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Paschim Banga is a state in Eastern India. It is the fourth most populated state and Kolkata is its capital city. The language spoken in Paschim Banga is Bengali. It is the sixth largest state in terms of its contribution to India’s GDP. Paschim Banga covers an area of 88,750 sq kilometers and is bordered by countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal and also by the Indian states of Jharkhand, Sikkim, Bihar, Orissa and Assam.

The East India Company was based in Kolkata and was then known as Calcutta. Calcutta was the capital of the British India. Paschim Banga has played a major role in India’s Independence struggle. The erstwhile Bengal was divided into two parts in 1947, as West Bengal and East Bengal.

Why Visit West Bengal?

Kolkata is the commercial capital of the Eastern India and lies on the banks of the Hooghly River. The place is famous for its artistic, literary and revolutionary heritage. A lot of stalwarts in the field of literature, music, philosophy hail from Kolkata. The city is famous for places like Victoria memorial, College street, Esplande, Sunderbans; religious sites like Dakhineshwar, Nakhoda Mosque, St. Pauls cathedral; Parks like Nicco Park, Birla Planetarium and many more.

The picturesque Darjeeling lies in the state and is referred as the queen of hill stations. The majestic Himalayas adorn the view of the beautiful place. The main attractions here are the toy train, water rafting, Batasia Loop, Kalimpong, Kurseong and scores of other places.

The Sundarbans are the world’s largest estuarine forests and have huge area of mangrove forests. Here, the tourists travel through boats amidst the forests. Sunderbans is home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger and many crocodiles.

Exploring the Culture of West Bengal

Paschim Banga has many stalwarts in the field of literature from the nineteenth and twentieth century such as Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Mahashweta Devi, and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

The traditional Bengali folk music is called Baul. The other forms of music here are Bhawaiya and Gombhira. The songs are usually sung along with an Ektara. Rabindrasangeet and Nazrul Geeti are some of the most respected and renowned music forms. The Chau dance of Purulia is a rare form of tribal dance.

Paschim Banga is stated to be the birthplace of modern fine arts. The art scene in the state has been dominated by some important groups after the Indian Independence.

Rice along with fish is the staple food here. Fish is prepared in many styles in Paschim Banga and the Hilsa fish is a popular dish among the Bengalis. Sweets are an integral part of their diet and the state is famous for its rasgullas and sandesh. Other popular sweets are chomchom and kalojam.

Durga Puja is the most celebrated festival in Paschim Banga and other festivals such as Polia Baishakh, Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja are also followed.

Facts for Tourists

The climate is humid and hence cotton clothes will be a comfortable choice. Any kind of revealing clothes are prohibited in public places. Use of drugs and other substances is prohibited and punishable. The best time to visit the state is during winter.




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