The culture of West Bengal attracts tourists from around the world. It has its roots in literature, music, fine arts, drama and cinema. The Darjeeling Himalayan hill region shows a different cultural aspect. Rabindranath Tagore is Asia’s first Nobel laureate and composer of India’s national anthem.
Best Time to Visit West Bengal
The winter months, i.e., October to March are the best time to visit West Bengal. Summers in West Bengal are scorching, and it is best to avoid any trip during this time. October to March is the best time to visit the state when the weather is cool and pleasant, and one can enjoy a good time at beaches as well as hill stations. Sundarbans, the world’s largest delta and home to the Royal Bengal tiger, are open to visitors from October to March. Apart from this, you can also enjoy Durga Puja celebration which is a ten-day ritual held in October.
Summer (March – June)
Summers in West Bengal start in the month of March and go on until June. The temperature ranges from 20 to 40 degrees Celcius. Summers here are sweltering and extremely humid with April being the hottest month.
Monsoon (July – September)
Rainy season in West Bengal begin in June and go on until September. The average rainfall varies from region to region within the state. While the hills receive heavy rainfalls, the western plateau receives little rainfall to the extent that districts like Purulia and Bankura in West Bengal also suffer droughts.
Winter (November – February)
The average temperature during winters in West Bengal is about 15 degrees Celcius. While January happens to be the coldest month, the regions falling in the eastern Himalayan belt in West Bengal also witness heavy snowfall.