Kolkata, Sept. 27 -- For the first time, the West Bengal Government will organise a tourism festival this winter in North Bengal.

It will showcase the local traditions, cultures as well as offbeat destinations.

The project was approved recently by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The details of the festival were outlined by the Tourism Minister.

The festival will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 15 to December 21.

The first edition will be held at the offbeat destinations of Meteli, Gajoldoba (Jalpaiguri district) Rajabhatkhawa (Alipurduar district), Sitong (Darjeeling district), Pedong (Kalimpong district) and Talidighi (Dakshin Dinajpur district).

The festival will lay stress on low-cost homestays, ...