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West Bengal Facts & figures

 


Capital : Kolkata
Population : 74.5 million
Language : Bengali
Area : 87,853 sq km
Literacy Rate : 50%
Best time to visit : October to March
Airport : Dumdum, Kolkata

 

BOUNDARIES

East : Bangladesh and Assam.
West : Orissa, Bihar and Nepal
North : Sikkim and Bhutan
South : Bay of Bengal
 

IMPORTANT MUSEUMS

Kolkata : Indian Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Nehru Children's Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Museum.
Darjeeling : Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museums and Natural History Museum.
 

PILGRIM CENTRES

Bakreswar : Bakarnath Shiva Temple and Mahisasurmardini Temple.
Bansberia
: Temples of Haneswari and Vasudev.
Belur Math : Headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekanand.
Kolkata : Temple of Kali.
Dakshineshwar : Kali temple associated with Ramakrishna Parmahansa.
Ganga Sagar : Famed for Ganga Sagar Mela in January and for Kapil Muni Temple.
Kamarpukar : Birthplace of Saint Ramakrishna.
Mayapur : Temple of Gourange. Headquater of ISCON.
Nabadwip : Birthplace of Sri Chaitanya.
Tarapith
: Temple of Tara Devi. Acentre of Tantrik culture.
 

HILL RESORTS

Darjeeling (2127m) Railhead - Darjeeling.
Kalimpong (1450m) Railhead - Siliguri 68 km, New Jaipaiguri 77 km.
Kurseong (1450m) Railhead - Darjeeling 32 km.

Mirik (170m) Railhead - Darjeeling 49km - Siliguri 52 km.