The local Bengali cuisine is mouth-wateringly delicious, and it’s mildly spiced, and fruity flavours are sure to leave you craving for more. Visit the city during Durga Puja (think of it as the Carnival of the East) for a cultural experience unlike any other. Nearby Shantiniketan is most famous for its contributions to art and culture. Home to the world-famous Visva Bharti University, founded by Bengal’s favourite son, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the university was where the east and the west could mingle. It represents traditional Indian values while incorporating the very best of other cultures to present an adobe of peace, an oasis full of beautiful murals, paintings, frescoes and stories of Rabindranath.
Visit Darjeeling to escape the Indian summer. Surrounded by tea plantations, this is the perfect place for nature walks and laid-back mountain adventures. Built on a ridge in the Eastern Himalayas, Darjeeling presents mesmerising views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, one of the tallest mountains in the world, and boasts of being a gardener’s paradise due to the 139 odd species of magnolia, orchids and rhododendrons found here. Moreover, whatever you do, don’t miss out on the century-old steam engine powered Toy Train as it chugs through the scenic hillside.