West Bengal at a Glance: The Land of Bengal Tiger

19-JAN-2016 09:11

    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.


    Source: www.in4india.com

    Main Facts about West Bengal:


    88752 Km2


    3.33 Crores (2011 census)

    Principal official Language

    Bengali and English


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

    Neighbouring States/UTs

    Odisha, Jharjhand, Bihar Sikkim



    Members of Parliament

    Lok Sabha 42 (Rajya Sabha Seats_ 16)


    Unicameral (Assembly seats 294)


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


    Kolkata, Haldia


    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%.


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




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



    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


    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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