“Calcutta is not for everyone. You want your city clean and green, stick to Delhi. You want your city rich and impersonal, go to Bombay. You want them hi-tech and full of draught beer, Bangalore’s your place. But if you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta” -Vir Sanghvi
West Bengal, home to the Bengali people, is also the state containing erstwhile capital of India, Kolkata. Along with a wide variety of flavors, friendly folks, and a rich culture, West Bengal is also home to some of the best destinations in India. Some offbeat and some mainstream. But, West Bengal as a state has something for everybody!
Here, I am sharing my picks in West Bengal which you can consider while planning a trip. Of course, the first destination I’d recommend would be Kolkata. Too obvious, but there is definitely alluring about this city. Couldn’t help, but include it as the first recommendation here!
Kolkata – The Erstwhile capital of India, this city is one that you should definitely visit while in India. Not only do you get to see recommended attractions like The Indian Museum, Birla Planetarium, and the Kolkata Race Course, but also you get to have a feel of how it feels to live in a city with a heart. Come during Durga-Puja, and you shall see a festival grander than the Rio Carnival. Lost in the city? A Calcuttan will be proud to show you around. Home to the mecca of Indian Cricket-Eden Gardens, Kolkata also boasts of some prestigious universities. In Kolkata, you just cannot run out of places to visit. Whether you are a religious person, or a wanderer or someone who just likes to go out and lose himself in the crowd. Food options are innumerable, from kebabs to smoked octopus. The city is open and rather encourages a multitude of new restaurants offering scrumptious food.