West Bengal

WEST BENGAL

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West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj. The city’s colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain’s queen.

CapitalKolkata
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
National ParkGorumara National Park
Neora Valley National Park
Singalila National Park
Sundarbans National Park
Tiger ReservesBuxa Tiger Reserve
Sundarbanstiger Reserve
UNESCO World Heritage SitesSundarbans National Park
Mountain Railways – Darjeeling
Famous Research InstitutesCentral Jute technological institutes – Kolkata
Archealogical survey Of India – Kolkata
School of Tropical Medicine – Kolkata
All India Institute of hygienic & Public Health – Kolakata,
Central Glass and ceramic research institute – Kolkata
Nuclear & Space Research
Centres
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics – Kolkata
Largest Zoo in IndiaKolkata Zoological garden
Largest DeltaSundarbans
Biggest Stadium in IndiaYuva Bharti Stadium – Kolkata
Dams & RiversDamodar Valley Corporation – Damodar River,
Farakka Barrage – Ganges River
Durgapur Barrage – Damodar River
Folk DancesChhau (Purulia),
Ganthali
ClassicalGaudiya Nritya
FestivalsKali Puja/Lakshmi Puja,
Dolyatra Durga Puja
Population Census 201191,276,115 (increased by 13.84%)
Area (sq km census 2011)88,752
Density1028
Sex – Ratio950
Literacy76.26%
Important StadiumsEden gardens – Cricket – Kolkata
Barasat Stadium – football(soccer) –Barasat
Netaji Indoor Stadium –Indoor sports – Kolkata
Salt Lake Stadium – football(soccer) – Kolkata
Kolkata Race Course – Horse racing – Kolkata,
International AirportNetaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport
SoilsLaterite soil, Reaty & Marshy
Major Mineral ResourcesLead – Zinc,
Dolomite
Major cropsWest Bengal is the largest producer of rice in India
second largest producer of potatoes in India