West Bengal houses the magnificent Gangetic plain as well as the imposing sub-Himalayan ranges. This historically and culturally rich state has seen many civilisations come and go but largely retained its own unique identity.
Although a major agricultural producer, West Bengal is best known for its intellectual and cultural contribution to India, and especially to the Indian Independence movement, as it was a hotbed of political activism and the Indian Freedom movement. West Bengal also has produced more than its fair share of artists, writers and filmmakers including world renowned figures such as Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray.
While the presence of the Gangetic basin makes West Bengal naturally suited to agriculture, West Bengal, in keeping with the rapid modernisation of India, has seen its service sector corner almost half of the jobs in the state. Tea and jute remain the most important agricultural crops for export.
The State's Capital, the grand, colorful and historic city of Kolkata is the center of the burgeoning IT industry. Don’t miss the sights of Kolkata, including the Victoria memorial, the colonial architecture in the city, Howrah Bridge, and casual strolls around the city’s colourful streets. Darjeeling serves as a calm, getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.