Ranging from beaches to hill stations,historical places to religious sites,West Bengal is home to each and every tourist attraction and harbours everything within its boundaries. This gamut also includes its small yet picturesque villages which have a lot to be explored apart from teaching you about the raw culture and the unknown traditions of the state.Considering its geographical location and historical importance,rural tourism in West Bengal promotes the local economy, socio-cultural changes and life style of the people around the tourist locations.
The rural villages & plains of Murshidabad & Fulia (Handloom Weaving), Purulia (Dokra Art), Midnapore (Tribal Arts & Life), Santiniketan & Bolpur (Tagore Painting & Literature, Baul Songs), Jhargram (Village Life), Krishnanagar (Clay Modeling & Pottery),the jungles of Sunderbans (Mangrove, Royal Bengal Tiger & Honey Collection),the picturesque Ayodhya Pahar,Baghmundi,have emerged as wonderful destinations for leisure holiday. Staying in cottages or huts, fishing, small walks, cooking, learning local handicrafts or simply doing nothing are some of the best options. This helps the economy, buying local products, buying art materials and using villagers as guide. Thus, rural tourism of West Bengal takes visitors a bit closer to the grassroots in this changeful state.
Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. The unparalleled cultural ebullience of the various world heritage sites in India allure travellers from across the globe.
Cultural tourism in India takes you beyond the exotic beaches and the picturesque hills.It takes you through the famous historical places and the various art forms with its majestic endowments. India is a spiritual land of different religions.A secular country under whose shelter dwells multiple religions in utmost peace and harmony, India can rightly be called the ‘Land of Faith’.Being one of the most ancient civilizations of the world, it has been in contact with almost all the major religions of the world.The entire spectrum of historical and religious monuments in India ranging from the divine Vaishno Devi and Amarnath in the north to the Tirupati,Rameshwaram and Kanchipuram in the south, is a reflection of culture and heritage transcendent through ages.In the north, endearingly called as Devbhoomi,Uttarakhand, with its charming scenic beauty has been a favoured choice for travellers from around the world who visit this mighty land to attain salvation for a life transforming experience.The Golden Temple in Amritsar,Punjab, is the holiest shrines in Sikhism and serves as a symbol of brotherhood and equality.The Wagah Border and the Jalianwala Bagh bears significant prominence in Indian History and Politics. Cities such as Agra in Uttar Pradesh,Delhi and Rajasthan boast well preserved palatial properties and fortresses bearing testament to the grandeur and excellence of the Mughal architecture.So be it The Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan,Bodh Gaya in Bihar,the holy water of Varanasi or the Vivekananda Rock Memorial of Kanyakumari, the religious places of India reflects the diversity of region,rituals,people and religions.On the other hand,The Basilica of Bom Jesus church, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site located in old Goa, is a landmark in the history of Christianity in India.
India's forests cover about 68 million hectares, or 22% of the country's area. India is one of the ten most forest-rich countries of the world. The flora and fauna of India attracts thousands of tourists and this opens up entrepreneurial opportunities for those who have love for nature. While the iconic Bengal tiger—India’s national animal—is the top draw for safari-goers, an impressive array of wildlife can be spotted in India’s teakwood forests, grasslands, mountains, rivers, and other natural spaces.
Wildlife tourism is an element of many nations' travel industry centered around observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats. From lush green pine and deodar trees to diverse wildlife ranging from tigers to elephants, India’s forests are home to some of the most amazing living species. From the mammoth mountain ranges in the north,to the tip of Kanyakumari in the south, India is home to a number of wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries.There are the popular ‘Project Tiger’ wildlife reserves like Ranthambore,Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park on one hand and some finest bird sanctuaries like Bharatpur,Ranganithittu.Sanctuaries like Nagarhole and Bannerghat are also prominent and popular among nature lovers.The Kaziranga National Park in eastern India has the largest population of one horned Rhino in the world and has has achieved great success with its conservation projects while the marshy lands of Sunderbans with with its dense mangroves and Tigers, is a naturalist’s paradise. Spread over 54 islands, it extends into neighboring Bangladesh.
Beaches-where Sun, Sand and the Sea come together to celebrate their love. A place to feel freedom, relax and enjoy every moment of your life,the exotic and gorgeous beaches along the Indian coastline embraces everything from beauty to solace to action and invites people from around the world. Each sunny strip offers a different experience, from family-friendly water sports to full moon-style parties,and some of Asia's best diving.
While dreaming of a tropical getaway in India, the first place that likely to come to mind is Goa-the uncrowned coastal capital of the country.The vibrant and serene beaches of North and South Goa are synonymous with serenity, nearly transparent waters, plush green coconut plantations, crescent shaped sparkling stretch of sand, swimming and surfing, yoga, meditation, beach walk, spas and massage, sun bathing, sun basking, dolphin trips, sunset cruise and shopping.The Mandrem Beach, an untouched and virgin beach is the best-kept secret on the north Goan coast that you might find hard to stay away from. Moving on to other parts of South India it is home to some of the finest beaches, not only in India, but across the whole of Asia. States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh have paradisiacal beaches and are a wonderful amalgam of leisurely vacation clubbed with exciting water sports activities.Beaches like Marina, Mahabalipuram, Gokarna,Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Varkala,Ramkrishna,Lighthouse,Rishikonda and Bangaram (Lakshwadeep) beach attracts tourists all over the world throughout the year.The breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands(Havelock,Radhanagar,Elephanta….)adds another dimension in ever rising beach tourism in India.Apart from the above, the vast span of Indian coastline also includes some major sun-kissed spots for popular family beach vacations like Ganpatipule in Maharashtra,Puri and Gopalpur in Orissa and Digha and Mandarmani in West Bengal.
India has some of the highest mountain ranges and mountain roads in the world and is home to seven major mountain ranges that have peaks of over 1000 metres. With the Himalayas, Vindyas, and Aravalis, India proudly flaunts a number of hill stations in most parts of the country. Hill stations were mostly set up in India by the British to get a respite from the heat and humidity of the low-lying areas of the country. These hill stations have now transformed into popular vacationing spots drawing travellers from all over the world. The geographical split of the Himalayas into the Great, Middle and Outer Himalaya ranges is home to trekkers,religious devotees and the pristine and picturesque hill stations spread across the Himalayan foothill from north and east India. The Himalayas are where three religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam—meet. The range features prominently in Hindu mythology, and attracts holy sages and Tibetan monks alike.The Satpura and the Vindhya range of Central India,the Aravalli range in Western India and the mystic ranges of the South proudly stand over jaw dropping landscapes to enchant travelers with their mesmerizing scenery and outstanding views.Ranging from the breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh,Gulmarg,Pahalgaon,Manali,Shimla,Dalhousie,Chamba,Chail,Kurfi to name a few along the Himalayan range in the north to the spectacular view of Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling,Kurseong,Peling,Shillong,Tamang,Kalimpong and Gangtok in the north east, each destination is a visitor’s paradise in the truest sense.The hill stations of the Kumaon and Garhwal range of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand are known for its natural beauty and salubrious climate.The awe-inspiring hill stations of south India like Munnar,Ooty,Idukki,Kodaikanal,Coorg,Coonoor and Araku, among others,encompasses a plethora of pristine mountains, tranquil backwaters, cascading waterfall, green valleys and immense natural beauty.The wide array of mountain ranges in India plays a pivotal role in the development of India’s environment,culture and tourism.
Whether you're a casual tea drinker or a passionate tea lover, Tea Tourism in India is the best thing to explore since India is a paradise of tea plantations. We strive to offer real insight,enlarge your tea tourism experience and develop a sense of appreciation for tea production. At present tourists from all over the world visit India every year to witness quality tea cultivation.