Tag Archives: West Bengal

Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus starts

Esplanade in central Kolkata

Esplanade in central Kolkata

April 9 (TravelAndy): To facilitate travel between India and Bangladesh, a Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was flagged off from Kolkata yesterday.

This is a part of several initiatives being taken to strengthen bilateral relations and provide better tourism, road and rail connectivity for citizens of both India and Bangladesh. (Also read: Kolkata budget travel guide)

The bus services are being operated on the Kolkata-Dhaka and Kolkata- Dhaka-Agaratala routes in addition to the newly introduced Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service. Continue Reading →

Tourism boost for beach town Digha



March 3 (TravelAndy): The popular beach town of Digha in India’s West Bengal state is set to be developed as an international tourist destination, said reports.

The state government has planned to introduce cable cars and a toy train track along the coast from Digha to Udaypur on the West Bengal-Odisha border.Additionally, a 20km sea-front driveway between Digha and Mandarmani is also on the cards.

The coastline of West Bengal is dotted with beach destinations such as Digha, Mandarmani, Sankarpur and Tajpur. Continue Reading →

Kalimpong to get tourism facelift

Logo squareFebruary 17 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to enhance tourism, India’s West Bengal state is looking to construct a mall area in Kalimpong, a hill station in northern part of the state, said reports.

Similar to the popular mall in Darjeeling in West Bengal, Kalimpong too will soon have a mall of its own, which will allow visitors to enjoy panoramic view of the hill town.

Apart from construction of the mall, there are other plans to beautify and conserve the heritage of this old hill town in West Bengal. Continue Reading →

Full-service Zoom Air takes flight

Logo squareFebruary 12 (TravelAndy): Zoom Air operated its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Durgapur in West Bengal today.

The full-service airline is scheduled to start regular commercial operations between Delhi and Durgapur via Kolkata from February 15, said reports.

The airline will have daily multiple direct flights from it’s New Delhi hub to Kolkata and Mumbai. It also will have daily flights between Kolkata and Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, the airline said on its website. Continue Reading →

India: Special train for religious tourism

rp_IMG_2383-300x30011.jpgJanuary 18 (TravelAndy): Indian Railways will introduce a train for religious tourism, which will start running February 17, 2017.

The train will start and end at Guwahati in Assam and cover religious sites in West Bengal and Odisha states.

This train, which is called the Astha Circuit Tourists train, is aimed at facilitating pilgrimage for Indians at an affordable price. Continue Reading →

Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body

Logo squareNovember 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.

This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.

The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017. Continue Reading →

West Bengal launches tourism app

Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata's most popular tourist destinations. Picture by TravelaAndy.

Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata’s most popular tourist destinations. Picture by TravelaAndy.

July 28 (TravelAndy): To make India’s West Bengal state more accessible to travellers, the state has recently launched a tourism app named ‘Experience Bengal’.

The app will provide all tourism related information along with facilities including maps and directions.

Additionally, the app will update a visitor about various districts of West Bengal and guide them about activities to be taken up. There will be information about several prominent festivals that are celebrated in the state, which will help a tourist to imbibe the local spirit. Continue Reading →

Fish tourism plan in the Sunderbans

Logo squareJuly 19 (TravelAndy): To attract both domestic and international travelers, India’s West Bengal state is planning a first-of-its-kind fish tourism in its Sunderban region, said reports.

The Sunderban forests are home to the famous Royal Bengal tigers.

Tourists will be guided to witness the farming of various fish varieties such as catfish, snakehead murrel and some Indian carps. Additionally, they can visit the tiger reserve, biosphere reserve, forest and backwaters. Continue Reading →

Tourism plan for Jungle mahal

Logo squareMarch 28 (TravelAndy): India’s West Bengal state is mulling major tourism activities in and around the districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore, The Statesman said.

This region, popularly known as the Jungle Mahal, will shortly get cable car rides for tourists.

At present, several palaces are being transformed into heritage hotels and lodges in and around Jhargram region of West Midnapore. Continue Reading →

Poush Mela begins from Dec 24

Logo squareDecember 22 (TravelAndy): Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state is set to host its traditional Poush Mela festival from December 24.

The festival will continue for three days and conclude on December 26.

The fair displays indigenous handicraft including terracotta work and hand-stitched garments. It also includes food stalls that serve local and seasonal fare. Continue Reading →

From lighthouse to tourist attraction

LighthouseOctober 14 (TravelAndy): The Indian government is chalking out a plan to transform 78 lighthouses across India, into tourism centres.

The identified lighthouses for this are located in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said an official statement.

There are plans to using land adjacent to the light houses to develop hotels, resorts, viewing galleries, maritime museums and heritage museums, adventure sports facilities, thematic restaurants, souvenir shops, laser shows, spa and rejuvenation centres, amphitheatres and other facilities to attract tourists. Continue Reading →

West Bengal plans tourism hub

Darjeeling: A tourist hotspot in north Bengal

Darjeeling: A tourist hotspot in north Bengal

September 24 (TravelAndy): The government of the West Bengal state in India has decided to set up a tourism hub at Gajoldoba in Siliguri, north Bengal, said reports.

Three roads from Gajoldoba are being connected to the national highway to facilitate tourist arrival.

West Bengal state tourism has also taken an initiative to set up a nine hole golf course in the area to encourage sports tourism. Continue Reading →