A land of myriad beauty, bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and by the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam, West Bengal is a home to mountains, lush green forests, sea beaches and historical monuments. From the northern highlands at the feet of the Himalayas to the tropical forests of Sunderbans, From the breathtaking views of Darjeeling to the quite retreats of Siliguri, from the stunning tea gardens to the woody forests, west Bengal has something for everyone.
The state capital is Kolkata, which is also known as India's third largest metropolitan city. West Bengal is only state in India where Himalayas are in the north and Sea is at the south, with both plains and plateaus covering the remaining region. Some of the famous places in West Bengal are Kolkata, Murshidabad, Durgapur, Vishnupur, Shantinekatan, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong are the two famous hill stations in West Bengal. The hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong have spectacular scenery and view of the Himalayas. Not to forget, Darjeeling produces the finest quality of tea in the world.
The state has an international airport in Kolkata and another domestic airport at Bagdogra near Siliguri, in the northern Bengal. The state has a very good rail network too. Two railway stations namely: Howrah and Sealdah near Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri, close to Siliguri, are key railway stations in the state.
West Bengal is also known for its Baluchari silk saris, Clay models and terracotta items (horses), Tea, Jute Products, Cane & Bamboo work and mats, Items made of shoal and conch-shell, Leather work, Dhokra and metal cast items, Paintings and of course rasogulas. It is also a home to numerous poets, painters, filmmakers and scholars celebrated across the globe.
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