West Bengal Travel Guide and Tourism

The state of West Bengal sits on the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Eastern India and is steeped in culture, a colourful heritage and literature. Travel back in time, as you hop aboard Darjeeling’s Toy Train that chugs along undulating hills and tea plantations. During October, head to Kolkata, that is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of cultures and ethnicities and especially during this month, the City of Joy takes to the streets for an exuberant celebration of Ma Durga’s arrival. Tourists seeking the hills, can travel to West Bengal’s quaint hamlet of Kalimpong, go hiking through any one of its picturesque trails and feast on a steaming bowl of thukpa from any of its hole-in-the-wall shops. West Bengal’s thriving tourism sector can also be owed to its vibrant cultural hubs. The idyllic town of Santiniketan, was prolific laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s alma mater and welcomes tourists from all across the world throughout the year. On the banks of the reticent Hoogly river, lies Dakshineswar that is home to a magnificent Goddess Kali shrine and also happens to be one of West Bengal’s most visited pilgrimage sites.
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Best Time To Visit West Bengal

Peak Season: October to March is the best time to visit the state. October also sees the beginning of autumn in Kolkata, which apart from ushering in the festival season, makes for pleasant weather. In winters, temperatures drop to as low as 9°C, and there’s occasional rainfall too.

Shoulder Season: June to September are the months when the state ushers in monsoons, rendering its cities into a lush green haven. For travellers who don’t mind the rain, this is when the state is at its most beautiful.

Off-season: April to May is the time when the state is scorching hot, but after sundown, the heat is bearable. Hotel prices and air fares drop during these months, and so does the tourist population.

Budget For West Bengal

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 300-600
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 10-200
  • Public Transport in trams, rickshaws and buses: INR 10 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 200

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 700 - 1500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 300 - 600
  • Local transport in auto-rickshaws, trains and local taxis: INR 150 - 500
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 10 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 800 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 1000 and upwards