Places to visit in West Bengal

When you travel to West Bengal, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in West Bengal, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in West Bengal to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to West Bengal, things to do can include exploring West Bengal attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Victoria Memorial - This is the most prominent monument in Kolkata. It harks back on the Queen’s era in the state and is still a marvelous sight to behold.

 

Birla Planetarium – This is probably the oldest Planetarium in India. The projectors and all other optical devices fitted on the dome are procured from East Germany.

 

Mornington Fort – This fort is about 90 km from Kolkata and is situated at the meeting point of rivers Rupnarayan and Bhagirathi

Natural Attractions

The natural locations include the view of sunrise from the Himalayas in the scenic locations of Kalimpong and Darjeeling. The snow-covered Kanchenjunga peak can also be seen from here. The visit to Sunderbans will also turn unforgettable as you will get the glimpse of Royal Bengal Tiger which is otherwise not found anywhere. The natural forest cover of this area is also commendable.

 

Cultural Attractions

People of West Bengal are art lovers. They invest more in art and architecture to preserve the culture. The cultural locations of this state are also very well maintained and speak a volume about the love of the people towards the cultural development of the state. The forts, palaces and the traditional Durga Puja would give you the brief insight into the culture of this state that is proud of its heritage.

 

Famous Landmarks

Victoria Memorial and Shantiniketan are popular landmarks in West Bengal. The remains of Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan will take you back in the history of this place. Victoria Memorial built by Lord Curzon is also the most acclaimed monuments of this state. This structure was erected in 1921 and has 25 galleries for display spread over 2 storeyed

Adventure: West Bengal has all types of locations and you may take the benefit of these exquisite locations by indulging into the adventurous activities. The beaches may get you the adventures like para-sailing and boating while the mountains offer activities like angling, mountaineering and trekking. Rivers like Dikchu and Teesta are ideal for river rafting. The paragliding training institute in Kalimpong is a great place to give wings to your dreams of flying amidst the clouds akin to birds, under the stewardship of trained instructors.

 

Relaxation: The vacations are meant for relaxation and when you are in West Bengal, you can choose from locations like Darjeeling and Kalimpong for relaxation or you can choose the location like Kolkata to feel the pulse of this state.

Restaurants: Kolkata has many restaurants that serve Bengali and other national as well as international cuisines. You will get the right ambiance in the restaurants here. Visit restaurants serving authentic Bengali fares at 6 Ballygunj Place, Tero Parbon and Kasturi or the restaurants of Peerless Inn.

 

Dishes: Bengali sweets are famous worldwide. The famous white spongy balls called ‘Rosogulla’ are everybody’s favourite. The food here includes more of fish, rice and lentils. The mustard gravy is used to cook the ‘hilsa’ fish and it is probably the signature dish of West Bengal. You must try out the popular and famous Kolkata style biriyani while in Kolkata. The sweets and desserts of interiors and suburbs in West Bengal have another tale to tell, they are so delicious and delicate to the taste buds. Venture into Birbhum and Burdawan and Barasaat for sampling some of these. You must also try out the ChingriMalaikari which is huge, succulent lobsters dipped in mustard sauces.

Clubs and discos: When you have selected Lakshadweep as your tourist attraction, you may surely not be interested in the clubs and discos as this place is known for its tranquillity and peaceful life. You may not find much to explore in this category over here. Some of the hip clubs in metro city Kolkata include Some Place Else, Tantra, Kafila, Afraa and the Xrong Place among others.

 

Bars and pubs: The restaurants in the luxurious resorts may have everything on their menu but if you are looking for the private bars and pubs then you may surely not find one. Visit Sheesha, Veda, Mirch Masala, Fire and Ice. If you seek pubs in Darjeeling, visit Diva Lounge Bar, Hill Restaurant and Bar and Sinclairs Siliguri among others

Flea Markets in West Bengal

Flea markets in West Bengal are located in all tourists’ locations and you may get the best handicraft and handlooms over here. Kolkata is known for shopping and people from all over India visit this place for wedding shopping. The Flea Markets in Darjeeling are popular and attractive hubs for shopping.

 

Departmental Stores in West Bengal

Kolkata has all big stores and you can also explore the markets like South City Mall, Forum Mall and city Centre I and II. You may also check gold jewelry here as the making charges are lower here compared to other parts of India

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