West Bengal Hills

The Himalayan foothills of northern West Bengal contain a wealth of trekking opportunities and hill stations in stunning locations including the region's prime tourist destination, Darjeeling. The old colonial summer retreat is surrounded by spectacular views and still draws plenty of visitors to enjoy cooler climes and a good cuppa. The area also holds one of the Indian one-horned rhino's last safe havens in the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.

In early 2008, tensions flared in the region over renewed demands for a separate Gorkha (ethnic Nepali) state to be carved out of West Bengal. Apparently galvanized by the success of Gorkha policeman Prashant Tamang in the Indian Idol TV talent contest, the protests resulted in strikes and road closures and occasional violence. Check on the situation before travelling.

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