Murshidabad

This historical place is situated on the bank of the Bagirathi river 221 km north from Kolkata. Once Murshidabad was the capital of the Nawab of Bengal during the reign of Siraj-ud-daula. The historic battle between Nawab Siraj-ud-daula and Lord Clive was fought at Plassey near Mursidabad where the Nawab was vanquished.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling (2134 metres above sea level) is populary known as “Queen of the Hills” and it produces the famous Darjeeling Tea, one of the Worlds finest tea along with its magnificient temi tea gardens. It is the legendry British Hill Station perched in the foothills of the Himalayas. Darjeeling was acquired by the British from the Raja of Sikkim as a gift around a hundred and fifty years ago, and developed it as a rest and recreational centre for their troops.

Bishnupur

Bishnupur was the seat of the kings of the Malla dynasty, the warrior rulers who administered this part of Bengal for over 200 years from the late 16th century until the British sold it by auction to the Maharajah of Burdwan. The Mallas were great patrons of the arts, architecture, sculpture and music. Bishnupur is also the birthplace of the Dhurpad style of classical Indian vocal music and is famous for the 17th and 18th century Bengal terracotta temples.

Santiniketan

Santiniketan was founded by Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate, who first started an ashram here, later named the “Abode of Peace”. In 1901 his son started an experimental place of learning with a classroom under the trees, and a group of five pupils. It went on to become the Vishva Bharati University in 1921 which attracts students from all over the world and aspires to be a spiritual meeting ground in a serene, culturally rich and artistic environment.

Kolkata

Kolkata previously known as Calcutta has been inhabited for over two millennia. The city’s documented history, however, begins with the arrival of the British East India Company in 1690. Kolkata was named the capital of British India in 1772 till 1911 when the capital was shifted to New Delhi. Richard Wellesley, the Governor General between 1797–1805, was largely responsible for its public architecture which led to the description of Kolkata as “The City of Palaces”.

Kolkata became a centre of the Indian independence ovement, especially revolutionary organisations. today this vibrating metropolis with a unique character. Home to St. Mother Teresa and Satyajit Ray, Dominique Lapierre contributed to it’s world wide fame with his book “City of Joy”.