West Bengal attractions

Top Choice Tea Estate in Kurseong


If you like tea, you should visit this celebrated organic and biodynamic Darjeeling tea estate. Walk-in visits to the processing factory, with huge sorting and drying machines, typically last 30 to 45 minutes (morni…
Top Choice National Park in Darjeeling

Singalila National Park

Singalila National Park covers the Indian side of the scenic Singalila Ridge, the Darjeeling region's finest trekking area, along the India–Nepal border west of Darjeeling. As well as providing fantastic views of th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Darjeeling

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, known affectionately as the toy train, made its first journey along its precipice-topping, 2ft-wide tracks in 1881 and is one of the few hill railways still operating in India. It h…
Nature Reserve in Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Sundarbans Tiger Reserve

The 2585-sq-km Sundarbans Tiger Reserve has 100-plus Royal Bengal tigers lurking in its impenetrable mangrove forests and sometimes swimming its delta channels. Other residents of the forest include Gangetic dolphin…
Palace in Murshidabad & Berhampore


Literally meaning 'house of 1000 doors', the Hazarduari was built in very English Neoclassical style for Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah in 1829–37. Not all of its 1000 doors are real, though: some are just motifs on walls.…
Museum in Shantiniketan

Uttarayan Complex

Ranged around tree-lined avenues, gravelled courtyards and exotic gardens, the Uttarayan Complex, in the heart of the Visva-Bharati campus, includes five architecturally very varied houses, from art deco to rural Be…
Mausoleum in Gaur & Pandua

Eklakhi Mausoleum

The large, beautiful Eklakhi Mausoleum at Pandua gets its name from the reputed ₹1 lakh (₹100,000) cost of building it back in 1431. It's a domed brick square with an octagonal interior chamber and exquisite tile an…
Mosque in Gaur & Pandua

Adina Masjid

The vast Adina Masjid, just west off NH12 (old NH34), 19km north of Malda, was India’s largest mosque when constructed by Sikandar Shah in the 14th century. It originally had nearly 400 small domes and some 90 brick…
Hindu Temple in Bishnupur

Jor Bangla Temple

The 'twin hut' structure of Jor Bangla is covered in particularly exquisite terracotta ornamentation.
Religious Site in Darjeeling

Observatory Hill

The hill rising above Chowrasta is home to several much-visited temples, approached through a flurry of colourful prayer flags and hanging bells. The main summit temple is sacred to Mahakala, a Buddhist protector de…