1 Victoria Memorial

This monument to the British Empire in Kolkata is a dizzying blend of Mughal and Italian architecture.

2 Eden Gardens

Enjoy the chaos and spectacle of a match at Kolkata’s famous cricket ground.

3 Kumartuli

Fascinating warren of lanes where artisans model lavish images of goddesses and demons out of straw, clay and pith.

4 Sundarbans

Float through the endless mangrove forests, home to a profusion of wildlife, including the majestic Bengal tiger.

5 Shantiniketan

This tranquil university town exudes the spirit of its founder, the poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.

6 Darjeeling

A charming hill station with spectacular views and famously fine tea.

7 Singalila Trek

This Darjeeling trek features unforgettable mountain vistas, especially beautiful in April and May, when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

8 Toy Train

Take a leisurely journey on this Victorian railway, partly steam-driven, past the tea gardens that carpet the steep hillsides around Darjeeling.

9 Kalimpong

The horticultural capital of the northeast, with quiet walks, orchid nurseries and colourful markets.

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