Located just 51 kms from Kolkata on the banks of River Hooghly, Falta is a popular weekend destination repleted with history. The British took refuge here after Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah captured Kolkata and the Dutch had a factory here long before Indian Independence. But much before the British or the Dutch, nearly 1000 years ago Tamluk near Falta was a flourishing Buddhist centre. Falta is a true river town, few kilometers to the south of Falta, River Damodar meets River Hooghly (River Ganges is called by this name here) and few kilometers to the north River Rupnarayan meets River Hooghly. Apart from its riverside beauty, Falta is also known for the beautiful farmhouse of the famous Bengali scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. Falta also plays host to business guests and it falls under SEZ (Special Economic Zone). BOOKING DETAILS OF FALTA
Places to see in Falta: The whole town has grown along the banks of River Hooghly. There are parks and walkways all along the river bank for you to enjoy your long-cherished evening walks along the river banks. The Bose Bigyan Mandir is the farmhouse of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. It is a beautiful farmhouse with a lovely garden and lots of trees.
Picnics are also allowed on the grounds of this farmhouse. You can visit the Falta Jetty and watch the ferries carrying passengers the whole day. However, the best thing to do in Falta is to take long walks along the riverside.
Nearby attractions of Falta: Diamond Harbour is only half hour’s drive from here and Raichak can be reached in minutes. The riverside towns of Gadiara and Geonkhali are located on the other side of the river and takes less than an hour. You can also visit the riverside town of Nurpur, just 30 mins from Falta. The historic town of Tamluk in East Midnapore on the bank of River Rupnarayan is also not far and so is the Industrial town of Haldia.
Things to do in Falta: You can spend your evenings taking long walks along the coast of River Hooghly, take a boat ride on Ganges or arrange a picnic in any spot along the river bank. Bird watching and village walks are other activities to enjoy here.
How to reach Falta: It is located on the banks of River Hooghly around 51 kms from Kolkata. If you are availing public transport then take the bus SD9 or SD9/1 from Esplanade heading towards Nurpur. Another bus SD14 leaves from Taratolla and also reaches Falta. If you are availing train, then you have to get down at Diamond Harbour Station and catch a minibus to this destination. Most buses and trekkers from Diamond Harbour would reach Nainnan More. From Nainnan More (Crossing), you would get shared Auto Rickshaws to the hotels of Falta.
Best time to visit: Falta can be visited anytime of the year. It is a nice weekend river destination for a family getaway.
Lodging and dining facilities in Falta: Situated on the banks of River Hooghly, this luxurious fully AC resort has every facility to make your weekend trip enjoyable. Suites, Deluxe rooms and Standard rooms are decked with TVs, Intercoms, attached Western baths with bathtubs and all modern facilities you can imagine. Lush lawns, Children’s Park, Conference Halls with capacities up to 200 guests, a turquoise Swimming Pool, Play room, private parking space, sit-out areas on each floor facing the river, separate Dining Hall and an open ground for outdoor parties make this luxury resort the best accommodation for family guests and corporate alike. The resort is located just on the banks of the river.
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