Winter is an amazing time to explore India. Several places across the country, which are extremely hot during the rest of the year, become bounties of natural beauty and adventurous activities during winter. One state that is quite underrated when it comes to tourism is West Bengal. There can be no better time than the winter months to check out the beautiful locales of West Bengal. It has a wide array of tourist attractions from hills to beaches, monasteries to temples, and tea plantations to historical sites. Here are some of the best places to visit in West Bengal for winter holidays 2017.Also Read - Only To Curb Trans-Border Crimes: BSF Says Jurisdiction Increased For CrPC Act, Passport Act

Kalimpong

Kalimpong landscape

Kalimpong landscape

This former Bhutan region is now a beautiful part of West Bengal. Kalimpong is the perfect blend of natural beauty and serenity. Its hilly landscapes will sweep you off your feet and its monasteries and calm ambiance will help you find them back. Visit Kalimpong for breathtaking views of Himalayan ranges and a taste of Buddhist culture. Also Read - Indian Railways Latest News: Festival Special Trains Connecting THESE States to Start From Today; Check Details HERE

Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is one of India’s most popular hill stations. Its sprawling tea plantations make for great walks and its mind-blowing views of the Kangchendzonga are to die for. Be it the Darjeeling Himayalan Railway (a UNESCO World Heritage site), or the marvelous ropeway that provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains, there is loads to do in Darjeeling. Also Read - Watch: As Durga Puja Fervour Grips City of Joy, Covid Norms Go For A Toss In Kolkata's Renowned Pandals

Siliguri

Siliguri

Siliguri

One of the finest offbeat places of the country, Siliguri is worth a visit for its Himalayan views that consist of snow-clad peaks, stunning sunrises and wide dramatic landscapes. The Hong Kong market here is quite famous and worth checking out.

Bishnupur

Bishnupur in West bengal

Bishnupur in West bengal

This one is for the history buffs. Bishnupur is home to some historic temples dating back to the 15th century. Named after Lord Vishnu, Bishnupur holds great religious and historic significance as can be seen in its architecture and handicrafts. Visit Bishnupur for its mesmerizing terracotta temples that take you back in time.

Santiniketan

Santiniketan

Santiniketan

Associated with the great Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Santiniketan is the best place to learn all about the man. It is one of the best examples of education that goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. The Poush Mela held here during December is a delight for all art and culture enthusiasts. Visit Santiniketan for its amazing sculptures, frescoes, murals and paintings of Tagore and other eminent personalities.

Mandarmani

Mandarmani

Mandarmani

Homw to the longest drivable beach in India, Mandarmani is a pleasant getaway for those who like beautiful sunrises and adventurous water sports. You can indulge in surfing, jet skiing, ATV bike rides and other thrilling activities at Mandarmani. The Digha-Mandarmani festival held in January is also a great winter event to get a slice of West Bengal’s music and culture.

So there you have it. This winter, take a trip to West Bengal and explore its natural beauty as well as its cultural heritage.