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Purbasthali, Bardhaman – 120 kms f...

Purbasthali is a small town just 120 kms from Kolkata, located in the district of East 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. As of now, there are 04 fabulous cottages within the park area adjacent to the Oxbow lake...
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Joypool, North 24 Pgns – 36 kms fr...

A small village around 13 kms. from the district town of Barasat, Joypool is conveniently connected by roadways as well as railways. If you are yearning for some moments of peace and is longing to spend some valuable time with your family in a farmhouse where your children can play in the lawns and you can enjoy the village life, then our accommodation at Joypool would be the right pick for a day trip and picnic from Kolkata. While returning home, you can drive another 15 kms. to reach the Chakla Dham Temple Complex dedicated to the Saint Lokenath Baba to pay your...
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Chowdhury Zamindar Bari, Nimo – 95...

Nearly, 400 years ago, the Chowdhurys settled in and around a small village in Bardhaman and established their Zamindari. With time, they grew to become one of the most influential Zamindars of Bengal. Today, their house, temple, mango orchards and the Dighi (pond) stand testimony to the grand past. If you are a time-traveller, then you must visit the Chowdhury Zamindar Bari this weekend to re-discover the grandeur of Zamindari lifestyle and the beauty of rural Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHOWDHURI BARI Not even a 100-kms of Kolkata, the landscape of Bengal gives way to...
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Somrabazar, Hooghly – 82 kms from ...

Steeped in history and flanked by the mighty Ganges, Somrabazar is known for its terracotta temples, ruins of Zamindar Mansions, lush green paddy fields crisscrossed by rivulets, the riverine island – Sabujdwip and the seat of spiritual awakening of Rani Rashmoni. It is an ideal place to spend a day or two, if you are keen on discovering heritage structures and take long walks along the marshy banks of Ganges to spot some of the rarest birds’ species. Apart from the nearby attractions of Guptipara, Bandel, Balagarh and Hooghly, Somrabazar is also known to produce...
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Nachan, Bardhaman – 188 kms from K...

In Nachan, the lake stretches as far as the horizon and finally touches the Palash forest on the other side. The bungalow stands on the banks of the lake amidst gardens and patches of flower beds overlooking the lake, the Palash Forest, the villages and infinity. If you are of the adventurous kind and is waiting to run away from the din of your city life, then Nachan Nature Bungalow should be your pick for this weekend. Located just 188 kms. from Kolkata, Nachan is a village beside an endless lake created by a dam. BOOKING DETAILS OF NACHAN Places to see in Nachon: There...
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Khoai, Shantiniketan – 165 kms fro...

Khoai is a geological formation of small canyons resulting from constant erosion caused by wind and water. The Khoai Shantiniketan region in Bolpur is characterised by a patch of dry forest of Sonajhuri (Acacia Auriculiformis) trees on an eroded landscape of red laterite soil. This unique look of the forest was immortalised by Rabindranath Tagore in many of his compositions. The Sonajhuri forest in Khoai is surrounded by the famous Kopai River (Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) on one side and Ballavpur Forest and Bonerpukur Adivasi Village on other sides. BOOKING DETAILS...
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Singee, Bardhaman – 135 kms from K...

At Singee, you can walk along the paddy fields, marvel at 300-year old terracotta temples, make wishes to the magic tree and sit besides the Brahmani River gazing at the green horizon. There is something for everyone at Singee – a little know village in Bardhaman with a hint of history, culture, untouched village life and endless greenery. If you are harbouring some special interests like bird watching, then you can visit nearby ox-bow lake of Chupir Char in Purbasthali, which is the hotbed for migratory birds. BOOKING DETAILS OF SINGEE Otherwise, history buffs can...
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Agarhati, South 24 Pgs – 66 kms fr...

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...
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Chandpur, Midnapore – 170 kms from...

Chandpur is the newest beach destination near Kolkata. Still untouched by tourists, Chandpur has the cleanest stretch of beach anywhere near Kolkata. This beach is best for spending your weekend frolicking in the briny waters. But, Chandpur reveals its true mystery during full moon nights when the sea seems to turn into silver and the beach golden. In Chandpur, you enjoy the sunset, the early morning walks on the beach and the lonely evenings with your loved ones on the resort’s terrace watching the twinkling stars of the night sky meeting the endless sea. BOOKING...
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Rajendrapur, South 24 Pgs – 42 kms...

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...
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Bawali, Budge Budge – 35 kms from ...

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...
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Raypur, Budge Budge – 35 kms from ...

If you are searching for a nice riverside destination near Kolkata to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace, then Raypur would be an ideal choice. An hour’s comfortable drive across the green paddy fields from the city’s heart would take you to this beautiful destination on the banks of the mighty Ganges. Here, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies meeting the river over the horizon, count the country boats and the ships crisscrossing the river, take a ferry ride across the Ganges, visit a local temple in the evening,...
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Babur Haat, North 24 Pgs – 48 kms ...

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,...
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Krishnanagar, Nadia – 100 kms from...

Krishnanagar is a historical city located at the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mostly renowned for its founder and ruler, Raja Krishna Chandra Rai who was a prominent zamindar of Bengal. During the reign of Raja Krishnachandra, Krishnanagar city flourished as a center of art and culture which the Raja propagated immensely due to his personal artistic and aesthetic bent of mind. The Rajbari thus, stands as a striking example of the Rajas exquisite artistic outlook. The Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace) is the main attraction of this...
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Nabadwip, Nadia – 116 kms from Kol...

Nabadwip is a holy town situated at the picturesque confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The ancient temple town is spread across an area of 11.66 Sq. Km. Nabadwip was historically the erstwhile capital of Bengal during 12th century B.C., which was under the sovereign-ship of Lakshman Sen, the last Hindu Sovereign of Bengal. The town is most legendarily noted for the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who started the famed Gaudiya Vaishnavism movement at this place. Presently, the ancient movement has culminated in the...
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Joypur Forest, Bankura – 140 kms f...

Staying in a dense jungle of Sal and Teak with Spotted Deer herds crossing the lush forest-path every now and then – if this excites you then Joypur Forest can be your next weekend destination. The age-old historic town of Bishnupur with its 17th Century terracotta temples and the Kansabati Dam and lake at Mukutmanipur are also located nearby. You can stay in a resort adjacent to the Joypur Forest, which has its own farm, vegetable garden, a huge lake (Jheel) and is equipped with all modern facilities. With the dense forest surrounding the resort area, this is an...
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Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary – 172...

With an area of 200 hectares Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary located on the fringes of the University town of Bolpur is just the perfect getaway for your next weekend. Just a kilometer from the Viswa Bharati University area, this lush Wildlife Sanctuary is home to three large water bodies (Jheel) which hosts migratory as well as resident birds in plenty. The sanctuary was established in September 1967 and has one of the most successful deer conservation records in the state. It is home to numerous Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and other resident animals like jackals...
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Bankiput, Contai – 160 kms from Ko...

Bankiput is an unexplored beach bordered by a dense forest of Casuarina trees located very near to Kolkata. You would hardly find any mortal soul on the beach excepting the millions of red crabs popping their heads from their burrows. At Bankiput, it’s only the sea – the sand – and the silence for you. No speeding cars on the beach and no picnicking crowds would spoil your day at Bankiput. But, the “horizon-kissing” beach is not the only attraction in Bankiput – there is a fully operational Lighthouse in nearby Dariapur and an age-old...
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Choto Kolagachia, Sunderbans – 82 ...

This is a small riverside town at the confluence of Chota Kolagachia River and Rampur River on the fringe of Sunderban. A small busy Ferry Ghat ferries passengers and goods to different parts of Sunderban from here. Country boats pass through the river every minute carrying daily supplies of Sundarban and you can spend the whole day sitting in your guesthouse’s balcony watching the tides of the river, the passing boats and the setting sun. You can also take a walk in the nearby villages and witness the daily chores of the villagers, the fishermen bringing their...
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Dhuturdaha, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms ...

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...
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Monchasa, Contai – 130 kms from Ko...

Whenever we plan for a vacation, most of the time we stay at some plush, contemporarily decorated hotel or resort, which oozes an artificial flavor. But sometimes, our heart yearns for something natural, devoid of any artificiality. So if you seek to savor original village culture and authentic earthen traditions come to Monchasa, brimming with a true sentiment of natural India. It is the first rural based sustainable eco-tourism initiative in India, which is promoted to support a very special social cause. Located on the banks of Bagda River in the remote village of...
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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...
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Sonajhuri, Santiniketan – 165 kms ...

At Sonajhuri you can enjoy the lost charm of Shantiniketan with the winding village roads, untouched forests, Adivasi Villages, the Kopai River and the Khoai region. Sonajhuri is situated very near to the northern side of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Those who do not like the crowded Visva Bharati area but want the peaceful Shantiniketan then Sonajhuri should be the choice. The area is between the Shyambati Canal and the Sonajhuri jungle. With plenty of greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) this is...
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Sajnekhali, Sunderban – 130 kms fr...

If your soul lusts for greenery and adventure, then you will truly treasure your stay at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests at the confluence of River Matla and Gumdi. Sajnekhali being the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger is also a heaven for varied species of birds. From Sajnekhali watch tower you can get a panoramic view of Sunderbans and watch out for deer, tiger and other animals. A Nature Interpretation Centre has been built at Sajnekhali, which is protected by a wired fence. Adjacent to this centre is a crocodile farm, a turtle farm and a...
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Meen Dwip, Haldia – 72 kms from Ko...

If you are lusting to experience few days in a charming river island, then Meen Dwip at Nayachar off the coast of Haldia will not disappoint you. At first, you may find Nayachar to be a mere muddy island cradled on the Haldi riverbed, spanning an area of 40 sq. km but gradually after exploring this serene island, you will realize the potential of this wonderful place admired for its natural beauty. The exotic view of River Haldi bounding the island truly offers visual pleasure. However, the unavailability of mobile network may cause some inconvenience to the tourists but...
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Falta, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms from ...

Located just 51 kms from Kolkata on the banks of River Hooghly, Falta is a popular weekend destination repleted with history. The British took refuge here after Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah captured Kolkata and the Dutch had a factory here long before Indian Independence. But much before the British or the Dutch, nearly 1000 years ago Tamluk near Falta was a flourishing Buddhist centre. Falta is a true river town, few kilometers to the south of Falta, River Damodar meets River Hooghly (River Ganges is called by this name here) and few kilometers to the north River Rupnarayan...
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Beloon Eco Village, Bardhaman-175 kms fr...

Want to spend a relaxing, peaceful holiday away from the humdrum of city life? Have only a weekend to spare out of your busy schedule? Don’t worry! It will only take a weekend to rediscover the rural life of Beloon Eco Village and rejuvenate your senses with a stroll beside the Shibai River, rafting in a nearby lake, watching dolphins in Kalyanpur Ghat, plucking fresh vegetables from the farm and bird watching. Beloon Eco Village is located in Bardhaman District just 175 kms from Kolkata. You would be staying in a traditional mud house, where you can enjoy mouth-watering...
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Diamond Harbour – 50 kms from Kolk...

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...
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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...
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Talsharee, Orissa – 191 kms from Kolkata...

Talsharee or Talsari is located at the border of Orissa and West Bengal where River Subarnarekha meets the Bay of Bengal.  Many people do not feel comfortable amidst the crowd in the sea beaches of Digha and Mandarmani and seek for isolation. For them Talsharee, shrouded in the envelope of tranquility will be an ideal destination. The Chandaneshwar Temple and Udaipur Beach is just a few minutes from Talsharee. You can walk along the Mohona (Confluence) and enjoy the kilometer long beach all to yourself. BOOKING DETAILS OF TALSHAREE Places to see in Talsharee: Talsharee is...