Rabindranath Tagore regarded Bengal as the treasure trove of India. And, his view was/is shared by many dignitaries, who have had the opportunity of travelling through Bengal—a place where you find both the majesty of the great Himalayas and the calmness of the azure Bay of Bengal. However, due to the poor tourism industry and the immensely saturated political scenario in the state, most of those beautiful natural beauties of Bengal still remain under dreadful darkness. This list aims at “exposing” a few of those mesmerizing beauties of Bengal where any traveler can have his/her thirst quenched.
9. The Sunderbans
Backwater gushing through a dense mangrove forests underneath the azure where the cacophony of the birds is the only sound, apart from that of the rippling water, that you can hear, is the apt definition of time spent in the Sunderbans.
Situated in the deltaic region of West Bengal, the best way to savor the essence of this paradise is through a boat trip.
It’s the newest beach destination in Bengal in the Midnapur district. If you’re planning to go to Tajpur, be prepared to lounge at the vast stretches of sun kissed virgin beach overlooking a surprisingly calm and serene Bay of Bengal.
Nowadays, a lot of adventure sports have been started by the West Bengal Government, making this place a must-visit one for both the nature lover and the adventure seeker!
Famous for the great heritage of terracotta temples that speak about the rich Bengal history and architecture, Bishnupur located in the Bankura district of Bengal and is an ideal weekend destination from Kolkata.
If you have a fetish for art and history, then Bishnupur must feature in your bucket list. Bishnupur also produces one of the best silks in India.
Purulia is one of the peaceful gateways from the mundane city lives. The district has numerous hilly destinations like Garpanchkot
, Lal Pahar
, Ayodhya Pahar
and the likes.
And, what attracts the attention of the backpackers and travelers are the quaint hilly terrain wrapped in lush greenery and completed with gushing streams and rivers.
With a rich history surrounding the life and times of Nawab Siraj-ud-daullah, Murshidabad is one of the most important tourist destinations of Bengal.
The architecture and the natural scenery both are sure to mesmerize you to the fullest. Apart from Bishnupur, Murshidabad is also one of the most important seats for silks in India.
Again located in the Bankura district, Mukutmanipur is situated right at the confluence of river Kumari and Kanshabati.
If you want to spend a lazy time lounging at the green hilly meadow overlooking a great tank, then this is your place to be!
Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Jhallong is all about a peaceful recluse away from the cacophonous city life.
The place is situated right across the beaming Jhallong river where you got to spend your time listening to the birds chirping, eating piping hot momos and sleeping at the tents! Ah! Sheer bliss it is!
A misty Himalayan town with lush green meadows, dark forests and super amazing scenery to behold, Lolegaon is one of the wonders of Bengal, sadly hidden from the rest of India. You may have heard about Darjeeling and its beauty, but this much less commercial Lolegaon is indeed a painter’s creation.
You may simply laze around this place or go for brilliant treks or, better still, gorge on those scrumptious piping hot momos. Besides, the heritage forest is simply going to transport you to a whole new era!
Now, this is one place which around 70% of the Kolkatans vouch by. The seat of Viswa Bharati University founded by Rabindranath Tagore, Shantiniketan indeed stands true to its name—an abode of peace.
A gushing stream, numerous tiny villages, eucalyptus forests and, of course, those weekly handicraft fairs at those forests, makes Shantiniketan a true wonder.