My photos from West Bengal
Calcutta - Gaudiya Math, Bagbazar I Calcutta - Paresnath temple I Calcutta – Birla and Kali temple I Ekacakra I Ganga Sagara - Kapila temple I Jogapith I Kalna - Ananta Vasudev mandir I Kalna - Lalji temple I Kalna temples I Mayapur - Bhaktivinod Thakur House I Mayapur - Caitanya Matha I Mayapur - Krishna Caitanya Mision I Mayapur - Samadhi of Tamal Krishna Goswami I Mayapur ISKCON temple I Navadvip temples I Navadvipa Mandala parikrama I Santipur prasadam distribution I Vishnupur terra-cotta carved temples
Population: 75 million
Area: 88,000 sq km
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Main Language: Bengali
Literacy Rate: 59%
The state of West Bengal extends from the Bay of Bengal in the south to past Darjeeling in the Himalaya in the north. The main tourist attractions in West Bengal are Calcutta and the peaceful hill station, Darjeeling.
Calcutta is the capital of West Bengal. There are several other possible places to visit including the temples in Vishnupur, mosques in Malda, an interesting palace in Murshidabad and Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary, which has tigers.
The holy place of Mayapur and Navadvipa is considered very sacred to Gaudiya Vaishnava devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. At the time of Independent, Bengal was split into West and East Bengal. East Bengal became the country of Bangladesh (at first it was a part of Pakistan) and West Bengal became an Indian state, with Calcutta as the capital.
Bengalis are known to be among the most friendly and intelligent people in India. History In the 3rd century BC, Bengal was part of the Mauryan Empire. It then came under the control of the Gupta Empire. For a few centuries starting around 800 AD, the Pala dynasty controlled most of Bengal and Bangladesh, along with parts of Bihar and Orissa. Qutb-ud-din, at the end of the 12th century, brought Bengal under control of the Delhi Sultans. Bengal stayed under the control of the Muslim rulers in Delhi until the death of Aurangzeb in 1707.
At that time it became an independent Muslim state. In 1690, the British established a trading post in Calcutta. In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daula, captured Calcutta. Clive and his British army defeated him a year later at the Battle of Plassey. In 1764, the British took complete control of Bengal, after the Battle of Buxar.