West Bengal is a land of mountains, rivers, weather, forests and the sea. The panoramic beauty of some places in West Bengal is superbly eye-feasting. Beautiful hill resorts, valleys, mangrove, lakes, waterfalls and lovely natural scenery are scattered all over the State. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation is a state-owned company that oversees the tourism industry in West Bengal.
The Sundarbans with its thick wilderness and numerous rivers and canals provide shelter for the wildlife. Among them the Royal Bengal Tiger is world-famous. The aviaries and apiaries, reserve forests for tigers and crocodile projects in the Sundarbans, and the ‘Jaldapara Abhayaranya’ with one-horned rhinoceros attract the tourists from far and near. Darjeeling with her unique beauty, Kalimpong and Karsiang with their serenity as well as the calm and quiet sea-beach of Digha, Mandarmani, Shankarpur, Tajpur, Frazerganj, Falta, Junput, Sagardwip, Talsari or Bakkhali offer the tourists sublime joy.
There are places of historical and religious interest too to attract tourists. Bishnupur and Chandraketu Garh of Bankura, Rajardhibi of Burdwan, Santiniketan, Tarapith and Bakreswar of Birbhum and many other places like Hazarduari of Murshidabad can rightly boast of historical as well as religious associations. Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, Jayrambati, the birthplace of Sri Ma Saradamani and Radhanagar, the birthplace of Raja Rammohun Roy, are the places of religious and historical importance. Mukutmanipur, the Susunia hill and several other tourist spots are the modern additions which never fail to allure the sightseers.
Kolkata, of course, with its three hundred years’ heritage, attracts the tourists from all over the world. The Museum, the Botanical Gardens, Birla Taramandal, the Science City, Victoria Memorial Hall, etc. are its special attractions. Moreover, historical tombs, relics of the old churches and cemeteries, temples and mosques of the by-gone days, ancestral houses and shrines of the great men of the older times are strewn all over the great city of Kolkata to invite the tourists of the world.
Tourism today fetches foreign exchange and it is a big trade of the day. So, the Government of West Bengal lays much importance to it and is busy with opening up new tourist spots as well as providing the old spots with modern facilities and amenities.