Destinations

 

 

Darjeeling:

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The magnificent hill station in West Bengal. The name Darjeeling was derived from the word “Dorjeeling” which literally means “The Land of Thunderbolt”. Few Historians also believe the name was after Dorje-Rinzing, a Lama, who built the Bhutia Monastery.
Places of interest: The Mall, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI), Himalayan Zoo, Buddhist Monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Rock Garden, Batasia Loop, Nightingale Park/Srubbery Park. From Darjeeling you can also visit Mirik Lake and Pashupati Nagar(Indo-Nepal Border). One should take the Ropeway ride to experience the thrilling bird’s eye view of the beautiful town.

 

Best time to visit : September to May.

 

Kalimpong :

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Kalimpong is an east Indian hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it’s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church, named after a Scottish missionary. South, the hilltop Durpin Monastery, or Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, contains sacred Buddhist scriptures. Delo Park has landscaped gardens and offers views of the town and surrounding hills.

 

Best time to visit : September to June.

 

Purulia :

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Purulia is a land of natural beauty. The lush green landscape, verdant hills and dense forests make it a perfect tourist destination that gives a rustic ambience and peaceful surroundings to weary city dwellers. This westernmost district of West Bengal is part of the Chotonagpur plateau which unravels her untapped mystery and wondrous beauty. The landscape is rocky and undulating. The tourism of Purulia attractions center around its hills, forests as well as its archaeological excavations and the relics of ancient buildings and temples. Tribal ethos enriches the mystic charm and natural beauty of this land of red soil and red blooms of Palash. The region is home to different tribal communities like Santhals, Kurmis, Kherias-Sabars to name a few. Song and dance are an intrinsic part in the lives of the tribal people.

 

Best time to visit : September to March.

 
Dooars :

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It lies in the sub-Himalayan foothills and comprises with parts of three districts- Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Coochbehar. The word Dooars came from the word “Duar” which means door in Bengali. Dooars can be divided in three parts-Central, Eastern and Western. The tourist attractions in these parts are below.

 

Best time to visit: End of September to May. Because the Jungles are closed every year for the period 15th June to 15th September.

 
Shantiniketan :

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Viswa Bharati is an international university founded by Nobel Laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagore in the serene atmosphere of Shantiniketan. It was first an Ashram founded by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, in the year 1863.
Places of interests: Tagore’s Ashram, Brahma Mandir, Upasana Griha, Rabindra Bhavan Museum, Khoai Mela: The mela is held at every Saturday, Amar Kutir, Kopai River, Shilpa Gram, Prakriti Bhavan, Viswa Bharati University. Famous festivals are also held at Shantiniketan. Poush Mela: Held every during December 22nd -25th. Basanta Utsav: Held during the month of March to celebrate Holi.

 

Best time to visit : Though it is a weekend destination for all seasons, visit during March and December for the festivals will be memorable.

 
Sundarban :

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The largest Delta in the world formed by the rivers Ganges and Brahmaputra. It is one of the UNESCO world Heritage Sites. It is also the largest Mangrove belt in the world. The famous Royal Bengal Tiger is found here.
Places of interests : Sundarban Tiger Reserve Forest, Sajnekhali Tiger Project, Mangrove Interpretation Center, Crocodile Breeding Center, Tortoise Breeding Center.

 

Best time to visit : September to May.

 
Mandarmani :

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Mandarmani is having the virgin beach of the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal. Delicious sea foods and the serene beach are the attractions. You can enjoy the water sports.

 

Time to visit : All season.

 

Digha :

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Digha is West Bengal’s most popular sea resort and tourist spot located south west of Calcutta. It is 187 km from Calcutta and Described as the Brighton of the East best for a holiday. Digha has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach with gentle waves extends 7 kms in length.
In Digha sea starts about a mile away from the start of the beach. The scenic beauty of this place is charming and luring. The beach is girdled with casuarinas plantations along the coast enhancing the beauty of this place. These trees apart from beautifying the sands also aid in reducing the erosion on the dunes.

 

Time to visit : All season.

 
Puri :

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Puri, the place of Lord Jagnnath, is one of the Char(4) Dhams of India as defined by Adi Shankaracharya. The famous attraction of the place is the Holy Jagannath Temple. The temple is situated near the sea beach of the Bay of Bengal. Bhubaneswar is the capital of the state Odisha. The tourist attractions in and around Puri are: Jagannath Temple, Puri Sea Beach, Konark Sun Temple and Chilka Lake(Asia’s largest salt-water Lagoon), Satpada(Dolphin’s Island), Udaigiri and Khandagiri Caves, Dhauli Giri, Lingaraj Temple, Mukteshwara Temple, Odisha State Museum.

 

Time to visit: All season.

 

Kerala :

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Kerala, known s God’s own country, located on the south-western tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land. A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two – four hour drive from the other.

 

Time to visit : All season.

 

Himachal :

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Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas. Shimla, manali, Kullu, Dharmshala, Dalhousie are the most attractive tourist places of Himachal.

 

Time to visit : October to June.

 

Sikkim :

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Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s. Gangtok, Pelling, Ravangla, Namchi, Lachung, Lachen etc. are the most attractive place of Sikkim.

Time to visit : September to June.