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Top 15 Places To Visit In West Bengal

West Bengal, situated in eastern India, is a land with a rich diversity. Home to different civilizations and known for its cultural diversity, West Bengal has a great history too. Bengal is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Thanks to its geographical location stretching from the great Himalayas to Bay of Bengal, the state has spectacular landscapes to captivate your souls. Here are the top 15 destinations in West Bengal.

1. Kolkata

Kolkata

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Culture, History, Festivals.
  • Major Attraction: Howrah Bridge.
  • Nearby Places: Midnapore, Hooghly.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 days.

How to Reach

  • Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport handles both domestic and international flights. It is the main corridor for entering North East and countries like Hong Kong, Bangkok etc. Therefore, it has an excellent domestic and international connectivity.

  • Rail

Kolkata has a wide railway network and has the largest rail network in India. It is the headquarters for two railway divisions–Southeastern and Eastern Railway. Howrah Junction railway station (HWH) and Sealdah railway station (SDAH) are the two main railway stations in the city.

  • Road

The many private run and several state run buses by many government agencies like Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC). Kolkata has an extensive road network, due to its status as a major metro city and an economic hub. Buses connect it to all major cities in neighbouring states.

Dharmanagar is the second largest city in Tripura and one of the most beautiful cities in India. It has a rich past, which is evident from the historic monuments and palaces found here. If you love history and are passionate about visiting ancient places, you would love your visit to Dharmanagar, where historic ruins take you to the past. Here are the top destinations in Dharmanagar.

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is the largest metropolitan city in India. This ancient city is considered to be inhabited for more than two thousand years and it is evident from its rich cultural background and diverse ethnicity. Here are some important tourist attractions in Kolkata.

Places To Visit

  • Howrah Bridge
  • Jorasanko Thakurbari
  • Park Street
  • Indian Museum
  • Victoria Memorial
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata
  • Kalighat Kali Temple
  • Science City Kolkata
  • Mother House

2. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Tea, Nature, Landscapes.
  • Major Attraction: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
  • Nearby Places: Siliguri, Kalimpong
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

How to Reach

  • Air

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport and handles mainly domestic flights from all major cities of India. It also has a few flights to Bangkok and Bhutan through Druk Air. Darjeeling is 68 km away from Bagdogra Airport and a road journey between them will take about 2 h 27 min.

  • Rail

New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station (NJP) is the closest railway station from Darjeeling about 72.0 km (2 hrs 36 min) away. It is connected to all major cities of India.

  • Road

The many private run and several state run buses by many government agencies which connect Darjeeling to other parts of West Bengal and even to neighbouring states like Sikkim.

Darjeeling is the most perfect place to unwind on your holiday. Snow clad mountains, lush greenery and the stunning views of Himalayas make the place a heaven on earth. The entire land is colorful and picture perfect with green tea leaves, red rhododendrons, white magnolias, birds of different species and snow-covered peak of Kanchenjunga. Here are the top destinations in Darjeeling.

Places To Visit

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Singalila National Park
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Tiger Hill
  • Observatory Hill
  • Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Neora Valley National Park
  • Mirik
  • Rock Garden

Trekking, water rafting and bird watching are some of the activities you can involve yourself in on your tour to Darjeeling.

3. Bankura

Bankura

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: History, Art, Culture.
  • Major Attraction: Biharinath Hill
  • Nearby Places: Kharagpur, Durgapur.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

How to Reach

  • Air

Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport  is the nearest airport with the best international and domestic connectivity. A road journey from here to Bankura will take about 4 h 24 min (221 km).

  • Rail

Bankura Junction (BQA) in the city is connected to cities in West Bengal. It has a good connectivity to the rest of Indian states through a stopover at Howrah Junction railway station (HWH) and Sealdah railway station (SDAH) in Kolkata.

  • Road

The many private run and several state run buses by many government agencies which connect Bankura to other parts of West Bengal and even to neighbouring states like Jharkhand.

Bankura is on the west of the state of West Bengal. Apart from the historic side, Bankura has an artistic face too. It has tourist attractions that boast of its historical importance and destinations that challenge you to trek and hike. Here are some leading destinations in Bankura.

  • Biharinath Hill
  • Susunia Hills
  • Mukutmonipur Dam
  • Rasmancha
  • Garh Darwaja
  • Krishna-Balaram Temple
  • Ganesh and Nandi Statue

4. Midnapore

Midnapore

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: History, Temples, Culture.
  • Major Attraction: Chapaleswar and Mahamaya temples.
  • Nearby Places: Kolkata, Bankura
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

How to Reach

  • Air

Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport  is the nearest airport with the best international and domestic connectivity. A road journey from here to Midnapore will take about 2 hrs 48 min (129 km).

  • Rail

Midnapore Railway Station (MDN) in the city is connected to cities in West Bengal. It has a good connectivity to the rest of Indian states as many expressway trains have a stoppage here.

  • Road

The many private run and several state run buses by many government agencies which connect Midnapore to other parts of West Bengal and even to neighbouring states like Jharkhand.

The town Midnapore, also called as Medinipur, is situated in the west of Medinipur District. It is a famous pilgrim centers as it is home to some ancient temples and mosques. Having contributed many freedom fighters for independence, the land has monuments built in memory of the war heroes. Here are some attractions in Midnapore.

Places To Visit

  • Jora Masjid
  • John’s Church
  • Kali Temple
  • Chandrakona
  • Tamluk

5. Siliguri

Siliguri

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: History, Culture.
  • Major Attraction: Chilapata Forests
  • Nearby Places: Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

How to Reach

  • Air

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport and handles mainly domestic flights from all major cities of India. It also has a few flights to Bangkok and Bhutan through Druk Air.

  • Rail

Siliguri Junction railway station (SGUJ) in the city is connected to cities in West Bengal. It has a good connectivity to the rest of Indian states as many expressway trains have a stoppage here.

  • Road

The many private run and several state run buses by many government agencies which connect Siliguri to other parts of West Bengal and even to neighbouring states like Jharkhand.

Siliguri is a picturesque location that offers spectacular views of Himalayas. It is famous for tea and timber. Thick forest on the foothills and the tea gardens offer amazing views of the land. Given below are some important tourist attractions in Siliguri.

Places To Visit

  • Kali Mandir
  • Chilapata Forests
  • Salugara Monastery
  •  Coronation Bridge
  • Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary

6. Murshidabad

Murshidabad

 

Murshidabad is home to various races and religions. It is located on River Bhagirathi banks. The history of the city dates back to pre-historic times. The city was at its height of glory in the past and it was Bengal’s capital in before the British rulers shifted the capital to Kolkata. Given below are the important tourist places in Murshidabad.

Places To Visit

  • Hazarduari Palace Museum
  • Imambara
  • Wasef Manzil
  • Jalangi River
  • Nasipur Palace
  • Katra Mosque
  • Jahankosha Canon
  • Katgola

7. Hooghly

Hooghly

Hooghly is an interesting tourist destination for various reasons. It is considered sacred as it is where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Sarada Devi stayed for many years; it has historic significance as it bears the influences of Portuguese, French and the Dutch. Here are some important tourist destinations in Hooghly.

Places To Visit

  • Chandannagar Museum
  • Serampore
  • Bhadreswar
  • Tarakeshwar Temple
  • Hooghly Imambara
  • Hangseshwari Temple
  • Deer Park
  • Sri Ramakrishna Math
  • Garh Mandaran

8. Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Kalimpong, the hill station in lower Himalayas, is situated at an altitude of 1250 meters. The view of Himalayas from Kalimpong is amazing. The tranquility of the land attracts tourists in great numbers. It is famous for traditional handicrafts, orchids and nurseries. The tourist attractions in Kalimpong include the following.

Places To Visit

  • Deolo Hill
  • Dr. Graham’s Home
  • Kalimpong Cactus Nursery
  • Pine View Nursery
  • Jaldhaka River Valley
  • Tharpa Choeling Gompa
  • Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa
  • Tongsa Gompa

9. Kamarpukur

kamarpukur
Photo by Alan Perry, CC BY-SA 3.0

Kamarpukur, a village in Hooghly district, bears evidences of ancient elements. A visit to the land with ancient buildings, temples and tanks will give you an insight into its glorious past. This beautiful village is considered sacred as it was where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was born. Here Jaare some important tourist destinations in Kamarpukur.

Places To Visit

  • Jairambati Math
  • Mukundapur Temple
  • Yogi Shiva Temple
  • Gopeshwar Temple
  • Matri Mandir

10. Bishnupur

Bishnupur is famous for ancient temples belonging to the 15th century. Art and culture flourished here; particularly, the Malla rulers were great patronizers of paintings and music. The temples here stand proof of the rich architecture of the past. Here are some top destinations in Bishnupur.

Places To Visit

  • Jorebangla Temple
  • Rasmancha
  • Pancha Ratna Temple
  • Radha Govinda Temple
  • Gate of Old Fort
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park
  • Loukoipat Ecological Park
  • Sarbamangala Temple

11. Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri enjoys excellent topographical advantage that it receives many tourists who are passionate about enjoying the bliss of nature. Since it is easy to access Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas from here, you can find tourism flourishing here. Given below are important tourist destinations in Jalpaiguri.

Places To Visit

  • Dooars
  • Gorumara National Park
  • Buxa Tiger Reserve
  • Mendabari Fort
  • The Baptist Church
  • Panjhora River

12. Malda

Malda

Malda lies at the confluence of River Mahananda and Kalindi. Like many other places in West Bengal, this town too has its share in history. Called as English Bazaar in the past, Malda gives you a clear picture of its architectural splendor in the past. Here are the tourist destinations in Malda.

Places To Visit

  • Bara Sona Mosque
  • Dakhil Darwaza
  • Lattan Mosque
  • Adina Mosque
  • Firoz Minar Tomb
  • Maa Johura Temple
  • Baisgazi Wall
  • Eklakhi Mausoleum
  • Malda Museum

13. Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar, a district in Jalpaiguri, is situated in the north-eastern part of West Bengal. To its south and west lies the Indo-Bangladesh border. The land still has the rich influences of the Mughal era. It is not only famous for the ancient monuments but it is also known for huge water bodies. Here are some important destinations in Cooch Behar.

Places To Visit

  • Cooch Behar Palace
  • Chilapata Forest Range
  • Rasik Bil
  • Madan Mohan Bari
  • Dangar Ayee Temple

14. Birbhum

Birbhum

Called as the ‘Land of the brave’, Birbhum was a land where many brave kings ruled. The historical importance of the place is evident from the remnants of the civilizations that lived here. The land of red soil houses some of the famous tourist destinations.

Places To Visit

  • Shantiniketan
  • Dubrajpur
  • Hetampur
  • Fullara
  • Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Temple of Nandikeswari
  • Kankali Pith

15. Barrackpore

Barrackpore

Barrackpore, the land rich in natural beauty, is of high historical importance too. It was here where the famous Sepoy Mutiny originated. Its prominent role in freedom fight has earned Barrackpore a special place and it is frequented by tourists in great numbers. Here are the top destinations in the land.

Places To Visit

  • Mangal Pandey Park
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Jawahar Kunj Garden
  • Gandhi Ghat
  • Bartholomew Cathedral
  • Indira Gandhi Water Treatment Plant
  • Kali Temple
  • Tarakeswar Temple

The attractions of West Bengal are more, there are more beautiful towns like Mirik in West Bengal. Be it the natural beauty or the rich history, the state has more to offer. I would be glad to have information on other tourist attractions in West Bengal to update my humble attempt.

19 comments

  1. Really you’ve covered most of the places. I too am a writer but I promote places under sustainable livelihood, so rural tourism is my niche..you can certainly take a look at my blog for sch rural destination and some of the most innovative travel plans of North Bengal.

  2. Awesome Information. I am planning to visit WestBengal very soon and I will visit each and every place mention in this blog. Great work by the the blogger.

  3. It’s a pity that you left places like Digha, Mandarmani which are the biggest crowd pullers in Bengal. There are lots of places that you have listed might seek attention of historians, but i doubt how many people might get interested in. Anyways, you have done a great job in listing all these places.

  4. Thanks for this lot of information.

  5. Great job done..! I am a travel and tourism student and keep searching on internet on different places for making itineraries when I visited your page I got all I wanted in one place and that’s very good for me thanks a lot . This help me a lot.

  6. You should include the best period to visit these places as well as majority of the people are not familiar with weather conditions and best time to visit these beautiful places.

  7. Can I have the tour operators list for covering the places from Kolkata to Darjeeling. Kalimpong bagdogra shilling and soliciting. The best period to visit west Bengal may also be intimated
    My age is 64 and hence a reliable tour operator will be of immense help to me.

  8. Manindra Nath Biswas

    Thanks for describing different places to visit in West Bengal but absence of some places having visited by most of Bengalies more than thrice as Digha ,in spite of that thanks given to you hearty.

  9. Excellent and very informative article.

  10. Your information are very exiting but by mistake you have mixed the tourist spots of Bishnupur town in West Bengal with the Bishnupur situated in Manipur because keibul lamjao national park is located in Manipur.

  11. Great information sharing in article.

  12. Thanks, for your important information

  13. M Nagesh Kini, Udupi, Karnataka

    To visit the above 15 places, please give me recognised tour conductors or your own conducting tour programme.

  14. Kaushik Mazumder

    Nice Aritcle. BUT, You didn’t mention in “Top 15 Places To Visit In West Bengal” some important tourist attractions like Digha, Mandarmani, Talsari beach.

    And Asia’s largest delta Sundarban, where River Ganga submerge itself into the Bay of Bengal …

  15. Just one correction needed. Kanchenjunga is not a tourist destination in Darjeeling. Instead of that, you could add Chowrasta to the list. Thank you.

  16. I am not going to say about destinations. I just wanna say that, those images, describing the places, were fabulous. Awesome.

  17. Very good article admin. This article helps me to better understand about travel and tourist places because I am doing study regarding tourism. I hope you will keep adding something new even further about tourism.

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