West Bengal :
West Bengal has 18 districts and Calcutta serves as the state
capital. There are over 23 towns with over 100,000 population. The
largest cities are Calcutta, Howrah, Asansol, Durgapur and Siliguri.
Other important towns include Darjeeling, Kharagpur and Haldia.
Calcutta is amongst the largest metropolitan regions in the world.
The state has international boundaries with Bangladesh, Bhutan and
Nepal. The Indian states sharing boundaries with West Bengal are
Orissa, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam.
The 'City of Joy', founded by Job Charnock traces it's origin to 3
marshy villages - Govindpur, Sultanati and Kalikata, Calcutta is a
college of myraid impressions and images - Howrah and the Hooghly, "Rogogulla"
and Dargapiya, the "Bhadralok" and communism, the crowds, the slums
and British Raj ambience and much more. The various tourist
attractions in Calcutta are well known. The Indian Museum built in
1875 is one of the best in India. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm except
(Distance from the Airport 23 Kms, Approx, time 50 Mins.)
Places of Interest
The Botanical Gardens - have the famous 200 year old banyan tree
claimed to be the largest in the world.
Mahesh - 23 Kms from Calcutta, houses a large and very old Jagannath
temple. It is the site of the Mahesh Yatra Car festival held in
June/July every year and 2nd in size only the great Car Festival
Victoria Memorial, a huge white marble museum; a combination of
classical European architecture with Moghul influences, tells the
story of the British Empire at it's peak. To the East of the Victoria
Memorial and at the southern end of the Maidan stands St. Paul's
Cathedral, one of the most important Churches in India.
Fort William and the Maidan in which it stands are famed too with the
latter being "the green area" in Calcutta.
Other Places of Interest - The Birla Planetarium, Zoo,Howrah Bridge,
St. John's Church, Raj Bhavan, Town Hall, High Court, the Nehru
Children's Musuem, Tagore House, Nakhoda Mosque, Belur Math,
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple etc. are some of the major attractions on
the tourist's itinerary.