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Dwarhatta, Hooghly – 41 kms from Kolkata...

The terracotta temples guarded by lush green thickets makes Dwarhatta peaceful and serene. Located 41 km from Kolkata, Darhatta is one of the villages in Haripal, in the West Bengal’s Hoogly district. With its terracotta temples, simple and neat tribal huts, Dwarhatta welcomes you to spend some hours in the calm ambience of its village. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DWARHATTA Places to see in Dwarhatta: The major attractions of this place are its terracotta temples. The Vishnu and three Shiv temples constructed by Singha Rai family, the zamindars of this place, are the most popular sights. One of the three temples is Rajrajeswari-Shiva terracotta temple, constructed by Pannalal Singha Rai. The walls of this temple are adorned with scenes from Ramayana, Indian mythology, and Radha- Krishna. Though the temples of Shiva are in dire condition, they are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India, who has acknowledged this as a heritage site. There is the temple of Dwarika Chandi, where a large fair and puja is organized every year. You can visit around this time to enjoy the festival. Nearby attractions of Darhatta: You can visit the nearby main city of Chinsurah just 35 km away. Things to do in Dwarhatta: Apart from sightseeing, you can watch huge varieties of birds in the village of Darhata. You can also watch the village market that opens weekly, is a spectacle in itself. How to reach Dwarhatta: Darhata can be reached by availing any of the options stated below. Firstly, you can get on a bus from Kolkata, that will take you through Arambagh, Bankura, Bishnupur and finally stop at Gajar More, which is 6 km from Haripal in Hoogly. From Gajar more you have to turn left and travel a small distance of 1.5 km to reach the village of Darhata. Or you can also get on a bus from Howrah to directly reach Antpur, from where you go to Darhata.  If you want to go by railways, you can avail local train to take you to Tarakeshwar from Howrah. On the way you have to get down at Haripal and then take a trekker to Antpur. You can also hire a car from Kolkata to reach Haripal and Antpur. Best time to visit Darhata: Since the place is sunny and hot all round the year; you can visit Darhata anytime in the year. In the summers, the green shade of the trees will protect you from the scorching rays of the sun. Lodging and dining facilities at Dwarhatta: There are no lodging facilities in Darhata. It is apt for a day trip from Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Purbasthali, Bardhaman – 120 kms from Kolkata...

Purbasthali is a small town just 120 kms from Kolkata, located in the district of Bardhaman, between Katwa and Nabadwip. It is situated on the banks of a beautiful oxbow lake that is created by the River Ganga. This lake is 2 to 3 km long and attracts lots of migratory birds during the winter season. Bird-watchers will surely have a gala time here. The whole place of Purbosthali (also known as chupir chor) is generally covered by fruits and flower garden as well as vegetation. Although, the place does not have enough infrastructure for tourism but it is littered with many Zamindar palaces. BOOKING DETAILS OF PURBASTHALI Places to see at Purbasthali: There is a small oxbow lake by the side of the Ganga and is known for its clear water and heavy growth of sweet water plants. This lake attracts a lot of migratory birds during the winter months and becomes a favorite place for bird watchers. Besides, there are some fruit and flower gardens to check out for. Nearby attractions Purbasthali: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby. Nabadwip is famous as the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Hindu Saint and also as a onetime great seat of learning in Bengal. Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON. Things to do Purbasthali: You can enjoy boat ride on the clear water of the lake. The water is so transparent that you can see the underwater vegetation for a long distance. How to reach Purbasthali: Purbasthali is located towards the north of Kolkata and you need travel till Krishnangar. From there, you have to cross the Chaitanya Bridge over the Hooghli River to reach Nabadwip. Follow the same road that will take you to Purbasthali Bazar and a right turn from the railway station will take you behind the station from where, after a drive for sometime, you will reach the place where boats are available. You can also visit Purbasthali by taking a direct train from Howrah heading towards Katwa. It would take around 2.5 hours to reach Purbasthali Station. Catch a rickshaw from the station to reach the Chupir Chor area. Best time to visit Purbasthali: The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February. You must go for bird watching either during the early mornings or late afternoon. Lodging and dining facilities in Purbasthali: There is a small guest house with all basic facilities for tourists and basic dining facilities. There is no such dining facility excepting some roadside shacks near the station. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Guptipara, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

A rural town in Chinsurah subdivision, Guptipara is famous for being the first place in West Bengal to start community Durga Puja. Located beside the Hooghly River, Guptipara is equally famous for gupo sandesh (variety of sandesh pieces) and makha sandesh (sandesh mixture) besides being the birth place of the famous singer Bhola Moira. But above all, it is the terracotta temples that are the biggest attractions of the place. The temples of Guptipara boasts of a completely different style of architecture like thatched hut-shaped structures with terracotta carvings, the unique aatchala temple with colorful paintings and the ekratna or single pinnacled temples. Beside, Guptipara was once famous for being the home to Vaishnava culture. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO GUPTIPARA Places to see at Guptipara: The biggest attractions of Guptipara are the four Vaishnava temples of Brindabanchandra, Chaitanya, Krishnachandra and Ramchandra which offers great pieces of architecture. Nearby attractions from Guptipara: Among the nearby attractions from Guptipara, you can visit Bandel, famous for Bandel church as well as Kalna town and Bansberia. Things to do in Guptipara: The best thing that you can do while in Guptipara is sight-seeing of the four main Vaishnava temples. Plus, you can also take part in the different local celebrations like Rath Yatra, Ras, Bhandarloot and Dol. Rath Yatra is a grand affair in Guptipara with thousands of devotees taking part in the procession. How to reach Guptipara: You can board the Howrah-Katwa local that takes some 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Guptipara. Then, you have to take a rickshaw that will charge you some Rs 100 from the railway station to the temples. State Highway 6 would take you to Guptipara from Kolkata via Jirat. Best time to visit Guptipara: You can visit Guptipara during anytime of the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Guptipara: Guptipara is popular as a day trip destination. So, staying there is not necessary. However, Guptipara offers a good collection of places to eat. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Banshberia, Hooghly – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Banshberia or Bansberia is small town that is situated between Tribeni and Bandel, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is located at the Kalyani Bridge’s western end lies on the Bandel-Katwa branch rail line. Banshberia falls under Mogra and Chinsurah police stations in Chinsurah division. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BANSBERIA Present Bansberia was one of the main villages of ancient Saptagram and was once the commercial complex and main port of that area. The existence of the place dates back to the period of Shah Jahan. An area including Bansberia was part of the Mughal Empire and the Zamindar was Raghab Dattaroy of Patuli. The place derived its name from the legend that a fort was built by Raghab’s son after clearing a bamboo grove. Places to see at Bansberia: The tourist attractions of Banshberia are the Hangeshwari and Ananta Vasudeva temples comprising intricate terracotta works. The five-storied Hangseshwari temple is built in a unique architectural style, comprising thirteen lotus bud-shaped minars and inner layout following human anatomy. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The construction of the temple was started by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay and was completed by his wife, Rani Sankari in 1814. The Ananta Vasudeva temple was built in the traditional ‘ekaratna’ style with an octagonal tower, triple arched entrance and curved cornices. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for the terracotta works on the walls of the temple that depicts love, war scenes, gods and glimpses of everyday life. It is situated in the temple complex of Hangeshwari temple and was built in 1649 by Raja Rameshwar Datta, an ardent follower of Vaishnavism. Its decorative scheme is similar to that of the terracotta temples, situated in Bishnupur. The ruins of Dattaroy Palace are situated next to the temple and all that remain of the structure are the broken walls and fragments of arches. Nearby attractions of Banshberia: You can wander along the Hooghly to Ishwar Gupta Bridge or visit Bandel that is situated at a distance of four kilometers and offers a number of tourist attractions. Things to do in Banshberia: You can visit the temple and admire the beautiful terracotta pieces of art. How to reach Bansberia: You can reach Bansberia by availing trains that run on the Howrah-Katwa rail line. Trains also ply on the Sealdah-Katwa rail line. From the station, you can avail cycle-rickshaws in order to reach the temple complex. You can take NH 2 to reach Banshberia by road from Kolkata. Best time to visit Banshberia: Any time of the year but rainy season is not preferable. Lodging & Dining facilities at Banshberia: There are no such lodging facilities or hotels in Banshberia but there are cheap accommodation options in nearby Bandel. However, Banshberia is ideal for day trips. A number of eateries are situated near the complex of the temple that serves local Bengali cuisine at reasonable prices. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Chandraketugarh, Barasat – 50 kms from Kolkata...

The archaeological site of Chandraketugarh is located beside the Bidyadhari River, in the district of North 24 Parganas, at a distance of about 35 kilometres north-east of Kolkata. It lies on the road to Haroa, at a distance of 1 kilometer from Berachampa. For many years, this place has been excavated and relics of several periods unearthed such as Northern Black Polished Ware (NBPW) relics, evidences belonging to the period of 400 BC to 100 BC and relics belonging to Maurya period, Gupta period, Kushanas period and late Gupta period. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO CHANDRAKETUGARH A prayer hall of 45 sq km dating back to 700 to 600 BC and Kharosti script are some of the other notable evidences. Some historians believe that Chandraketugarh and adjoining areas is the place that was referred to as “Gangaridai” by the ancient Roman and Greek writers. The place derived its name from the urban civilization Chandraketugarh that flourished in this place for some six eras, under the rule of the mythical King Chandraketu. The civilization existed from the pre-Mauryan period to the Pala period. Places to see at Chandraketugarh: The tourist attractions mainly comprises ancient ruins such as the mythical ancient temple dedicated to characters like Khana and Mihir and the Chandraketugarh Fort that is built by King Chandraketu. The site housing both of these structures is called ‘Khanamihirer Dhipi.’ As per the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the temple belonged to the period of 4th century BC to 12th century BC and was part of the flourishing urban settlement, Chandraketugarh. The temple is considered the most important archaeological structure of the region with only a flight of stairs and the walls as the remnants of the building. The ruined four-feet thick walls reveal the grandeur of the temple. The other things found during the excavation of this temple are Buddha stupas and images, decorative designs belonging to Pala period, Jataka stories coins, terracotta sealing and plaques and many more. The ruins of Chandraketgarh Fort were excavated in 1956-57 and the small field situated in front of it provides an ideal spot to the tourists. Cast copper coins, silver coins, coins of Gupta and Kushana period, different kinds of beads, terracotta plaques and figurines of Sunga, Maurya, Kushana and Gupta periods and various other antique pieces were found, during the excavation of this place. Nearby attractions of Chandraketugarh: The other interesting structure nearby is the legendary incomplete mosque that was built by Pir Gorachand and his followers in Haroa. Historians believe that the mosque was built on the ruins of a Buddhist stupa, which was built some 1300 years ago, during the time of Jesus Christ. A ‘darga’ of Pir Gorachand is also situated at a distance of Haroa bus stand. You can also visit the Lal Masjid by availing a cycle-van from the Haroa bus stop. A visit to the Bidyadhari Bridge can be interesting for those wanting to avail a grand view of the river. While returning, you can also visit the erstwhile home of the legendary Bengali actor Chobi Biswas at Chandraketugarh. Things to do in Chandraketugarh: You can explore the various archaeological structures and the history and legends associated with them. How to reach Chandraketugarh: Chandraketugarh is situated at a distance of about 50 kilometers from Kolkata and can be reached by road, via Barasat. The journey takes around 2 hours. From Ultadanga and Espalanade, regular buses are available to Barachampa. From there, you can easily reach Chandraketugarh....
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Achipur, Budge Budge – 33 kms from Kolkata...

Achipur is a Chinese colony and the place derived its name from the Chinese businessman, Tong Achi who established a sugar mill on the banks of Hooghly River, south of Budge Budge, during the time of Warren Hastings. A sugarcane plantation was owned by him nearby that provided raw material to his mill. With the obliteration of the sugar plantation and mill, the place was deserted by the Chinese community. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO ACHIPUR Places to see at Achipur: The main attraction of the place is the Chinese temple that was built long ago, when the area was populated by Chinese people. At the complex’s main entrance, a huge gate has been built recently. The temple is situated at a corner of the complex and surrounded by a low wall and you might have to crouch to get inside the temple, owing to the small entrance. The structure of the temple is that of a typical Chinese temple and comprises lovely wood carvings. In this temple, Chinese deities, Khudi and Khuda are worshiped. The other important landmark is the grave of Tong Achi that overlooks the Hooghly. The grave is semi-circular in shape and is red in color. It comprises of stands between two kilns with Chinese inscriptions on them. The grave can be reached from the temple by means of a shortcut, via two brick kilns. Nearby attractions of Achipur: You can spend some time at the Budge Budge Ferry Ghat watching the ships crossing the Ganges. The Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge is also historically significant because Swami Vivekananda landed here when he returned from his Chicago visit. Things to do in Achipur: The place is considered a gateway for those interested in the history of Chinese community. You can even opt for picnics in this place, enjoying the sight of the Hooghly. How to reach Achipur: Achipur is situated at a distance of 33 kilometers from Kolkata and can be easily reached by bus. The buses of route No. 77 depart from Esplanade and the journey takes around 2 hours. You need to get down at the bus stop called Boro Battala and from there, walk 15 minutes to Chinamantala, which had the ancient temple. Map of Achipur [mqMap key=”uHnJ” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&c=uHnJ&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.5293451964928,88.20548224886778&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Achipur: The best time to visit this place is during the Chinese New Year. During this period, the sleepy hamlet converts into a fairground and is inhabited by a major part of the Chinese community. At that time, you can also get a glimpse of the culture of the Chinese community. Lodging facilities at Achipur: There are few lodging facilities in Budge Budge but Achipur is just apt for a day trip from Kolkata. Dining facilities at Achipur: A few eateries are situated in and around the place. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Garchumuk, Howrah – 60 kms from Kolkata...

Garchumuk is located on the district of Howrah of West Bengal at the confluence of River Hooghly and River Damodar. The spot, offering the spectacular view of the Ganges is gradually emerging as a popular tourist destination ideal for a weekend tour. It is situated at the converging point of the two rivers, Damodar and Hooghly (which is Ganges), which enhances the scenic beauty of the location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO GARCHUMUK Places to see in Garchumuk: The prime attraction of Garchumuk is the beautiful barrage, popularly called 58 No. gate or Atanna Gate, where 58 lock gates have been built. Visitors flock at the site to view this extensive barrage. Garchumuk also features a nice deer park. You can also spot irrigational canals connecting the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. Above all, it is the breathtaking natural beauty of the river Ganges and its surroundings that fascinate the visitors. Nearby attractions around Gorchumuk: Gadiara is a major nearby tourist attraction, located at a distance of 22 km. from Gorchumuk. It is also a popular picnic spot. Things to do in Garchumuk: Garchumuk is an ideal picnic spot for the tourists amidst the natural splendor. There are also provisions of boat riding on the river Hooghly at Garchumuk. You can also explore the region, preferably in groups. How to reach Garchumuk: You can avail a number of options to reach Garchumuk. Trains are available from Howrah, which takes around 45 minutes to reach Uluberia. From Uluberia, you will find jeep, bus, ambassador and trekker to reach Garchumuk. Garchumuk is located at a distance of 60 kms from Esplanade and takes around 2.5 hours to reach the destination. Avail a bus heading to Gadiara from Esplanade, and drop down at the 58 No gate stop. You can also drive along the Bombay road to Uluberia and then take the local road to reach Garchumuk. Best time to visit Garchumuk: Garchumuk is ideal to visit round the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Garchumuk: Lodging and dining facilities are provided by two Bungalows, run by the Howrah Zilla Parishad. Among the two bungalows, the newly built is situated in close proximity to the confluence of the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. You can also locate some local hotels suitable for night stay. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Deulti, Howrah – 48 kms from Kolkata

If you are looking for a rural escape, away from the bustling city life, then you can make a tour to this small village of Deulti, nestled amidst a serene ambience. This peaceful retreat is located about 6 kms towards the western part of Bagnan, in the district of Howrah in West Bengal. It is a perfect holiday destination, cradled on the bank of River Roopnarayan. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DEULTI Places to see in Deulti: Deulti is rich with its heritage and culture. The neighboring village of Deulti called Samtaber is popular among the tourists for being the abode of the famous author Late Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. You will truly be amazed by savoring the panoramic view of the natural surrounding of this serene village of Deulti. The charming calls of different kinds of birds from behind the foliage will offer you great pleasure. You will also enjoy a stroll along the narrow clay path cutting through the paddy field that will lead you to the bank of river Rupnarayan. The mesmeric view of the River Rupnarayan will definitely captivate your mind. You can also visit the temple of Radha and Madanogopal, beautified with terracotta decoration. This ‘atchala’ or eight-roofed temple was constructed in 1651 AD by the Zamindar of Mangalhat Pragana, called Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury. Nearby attractions around Deulti: Kolaghat is just a few minutes drive from Deulti. Garchumuk and Gadiara is also nearby. Things to do in Deulti: You can enjoy a nature walk along the clay pathways of this small village. Interaction with the locals of Deulti is also quite interesting, for they can enrich your knowledge about the history of the place. You will become oblivious about time, while sitting on the bank of River Rupnarayan, offering a visual treat. How to reach Deulti: Deulti is accessible by car from Kolkata. Drive along the Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as the second Hooghly Bridge and take the route of the Kona Highway. After driving for few hours, you will reach the National Highway 6. Drive along the NH6 to pass Panchla, Uluberia, Kulgachhia, Chandpur, Bagnan and finally you will reach the Deulti crossing. The village of Deulti lies at a short from the Deulti Railway Station. Best time to visit Deulti: Deulti attracts tourists round the year, though it is good to avoid the monsoon season for River Rupnarayan may get flooded. The summers are also quite harsh. Winters would be the best time to visit Deulti. Lodging and dining facilities in Deulti: Accommodation facilities are offered by a number of hotels and resorts found in Deulti, which also has the provision for dining. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Chandannagar, Hooghly – 44 kms from Kolkata...

Chandannagar – located in the Hooghly district of West Bengal is famous for its French connection, its historical buildings, Jagatdhatri Pujo, the Ghats on River Ganges (locally called River Hooghly) and the famous Jalbhara sweets. Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673 and still today it holds a French flavour in the architecture of its famous Sacred Heart Church and collection of French antiques in the local museum. This small town bustling with its own culture and heritage is a great destination for a weekend trip just 44 kms from Kolkata.. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDANNAGAR Places to see in Chandannagar: Chandannagar is dotted with numerous tourist attractions, which include famous churches, temples, museums and picnic spots. The lush landscaped Chandannagar Strand on the bank of River Ganges is a hotspot for the locals and the visitors alike. It is admired with nicely paved pathway and bright lights. [AFG_gallery id=’107′] A number of buildings of  historical significance are located here too. The prime attraction of the Chandannagar Strand is the Vivekananda Mandir, which is a meditation centre. The Chandannagar Museum and Institute is worth visiting too. This French Museum or Residency was the former home of the French administrator J.F. Dupleix, which has now been converted into a museum. It showcases a wonderful collection of French antiques including 18th century wooden furniture, a cannon used in Anglo-French war and other items. The exquisite architecture of the Sacred Heart Church and the Chandannagar Church is also popular with the tourists. The site featuring the ruins of the St. Louis Church is also interesting. The underground House, popularly known as the Patal Bari, the lowest floor of which is immersed in the River Ganges is another superb architectural evidence of the early days. Chandannagar has a number of temples, the most noteworthy being the age-old Nandadulal Temple, constructed in 1740. You can also locate some other temples of Kali and Shiva located everywhere. Visitors can also make a trip to the Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir, which has a library and a theatre hall. The western side of Chandannagar is admired with three amusement parks namely Chuti, KMDA and New Digha. Nearby attractions around Chandannagar: You can make a trip to the temple of Hanseshwari housing the deity of Goddess Kali, on the bank of the Ganges at Bansberia, located 25 km. from Chandannagar. The temple with a towering height of 90 feet and featuring 13 peaks was built with limestone brought from Chunar, near Allahabad.  Each peak of the temple represents  a blooming lotus bud. There is also a Ananta Basudeba temple and a Swanbhaba Kali temple built by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay in 1788 located nearby. The clock of Bandel Imambara is another sightseeing interest for the tourists. This 100 years old antique clock made of solid brass features letters in Arabic and measures around 3 ton. The Bandel Imambara truly offers visual pleasure with its magnificent structure. The interior of the mosque is decked with several chandeliers, Iranian carpets and the teachings of Koran are inscribed on the wall. The Portugese Church in Bandel built in 1599 is also a must visit for tourists. Things to do in Chandannagar: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists visiting Chandanagar. You can enjoy a stroll along the beautifully paved pathway of the Chandannagar Strand, savoring the view of the small boats passing by on River Ganges. The view of the River Ganges also fascinates the tourists. How to reach...
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Sukharia, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

It can be said undeniably that a travel to the small and quaint village of Sukharia will offer you a unique experience. Located at a distance of 80 km from Kolkata, Sukharia, situated in the Hooghly district can better be termed as the abode of terracotta temples attracting history lovers to three medieval shrines of the 18th century. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SUKHARIA Places to see in Sukharia: Sukharia is admired with three major gracefully designed temples, which are the prime spots of tourist interest. The most notable temple was built by the village zamindar Bireswar Mustafi, in the year 1813 in the eastern part of the village. The temple, famously known as the Ananda Bhairabi Temple, houses the deity of Anandamoyee Kali. The shrine admired with 25 pinnacles, is a masterpiece of temple architecture and there are only five such temples in West Bengal. The temple walls are adorned with intricate terracotta design, offering a visual pleasure to the tourists. The premise of the temple houses 12 small temples, which have been built in two parallel rows, featuring 6 temples in each row. 10 of the temples are aat chala (eight sloped roof), featuring the Shiva Linga. The other two temples are Pancharatna (five Pinacled), among which one is dedicated to Shiva and the other houses the idol of Ganesh. You can also visit the temple of Harasundari, built by another renowned zamindar, Kashigoti Mitra in the western zone of the village of Suhkaria. You will also locate another temple of Nistarani Kali, built in close proximity to the Harasundari temple. Though the temples were built long ago, still the carvings and the decorations of the temples are truly admirable. Nearby attractions around Sukharia: Nabadwip is nearby. Things to do in Sukharia: You can explore the village of Sukhuria and visit the temples admiring the site. State Highway 6 from Nabadwip would take you to Katwa. How to reach Sukharia: Sukharia is well connected with Kolkata by railway. The nearest railhead is Somra Bazar. You have to board a train heading Katwa from Howrah and get down at Somra Bazar station (after Guptipara). You can take a Rickshaw to reach the temples from the station. Best time to visit Sukharia: You can visit Sukharia any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Sukharia: There are no facilities for night stay in Sukharia. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Mayapur-Nabadwip, Nadia – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Are you tired of the humdrum of daily life? Even the adventurous holidays seem uninteresting to you? In that case, you must take a break and spend a weekend at Mayapur. The religious ambience and the serene natural beauty of the place will bring peace to your troubled mind. The basic calm aura of the place will fill you up with happiness. Mayapur is situated in an area somewhere in the middle of the rivers Hoogly and Jalangi and is one of the nine islands of the Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadham Nabadwip. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR & NABADWIP Places to see at Mayapur and Nabadwip: The birthplace of Mahaprabu Chaitanya is a must watch site. Besides, Mayapur is famous for the ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple, the Yoga Peeth as well as the Chand Kazi’s Samadhi. Nearby attractions from Mayapur and Nabadwip: You can go to nearby Ballal Mound, which is a reminiscent of Bengal king Ballal Sen and the tomb of Chand Kazi. Crossing River Ganga, you can visit Nabadwip and take a quick round of all the nine islands. Things to do at Mayapur & Nabadwip: You can spend as much time as you want inside the temple premises. Watching the evening prayer is a grand affair as numerous people gather in the ISKCON temple and Sri. Chaitanya Math for it. How to reach Mayapur and Nabadwip: If you go by car, you have to cross Barasat, Ranaghat, Krishnagar and before you reach Bangram station, turn left and drive 11 km on the concrete road to Mayapur. The total distance from Kolkata is 132 kms. If you go by rail, you have to reach Nabadwip or Krishnagar first, both covering a distance of 13 kms and then take the ferry service to cross the river and reach Mayapur. Even you can go via the package bus services from Kolkata to Iskon or take a bus to Mayapur from Dharmatala that leaves at 6a.m. in the morning. Best time to visit Mayapur and Nabadwip: The doors of the temples are open throughout the year. So you can visit whenever you feel like. Lodging and dining facilities at Mayapur-Nabadwip: The Iskon Temple provides comfortable lodging arrangements inside the premises of the temple itself. The dining facilities of Iskon Temple are awesome as Thaalis are available. Even the canteen near the gate of the temple makes delicious Pakora, Dosa, Pizza, Egg-less cake and sweets. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR &...
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Rasulpur, Bardhaman – 96 kms from Kolkata...

More than 40 acres of landscaped gardens with 60 thousand trees and 7 lakes, Rasulpur Park is only 90 minutes by car from Kolkata. Here nature-loving travellers can spend their weekends in one of the six cottages or deluxe rooms amidst greenery overlooking the largest lake of the park. The park offers all kinds of facilities to make your weekend tour enjoyable as well as a memorable one. You can enjoy boating, angling, birdwatching and a whole lot of activities here. Another 10 kilometers from Rsulpur is Amadhpur Zamindar House with its fascinating terracotta temples, Thakur Dalan (Place of worship), Lakes (Dighis) and Jal Mahals. BOOKING DETAILS OF RASULPUR Places to see in Rasulpur: The Nature Park itself is the main attraction of the area. It has seven lakes scattered all around. It has gardens, picnic zones, food courts, cultural performance area and children’s park. Click here for more photos of Rasulpur Nearby attractions of Rasulpur: The most popular nearby attraction is Amadhpur. It is renowned for the fabulous Zamindar House, its adjacent lake (Dighi), the Thakur Dalan where Durga Puja is held every year, the terracotta temples, few ashrams with 300-year old Banyan trees and the local girl’s school which was inaugurated by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar himself. You would also find a huge Mango Garden and endless stretches of Bamboo groves in Ahmadpur. The Rasulpur Park offers a guided tour of Ahmadpur to its guests. There is also a heritage Rath still in use during Rathjatra every year, which has iron wheels imported from UK. Bardhaman is only 20 kilometers from Rasulpur and you can also enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bardhaman city and its attractions like the 108 Shiv Mandir, Curzon Gate and the Burdhaman University. You can also continue your tour to Shantiniketan, Deul Park and further to Durgapur from here.   Things to do at Rasulpur: You will forget the word ‘boredom,’ while holidaying amidst the natural splendor of this very location. The area offers a wide array of activities for the entertainment of the tourists. There is a nice playground in the park for the children. Moreover, separate area has been allocated for the picnic groups. The Rasulpur Park also features seven large lakes, where boating arrangements has been made for the tourists. If you are an avid angler, carry a fishing rod with you, while traveling to Rasulpur.The resort is also equipped with the facilities for arranging cultural programs. How to reach Rasulpur: It is quite easy to reach Rasulpur by road. Drive along the Durgapur Expressway and after crossing the second toll plaza (Palsit), you can find the road to Rasulpur in the right hand side. Cross the station to reach the Delhi Road. Take left from there and spot out the Nature Park in the left side. The total distance from Dharamtala in Kolkata to Rasulpur is 96 kilometers. The alternate route of reaching Rasulpur is by traveling by trains, running through the Howrah-Bardhaman mainline. The Rasulpur station is just after Nimoh. Best time to visit Rasulpur: You can visit the place at any time of the year. Lodging & Dining facilities in Rasulpur: You can stay in one of the six decent Air Conditioned cottages within the park area, equipped with all modern facilities like attached western bathrooms, hot water geysers, televisions, wardrobes and a verandah overlooking the lake. There are also luxury category deluxe rooms with modern facilities available. A swimming pool makes the destination ideal for summers and...
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Parmadan Forest, Ranaghat – 80 kms from Kolkata...

Parmadan Forest is also known as Bibhutibhushan Wildlife Sanctuary. It is popular as a picnic spot but is also considered a beautiful place for spending a fun-filled weekend trip. The beautiful Ichamati River flows through this 92-hectare sanctuary in North 24-Parganas. The Parmadan Forest is a safe heaven for a healthy population of nearly 250 deer. The best time to watch them is when they are fed by the Forest officials. Presently, their feeding time is at 4:00 pm and 9:00 am. BOOKING DETAILS OF PARMADAN FOREST Places to see at Parmadan Forest: Apart from strolling in the forest and watching the Langurs fooling around, you can visit the local villages and enjoy a boat ride down Ichamati River. Parmadan forest is also home to numerous birds and trees. Nearby attractions of Parmadan Forest: You can visit Naldungri located nearby and visit Chuatiya – the border village between India and Bangladesh just an hour’s journey from Parmadan. Things to do at Parmadan Forest: You can explore the forest, watch the deer, Langur and birds or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Ichhamati River. How to reach Parmadan Forest: You need to travel to Ranaghat from Kolkata by train and then avail the option of bus to reach Naldungri. If you are traveling by car, you need to drive along Highway No. 34 to reach Naldungri via Duttafulia. From Naldungri, you can reach Parmadan Forest either by walking or by availing a van rickshaw. Best time to visit Parmadan Forest: The forest can be visited throughout the year but it is better to avoid the forest during the rainy season. The winters bring some birds to the forest. Lodging & dining facilities at Parmadan Forest: A guest house is located in the forest, on the banks of the Ichhamati River. It offers affordable accommodation options to the visitors.The guest house usually provides dining facilities to its guests. You can also get local roadside eating houses at Parmadan Forest. BOOKING DETAILS OF PARMADAN...
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Bhalki Machan, Bardhaman – 135 kms from Kolkata...

The name Bhalki Machan sounds quite interesting. If you are longing for an escape from the bustling city life, you can choose Bhalki Machan, thriving amidst the emerald green vegetation, shrouded with sheer tranquility. The place covered with red earth also bears some historical significance. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BHALKI MACHAN Places to see at Bhalki Machan: The main attraction of Bhalki Machan is a huge man made lake amidst dense vegetation. While visiting the place you will feel excited to learn that the very site was the game reserve of the erstwhile Zamindars. They used to build watchtowers (machan) at one side of the water body and hunted wild animals using bows, arrows and guns. This has given the place its name Bhalki Machan. While walking through the forest path, you will also find the remains of an age old watchtower, which is believed to be build by the ancient Zamindars. It is also said that there was a far-reaching tunnel built beneath this watchtower. It may be true for you can locate a partly filled hole at the site, though nothing can be concluded firmly. However, it can be said that these enchanting stories will surely enrich your holiday experience in Bhalki Machan. Nearby attractions of Bhalki Machan: Shantiniketan, Bolpur, Deul, Durgapur and Bardhaman are the nearby attractions of Bhalki Machan Things to do at Bhalki Machan: You can walk around the forest area and spend time near the lake. You can also visit the nearby ruins and laze on the resort’s lawns. How to reach Bhalki Machan: If you are traveling by car, then cross Bardhaman and drive about 30 km to locate the Mankor station. Follow the route and cross Mankor station to reach Abhirampur and finally reach Bhalki Machan. The total distance of Bhalki Machan from Kolkata is 135 km. Best time to visit Bhalki Machan: The site invites the tourist throughout the year. Lodging facilities at Bhalki Machan: Decent accommodation facility is offered by the well-furnished lodges built on the sides of the water body. Dining: You can relish the meals served in the lodge. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BHALKI...
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Bethuadahari, Nadia – 137 kms from Kolkata...

Do you want to have some adventure this weekend? How does spending time amidst wild animals sound? If good, then Bethuadahari is a great Wildlife Sanctuary located near Kolkata. This is a natural place where you will find wild deer frolicking in the bushes and grasslands. The forest is covered in varieties of trees like Sal, Arjun, Teak and Hamjam. The wild animals inhabiting Bethua Dahari are salt water alligators (Gharial), tortoise, mongoose, rabbits, pythons and an amazing range of birds, butterflies and insects. Bethuadahari would be a welcome relief for all those workaholics who seldom get time to spend with nature. BOOKING DETAILS OF BETHUADAHARI Places to see at Bethuadahari: The wildlife sanctuary covering nearly 500-bighas is one of the most biodiverse regions near Kolkata. Visitors to the forest are taken on a guided nature walk by a forest guide who spots the wild animals and birds for the visitors. The sanctuary has feed-pits located allover where you can spot the deers and wild hogs. There is also a Gharial (Indian Alligator) Rehabilitation Centre where you can spot a healthy family of eight Gharials at present basking under the sun. You would also find a refuge for tortoises and herons in a shallow lake within the sanctuary. For more photos of Bethuadahari click here Just near the entrance of the Bethuadahari Sanctuary, is a Nature Interpretation Centre where visitors can check exhibits of stuffed alligators and clay models. A few minutes walk from the Bethuadahari forest would take you to Bangariya Forest plantation on the other side of the highway. This plantation area of Sal trees is open and visitors and can drop in here to discover different varieties of birds and insects but it does not serve as refuge to wild animals. Nearby attractions of Bethuadahari: This wildlife sanctuary is located on NH-34 in Nadia District. It is 24 kms from Krishnanagar and very near to other touristic attractions like the temple town of Nabadwip (birthplace of Chatanya Mahapradhu) and Mayapur (ISCKCON temples). Bethuadahari also falls on the way to the land of the Nawabs – Murshidabad. If you are staying at Bethuadahari, you can take day-trips to Mayapur and Nadia too. Things to do at Bethuadahari: You can take guided walks on nature – trails throughout the forest spotting various animals, birds and insects within the sanctuary. Visitors interested in butterfly and bird watching would find Bethuadahari very fulfilling. If you are interested in wildlife photography, then Bethuadahari will surely not disappoint you. A nice natural lake within the forest also has boating facilities for visitors. A visit to the Nature Interpretation Centre to view the exhibits of stuffed animals and clay models can be interesting too. How to reach Bethuadahari: There are regular trains to Bethuadahari (Lal Gola) from Sealdah and Kolkata station. You can also take any bus (private and Govt. buses) to Behrampur, Malda or siliguri from Kolkata and they would stop at Bethuadahari. Bethuadahari is around 24 kms after Krishnanagar. Best time to visit Bethuadahari: It is one of the few forests in West Bengal, which stays open throughout the year, so you can plan your trip any weekend you prefer. The monsoons shroud the forest with greenery and the winters bring some migratory birds. Lodging and dining facilities at Bethuadahari: Budget private accommodations are available just on the opposite of the Forest Entrance Gate in Bethuadahari with AC as well as non AC rooms. You would also find a deluxe resort...