West Bengal Tourism & Travel Guide

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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.
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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.
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About West Bengal

Yet again,we are on a train just nearing Bardhaman .So far so good.The greenery that we can see from the train window is soothing to our eyes.There is a momentary halt....The train resumed travelling and we continued exploring through the windows.Greenery all around disturbed by the occasional bad jokes of the elderly passengers.We reached Rampurhat 20 minutes late(Bengal Standard Time),small folksy village,uninterrupted by the usual din of the metropolitan city.We reached Tarapith .The devotional abode of MA Tara,where all four of us struggled to devote ourselves and get Her blessings.Also to mention the yummy food we had for lunch at an air-conditioned restaurant(much to our relief),from where we continued our journey on to Shantiniketan,found ourselves a decent hotel to stay for the night and woke up fresh the next day to visit some of the most inspiring sites(museums,universities) of West Bengal(photos shown above).We came back,wealthy in calmness and inspiration.

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Best time to visit West Bengal is from September to March
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