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Agarhati, South 24 Pgs – 66 kms from Kolkata...

While you sit at the green island and look out to the endless water meeting the sky at the horizon, a freshly cooked maach bhaja (fried fish) arrives to break your thought process. You bite a piece off and let your thoughts float with the clouds and suddenly you feel a slight tension building on your fishing rod – that’s it! Your second catch of the day. Fishing or the professionals would call it angling, boating, basking in the sun and playing around with your children on the lush lawn are few things you can do at the resort in Agarhati, just 60 kms from Kolkata. If you are longing to run away from the hectic city life for a day and spend a lazy weekend in a water world, then come to Agarhati. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI Places to see in Agarhati: A true water world, just two-hour drive from Kolkata. The resort itself sits on large fishing lakes (bheris) surrounded by water on all sides. The endless stretch of water meets the skies in the distance. There is a small lush green island within the resort connected by a bamboo bridge (sankho) where you can sit and enjoy the view of water on all sides. Click here for images of Agarhati Nearby attractions of Agarhati: Just 16 kms from Agarhati is Malancha – one of the largest fish markets in West Bengal. You can also pay a visit to the newly-built bridge over Vidyadhari River at Malancha and see the setting sun over the confluence of Ichamati River and Vidyadhari River. You would also find the brick kiln chimneys standing tall along the riverbank as far as you can see and the ferries crossing the river every now and then. Things to do in Agarhati: The best thing to do in Agarhati is to do nothing – just sit back in the gazebo and watch the clouds float across the blue skies. Few other things you can do here are fishing, boating and spending some quality time with your family in the park. You can also take a nap in the island’s lush green grass accompanied by the lullaby of the lapping lake water. At Agarhati, you can kill the stress of your work-life and come close to your family and friends. Best time to visit Agarhati: You can visit Agarhati anytime of the year. The winters are best for basking in the sun while the monsoons are best for the lush greenery and dark clouds rolling over the horizon. How to reach Agarhati: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and cross Malancha to reach Agarhati. All Buses connecting Dhamakhali from Kolkata will take you to Agarhati. Lodging and Food at Agarhati: Presently, there are four air-conditioned rooms at resort. All rooms are equipped with large comfy beds, wardrobes, attached western bathrooms, mini-fridge, hot water geysers, LED televisions with cable connection, 24-hours electricity and other facilities that make your lives comfortable. There is also a dining hall where some sumptuous food is served. The resort is facilitated with manicured lawns, a children’s’ park, few thatched gazebos for your evening gossip, three large fishing lakes and an island within the water world. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI...
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Rajendrapur, South 24 Pgs – 42 kms from Kolkata...

Rajendrapur is a beautiful village just 42 kms from the heart of Kolkata. It is one of the best places to visit and de-stress yourself after a week of hectic work in the office. You wake up to the chirping of birds and watch out from the window of your mud hut to the green horizon of paddy fields dotted with towering coconut trees. You stay in mud huts decked with modern facilities but no Televisions. There is a pond where you can wet your feet and enjoy angling with local fishing rods. The local village boy can also teach you how to cast fishing net. Few things, which have already started vanishing from our complex urban lives like fresh khejurer rash (date juice), shorshey phool (mustard flower), hansher ghar (duck house) can still be seen at Rajendrapur. Rajendrapur village is soon becoming one of the best weekend escapades near Kolkata. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJENDRAPUR Places to see in Rajendrapur: The simple and slow moving village life of Rajendrapur would surely make you envious. You would find the farmers ploughing their fields, children chasing ducks, fisherman casting their nets and the village elders sitting under the Peepul tree discussing the year’s crops. Paddy and mustard fields stretch as far as your eye can meet on one side of the village, while the other side has vegetable gardens, ponds and mango orchards. The mango grove is more like a hideout surrounded by green fields, vegetable gardens and a placid pond teeming with carps. A walk through the paddy fields would take you to this peaceful refuge.  For more photos of Rajendrapur click here Nearby attractions of Rajendrapur: Take a ride in the local van rickshaws to the famous Vidyadhari River at nearby Malancha (around 6 kms from Rajendrapur). You can watch the setting sun from the bridge over Vidyadhari River. Rajendrapur is surrounded by large fishing ponds and a mango grove. Fish lovers can also visit nearby Malancha Village, while returning from Rajendrapur to buy some fresh catches. Malancha is one of the biggest fish markets in West Bengal. Things to do in Rajendrapur: Take a village walk in the paddy fields and chase the ducks to the puddle. If bird watching is your hobby, then the early mornings of Rajendrapur can yield some nice surprises for you. But the best thing to do in Rajendrapur is to become a part of the village life. You can take long walks taking to the edges of paddy fields, do some fishing, try out khejur rash (date palm juice) early mornings, play badminton, bring out eggs from the duck house, do some campfire in the evenings and simply de-stress your weekend. Family addas during the afternoon and evening in the gazebo with a barbeque can be a unique thing to do during your stay here. Essentially, a stay here is a 2 days of peace in the green. How to reach Rajendrapur: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and take the road turning right before Malancha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will take you to Rajendrapur. Lodging and dining facilities at Rajendrapur: Presently, there are two mud houses in the eco village for guests to stay. Located beside the ponds overlooking the paddy fields and gardens, these spacious Double Bed ethnic mud houses are equipped with all modern facilities like electricity and attached western bathrooms with 24-hrs water. You would also...
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Bawali, Budge Budge – 35 kms from Kolkata...

Staying in three ethnic cottages located beside two large ponds surrounded by more than 180 species of plants and an overdose of greenery can be your next weekend destination near Kolkata. A cruising drive of 35 kms through the villages on the outskirts of Kolkata would take you to this plant nursery, a garden, a modern ethnic guesthouse, a fish farm and a knowledge centre for under-privileged children – all put together. You can spend your weekend angling some great catches, reading some great books, telling stories to the village children and visiting some local attractions like the 300-year old Bawali Rajbari, Ganges riverside and Achipur. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAWALI Places to see in Bawali: The greatest attraction of Bawali is the 300 -year-old Bawali Raajbari (palace) and its adjacent Navratna Gopinath Temple built during the same time. It is believed that Rani Rashmoni built the famous Dakshineshwar Temple inspired from the architecture of this temple in Bawali. A visit to the temple ruins and the recently renovated Rajbari with its antique furniture, sprawling lawns and verandahs lined with Corinthian pillars would be a nice experience. For more photos of Bawali click here Nearby Attractions of Bawali: The area around Bawali has witnessed many historical events. The nearby Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge greeted Swami Vivekananda in 1897 when he returned from his Chicago visit. Till date, this event is celebrated by the people of Budge Budge on 19th of February every year. You can also visit the Raypur riverside just 07 kms away and watch the ships passing by. Another significant event, which took place in Budge Budge in 1914, was the Budge Budge Riot, where the Sikh nationalist Gurdit Singh was arrested in his Japanese ship Komagata Maru for protesting against the Exclusion Laws in Canada. Unfortunately, 20 nationalists fell to the British police firing and many were kept under house arrest in the nearby villages. A plaque remembering the 75th anniversary of this incident is now found in the Sikh Gurdwara of Vancouver, Canada. If you are a history addict, then try to make a trip to nearby Achipur on the banks of River Ganges. Interestingly, you would find a Chinese Temple here still holding back its wood carvings and a grand entrance. History says that Achipur was a Chinese settlement founded by the Chinese businessman – Tong Achi who established a sugar mill here during the 1770’s when Warren Hastings was the Governor-General of Bengal. The sugar mill had closed down long back but the temple and Tong Achi’s grave on the banks of River Ganges can still be found. The famous Boro Kachari Mandir is around 6 kms from here. You will find the ruins of the Barood Ghar (ammunition depot) of the British army located just beside the river is worth a visit. Things to do in Bawali: You can enjoy your weekend, fishing for the greatest catch of your lifetime (maybe a 5 kg Katla or Rohu) or you can simply take your favourite book and read it once more sitting on the balcony overlooking the green paddy fields and ponds. You can also take long village-walks or ask the Nursery Manager to show you all the interesting plants and orchids. If you are thinking of spending some quality time this weekend, then it would be a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience with the less-privileged children of the nearby villages who are taught the regular subjects by...
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Babur Haat, North 24 Pgs – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Babur Haat is a quaint rural village located about 51 kilometers from Kolkata. It is a perfect weekend destination for families and friends who want to spend some quality time enjoying the rustic village with the different shades of a traditional Bengal village life. The landscape of Babur Haat is filled with huge stretches of natural fishing lakes or bheris, which are used for the purpose of cultivating some of the tastiest fishes of Bengal. Other village attractions include the vast stretches of rice farmlands, vegetable orchards, mango groves, palm orchards, ponds, rural village houses and local temples. Babur Haat can be a refreshing change from the humdrum existence of a city life. The open fields, thriving greenery, fresh air and vast stretches of blue horizon above can really be a great stress buster. The bustling village life will not only lift your spirits but also take you a step closer to nature’s beautiful peace and quiet. Babur Haat is a preferred weekend destination for many families and business conference events in the city. BOOKING DETAILS OF BABUR HAAT Places to see at Babur Haat: Babur Haat is known for its idyllic village life and the innumerable fishing lakes and bheris surrounding the village. The lakes are pretty huge and stretch over extensive areas of the village. These lakes are maintained and looked after by the local farmers who cultivate and breed different species of Bengal fishes naturally. You can visit the neighborhood farmlands where the locals cultivate vegetables like cabbage, cauliflowers, potatoes and okras. You can also have glimpse of the local village life and culture by visiting the village mud houses, the local temple and the local village market. A typical village scene may have a woman sifting rice on a wooden tray or dheki, cows mooing in the background from the shed of the house, farmers working in the fields, fishermen casting nets on lakes, women weaving baskets and brooms, etc. Images of Babur Haat [AFG_gallery id=’134′] Things To Do at Babur Haat: Nature walks, trotting the village paths and lanes, bird watching, fishing and boating are some of the interesting leisure activities you can do at Babur Haat. Fishing can be a great past time here at the local bheris. You can go for exciting fishing trips with your family and friends and enjoy angling the whole day. You can also go for short picnic trips on the local village grounds and mango orchards. The open fields can be a great space for playing outdoor games like cricket and badminton. For those who love quietness, can spend time walking around the winding paths surrounding the bheris amidst vast stretches of water bodies. You can also spend your time in the beautiful surrounds of the resort property. The resort has boating facilities and swimming pools where you can enjoy having a great swim. Nearby attractions of Babur Haat: Attractions near Babur Haat include the Malancha village, which is only 15 kilometers away. Malancha is a renowned fishing village of Bengal that has some of the biggest fish markets in all of Bengal. Located at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, the Icchamati and the Vidyadhari, Malancha offers a great view of sunset from the banks of the Vidyadhari River. The riverbanks are also dotted with many brick kilns with long towers that line up a long way along the banks. The main attraction at Malancha is the fish market, where you would get some of the...
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Dhuturdaha, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms from Kolkata...

Just 51 kms from Kolkata, Dhuturdaha is a serene village with endless stretches of fishing lakes (bheri), vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, local temples and different shades of village life. It’s a nice place to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace. At Dhuturdaha, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies over the green horizon, get together with your family and friends beside the pond, do some fishing and dip your tired legs in the pond. But, Dhuturdaha is not only rustic life without daily facilities, here you have some of the best resorts you can find around Kolkata with AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which make our life comfortable. Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHUTURDAHA Places to see in Dhuturdaha:The main attraction of Dhuturdaha are the uncountable number of fishing lakes. These lakes stretch as far as you can see over the horizon. The village is dotted with vegetable gardens blooming with all types of vegetables from cabbages and cauliflowers to ladies fingers. You can also visit the local temple under the shadows of a Peepal tree or watch the local women sifting rice under the wood-plaque (Dheki). Village life is Dhuturdaha’s main attraction – ducks puddling around in ponds, farmers ploughing their fields, fisherman casting their nets and the local shopkeeper selling groceries. For more photos of Dhuturdaha click here Nearby attractions of Dhuturdaha: Malancha is a nearby destination just 15 kms from Dhuturdaha. This small town has one of the biggest Fish Markets in West Bengal. At Malancha you would see the mighty Icchamati River meeting the Vidyadhari River. You can also stop over the bridge over Vidyadhari River and enjoy the sunset. This side of the riverbank is dotted with brick kilns and their towering chimneys line up the riverbank for miles – it’s an amazing sight. On the way to Dhuturdaha from Kolkata, you would come across Ghusighata Lock gate, where few local canals meet – this is nice stopover too. Things to do in Dhuturdaha: The best thing to do is to watch the little things of village life pass around you. You can do casual birdwatching of some local birds around Dhururdaha and walk around the fringes of the fish lakes. You can also enjoy boating within the resort and try your hand in fishing. You can also play outdoor games in the nearby fields and take long village walks. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then try to visit Malancha. You can watch the sunset over the Bidyadhari River from here or take a country boat to cross over to Chaital on the other side. A visit to a nearby brick kiln can also be a nice experience. There is one more thing you can do – if you love eating fish. You can stop at Malancha’s Fish market to buy some freshly caught fish at great prices while returning from Dhuturdaha. How to reach Dhuturdaha: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Minakha. From Minakha, you can take the road going right to Dhuturdaha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will cross Minakha. You have to get down at Minakha and take a local Auto Rickshaw to Dhuturdaha. Lodging and dining facilities at Dhuturdaha: Dhuturdaha has a...
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Bird watching spots near Kolkata

01. Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah (more details) The Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur covers some 270 acres of land, located by the Hugli River and is some 230 year old. This place is indeed a heaven for bird-watchers as it houses a wide variety of bird species that also includes a small percent of water-bird species as well. Birds found here include Stork-billed Kingfisher, Rufous Woodpecker, Brown Hawk Owl, Bronzed Drongo, Black Bittern, Greenish and Yellow-browned Warbler, Lineated Barbet, Booted Eagle and Black-naped Oriole. Beside, some rarest species of birds like Black-capped Kingfisher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Red-breasted Parakeet and Eurasian Cuckoo can also be spotted here. How to reach: The Indian Botanic Gardens is located in Shibpur, Howrah district with Howrah Station being the nearest railway station. This particular place can be reached by boarding a ferry service from Bichali Ghat in Metiabruz or by crossing the Vidyasagar Setu as one of the exits of the bridge will lead to the garden. 2. Rajarhat Bypass Although most parts of the marshy land of Rajarhat have been taken over for developments of new townships, this area is perfect for wetland birds and that is the reason why it attracts a good number of species of birds like Asian Openbills, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Breeding Oriental Praticoles and Ashy Woodswallows among others. Besides, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Harriers, Black-shouldered Kite and Common Kestrel are common sights during the morning time. Smaller birds like Bengal Bushlark, Oriental Reed Warbler, Oriental Skylark and Bluethroat can also be spotted. How to reach: Rajarhat Bypass can be reached easily by taking the bypass that leaves Kolkata Airport and leads to Kolkata. 3. Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur, 24 Parganas (more details) This is a tiny sanctuary of 17 acre and is housed in an old and deserted orchard with grassland surrounding it. Wide number of bird species can be seen here including Oriental Honey-buzzard, Slaty-legged Crake, Scaly Thrush, Eurasian Woodcock, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Tickell’s Thrush, White-eyed Buzzard, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Large-billed Reed Warbler, Changeable Hawk Eagle and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo. How to reach: Also known as Koyeler Bagan is located in South 24 Parganas, very close to the Rathtala Bus stop. The sanctuary is some 10 km form Ruby General Hospital and can be reached by buses and auto-rickshaws from Garia. Or, boarding a private bus can be equally convenient as they halt at Rathtala. 4. Nalban Fishery Complex (more details) The Nalban Fishery Complex is a huge inter-connected water body that is under the usage of commercial fishery. Good variety of bird species like Purple and Grey Heron, Great and Intermediate Egret, Black-headed Gulls, Rubythroat, Baillon’s and Ruddy Crake, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warblers, Watercock, Common Shelduck, Grey-headed Lapwing and others can be found here. Some 150 species of birds have been recorded in this area. How to reach: Nalban Fishery Complex starts from the border of the Saltlake Technology Park in Salt Lake. There are many local buses, metered taxis and mini buses that connect Nalban Fishery Complex with the rest of the city. 5. Santragachi Jheel, Howrah (more details) The Santragachi Jheel is some 13,75,000 square feet and becomes the home to some 4000 to 5000 water birds, especially during the winter months. Water hyacinth covers most part of the water body with very less green cover. Species of birds like Northern Pintail, Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Ferruginous Pochard, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Comb Duck and Baikal Teal can be found in good numbers...
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Diamond Harbour – 50 kms from Kolkata...

Diamond Harbour located in the Southern suburbs of Kolkata is an exciting day out or a weekend tour. You will be amazed to locate this charming destination within such a short reach from Kolkata (50 km), ideal for a leisure trip. The site is located close to the deltaic region of the city. Formerly known as Hajipur, Diamond Harbour is actually located at a point where River Ganges takes a southward turn to converge with the sea. On the other side is the industrial town of Haldia and the road skirting its way keeping the mighty Ganges on its side is just awesome.   BOOKING DETAILS OF DIAMOND HARBOUR Places to see in Diamond Harbour: Earlier, Diamond Harbour was frequented by the Portuguese pirates. Thus, the site features some ruins associated with the pirates, the most notable being the remnants of the Chingrikhali Fort, built in the 16th century. According to the locals, the fort was inhabited by the Portuguese pirates. Tourists also visit the Sarisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, another prominent highlight of the site. Diamond Harbour also houses an age-old lighthouse, which is also a major tourist attraction. However, the best thing to do in Diamond Harbour is to sit beside the river and watch the passing boats. [AFG_gallery id=’82’] Nearby attractions around Diamond Harbour: Since you can complete your sightseeing of Diamond Harbour in a single day, you can make plans to visit the neighbouring township of the site, called Joynagar. The place is renowned for housing some important manuscript and stone idols of Lord Mahavira, Lord Buddha and Lord Vishnu. You can also organize trips to the nearby destinations of Bakkhali, Raidighi, Gangasagar and Kakdwip from Diamond Harbor. Things to do in Diamond Harbour: Diamond harbor admired with the serene riverside is an ideal picnic spot. Shrouded with tranquility the place is also ideal for rejuvenation, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can enjoy a leisure walk along the riverside, savoring the panoramic view offered by the small boats and large vessels passing by. The unpolluted pleasant breeze will enchant your mind and soul. However, the best activity offered by Diamond Harbour is the exquisite boat tours by locals, which are truly memorable. You can also take a ferry ride to Haldia. How to reach Diamond Harbour: It hardly takes two hours to reach Diamond Harbor from Kolkata by car or bus. You can also board train, running to Diamond Harbour from Sealdah Railway Station. Best time to visit Diamond Harbour: Diamond Harbor attracts most of the tourists all round the year, to savor the scenic beauty of the destination. Lodging and dining facilities in Diamond Harbour: Our riverside accommodation in Diamond Harbour is truly the best and coziest family-friendly accommodation located on the Ganges. A lovely lush lawn, a swimming pool and some beautiful garden benches overlooking the river would help you to unwind your stress. Other facilities in our hotel includes 24 hours power backup, children’s park, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, gym, drivers’ rest room and a soundproof conference hall with all facilities to support your company’s meetings. Being our Preferred Property, we offer a discount too in this beautiful hotel on the Ganges. BOOKING DETAILS OF DIAMOND...
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Routpara, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

It happens that a weekend tour to a less famed destination often turns out to be an extremely exciting trip, with loads of fun and frolic. The quaint village of Routpara located in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district is such a destination, which can offer you with some interesting experience. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROUTPARA Places to see in Routpara: Rotupara, better to term as a temple city of Bengal, upholds the blend of the two architectural style of temples in Bengal – Ratna (pinnacle) and Chala (sloping roof). The region is famous for housing five temples, three of which have already turned into ruins. You can visit the Mangal Chandi Temple admired with 13 pinnacles, though none of the pinnacles are in decent condition. The sites of the ruins of the other two speaks about the lost glory of the exquisite architecture of the temples. The fourth temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva, which was probably built afterwards. However, do not miss the prime attraction of the region, the Durga Mandir, the architectural grandeur of which is not much affected by time. It is also probably the biggest terracotta panel across the Indian State of West Bengal.  This grand temple is maintained by the West Bengal archaeology Department. You will be amazed to see the exquisite and intricate terracotta carvings on the three entrances of the temple. The large terracotta panel of Devi Durga on the entrance is truly admirable. This panel is bordered by small sized panels of Ganesh and Lakshmi on the left and Kartik and Saraswati on the right. If you want to explore further, step to the main road to locate another notable octagonal structure of Rashmancha. Though the structure has been renovated, but the modernized version does not hold its past elegance. You can also locate ruins of another Rashmancha, while walking towards Arambagh. Move a little further to view the arched gateways of the Shiva Kutir, a deserted structure, now covered with foliage. Nearby attractions around Routpara: Tarakeshwar temple is a very popular attraction nearby. Things to do in Routpara: You can visit the temples and the ruined temple sites of the location, which are of major historical importance for their architectural style. Explore the region to locate some other historic terracotta structures. How to reach Routpara: In order to reach the destination, you need to board the Tarakeswar Local from the Howrah station. Get off at the Tarakeswar station, from where buses are available to Bali Dewanganj. Drop down at Haldapara, from where you can locate a meandering road leading to Routpara.  It takes around an hour and 45 minutes to reach the destination. Map of Routpara [mqMap key=”mJRj” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.850847109741103,88.04394889316129&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Routpara: You can visit the destination any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Routpara: Tourists usually do not stay at Routpara, and there are no such lodging facilities available. So, it is better to find accommodation at Arambagh, from where Routpara is easily accessible. Decent dining facilities are also offered in the hotels and lodges of Arambagh. Moreover, there are also many eateries. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Machranga Dwip, Hasnabad – 75 kms from Kolkata...

Machranga Dwip or Kingfisher Island is situated between Ichamati River and Bhasa River. This little known Island has Bangladesh on one of its side and India on the other. This desolate island is covered by trees and is considered an ideal for a fun-filled day trip. You can reach Machranga Dwip from Hasnabad or Taki by hiring a local boat. The island is nice for a nature walk over the green fields and in the distance you can the villages of Bangladesh. The setting sun over River Ichamati is a spectacular view from Machranga Dwip. BOOKING DETAILS OF MACHRANGA DWIP Places to see in Machranga Dwip: It is a small island in the middle of Ichchamati River from where you can have a spectacular view of the setting sun over the river. The island is nice for a nature walk over the green fields and in the distance you can the villages of Bangladesh. Nearby attractions of Machranga Dweep: Taki, which is another popular day trip destination, is just 20 mins from Machranga Dweep. Hasnabad is also nearby. For more photos of Machranga Dwip click here Things to do in Machranga Dwip: You can arrange a picnic, take a boat ride or have a swim on the river. Exploring the island is another great way to have fun. How to reach Machranga Dwip: From Kolkata, you need to reach Hasnabad, by means of bus from Dharmatala or train from Sealdah. You can even travel by car for your convenience. The distance between Kolkata and Hasnabad is 75 kilometers. After reaching Hasnabad, you need to avail the option of vans to reach the ferry dock, from where motor boats should be availed, in order to reach Machranga Dwip. You can also reach  Machranga Dwip by hiring a boat from Taki’s ferry ghat. Best time to visit Machranga Dwip: Though the place can be visited throughout the year, it is advisable not to visit this small island during the rainy season. Lodging and Dining facilities at Machranga Dwip: Accommodation facilities like guesthouses are available in nearby Taki. Dining facilities are usually provided by the guesthouses. BOOKING DETAILS OF MACHRANGA...
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Raichak, Diamond Harbour – 50 kms from Kolkata...

Lately, Raichak has emerged as a sought after weekend destination, a drive away from Kolkata, offering spectacular view of the river Ganges and the 18th century Radisson Fort or the Raichak Fort. The small and charming town of Raichak is located in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. Nestled on the bank of River Hooghly, Raichak is 15 kms from Diamond Harbour and 50 kms from Kolkata and acts as a connecting link between Haldia and Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO RAICHAK Places to see in Raichak: The prime tourist attraction of the region is the Raichak Fort, which was built by the British East India Company in the year 1783. However, post-independence the fort was in deplorable condition, which was undertaken by the Carlton Group of Hotels and the Bengal Ambuja Group in the late nineties and was transformed into a deluxe resort – Radisson Fort. Though entry at the site is restricted only for the guests, but you can highly savor the wonderful sight of the resort. The hotel also treasures some memorabilia of the British period, which include a clock, a grand piano, perfume bottles and swords. You can also visit the port city of Haldia situated on the other side of the river Hooghly. Nearby attractions around Raichak: If you want to explore further afield, organize an exciting trip to Diamond Harbor, 15 km from Raichak. Diamond Harbor used to be a bustling port of the British, where you can still find large ocean vessels. Tourists are truly amazed by the natural beauty of the place. The site also houses the ruins of an ancient Portugese Fort called Chingrihkali Fort, known as the refuge of the Portugese pirates. You can also spot a lighthouse at the site. Many tourists also visit the Ashram of Sharisha Ramakrishna Mission located here.   You can also enjoy a tour in the neighboring township of Joynagar or visit nearby Gadiara. Things to do in Raichak: Savor the scenic beauty of Raichak and the spectacular sunset on the river Hooghly. The ferry rides or the boat rides from the Raichak Jetty and Nupur Jetty to Gadiara or Kukhrahati is truly exciting. Relish the scrumptious Bengali cuisines available at Raichak. In visiting Diamond Harbor you can also book a daylong river cruise trip. How to reach Raichak: Raichak lies at a driving distance from Kolkata. You should drive down the Diamond Harbour Road from Behala in southern Kolkata to reach Sarisha in about 30 mins and take a right turn just before Diamond Harbour. Raichak is another 5 kms from here. Best time to visit Raichak: The ideal time of visiting Raichak is during the period between October and March, when the temperature drops down and becomes pleasant. Lodging and dining facilities in Raichak: Apart from Fort Radisson, you can also get budget accommodation options in Raichak. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Dasghara, Hooghly – 70 kms from Kolkata...

Dasghara is an ideal destination for the tourists having true interest in history because this small village near Tarakeshwar treasures some remarkable terracotta temples and architectures. This quaint village is situated 12 km north of Tarakeswar, famously known as the temple town. The history of Dasghara can be traced back to the early phase of the 18th century. The place will definitely offer you a rare experience. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DASGHARA Places to see in Dasghara: Though most of the sites in Dasghara only house the ruins of the historical structures, still nothing could diminish the attraction of the place. The central attraction of the tourists visiting Dasghara is a temple built in the Mughal era, admired with decorative terracotta work. The village is also adorned with a picturesque colonial garden, the beauty of which is enhanced by the marble statues admiring the site. You could also locate the second largest Rath of Hooghly in this village. The oldest construction of the village is the Gopinath Temple, built by a local zamindar called Sadananda Biswas. The temple features five spires and some of its significant terracotta panels are still in good condition. The panel features some notable scenes from the Ramayana, a grand court, performances of the musicians and glimpses of regular life. It is said that this masterpiece is one of its kind in whole of West Bengal. The temple premises also features an octagonal shaped Rasmancha, admired with nine spires, narrow pillars and a square shaped Dolmancha. You will also find an age-old Durga Dalan and the house of the Biswas family within a short distance from the temple, which only carry a slight hint of its early glory. Apart from the architectural attractions built by the Biswas family, Dasghara also treasures a clock tower and an arched gateway. These two masterpieces were built by Bipin Krishna Roy, a notable businessperson of the area. However, the hands of the clock tower have become static. You can also visit the mansion of Bipin Krishna. He is also credited for building a Shiv temple in the region. Nearby attractions around Dasghara: You can arrange a trip to the Tarakeswar temple, located near Dasghara. Things to do in Dasghara: Revitalize yourself by inhaling the unpolluted air while enjoying a nature walk along the village pathway. You will have enough time to explore the place and admire the several historical sites dotting the region. How to reach Dasghara: You can board the Tarakeswar local that leaves from Howrah station. Buses are available from the Tarakeswar station to Dasghara. Dasghara is located at a distance of 70 km from Kolkata. So, you can also drive along the National Highway 6 and then turn left to locate the Dhaniakhali Connector to reach Dasghara. Best time to visit Dasgara: You can visit Dasgara any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Dasghara: You will find hotels and eateries near the Tarakeswar bus stop, some of which are suitable for night stay. However, Dasghara is popular as a day trip destination. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Sonarpur – 20 kms from Kolkata...

Located within a driving distance from the pulsating metropolis of Kolkata, the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is the haven of huge varieties of butterflies, birds, ferns, epiphytes and orchids. The sanctuary is located to the west of the Netaji Subhas Road, which connects Garia with Baruipur in the Rajpur area. It lies in close to the Ramkrishna Mission Institute in Narendrapur. Formerly known as “Kayaler Bagan,” the site was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1982 and bestowed with the name of Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary on September 8, 2004. However, since 2005, the sanctuary was finally named as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary after the renowned artist Chintamoni Kar, who has a major contribution in providing “Kayaler Bagan,” the status of a wildlife sanctuary. Sanctuary hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission Fees: Rs. 40 per head What to see at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Chintamani Kar Bird sanctuary is the home of a number of bird species, which include Common Hawk Cuckoo, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-throated Fantail and Large-tailed Nightjar and many more. Some rare species include Tickell’s Thrush, Slaty-legged Crake, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly Thrush, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Blue-throated Flycatcher. Moreover, the sanctuary is also a home to a number of small wildlife, like civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, monitor lizard and others. Since the site of the sanctuary was an abandoned orchard, the place is also dotted with a number of trees of coconut palm, jackfruit, guava, tamarind, ficus and others. Nearby Attractions of Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: While returning, you can drop at Science City in Kolkata or enjoy your evening trip to Nicco Park Things to do at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is a great place for watching different species of birds and enjoying nature walk. How to reach Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: It is situated in the district of South 24-Parganas of West Bengal. The site lies close from the Rathtala Bus stop. EM Bypass is the ideal route to follow for reaching the destination. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 10 km. from Ruby General Hospital. Auto-rickshaws and buses are also found from Garia. You can also travel on private buses that halt at Rathtala. Best time to visit Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: The ideal time of visiting the place is the period between Spring and winter. Lodging and Dining facilities at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Its preferable to take your own food. There are no lodging facilities at the Bird Sanctuary. It is best for day trips....
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Gadiara, Howrah – 96 kms from Kolkata

Gadiara is a very nice weekend tourist spot, located in the meeting point of River Hooghly, River Damodar and River Rupnarayan. The rivers meet here to form a huge expanse of waterbody with towns like Haldia, Geonkhali and Nurpur on their banks. The twinkling lights of these towns viewed from here across the river in the evening is a great experience. If you are seeking to spend an idle weekend watching the boats passing by and the sun setting on the river, then Gadiara can be your choice. Here, you can enjoy fresh and really good Bengali food, river cruising, hotel with swimming pool and village walks during your stay. Gadiara is a perfect weekend rejuvenating experience for anyone. BOOKING DETAILS OF  GADIARA Places to see in Gadiara: You can still seem some ruins of an old fort built during the rule of Lord Clive mostly submerged in the river. You can also take a boat ride to the other side of the river to another tourist spot called Geonkhali. Gadiara Pictures For more photos of Gadiara click here Nearby attractions in Gadiara: The major nearby attraction is Garchumuk. You can also visit nearby Geonkhali by crossing the river by regular ferry service.. Things to do in Gadiara: Savor the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the vast expanse of water. Take a walk along the riverside and spend some quality time taking a boat ride on the river. Idling along the river bank and taking lazy village walks are the best things to do here. How to reach Gadiara: You can drive to Bagnan and then take left. Cross the level crossing and head towards Shyampur to reach the destination. Gadiara is 8 kms from Shyampur and 33 kms from Bagnan. If you are driving along the Durgapur Expressway from Kolkata, then it will take around 1 hr to reach Bagnan from Kolkata. If you want to avail train services, then board a local train from Howrah heading to Kolaghat, Mecheda, Panskura or Kharagpur that will drop you at Bagnan Station. You can catch a bus from Bagnan to Shyampur. You would get auto rickshaws from Shyampur to Gadiara. There are also direct CSTC buses leaving Kolkata from Dalhousie (Esplanade) – opposite to KC Das Sweet shop for Gadiara. The first bus leaves Esplanade around 5:30 am and the last CSTC bus leaves Gadiara at around 4:00 pm. There is another way of reaching Gadiara through ferry services from Nurpur. There are direct buses from Esplanade to Nurpur too. Best time to visit Gadiara: You can visit Gadiara any time of the year. The evenings are usually cool with winds flowing over the river. Lodging and dining facilities in Gadiara: There are different types of hotels and guesthouses in Gadiara. However, only few are equipped enough to keep family guests. Most of the hotels in Gadiara face the river and some are located near the bus stop while others are located in seclusion amidst nature beside the river. You would get rooms according to your preference and budget starting from basic rooms to Deluxe AC rooms. Our family hotel in Gadiara has a nice lawn, garden, swimming pool, pond, car parking and face the river. The rooms have river-facing balconies, televisions, Air Conditioning, hot water geysers, 24-hr electricity, nice comfy beds and all other facilities required for a comfortable stay. Food is essentially Bengali cuisine and served hot and fresh to the guests in the Dining Hall. Some guesthouses...
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Junput, Midnapore – 145 kms from Kolkata...

Shrouded with tranquility, Junput is an ideal holiday location for those who are looking for enjoying their holiday in isolation. The rhythmic sound of the sea waves along with the gentle blowing breeze will take away all your exhaustion within few seconds. The sea beach admired with casuarina groves offer a visual splendor to the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO JUNPUT Places to see in Junput: You will be amazed to see the converging point of Rasulpur and Ganga, where many tourist flock to savor the natural beauty of the place. The lighthouse is also worth watching. The place is also admired by a Kapalkundala temple and the museum of the fishery department. Nearby attractions in Junput: You can visit Digha, Mandarmuni, Tajpur and Talsharee within an hour’s drive from Junput. Things to do in Junput: Explore the serene sea beach of Junput. The sea of the region is quite and clam. How to reach Junput: The distance of Kolkata from Junput is 145 km. Drive along the route heading to Digha. From Kathi, Junput is just 9 km away. You can also opt for the railway route. Best time to visit Junput: There is no definite season of visiting Junput as tourists are found visiting the sea beach of Junput all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Junput: Nice accommodation facilities are offered by the resorts and hotels found in the area. The accommodation in Junput also provides decent dining facilities. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Taki, Hasnabad – 80 kms from Kolkata...

To escape from the humdrum of daily life, sneak out a weekend on the borders of India, on the banks of Ichamati River in the small town of Taki. In West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, Taki is a municipality under the Basirhat subdivision. An extremely peaceful place to rest in a bagan bari near the banks of Ichhamati as well a nice place to go sightseeing, Taki is the place to be this weekend. BOOKING DETAILS OF TAKI   Places to see in Taki: You can enjoy the mid-river experience of meeting the countrymen of Bangladesh, on the Ichamati River, where tourists from both countries ride on boats to get a close view of the other country. You can also visit the ruins of zamindar houses, Ramkrishna Missions, Kuleshwari Kali Temple, 300 years old Jora Shib Mandir, Golpatar jungle and General Shankar Roychowdhury’s adi bari. For more photos of Taki click here Nearby attractions in Taki: Machranga River Island is a nearby destination to visit from Taki. The mini Sundarbans, consisting of Sundari and Golpata trees have been created here by the municipality. Things to do in Taki: Being close to our neighboring country Bangladesh, a boat ride on the waters of Ichamoti is an activity you surely cannot miss. Another boat ride to the Machranga Island is also a nice thing to be done here. Hire a van rickshaw and visit the Golpatar jungle. The experience of the newly made canopy jungle path walk inside the Golpatar jungle is unique and interesting. Remember to carry a photo identity proof if you want to visit the Golpatar jungle, as BSF will only let you enter the region if you have one.   While in Taki, you must try the famous sweet “chanar malpoa.” of this region. How to reach Taki: You can take the Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station, to reach Taki Road Station (train takes around 2 hours). From Taki Road you can take a cycle van to arrive at the hotels on the banks of River Icchamati in 10 minutes. Other than this, you can also reach Taki by car or ride a bus from the Esplanade, which will take all together 3.5 hours to get to the place. From Science City Taki is about 75 kms via Ghatakpur. You can also take the Taki road from Barasat Chapadali crossing then reach Berachapa, Trimohini crossing and then Taki Thuba. Best time to visit Taki: Taki can be visited any time of the year. However, the most suitable time to visit Taki is during the winter season, especially due to the original jaggery or Patali Gur available there. Another time to visit, which is equally memorable, is to watch the Goddess Durga immersion following the Durga puja. This is a spectacular event in Taki as idols from both the countries are immersed on the waters of Ichamati together. Lodging and Dining facilities at Taki: There are few private guesthouses in Taki. However, the best place to stay in Taki is a Bagan bari (Garden house) away from the picnicking crowd.  A beautiful pond, open lawn for kids to play, a temple, a small art collection and all modern facilities like AC, attached western bathrooms, make this bagan bari the coziest accommodation in Taki. The Icchamati river is only 3 mins walk from this baganbari. You should do prior booking at this bagan bari before you actually reach Taki, as most weekends are pretty busy. The food at Taki is amazing....