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West Bengal is a state in the eastern region of India and is the nation's fourth-most populous.It is also the seventh-most populous sub-national entity in the world, with over 91 million inhabitants.

A major agricultural producer, West Bengal is the sixth-largest contributor to India's net domestic product.Covering a total area of 34,267 sq mi (88,750 km2), it is bordered by the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, and the Indian states of Orissa, Jharkhand, bengal, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata.
West Bengal encompasses two broad natural regions: the Gangetic Plain in the south and the sub-Himalayan and Himalayan area in the north. In the 3rd century BC, the broader region of Bengal was conquered by the emperor Ashoka. In the 4th century AD, it was absorbed into the Gupta Empire. From the 13th century onward, the region was ruled by several sultans, powerful Hindu states and Baro-Bhuyan landlords, until the beginning of British rule in the 18th century.

The British East India Company cemented their hold on the region following the Battle of Plassey in 1757, and the city of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) served for many years as the capital of British India. A hotbed of the Indian independence movement through the early 20th century, Bengal was divided in 1947 along religious lines into two separate entities: West Bengal - a state of India - and East Bengal, which initially joined the new nation of Pakistan, before becoming part of modern-day Bangladesh in 1971. Today, West Bengal is noted for its artistic endeavours, including filmmaking.

Latitude 22° N
Longitude 88° E

Must See

Kolkata
Jalpaiguri
Darjeeling
Cooch Behar
Mednipur
North 24 Parganas
Bardhaman
Birbhum
Howrah
Bankura
North Dinajpur
South 24 Parganas
Hooghly
Malda
Nadia
Purulia
South Dinajpur
Sunderbans 
Shantiniketan
Digha
Murshidabad
Bishnupur
Gangasagar
Dooars
Ballabhpur Wildlife
Chintamani Kar
Duarsini
Sunderban
Garh Panchkot
Forests Around Ayodhya Hill
Bethuadahari
Forests Around
Jhargram
Mukutmanipur
Parmadan
Raigunge
Ramnabagan

Popular Food

Macher Jhol
Luchi
Porothha
Ombol
Achar
Baora
Bhaja
Bhapa
Bhate
Bhorta
Chorchori
Green jackfruit and potato Curry
Chop
Shorshe Ilish
Bengali Pulao
Fried Rui
Cutlet
Chhyanchra
Chhenchki
Chutney
Dalna
Dom
Dolma
Ghonto
Jhal
Jhol
Kalia
Kofta
Korma
Kosha
Paturi
Pora
Poshto
Torkari
Shukto
Shak
Pau Ruti
Shondesh
Roshgolla
Laddu
Pantua
Chomchom
Pitha
Muri
Jhal Muri
Moa

Things to Buy

Baluchari silk saris
Clay models and Terracotta Items (horses)
Tea
Jute Products
Cane & Bamboo work 
Mats
Items made of shola
Conch-shell
Leather work
Dhokra
Metal cast items
Paintings
Copperware like Feng-sui Bells
Tapestry Bags
Scrolls
Tibetan Jewelery

How To reach

By Road: West bengal is well connected by Road to all the cities/village of the state and rest of the india.  The Calcutta State Transport Corporation, the North Bengal State Transport Corporation, the South Bengal State Transport Corporation, the West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation provide the bus services in all over the sate.Kolkata is the only city in India to have trams as a mode of transport and these are operated by the Calcutta Tramways Company.

By Train: Kolkata is the headquarters of two divisions of the Indian Railways-Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway.The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) plies in the northern parts of the state. The Kolkata metro is the country's first underground railway. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, part of NFR, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

By Air: The state's only international airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum, Kolkata. Bagdogra airport near Siliguri is another significant airport in the state.

By Water: The Kolkata Port Trust manages both the Kolkata docks and the Haldia docks. There is passenger service to Port Blair on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and cargo ship service to ports in India and abroad, operated by the Shipping Corporation of India. Ferry is a principal mode of transport in the southern part of the state, especially in the Sundarbans area.

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