also, a word of advice. Pre-book your tickets or else you will have to come back with only pictures (like me). It is impossible to find one on the spot. Batasia Loop is basically a garden made around a spiral route the train takes before entering a tunnel.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7;00 PM
Things to do
Toytrain rides, photography
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
N/A

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - West Bengal

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the ‘Toy Train.’ With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
Sounak Ghosh

237 Followers, 93 Reviews


Its once in a life experience
Shoyeta chatterjee

344 Followers, 60 Reviews


Actually a toy train as it has the narrowest gauge. The panoramic view of the forest hills and the valley from the train are awe-inspiring. It covers the distance of 88km from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
Harleen Kalsi

2k+ Followers, 103 Reviews


Best time to visit
Try avoiding the winter months from December to February, as the weather may not be conducive.
Things to do
The Batasia Loop makes for a great view of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Carry your camera to capture some great pictures.
Open Hours
The toy train functions all through the week from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm. However, do check with one of the tree agencies that sell tickets.
Budget
The base or starting fare for a seat on the toy train is around INR 360.00 and the amount goes up.

Srikhola Bridge - West Bengal

The last destination of our trek called Srikhola or Sirikhola..it was long trek but whole route was down hill through forest. Srikhola is a small village with atrekkers hut and few number of hotels by the side of river. It is a very photogenic village with a old hanging bridge over the river, we bathed in the river after 6 days and enjoyed the evening by the river , chatting along with other trekkers. It was very pleasant evening as we were on the verge of winding up our much awated trek very successfully.
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Stayed there for a couple of hours for lunch and photography in beautiful Gurdum river in the background.
Ashar

90 Followers, 18 Reviews


This is a very good place to take your break and have your lunch. This place is midway between gurdum and rimbick. This place offers you a mini waterfall which does look really good. If you have balls, try taking a shower here, as you might be stinking real bad as of now :P.
Gaurav agarwal

4 Followers, 9 Reviews


Pedong - West Bengal

A few kilometres east of Kalimpong, on the way to Lava is a small town named Pedong in the Darjeeling District. This beautiful place is mainly known for the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga from here. This town also lies on the historic silk Route. This route connects India to Lhasa via the Jelepla Pass. You can enjoy the serenity and unexploited beauty of the Himalayas and also photograph the beautiful sunrise from this place. There are a number of holiday resorts where you can put up during your trip.
A place that was once the part of famous Silk route which now is in West Bengal
chauthary

192 Followers, 20 Reviews


Pedong is a picturesque hamlet surrounded by pine forests. It has magnificent views of Kanchenjunga . It actually falls on the Silk rote that connected Tibet with India. Trekking can also be done here. It is situated 20km from Kalimpong in west bengal.
Ruchi Jain

520 Followers, 88 Reviews


The town, which is located on a ridge, commands a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan mountains. The town is divided into two parts, Upper Pedong and Lower Pedong. Pedong lies on the historic Silk Road that connects India to Lhasa via the Jelepla Pass. A historical fort built in 1690 AD by the Lepchas, Damsang Gadi. But what is left of it are only in the form of ruins and debris. Later used to ward of the force of the East India Company, it was at the centre of the long-standing feud with the Dukpas of Bhutan. Established around the early 1700 AD Sangchen Dorjee Monastery provides historical insight into the history and culture of the place. It has now become the centre of Shabdrung Rimpoche (known as the Dharma Raja of Bhutan).
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Nature trails, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Bakkhali - West Bengal

A beautiful resort town in West Bengal, Bakkhali is a lovely weekend destination! This is another of the few deltaic islands of South Bengal that juts out into the Bay of Bengal. Bakkhali is also a part of the Sundarban Marshes and is an isolated area. The twin town now makes a single locality and there is also a beautiful beach here which stretches from Bakkhali to Frasergunj. The beach has hard sand and is thus suitable for cycling, walking as well as driving. Henry's Island, a few kilometres away is a great place to spend your day! There are a couple of guest houses here which offer lovely views of the sea!
It's a seaside resort in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. This place offer salubrious surroundings to the tourist where he/she can sit near the beach and sip coconut water. The main attractions are Bakkhali Beach, Henry's Island and Frazergunj.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


This place is again separated from the mainland through a narrow creek and since this a non-religious place it more commercialized with better accommodation and eating joints.
Kasturi Karuna

315 Followers, 27 Reviews


Best time to visit
February,March,October,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Family Vacation,Nature,Offbeat
Open Hours
Budget

Dakshineswar Kali Temple - West Bengal

This is one of the great temples in Kolkata which has a lot of religious importance for the locals as well as aesthetic value for the tourists. It was made in the 19th century with a dedication to the goddess Bhavatarini, a reincarnation of Kali. Rani Rasmani, a wealthy woman got this temple constructed because of her devotion for the goddess. The temple is located on the banks of river Ganga and has quite a breath-taking view all around. One can either take a ferry or a train to reach this place. Do not forget to take proper footwear and an umbrella to safeguard from the heat.
This 19th century temple is dedicated to the deity Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, an Hindu Goddess. It was constructed by a wealthy widow Rani Rasmani who was a devotee of Kali. People say that she had a dream, during her pilgrimage to Benaras, in which Kali told her to construct the temple and she will install there.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


A very beautiful and a very scenic place of worship. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni who happens to be a great devotee of Lord Ramakrishna Dev. Built near the banks of River Ganga, this place is considered to be quite spiritual as the Lord himself resided here when he was alive. Local's tip: Firstly, make sure you don't wear a costly footwear because you need to remove them at a common place and the way it is kept, there are high chances of damage or theft. Also, if you wish to worship, try and buy your things for worship like flowers and sweets from the very first shop near the entrance. Most importantly, photography is prohibited in the temple.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

147 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
Preferably during winters or evening time
Things to do
Explore culture, shop at the local street vendors, pray
Open Hours
6am-12.30pm & 3.30-8.30pm every day
Budget
Free

Sundarban National Park - West Bengal

Sunderbans National Park, the land where entire wildlife embroidered to the perfection, is situated in South 24 Parganas at the most charismatic location of Sundarban delta which is largest delta of the world. In 1973 entire land of sundarbans national park was declared tiger reserve, in 1977 wildlife sanctuary and on fourth day of May 1984 as a national park and in 1987 a new lesson was added by UNESCO when they titled it as world heritage site. The national park is a mazy network of tiny islands, mudflats and tidal waterways which present a very good example of a natural awe-inspiring scenery. Sunderban consists an area of about 4100 sq kilometers out of which around 1700 sq kilometers are river, canals or creeks. The area is not only known for natural scenery and tiger it’s also abode of wide range of fauna and flora including 58 species of mammals, 55 species of reptiles and around 250 species of birds.
Vikas Acharyaa

5 Followers, 19 Reviews


Being in the unparalleled mangrove forests of the Sunderbans is an attraction in itself. Besides, there are numerous animals to sight, including spotted deer (chital), dolphins, birds, the Bengal monitor (or common Indian monitor) lizard, jungle cats, wild boars, mongooses, foxes, pangolin, the famed estuarine crocodiles and, of course, the incomparable Bengal Tiger, to name a few
The Compulsive Traveller

810 Followers, 35 Reviews


Sundarbans National Park - West Bengal

The Sundarban National Park is a very popular National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal, India. It is a part of the Sundarban on the Ganges Delta, and near to the Sundarban Reserve Forest in Bangladesh. The delta is thickly secured by mangrove timberlands, and is one of the biggest reserve for the Bengal tiger. The Directorate of Forest is in charge of the organization and administration of Sundarban. The recreation center is comprised of 54 little islands and is crisscrossed by a few tributaries of the Ganges. There are seven primary waterways and endless watercourses framing a system of channels at this estuarine delta. The main method for venturing to every part of the recreation center is to by water vessels and boats, down the different paths shaped by the numerous streaming waterways. Nearby water crafts or vessels worked by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. Sundarban National Park is all around joined with kolkata Basanti High way.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve. The Sunderban National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal. It is also the largest mangrove forests in the world. It is also home to variety of birds, reptile and invertebrate species.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


You can drive from Kolkata to Gothkhali via jetty (approx. 115 kms/3 hrs). Our surface journey ends here and we board our exclusive boat to cruise through rivers Gomor, Durgadhwani. we reach the banks of the river Pitchkhali where lies the Sunderban Tiger Camp. On our arrival, you will be greeted by the tiger camp team and checked into your cottage followed by lunch. In the afternoon, we will experience the true Sunderbans, as we walk through the native village of Dayapur. We also encounter many wonderful sights as you learn about the lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines, and way of life of the local villagers. Observe their indigenous farming methods and how their houses are completely made of mud with small entrances. Our tour will pass through the village market and eventually end at the resort for refreshments followed by a dinner to end another day in the reserve forest. We also went to the watchtower at the resort after their return from the village to observe the birdlife within the resort. Sunderban tiger camp houses 64 species of birds to date. In the evening, watched a movie show on the tigers. Dinner cooked with farm fresh vegetables was served at the Fisherman’s Wharf dining hall which displayed different tools used by the locals to catch fish. Enjoyed a comfortable overnight stay at Tiger Camp. After breakfast the following day, proceeded for a thrilling cruise towards Dobanke Watch Tower as we moved into the Sunderban Tiger Reserve Forest through dense forest and numerous rivers. Snacks was served on board. The canopy walk at Dobanke Watch Tower inside the forest will guarantee goose bumps. Also, visit the spotted deer rehabilitation centre after which you cruise back through Matla Sea Face, (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) to Sunderban Tiger Camp for lunch. After lunch, we went to visit Pakhiralay Island which is half an hour away from your resort by boat. Evening cultural show - Bonbibi Yatra will be performed by local villagers. It is the local rural theatre performed by the local villagers. Bonbibi means forest goddess; Yatra means an open theatre. The theatre tells the interesting story about the tiger lord, forest god & goddess, fisher man, honey collectors, with lots of songs & dances which has been created by the local villagers. After dinner, stayed overnight at the tiger camp. As we woke up to the chirping of birds in the morning, a hot cup of tea is served inyour balcony. Viewed the array of birds in the fruit trees near your cottage. After breakfast, headed for the morning cruise into the Sunderban Tiger Reserve once again through creeks and rivers heading to the Sudhayakhali watchtower. Walked through the caged walkways after disembarking towards the watchtower, searching for the elusive tiger. Keep a look at the sweet water pond where you may sight a deer drinking water or a water monitor lizard basking by the sun. Monkeys and wild boars may be sighted nearby. Cruise back to Sunderban Tiger Camp for an early lunch. Later, we transferred back to Gothkhali. On arrival at Gothkhali, we were picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Kolkata.
Mayank Raj

247 Followers, 57 Reviews


Best time to visit
October - March
Things to do
Tiger reserve, Wild life study
Open Hours
NA
Budget
NA

Sunderbans - West Bengal

The largest estuarine forests and delta covered mangroves of the whole world, Sunderbans is a place where a number of islands criss- cross along with the many branches of the River Ganga. The rivers that surround this place are the Muriganga, Haribhaga, Raimahal, Thakurain Matla, Saptamukhi, and Gosaba. This is a part of a tiger Reserve as well as a famous National Park. Unlike all other national parks, this place is not motorable and thus cars or any other vehicle of that matter cannot enter these sticky impenetrable marshes. Most of the area is also inaccessible due to the fear of animals which cannot be seen from a distance. The crocodiles and Royal Bengal Tigers are the most important animals here. You can catch a glimpse of these from a watch tower which has to be reached along a fenced part of the park. The other animals which are found here are Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Axis Deer, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkeys, Mongooses and the largest Estuarine Crocodiles in the world. Birds over here include Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Engle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Seagul, Tern, Kingfisher as well as migratory birds like Whimprel, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Pintail, White-eyed Pochard and also Whistling teal. The Sundari is the main tree and is known for the wood. Talking about spirituality, the people here belive in the Forest Goddess known as Bon Bibi, Shiva's Crocodile and also Kapil, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The main occupation of people here are fishing, collecting honey, poaching and wood cutting.
The Sunderbans literally translated to "the beautiful forest" referring to the mangrove trees that grow in the region- one of the reasons that makes this place famous. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it is most famous for the tigers that inhabit the forest, and many travelers have returned time and again to catch a glimpse of this 'royal' predator. But they say that people who have spent the whole of their lives in the Sunderbans have taken their last breath without ever having seen a tiger. Therefore, be realistic about your chances, and consider yourself to be very lucky if you do get to see one. But as you take a ride on a boat along the river, you are sure to see some deer on the bank, or perhaps a crocodile resting in the sun, their scales glistening in the light. But what the Sunderbans should be famous for today is not its mangrove forest, nor its tigers, not its National Park or reserves or sanctuaries- but for the heart of its people that makes the Sunderbans what it is- a survivor. Cyclones and tidal waves have ravaged this delta region- taken away land and lives. But the Sunderbans are fighting back. Remember that fighting spirit and be careful to not do anything to damage the process of regeneration and rebuilding. Contribute towards it.
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

1k+ Followers, 32 Reviews


The mangrove forests of India. Long neglected by tourists and the government of west bengal, this has now become one of the best weekend getaways you can have if you stay at kolkata. Adventure, nature, sea food, boat rides all thrown in together.
Muktadhara Ray

976 Followers, 71 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
wildlife safaris
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Mandarmani Beach - West Bengal

When the locales saw so many red crabs crawling along the beach, it looked like a red mandar and thus the place was named Mandarboni which later became Mandarmani. This is a fast- growing sea resort in East Midnapore and on the Northern part of Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive- in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. The place is a village and thus is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of casuarina and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore are blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis, boat cruises and others. There are also a number of holiday resorts just on the beach. The village is connected to Kolkata via a highway and buses are always available from the city if you wish to travel by public transport.
RANCHI-KOLKATA-MANDARMONI Tired of the hustle-bustle of the Capital, my heart craves to visit places that are seldom touched by human presence and are still as beautiful as the image of such a place in your head. So, who doesn’t like beaches? Sit by the beach side in a shack sipping drinks, listening to the waves, slowly drifting in a chain of thoughts… Thoughts you did not have time to venture to in your busy life. Mandarmoni. Longest drivable beach in the country. It is in WestBengal and a neighbour of the famous beach Digha. Recommended by a senior at my college, and having never been to a beach before, i decided to pack my bags and check it out with a girl friend. Super excited! We took a train from Ranchi to Kolkata and then a volvo bus from Kolkata to Mandarmoni. We stayed for 3 days at a hotel alongside the beach and the entire trip including the tickets, hotel , food, water sports etc was covered under 10k!
Ina Aditi Solanki

96 Followers, 1 Reviews


If you ask me, this is my most favorite weekend getaway. The beauty of this beach is that all the resorts face the sea. It's like you are staying on the shore. At night, the sea comes close to the resort gate. At night, I can sit forever on the resort lawns and stare at the roaring sea.
Muktadhara Ray

976 Followers, 71 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Beaches, photography, sports
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Mandarmani - West Bengal

Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive-in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. An attraction here are red crabs that crawl along the 13-km beach. Mandarmani offers you a peek into country life and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of the Casuarina trees and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore is blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis and boat cruises. There are also a number of holiday resorts right on the beach which offer you a laidback, relaxed holiday!
Mandarmani is the next which generally attracts higher end crowd and has better resorts.
Kasturi Karuna

315 Followers, 27 Reviews


12 km from Kanthi, this spectacular beach is named after thousands of red crabs that crawl on the sands resembling the 'Mandar' flowe. It is emerging as a very popular destination with every passing year.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Things to do
Beach,Water Sports
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Raichak - West Bengal

On the bend of the Hooghly River, in the South 24 Parganas is the small town of Raichak. This town was once the settlement of the Dutch where they had also built a lovely Fort. The fort was later abandoed when the Dutch left this place and the the whole building was left to become ruins over the years. Raichak later became important due to the Haldia Refinery. This place is the link between Haldia and Kolkata. The ruined fort was later made a part of the Raddisson Group and at present stands in this the sprawling, Raichak on Ganges, which is a 5- star hotel here. This town is about 15 km from the Diamond Harbour thus very close if you drive from Kolkata.
This place is by the river ganges. Very cool place to drive to for a one day trip.
Muktadhara Ray

976 Followers, 71 Reviews


Raichak is a small town, located on the bank of Hooghly river. Raichak has more pleasant weather than Kolkata. Although, the best time to visit Raichak is October and November. It has calm and satisfying climate. Here, you can sit by the river and relax. Sight seeing can be done in 2 days. Main attractions are Diamond Harbour, Hooghly River and Fort Radisson.
Nancy Nance

797 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
sight- seeing, picnics
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Digha Beach - West Bengal

Talking about West Bengal's most popular sea resort, Digha was known as Beerkul during the times of Warren Hastings. This place was discovered in the 18th Century by the British. Later a poet named John Frank Smith loved this place and settled here in 1923. His writings have prominent mention of this beach in a number of places and he was the one who later requested former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray to declare this as a sea resort. The natural beauty of this place is picturesque. The shores are lined with casuarina trees which also help in preventing erosion of the sand dunes here. This is a shallow beach with soft waves and thus it is a perfect beach for swimming. There are also a number of tourist resorts around for you to stay. The sunrise and sunset are both beautiful from here.
Amazing Water sports and beach beauty.....
Nikhil Thakur

97 Followers, 2 Reviews


Digha beach, located at a distance of 135 kms from Kolkata has an amazing display of mirrors, bed-side lamps, wall hangings etc made from sea-shells and toys made of jute/ wood. Kalighat paintings also known as pattachitra can be bought from artists in the Kalighat area as well as small townships of artists near Kharagpur area.
Kishnaa Samana

332 Followers, 20 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Beaches, photography, swimming
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Belur Math - West Bengal

This is the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission and Math and is also the center of the Ramkrishna Movement. This was built by Swami Vivekananda who was a disciple and an ardent follower of Ramakrishna Paramhandsa. When Swami Vivekananda went to Colombo in 1897, he ordered the building of two missionaries, one at Belur and the other near Almora. Thhese were places meant for the young boys who would become future sanyasis and to train them for their activities. The Belur Math is on the western banks of the hooghly River and also encompasses the Ramakrishna Mission University. This is one of the most important institutions as well as an architectural marvel of the country. The design and architecture of the building is a mixture of Hindu, Islam, Christian as well as Buddhist styles of architecture. The reason behind this was the motto of Swami Vivekananda that all human beings are equal and that humanity is their only religion. The building looks different from different angles and the three chattris are inspired from thew thatched huts of Kamarhati, a village which was also the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. There is a temple where the statue of Paramhansa is seated on a 100 petalled lotus. There is also a shrine of Swami Vivekananda built on the same place where parts of him were cremated in 1924.
A place where you can get a lot of information about Swami Vivekananda and his guru Swami Paramahansa.
Kushendra Tiwary

203 Followers, 85 Reviews


This place was started by Lord Ramakrishna Dev's disciple, Swami Vivekananda. This place is not only a place of worship, but it's an admirable piece of art if it's viewed from the eyes of an artist. The main temple, has been constructed quite beautifully with minute detailing to every nook and corner of the structure. The place where Lord Ramakrishna Dev's idol is placed, is made in such a way that devotees can get a clear view from the corners as well. There are shrines of Goddess Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. You could even think of spending the night there as there are clean and well maintained guest houses and delicious food (veg though.) served to guests. Also, you might get to witness the 'Arti' at the temple at dawn. Now this might sound quite petty a thing, but it does instil a lot of inner peace and tranquility. Local's tip: please keep your gadgets in your bags, switch off your cell phones and please don't try clicking pictures from any corner of the campus. This is considered to be punishable. Also, if you want to take a dip in the river Ganga, you are gladly welcome, but make sure you carry spare clothes with you. Try not littering the place, not because it's punishable, but you don't want to carry around the guilt of littering a place that's clean and beautiful as Belur Math, which has maintained this reputation for over 200 years.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

147 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

College Street - West Bengal

Also known as boi Para, this is a long stretch from the Ganesh Chandra Avenue to the Mahatma Gandhi Road and is known for the many colleges out here. Apart from colleges there are other building for the city's intellectual group to spend time in. The Coffee House has served as the hangout for budding poets and politicians discussing on serious agendas over hot cups of coffee and kobiraji cutlet for years now. Above all what makes this place even more famous are the presence of many small and big book stalls and thus the name, 'boi para'. If you want to buy old or new books there can be nothing better than a couple of hours in College Street.
"Paradise for readers", my grandfather exclaims everytime someone mentions College Street. Nostalgia hits his face, and all he imagines is his college days. Even an hour was not enough for me to explore all the bookstores. Even if a book is available for 300 outside, this place will have the second hand book, in the best condition, for less than 50-60 bucks! Left for my next spot with at least 9 books in hand and a nine inch smile on face.
Shreya Rathi

26 Followers, 19 Reviews


A mecca for bibliophiles, the street is lined with stalls buying and selling books. The locals call it 'boi para' (colony of books) and it is the largest second-hand book market in the world and the largest book market in India. Visit to get hold of some precious book titles and the joys of bargaining for that one book you just cannot do without. Also, stop-by the famous Coffee House and Calcutta University campus.
Nutan Lakra

156 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
City tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Howrah Railway Station - West Bengal

This is the oldest as well as largest railway station of India and is the second busiest of the country as well. It has 23 platforms andalso one of the largest traffic per day. It is one of the intercity railway stations of India, the others being the Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and the Kolkata Station. The railway station looks awesome from outside with a typical Church style of design with a huge clock on top. This is on the West Bank of the Hooghly River and is connected by the famous air suspended bridge known as the Second Hooghly Setu or simply the Hooghly or Howrah Bridge. The station was started in the year 1824. All the railway authorities have their trains linked from here to other parts of the country and the local authority is no doubt the Eastern Railway.
Now I know what you would think seeing this at first. Why would anyone want to start off their trip with a Railway Station? Or why would a person pick a railway station for sightseeing? Well, here's the answer: Since Kolkata was the first city to be occupied by the British and it also happened to be the capital of the country initially, this Railway station like no other, has stories to tell about the British and their stay here when Kolkata (Then known as Calcutta) was the capital of the country. The interesting part about this place is that it would expose you to the typical Indian environment of people belonging different walks of life. Right from food vendors to elitists. According to me, from all the Railway Stations I've been to, Howrah railway station has a charm of its own. With a variety of eateries where ever you look and bookstores, it's a good pass time for travelers who need to wait for their train's arrival.
Nilanjana Chatterjee

147 Followers, 6 Reviews


One of the oldest Railway Station with beautiful architecture and its apt location on western bank of Hoogly...The famous Howrah bridge is visible from here.
Vikram Phadke

140 Followers, 3 Reviews


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Jhilimili - West Bengal

Jhilimili in Bengali means a sparkle or a twinkle and this is also the name of a famous tourist destination in Bankura. It is situated on the banks of the Kangsabati River and very close to another famous tourist attraction known as Mukutmanipur. The kangsabati flows through forests out here and the rustic environment here is the main reason for touristry here. The Tusu Parab during the Month of January is beautiful festival of the Santhali clan here.
Jhilimili is an offbeat tourist destination located on the banks of Kangsabati river near the Purulia border. The road trip from Ranibandh to Jhilimili is a treat to the eyes.Don't forget to visit the Talberia lake.
Mustak Ali

262 Followers, 8 Reviews


A free bird, that is how you feel will like. Jhilimili is only 15 Km. away from Mukumanipur. It is a beautiful, undisturbed dense natural forest. The road from Ranibandh to Jhilimili offers a wonderful view of spectacular forests on varying heights on both sides, finally reaching Jhilimili, which is mounted on the top of a hillock. Small tribes all around the place add to the beauty of the place.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


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City tours, picnic
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Jaldapara - West Bengal

Known for the famous Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, this is on the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the mighty Torsha River. This is a conserved place and is known for the elephant reserve and the number of one- horned rhino which the reason for touristry here. Also beautiful are the wet green sceneries around. Apart from the Torsha the other rivers draining here are Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsha. Other amphibians and reptiles have also found home over here along with a variety of flora.
Located in the district of Alipurduar in West Bengal through which flows the river Torsa, the Jaldapara National Park is most famous for its one-horned rhino. Book your tickets, make your reservations well in advance during peak seasons. The best time to visit is between October and May. Buses ply to Jaldapara from Siliguri. It is also accessible by car. If train is your preferred mode of transport, the nearest station is Madarihat, around seven kilometers from the sanctuary. Remember that you also need a permit to visit the sanctuary. The best place to stay is at the tourist lodge run by the WBTDC, but rooms are few in number. There are other lodges and private hotels nearby as well.
Sarbajaya Bhattacharya

1k+ Followers, 32 Reviews


Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a habitat of the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds including plenty of peacocks. Elephant riding through the Jaldapara forest in search of wild animals, particularly the one-horned rhinos, has become a craze among the tourists to this area.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


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Wildlife safaris, photography
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Ghum - West Bengal

Known by most as Ghum, this place stand 7407 feet above sea level and at a distance of 6 kilometres away from the town of Darjeeling. This place happens to be the highest point where the toy train can reach. When here, the Batasia Loop should be the place to visit with its landscaped gardens and awesome views of the snow-capped Everest and the Kanchenjunga. From Ghoom, one can reach many other locations including Siliguri. The place is a quaint little town that offers one a peaceful and healthy stay. Around three kilometers away is the Senchal Lake that should be a priority to visit when one is in Ghum.
Scenic Train Ride
Rahul

245 Followers, 105 Reviews


Gargi Mitra

191 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
June to October is the best time to travel to Ghum.
Things to do
Visit the Ghum Museum when you get here.
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Budget
No entry fees as such but one will need close to around INR 8000.00 for a week’s stay here, inclusive of food, lodging, transportation, etc.

Ghoom Monastery - West Bengal

Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this monastery in Darjeeling is mainly known for the beautiful statue of the Maitreye Buddha or the 'Future Coming Buddha'. This place is also blessed by the very famous Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The Monastery has conserved some very rare Buddhist Writeen Manuscripts. The monastery will fall on your way back from the famous Tiger Hill.
Not that this was the first monastery we went to (or the last), but I somehow loved it more. Extremely simple looking in appearance from the outside, its kind of amplifies as you step inside. A large, golden Buddha statue shadows over you, and soothing chants are playing in the background. There is not much space for people to stand inside, but the atmosphere it creates ends up having an impact, whether you are a believer or not.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


The largest monastery in the region. Ghoom Monastery is also known as Yogachoeling Gompa. It is located in a place called Ghoom in Darjeeling, hence the name Ghoom Gompa. It was in the year 1875 that a Mongolian astrologer cum monk established the Ghoom Gompa. At the entry of the monastery, there is a huge giant size image of seated 'Maitreya Buddha' (prospective Buddha) inside. There are bells, ornate thanka scrolls and drums inside the monastery. Like many other monasteries in and around Darjeeling, this gompa is also a storehouse of some rare Buddhist manuscripts. Located at a distance of about 8 km south from the main town of Darjeeling, this gompa has become a destination for people seeking peace and serenity. The gompa is located nearby Ghoom station. One can also reach the gompa from Hill Cart Road as it is situated just below the road.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
2:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to do
meditation, worship
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Tonglu - West Bengal

It is one of the highest peaks in the Singalila Ridge in the Darjeeling district, it is also one of the halts during the trek from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu
Tonglu is one of the most scenic village a backpacker would love to visit...first view of the Sleeping Buddha some real authentic Nepali homestay, calm and serene atmosphere everywhere...
Himadri Sinha Roy

71 Followers, 11 Reviews


Well, this is the place where you realize what the trek is going to be like. The trek from dhotrey to tonglu is kind of difficult because the slope is high and you literally go through dense forest . You have to climb all the way up and cross 2 mountains before you reach tonglu. The view is breathtaking.
Gaurav agarwal

4 Followers, 9 Reviews


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Dhotrey - West Bengal

This is a small forest village in darjeeling with around 70 families living in it. There is nothing much to see here except the ravishing natural beauty and the rustic life of the villagers. There are no holiday resorts here and thus you can visit this place for a day trip
Well, this the place where the 56 kms trek of sandakphu began. Dhotrey is a small village at a distance of 4 hours by jeep from darjeeling.
Gaurav agarwal

4 Followers, 9 Reviews


Dhotrey is where we started this trek, and we loved the tibetian breads here.
Aniket Chattopadhyay

60 Followers, 8 Reviews


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city tours
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Happy Valley Tea Estate - West Bengal

This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Inhale the flavors of Darjeeling for a postcard experience of Darjeeling Tourism.
Tripoto

818 Followers, 799 Reviews


Now, there are a lot of tea estates in Darjeeling, so why should you specifically visit this one? It is because this particular tea estate is the oldest in Darjeeling. It is one of the first tea plantations planted by the British in the region and is said to produces the most tea in the area. It also offers a beautiful view of the entire city from its grounds. One can even visit the factory to watch how the tea is processed and enjoy a warm cup of some special Darjeeling tea!
Tasneem Merchant

402 Followers, 27 Reviews


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Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway - West Bengal

How does the thought of a cable car ride between hills sound to you? Exhilarating is the word that describes the Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway. Open for the enjoyment by the public since the month of February in the year 2012, this ropeway is perhaps the best way to enjoy the hilltop view of all that Darjeeling has to offer. The ropeway is completely safe and spans across 298 metres making it the longest of its kind in India. The journey begins at North Point in Darjeeling and goes up till Singla.
Darjeeling ropeway is also known as the Rangeet valley passenger cable car. It gives a mind blowing view of the valley below, the lush tea gardens, dense forests, mountain streams all over along with the breath taking waterfall and snow peak in the background. You can even get down at the lower station and enjoy the tea garden by walking through it. Its really difficult to experience so many things together at the same p lace.
Ruchi Jain

520 Followers, 88 Reviews


For the view
Shoyeta chatterjee

344 Followers, 60 Reviews


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Things to do
Looking for adventure and some good pictures, get both when you ride this ropeway.
Open Hours
10:00 am to 4:30 pm round the week.
Budget
To get a ride on the ropeway, one has to buy a ticket that comes at INR 100.00 per head.

Neora Valley National Park - West Bengal

Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong, Darjeeling and was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 km² and is among the richest biological zones in the whole Northeast.
Saurabh Shukla

200 Followers, 10 Reviews


Neora Valley National Park- A heritage forest of North Bengal, this river trekking will give you the opportunity to explore the core areas of Neora Valley National Park following its lifeline for its wildlife and botanical richness - River Neora.
chauthary

192 Followers, 20 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
Wild life adventure
Open Hours
06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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Free

Burdwan - West Bengal

Here 108 small temples of Lord Shiva exist. This place remains highly crowded during the single month of sawan (a month considered religious as per Hindu calender) as compared to rest of the months in the year. Some of the pics are taken during the journey from Howrah to Burdwan by train.
Priyanka

76 Followers, 2 Reviews


Henry Island - West Bengal

An uninhabited island with a dense canopy of Mangrove trees and crabs sprawling across the shore named after a European who ventured into the island.
Henry's island is a delta near bakkhali. It's just an hour drive. It is the hub for fisheries under West Bengal Fisheries. It has a beautiful beach with mangrove plantations. A place that you will fall in love with. There is a watch tower and fisheries bungalow where you can stay.
Rahul Halder

78 Followers, 4 Reviews


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Jain Temple - West Bengal

Also known as the Parswanath Temple and dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara of the Jains, this is a beautiful temple in the Badridas Lane of Kolkata. The temple complex is divided into 4 parts- Shitalnath Ji Temple, Chandraprabhu Ji Temple, Mahavir Swamy Temple and Dadawadi. The temple is built in the contemporary style and is like most other Jain Temples in white. The complex has gardens and fountains also that increase the peacefulness of the area. The temple complex is not only a popular one with Jains but with all tourists.
As our bus stopped for first place at Jain temple. I saw a men and a child following his dad for purchase of some grocery. Both of them wearing only Towel and Shorts and rest of the body was open. The only reason was the Humidity over there. Jain Temple, it was a beautiful temple build with marble outside and interior full of mirrors. One can click photos from outside the temple, but photography was restricted inside. This temple was big, and having buildings near by with great interior.
Dixit Motiwala

201 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Sunderban - West Bengal

This is the largest estuarine wetland of the country and also encompasses a national park. This is the confluence point of a number of islands which are a part of the various branches and tributaries of River Ganga which flow along this place. The rivers which you will be able to see here are the Muriganga, Gosaba, Haribhaga, Raimahal, Saptamukhi and the Thakurain Matla. talking about wildlife there are many types of reptiles and animals here and the most famous are the Sunderban Crocodiles and the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Sundari Tree is the main tree over here and this is from here a lot of wood comes. Mangrove marshes and bogs are the main type of vegetation here. Fishermen work here in spite of the risky conditions which prevail here.
Sunderbans, where the land meets the sea. Located at the tip of West Bengal lies a stretch of immensely thick, impregnable mangrove forest. The mangrove forest are a lot more fascinating than their pictures. To see it for the first time is a superb experience in itself. It is a UNESCO world heritage site forming the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. Though the Sunderbans is home for more than 250 tigers, for me, going to the Sunderbans was less about seeing the tiger, and more about the learning the biodiversity of the area, preserving it for the coming generations, and respecting the lives and livelihoods of the local community. We were actually able to s-l-o-w down a bit, and enjoy those things that we never had the time for.
Rohan Pratap Dash

187 Followers, 7 Reviews


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wildlife safaris
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Sunderbans National Park - West Bengal

This is the major portion of the Sunderban area and also a place known as a matter of pride for bengal. Development and modernism have still not reached this area and much of the place is devoid of even electricity supply. This is a national Park without anyone declaring the fact. The world famous Royal Bengal Tigers are mostly found only over here. The other migratory birds and trees look beautiful too. The best part is the adventure factor over here. This is because not a single vehicle is allowed inside this area and you just have to carry on your feet. Even the watchtowers have to be reached by foot and from here you can enjoy the views of the surroundings and the sight of migratory birds.
This is one of a kind experience.Though you can't enter this magnificent forests but just a close view will definitely go into your scrap book!
Tejasvini Viraj

180 Followers, 14 Reviews


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New Digha Sea Beach - West Bengal

Talking about West Bengal's most popular sea resort, Digha was known as Beerkul during the times of Warren Hastings. This place was discovered in the 18th Century by the British. Later a poet named John Frank Smith loved this place and settled here in 1923. His writings have prominent mention of this beach in a number of places and he was the one who later requested former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray to declare this as a sea resort. The natural beauty of this place is picturesque. The shores are lined with casuarina trees which also help in preventing erosion of the sand dunes here. This is a shallow beach with soft waves and thus it is a perfect beach for swimming. There are also a number of tourist resorts around for you to stay. The sunrise and sunset are both beautiful from here.
New Digha is the newer section of the town with a charming beach. The latest attraction is the Science Centre established here by the National Council of Science Museums. The seas is calm and shallow for about a mile making it quite safe for swimming. Besides, lodging is never a problem.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
Beaches, photography, swimming
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Gangasagar - West Bengal

It is an island in the Gnages delta compirising of 43 villages, the largest village here also goes by the same name. It is 100 kms fom Kolkata and is about 225 sq kms in area. This area is a place of religious significance and thousands of Hindus take a dip at the junction of Ganges and the Bay of Bengal.
THE SACRED COLOURS OF GANGASAAGR(WEST BENGAL) Saagar Island or Gangasaagar lie son the continent shelf of the Bay of Bengal, about 100km(54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. A pilgrimage destination for locals, the place has a myriad of mythological stories and exotic varieties of fish meals to offer. The approach includes a ride on an fascinating scooter van from Harwood Point and a unique ferry ride from Kachuberia amid the intersection of the Ganges with the Bay of Bengal. Best time for Visit: Ganagsaagar hosts a colourful festival at the Kapil Muni Mandir on Mahavir Jayanti, where you can witness vibrant colours at their best.
Mayank Raj

247 Followers, 57 Reviews


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