Capital Kolkata Official Language Bengali, English
Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj. The city's colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain's queen. Languages spoken include Bengali, Englkish, Urdu, Gurmukhi, Nepali, Ol-Chiki, Oriya and Hindi. The prominent cities are Kolkata Asansol, siliguri, Darjeeling, Hoogly, Birbhum, and Coochbehar.
What is Wonderful?
Ancient Bengal was the site of several major Vedic kingdoms. Bengal region was part of large Indian empires such as the Maurya empire and the Gupta Empire. The British East India Company cemented their hold on the region and Calcutta served for many years as the capital of British India. A major agricultural producer, West Bengal is the sixth-largest contributor to India's net domestic product, the state capital Kolkata is known as the "cultural capital of India". The state's cultural heritage, besides varied folk traditions, ranges from stalwarts in literature including Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore to scores of musicians, film-makers and artists.
Education has been the hallmark of this state right from the British Era. There are world famous schools offering excellent education in the primary and secondary school segments. West Bengal has thousands of institutions in the graduate, post graduate and doctoral degree streams. The University of Calcutta, the oldest public university in India, Kolkata has played a pioneering role in the development of the modern education system in India. It is the gateway to the revolution of European education. The state has several higher education institutes of national importance including Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (the first IIM), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Indian Statistical Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (the first IIT), National Institute of Technology, Durgapur and West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences.
- Bengali cuisine is one of the finest blends of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes
- Popularly known as the land of Maach, which means fish and Bhaat means rice
- Mouth-watering Rasagollas - (Did you know? It is a patented one – meaning Kolkata Rasagollas are owned by Bengal)
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- Ganges-River- rafting, dolphin, glacier, and yoga
- Sundarbans-Bengal tiger, forest, wildlife, crocodile, and tiger
- Victoria Memorial
- Kolkata-Grand museum for art & Indian history
- Dakshineswar Kali Temple-Striking 19th-century spiritual complex
- The Queen of Hills - Darjeeling and its beautiful tea Gardens
- West Bengal has a long tradition of popular literature, music and drama largely based on Bengali folklore and Hindu epics and Puranas.
- Religion, specially Hinduism, the principal and predominant religion of the state, plays a vital role in the culture of West Bengal.
- Balurghat Airport
- Behala Airport
- Cooch Behar Airport
- Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
- Malda Airport
- Panagarh Airport
- Bagdogra Airport