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West Bengal – Sikkim

Travel Notes from West Bengal to Sikkim 2006 India – full speed through West Bengal, the 91 million populous state borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. West Bengal includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta. It’s the country of evil tigers and Rhinoceros unicornis – with wart-like bumps on the hind legs. The British took control of the region from the late 18th century. Among other things, they left their bicycles behind. Still some of the oldest ones are found here, still being part of daily traffic. The colonial plunder of Bengal made direct significant contributions to the Industrial Revolution in Britain and greatly increased British wealth, while at the same time leading to de-industrialization in Bengal. A hotbed of the Indian independence movement through the early 20th century, Bengal was divided during India’s independence in 1947 along religious lines into two separate entities: West Bengal—a state of India—and East Bengal—a part of the newly created Dominion of Pakistan that later became the independent nation of Bangladesh …