What was it like during the colonial era? How did the British live in India? If you’re intrigued by those 200 years of India being under the Brits, a visit to West Bengal is a must. Because it’s one place, one state which can actually transport you back to the time of colonization and give you a real sneak peek into the lavish lives of our colonial masters. The Belvedere House, the Writer’s Building, and the Victoria Memorial – every colonial architecture speaks of grandeur and represents awe and power of the British Imperial rule in India.
But if you think West Bengal is a go-to state for only the history buffs, we suggest you guess again. In reality, it’s a state that has something up on its plate for everyone. Love food? West Bengal is screaming your name. Love culture? Drown in this state’s offerings. Love art and theater? It’s a delight. Love literature? West Bengal is your calling. Finally love nature? Please visit West Bengal once. No, we are not bluffing around. Here’s proof!
Darjeeling gives West Bengal its unique identity. The sunrise over the Tiger Hills in this hill-station unwinds the nature lover in you amidst scenic and serene environs. And then there’s Kalimpong which overlooks the Teesta river and is blessed with bounties of nature and offers incredible views of the Himalayas. The sea-side city of Digha with its pristine beaches is a parallel beauty in contrast. Most importantly, when you’re in West Bengal, a visit to Rabindranath Tagore’s school Shantiniketan cannot be missed. The quaint university is better comprehended when seen in real.
Further, if you have an inkling towards all things artsy and theatrical, this state, especially Kolkata is a slice of heaven for you. Visit the Asiatic Society of Bengal or the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture or the Birla Academy of Art and Culture and witness the Bengali tradition embrace poetry, music, theater, film and art like no other. No wonder Kolkata has the reputation of being the cultural and intellectual capital of India.
But what makes West Bengal the most eligible for praise are the Sunderbans. The world’s largest delta and also the largest Mangrove Forest, Sunderbans is on the travel list of many travel aficionados around the world. Here Royal Bengal tigers are still the kings of this land, and witnessing the galore in their full grace, power, strength and endurance is a sight right out of an adventurous book in its true sense.
Finally, how can we speak of West Bengal without mentioning food? It’s a heaven for foodies, especially those with a sweet tooth. Bengali sweets needs no introduction, however, the spicy, tangy and absolutely mouth-watering dishes that West Bengal has to offer will leave you undecided on whether you should go for the spicy Bengali cuisine or the melting flavours of the sweetmeats. Add to that the traditional Chinese and Tibetan food that are found here and you’ll be spoilt for choices.
As we all can see, West Bengal has spectacular offerings to captivate our souls. We are adding it to our travel bucket list right away. Are you?