What’s Special about West Bengal?With its capital in Kolkata, West Bengal is a smorgasbord of a diverse range of experiences. From the lush, sprawling tea gardens in Darjeeling to the deep, turquoise waters crashing on the sandy shores of Digha, this destination is a slice of paradise for nature lovers and wanderers! Moreover, the traditional Bengal cuisine is extremely delicious. Its rich, spicy and tangy flavor perfectly balanced with a dash of sweetness shall make you beg for more!
Why is West Bengal the Sweetest Part of India?It all started with the department of West Bengal Tourism getting a makeover. With the tagline “Experience Bengal – The Sweetest Part of India”, the state focuses on preserving its wonderful tourist spots. Often considered to be the sweetest language, Bengali is widely spoken in this state. The quintessential culture, the rich heritage, the scrumptious cuisine, the various religious practices that go hand in hand with each other, its intricate handicraft, and the inherent energy of its residents all come together to make West Bengal the Sweetest Part of India.
The sweet-toothed Bengalis are also fond of desserts owing to which there is an enormous range of items, from paayesh and kheer to sondesh and narkel nadu, and the delicious malpua, gajorer halwa, patishapta and pitha especially reserved for the cool winters.
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Street Food in West Bengal is of utmost significance, with a majority of the population chomping on them at various times of the day. Be it the delicious Kathi roll or the spicy phuchkas, this state has a repertoire of street food for all.
One of the most culturally prosperous states of India, West Bengal is filled with surprises.
- The place has a rich legacy of literature with great authors like Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay contributing their fair share to the Bengali literature as well as to the world literature.
- It has a long list of acclaimed filmmakers both nationally and globally, including the Academy Award-winning film director Satyajit Ray. Other famous contemporary filmmakers include Rituparno Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Nandita Roy etc.
- Bengal is credited to be the forerunner of modern contemporary art with famous artists like Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore being among the forefront to promote modernization of art in the country.
- Baul singing is perhaps the most famous of all the traditional singing of the yore. This involves singing a folk song about God, and one can see the powerful emotions that such type of singing evokes.
4. The Endless Festive Season of West BengalWith respect to the endless number of festivals, West Bengal is often referred to as ‘Baaro mashey Tero Parbon’, which roughly translates to ‘thirteen festivals in twelve months’. Even though the hyped Durga Pujo is what every Bengali looks forward to, the people of the state never fail to celebrate other festivals as well, from Saraswati Pujo to Christmas, from Kali Pujo to Holi, and from Ganesh Pujo to Eid. The Bengali New Year, popularly referred to as Poila Boishakh, is also a major celebration in the state. Women clad in traditional sarees and the men in traditional kurtas are a sight to behold!
West Bengal is a potpourri of exceptional experiences, and a melting pot of various cultures and ethnicities. With a lifestyle that stands out from the rest, it truly deserves the title of the ‘sweetest part of India’. No matter how many times you pay a visit to this state, you can never get enough of its sweetness which welcomes all with open arms.