BENGAL

Bengal is distinctively marked for its unique variegated tourism resources. From the snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas down to the sandy beaches of the Bay of Bengal with a blend of century old culture and a touch of wildlife is what this state has to offer.

People of this state speak the language known as Bangla or Bengali.Two major religions practiced in Bengal are Islam and Hinduism. The Baul tradition is a unique heritage of Bangla folk music. Other folk music forms include Gombhira, Bhatiali and Bhawaiya. Folk music in Bengal is often accompanied by the ektara, a one-stringed instrument. Other instruments include the dotara, dhol, flute, and tabla. The region also has an active heritage in North Indian classical music.Rice and fish are traditional favorite foods, leading to a saying that in Bengali, machhe bhate bangali, that translates as "fish and rice make a Bengali". Bengal's vast repertoire of fish-based dishes includes Hilsa preparations, a favorite among Bengalis. Bengalis make distinctive sweetmeats from milk products, including Rôshogolla, Chômchôm, and several kinds of Pithe.

Bengali women commonly wear the shari and the salwar kameez, often distinctly designed according to local cultural customs. In urban areas, many women and men wear Western-style attire.'

Most of  the Bengal region lies in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta or Ganges Delta, the world's largest delta. In the southern part of the delta lies Sundarbans— world's largest mangrove forest and home to the famed Bengal tiger. Though the population of the region is mostly rural and agrararian, two mega cities, Kolkata (previously Calcutta) and Dhaka, are located in Bengal. The Bengal region is notable for its contribution to the socio-cultural uplift of Indian society in the form of Bengal Renaissance, and revolutionary activities during the Indian independence movement.

The legacy of rich history dates back to the 16th century when the British set foot on the Indian soil and setup the East India Company in Bengal and thus the era of the British raj started, until 1947 when India became independent. Bengal was where the freedom movement started and a lot of courageous people from here gave their life for our joy.

The British made Kolkata their capital while Darjeeling was made the Summer capital because of its weather being similar to that of England. The economy of the region grew with the evolution of the tea plantations, soon to produce the still famous Darjeeling tea.

Bengal has been a home to a lot of foreigners, the most famous being Mother Teresa who gave the destitudes and orphans a reason to live a new dimension to their life.