(Last Updated on : 30/09/2013)
Cities of West Bengal
are some of the most visited and most well-liked tourist places of the state. West Bengal is the state with the highest population density in India and its major cities boast the majority of population. Unity in diversity is best reflected in the cities of West Bengal.
Cities in Northern Part of West Bengal
Major cities in the north of West Bengal are Siliguri
. These cities have become popular as tourist destinations and also export centers of tea
, and oranges and so on. The beautiful tea estates of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri are treats to the nature lovers. These North Bengal cities are best known as hill stations, attracting hordes of tourists round the year. They are also noted for their historical importance as places of summer retreats. The Buddhist monasteries
and flower market in Kalimpong
attract tourist from all across the globe. Siliguri
is one of the most significant business hubs in the state and the entire north-eastern region of India. It is the fifth largest city of the state and the second most important trade centre after Kolkata
Cities in Western Part of West Bengal
In the western part of West Bengal are Bardhaman
. The western zone of this state is mainly the industrial belt and these cities are best known for their coal and steel production. Bankura and Purulia are best known for their local handicrafts. Asansol is known for its prominent iron and steel works and the locomotive work at Chittaranjan. It is the third largest city of West Bengal. Durgapur
is a huge industrial city with well-planned roads and townships. It is the fourth largest city in West Bengal.
Cities in Eastern Part of West Bengal
In the eastern belt of West Bengal, the major cities are Krishnanagar
, Kalyani, Chandannagar
and the capital city of the state, Kolkata. These cities are jointly the most important trading centres of the state. Kolkata is located on the east bank of Hooghly River
and is the third largest city in India. The cuisine, aristocracy, culture, commercial and economical status of Kolkata represents that of West Bengal. The Howrah Bridge
, Victoria Memorial
, Birla Planetarium
, Writers' Building
are some of the heritage plazas in the capital city of West Bengal. Kalyani is a planned township and is divided into residential, industrial and educational sectors.
Cities in Southern Part of West Bengal
Kolkata rules the list of the cities in West Bengal and enjoys every privilege of being the capital city of a flourishing state like West Bengal. Other major cities in the southern part of West Bengal are Barasat, Tamluk
. These cities are important trading centres, primary of betel leaves
and machinery parts. The first army barrack of the British East India Company
was established in Barrackpore. Also, the first flicker of 1857 Indian mutiny is said to have started from this city. It is now a northern suburb of Kolkata.
Other Cities in West Bengal
English Bazar, Habra, Kharagpur
, Ranaghat, Haldia
, Balurghat, Basirhat, Alipurduar, Jangipur and Coochbehar are amongst the other important cities which are located in the Eastern Indian state
of West Bengal. The cities in West Bengal are best known for their diverse culture and economy.