West Bengal Tourism
West Bengal, well known for its rich cultural and historical legacy as well as politics and business is regarded as the ‘think-tank’ of India and the ‘intellectual capital of India’. Gopalkrishna Gokhale, once said “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow”. Bengal, can perhaps be justifiably proud of producing men and women whose ideas helped to shape the modern India. Ram Mohan Roy, Vidyasagar, Ramakrishna and Vivekanand, lead social and religious movements, bankimchandra Chatterjee, madhusudan Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore among other ushered in an era of new literature. A movement to evolve a true ‘Indian art form’ found its expression in Gaganendranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, nandlal Bose, Jamini Roy and others. Proscenium theatre came into the country with Satyajit Rays’s ‘Pather Panchali’ and the new wave in Indian cinema began. In this glorious land India’s freedom movement found some of the great sons like Sir Suren Banerjee, C.R. Das, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, as it drew inspiration from Rishi Aurobindo.
This land of irrepressible Bengalis, who are considered to be the most appreciative audiences, connoisseurs of art and highly cultured people, ever ready to stand-up for a justified cause and have a deep conviction that truth shall always prevail. Their love for travel, sports and food is also legendary. West Bengal is also recognised for the haunting Rabindra Sangeet and Durga Puja. It is also the only State in the country, which sprawls from the snowy summit of Himalayas in the north to temperate coastal plains in the south. It is the gateway to the exotic east and is studded with beautiful beaches, flat riverbeds and deltas, picturesque hill stations, historical towns and modern industrial cities.