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West Bengal government has taken up a slew of projects to develop Sagar Island at the confluence of the river Ganga and Bay of Bengal as a major tourist destination. Two virgin beaches will be developed as part of the programme.

"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will on October 30 inaugurate 20 cottages having all modern amenities to cater to high-end tourists at Sagar Island," Bardhan told PTI here.

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  • Avoid venturing alone in night, for safety reasons. However, you can move around in groups.
  • Avoid being overfriendly with taxi drivers, tourist guides and other unknown people.
  • Neither should you carry, nor exhibit too much cash or any other valuable items in public.
  • Plenty of hotels are available in all the major tourist spots of North Bengal, suiting all budgets and requirements. Make sure to check out the safety and security facility available at the hotel before checking in.
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  • Samosas, biscuits, pakoras, tea, ice-cream are easy to come by on most bus/railway stations. Though if your palette or tummy doesn't quite relish all this, carry something along. Some distance trains have a restaurant car near the upper class bogies that serves meals and tea.
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  • Keep your hotel room locked while you are inside. Chain locking your hotel room door is a smart precaution.
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  • If you believe in taking precautions, take all the vaccinations one needs. To avoid malaria and dengue, carry mosquito repellents, nets and sprays.
  • Carry ample winter clothes when you are travelling in places like Darjeeling or Sikkim. Also carry umbrellas or raincoats during the monsoons.
  • Carry a first aid kit with adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams and mosquito repellents.