West Bengal is known for its culture, heritage, traditions and monuments. The state is also home to a rich colonial-era heritage, including monuments and places of historical interest. There are countless architectural marvels, which speak volumes about the time in which they were built.
West Bengal has witnessed drastic development and modernization over the years, but it has managed to preserve its cultural heritage and British-era monuments. If you are planning to visit West Bengal, your trip is not complete without witnessing the magnificence of these important sites.
The white monument built during the colonial period is one of the main tourist attractions of the state. Located in Kolkata, the former capital of British India, Victoria Memorial was built in memory of Queen Victoria and stands high in the heart of the city as an example of British architecture. The place has a great museum with the portraits of British officers, sculptures, paintings, weapons and weapons used during that period.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Every year thousands of devotees visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple to seek the blessing of Goddess Kali. The temple is one of India’s most important centers of Shakta tradition. The temple is located on the banks of the river Hooghly and has a huge complex. You can spend hours in the temple complex and will not feel the rush due to the beautifully planned architecture. The temple complex also houses the room where the great 19th century religious leader and social reformer Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Maa Sarada Devi lived.
Sundarbans National Park
The beauty of the Sundarbans National Park is that it is spread over the large coastal mangrove forests shared by both India and Bangladesh. It is home to the Bengal tiger and many other endangered species. If you love nature, this place is perfect for a weekend getaway. You can take a jungle safari and enjoy the scenic beauty of the beautiful national park. This was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
If you want to watch the sun rays fall directly on the top of Kanchenjunga early in the morning, you must visit Tiger Hill. The popular hill in Darjeeling offers you a mesmerizing view of several peaks of the Himalayas. Tiger Hill sits at an elevation of 2,590 meters and gives a glimpse of the majestic Kanchenjunga Mountains.
Cooch Behar Palace
The Cooch Behar Palace was created during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan of the Koch Dynasty. Spread over a vast area, the palace is built with architecture similar to London’s Buckingham Palace. Not only this, the palace originally had three floors, but as a result of the Assam earthquake in 1897, part of it was destroyed.
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