The state of West Bengal is in the eastern part of India with the Himalayas in the north and Bay Of Bengal in the south. Covering an area of 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi), it also borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also borders the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata.The diverse topography of West Bengal makes it an excellent cuisine in a tourister’s menu.
High attitude mountains in the Himalayan range unleashes the beauty of the hills. Sandakfu is the highest peak of West Bengal. The Terai region distinguishes the North Bengal from the hills and covers huge forests and tea gardens. Borders with Bay Of Bengal provides wonderful seascapes . As you move to the western part of the state, you get the taste of Chotnagpur Plateau bordering with Jharkhand. The Rarh region intervenes between the Ganges delta in the east and the western plateau and high lands. At the extreme south it broadens into delta region and offers you the biggest mangrove forest of the world , The Sundarban.
The main river in West Bengal is the Ganges, which divides into two branches. One of it enters into Bangladesh as Padma and the other flows through West Bengal in the name of Hooghly and Bhagirathi.Padma and Hooghly.The prominent rivers in the northern hilly part are Teesta, Torsa, Jaldhaka and Mahananda. Damodar, Ajay and Kangsabati rivers flow through the western part. Apart from these the Ganges delta and the Sundarbans area have numerous rivers and creeks.
In a nutshell West Bengal offers:
- Hills & Mountains – Sandakfu, Falut, Darjeeling, Kalingpong, Kurseong, Jhandi etc.
- Terai or Dooars Forest – Buxa, Gorumara, Chilpata, Jaldapara, Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, Neora Valley National Park, Bandapani, Raimatang etc.
- Mangrove Forest of Sundarban – Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali, Jharkhali, Neti Dhopani, Burir Dabri, Samsernagar, Jhingakhali, Harikhali etc.
- Rarh and plateau region – Gorgaburu, Mathaburu, Hura, Ayodya Hills etc.
- Tribal Hamlets – many villages of Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum and Burdwan district
- like Prantik, Bisinda, Susunia, Belpahari , Jhargram , Hatibari etc.
- Sea Beaches – Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Mousuni Island, Lal Kakra Beach etc.
- Historical Places – In almost all the districts of West Bengal there is a touch of history