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List of 2017 Holidays for West Bengal- National Public and Bank Holidays

Year 2017 is almost ahead and 2016 is about to finish. In the coming New Year people would like to start their new year and go by a new resolution, new planning and all. For this foremost important thing that is required is calendar. Calendar is nothing but a booklet that covers all the dates month and days wise holiday list. Now going through the calendar to get information regarding holiday lists other than Sundays is a very lengthy process. So we have made your way easy by enlisting all the holidays list together. These are categorized by Public holidays, Bank holidays, National Holidays and festivals. Now with a single view you can find the holiday dates month wise for the year 2017. Those who reside in the state West Bengal will find it user friendly and helpful as because it covers all the holiday and festival lists that specially related to the state West Bengal.

 

Date/Month                       Day                                 Holiday                             Reason

 

19th January                       Thursday                       Swami Vivekananda          Vivekananda
Birthday                         Jayanti

23rd January                       Monday                         Netaji Subhas Chandra         Netaji Birth
Bose Jayanti                     Date

26th January                       Thursday                       Republic Day                      Constitution
of India formed

1st February                       Wednesday                   Vasant                           Saraswati Puja                                                                               Panchami
12th March                        Sunday                             Doljatra                        Holika Dahan

 

1st April                              Saturday                          Bank Holiday               Annual Accounts
closure of banks

9th April                              Sunday                            Mahavir Jayanti            Birth of Mahavir

 

14th April                           Friday                              Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti         Birth date of
& Good Friday                 Dr.Ambedkar/                                                                                                                        Easter

 

15th April                           Saturday                        Bengali New Year             Begining of
Bengali Year

1st May                              Monday                           May Day                        Labor Day

9th May                             Tuesday                          Rabindra Nath  Tagore     Tagore
Jayanti                           Date of birth

 

26th June                          Monday                          Idul Fitr                         Muslim’s Festival

 

15th August                      Tuesday                          Independence day          India set free

2nd September                 Saturday                         Idul Juha                         Bakrid

 

19th September                Tuesday                          Mahalaya                    Beginning of                                                                                                                           Dasehra
27th September                 Wednesday                     Saptami                    Saptami of
Durga Puja

 

30th September                 Saturday                          Dussehra                  Vijaya                                                                                                                                  Dashami

 

1st October                         Sunday                          Muharram (10th Day)   Day of
Ashurah

 

2nd October                        Monday                          Gandhi Jayanti          Mahatma Gandhi                                                                                                                   Birth day
5thOctober                        Thursday                          Lakshmi Puja             Godess Lakshmi                                                                                                                     worship

18th October                       Wednesday                     Kali Puja                   Festival of Hindu

4th November                      Saturday                       Guru Nanak Jayanti        Birth date of
Guru Nanak Saheb

The above mentioned holiday list are for all over India and especially for West Bengal. Among these holiday list some are national holiday, some are public holiday and others are list of festivals. Republic Holiday, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi Birthday come under National Holiday list. As per holidays related to festivals concerned, then it is important to mention that dates of Muslim holidays can be changed or different depending upon the various phases of moon. There are few holidays that ore observed all over India like- Christmas Days, New Year Day etc. Whereas festivals are celebrated primarily state and city wise depending upon the religion, culture, trend etc followed by the citizen. We have tried to make a brief of all holiday lists. We hope it will be helpful to our readers.

 

7 Amazing Facts About Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful multicultural landlocked country situated in South Asia . This small country is mostly known for the Himalayas and its natural beauty. But there are more than that. Every country has its own peculiarity. Like others, Nepal is also unique in its own way. Here are some of the amazing facts about Nepal.

7 Amazing facts about Nepal


1. Only country with a Triangular National Flag

facts about Nepal

Nepal is the only country who has the triangular national flag. The rest of the world has the quadrilateral national flag. There are two triangular shapes with a half moon in the upper part and sun in a lower part. Nepal’s national flag color composites of crimson red, blue and white.

2. The oldest country in South Asia

facts about Nepal

Nepal is supposedly the oldest country in South Asia. The fact it was never under any foreign invasion is probably the reason of this. The brave Gurkhas fought for their lives against British. It’s not because British lost, but British were impressed by the bravery of Nepalese people so they left the land and never came back. Even today, thousands of Nepalese join British Army every year.

3. Was once named as the Weed Capital

facts about Nepal

Menu during the 1970s in a Restaurant in Nepal

Did you know Nepal was once declared the capital city of Weed? Yes, weed and hashish were completely legal. Many tourists came to visit the Kathmandu city just for weed. During the 70’s and 80’s, rock stars Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley visited Nepal to taste the Purple Haze in Nepal. Bob Sager has even written the song “Kathmandu”.

4. The Birthplace of Gautam Buddha is in Nepal

lumbini

Gautam Buddha (original name Siddhartha Gautam) was born in the Lumbini district, Kapilvastu, which is currently in Nepal. There is no exact date when he was born, but it is believed he lived from 563 BCE to 480 BC . He died at the age of 80 in Kushinagar, which is in India.

5. The Only Living Goddess In The World lives in Nepal

Kumari Living Goddess

Kumari or Kumari Devi is the only living goddess in the World. In Nepal, a Kumari is chosen for only one day and worshiped accordingly on major festivals like Durga Puja. The young pre-pubescent girl is chosen from Shakya Dynasty as a manifestation as Kumari in Nepal. Kumari is also believed to be the incarnation of the goddess, Taleju

6. Nepal is a Secular State (Freedom of religion)

nepal-secular-state

More than 80% of the population in Nepal are Hindus. It was once called the Hindu Kingdom. But in 2006, Nepal was officially declared a secular state by its parliament. Hinduism had a lot of negative impact on the nation. So 90% of the constituent assembly supported the secularism of the country.

7. 8 of the 10 World’s highest peaks are in Nepal

Nepal highest Mountains

We all know Mount Everest or Sagarmatha is the highest peak in the world from the sea-level with the height of 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). But did you know top 8 of the 10 highest peaks can also be found in Nepal ? Thousands of tourists from around the world come for trekking and sights-seeing in Nepal.

 

So these are some of the interesting facts about Nepal. If you think we are missing other important facts, write down in the comment below.

The 7 Ideal Vacationing Places in West Bengal

West Bengal is perhaps one of the most underrated places when it comes to picking up a travel destination in India, even for her own people. That is why, when the Durga Puja arrives or when winter is approaching, people pack their bags and leave the state to visit other parts of the country majorly. But, what they don’t know is that there are so many places to explore in West Bengal herself. So, let us pause for a bit and explore the offbeat places to visit in West Bengal which can be your ideal retreat spot.

7 Ideal Places to Visit in West Bengal

  1. Kolkata

The capital city of West Bengal is one of the oldest cities in the country with numerous historical significances. The city is approximately 2000 years old which is evident from the cultural heritage which she has conserved so far. When you visit the city, you will be charmed to see how the North Kolkata with her alleys holds the charm of the old city and the South Kolkata with its dazzling beauty can easily compete with other metros in India. Some of the must-visit spots in the city are the Victoria Memorial, Belur Math, Prinsep Ghat, Science City, Nicco Park, Indian Museum, Park Street, Marble Palace, the Howrah Bridge with the mighty Hooghly River flowing underneath, the Eco-Tourism Park, Mother House and other places.

How to reach: Get down at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport located in the heart of the city and take the pre-paid taxis to reach to your location. If you come by train, you can either get down at the Howrah Station or the Sealdah station and hire a cab.

  1. Dooars

Darjeeling has been Bengal’s favorite hill station to visit so far. But have you heard about Dooars? It is located in the north of West Bengal in the lap of the lush green Eastern Himalaya is one of the ideal tourist spot you should check out. Snow clapped mountain, green tea valley stretched in miles embracing the mountain and a view of the Bhutan border will make you feel you are on the seventh heaven. While you are here, you cannot miss out the jungle safari. The Jaldapara National Park, The Gorumara forest, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Chalsa, Samsing are some of the places to look out for. If you are a sports person, the Murti River has excellent trekking service. If you want to roam freely, then the Mahakal Mandir, Rajabhatkhawa, Neora Valley, Lava, Jayanti, Rocky Island are there to charm you.

How to reach: The gateway to Dooars lies in the New Jalpaiguri district. You can take a car from Kolkata and drive. The driving distance is 632 km. Or, you can get down at the New Jalpaiguri Station or the Bagdogra airport, whichever is convenient

  1. Midnapore

Love the seas? Then Midnapore is the ideal place for you with sea beaches like the Digha, Tajpur, Mandarmani, Juneput and Shankarpur located near to each other. There are numerous hotels located here, so accommodation isn’t a big issue at any time of the year. Enjoy the Moyna Choura considered the backwater of Midnapore flung by long wide parallel trenches and coconut trees. Places you can visit here are the Jhargram Raj Palace, the Jagannath Temple, the Parimalkanan Park, the Kurumbera Fort, the Jhareswar Temple, Digha Science Center, the John Pierce Tomb, and the Jagannath Mahadev temple.

How to reach: Midnapore is not far from Kolkata and you can drive there via the Kolaghat Highway. You can also take a train from Shalimar, located in North Kolkata and get down at Midnapore. From there, you can either hire an auto or a cab to reach the hotels. Total distance is 127.4 km from Kolkata.

  1. Purulia

One of the lesser known places to visit in west bengal state which can be an ideal holiday spot is the Purulia district located in the Western part of West Bengal. If you want to break away from the clichés of mountains and seas, Purulia with her mesmerizing beauty is there to embrace you. Small hills, plain land, sleepy hamlets, fresh air, clean water and lush greenery will make you feel greedy about the place. The Ajodhya Hills located 42kms interior of Purulia is one of the ideal tourist spots with wooden mountain and a flat top.

The Kangsabati, Subarnarekha and the Kumari Rivers surround the hills in the west and the north. The Doldanga is gradually becoming an ideal picnic spot with a host of other things to do like boat riding, visiting the deer park or simply staring at the crystal-clear water body located in the middle of an island. Other places to visit here are the Rakab Forest, Panchet Pahar, Muruguma Dam, Surulia, Khairabera and the Baranti Reservoir.

How to reach: Purulia is well connected to Kolkata with 8 direct trains from Howrah. Distance from Kolkata is 219 km.

  1. Bankura

Bankura is a places to visit in west bengal which combines history and culture and as a result, has become one of the perfect tourist destinations off late, with serene and scenic rivers and hills. Check out this place if you want to break away from your monotonous routines for a few days. The Mukutmanipur Dam is one of the favorite places for the tourists. It is located at the confluence of the Kangsabati and the Kumari Rivers, and the vast blue tract of water is covered with contrasting green forests and wooden hillocks. The Biharinath and Susunia Hills with deep forests, steep abyss, dazzling flora and fauna, clean and fresh water bodies will help you rewind.

You cannot miss the mesmerising terracotta architectures here; so put the names of the Rasmancha, the Kalachand Temple, the Shyam Rai temple, the Krishna-Balaram temple and others on the list to enjoy the terracotta works done on the temples. Other places to visit are Garh Darwaja, the Joypur Jungle, Gum Garh Execution site etc.

How to reach: You can either take a car from Kolkata or a train, whichever is convenient, to reach Bankura. The total distance is 173.6 km.

  1. Murshidabad

One places to visit in West Bengal where ethnicities and religions have a peaceful co-existence is the Murshidabad district. Bengal’s former capital, Murshidabad was founded by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan of the pre-British era and was occupied by the British for a period. As a result, the place has become historically rich with different palaces and museum dotting the district. One of the popular tourist spots here is the Hazarduari Palace which is popular for its 1000 doors. The palace has been converted into a museum with nearly 3000 artefacts on display. Next is the Imambara, which has the biggest mosque complex of India and offers you a breathtaking view of the area. Other places which you can visit here are the Wasef Manzil, the Jalangi River, Katra Mosque, the Jahankosha Canon etc.

How to reach: You can take a train from Howrah and Sealdah to Murshidabad to cover the 209.2 km journey.

  1. Sundarban

The seventh places to visit in west bengal is Sundarban, which is located in the southernmost fringes of West Bengal is the house of the largest mangrove reserve forests of the world. It is also the place where the Ganga and the Brahmaputra River meets the Bay of Bengal, forming the Indo-Gangetic Delta, the largest riverine delta in the world. The place is well-known for her biological diversity and is a haven for the bird watchers. Here you will find the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger roaming in the dense forests.

Visit the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary if you are a bird lover, islands like the Tin Konal Island, Dubla Char Island offer you a view of the rivers. The Sudhyanakhali Watch Tower, the Sagar Lighthouse and the Hiron Point give you the scope to have a bird-eye view of the island as well as, look out for the tigers roaming in the island.

The Dobanki is known for its deer rehabilitation centre, the Bhagabatpur for its crocodile project and the Netidhopani for its 300 year old temple. The ideal time to visit Sunderban is during the winter when the weather is mild and you won’t have to worry about the rain.

How to reach: Sunderban is located close to Kolkata and Canning is the nearest rail station of Sunderban. The train is available from Sealdah and the total distance is 45 km.

7 Best Places That You should Visit in Europe

If you ever decide to take a vacation abroad, Europe could be a very good choice for your holiday. This continent has a lot of attractions for tourists, a lot of places where you can relax and forget about your daily problems. So in the next lines I will present you some of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, places that will pleasantly surprise you. Therefore I recommend you read what follows and if you find these attractions interesting, maybe you will soon travel and visit them in Europe.

Best 7 Places To Visit in Europe

1.       Rome

Coffee and Italian food, historical areas and mountains, they will all pleasantly surprise you. This country is well-known by gladiator fights. You have a lot to visit here, places like: The Colosseum, The Pantheon, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Fontana di Trevi, The Roman Forum and a lot of more other places. In Rome (or everywhere in Italy) you can eat the famous Italian ice-cream called gelato.

2.       Madrid

This city can be very easily crossed because public transportation is always present. The stadiums and the historical buildings of this city will offer you a very pleasant sensation. You can visit places like: Palacio Real de Madrid, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, Parque del Retiro, Palacio de Comunicaciones and many other beautiful places. This is why Madrid is in the top choice for tourists around the world.

3.       Bucharest

Bucharest ( The Little Paris) is well-known for the diversity it offers in terms of large parks, museums, zoos, botanical gardens and places to relax. You can visit places like: Romanian Athenaeum, Palace of the Parliament, National Museum of Romanian History, National Museum of Art of Romania, Triumph Arch and many other places.

4.       Amsterdam

It became well-known many years ago due to the painter Van Gogh’s museum. With some very elegant streets, the city offers a beautiful dream landscape especially as it can be crossed by bike very easily. You can visit places like: Dam Square, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Leidseplein, Vondelpark and many other places.

5.       Athena

Full of history and architecture Athens catches the eye with its majestic, elegant and historical buildings. Its style has been maintained for thousands of years, attracting more and more visitors from all around the world. Tourists are absolutely amazed by the beauty of this city. You can visit places like: Parthenon, The Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysos, Plaka and other places.

6.       Lisbon

One of the most important aspects of this city refers to the low prices. So with little money you can enjoy a lot of things in this city. You can visit places like: Belém Tower, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Castelo de São Jorge, Jerónimos Monastery, Museu São Roque and Sacred Art Museum and many more.

7.       Budapest

Budapest is the perfect destination for young people. When you vist this city, you can enjoy a lot of attractions at some very low prices. You can visit places like: The Chain Bridge, St Stephens Basilica, Central Market, House of Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, National Gallery and many more.