West Bengal – A treasure hunt for nature lovers

The gateway to eastern India, West Bengal is one of the most important states of India that has contributed immensely towards its culture, growth and development. Located on the eastern end of India, stretching from Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the South, the beautiful state of West Bengal is known for the marvelous landscapes and natural scenic beauty. The sacredness of Hooghly, prehistoric monuments in Kolkata, Murshidabad, the beauty of Eastern Himalayas, the diversity of Sunderbans and the freshness of the Tea Gardens, the state has a lot to offer to nature lovers. The state with dense forest and swamp land with mangrove forest is indeed a treasure hunt for nature lovers. Some of the places that are ideal destinations for nature lovers are listed below.


For an adventurous weekend amidst the beauty of nature, Sunderbans a UNESCO World Heritage site can be a good choice. Situated at a distance of About 100 km from Kolkata, the largest delta in the world is found at Sunderbans. It consists of 10,200 sq km of mangrove forest that spreads over to Bangladesh as well and over 38,500 sq km of the forest in West Bengal has been declared a national park. The forest gets its name from the plentiful Sundari tress in the region. During peak season, it is advisable to make advance reservations and you can also book a safari through the park to get a chance to see a tiger in the wild.


Bishnupur is famous for its medieval terracotta temples and is situated at a distance of approximately 140 km from Kolkata makes for an ideal weekend gateway. Built by Malla Kings, the town gets its name from Lord Vishnu and the town has witnessed a glorious past with amazing architecture and handicrafts native to the region. The terracotta temples were built by the Malla Kings after they faced an acute shortage of stones to build temples. The result was a beautiful blend of bricks, terracotta and a unique curved roof style known as Bangla roof. Rasmancha is believed to be the oldest pyramid tower shaped monument in the town which was built to accommodate deities that were brought during festivals.


About 187 km from Kolkata, Digha is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal. It is situated in the East Midnapore District and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal at an average elevation of 6 m above sea level. The sea being mostly calm and shallow up to a mile from the beach makes it safe for various marine activities like swimming, scuba diving, jet skiing and surfing. Digha also boasts of the largest aquarium in India. Subarnareskha River, Talsari, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Subarnareskha Delta and the Mandarmani Beach are some of the place you can visit while on a trip to the beach resort. A weekend at Digha can really be a refreshing one amidst nature.


Known as "Manbhum City", Purulia is a city in the state of West Bengal situated on the north of the Kasai River. Away from the hustles and bustles of city life, this city is set amidst the beauty of nature with dense jungles, rolling hills, rhythmic waterfalls cascading down the hills making it one of the favorite respites of nature lovers. Part of the Chotonagpur plateau, this place is also attracts a lot of historians as it is speckled with relics of ancient temples, buildings and the archeological excavation sites around magnetizes a horde of tourist. The place mainly attracts the nature lovers with its serene and untouched streams and fresh water springs.


An Arcadia of bird watchers and ornithologists, Parmadan is a treasure of West Bengal. It is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the Naldungri region. Enveloped by shirish, minjiri, shishu, shimul and bamboo trees, this wildlife sanctuary is situated on the banks of the river Ichamati. This place is an ideal destination for nature lovers and is an abode of many wild animals and birds, which include rabbit, deer, monkey, peacock, neelkanth, shankacheel and phooltushi. While on a visit to this beautiful forest reserve, one can easily spot these wild animals and birds. Parmadan is without any doubt a must-visit place, especially for those who desire to spend time amidst the beauty of nature.

Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary

Also known as Kulik Bird Sanctuary, Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary is another treasure of West Bengal, situated near Raigunge in the Uttar Dinajpur district. It is a bird sanctuary and is the home to more than 164 species of birds with about 70,000-80,000 migratory birds visiting the sanctuary every year. Sprawling over an area of 1.30 sq km, this bird sanctuary is the 2nd largest bird sanctuary in Asia. It is one of the most popular places of West Bengal among the nature lovers.
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