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Susunia, Bankura – 203 kms from Kolkata...

Susunia Hills in Bankura District is a very good place for a weekend with friends but if you want to take some time out from your hectic schedule and want to spend some moments of your own, then Susunia is enchanting. If you love nature and want to explore its beauty, then come to Susunia and witness its unspoiled nature. Located right in the middle of Bankura is this 1500 feet high hill. It is often believed that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. With plenty of natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill, Susunia gives out a picture perfect look. BOOKING DETAILS OF SUSUNIA Susunia nestles at the northwestern part of Bankura district. This stunning weekend destination is exceptionally welcoming with its incredible natural beauty, rich flora, beautiful holy spring and the rock faces on which the eminent mountaineers of the regions embarked on their journey. The Susunia hillock is also of the rich reserves of medicinal plants. For more photographs of Susunia click here Places to see in Susunia: The main attraction of Susunia hills is a stone edict that belongs to the period of Raja Chandra Varma. It is believed that Susunia hills once had the fort of the Raja. Moreover, the Gandheswari River flowing down the hill is another great place to watch out for. The mighty Susunia hill boasting a height of about 1500 feet is a wonderful site of historical inscriptions, by Raja Chandravama. The hill is also a renowned archeological site, yielding Stone Age tools. Susunia Hill is also a noteworthy site for tourists, who visit the destination to see “Dhara” (Natural Spring) & Silislipi. The twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur, which nestle on the banks of the Bodai River, are renowned for the Mandal family terracotta temples, including Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf. At the entrance of the Barataraf temple, there is a big Rasmancha. The other two temples of Mejotaraf and Chhototaraf are beautifully studded with wonderful terracotta panels, which include a brilliant representation of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture. You can also visit the other notable temples of Bankura, while touring Susunia, which include Gokul Chand Temple, Saileswar Temple, Temple of Radha Damodar Jew, Temple of Ratneswar and Temple of Shyam Sunder. Nearby attractions in Susunia: The other major tourist attractions of Bankura District like the terracotta temples of Bishnupur and the Kansabati Dam at Mukumanipur can be visited from Susunia. Biharinath Hill, which lies on the north of Saltora Block is also nearby. Biharinath is tallest hill in the Bankura district and a popular site of tourism. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from Bankura Town. The place offers spectacular sight of forest. Another famous historical site called Betur is also situated here. Things to do in Susunia: Apart from enjoying the serenity of Susunia, you can indulge in trekking or rock climbing. Susunia village is famous for beautiful stone carving and you can buy them at affordable prices. There are two villages in the vicinity of Susunia, Netkamla and Bindhyajam, which are home of Dhokra craftsmen. Again, Bankura is famous for artistically designed terracotta items, which are readily available all across the district and worth buying. The famous Bankura horse has now become a symbol of Indian handicrafts. Besides buying, also indulge in eating the special sweets of Bankura, like the famous mecha sandesh or the pera. If...
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Chandipur, Orissa – 265 kms from Kolkata...

Chandipur is an exquisite, secluded seaside retreat featuring a unique beach. This quaint sea resort is located in the Baleswar District of Orissa. You can experience a great weekend at this seaside resort on Bay of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDIPUR Places to see in Chandipur: The major attraction of Chandipur is the beach itself. The beach is one of it kind for at the time of the ebb tide, the seawater recedes from 1 km. to 5 km. and it again returns during the high tide. This phenomenon takes place twice a day, which forms wide stretch of silvery sandy beach. This rare sight is truly an unforgettable experience, which you will treasure. You can also visit Balaramgadi to view the majestic sight of the confluence of river Budhabalang or Buribalam with the sea. At this place, the famous freedom fighter Bagha Jatin was martyred by the British. For more photos of Chandipur click here. Nearby attractions around Chandipur: You can enrich your trip to Chandipur further by making trips to some exotic nearby locations. A trip to Panchalingeswar (45 km. from Chandipur) is quite noteworthy. The place is known for its un-parallel scenic beauty and the shrine of lord Shiva. The religious tourists can make a tour to Remuna (25 km.), renowned for housing the temple of Khirachora Gopinath. A day trip to Nilagiri (40 km.), housing the Jagannath Temple is also quite rewarding. The place is also known for the Kuldiha Sanctuary. Travelling a distance of 5 km. from Nilagiri, you will reach Sajanagarh, famous for the shrine of Bhudara Chandi. Spanning an area of around 2750 sq. km., the wildlife sanctuary of Similipal is also worth visiting. Covered with emerald green forest the place is the haven of a number of wild animals and 230 species of birds. You can also pay a visit to Deokund to experience the enchanting sight of waterfalls and a Sakti shrine. The serene beach of Talsari, located 90 km. from Chandipur is also a hotspot of the tourists. Another major location is Bhitarkanika, the second largest Mangrove Forest Sanctuary across the country. Things to do in Chandipur: You can enjoy a stroll along the extensive sea beach, when the seawater recedes and vanishes beyond your eyesight. You can also hire a jeep and go for a ride on this wide beach. You can also enjoy a prolong sunbath on the sea beach. Drink plenty of green coconut water available at the sea beach. You will also find some shack in the area catering some best sweets of the region. Relish the different items of prawns at the seaside eateries. How to reach Chandipur: In order to reach Chandipur, first you need to travel up to Balasore or Baleswar, either by rail route or by roadway. Buses are available from Balasore running to Chandipur. The nearest railhead of Chandipur is Balasore, located 17 km away. Best time to visit Chandipur: Chandipur beckons tourists all round the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Chandipur: Chandipur offers an array of lodging facilities, ranging from expensive accommodation to budget hotels. Decent dining facilities are also available at the destination. Photographs by Debkinkar Baidya, Dipanjan Mitra. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Chilka, Orissa – 496 kms from Kolkata

The Chilka lake is a brackish water lagoon, acknowledged as the largest coastal lagoon across India and the second largest lagoon around the globe. The lake extends over Puri, Ganjam and Khurda districts of Orissa. The lake is an abode to a number of migratory birds coming from Russia, Ladakh and many more far off places and offers shelter to an array of endangered species of flora and fauna. So you can well understand that a trip to such an exotic location will always surpass your expectation. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHILKA Places to see in Chilka: You will undoubtedly treasure your visit to Chilka, admired with such exotic sightseeing locations. Chilka is dotted with a number of islands. You can hire OTDC boats at Barkul and Rambha. Pay a visit to Nalbana, a big island located at the center of the Chilka Lake. The avid bird watchers will really have a visual treat in visiting the island, which is the haven of migratory birds during the winter. Make a trip to the Bird Island, which is also a natural habitat of different species of birds. Some other major islands include Phulbari, Parikud, Nuapara and Tampara. Another attraction is the Kalijai temple located in an island withing Chilka, housing the shrine of Goddess Kalijai. Tourists’ inflow increases at this location at the time of Makar Mela. You will be amazed to see flocks of peacocks roaming all around the island. For more photos of Chilka click here The Dolphin point in the Chilka Lake is where you can savor a glance of Irrawady dolphins and bottle-nosed dolphins. The Breakfast Island is just a 20 minutes boat ride from Rambha. From here you can also visit Honeymoon Island and Beacon Island. Also pay a visit to the village of Mangalajodi, which was earlier inhabited by the poachers. Nearby attractions around Chilka: Trips to the nearby spots of tourist interest around Chilka will make your experience at the location more exciting. One of the most sought after destinations of the tourists is Nirmaljhara, which features a perennial stream flowing into a number of ponds. The area also houses some beautiful temples. Tourists with an adventurous mind can take a bath in any one of the ponds in the location. You can also make a trip to Banapur, renowned for the Bhagwati Temples and markets. A day trip to the Salia Dam built on River Salia is also quite rewarding. Tours are also organized to Narayani, famous for housing a temple amidst a scenic backdrop. You can also make tours to Puri and Gopalpur-on-sea from Chilka. Things to do in Chilika: You can hire a boat in the Chilika lake, to cruise around this azure brackish water of Orissa. Visit the different islands dotting the lake while cruising. Water scooters and Pedal Boats are also available at Barkul. How to reach Chilka: The nearest railhead of Chilka is Balugaon, on Howrah-Chennai track. You can avail the buses from Balugaon to reach the lake. Some of the trains that halt at Balugaon are East Coast Express and Howrah-Chennai Mail. Chilka is also accessible by roadway. You will find a number of state operated buses (OSRTC) running from Bhubaneswar to Balugaon. Taxis and auto-rickshaw are available at Balugaon, transferring passengers to Rambha or Barkul. However, you can also avail flight to reach the Bhubaneswar airport, located 120 km. away from Chilka. Taxis and buses are available at the airport carrying tourist to Chilka lake. Best...
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Mandal Pushkarini, Medinipur – 250 kms from Kolkata...

Though Mandal Pushkarini is not a highly famed weekend destination, but a visit to the place is truly rewarding. Mandal Pushkarini is located in Garbeta, West Medinipur. It is a huge pond located in a forest of Sal and Teak. While, staying at Mondal Pushkarini you can visit the nearby destinations of Garbeta like Sarbamangala temple, Raikota fort, Mangala Lake, Radhaballav temple, Gongoni gorge and Silaboti River. The famous terracotta temple town of Bishnupur is only 20 kms from here. Your stay at Mandal Pushkarini amidst nature will surely rejuvenate you senses. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MANDAL PUSHKARINI Places to see in Mandal Pushkarini: The region around the Mandal Pushkarini is covered with Sal plantation, the branches of which form a canopy. Stroll along the pathway under the shade of the canopy to explore the nearby attractions. Nearby attractions around Mandal Pushkarini: You need to travel for around 15 km. to view the 700-year-old temple at Bagri, nestled on the northern bank of the River Shilabati, which is a notable site around Mandal Pushkarini. The major spots of tourist interests around Mondal Pushkarini are the temple of Sarbamangala and the famous fort of Raikota. The fort features four main gates, namely Rauta Darwaja, Lal Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Pesa Darwaja. The fort is admired with seven ponds on the northern side – Pathuria, Jaltungi, Indra-Puskarini, Mangala, Hadua, Amra Puskarini and Kobesh Dighi. The ponds were dug by the Chauhan Kings of the Bagris. The Sarbamangala temple is the biggest temple located in the northern side of the Mangala Lake, which is a very impressive piece of architecture. You can also find two other temples, namely the Radhaballav temple and the Kameshwar temple, the architectural style of which are similar to the Sarbamangala Temple. Radhaballav temple is a blend of Bengal and Orissa architecture. The temple houses the deity of Radha Krishna, built with black basalt stone. Tourists also flock around the Raghunathji temple or Raghunath Bari. This temple is located in the southern part of Silaboti River. This nine-pillared temple made by Raghunath or the Adi-Malla of Bishnupur is a prime attraction for the tourists. The Gongoni or Gangani gorge od Silabati River also attracts tourist and it is a very popular picnic spot. You can also drive for 20 km. to reach Bishnupur to savor the breathtaking view of the terracotta temples at the site. Things to do in Mandal Pushkarini: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists touring to Mandal Pushkarini. You can also explore the region with the help of the locals. How to reach Mondal Pushkarini: Garbeta is located around 250 km. from Kolkata. The region is well connected by road and railway. You can locate Dhadika Bazar, around 5 km from Garbeta and to find Mondal Pushkarini, you need to travel for another 1.5 km. ahead on the NH 60 towards Raniganj. Best time to visit Mandal Pushkarini: Mandal Pushkarini invites tourists all round the year. Lodging and dining facilities Mandal Pushkarini: You will find forest rest house in the destination, offering affordable lodging facilities and decent dining provisions. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MANDAL...
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Maharajpur, Jharkhand – 457 kms from Kolkata...

Maharajpur is a less popular small village nestled at the Bengal – Jharkhand border, is an ideal destination for a weekend trip. This is where time has stopped – you can still board a tanga here and visit the erstwhile palaces of the Maharajas to see a few Mughal era paintings and you can take a dip in a non perennial pool fed by and underground stream. Boasting of an unspoiled natural beauty, a waterfall and the River Ganges nearby – the place truly offers visual and sensual pleasure to the tourists. It is located around 9 km. east of Sahibganj district of Jharkhand. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAHARAJPUR Places to see in Maharajpur: There are not many places for sightseeing in the village of Maharajpur. The entire region is dotted with small hillocks made of modified rocks and basalt. You can visit a picnic spot called Moti Jharna located near Maharajpur, which has a waterfall. Nearby attractions of Maharajpur: A number of spots of tourist attractions are found in the nearby destination of Rajmahal. Board the train to Rajmahal from the Maharajpur station and then take a tanga from the Rajmahal station to explore the destination. The Singhi Dallan, built by Mansingh in around 1600 A.D. is a major tourist spot. You can savor a spectacular view of the Ganges from the site. The Singhi Dallan also houses a number of Mughal paintings. Another tourist attraction is the Jama Masjid.  You can also visit the mines found around the mosque area. You can also see some remains of an old mint on your way. Ask your tanga driver to take you to the Kathghar. The route to Kathghar is truly amazing because it is covered with stones of shapes and colors like wheat, rice and dal. The site also has a shrine of Lord Krishna. Things to do in Maharajpur: You can enjoy a trek along the jungle of Maharajpur to visit a nearby village and a falls known as Moti Jharna. The place is also admired by a narrow stream coming from about 80 ft to a small lake, where you can take a bath. How to reach Maharajpur: The Maharajpur Railway Station is located on the Sahibganj – Tinpahar rail route. First, you need to reach the Rampurhat Station by Gour Express. Then board the Sahebganj Local to reach Maharajpur.  The nearest airport from the site is the Ranchi airport. Best time to visit Maharajpur: You can visit the place any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Maharajpur: No luxurious lodging or dining facilities are available in Maharajpur. Few hotels are found at Sahebjang. However, you can spot a forest bungalow at Maharajpur. Very simple vegetarian meal is prepared by the local shops around the railway station on request. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Monglajori, Orissa – 496 kms from Kolkata...

The village of Monglajori or Monglajodi is located about 60 km. southwest of the city of Bhubaneshwar off NH5 and 4 km. southeast of the Tangi town. It is located in the Khurda district of Orissa. The region is primarily a freshwater swamp, spotted at the northeastern fringe of the Chilka Lake. This wetland of Monglajori is fed by a number of channels that cross through the reed beds along the brackish water of the Chilka Lake. The area is covered with sprawling vegetation and reed beds, comprised mostly of Phragmites karka and Typha angustata. The prime channel flows from north to south for around 3 km. and features a nature track, running parallel to it for around 2 km. ending in a watchtower. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MONGLAJORI ‘Mongaljori Ghera’ is a refuge of the waterfowl, which attracts a number of winter migrants. Monglajori, acknowledged as an IBA, supports around 200,000 – 300,000 waterfowls during the winter along with populations of around 15 other species, surpassing 1% of their bio-geographical population. The population includes Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Asian Openbill, Purple Swamphen, Grey-headed Lapwing and Cotton Pygmy-goose. Some other species found in considerable numbers are Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Shelduck, Garganey, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Eurasian Wigeon and other resident birds. Raptors include Brahminy Kite, Eurasian Marsh Harrier and White-bellied Sea Eagle. Whiskered Tern is also found in plenty in the season. Few years back, hunters were very active at Monglajodi, who used to travel around this wetland with loaded guns in search of migratory birds. However, lately, bird poaching is not practiced anymore. Places to see in Monglajori: Monglajori is an extensive wetland spanning an area over 300 sq. kms. The area is a safe haven of around 236 species of birds, among which, most are migratory. The tourists are truly thrilled by watching various species of birds, which include Northern Shoveller, Pintail, Brahminy Duck, Bar headed goose and others. Moreover, the tourists can also closely observe the nesting, breeding of some regional wetland birds like Open billed stork, Purple moorhen etc during the rainy season. Another major tourist attraction of the site is an age-old and largest temple of the village, popularly known as the Patita Paban Temple. The village also houses some other notable temples like, Gupteswar Temple, Maa Mangala Temple, Nilakathaswara Dev Temple and Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple. There is also a picnic spot surrounding Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple. Nearby attractions of Monglajori: The nearby prime spots of tourist interest are the Chilka Lake and Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Chilka Lake is a salt water estuarine lagoon, which is the haven of seven to eight lakh birds, comprised of 121 species. Things to do at Monglajodi: Monglajodi is the heaven for the avid bird watchers. How to reach Monglajori: Balugaon is the closest rail station of Monglajori, which is accessible via Tangi by roadway. Beat time to visit Monglajori: The ideal time for visiting Monglajori are the months between November and March.  This is the best time for bird watching in Monglajori. Lodging and dining facilities at Monglajori: An eco-tourism camp is operated by private organizations in Monglajori. However, better lodging facilities are available at Balugaon, Kalupada and Khurda Road. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – 340 kms from Kolkata...

The term Hazaribagh literally means a place admired with thousands gardens. The district is situated on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. You will be amazed by viewing the scenic natural beauty of the destination, nestled amidst lush green dense forest, enriched with exotic flora and fauna. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HAZARIBAGH Places to see in Hazaribag: Popularly known as a health resort, Hazaribag is dotted with a number of tourist attractions. The Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site spans an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild. Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill. Nearby attractions around Hajaribagh: The breathtaking view of Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar admiring the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly mesmerizing. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the Parasnath Temple, frequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks. You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation. Things to do in Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savoring the spectacular view of the town. How to reach Hazaribagh: There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi. Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April. Lodging and dining facilities in Hazaribagh: You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Rasikbill, Cooch Behar – 468 kms from Kolkata...

Rashikbill or Rasikbill is a huge lake located in the town of Tufangang in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. It is a very popular bird watching spot famous for local and migratory birds. It falls on the way to Kamakshyaguri from Alipurduar by train. Rasikbeel is 74 kilometers from Alipurduar by high road. Rashikbill boasts about a jumble of wild flora and fauna. Located around a large lake spreading over 175 hectares area, Rashikbill Lake is surrounded by three dark and dense forests – Nagurhaat, Atasmochar and Bochamari. They are separated by Batikata a small canal. It is a heavenly haven of eco-tourism in the wilderness with breathtaking beauty of its picture-postcard scenery. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO RASHIKBILL        Places to see at Rashikbill: The Lake located in the middle of the forest is a beauty spot in the body of Rashikbeel. The lake features sweet water fishes in abundance. The Kutiputti and the Borali that are two popular varieties of fish in North Bengal are found in this lake. Large Aquarium, Crocodile Rehabilitation and Dear Park are attractions in the heart of Rasikbeel. The Deer Park with above fifty deer is a suitable place to roam or relax. The park with movement of deer and the fluttering of birds on the bank of the lake is nice spot to make much of your leisure. There are also a python house, a leopard house and a Tortoise house to visit. Apart from all these Rasikbil is famous for bird watching activities. Numerous local and migratory birds make their nests at Rashikbeel during different times of the year. Nearby attractions of Rashikbill: Nearby attractions of Rashikbeel are no less attractive than attractions of Rashibeek itself. The Baneshwar temple and the Madan Mohan temple in the town of Cooch Behar are recommended for history lovers to visit. The Royal Palace is the focus of attraction with tourists to Rashikbeel. Tourists whose cup of tea is adventure love to explore the dark and deep forests full of wild animals and birds. The forests teem with trees such as kadam, minjuri and sishu. Things to do in Rashikbill: Bird watching and boating in Rashikbil is the most popular activity. Boating in the lake is a fetching attraction of Rashibill. Being in a boat on water amidst greenery of nature is an ethereal experience that takes you away from the cares and worries of earthly life. The forests around the lake are hub of beautiful and colorful birds that are rare to be found in other parts of North Bengal. You will see here rare birds such as storks, ibises, cormorants and spoonbills and common birds such as parrots and kingfishers. Rashikbeel is a plethora of water birds such as Common Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Lesser Whistling Teal, Red Crested Pochard, Northern Lapwing, Little Cormorant, Gadwall, Pied Kingfisher, Large Cormorant, Small Blue Kingfisher and Wingeon Duck. How to reach Rashikbill: You can easily reach Rasikbill from the town of Tufangang. It will take you only one and a half hour to reach the place by car. The New Cooch Behar Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Rasikbeel. It is only 35 kilometers from the station. Car service to the place is available from the station. Best time to visit Rashikbill: The best time to visit Rashikbill is from March to June and from September to December as during these times the place is in good favor of weather. If you are fond of birdwatching...
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Panchalingeswar, Orissa – 280 kms from Kolkata...

If you want to live in seclusion, amidst the tranquil and scenic natural ambience, then this quaint village of Panchalingeswar, is your ideal weekend getaway. Panchalingeswar is located in the hilly areas of Balasore district in Orissa. The sheer serenity of the location is a great stress buster for the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PANCHALINGESWAR Places to see in Panchalingeswar: Tourists are primarily attracted to the village of Panchalingeswar to visit the Panchalingeswar Temple, which is the shrine of Lord Shiva. The temple is located on a hilltop near the Nilagiri hills and is renowned for housing five shivalingas, immersed in a small flow of water. You need to ascend 263 stairs to reach the temple. Walk for 3 km from the temple site through a tribal village, to savor the spectacular sight of the Khumkut Dam. You could also locate a watchtower at the site. You can also visit Sajanagarh, the place of Budarachandi, which is also a popular archaeological site. Make a trip to the Kuldiha Elephant Sanctuary and the Jagannath temple, situated nearby. Nearby attractions around Panchalingeswar: Tourist visiting Panchalingeswar can arrange for some interesting trips to nearby destinations. Chandaneswara is a prime attraction of the tourists, renowned for its pristine beach and the shrine of Lord Chandaneswara. Tourists can also visit another serene beach at Chandipur. You can also make a tour to Remuna, the site famous for nurturing the Vaishnavite culture. The place also houses a well-decorated temple of Khirachora Gopinath. Another interesting place is Khiching, popular for housing the age-old Chamunda temple and Kichakeswari temple. Things to do in Panchalingeswar: If you are a trek enthusiast, then you can trek at the Nilagiri Hills. Enjoy your trips in the nearby sightseeing places. You can also enjoy a nature walk savoring the splendid beauty of Pancha lingeswar. How to reach Panchalingeswar: Panchalingeswar is located at a distance of 30 km. from Balasore and 85 km. from the town of Baripada. Regular facilities of transport are available from both the destinations to Panchalingeswar. The nearest airport of the destination is located at Bhubaneswar, whereas Balasore serves as the closest railway station. Best time to visit Panchalingeswar: The ideal time to visit the place is during Autumn and Winter. Lodging and dining facilities in Panchalingeswar: You can stay at Govt. accommodations in Panchalingeswar, which is operated by the Orissa Tourism Department Corporation. There are also a few standard hotels and private resorts at the location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Gahirmatha, Orissa – 305 kms from Kolkata...

Visit Gahirmatha also known as Gaharimatha if you want to see Olive Ridley Sea Turtles during your next weekend holiday. The Gahirmatha coast nestled in the Kendrapara district of Orissa will be your ideal destination because it is the world’s largest nesting beach of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Declared as a wildlife sanctuary of Orissa in 1979 and a world heritage site, Gahirmatha bears considerable significance on turtle conservation. BOOKING DETAILS OF GAHIRMATHA Places to see in Gahirmatha: The breathtaking view of the Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the converging point of the River Dharma and Bay of Bengal attracts nature loving tourists to see millions of turtle nesting here. You will become amazed to see the extensive area covered by the sanctuary, which comes near 1435 square kilometer. Watch the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles thriving at the marine sanctuary of Gaharimatha, a rare sight that you will treasure for years. You can also visit two other turtle nesting beaches located at the river mouth of Devi and Rushikulya. For more photos of Gahirmatha click here. Nearby attractions around Gahirmatha: While making a trip to Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary, you can also visit some notable spots of tourist interests, located nearby. The Temple of Lord Shiva built in the early 9th century in Dangmol is truly worth visiting. The Temple of Nahak Babu built with sandstone is also a prime attraction of the tourist. Some other spots of tourist attractions are Lailtgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri Buddhist complex. You can also visit the Chandipur Beach located nearby. Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is also located in near the Gaharimatha Turtle Sanctuary. It is recognized as the second largest Mangrove ecosystem across India, spanning an area of 672 sq. km. This mangrove forest offers shelter to more than 215 species of birds. The Bhitarkanika National Park has achieved the status of a “Crocodile Sanctuary,” as it houses the biggest population of salt-water crocodile in the country. This National Park is encircled by the Gahirmatha Beach in the eastward side. Things to do in Gahirmatha: Organize a tour to the marine turtle sanctuary at Gaharimata and watch the nesting beach of the turtles, without disturbing the creatures. Also visit the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, which offers true pleasure to the avid bird watchers. You will also be thrilled by the very sight of the mass of gigantic crocodiles at the location. How to reach Gahirmatha: The nearest airports of Gahirmatha are Bhubaneswar and Kolkata airports. The location is also accessible by waterways (Chandabali, Ragnagar and Gupti). You can also take trains from Howrah and reach Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack or Bhubaneswar, from where Gahirmatha is easily accessible. Gaharimatha is just 4 kms from Dangmol. The nearest railhead to Gahirmatha is Bhadrak, which is just 77 kms away. From Bhadrak, one can reserve a taxi or a jeep to Bhitarkanika Forest Reserve and hire a boat to reach Gahirmatha. Best time to visit Gahirmatha: The ideal time of visiting the Gahirmatha Sanctuary is the period between the months of October to February, when the turtle come to nest. Lodging and dining facilities in Gahirmatha: There are no such accommodation options at Gahirmatha but you have Govt. resthouses and private hotels in nearby towns. Photographs by Debkinkar Baidya. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Kuldiha Forest, Balasore – 350 kms from Kolkata...

Kuldiha Forest covers a total area of 282 square kilometers. It is a dense forest mostly covered with thick growth of sishu, sal, piyasal, mango, bahera, jam and simul trees that make it the perfect home to a wide number of animals like wild cats, elephants, long tailed monkeys, cheetals, gaur, leopard, giant squirrel as well as some bird species like peafowl, hill myna and hornbill. Kuldiha is located in Balasore district and is known for supporting wide varieties of reptiles too. The Kuldiha forest area merges into the Similipal Forest through the Nato hill and Sukhupada hill ranges. There is a hilly stream that flows along the forest and a watch tower that is tactically built at Garsimulia on the bank of the river. Kuldiha also has a Lion Sanctuary. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO KULDIHA Places to see at Kuldiha Forest: The Kuldiha Forest itself is the best attraction to watch out for. The forest is also the home to Tenda Elephant Sanctuary and a Lion Sanctuary. Nearby attractions at Kuldiha Forest: Among the nearest destinations, you can definitely visit the Russia Dam or Rishia Dam as it is locally known. This is a great place to look for some seclusion. The dam is also the place to watch out for some elephants from the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary who come here for water. You can also visit Panchlingeswar on a short trip. Things to do in Kuldiha Forest: You can go for an exciting trek from Nilagiri through the forests of Kuldiha. Plus, exploring the Kuldiha Forest Sanctuary along with the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary is a must when you are in this part of Balasore. How to reach Kuldiha Forest: From Balasore, you have to reach Shergarh via the National Highway. Then from Shergarh, reach Sujangarh via Nilagiri and Panchlingeswar. Now, you need to turn left from Sujangarh to reach the Kuldiha Sanctuary. Best time to visit Kuldiha Forest: You can visit Kuldiha Forest during anytime of the year except for rainy season when the forest becomes inaccessible. Lodging and dining facilities at Kuldiha Forest: You can avail accommodation at the Forest Bungalow equipped with solar lights. But for food, you have to bring your own as there are no dining facilities available. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Santiniketan, Birbhum – 212 kms from Kolkata...

The University town of Shantiniketan is recognized worldwide as a significant center for pursuing higher studies and being the home to the Nobel Laureate and National poet of India Rabindranath Tagore. Students from all over the world come here for further education in the Viswa Bharati University founded in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore himself. Not only students, the place is also frequented by thousand of visitors who are attracted by the extensive campus ground, open-air classes and above all the scenic natural beauty of the destination. Serenity is the essence of Santiniketan – the abode of peace. Rabindranath Tagore settled in Shantiniketan permanently from 1901 and left Shantiniketan for the last time in 1941. BOOKING DETAILS OF SANTINIKETAN Places to see in Santiniketan: Santiniketan, rich with its culture and heritage features a number of sight seeing spots. The most significant site is the Visva Bharati University and its different departments, the most notable being the Kala Bhavan. You can spot some frescoes and sculptures of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij around Kala Bhavan. For more photos of Santiniketan click here Tagore’s Ashram features a number of buildings namely the Santiniketan building, Dehali, Nutan bari and others. School classes and some major activities are held in the Amro Kunja (Mango Grove). The place also houses some institutions of Viswa Bharati. You can also spot a hillock featuring an age-old banyan tree on the eastern side of the ashram. The Uttarayan complex has several buildings like Konark, Udayan, Shyamali and others. The Rabindra Bhaban Museum popularly called Bichitra houses letters, manuscripts, medals, documents, paintings and certificates associated with Tagore. Chatimtala is the place where Rabindranath’s father Debendranath Tagore rested during his visit to a nearby Zamindar House and discovered the serenity of present Shantiniketan for the first time. This spot has been marked by a pulpit to commemorate the founding of Shnatiniketan. Khowai region and Kopai River (Rabindranath’s Amader Choto Nadi) are other destinations where you can spend some time. Apart from this, you can also visit Hindi Bhavan, Cheena Bhavan, Nipon Bhavan, Sangeet Bhavan, Patha Bhavan, Vinaya Bhavan, Sihsha Bhavan, Kaalo Bari etc. The campus of Shantiniketan is also worth visiting. Nearby attractions of Santiniketan: Kankalitala, just 9 km from Santiniketan is a temple popular as a Satipeeth. Surul, located near Sriniketan, features temples decorated with terracotta carvings. You can also visit another Satipeeth at Labhpur-Fullara, just 30 km. from Santiniketan. Tourists also visit Nanoor, famous as the birthplace of the Sanskrit poet of the 14th century – Chandidas. Kendubillo is another destination, popular as the hometown of another renowned Sanskrit poet, Jaidev. You can also make trip to Bakreshwar, the famous satipitha, housing the Bakranath temple and hot springs. Tarapith, the famous Saktipeetha, is also visited from Santiniketan. Nalhati and Sainthia also attract tourists visiting Santiniketan. Some tourists also organize tour to Massanjore featuring a dam built across the Mayurakshi River, housing a splendid reservoir. Things to do in Shantiniketan: You can spend hours visiting the different sites of Santiniketan and experiencing the village life. You can also take a guide to explain all the details of the sites. Visit a number of fairs held in the region throughout the year, the most notable being Poush Mela, Basanta Utsav, Nandan Mela, Magh Mela, Barsha Mangal etc. Regular weekly markets (Haat) selling all local handicrafts can be found at Sonajhuri Haat held near the Khoai region. How to reach Shantiniketan: Santiniketan is accessible by a number of conveyances including trains, bus...
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Massanjore, Jharkhand – 270 kms from Kolkata...

The colossal dam of the Mayurakshi River and the immense water body has made Massanjore an ideal tourist spot, which is perfect for enjoying a weekend tour. You can locate Masanjore in the way from Shiuri to Dumka. It is specially the unpolluted environment of Massanjore, which has a positive effect on the health of the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MASSANJORE Places to see at Masanjore: The biggest attraction of Massanjore is the Massanjore Dam that was built in 1955 with assistance from Government of Canada. The dam is standing with a height of 155 ft and a length of 2170 ft. Besides, the surrounding forest areas and hills offer some great views of nature at its best. Nearby attractions from Massanjor: Try to visit Bakreshwar, highly famed for hot spring, which is easily accessible from Shiuri by road. Things to do in Masanjor: The main attraction of the region is the huge dam built on the Mayurakshi River. Explore the exquisite natural surrounding of Massanjore by enjoying a leisurely walk throughout the region. You can also visit the nearby picturesque villages inhabited by the tribals. Plus, the boundary of Jharkhand is also not very far from Massanjore. How to reach Massanjore: The distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is nearly 40 kms. Regular bus services and rented cars are available to facilitate the guests to reach Massanjore from Shiuri. Best time to visit Massanjore: Massanjore attracts tourists all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Massanjore: The best accommodation facilities in Massanjore are offered by the government-organized guesthouse. Beside this, you will also find a number of hotels in the area. Dining facilities are available in most of the guesthouse and hotels. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Muruguma, Purulia – 375 kms from Kolkata...

Muruguma is a tribal village. It is situated on the boundary of Purulia and Jharkhand. This place can be reached by car from both Purulia and Jharkhand stations. A visit to the Kenkechi Hill, Muruguma Lake and the forest will make your trip worthwhile. The unique feature of this place is the traditional dance performance of the tribal villagers that is capable of intoxicating your senses. In short, this place is an ideal retreat for relaxation. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MURUGUMA Places to see at Muruguma: You can visit the village and experience the tribal villagers’ way of living. Nearby attractions from Muruguma: Kenkechi Hill is the nearby attraction of this tribal village. You need to cross a small mound and then walk along a village road to reach the hill. On your left side, you will find a beautiful lake known as Muruguma Lake. You will find that the road leading to the lake diverts at a distance of around two kilometers from the lake and leads to a forest. In this forest, a tent resort is situated. Things to do in Muruguma: You can explore the nearby forest and catch a glimpse of the resident foxes. You can while away your time in the tents by chatting with people. You can also enjoy the campfire in the resort premises and the traditional dance performed by the tribal villagers for entertaining the tourists. How to reach Muruguma: The Rupasi Bangla train is available early morning that traverses between Kolkata and Purulia. The train reaches Purulia around 12.30 p.m. From Purulia Station, you can hire a car and reach Muruguma. You need to avail the Ranchi road and travel to Muruguma, via Begunkodar. The distance is around 45 kilometers and it takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also travel to Muruguma by availing a train from Kolkata’s Howrah Station to Jharkhand’s Muri Station. From Muri Station, Muruguma is situated at a distance of 35 kilometers. Best time to visit Muruguma: The winter season is ideal for those who want to enjoy chilly nights. When you visit this place during the winter season, make sure you bring sufficient warm clothes as the temperature after sunset hovers around 5 to 6 degree Celsius and at night, it drops down to 3 degree Celsius. Lodging and dining facilities at Muruguma: The tent resort is the only lodging facility available in Muruguma. It offers some modern facilities such as attached bathrooms and battery operated lamps. By means of tents, the resort houses a separate dining place offering dining facilities and a relaxing place where tourists can chat. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Tarapith, Birbhum – 294 kms from Kolkata...

Tarapith is a renowned temple town of West Bengal located some 10 kilometers from Rampurhat in Birbhum district. It is famous for the temple of Goddess Tara who is believed to be an avatar of Sati in Hinduism. This Tantric Hindu temple belonging to the Shakta sect of Hinduism is set across the banks of Dwarka River. The village of Tarapith is beautifully surrounded by thriving greenery of lush forest and green paddy fields. There are many legends associated with the origin of this temple. It is also considered to be one of the famed Siddhapeeths of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF TARAPITH The most prominent of all is that of Sage Vasishtha, who chose this place to worship Goddess Tara as he knew she was an avatar of Sati residing there. After practicing several austerities, Vasishtha was unsuccessful in appeasing the Goddess. Finally, after divine intervention and under the instruction of Lord Buddha in Tibet, Vasishtha worshipped Tara with left-handed tantric ritual using five forbidden things like wine, meat, blood, etc. The Goddess at last pleased by Vasisthas penance appeared before him and blessed him. Vasishtha requested the Goddess specifically to manifest herself in the form of a mother suckling Shiva on her breast, the form which Buddha had seen in his divine vision. The Goddess willfully accepted his request and thus manifested in the said form into a stone idol. Tarapith is also famous for being the place where the great saint Bama Khepa (1837 AD – 1911 AD)  popularly known as the “mad saint” performed Tantric sadhana (worship), which resulted in his becoming the spiritual head of Tarapith. For more photos of Tarapith click here At one point of time, Tarapith used to be known as Chandipur and it served as a devotional place for many hermits. Soon it became the holy place for large number of hermits and it was then that a temple was constructed. The first temple was constructed by a rich businessman of the period named Joy Dutta Saudagar. This temple became dilapidated and it was replaced by another temple built by Jagannath Rahi of Mollarpur. It’s destruction lead Raja Ram Jeevan to construct another temple in 1720. The temple standing now is a reconstructed temple by the King of Nator. The temple is considered extremely sacred and people belonging to varied religions come here to receive the Goddess’s blessings. It is believed to be a wish – fulfilling temple since legends have that no one goes empty handed from the doors of this temple. This is why millions of devotees assemble here every year to offer their reverence, puja and obeisance to the Goddess. At one point of time, Tarapith used to be known as Chandipur and it served as a devotional place for many hermits. Soon it became the holy place for large number of hermits and it was then that a temple was constructed. The first temple was constructed by a rich businessman of the period named Joy Dutta Saudagar. This temple became dilapidated and it was replaced by another temple built by Jagannath Rahi of Mollarpur. It’s destruction lead Raja Ram Jeevan to construct another temple in 1720. The temple standing now is a reconstructed temple by the king of Nator. Places to see at Tarapith: The main and primary attraction in Tarapith is the Temple of Goddess Tara and the adjacent cremation ground. Apart from these, the greenery around Tarapith and the meandering Dwarka River is a feast...