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West Bengal is one of the 29 states of India. It is on the eastern coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. West Bengal is in the Indian subcontinent’s Bengal region, bordering Bangladesh to the east and Nepal and Bhutan to the north. It also shares borders with Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam in India. Here are five interesting facts about West Bengal
1) Calcutta was the first capital of British India.
Calcutta was officially made capital of British India. The city served as a major trading post for British trading companies and became an important cultural hub. The city also served as a critical point in many trade routes during its time, including those connecting it to Vietnam, Indonesia, and China. By around 1850, more than one third of all mercantile shipping in Asia passed through Calcutta’s port.
2) Serampore University of West Bengal ranks first in the list of oldest universities in India.
Serampore University of West Bengal is one of India’s oldest universities, established in 1818. Serampore had a particularly impressive history too—it produced Indian scholars who won international prizes like the Nobel Prize. The university also served as one of India’s first medical schools. The university status for the university was granted in 1829.
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3) West Bengal is the largest producer of Rice in India
Rice is a staple in Indian Cuisine and it’s grown all over India. But you may not know that West Bengal is India’s largest producer of rice. West Bengal is India’s leading rice-producing state. Almost half of its arable land is under rice cultivation. In fiscal year 2016, the state produced around 15.75 million tonnes of rice across a cultivable area of 5.46 million hectares.
4)Ghum railway station – highest railway station in India
The Ghum railway station in Darjeeling district is at an altitude of 2,258 m (7,407 ft) above sea level and is the highest railway station in India.
5) The National Library of India, Kolkata
The National Library of India, Kolkata (NLI) is the largest library in India in terms of volume. NLI’s collections cover all branches of knowledge, including humanities and social sciences, pure and applied sciences and technology, information science and technology. The National Library of India became a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The National Library has its origins in British India. An Act for free public libraries for every district was passed by the Governor General Lord Bentinck. This led to the formation of many libraries across Indian states under guidance from the Governor General.
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