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Best time to visit West Bengal
With its feet in the Ganges Delta and its head in the Himalayan skies, West Bengal experiences a range of temperatures on any given day.
October to mid April is the best time to visit West Bengal, with February, March and November particularly lovely in Darjeeling. Remember that the temperature differences between coastal Kolkata and the Himalayas can be huge. In Kolkata, late April to late September is monsoon, with as many as 18 days of rain in July and August and temps in the mid 30°Cs. Expect high 20°Cs the rest of the year. In Darjeeling, though, it rarely tops 26°C, making it possible to visit in May, June and September. Monsoon, in July and August, is the only time to avoid. December and January are cold, from 5°C to 8°C.
Kolkata Weather Chart
Things to do in West Bengal
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West Bengal travel advice
Our supplier Sanjay Oberoi runs specialist travel company Bespoke India Travel and has this West Bengal travel advice:
The joys of Kolkata
“Kolkata is a centre of the Indian independence movement and the centre of modern Indian education, science, cultural revolution and politics. You come here to absorb Kolkata; Kolkata absorbs you instead. It strangely moves and engages you as a traveller. You give in to a moving montage of faces and facelessness – the heritage and the contemporary – rabbit runs and time warps at the same time. It’s Lapierre’s city of joy. For Ginsberg it’s a city where poets are worshiped as minor gods. Pele came here to share his love for football and Pete Seeger to share his countless folk songs with the city under an open sky. And yes Kolkata is regarded as the most tolerant and sensible city in India. This is also the safest and friendliest area for solo female travellers. Apart from a regular city tour, Kolkata is best to explore by foot with a storyteller. You can explore the old quarters of Central Kolkata, the street foods and the heritage eateries or a literary tour.”
What to eat in West Bengal
“Believe it or not, food addiction of Bengalis is no less impressive than that of any Italian, French, American or Mexican. From homemade preparations to street food items, Kolkatans never fail to impress you with their culinary creativity. Bengalis have always possessed a dynamic culture and the various food items found across this state showcase a unique blend of fervor with flavours. For Bengalis, eating is a serious business. You talk to anybody in Kolkata, and he would convince you that it is also (kind of) an aesthetic experience. He would assure you that having tender coconut sherbet at Paramount in summer or a taalsaans sandesh at Nakur’s in winter makes you philosophical! So does savoring Kalika’s fried onion chop with muri while listening to the pitter-patter of falling rain! Each season has its own food. And each food becomes very much ‘Calcuttan’ in Kolkata.”