West Bengal has a predominant travel culture that most outsiders don't know about.
Over weekends, lovers of the hills enjoy travelling from West Bengal to the lower Himalayas around Siliguri. But those who find peace near water, head south, where the coastline of Bay of Bengal is dotted with beaches such as Mandarmani, Shankarpur and other beaches on the West Bengal and Odisha border.
Haven't heard of these beaches? Fret not. I've put together a list of such unusual beaches for you here, so the big Bong secret is finally out: