About West Bengal
7. West Bengal, The "Famed Mangroves and Tigers" Best time to travel - October-February Connectivity- 100kms from Kolkatta airport, 110kms from city railway station ! Visit the state boasting of possessing most beautiful nature stops to be cherished by any eco-traveller for a life time.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit West Bengal is from September to March
How To Reach
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Gurudongmar Lake, also noted as Gurudogmar Lake, the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, otherwise called Guru Rinpoche, originator of Tibetan Buddhism who went to the lake in the eighth century. It is one of the most noteworthy lakes on the planet, situated at a height of 17,800 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. The lake can be reached by street from Lachen via Thangu. As indicated by a legend, when Padmasambhava went to the lake he saw a favorable phenomenon in the lake and after that he thought of it as a decent augury to enter the territory of Sikkim, then known as Demojong. It is currently said that the lake provides a shelter to any pregnant lady offering prayers to God at the lake. The lake looks small at the spot where devotees offer love, yet the bigger piece of the lake is not visible because of uneven geography impeding the complete perspective at this area.
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.
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.
Victoria Memorial Hall
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.
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.
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.
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.
Howrah Railway Station
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.
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.
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.
3. Phalut(Front View of Mt Everest) Route one: Visit only Tonglu The rate to only Tonglu is 1800 if one returns the same day. First day halt is extra 500 and 1000 additional nights. Under this option one can’t return the same day without missing the awesome sunrise. Therefore halting for one night is recommended to witness the sunrise as it throws an orange cast over Kanchenjunga. There are two options of logging at Tonglu. There is a government guest house which charges 1200/night for a double room. It has a private bathroom (western style).There is another private logging which is quiet cheap at 110/bed. But it has a common toilet Indian style. Depending upon the comfort level one can book rooms. Route two:Visit Tonglu and Sandakphu and return
New Market happens to be an important shopping center in Bhopal that lies in Madhya Pradesh. The market is close to TT Nagar and one can get some good deals on raw silk and fabrics, Chanderi silk and tussar. The Chanderi silk sarees are quite famous and one can get some very good varieties here at New Market. For everything else like cosmetics, footwear, clothing, perfumes, jewelry and accessories, bags and wallets and other such stuff, there are numerous stalls and shops here to browse through all day long.
College Street (Boi Para)
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.
Prinsep Ghat with a good spectacular view is names after the famous James Princep. The place was built when the city and the whole country was under the Raj of the British. It is among the serene and quaint places in Kolkata where locals and tourists go for a getaway from city's hustle-bustle. This place is also considered by the locals for morning and evening walks by the banks of the river Ganga with not really a great view but also clean and oxygen free of pollution, amidst the lush greenery all around. For those who want to pay some quality time by the Hoogly without spending much, this is actually the spot to head to. An extra activity here's boat rides that are slow and serene in the waters of the Ganga.
Neora Valley National Park
Situated in the unexplored terrains of Kalimpong Hills, the untouched natural forests and dense bamboo groves of Neora Valley give shelter to several endangered species that are protected in this area. The national park is also connected to the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, another habitat of the Red Panda.To reach Neora Valley National Park, you have to reach Lava (34km from Kalimpong), which is the nearest village. From there take a jeep ride to the national park, which because of the bad roads, takes upto an hour. You can easily get the permit from the forest office in Lava.
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
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.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
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
Gorumara National Park
Along with the Chapramari and Sansung National Parks, this is another one in the Terai Region of the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal. Mainly known for the beautiful green views and the presence of leopards and rhinos, this is one of the most popular wildlife safaris here. you can also take elephant rides as there are no cars to take you on a wildlife safari. This is an out of the world experience and a must vosit.
So we started at 11 in morning, took an uber and landed up in Belur Math, a place well known after Swami Vivekanand(I'm a big fan of his and this place was on the top in my list). Beautiful, peaceful place, everyone meditating, hardly thought of seeing such calm place right in the middle of the fast moving crowded city. It took us about 30 mins to reach there. Just by the side of Belur Math was river hugly flowing. It was indeed a magnificent site. I have shared the picture.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
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.
Singalila National Park
The Singalila National Park had the highest density of Red Pandas in India, until a major forest fire swept through the park in March 2006. After that, only 20 to 25 of the species were left in the area, giving rise to Project Red Panda for their reintroduction in the wild from captive breeding. The extremely popular trek to Sandakphu from Phalut is also within the Singalila National Park.To reach Singalila National Park, start your journey from Siliguri to Tonglu via Kurseong. The nearest railway station is Ghoom, 31km from Tonglu. Bagdogra is the nearest airport to the national park. You can get the entry permit from Manebhajan shortly after Tumling. It costs Rs 100 for Indian nationals and Rs 200 for foreigners.
Near the giant Buddha Statue in the Thai Temple Complex is the Idosun Nippon Japanese Temple. This is a typical Japanese Temple which was made quite a few years ago but has recently opened up for the public. The temple posses very authentic, minimal designs like many other Japanes temples. There is a huge, 80 ft idol of Lord Buddha inside the temple and from outside it looks nothing but a nice, Japanese mansion and nothing more. There are a number of temples close to the Mahabodhi Tree and this is one of those. All of these are equally beautiful and has a unique charm. Make sure that you have enough time in your hands to explore all of these.
Earlier known as Bhubandanga after the name of Bhuban Dacoit, this place was named Shantiniketan after the house built here by Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, the father of Rabindranath Tagore. This is from where also started the Brahmo Samaj. This town in the Bolpur District of Birbhum is mainly known for Rabindranath Tagore's visionary Vishwa Bharati University which is over here. The Patha Bhavan school started by Tagore is also an attraction here. Children out here are taught in the open classrooms which are inside the forest of the crimson flowers. This is how children learn to be more friendly with nature. There is also a memorial dedicated to Tagore out here. All these have made Shantiniketan a popular tourist attraction as a neighbour of Kolkata.
Murti WBFDC Lodge.
Murti is a small picturesque town in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and is situated on the banks of river Murti. This place is about 8 kilometres away fromChalsa, India and 60 km away from Jalpaiguriwhich is famous for its picturesque scenery. Excellent scenic beauty is the main attraction of this site. Both Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are very close to Murti.How To ReachYou can reach this place from NJP. There are two options to reach either by Bus or Car.If you prefer a cheaper one then go for sharing which is 200 bucks each. But if you guys in a group then you can book a reserve car which costs you 1550, n AC ones are 1800. You can't bargain as there is a taxi booth with Fare Chart. You will cross some picturesque scenery and tea gardens and also the Teesta Dam.Stay: There are lot of options to stay in Murti.. Including Govt Resorts and Homestays.Online booking is preferred however you can just drop over n explore n den pick d best one.We choose WBFDC because the view from the hotel room is spectacular and the Murti River flows just beside the hotel. You have different options from cottages to normal rooms...depending upon the view d price varies.Its around 1800-2000 for Ac Rooms with view.The staff were extremely friendly and warm and helped us a lot.The food is home cooked taste n yum at the same time.They have morning tea, breakfast,lunch,evening snacks n dinner.The price is pretty reasonable and its a Room Service.If your looking for a Weekend Getaway from Kolkata n your a nature lover... Den dis place is surely to make you happy.Before hopping over to this place, I was recommended not to go on a rainy season... But believe me the best time is during the rainy season. I wouldn't prefer this place in summer or winter.Places to visit:JhalongJhaldhakaSamsingSuntalekholaBinduRocky islandChapramari forestGourmara Forest
Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata – A Star Attraction Of The CityVidyasagar Setu or the Second Hoogly Bridge is a toll bridge that connects the twin city of Kolkata and Howrah. Named after the renowned educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was the forerunner of women education in India, Vidyasagar Setu spans over the Hoogly River.With a stretch of 823 metres long curve connecting the two edges of the river, Vidyasagar Setu happens to be the longest cable–stayed bridge in the country. It also ranks among one of the longest bridges in all of Asia. The cables are arranged in the order of a fan. The beautiful lights arranges on each sides of the bridge in a linear patters add to the glitz to the night view of the city.Hoogly River is a favorite recreational hub for the people of Kolkata. The river bed is marked with some of the beautiful ghats that provide boating and cruising experience for the people. The Vidyasagar Setu towering on the top adds to the charm of the place. I decided to spend an entire day by the river.Just like any other place, this area of the city was equally crowded. But the best part is that you can turn your back to the crowd and face the sprawling Ganges right in front of you. It is a beautiful experience.The day breaks with people taking a dip into the river. The calmness of the river is marked with small boats, or large carriers ferrying people from one shore to the other. On the other side of the river lay some notable satellite cities like Chandan Nagar and Sreerampore.I sat on a concrete bench in the Princep Ghat experiencing the entire hustle bustle happening all around. As the day proceeds, the loud traffic fills the air, breaking the tranquility. And then comes the pleasant evening. Watching the sun set by the Hoogly River is a very beautiful experience.I booked a boat and decided to stay on the waters for the next few hours. As the sun went down, the sky turned crimson with white specks of cloud strewn all over. As you look at the sky through the cables of the Vidyasagar Setu, the sheer beauty of the moment touches the heart. A much known melancholic tune echoes…. ‘hmmmm… chingari koi bhadke toh sawan use bujhaye…’
Sagar Island otherwise called Sagar or Gangasagar is in South 24 Parganas locale of West Bengal . Sagar Island is the southernmost area of West Bengal and is a religious spot for hindu travelers. Consistently upon the arrival of Makar Sankranti i.e 14 January, a huge number of Hindus assemble to take a blessed plunge at the intersection of waterway Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer requests to God in the Kapil Muni Temple.The Gangasagar mela and pilgrimage is held yearly on Sagar Island's southern tip, where the Ganges enters the Bay of Bengal. This conversion is additionally called Gangasagar or Gangasagara. One can reach Gangasagar by benefiting Helicopter administrations worked on each Sunday, encouraged by State Government. The Government of West Bengal is planning to unite Sagar Island with the territory with a 3.3 km overbridge costing around Rs. 6,000 million. This place must be visited by all Indians, especially Hindus.
Deolo Cliff Eco Resort, Kalimpong, charms guests with breathtaking views of river Teesta and misty Kanchenjunga. The rocky terrains that form a part of the resort's design add a natural touch. The rooms are tastefully done up and offer ultimate comfort. With various amenities, thrilling activities and gratifying hospitality, this resort offers the true pleasures of vacationing.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
Known as the only floating National Park in the whole world, this is located in the Bishnupur District of Manipur. The park was set up in the year 1975 and the main aim was to protect the Sangai Deer which has since then increased by a huge percentage. Being in a tropical zone, trees are pretty basic here like anywhere else and you can also find grasslands here. The other animals here include wild goat, leopard cat, hog deer and fishing cat. This is a major tourist attraction of Manipur and is well connected with Koirang which is the nearest town. Dimapur is the main railway station which has good communication facilities with other parts of the country.
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.
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.
Lava is an entry to the Neora Valley National Park in Kalimpong and is a favorite of the tourists of West Bengal. The Lava Monastery is a major reason of the tourist footfall here. There is a statue of the Buddha here and the Tibetian Monks are settled over here. You will find immense peace here and thus refresh yourself before you can restart your day. In the National Park, you find animals such as black bears, Barking deer and other flora varieties as well. The waterfalls around this place look very beautiful too.