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The state of West Bengal lies amidst the eastern region of India. It has a lot to offer to both domestic and international visitors in the form of its diverse culture and tradition, rich history, hill stations, forests, deltas, wildlife, beaches, cuisines and much more. All these varieties of experiences make West Bengal a marvellous holiday location within India. To enjoy your vacations to the fullest, you can go with the West Bengal tour packages provided by Thomas Cook India. These West Bengal tour packages with well-researched travel itineraries are offered at great prices. So, instead of handling the complicated core planning process, you can just relax and enjoy your ultimate holidays in West Bengal. You can also get the option of “customised holidays” with certain West Bengal tour packages for a more personalised travel experience. Take a look at our handy West Bengal tourist guide for a more prompt overview.
Thomas Cook India offers over 20 West Bengal holiday packages that you can pick from. Among them, here are the most popular West Bengal travel packages:
|West Bengal Tour Packages||No. of Nigts / Days||Price*|
|North East Delight With Pelling - Standard||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 28 790|
|Glimpses Of Eastern Himalayas||4 Nights / 5 Days||Rs. 35 149|
|Amazing North East||5 Nights / 6 Days||Rs. 43 131|
The three main West Bengal tourism seasons are winter, summer and monsoon. Winter, usually ranging from late October or November to March, is often considered the best time to visit West Bengal. The temperature varies between northern and southern West Bengal but usually remains within the low 20s overall. Foggy mornings and chilly weather are its main features. Days remain clear, making it ideal for sightseeing and exploration. The key attractions of this period include the snow-covered hill station experiences and tons of delightful festivals and events, including Durga Puja, Christmas, New Year, etc.
Monsoon in West Bengal usually stretches from July to September. The temperature is hot but not unbearable in the southern part of the state, while the northern region experiences a cooler range of 13 to 19°C. Rain showers are typical throughout, adding to the region’s natural beauty. Many tourists consider monsoon the best time to visit West Bengal for its exuberant greenery, mesmerising village-side sightseeing, outdoor activities, shoulder season crowd and much more.
Summer in West Bengal, usually from April to June, offers a different perspective on tourism. The average temperature runs very hot and can reach around 45°C during the daytime. Summer heat and high humidity make sightseeing and exploration quite difficult for tourists. Its main attractions are hill stations, beaches and wildlife watching. During this time, you may find some good discounts on West Bengal tour plans and hotels. Also, check out our detailed West Bengal tourist guide to find more details on the best time to visit the destination.
Here are the best ways to reach West Bengal for your vacation:
Airports in West Bengal offer both domestic and international air connectivity. Some of its main airports include Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri and Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Asansol-Durgapur. For instance, if you are travelling from major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, etc., you can easily get a direct flight to Kolkata, which can take anywhere between 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to book your flight tickets for the trip in advance.
There are various major railway stations operating throughout the state, including Howrah Railway Station, Sealdah Railway Station, New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Asansol Junction, etc. All these stations connect West Bengal with almost every major city in India, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, etc., with daily and weekly trains.
Individuals travelling to West Bengal by road from neighbouring states, like Bihar, Orissa or Jharkhand, can easily opt for interstate buses or hired cabs to reach the state by road. In addition, West Bengal also has great road connectivity with other major Indian cities. For example, if you travel from Chennai to Kolkata, you can easily take the NH 16 route along the east coast. While visitors from New Delhi can opt for NH 2 to reach West Bengal, and so on.
If you want to travel to West Bengal by water, you can do so to some extent. For example, if you are travelling from Andaman and Nicobar islands, you can opt for a passenger ship service to Kolkata.
For the aspect of travel in West Bengal, you can opt for domestic flights, rental cars, taxis, intercity trains, rickshaws, and so on. Tram and underground metro rail services are also available in major cities, including Kolkata.
The soaring high hill stations, lush green forests biome and serene beaches make West Bengal a fantastic location for a dream honeymoon. The most popular destination of which is Darjeeling, covered with beautiful snow-capped mountains, gorgeous views, rich local culture, delicious cuisine and so on. If you are interested in spending a lovely time with your partner in this hill station, consider this special honeymoon West Bengal tour package that includes Darjeeling. Some other prominent honeymoon destinations in West Bengal are
Here are some of the best places to visit in West Bengal for an ideal vacation:
Besides being a great starting point for the trip, Kolkata is one of the best places to visit in West Bengal. The hundreds of years old city history and rapid modern growth create a magnificent blend that attracts tourists from all over the globe. Some of its major attractions include Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Indian Museum, ECO Park, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Alipore Zoo, street food and so on.
A prime West Bengal best tourist spot for nature and wildlife enthusiasts is the Sundarbans National Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is popularly known for being the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest. It is home to a variety of regional wildlife, including Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, saltwater crocodiles, olive ridley turtles, varieties of snakes, etc. It is also famous for its boat rides, trekking, and jungle exploration activities. You can look into West Bengal tourism packages that specifically include Sundarbans.
Shantiniketan is a small town, amidst West Bengal’s Birbhum District, has a crucial link to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This is where he resided and established the world-renowned Visva Bharati University. It is now a massive tourist attraction in West Bengal, drawing the attention of both domestic and international visitors. Some key attractions of this place are Tagore’s Ashram, Rabindra Bhavan Museum, Poush Mela, Amar Kutir, Tagore’s artwork, etc. It is an ideal location for a small tour in West Bengal.
Located on the Eastern Himalayas’ foothills within Alipurduar District, the Jaldapara National Park is a must-visit tourist place in West Bengal. Besides incredible views of nature, it is a key location for thrill-seekers to enjoy car safaris, elephant rides, wildlife watching, and so on. The rich biodiversity of Jaldapara National Park is home to various animals, including Asian elephants, swamp deers, bison, one-horned rhinoceros, tigers, and so on. You can add this key location to your West Bengal itinerary.
West Bengal’s Murshidabad is a sensational place for tourists who are interested in learning and witnessing the region’s history. From the ruling of Nawabs to life under British colonial rule, this historical city has gone through key phases of Indian history. You can find traces of bygone era reeking throughout the local architecture, culture and tradition. Some key tourist attractions in Murshidabad include Hazarduari Palace, Nizamat Imambara, Footi Mosque, Moti Jheel, etc. It is a popular destination for a weekend tour in West Bengal.
Chandannagar, in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, was a major French Colony. Located on the bank of the glorious Hooghly river, this small city is a great off-beat location you can visit during your trip to West Bengal. You can find the French influence throughout the city’s architecture and key landmarks. Some major attractions in Chandannagar include the famous Strand Ghat, Chandannagar Museum, Sacred Heart Church, Patal Bari, etc. Make sure to check out our handy West Bengal travel guide on the best places to visit in the state.
The best part about a tour to West Bengal is that you can enjoy both hill station and beachside experiences. Here are the best hill stations and beaches in West Bengal:
Here are some examples of food in West Bengal that you should try during your trip:
Here are some iconic things you can go for shopping in West Bengal as gifts or souvenirs:
There are tons of famous markets and shopping areas across West Bengal. Among them, the most prominent location for shopping in Kolkata, where you can find nearly anything. Some of the main markets in Kolkata are New Market, Gariahat Market, Hatibagan Market, etc.
Here are some fun activities to do in West Bengal:
Here are some adventurous things you can do in West Bengal:
Here are some interesting facts about West Bengal that you should know:
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