West Bengal (Travel Guide)

West Bengal (Travel Guide)

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Item Code: NAF085
Author: Swati Mitra
Publisher: Eicher Goodearth Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788187780908
Pages: 280 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5 inch X 5.0 inch
Weight 400 gm
Back of the Book

• Authentic historical and architectural details
• Over 450 specially-commissioned photographs
• Area by area guide to Kolkata
• Over 90 big and small tourist destinations covered in South, Central, West and North Bengal
• Wildlife
• Arts, Crafts, Cuisine, Festivals
• Up-to-date Practical Information section
• Comprehensive Index

Includes

• Land And History
• Kolkata
• Sunderbans
• Murshidabad
• Shantiniketan
• Bishnupur
• Dooars
• Darjeeling

About the Book

Blessed with lofty mountains, nurturing rivers, verdant forests and unspoilt beaches, the beautiful state of West Bengal is a tourist’s dream come true. Its strategic location at the mouth of the mighty Ganga has enticed travelers and colonizers through the ages to settle in this bounteous land to produce a rich and diverse culture.

At the heart of this great land lies Kolkata – once capital of the British empire in India; home of revolutionary minds and movements that shaped modern Indian history; hub of art, literature, theatre and cinema – a city whose soul endears itself to even the most hardened sightseer.

West Bengal Travel Guide takes you on an illustrated tour of this magical land, from the Dooars crowned by imposing peaks in the north, to the historically significant central districts, the western tracts known for their red, laterite soil, the bustling megapolis of Kolkata and finally, the dense forests of the Sunderbans in the south, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Along the way, it covers nearly a hundred destinations, both big and small, that are sure to excite the curious visitor.

Highly visual, with over 450 specially-commissioned photographs, this is a perfect companion not just for the intrepid tourist but also the armchair traveler.

Contents

Introducing West Bengal4
The Land4
The History10
Kolkata20
Central Kolkata24
North Kolkata64
South Kolkata76
South Bengal87
Suderbans88
Digha96
Hooghly102
Western Tracts119
Shantiniketan120
Bishnupur130
Midnapore142
Purulia146
Central Bengal151
Bardhaman152
Nadia159
Murshidabad168
Malda182
North Bengal189
Dooars190
Tea216
Hills222
Experiencing West Bengal240
Durga Puja241
Art245
Handicrafts249
Textile Tradition252
Music and Dance255
Theatre258
Cinema260
Sports263
Cuisine265
Practical Information270
Further Reading278
Index278
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