What to do and see in West Bengal, India: The Best Places and Tips

August 2, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

West Bengal (/wɛst bɛŋˈɡɔːl/) is an Indian state, located in Eastern India on the Bay of Bengal. With over 91 million inhabitants (as of 2011), it is India's fourth-most populous state. It has an area of 88,752 km (34,267 sq mi). A part of the ethno-linguistic Bengal region, it borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also borders the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata (Calcutta), the seventh-largest city in India. As for geography, West Bengal includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region, and the coastal Sundarbans. The main ethnic group are the Bengalis, with Bengali Hindus forming the demographic majority.

1. Kanchenjunga Mountain

North Sikkim | Near Governor's House, Darjeeling 734101, India
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Kanchenjunga Mountain

Reviewed By F S - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sunrise Tour to Tiger Hill – situated at an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.) and 13 kms from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over "Kanchendzonga" and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains

2. Belur Math

Belur Rd | Howrah, Belur 711202, India +91 33 2654 1144
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Belur Math

The headquarters of the international Ramakrishna Order.

Reviewed By KrishnakumarCM - Bengaluru, India

This a place for those who respect Vivekananda and the Ramakrishna Mission.Apart from the temple,the room where Swami Vivekananda lived and the exhibition centre where belongings and teachings of Sri Sarada and other disciples are preserved are the attractions.The ferry service to Dakshineswar temple is very near.The Ferry rate per head is Rs.10.As this math is located on the shores of Hoogly,evenings in the holidays are generally crowded. Devotees of Ramakrishna can get accommodation at the guest house on prior booking.the premises are closed for visitors from noon to evening 4 pm.

3. Mother House

Mother House A J C Bose Road, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700016, India +91 33 2249 7115
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Mother House

Reviewed By TuhinaPanja - Bengaluru, India

Kolkata is the very historical city. This city has been witness of many historical incident and many famous personalities lived here. Mother Teresa was one of them. She gave all her efforts to the missionary work for poor and hungry people. This Mother house in Kolkata is the proof that her existence, her endless work towards mankind never would fade away from our heart and memory.

4. Sandakphu

Singalila National Park 734101, India
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Sandakphu

Reviewed By Milugtr - Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Sandakphu, located in the Eastern Himalayas, is the highest peak of West Bengal, India in Darjeeling district. The entire area is inside the Singalila National Park which is a conservation area. You can trek your way up or you can also go by car, jeep, bike. I'll recommend trekking/hiking for the best experience through the lush pine greens, clouds and mountain village.
The main trail lies on the border of India and Nepal giving spectacular views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Sleeping Buddha, Pandim, Mount Everest and other Himalayan snow capped peaks. This view is seen mainly from the Sandakphu top or from certain points of the trail which starts from Manebhanjan if the sky is clear enough. But for the best views, one must go till Phalut (second highest peak of West Bengal).
This trek is known as a classic tea house/lodge trek as you can spend each night at the village lodges or tea houses. They will provide you with good food and cozy environments to spend cold nights. This is undoubtedly a must do hike if you're a nature and mountain lover and looking to start your high altitude experience.
Note: the pictures are taken on my hike during September 2015. I can't mark that timeline here as it only allows till September 2016.

5. Hazarduari Palace Museum

Hazarduari Palace, Murshidabad 742 160, India +91 3482 270 334
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Hazarduari Palace Museum

Reviewed By Sudhir J - Saharanpur, India

It is an old Palace about 30 minutes drive from Berhampur.. Hazarduari means 1000 doors, but actually they are windows. Palace has large collection of old weapons, paintings, ceramics etc. etc. Must visit for people interested in history, antiques.

6. Visva Bharati University

Shantiniketan, Santiniketan 731235, India +91 3463 262 751
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Visva Bharati University

Reviewed By Smritijit - Taipei, Taiwan

Calm cool and divine place. The work place of Gurudev Rabindranath tagore. Full of old memories of tagore. No entry fee. Its basically inside the Vishwabharati university. Places u must go includes Chatim tala, pathabhaban, kalabhaban, clock tower, Upasana griho etc., U can spend the whole day her. Don't miss the saturday "Haat" at sonajhuri. Also visit amar kuthi, srijoni, prakriti bhaban etc. Car parking charge is 100/-. Try to visit in winter. U can visit most of the places by walk. Sonajhuri is 6-8 km away from Shantiniketan. Shantiniketan is very ful in the time of Dol utsav.

7. Second Hooghly Bridge

33,B.G Road | Suit 202, CO Sayantan Sarkar ,Hooghly River, Near IIEST, Howrah 711103, India +91 94333 78697
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Second Hooghly Bridge

Reviewed By electronic l

This connects howrah with Kolkata mainly south Kolkata. To access it has toll plaza. I ply over this bridge everyday. Its a beautiful architecture. Runs parallel to the howrah bridge. You r not allowed to stop while drivin on this bridge . But if you are on a two wheeler or rarely on a four wheeler. 1st make sure uve applied proper break n then spend 1 or 2 min on the bridge may b take a few photos. The view of sunset is beautiful from the bridge if u happen to pass tge bridge at that time. The bridge can also be seen from princep ghat Kolkata a must visit place in Kolkata

8. Dooars

Jalpaiguri, India
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Dooars

Reviewed By FaizanNKhan - Kolkata

Doooars is a lovely forest area along with Bhutan border visit. We have been to many Forests however dooars remains our best for reason it is spread into different clusters and each forest is fresh and different to another.
Jaldapara for amazing elephant safari.
Gorumara and chapramari for jeep safari along with a lovely time on the river.
Hollong for its scary feeling at night when u are inside the lodge and surrounded with many animals and you are watching them eat salt from your window.
Please stay only at wbfdc and west Bengal tourism cottages to really enjoy as they are located best along with full priority over Safaris.

9. Deolo Hill

Deolo, Kalimpong 734301, India +91 99038 57774
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Deolo Hill

Reviewed By hasan m

Its like top of the world(jus kidding) means this place is the top of Kalimpong and it really gives you so much peace when you will see Mountains and river from here. Paragliding is available here with experienced gliders.Mr Paresh Rana is one of the best gliders who has retired from Indian Army.I must recommend to experience paragliding here.

10. Eden Gardens

Kolkata Centre, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700021, India
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Eden Gardens

Reviewed By TuhinaPanja - Bengaluru, India

Eden Gardens is situated in the heart of Kolkata city. This is our Kolkata’s pride. This is the biggest stadium in India, and very well maintained I must say. Be it test match or be it ipl match, the stadium always filled by audience. Recently the stadium was renovated and the Seating capacity was reduced a bit only to make the Seating world class.

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