Tourist Places to Visit in West Bengal

Darjeeling, Kolkata, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Kalimpong, Bagdogra, New Digha, Yambong, Hooghly, Bishnupur, Birbhum, Sundarban, Bankura, Midnapore, Murshidabad, and many more.

Places to visit in West Bengal
are considered to be the favourite haunt of the globetrotters all across the world due to its famous attractions and ruthless beauty. From the quaint little town of Midnapore that has a number of eco-parks and forests to the scenic town of Bakura that is home to umpteem number of terracota temples, you’ll be greeted with some of the best options to explore over here. Hooghly is one of the places in West Bengal as it has a vast number of colonial buildings and shopping lanes. Birbhum is another popular city that harbours several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

There are some of the most popular
places to see in West Bengal that have something for every kind of traveller. From the royal palaces to museums and scenic Ghats, you’ll be intimidated with the tons of options to explore over here. The vast expanse of tea gardens and the beautiful parks and forests further allure the visitors to gasp into the endless beauty of this place.

West Bengal is also the abode to some of the divine temples that offer spiritual bliss and solace to the visitors. It is dotted with some of the best hotels and lodges where you can have a relaxing stay. If you’re in West Bengal, then exploring its food scene is a must; the streets of West Bengal are replete with premium cafes and restaurants where you can have the best local cuisines. 

Here is the list of best places to visit in West Bengal:

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On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers.

And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

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Kolkata, The City of Joy, the cultural hub of India, this particular city has been called by so many names by people who have come and fallen in love with the place. Kolkata is known for its history and for being the city of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, and many more legends who have put India on the world map. If you are visiting India and touring the country then this is one city that you must include in your plan. Kolkata is also comparatively more affordable than most big cities of the world. It has no shortage of joy, warmth, and peace to embrace you with; and there is no dearth of tourist places in Kolkata, thanks to its rich history and culture.

Kolkata is one of the most populated cities of India, but that’s a good thing for you as a traveler. Diversity is Kolkata’s finest characteristics; hence, you will get to meet people from different culture and with different stories. Food, music, culture, literature, everything about this city is so rich and intellectually fulfilling. The city so perfectly combines the comfort of a metropolitan and the nostalgia of a place that has been through multiple cultural and social revolutions. It has the country’s oldest museum where you can see, among other things, the only mummy in India. Kolkata used to be one of the most important cities politically during the British rule, which has resulted in architectural influences. You can experience them with The Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Writer's, and many more such historical buildings.

If you are a religious person then Kolkata has a lot to offer you too. Some of the world’s oldest and most popular temples, churches, and masjids are located in and around this city which are some of the most important tourist places in Kolkata. You can go on a day tour of all the religious places while enjoying the street food during your breaks. Include a visit to the Ganges River in the plan to complete the tour.

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Located near Darjeeling in West Bengal, Kalimpong is an erstwhile royal hill station that was ruled by the kingdoms of Sikkim and Bhutan until as late as the mid of the 19th-century. The historical place has been an important landmark on the ancient Silk Route due to its proximity to the Nathu La and Jelep La passes.

Kalimpong is one of the most beautiful places in not only West Bengal but in entire Eastern India known for its stunning countryside comprising hills, lush terrace fields, pastures, hamlets, thick bamboo groves, etc. The native settlers like Lepchas, Nepalese, Sherpas, and Tibetan people have left an indelible mark on its charming monasteries, churches, and temples.

One of the best heritage landmarks here is the 18th-century Dharmodaya Vihar Nepalese temple that houses rare Buddhism books. Visit Deolo Hill, which is Kalimpong’s highest point, and enjoy the beauty of the 8-acre garden here where you can also try local food & pony rides & see the huge Buddha statue. Other beautiful attractions include heritage bungalows like Pratima Tagore House, Galingka, Dr. Graham’s House, Morgan House, etc.

Spot leopards, Asiatic black bear, Asian golden cat, etc. at the Neora Valley National Park. Experience the rustic way of life as you trek amidst the forests, stay at homestays, and interact with the locals at villages like Bindu and Jhalong. Enjoy white water rafting and camping at Teesta and Rangeet rivers and the surrounding valleys. Spend a serene day at the Nature Interpretation Centre surrounded by tranquil greenery.

Kalimpong is counted amongst the best tourist places in West Bengal due to its pleasant weather throughout the year. The summers here are cool with temperatures averaging around 20°C. Wintertime sees temperatures dipping to around 7°C and the place shrouded in mist. The monsoon season is also a beautiful time to experience the gorgeous lush green landscape.

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A quaint town at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Siliguri is a postcard-perfect amalgamation of urban culture and natural beauty. The picturesque city is endowed with the best of nature, full to the brim with its rolling green tea gardens and the snow-clad Himalayan mountaintops peeking into the horizon at a distance.

Owing to its rich wildlife population, tourism in Siliguri is synonymous with its wildlife safari facilities. The vast Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary, sprawling between the banks of Teesta and Mahananda, is home to a number of species of animals and birds, and also provides its guests ample opportunities for trekking and bird watching. The sanctuary also houses the North Bengal Wild Animals Park, where tourists can avail jeep rides to watch the animals play and be in their natural habitats.

A major tourist attraction in Siliguri is the Salugara Monastery, famous for its 100-feet stupa built by Tibetan Buddhist Monks. The monastery, known as The Great International Tashi Gomang Stupa, is situated only 6 kms away from the main town and houses five major Buddhist relics, making it one of the most popular Buddhist monasteries in the world. Siliguri, however, is not negligent to other faiths. One can also find here the magnificent ISKCON temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, and Kali Mandir which welcomes a number of pilgrims each year.

If one is looking to shop in Siliguri, the Hong Kong market on Hill Cart Road is the place to go. A flea market selling goods at a fairly cheap rate, the Hong Kong market is a popular go-to place for tourists and is thronged by shoppers throughout the year.

The best time to visit Siliguri would be during the winter months between November and February when the weather is fairly cold and outdoor activities such as trekking, safaris, and bird-watching can be enjoyed in a humidity-free atmosphere.

Siliguri is well connected to all nearby cities in West Bengal by road and rail. The Siliguri railway station is the main junction of the town. The Darjeeling-Himalayan toy train, a world-famous attraction, can be availed from Siliguri junction if one desires to travel to Darjeeling from here. The nearest airport to Siliguri is the Bagdogra airport, from whence one may avail buses or cars to reach the place.

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Jalpaiguri is a district in the northern part of West Bengal which shares its borders with two countries, namely Bhutan in the north and Bangladesh in the south. During the partition of India, after independence, a part of Jalpaiguri district went into East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. Jalpaiguri also has a significant Nepalese population being very close to the country. Jalpaiguri experiences a huge exodus of tourists each year owing to its exquisite landscapes, serene river banks, rolling tea gardens and for housing two of India's popular wildlife sanctuaries - Gorumara National Park and the Chapramari wildlife sanctuary. Several tourists come to Jalpaiguri just to wade through the dense forested lands on elephant back and view the wide variety of flora and fauna here. 

In fact, Jalpaiguri ranks second in the list of popular places to visit in West Bengal. This picturesque place has small villages which offer unique scenery depending on their strategic location. Chalsa is one such village which is ethereal and looks like a painting on canvas. It is the place from where the beautiful tea gardens in Dooars can be viewed. In order to enjoy sightseeing in Jalpaiguri, winters are the best time. Between October to March the temperature is pleasant, slightly on the cooler side but that makes it ideal for trekking, do a safari, or simply to rest in the river-studded valley. Temperatures here rarely drop below 5 degrees and it is also the best time to view the animals in the wilderness.

Those who come to Jalpaiguri to view several exotic species of birds, must not miss these months, as the winged friends are at their resplendent best in the season. Bagdogra International Airport is the closest airport to Jalpaiguri and there are a number of taxis and reserved cars available from the airport to reach Jalpaiguri. There are multiple trains from Kolkata and other nearby cities which run daily to the Jalpaiguri Road Station. Siliguri, also an important city in North Bengal, is well connected to Jalpaiguri through multiple buses plying at regular intervals in the day between them.

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Situated at the foothills of Himalayas in Darjeeling is a small hill station called Bagdogra. Just 11 km away from Siliguri, it is one of the most peaceful and untouched places in West Bengal. Often regarded as the gateway town to North-East India and the Himalayas, it is one of the most desired hill stations in the state. ‘It is better to explore the beauty of the same place once than hear about it a thousand times,’ Bagdogra  is one of those places for sure. The hovering clouds on top of mountains, lushy tea estates and gardens and uninfluenced from human pollution adds on to the beauty of this hill station.

The blissful Teesta river will make you stop frequently to behold her calmness and solace. The place is blessed with floral beauty with a blend of greenery and serenity which makes it an ideal destination to travel, especially in the monsoon. Bagdogra is a base for the tourists travelling to Darjeeling, Siliguri, Sikkim and Bhutan. This North-Eastern beauty packs a trip full of thrill and adventure from breathtaking river rafting in Teesta to the astonishing North Bengal Science Center. Walk through beautiful mountain slopes over the rising sun, relish the town in rambling toy trains and savour delicious Tibetian food around every corner of this station.

Himalaya World Museum, Dreamland Amusement Park, Jorpokhri Wildlife Sanctuary are some other famous places to visit in and around the city. The average temperature in Bagdogra stands between 10°C to 35°C throughout the year. Summer season experiences the peak of tourism in this town, with not so heavy rainfall and springy weather. The quiet and chilly weather during winters also marks a good time for travelers. The refreshing winter mist in the air gives a sign of natural purity with dazzling sunrise view in the cold morning. At sunset, you can see a combination of the most beautiful colors in the sky, which you don’t want to miss.

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Digha is a famous coastal resort town that is touted to be one of the best places to visit in West Bengal. It is highly renowned for its untouched shallow sand beaches and religious temples. It is situated only one eighty-seven kilometres away from Kolkata and is touted to be the most famous weekend getaway for families. This lively town is untouched by commercial exploitation and helps you enjoy the joy of nature in the best way possible. 

The tall palm trees and exquisite flora and fauna of this region make it a genuine wonderland. The vast stretch of the beaches of Digha will leave you rejuvenated at just one site. Thousands of tourists visit this town every year due to its lush greenery and verdant allure of nature. 

Digha is the favourite destination for the beach lovers as it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in India. New Digha Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Digha with swinging palm trees and a long stretch of sandy beaches. Talsari Beach and Shankarpur Beach are also the other famous beaches in Digha, where tourists flock in a vast number to relax and unwind from the grind of life. Chandeshwar Temple is another popular tourist destination over here that is a sanctum of spiritual belief and divinity.

There are ample of things that you can do in Digha for a fun-filled vacation. From having delicious seafood at the beach shacks near the beaches to enjoying boating and ropeway riding at Amaravati Park, there are tons of things that you can try at Digha. You can even enjoy a scenic trail at the forests and gaze into the underwater beauties at the marine aquarium.

Digha experiences a scorching and uncomfortable temperature during summers. The average temperature during summer ranges up to 37 degrees Celsius. Winter is the best time to visit Digha, and the average temperature reaches up to 20.4 degrees Celsius. Monsoon season ranges from July to September, and during this season, Digha receives 59.8 inches of average rainfall per year.

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Sundarban is a cluster of most extensive estuarine forests and is considered to be one of the best tourist attractions in West Bengal. It spans from the river Hooghly in West Bengal to the Baleswar river in Bangladesh. It is the part of the world’s largest delta that is formed by river Ganges, and it has got its name from the mangrove plants known as the Sundari over here. It is the largest biosphere reserve and National Park in India. 

Sundarban boasts of awe-inspiring water bodies and breathtaking landscapes. The thick blanket of greenery that envelops this region makes it a delight for the starved souls craving for a rejuvenating journey. Wherever your sight goes over here you’ll be greeted with the endless vistas of nature and scenic beauty.

Sunderban is a treasure trove for the tourists who wish to have an unadulterated view of nature. Netidhopani is a popular tourist destination in Sunderban, and you can find here centuries-old ruins of Shiva temple. You can also visit Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary at Sundarban, which is home to some of the rarest bird species such as herons, egrets, etc. 

If you wish to indulge in an offbeat adventure, then Sunderban should be your best resort. It is the place where you can spot the tiger species, crocodiles, and Olive Ridley turtles. You can also take a holy dip at Gangasagar during Maha Sankranti. You can also try camping over here for a rejuvenating experience.

Sunderban experiences a tropical climate with cold winters and hot summers. During Summer (April-June), the temperature ranges from 30 to 42 degrees Celsius, and the temperature is scorching and humid during this season. September to March is the ideal time to visit Sundarban as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time in this area.

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Hooghly, formerly known as Hooghly-Chinsurah, is one of the best places to visit in West Bengal, and you can witness here a great confluence of tradition, culture, and history. The Hooghly city lies on the west bank of Hoogly river and at a distance of 40 Km north of Kolkata. Hooghly has five main rivers, including Hooghly (Ganga), Damodar, Dwarkeswar, Mundeswari, and Saraswati. 

Tucked away in the inviting blanket of earthly glory Hooghly is a dreamy paradise for every traveler. From lush green forests to cascading waterfalls and beautiful meadows Hooghly is bound to cast a spell on your senses with its natural beauty.  

From colonial artefacts to historical buildings and the religious centres, there are many essential attractions in Hooghly. It has some of the famous shopping lanes from where you can buy the best clothes and jewellery items. The city has multiple tourist spots, including Bandel Church, Hooghly Mohsin College, Shandeswar Siva temple, Imam-bara building, Tarakeswar, Banabithi Park, and several others.

You can indulge in multiple activities at Hooghly for a fun-filled experience. From cruising the great Hooghly river to having a historical tour of this city, there are tons of activities that you can try over here. You can also try adrenaline rushing adventure sports activities here like kayaking and canoeing. 

Hooghly experiences calm and pleasant weather at most times of the year. It has two seasons, dry and wet. The wet season initiates from July month and ends in September. The dry season lies from October to June, and its temperature ranges from 25 to 34-degree Celsius. The best time to visit Hooghly is in February and December.

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Located on the banks of the Damodar River, this coalfield surrounded place is situated in the Paschim Bardhaman district. Durgapur is amongst the largest industrial centres, often referred to as the ‘Steel City of Bengal’ and the second planned city in the country and amongst the most offbeat places to visit in West Bengal.

The beauty of Durgapur lies in the charming juxtaposition of the old and the new here in its architecture, atmosphere, food, and culture. Lush forests of eucalyptus & sal, ancient temples, rivers, and beautiful gardens make the landscape of Durgapur extremely scenic, making it one of the best places to see in West Bengal.

One of the major attractions here is the Durgapur Barrage built over the Damodar River perfect for watching a beautiful sunset, boating, or simply spending time at shores. No trip here is complete without seeing the massive Durgapur Steel Plant and Bhabani Pathak’s Tilla that is a protected monument housing a maze of caves. Visit the Garh Jungle to see native flora and fauna and the riverside Deul Park to spend time at the luxuriant creek and the surrounding forests.

One of the best activities to do here is to experience the vibrant buzz of Benachity as you pick up local handicrafts and try Bengali cuisine like chicken kasha, Aloo Posto, Macher Jhol, and varieties of sandesh. Enjoy boating in the serene and lush Kumaramangalam Park and try cable car rides and water sports at Troika Park. Spend serene time in the pious atmosphere of the Ram Mandir here that is famous for its green surroundings and carved architecture.

Durgapur is hot and humid in the summers with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. Monsoons, though pleasant, bring a heavy barrage of rains and flooding risks. Winter months are cool & dry, with temperatures hovering around 15°C, making it quite pleasant to be outdoors and enjoying the local attractions.

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This is a beautiful town located in the Bankura district of West Bengal, and it offers many facets for the travellers to explore. It is widely reckoned for its pottery items made of terracotta work that reflect the craftsmanship of the artisans over here. The town was earlier the administrative capital under the reign of the Malla kings, but now it has transformed into a thriving centre for cultural activities, spirituality, and entertainment.

Bishnupur is one of the best places to visit in West Bengal and is known for its quaint environment and surreal views. It is considered to be the true splendour of nature, and you can find here a wide range of flora and fauna. It is a bustling hub of culture, tradition, and rich history and caters to the discerning taste of the travellers with its unique offerings. 

Bishnupur is considered to be the hotspot of temples and ancient monuments. Rasmancha is the oldest building over here that has large pyramidal structures and unique architecture. Jorbangla Temple is the most famous religious spot over here that is reckoned for its terracotta structure and delicate carving on the walls. Madanmohan Temple and Radhe Govind Temple are other famous attractions over here. 

There are tons of enthralling activities that you can try at Bishnupur for a memorable experience. You can have a heritage walk through the narrow lanes and crowded markets of this city, or you can trek to the Susania hills for an awe-inspiring experience over here. The tourists can also try the exceptional local cuisines of Bishnupur to satisfy their hunger pangs.

Bishnupur experiences tropical weather, which means you can visit this place all around the year. It experiences extreme humidity during monsoon along with constant rainfall, which can ruin the joy of your trip. Winters over here are quite pleasant, and it experiences an average of 26 degrees Celsius during winters. Summers are relatively warm over here, and it experiences 32-42 degrees Celsius during this time of the year.

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Birbhum is the most popular tourist attractions in West Bengal and is known to be the seat of Rabindranath Tagore as Visva Bharati University was established by him over here. It shares its border with the state of Jharkhand and is renowned all over the world as the land of red soil. It is also known to be the religious hub of West Bengal as it houses some of the most sacred places in India. 

It has vast farmlands and lush green gardens that seem to be a scene straight out of a fairytale. You can also spot here some of the rarest species of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Birbhum is interspersed with cascading waterfalls and scenic forests that make it one of the most beautiful destinations in India. 
There are many splendid attractions in Birbhum that should be in the bucket list of every traveller. From the Ballabhpur wildlife sanctuary that houses diverse species of flora and fauna to the Tarapith Shakti Peeth, which is a sanctum of spiritual belief, you’ll never be short of the places to explore in Birbhum. It also houses the Santiniketan University that is an epitome of cultural heritage. 

Danguli is the most popular sports activity which you must try at Birbhum. You can also try the local cuisines at the most renowned local restaurants and cafes interspersed over here. If you love collecting souvenirs, then Birbhum has some of the best local shops where you can buy leather goods, bamboo crafts, and Kantha stitched sarees.

Birbhum experiences a tropical climate where the days are hot and the nights are relatively more relaxed. Winter(December-February) season is considered to be the best time to visit Birbhum as the weather remains pleasant during this time. The average temperature during winter is around 10 degrees Celsius at Birbhum. The average rainfall in monsoon is about 125 cm in Birbhum.

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This 18th-century British-era summer retreat is located in the Darjeeling district close to Siliguri. Located at around 4,864 ft., it is an equally charming name translating to ‘Land of White Orchids’ due to the presence of thousands of these flowers in its meadows and valleys. At different points in time, Kurseong has been the home to people like Rabindranath Tagore, Mark Twain, Sister Nivedita, etc.

Kurseong, one of the most beautiful places to visit in West Bengal, has an unimaginable natural beauty that attracts people from all over the country. Colourful houses that seem to tumble downhill slopes, lush tea gardens and coffee plantations, verdant forests, and miles of flowering white orchids, make it an extremely scenic place to be in.

One of the best places to visit here is Eagle’s Craig vantage point that offers beautiful views of a mountainside sunrise and sunset and the expanses of Siliguri. Head over to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum to see rare documents and pictures. The old churches here, with their vintage charm, like St. Mary’s Hill and St Andrews are a must-visit. Dow Hill, the nearby Deer Park, and the museum are also great attractions.

No trip to Kurseong is complete without spending serene time in the fragrant tea gardens, tasting the delicious brews, and meeting the natives. Enjoy the tranquillity at the Amobotia Shiva Temple that is located at the tea estate by the same name amidst lush orange orchards. One of the best things to do here is trying out a variety of authentic Tibetan food and drinks including steamed dumplings, thukpa, chhang, and of course Darjeeling tea. Don’t miss to enjoy the heritage toy train journey from Kurseong to Darjeeling.

The place enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year. Summers are super pleasant with a cool breeze. Monsoons turn the place lush but also bring the risk of landslides. Winters are harsh but enjoyable and shroud the place in a cosy mist lending it a beautiful appearance.

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Situated on the banks of the magnificent Kangsabati River, this quaint little town is one of the best tourist attractions in West Bengal. The city is a fine example of religious harmony and eco-tourism. It has few famous temples and masjids, and lush green gardens and parks.

The essence of the whole town lies in the many nature parks and virgin forests scattered in and around it! 
All these forests are untouched gems which have a dense cover and beautiful canopies! Most of these are erstwhile palace compounds which have fallen to ruins! These nature parks and forest have tiny blue lakes, rare trees of different varieties and colourful birds with their singsong chirping! This makes Midnapore the idle place for a short vacation outside the city, away from the pollution and blocks of concrete!

The town is also home to quite a few temples, each built for different deities. There is a Kali temple, a Jagannath temple, and a Kanak Durga temple in Midnapore. Maa Kali is the main deity in this area, and as such, there are temples dedicated to different forms of the goddess, such as the Devi Bargabhima temple. There are also the ruins of the erstwhile Brahmosamaj Temple, built by the Brahmos, a religious sect in West Bengal who refused to worship any idols. Apart from that, the harmonious town has Jora Masjid and St John’s church.

There are so many activities you could do here- like having a picnic by the river or go bird watching in the Khudiram Bose Ecopark. You could also visit the Jhargram Palace or even stay there as it has recently been turned into a hotel. 
Midnapore has sultry summers from April to June, wet monsoons from July to September, and very pleasant winters from November to February. The end of December and early January can get very chilly, but apart from that, winter is the time to visit this haven.

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This city of Bankura is considered to be one of the best tourist attractions in West Bengal due to its untouched vistas of nature and scenic trails. Though not very popular before, the city is now emerging as a place of interest and attraction in the area of its rich cultural heritage. The city has given birth to beautiful forms of art and music and is home to age-old revered temples like Jor Mandir and Gokulchand Temple.

When it comes to natural beauty, Bankura is blessed with all- terracotta temples, lush green forest, rivers roaring, and streams trickling about. It houses the tiny, virgin hills of Biharinath and Sisunia, which are still safe from tourist rampage and retain their natural glory. But the top attraction of Bankura is the Mukutmanipur dam, situated at the confluence of the mighty rivers Kangsabati and

Apart from Mukutmanipur, the top attractions of Bankura are the unique temples situated here. The Bishnupur district houses 16 terracotta temples, of which Jor Mandir and Radhamadhab temple usually hog the limelight. Then there is also Joyrambati, the revered birthplace of Sri Maa Sarada Devi, which has attained the status of a pilgrimage almost.

Since Bankura is the hometown of the elegant Baluchari saree, you should buy this item over here in the local shops. You could also purchase beautiful terracotta pots and tiles from the local artisans. You could attend music festivals at the Bishnupur school of music, which keeps alive a unique form of Hindustani classical music. And if you want a calm day off, go for a walk by the Kangsabati river.

Bankura has a long summer(March to May), with the temperature reaching up to 40 degrees some days. The monsoon(June to September) season lasts for a good three months. But the best time to go would be winter(November to January), when the weather will be pleasant- sunny and with a hint of cool breeze!

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Located between the Damodar and Ajay rivers in the Paschim Bardhaman District, Asansol is West Bengal’s second-largest city. It is an important industrial centre primarily due to its coal mines and coal industries due to its mineral-rich soil.

One of the best offbeat destinations to take a quick break from the city, Asansol is known for its rich and varied landscape comprising beautiful gardens, temples, museums, and vast lush pastures. 
One of the most major heritage attractions here is the 500-year-old Kalyaneshwari Temple that’s known to fulfil the wishes of whoever visits it.

Another great heritage site is the Ghagar Buri Chandi Temple located on the Nunia riverside. The mid-18th-century Sacred Heart Church here is quite a majestic sight due to its massive red brick structure, stained glass paintings, and a stunning ‘Our Lady of Lourdes' grotto.

Spend serene and quiet time at the beautifully lush gardens like Satabdi Park and Nehru Park and enjoy boating, musical fountains, or simply just taking long walks in the beautiful environs. Soak yourself in the rich literary atmosphere of Churulia as you celebrate the life of the legendary poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Escape into the stunning beauty of the Maithon Dam and enjoy nature trails and sunrise & sunset views over the vast waters. This is a great place to spot huge herds of deer that use this dam as a watering hole. No trip here is complete without trying authentic Bengali fare consisting of luchis, bhajas, macher jhol, chingri malaikari, and of course rosogulla.

Asansol experiences hot summers with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. The monsoons season sees heavy torrential rains that bring relief from the heat but also cause extreme humidity making it difficult to be outdoors. The best season to visit here is the winters when the temperatures drop to around 15°C accompanied by a cool breeze and balmy sunshine, perfect to enjoy all the outdoor attractions.

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Once the seat of the Nawab of Bengal, this quaint town located on the banks of the Hooghly is one of the best places to visit in West Bengal. It served as the capital of Bengal before Calcutta, and several arts and crafts were born here. Not only that, but it was also famous for the sericulture, producing world-class silk.

The beauty of the town is unparalleled. It is home to tiny  jheels , which become  hotspots in winter when the migratory birds arrive. The pristine blue lakes with colourful, exotic birds at its edges is a sight to behold! It is also home to several gardens, which have rows of colorful and fragrant flowers. The gardens are all adorned by meticulously sculpted statues and fountains! This is the perfect place for a short trip amidst the lap of nature. 

The Hazarduari Palace, located on the banks of the River Bhagirathi, is the prime attraction here. Apart from that, there are a handful of beautiful mosques which you must include in your itinerary- Nizamat Imambara, Footi Masjid, Madina, and Katra Mosque. Apart from these, it has many palaces among which Wasif Manzil and Nasirpur Palace are worth mentioning.

Apart from gazing at the various forms of architecture and the massive palaces, there are other things you can do in Murshidabad. You could go shopping because the local artisans are pretty much the authority on ivory and woodcraft. You could also drop into the Belampore market to pick out a few intricately designed Murshidabad silk sarees for yourself or family members.

The weather is usually too extreme- too hot in summer and too chilly in winter. So the best time to visit would be the early winter months of October and November when it is pleasant- sunny and breezy!

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Nestled amidst the lush greenery of West Bengal, Gurdum is a serene hamlet that offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Sumendu Lake, nestled in the hill station of Mirik in West Bengal, India, is a picturesque water body enveloped by lush greenery.

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Gorkhey Khola Village, tucked away in the green hills of West Bengal near Darjeeling, is a peaceful spot for nature lovers. The village gets its name from the gentle Gorkhey Khola River that flows through it, adding to its serene atmosphere.

Here, you can enjoy leisurely walks by the riverside, surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. It's a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

For those who love adventure, Gorkhey Khola Village is a starting point for treks to nearby attractions like Singalila National Park and Sandakphu. You can see stunning views of the Himalayas and maybe even spot some rare wildlife.

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Tonglu, nestled in the scenic Darjeeling district of West Bengal, offers a serene escape for nature lovers. Surrounded by lush forests and tea gardens, it's a paradise for trekking enthusiasts. The trek to Tonglu rewards visitors with panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including the majestic Kanchenjunga. Its peaceful ambiance and stunning vistas make it a perfect retreat for those seeking tranquility amidst nature.

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Meghma Village is nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of West Bengal, India, captivating visitors with its serene charm and natural beauty. Situated in the Darjeeling district, Meghma enjoys a tranquil ambiance, surrounded by lush greenery and towering mountains. The village is renowned for its panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, offering a breathtaking backdrop for travelers seeking solace in nature's embrace.

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Tonglu Trek Viewpoint in West Bengal is a wonderful spot for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. Situated in the Singalila National Park, it offers stunning views of the Himalayas and lush forests.

One of the best parts of Tonglu Trek Viewpoint is the amazing views. From here, you can see famous peaks like Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. It's like being surrounded by a sea of majestic mountains, and the sight is truly breathtaking.

The trek to Tonglu is also a chance to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Himalayas. You'll walk through forests filled with colorful flowers and tall trees, and you might even spot some wildlife along the way, like birds and monkeys.

Reaching the top of Tonglu is a rewarding experience. It takes effort and determination, but the views from the summit make it all worth it. Standing there, surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayas, you can't help but feel grateful for the opportunity to experience such natural wonder.

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Dooars, tucked away in the Eastern Himalayan foothills, entices you with its verdant vistas, varied fauna, and intricate cultural heritage. Here, In the midst of the lush vegetation, you can discover peaceful towns, old temples, and historical landmarks. You can also go on exhilarating safaris in Gorumara and Jaldapara National Parks, or take in the tranquil beauty of Buxa Tiger Reserve.

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Located at the Western bank of the river Hooghly, this holy city is said to have been established in the 10th-century where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born. Some say that Navadvipa comprises 9 islands that belong to the historical Pala period.

The place is an important pilgrimage centre and houses several hundred ancient temples that are visited by people from around the country. Navadvipa, with its rustic charm and slow pace of life, is perfect for a laidback vacation.

Highlight of the place: Some of the must-visit temples include the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, ISKCON Temple, Pushpa Samadhi Mandir, etc. that are popular not only for their serene vibes but also their intricate architecture. Visit the Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary to see hundreds of bird species and its pristine lake.

Best time to visit: Winter months (November-February) due to cool weather and low humidity.
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Located at the Eastern Himalayan foothills, this National Park edges on the Torsa River banks in the Alipurduar District. Amongst the lushest tourist places in West Bengal, it is a vast forested area comprising hundreds of varieties of flora & fauna, streams, and thickets of woods & tall grass groves. It offers jeep & elephant safaris that take one to the remotest corners of this wilderness to explore.

Highlight of the place: This park houses the second-highest number of Indian one-horned rhinos. Other wildlife species here include leopards, Royal Bengal tiger, spotted deer, wild boars, cobras, geckos, crested eagle, lesser-pied hornbill, etc.

Best time to visit: The winter months of September-March to enjoy the outdoors without the heat & humidity of summers. It remains closed each year from 15th June-14th September.
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Located in the Jalpaiguri district outside the Gorumara National Park, Lataguri offers an unconventional vacation for those who want to escape into the tranquillity and serenity of nature and remains the best place to stay and start your excursions to the National Park.

Highlight of the place: Visit the Gorumara National Park to explore the forests & grasslands and wildlife like Indian rhino, Bengal tigers, sloth bear, spangled drongo, brahminy duck, etc. Visit the Nature Interpretation Centre to know about the flora & fauna of the National Park and enjoy jungle safaris. Head over to the nearby Jayanti Mahakal Caves to explore their ancient ruins. Visit the riverside of Murti River to enjoy night camping and trekking along its banks.

Best time to visit: Winter months (November-February) due to cool weather and low humidity.
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This seaside resort village, amongst the most popular tourist places in West Bengal, lies in the East Midnapore district near the northern side of the Bay of Bengal. Though a very picturesque place that offers amazing experiences & adventures.

Mandarmani is still not commercialised. Few number of tourists have left the place untouched, clean, and intriguing. The place is known for its luxury boutique resorts that make one’s stay even more memorable.

Highlight of the place: The Mandarmani beach is the main and the best highlight here known for being the longest motor-able beach in the country, its scenic beauty, red crab population, and watersports. The resorts here offer fun activities like beach biking, volleyball, etc. The shops here are known for beautiful Bengali handicrafts, seashells, authentic Bengali food.

Best time to visit: Winter months (November-February) are the best to visit due to cool weather and low humidity as against the uncomfortable heat of the summers & monsoons.
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This charming hill station, lying cosily amidst the Darjeeling Hills, is one of the most scenic places to see in West Bengal. An erstwhile trading centre the name of which translates to ‘place burnt by fire’ traces its routes to British-era India. Located at around 4,905 ft. above sea level, Mirik is one of the few places in Bengal to offer stupendous views of the Kanchenjunga.

Highlight of the place: The calm Sumendu Lake for its 80-ft. long bridge, boating, pony rides, and its charming promenade. Its lush orange orchards and tea plantations are a must-visit along with the Pashupati market for its Nepalese handicrafts & clothes. Other great attractions include the Bokar Monastery, Rameetay Dhara for its views of the Kanchenjunga, and the Mirik Church.

Best time to visit: Summer season of March-June. People who love snowfall and winter sports can visit in the winter months of November-February.
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Newly Added West Bengal Experience
Shonali Patnaik Sandakphu Trek
"One of the best experience in my life till date. Sandakhphu trek had mesmerizing views and sceneries. Enjoyed like hell. Its great for beginners. So beautiful, so ecstatic, so adventurous. Trekking guide especially DK sir was so helpful and patient. Loved his songs. Food was great all the way. I would definitely recommend for everyone to try once in a lifeime. "
29 March 2016
Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.
Sumit Biswas Sandakphu Trek
"Overall a good trek. The Himalayan Trekker guide, Arpan, was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it for beginners. Seasoned trekkers might find it a bit easy."
Charvi Chattopadhyay North Bengal Tour
It was a great once in a lifetime experience. Thrillophilia ensures everything is well on time and coordinated. The accommodations were perfect. The food provided during the trip was good. I must recommend
Deeksha Chattopadhyay One Day Tour In West Bengal
We have had a great family time traveling in Kolkata. Our driver and guide couldn't be better, as a person and as a professional, he made the experience 10x better. Beautiful place with beautiful people
12 January 2021
Swati Jhunjhunwala Sandakphu Trek
I thought I was going for a trek, but instead I went on a self actualisation trip. It had everything- fun, workout, snow, car journey, bonfire, and anything else you can imagine. Before the trip I was quite skeptical, whether or not I would be able to do it, whether or not the weather and conditions would be favourable, but it all worked out. Our trek guides, Bishu and Sasang, were both so amazing, so motivating, and so supportive, that they made our trip a success. At one point, I wasn’t sure if I could continue on this trek, since my legs were giving up, but our guide motivated us, told us we’re almost there, and made us complete the journey. We took shortcuts, we clicked pictures, we went 2km along the mountains just to see the beautiful sunset hiding in the clouds beneath us, and we came back changed. I recommend this trip to anyone who is reading this. The trek is for beginners with will power, and the journey is going to memorable for years, if not more.
04 January 2021
Ishan Pandey Sandakphu Trek
The best thing about the trip was our guide Vikram Da..and we generally call him Vikram. He made sure to make us comfortable and ensured our needs to be taken care of. The only thing i would ask Thrilillophilia to do is club people of similar ages and not club a 55-60 yr old person with a group of youngsters. There are differences in mental and physical attributes.
04 November 2020
Pranita Sandakphu Trek
Our trek was a remarkable experience. It was well organised and the accommodation along the way allowed for a very comfortable stay. The only problem which we faced was with the accommodation provided in Kalpokhari which was below average. The food was also quite good. I would personally like to thank the guide Mr Bisu Rai for helping us throughout the journey.
18 January 2020
I have booked a cottage for our anniversary. It was having all the modern amenities. They have very well arranged a candle light dinner for us which was included in our package. We both had a great time at this property.
20 November 2019
We enjoyed our stay in Darjeeling majorly because of all the hassle-free and advance bookings all credit goes to Thrillophilia. It was a beautiful resort with clean rooms and friendly staff. Enjoyed our tea plantation tours and exploring this beautiful city.

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