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West Bengal ; Most visited tourist destination in India
West Bengal is located in eastern region along the Bay of Bengal.
- Capital : Kolkata
- Statehood : 26 Jan, 1950
- Number of districts : 23
- Governor : Jagdeep Dhankar
- Chief minister : Mamta Banerjee
- Members of the legislative assembly : 294
- Lok Sabha seats : 42
- Rajya Sabha seats : 16
- Area rank : 13th
- Population rank : 4th
- Largest city : Kolkata
- Motto : Satyameva Jayate
- Mammal : Fishing cat
- Bird : white throated Kingfisher
- Fish : Ilish
- Flower : Night – flowering Jasmine
- Tree : Chatim tree
Important national parks and wild life sanctuaries :
- Jaldapara national park
- Sunderban national park
- Neora Valley national park
- Gorumara national park
- Senchal wild life sanctuary
- Ramnabagan wildlife sanctuary
- Holiday island wildlife sanctuary
- Bibhuti Bhusan wildlife sanctuary
- Ballavpur wildlife sanctuary
- Mahananda wildlife sanctuary
- Buxa wildlife sanctuary
- Sajnekhali wildlife sanctuary
Important dances :
- Gambhira dance
- Kirtan dance
- Kushan folk dance
- Alkap dance
- Chhau dance
Important festivals of West Bengal :
- Gaura Purnima
- Kali Puja
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- Guru Purnima
- Durga puja
- jagadhhatri puja
- Pohela Falgun
General facts of West Bengal
Kolkata is known as the ” Cultural capital of India ” .
The Kolkata metro is the country’s first underground railway.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport at Dum Dum is the state’s largest airport.
Kazi Nazrul Islam airport is India’s first private sector airport, serves the twin Cities of Asansol – Durgapur .
Kolkata is one of the major centers for football in India and houses top national clubs.
West Bengal has two heritage sites and ranks as the seventh most visited tourist destination in India.
It has 28th highest ranking human development index.
The economy of West Bengal is the 6th largest state economy.
It is 4th most populous and seventh largest city by population.
The main river in west Bengal is the Gangas, which divides in to two branches.
One branch enter Bangladesh as the Padma while the other flows through West Bengal as the Bhagirathi river & Hooghly river.
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