The eastern state of West Bengal is home to the Darjeeling Himalayan region, Ganga Delta and the Sundarbans. The state has been referred in Mahabharata and even in the Vedic literature as the Vanga Kingdom.
In the later period, it was part of the Magadha Kingdom under Chandragupta Maurya.
The most popular tourist destination in West Bengal is Darjeeling also known as the 'Queen of Hills'. It is very popular all over the world for its variety of teas and dazzling snow peaks. It was once the summer capital of the erstwhile British rulers of Bengal. It is a delightful place for all kind of travellers, especially honeymooners.
This beautiful hill station is situated about 6,700 ft above sea-level. Many of the buildings and structures in Darjeeling still carry the mark of the land's Colonial past. Many mansions, churches and administrative buildings in the town have British architecture.
As Darjeeling is a hill station that is part of the Himalayan ranges the third tallest peak in the world and the tallest peak in India Kanchenjunga is visible from this beautiful town.
The iconic toy train service of Darjeeling was started in 1881 and is still active. The toy train service is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Other important tourist places include botanical gardens, parks, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries, art galleries, Barbotey Rock Garden, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Batasia Loop, Tiger Hill and the longest cable car transport in Asia the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car.
The slopes of Darjeeling are carpeted beautifully by various emerald green tea gardens. You could go for a walk through the mist-laden pine and rhododendron forests and various kinds of orchids that add to Darjeeling alluring charm.
Nearby places such as Mirik, Kalimpong and even Lamahatta and Mongpu offer stunning sightseeing options. The climate is cool throughout the year and is an ideal place to visit any time of the year.
Darjeeling is about 570 km away from the state capital Kolkata and the nearest airport is Bagdogra which is around 95 km away from the city. Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri from where you could take a toy train ride to Darjeeling which will take about 7 hours. The toy train will take you through marvellous and breathtaking landscapes. The train travels at a snail pace it has to the moves through the hilly terrain with lots of curves.
From the hills of Bengal, you could go to the beach town Digha. This little town that is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal gives spectacular pristine beaches and scenic views.
The Sundarbans National Park in the South 24 Paraganas district is also Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is adjacent to the Sunderbans Reserve Forests in the neighbouring country Bangladesh.
This reserve to the Bengal Tigers is densely covered by mangrove forests and is also the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forests in the world. It is also home to a wide variety of birds and many endangered species such as saltwater crocodiles, river terrapins, olive Ridley turtles, Ganges River dolphins, hawksbill turtles and mangrove horseshoe crabs.
It is located about 40 km far from Kolkata Airport and Canning Railway station is located 29 km away from Sunderbans.
You could find accommodation at the tourist lodge run by the West Bengal Tourism Department and many forest rest houses are also available at Sajnekhali.