Category Archives: W. Bengal

West Bengal tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Jhargram Raj Palace, Heritage Hotel, Historical Buildings

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Jhargram Raj Palace is a historic palace and current residence of the Royal family of Malla Deb. The palace is situated in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bangal state, India.

Jhargram Raj PalaceJhargram Raj Palace

The Palace was built in 1931, during the reign of Raja Narasingha Malla Deb Bahadur. Jhargram Palace is constructed in Indo Saracenic style of architecture, which is a combination of Italian and Islamic architectures, The ground floor of the palace with 10 rooms and 3 dormitories, is converted to a Heritage Hotel and is run by the Royal family.

Jhargram Raj was established in 1592 by Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother. Mughal Emperor Akbar granted Subehdari title to Sarveshwar Singh for the regions of of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Singh defeated the local tribal kings belonging to Mal community and established Jhargram Raj. “Malla Deb” is the title used by the Kings of the newly established kingdom. To commemorate this victory, an idol of Mal Raja is made and slain on Vijayadashami day, every year.

Jhargram Raj Palace compound is spread over 30 acres of land and has many historical buildings. One among such historical buildings in the palace compound is the Palatial Guest House, which hosted many a dignitaries, right from its inception.

How Do I Go to Jhargram Raj Palace?

Jhargram Raj Palace is situated at Jhargram, on NH6, connecting Hazira in Gujarat with Howrah in West Bengal. This Highway passes through cities like Surat, Amravati, Nagpur, Bhilai, Raipur, Sambalpur.Baharagora, etc.

Jhargram Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the palace, which is connected to cities like Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Tatanagar, etc. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata is the nearest major airport at around 155 kilometers away from the great Jhargram Raj Palace. Sonari Airport at Jamshedpur is at around 96 kilometers away from the palace at Jhargram.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve,Sundarban National Park,Ganges River Dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Estuary

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Sundarban Tiger Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans National Park, the largest estuary mangrove forest in the world, in West Bengal, India.

A Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger ReserveA Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger Reserve / Sundarban National Park.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is situated on the Sundarbans, part of the Ganges Delta, which is famous for its mangrove forests. Sundarbans is home to a large species of birds, invertebrate species and reptiles, including the salt water crocodiles.

Sundarbans National Park is the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve which is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers. This National park is also a wildlife sanctuary. Some of the Vulnerable and Endangered species inside the Wildlife sanctuary includes Ganges River dolphin, olive ridley sea turtle, Royal Bengal tiger, saltwater crocodile, and mangrove horseshoe crab.

Hawksbill sea turtleHawksbill sea turtle

Hawksbill sea turtle and river terrapin are two a critically endangered species inside the National park.

There are 54 islands inside the Sundarbans National Park. Seven main rivers including River Ganges, flows through this estuary. The water level at some places goes up to 500 meters.

Sundari Trees is the name of the Mangrove variant found in the Sundarbans National Park. Boat safari tickets are available with the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation counter inside the park.

How Do I Go to Sundarban Tiger Reserve inside the Sundarban National Park?

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is connected to the kolkata – Basanti Highway. The main entrance to the Tiger reserve is at a distance of around 29 kilometers from Canning Railway station, the nearest railway station. The nearest airport to the Wildlife sanctuary; Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport alias Dum Dum Airport at Kolkata; is at around 140 kilometers distance from the Sundarban Tiger Reserve cum wildlife sanctuary cum national park.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Lonavala

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Top 4 Hill stations in India region-wise are Shimla in the North, Darjeeling in the East, Ooty in the South and Lonavala in the West.

St. Michael's Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in IndiaSt. Michael’s Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in India.

Shimla, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Shimla in North India is situated in Himachal Pradesh state. Shimla hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas. Its considered as the best hill station in India. There is a ropeway to Shimla from downtown.

Shimla is at around 223 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India. Shimla is well connected by roads. Kalka railway station is the nearest broad gauge railway station. Kalka station is connected to Shimla by Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway line. This railway line is a UNESCO World heritage site and is part of “Mountain Railways of India” along with similar narrow gauge lines at Darjeeline and Ooty. New Delhi airport and railway stations are well connected to other parts of the world.

Darjeeling, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal state is a beautiful hill station in the Western India. Darjeeling offers view of the Lesser Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is a famous Geo-patented tea from this region.

New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling at around 50 kilometers distance. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts from here. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at around 90 kilometers distance from Darjeeling hill station.

Ooty, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Ooty hill station in Tamilnadu is a beautiful hill station in the South. Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty is part of the Nilgiri mountains or Blue mountains.

Coimbatore is the nearest city with airport at 86 kilometers away. Coimbatore junction railway station is the nearest major railway station which is connected to other parts of the country. Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on the broad gauge. Very few trains go to Mettupalayam. Heritage Mountain railway to Ooty starts from Mettupalayam.

Lonavala, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state is another beautiful hill station in the Western part of India. Its part of the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Khandala hill station is an adjacent twin hill station at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala hill station.

All trains stops at Lonavla railway station. Pune city is the nearest major city with an airport, at around 64 kilometers distance. Mumbai is another major city at 104 kilometers away from Lonavala hill station.

Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Ramakrishna math is a math in memory of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the great 19th century saint (1836-1886), on the banks of Ganges River at Belur, Kolkotta. It is also known as Belur Math as it is located at Belur.

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math
Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math at Belur, Kolkotta.

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are the organizations that undertakes the spiritual movement called Ramakrishna Movement or Vedanta Movement. Ramakrishna Math is the monastic organization for men. Ramakrishna Mission was started by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, which has monks of Ramakrishna Math at Belur and devotees conducting social service, mainly in India. Ramakrishna Mutt (Mutt and math means monetary) and Ramakrishna Mission are financially separate entities. Though both organizations are two separate legal entities, both are closely related or inter-linked and is regarded as twins.

Ramakrishna temple is the main attraction here. The temple architecture is a combination of Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs. Swami Vijnanananda, a brother-monk of Swami Vivekananda designed this temple,

Holy Mother’s temple is another attraction here. The temple is dedicated to Sarada Devi, spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Brahmananda’s temple is another temple dedicated to Swami Brahmananda, the first president of the Math and Mission, who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Ramakrishna Museum is a museum displaying artifacts used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and some other disciples.

How Do I Go to Ramakrishna Mat or Belur Math?

Ramakrishna Math alias Belur Math is at Belur in Howrah district, Kolkotta. Kolkotta is well connected by all modes of transport to the rest of the country and the world. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Kolkotta.

Kalimpong Hill Station, Buddhist Scriptures

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Kalimpong is a picturesque hill station at an altitude of 4101 feet or 1250 meters in West Bengal, India.

Kalimpong Town with Himalaya Mountains in the background
Kalimpong Town with Himalaya Mountains in the background

This historic town was the gateway for the trade between India and Tibet, till the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950.

Kalimpong town is on a ridge overlooking River Teesta. Orchids forms the main part of Horticulture industry here. The hill station town is also famous for Ginger cultivation. The surrounding areas of the hill station are famous for the Darjeeling Tea. The hill station town is also famous for its schools, which attracts lot of students from within the country and neighboring Asian countries. 27 Mountain Division of Indian Army is located on the outskirts of this hill station town.

Sightseeing in Kalimpong

This Hill station town with Himalayas on the background is an ideal destination for any tourist. Its also a Buddhist pilgrimage center. Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery located on this hill station town is famous for its Rare Tibetan Buddhist Scriptures. The Kalimpong Science Center, on top of the Deolo Hills, is another tourist destination established in the last decade.

How Do I Go to Kalimpong Hill Station?

Kalimpong Hill station town was earlier part of Darjeeling district. Recently, the Government has announced the town as the headquarters of the newly formed district with the same name.

Sevok to Gangtok National Highway Link, NH 31A passes close to the town. (NH 31 is the main National Highway connecting Sevok with Siliguri.) Siliguri, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kurseong, etc, are some of the nearby towns which are connected by regular bus services to this hill station.

The nearest airport, Bagdogra airport near Silguri, is at around 50 kilometers distance. New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the closest major railway station.

Mirik Hill Station, Samendu Lake, Boating, Walking around Lake, Pony Riding

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Mirik hill station is a picturesque hill station in Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India. Samendu lake is the center of attraction. There is a 3.5 kilometer road around the lake, which is used for walking exercise. Kangchenjunga mountain ranges are visible from here. The Lake is surrounded by a garden on one side. The other side has pine trees. Both the lake and the pine tree areas are linked together by Indreni Pool, an arch shaped footbridge.

Sumendu lake, Mirik, Dist. DarjeelingSumendu lake, Mirik, Dist. Darjeeling

Boating in the lake and pony riding around the lake are activities that are popular among the tourists.

How Do I Go To Mirik Hill Station?

Mirik Hill Station is well connected by roads. This Hill Station is at a distance of 52 kilometers northwest of Siliguri city. Darjeeling town is at 50 kilometers distance. Bagdogra airport with IATA code IXB, is the nearest airport at 52 kilometers distance. ‘New Jalpaiguri railway station’ is the nearest railway station. Siliguri Junction railway station and Darjeeling railway station are other nearby major railway station.