West Bengal is India's 12th largest state. The state stretches from the foothills of Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south.

Gopal Krishna Gokhale once said “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow." And Bengal, can be perhaps be justifiably proud of producing men and women whose ideas helped to shape modern India. Ram Mohan Roy, lswarchandra Vidyasagar, Ramkrishna and Vivekanand, spearheaded social and religious movements, Bankimchandra Chatterjee, Madhusudan Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore among others 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 Ray's Pather Panchali and the new wave in Indian Cinema began.

In this land India's freedom movement found some of the great sons like Sir Suren Banerjee, C. R. Das, Netaji Bose, Maulana Azad, as it drew inspiration from Rishi Aurobindo.

Bengal is a proud land of five Nobel Laureates (Tagore, Raman, Ronald Ross, Mother Teresa, Amartya Sen). It is also known for its sweet Bengali language, appreciative audiences, connoisseurs of art and culture and it’s highly cultured people who are ready to standup for a cause and take problems in their stride as they step towards a future. With no illusions, no false expectations but a deep conviction that life is truth and truth will triumph.

It is a land where there is seldom a dull moment, especially in Calcutta, one of the great buzzing metropolis of the world which has celebrated it tercentenary In 1989.

Area : 87,853 sq. km
Capital : Calcutta
Population : 67,982, 732 (1991)
Languages : Bengali
Literacy : 57.72% (1991)
Per capita : Rs 3,963 (1989-90)
Roads : 57,539 kms
Railways : 3,800 kms

No. of Districts : 17
Koch Bihar
North Parganas
South Parganas
West Dinajpur

Crops :  Fruits, Jute, Oilseeds, Pulses, Rice, Sugarcane, Tea, Wheat.
Minerals : Coal, Iron Ore, Limestone, Manganese.
Industries : Automobile, Chemicals, Coal, Cotton, Textile, Hides & Skins, Heavy and light Engineering, Iron & Steel, Jute, Lac, Leather & Footwear, Liquor, Locomotive, Paper, Pharmaceuticals, Tea.


* Towns with good accommodation.
Best season October-March.

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    Last updated on January 18, 2000.