West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj. West Bengal ranks 14th India, but it is one of the largest in population. India's third largest metropolitan city; other important cities and towns are Howrah, Asansol, Durgapur, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kharagpur and Haldia. West Bengal is also the largest fish producing state and also the second largest tea-producing state in India.
PLACES TO VISIT IN WEST BENGAL
Darjeeling is a hill station with vast expanses of tea estates and Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine. Darjeeling is affectionately known as the "Queen of the Hills".
Kolkata Labeled as the 'City of Joy', the 'Cultural capital of India', Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian style architecture. Kolkata is famous for its people, their culture, food, music, literature and the movies.
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. Hooghly district has very rich heritage of great Bengali kingdom and town of Hooghly is the largest port in Bengal.
Kalimpong is a hill station. Kalimpong is a major ginger growing area of India and forests found at higher altitudes of Kalimpong is home to Red panda, Clouded leopard and Siberian weasel.