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A Futuristic Perspective on West Bengal's Tourism Industry
Wed 09 Jan 2013
The state of West Bengal is unique in terms of tourism, given the fact that it is the only state in India, which has all the three vital ingredients – sea (The Bay of Bengal), mountains (The Eastern Himalayas) and forest (The Sunderbans).
At the time of partition, Bengal was split into East Bengal and West Bengal. East Bengal is now Bangladesh while West Bengal became a state of the Indian republic with Kolkata as its capital. Geographically, the state is long and narrow, running from the delta of the Ganges in the south to the mighty Himalayas with Darjeeling as the “Queen of hill stations” nestled in the north.
During the British Raj, Bengal and more appropriately the city of Kolkata became the political hub of India. Much of Kolkata and Bengal‟s most enduring developments took place between 1780 and 1820. Later in the 19th century, however, Bengal became a spark point in India‟s Independence Struggle and this was the principal reason for the decision to transfer the capital to New Delhi in the year 1911. However, the loss of political power did not alter Kolkata‟s economic control and the city continued to prosper until after the World War II. Kolkata is the largest city in India and by now may be ahead of London as the largest city in the British Commonwealth.
Kolkata and much of Bengal is regarded as the cultural cauldron of India. The whole world knows about the great „Bengal Renaissance” of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which started with Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1775-1833) and ended with Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).