West Bengal has the widest variety of attractions in terms of tourist spots from the bustling Kolkata megapolis with its historical and modern charms, to the zones of tranquility like the Himalayan terrain in the north to the Sunderbans in the south. The state is endowed with all the diversities of nature that is a tourist’s dream. From the arid Chhotanagpur plateau region in the west, forests in the north and south, mountains in the north, sea beaches in the south and rivers crisscrossing the whole of the state the varied panorama offers the discerning traveler a very wide choice and caters to the requirements of varied travel segments.
More specifically, the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, Darjeeling, referred by many as the Queen of the Hill Stations, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway declared as a World Heritage Site, the vast tea estates of the Dooars, the famed Royal Bengal Tiger of Sunderbans, the innumerable historical landmarks of India’s and Bengal’s glorious history are all wonders for the prospective tourists.
West Bengal has been steeped in heritage and legacy ever since. Architectural monuments dot the state all over, and its capital, the city of Kolkata, is still called the City of Palaces. This is due to the fact that, even in the middle of the concrete jungle that is present day Kolkata, one can find generations-old architectural masterpieces, be it temples, buildings, bonedi baris or traditional old Bengali houses in the northern part of the city, or old ruins of colonial structures, which the British build all over in abundance, since during that time, Kolkata, or Calcutta, as it was known as back then. It was once the capital city of India.