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West Bengal

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For more general information on West Bengal (Economy, History, Demographics, etc.), please refer to the West Bengal Wiki Guide.

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[ Edit ] Destinations in West Bengal
  • Kolkata: Kolkata or Culcutta as it is formally known is the capital of West Bengal and is the second largest city by area in India, after Mumbai. The city came to be named Kolkata from one of the 3 villages in the area called Kalikata. Calcutta served as the capital of India during the British India until 1911. Calcutta is well noted for its revolutionary history, from the Indian struggle for independence to the leftist and trade union movements.
  • Darjeeling: Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district of West Bengal in the Shiwalik Hills. The town is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which was decleared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It is also known as the "Summer Capital".

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[ Edit ] Festivals of West Bengal

The main festivals in West Bengal are:

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[ Edit ] Foods of West Bengal

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[ Edit ] Monuments and Temples in West Bengal

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[ Edit ] National Parks & Wildlife in West Bengal

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Other Information

[ Edit ] Capital of West Bengal

Kolkata (Calcutta)

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[ Edit ] West Bengal Area

88,752 sq.kms (34,267 sq. mi.)

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[ Edit ] West Bengal Languages

The official language of West Bengal is "Bengali" which is the mother tongue of a majority of the people of the state. Nepali and Bhutiya are also spoken in West Bengal, but mainly in the district of Darjeeling. In schools of West Bengal, the medium of instruction is generally either Bengali or English. However, Hindi and Urdu are also being used in some cases.

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[ Edit ] West Bengal Population

80,221,171

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