West Bengal is a gateway into entire Eastern India. Up in the hills…explore the world-famous tea plantations of Darjeeling, experience the 19th century Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (UNESCO site) or ride the delightful Toy Train up to Darjeeling and on to Siliguri for spectacular vistas of Mt Kanchenjunga. Serene Kalimpong has rare orchids and other floral treasures. The tempestuous waters of the River Teesta are wonderful for whitewater rafting. Nearby Ghoom is famed for its stunning Buddhist monastery and the world’s highest railway station. The Dooars – the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas – are noted for their wildlife sanctuaries, colonial tea estates and being a gateway into neighboring Bhutan.
Rural Bengal reveals exquisite pieces of craftsmanship or subtle reminders of its rich history. Central Bengal for its rich craft heritage is not very accessible or tourist friendly and remains one for the offbeat travelers (There are cruises operating that takes one through the heart of Central Bengal).
South Bengal will enchant you with charming capital Kolkata; Dakhineswar temple, where Bengal’s much-revered 19th-century philosopher-saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa achieved enlightenment; the lovely beaches of Bakkhali, Digha, Shankarpur, and Tajpur; the amazing Diamond Harbour by the Bay of Bengal; and the incredible secret mangrove forests of the Sundarbans (UNESCO heritage site and a renowned bird watching and eco-tourism destination).
Sunderbans and many other wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks of West Bengal are renowned bird watching destinations with 500+ varieties sighted here. West Bengal after states of Gujarat and Uttarakhand is most sought after bird watching destination in India.
The queenly state is famous for its sweets, terracotta crafts, metal sculptures, leatherwork, cotton and silks, embroidery work, and painting styles – enough souvenirs for you to take home. It’s not surprising that India’s best craftsmen and artists hail from these areas.
Holxo Tours in West Bengal