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At the time of Partition, Bengal was split into East and West Bengal. East Bengal became the eastern wing of Pakistan and later, with the disintegration of that country, Bangladesh. West Bengal became a state of India with Kolkata as its capital. The state is ling and narrow, running from the delta of the Ganges River system at the Bay of Bengal in the south to the heights of the Himalaya at Darjeeling in the north.
here is not a great deal of interest in the state apart from these two extremes Kolkata, with its bewildering maelstrom of noise, culture, confusion and squalor at one end and Darjeeling, serene and peaceful, at the other. 
utside these two centers the intrepid traveler will find a number of places to consider visiting, either south of Kolkata on the Bay of Bengal or north along the route to Darjeeling. Few foreign tourists visit the ruined mosques of Malda, the palaces of Murshidabad, the temples of Vishnupur of the Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary. If you do,  the friendly Bengalis will make you feel all the more welcome for being an exception to the rule.

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Capital   :   Kolkata


Population   :   74.5 million


Language   :   Bengali


Area   :   87,853 sq km


Literacy Rate   :  50%


Best time to visit   :   October to March


Airport   :   Dumdum, Kolkata




Bangladesh and Assam.



Orissa, Bihar and Nepal



Sikkim and Bhutan



Bay of Bengal


Important Museums



Indian Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Nehru Children's Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Museum.



Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museums and Natural History Museum.


Pilgrim Centres



Bakarnath Shiva Temple and Mahisasurmardini Temple.



Temples of Haneswari and Vasudev.


Belur Math

Headquarters of  Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekanand.



Temple of Kali.



Kali temple associated with Ramakrishna Parmahansa.


Ganga Sagar

Famed for Ganga Sagar Mela in January and for Kapil Muni Temple.



Birthplace of Saint Ramakrishna.



Temple of Gourange. Headquater of ISCON.



Birthplace of Sri Chaitanya.



Temple of Tara Devi. Acentre of Tantrik culture.


Hill Resorts


Darjeeling (2127m) Railhead - Darjeeling.


Kalimpong (1450m) Railhead - Siliguri 68 km, New Jaipaiguri 77 km.


Kurseong (1450m) Railhead - Darjeeling 32 km.


Mirik (170m) Railhead - Darjeeling 49km - Siliguri 52 km.


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Sightseeing in West Bengal

Victoria Memorial India Museum Eden Gardens St. Paul Cathedral Tiger Hill Senchal Lake Kanchenjunga Dhirdham Temple Gymkhana Club Llyod Botanical Gardens Gompas Flower Nurseries Nature Interpretation Centre

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