At the time of Partition, Bengal was split into East and West Bengal. East Bengal became the eastern wing of Pakistan and later, with the disintegration of that country, Bangladesh. West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj. The city’s colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain’s queen. The state is long and narrow, running from the delta of the Ganges River system at the Bay of Bengal in the south to the heights of the Himalaya at Darjeeling in the north.
There is not a great deal of interest in the state apart from these two extremes Kolkata, with its bewildering maelstrom of noise, culture, confusion and squalor at one end and Darjeeling, serene and peaceful, at the other.
Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik are the hill stations of West Bengal.
The place to visit:-
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.
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 Paramahansa.
Ganga Sagar : Famed for Ganga Sagar Mela in January and for Kapil Muni Temple.
Kamarpukar : Birthplace of Saint Ramakrishna.
Mayapur : Temple of Gourange. Headquarter of ISCON.
Nabadwip : Birthplace of Sri Chaitanya.
Tarapith : Temple of Tara Devi. Acentre of Tantrik culture.