Beautiful West Bengal, well known for its rich cultural and historical legacy as well politics & business, is regarded as the ‘think-tank’ of India and the ‘intellectual capital of India’. Gopalkrishna Gandhi once said “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow”. The place can perhaps be justifiably proud of producing men & women whose ideas helped to shape modern India. Ram Mohan Roy, Vidyasagar, Ramkrishna and Vivekananda lead social and religious movements. Bankimchandra Chatterjee, Madhusudan Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore among others ushered in an era of new literature. A movement to evolve true ‘Indian Art Form’ found its expression in Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Jamini Roy and others. Proscenium theatre came into the country with Satyajit Roy.
In this land, India’s freedom movement found some of the great sons like Sir Suren Banerjee, C. R. Das, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, as it drew inspiration from Rishi Aurobindo. Bengal indeed, a proud land of no less than 5 Nobel Laureates is also known for its sweet language, appreciative audience, connoisseurs of art and culture and for a highly cultured people.
Main languages: Bengali, Hindi, English
When to go: September to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach West Bengal
Road: Total length of surface road in West Bengal is 92,023 kms out of which, National Highway is 2,578 kms and State Highway is 2,398 kms. Among 15 National Highways, NH-10 connects the state with Sikkim (Gangtok). NH-2 connects West Bengal with Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. NH-6 links Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand. NH-60 connects West Bengal and Odisha. NH-12 runs entirely in West Bengal (from Dalkhola to Bakkhali). NH-81 links Bihar with West Bengal.
Rail: Out of 151 railway stations in West Bengal, few important stations are Sealdah Station, Kolkata Station, Howrah Junction, Barddhaman Junction, Asansol Junction, Kharagpur Junction, New Jalpaiguri Junction, Bandel Junction, Malda Town and Katwa Junction.
Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata and Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri are two most important Air bases of this state.