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West Bengal, a cultural state

West Bengal is a state in Northeastern India. The fourth largest region of India and the third largest economy after Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.  Its capital is the famous Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

Bengal prospered in the 13th century under the Mughal Empire. The British would come to dominate the region from the end of the 18th century and made Calcutta its capital of British India. When India gained independence in 1947, Bengal was split in two, with the predominantly Muslim part becoming Bangladesh and the predominantly Hindu western part becoming West Indian Bengal.

Kolkata has a rich cultural heritage, and many Indian intellectuals, such as the writer-poet Rabindranath Tagore, have come from this city. Kolkata is also famous for its spiritual leader such as Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Mother Teresa who contributed to a large extent, the aura of this city.

During the festival of Durga Puja, the main festival of Kolkata, the city is completely nocturnal, full of lights and embellished with temporary temples all vying to be the most inventive and creative…a visit to West Bengal during this period is a must!

Inspirations in West Bengal

Here is a selection of tours in West Bengal to inspire you, but we can of course 'design' any trip in this cultural state. Contact us to create the trip of your dreams!

A 7-day cultural Journey to Kolkata and to the village of Jaydev Kenduli, during the Kenduli Mela or Baul's festival, the last minstrels of India. Their songs of devotion are a feast for the eyes as well as the ears!
7 days
Photo-tour of Kolkata (Calcutta) during the festivities of Durga Puja, the biggest festival of West Bengal. Visit of the ephemeral temples (pandals) as well as the Bonedis, the old aristocratic houses of the city.
6 days
A two-day cruise in the Sundarbans in West-Bengal (via the cultural Kolkata), one of the world's largest mangroves, to meet the people and wildlife of the delta and look for the king of the Sundarbans, the royal Bengal tiger.
5 days

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