West Bengal

Surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh internationally, and by the Indian states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam, West Bengal has an area of 88,752 km. The state capital is Kolkata ,formerly known as Calcutta.

West Bengal boasts of artisanal excellence with its extraordinary terracotta work, handloom weaves, heritage sarees and various other unique handicrafts. Geographical indication tags like Nakshi Kantha(Handicraft), Terracotta, Darjeeling tea (Agricultural), Santipore Saree (Handicraft), Shantiniketan Leather Goods (Handicraft), Fazli Mango (Agricultural), Khirsapati or Himsagar Mango (Agricultural), Laxman Bhog Mango (Agricultural), Baluchari Saree (Handicraft), and Dhaniakhali Saree (Handicraft) are some of the examples of the unique array of attractions that West Bengal has to offer. It is also a center of educational excellence as well as a technologically advanced state in India.

West Bengal has always been at harmony amidst numerous religious practices. The state offers an astounding variety of religious places such as the most number of Shaktipeeths in the likes of Kalighat Temple and Tarapith; magnificent Hindu temples like Belur Math, Mayapur ISKCON Temple, Hangseshwari Temple and Tarakeshwar Temple; opulent mosques like the Nizamat Imambara and Katra Mosque in Murshidabad, Furfura Sharif and Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque in Kolkata; Gurdwaras for Sikhs and majestic churches like the The Basilica of the Holy Rosary in Bandel, St. John's Church, St. Jame's Church (Jora Girja), St. Paul's Cathedral and Church of the Lord Jesus and spectacular Buddhist monasteries of Ghoom, Bhutia Busty, Mag-Dhog Yolmowa ,Tharpa Choling, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang among others.