West Bengal stretches from the snowy Himalayas in the north of India to the Bay of Bengal in the south of the country. This vast region is filled with beautiful scenery and is also strategically important due to its shared borders with Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. West Bengal is the home of some of India’s most famous cities including Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sunderbans. Vayama.com has fabulous deals on budget hotels in these cities and other parts of West Bengal, so it’s worth starting your cheap hotel search here. Calcutta was the “gateway to India” and the capital of the Raj in India, today it is India’s largest city and it throbs with frenetic pace. As a result it is filled with fascinating tourist attractions that reflect its multi-faceted history. Travelers should not miss visiting Fort William, the Victoria Memorial, the Botanical Gardens and the Marble Palace. Calcutta also plays host to some colorful and exotic festivals and events throughout the year.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong are major hill stations and home to sprawling tea plantations nestled into the impressive Himalayas. The UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train winds its way through the plantations and mountains. West Bengal is famous for the Bengal tiger and the powerful and mighty animal can be seen in Sunderbans. The Bengal tiger is found exclusively in the mangrove forests around Sunderbans. Some of India’s loveliest beaches are to be found in West Bengal at Dooars and Jaldapara. West Bengal offers just about every experience that a visitor to India could desire from misty Himalayas to the surging surf of the southern beaches and the hustle bustle of the large cities.
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