West Bengal at a Glance: The Land of Bengal Tiger

West Bengal is a state in eastern India and is the nation's fourth-most populous state, with over 91 million inhabitants. Spread over 34,267 sq mi (88,750 km2), it is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata. This state is most famous for Royal Bengal Tiger in Sundarvan.
Created On: Jan 19, 2016 09:11 IST

West Bengal is a state in eastern India and is the nation's fourth-most populous state, with over 91 million inhabitants. Spread over 34,267 sq. miles (88,750 km2), it is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata. This state is most famous for Royal Bengal Tiger in Sundarvan.

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Main Facts about West Bengal:

Area

88752 Km2

Population

3.33 Crores (2011 census)

Principal official Language

Bengali and English

Established

15 August 1947 (province) and statehood in 26 Jan. 1950

Neighbouring States/UTs

Odisha, Jharjhand, Bihar Sikkim

Capital 

kolkata

Members of Parliament

Lok Sabha 42 (Rajya Sabha Seats_ 16)

Legislature

Unicameral (Assembly seats 294)

Airports

Dum-Dum International, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Kalaikunda, Panagarh, Coochbehar 

Ports

Kolkata, Haldia

Festivals

Durga Puja is most favourite, Kali Puja, Diwali, Vasant Panchami, Lakshmi Puja, Holi, Shivratri, Janma-Shtmi, Id-Ul-Fitr

Economy  Size

US$ 138.27 billion,

Service industries contributes 58% of state GDP while Agriculture just 18%.

Industries

Engineering, Automobile, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Aluminium, Jute, Cotton Textile, Tea, Pepper, Leather, Footbear, Bicyle, Dairy, Poultry

Literacy

77.08%

Density

1,029/persons/km2 (2,700/sq mi)

Districts

20

Sex Ratio (as per 2011 census)

947/Thousand Male

Principal  Dances

Chhau(Purulia), Ravindra Nritya

Principal Rivers

Bhagirathi,Ganga,Mayurakshi,Damodar Teesta,Torsha,Jaldhaka,Mahananda,Subarnarekha and Rupnrayan

Principal Minerals

Coal, China Clay, Petroleum

Main Crops

Rice, Wheat, Maize, Barley, Gram, Peas, Jute, Tea, Pan Leaf, Oilseeds, Tobacco, Sugarcane

Tourist  Spots

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train),Jaldapara National Park,Shantiniketan,Bishnupur Terracotta Temples,Howrah Bridge,Sunderbans delta of India,Howrah station,Eden Gardens, Belur Math

Religions

Hinduism (70.53%)

Islam (27.01%)

Christianity (0.72%)

Buddhism (0.30%)

Sikhism (0.07%)

Jainism (0.06%)

Other Religions (1.03%)

Atheist (0.001%)

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