Welcome to the ‘City of Joy’
West Bengal is situated in eastern India and shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim and Assam. The state also shares international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The Bay of Bengal is in the south of the state. Even though the formation of this state is owed largely due to the partition of 1905, West Bengal has been steeped in heritage and legacy ever since.
West Bengal is the largest producer of rice in India. West Bengal is also the largest fish producing state in India. West Bengal is the second largest tea-producing state in India. West Bengal is also a leading exporter of leather. The state includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region, and the coastal Sundarbans.
The main ethnic group are the Bengalis, with Bengali Hindus forming the demographic majority. West Bengal is also distinct from most other Indian states in its enthusiasm for the sport of association football, as well as cricket.
In short, a sliver of fertile land running from the tea-draped Himalayan foothills to the sultry mangroves of the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal offers a remarkable range of destinations and experiences within a single state.