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West Bengal, a state in east India has its capital as Kolkata. 

It stretches from Himalayas in the north to Bay of Bengal in the south. 

It houses the world famous Sunderbans. It has nineteen districts and the major cities are Kolkata, Siliguri, Burdwan, Durgapur, Kharagpur, Darjeeling and Malda. 

West Bengal is one of the most industrialized states. Tea, Steel, Jute, Sugar, Chemical, Fertilizers, Medicines and Pharmaceuticals are some of the important industries in the state. 

The agriculture of the state mainly constitutes crops such as rice, maize, pulses, oil seeds, wheat, barley, potatoes and vegetables. Kolkata is a major hub for the Information Technology. 

Real estate, financial consultancies, travel and tourism and hotel industry are some other services that contribute to the state economy. 
 

  

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Bishnupur
Bishnupur
The history of Bishnupur can be traced back to AD 694. The period before this is shrouded in mystery. King Raghunath I founded the Malla dynasty in AD 694. However, it was much later in AD 994 that the place was named Bishnupur. The name is derived from 'Vishnu', the majority of people belonging to the 'Vaishnava' sect.
  
 
Iscon Temple
Mayapur
Mayapur 
Mayapur, a serene and scenic place at the confluence of the holy river Ganga with the Jalangi, is a renowned holy place. Mayapur is highly attractive, tranquil and picturesque on the banks of the river Hooghly. The Mayapur Dham forms a part of the nine islands of Navadweep near to Kolkata. Mayapur is one of the renowned Vishnavite pilgrim centre founded by Bakti Vinod Thakur. Devotees of Krishna consider this place at high reverence and Mayapur is comparable with Mathura or Vrindavana. The temples in Mayapur are dedicated to Radha and Krishna.
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Shantiniketan 

Shantiniketan

Santiniketan was previously called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and owned by the Tagore family. Rabindranath's father, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, found it very peaceful and renamed it Santiniketan, which means abode (niketan) of peace (shanti). It was here that Rabindranath Tagore started Patha Bhavana, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. After he received the Nobel Prize(1913), the school was expanded into a university in 1921, but in 1951, it became one of the central universities of India. Many world famous teachers have become associated with it. Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray, Abdul Ghani Khan and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen are among its more illustrious students.

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