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Choto Kolagachia, Sunderbans – 82 kms from Kolkata...

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 daily catch and the changing landscape. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHOTO KOLAGACHIA Places to see in Choto Kolagachia: This is at the confluence of two rivers – Chota Kolagachia and Rampur, which gives rise to Boro Kolagachia River. The Boro Kolagachia River ultimately meets Raimongal River downstream. [AFG_gallery id=’90’] Distant chimneys of nearby brick kilns on the riverside, villages, Ferry Ghats, few abandoned temples, mosques, fishing lakes (Bheris) and endless network of rivers make Choto Kolagachia a great weekend spot. Bounded by two rivers, this small village on the fringe of Sunderban is a perfect destination for nature lovers. Nearby attractions of Choto Kolagachia: You can hire a boat from the Ferry Ghat and visit few villages in Sundarban across the river. The guesthouse would arrange a local guide to take you to the nearby villages and show you few attractions too. If you have some time, then you can hire a boat and visit various parts of Sunderban like Jhingeykhali Watch Tower and Marichjhapi village within two hours. You can also visit Buridabri or Hemnagar in Sunderbans from here. Things to do in Choto Kolagachia: The rivers are the lifeline here and you can spend the whole day watching the tides and passing boats from the lawn of your guesthouse. You can always hitch a ride from a passing boat on the river for a few hours or take guided village – walks with a local villager. If you inform the guesthouse authorities in advance, they can also arrange local cultural programs like Tusu Dance, Monosha Bhasan and Bonobibi Jatra. Bird watching and wildlife watching are two other activities you can enjoy here. Best time to visit Choto Kolagachia: The dark clouds spread over the horizon and the river during monsoons. In winters, birds chirp all around the villages and the cool river wind soothes the soul during the summer. Choto Kolagachia can be visited anytime of the year. How to reach Choto Kolagachia: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Malancha. From Malancha, you have to go ahead to Sarberia from where you have to take a left turn towards Dhamakhali. There are also buses from Kolkata connecting Dhamakhali. The guesthouse is just a walk from the Dhamakhali Bus stop. It takes around 2 hours from Science City Crossing on EM Bypass to reach Dhamakhali. Lodging and dining facilities in Choto Kolagachia: There is only one guesthouse with four Double Bed rooms and a dormitory. The rivers flow just beside the guesthouse, which has a lovely lawn, a couple of viewpoints, a children’s park and other facilities like attached Western bathrooms, canteen, car parking and hot water geysers. Every room in the guesthouse has a balcony facing the rivers. The guesthouse is available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight. Food served...
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Dhuturdaha, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms from Kolkata...

Just 51 kms from Kolkata, Dhuturdaha is a serene village with endless stretches of fishing lakes (bheri), vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, local temples and different shades of village life. It’s a nice place to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace. At Dhuturdaha, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies over the green horizon, get together with your family and friends beside the pond, do some fishing and dip your tired legs in the pond. But, Dhuturdaha is not only rustic life without daily facilities, here you have some of the best resorts you can find around Kolkata with AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which make our life comfortable. Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHUTURDAHA Places to see in Dhuturdaha:The main attraction of Dhuturdaha are the uncountable number of fishing lakes. These lakes stretch as far as you can see over the horizon. The village is dotted with vegetable gardens blooming with all types of vegetables from cabbages and cauliflowers to ladies fingers. You can also visit the local temple under the shadows of a Peepal tree or watch the local women sifting rice under the wood-plaque (Dheki). Village life is Dhuturdaha’s main attraction – ducks puddling around in ponds, farmers ploughing their fields, fisherman casting their nets and the local shopkeeper selling groceries. For more photos of Dhuturdaha click here Nearby attractions of Dhuturdaha: Malancha is a nearby destination just 15 kms from Dhuturdaha. This small town has one of the biggest Fish Markets in West Bengal. At Malancha you would see the mighty Icchamati River meeting the Vidyadhari River. You can also stop over the bridge over Vidyadhari River and enjoy the sunset. This side of the riverbank is dotted with brick kilns and their towering chimneys line up the riverbank for miles – it’s an amazing sight. On the way to Dhuturdaha from Kolkata, you would come across Ghusighata Lock gate, where few local canals meet – this is nice stopover too. Things to do in Dhuturdaha: The best thing to do is to watch the little things of village life pass around you. You can do casual birdwatching of some local birds around Dhururdaha and walk around the fringes of the fish lakes. You can also enjoy boating within the resort and try your hand in fishing. You can also play outdoor games in the nearby fields and take long village walks. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then try to visit Malancha. You can watch the sunset over the Bidyadhari River from here or take a country boat to cross over to Chaital on the other side. A visit to a nearby brick kiln can also be a nice experience. There is one more thing you can do – if you love eating fish. You can stop at Malancha’s Fish market to buy some freshly caught fish at great prices while returning from Dhuturdaha. How to reach Dhuturdaha: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Minakha. From Minakha, you can take the road going right to Dhuturdaha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will cross Minakha. You have to get down at Minakha and take a local Auto Rickshaw to Dhuturdaha. Lodging and dining facilities at Dhuturdaha: Dhuturdaha has a...
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Monchasa, Contai – 130 kms from Kolkata...

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 Paushi, in East Midnapur district of West Bengal, it has an interesting story behind its development. BOOKING DETAILS OF MONCHASA There is an orphanage called Antyodoy Anath Ashram in Paushi. The primary aim of this orphanage is to provide food and shelter to the parent-less children or single parent children, abandoned by their family. The orphanage is operated by Sri Balaram Karan, who was an owner of a medicine shop at Kalianagar. To run the orphanage, he sold out most of his assets. After sometime, an ashram was constructed to provide shelter to the destitute children. Now, to support this noble cause, Mon Chasha has been built, which is a sprawling eco-tourism project. For more photos of Monchasa click here Places to see in Monchasa: Explore the location to enjoy some wonderful view. The Shalmoli Bithi, which is the plantation area of the project offers a real visual treat. You will find wide species of fruits, flowers, vegetables and spices. The authority of the project is also taking the effort of tagging the plants with their significances and name in local language along with its scientific name, to enrich the knowledge of the visitors. You will also found many plants having medicinal importance, like Ram Tulsi – Bon Tulshi – Krishna Tulshi (Holy Basil), Aamlaki (Goose Berry), Boyar (Baheda), Hartuki (Haritaki) and Neem trees. Visit Ishani and Naitri, the huge fish tanks (jheel), where large numbers of fish including Rui, Katla, Mrigel, Kalbous, Carp, Telapia, Puti, Mourala are bred completely naturally. For the conservation of traditional cultural heritage, “Sahajiya” has been built, which is a platform for local cultural performances as Chhau, Raibneshe Jatra Pala, Baul Fakir Darbesh and other programs. The other options include slide presentation, film show or story telling. The Sahajiya cultural centre is a straw / hogla thatched circular clay court beautified with green grass. Guests need to sit on the ground over hand crafted Madur. Do not miss Nabya Nakshi, the handicraft centre promoted by this project. There is also a plan for promoting Nakshi Kantha, one of the most treasured handicrafts of Bengal, to support the local self help group. You can also visit Aamar Bangla, where you will find numerous attractions like Dhenki, Kumorer Chaak, Tamt, Langol – Moi, Hand Painted Alpana, Pot Chitra, Typical Styled Tulshi Mancha, Machh Dhorar Jal, Chhip, Gachhe Jholano Hnarite Payra, Mouchak, Borshar Toka, Kendupatar Borshati, Lau Macha etc. Nearby attractions of Monchasa: The temple of Bahiri which dates back to the Middle Ages is just a few kilometers from Mon Chasa. The historically significant town of Tamluk boasting of a thousand year old Devi Barghobhima Temple (one of the popular Shakti peeths), a Rajbari, a museum and Rakhit Bati – the secret centre of freedom fighters is also located nearby. You can also visit Mandarmuni – the popular beach destination within an hours drive. Things to do in Monchasa: You can visit...
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Bird watching spots near Kolkata

01. Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah (more details) The Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur covers some 270 acres of land, located by the Hugli River and is some 230 year old. This place is indeed a heaven for bird-watchers as it houses a wide variety of bird species that also includes a small percent of water-bird species as well. Birds found here include Stork-billed Kingfisher, Rufous Woodpecker, Brown Hawk Owl, Bronzed Drongo, Black Bittern, Greenish and Yellow-browned Warbler, Lineated Barbet, Booted Eagle and Black-naped Oriole. Beside, some rarest species of birds like Black-capped Kingfisher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Red-breasted Parakeet and Eurasian Cuckoo can also be spotted here. How to reach: The Indian Botanic Gardens is located in Shibpur, Howrah district with Howrah Station being the nearest railway station. This particular place can be reached by boarding a ferry service from Bichali Ghat in Metiabruz or by crossing the Vidyasagar Setu as one of the exits of the bridge will lead to the garden. 2. Rajarhat Bypass Although most parts of the marshy land of Rajarhat have been taken over for developments of new townships, this area is perfect for wetland birds and that is the reason why it attracts a good number of species of birds like Asian Openbills, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Breeding Oriental Praticoles and Ashy Woodswallows among others. Besides, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Harriers, Black-shouldered Kite and Common Kestrel are common sights during the morning time. Smaller birds like Bengal Bushlark, Oriental Reed Warbler, Oriental Skylark and Bluethroat can also be spotted. How to reach: Rajarhat Bypass can be reached easily by taking the bypass that leaves Kolkata Airport and leads to Kolkata. 3. Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur, 24 Parganas (more details) This is a tiny sanctuary of 17 acre and is housed in an old and deserted orchard with grassland surrounding it. Wide number of bird species can be seen here including Oriental Honey-buzzard, Slaty-legged Crake, Scaly Thrush, Eurasian Woodcock, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Tickell’s Thrush, White-eyed Buzzard, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Large-billed Reed Warbler, Changeable Hawk Eagle and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo. How to reach: Also known as Koyeler Bagan is located in South 24 Parganas, very close to the Rathtala Bus stop. The sanctuary is some 10 km form Ruby General Hospital and can be reached by buses and auto-rickshaws from Garia. Or, boarding a private bus can be equally convenient as they halt at Rathtala. 4. Nalban Fishery Complex (more details) The Nalban Fishery Complex is a huge inter-connected water body that is under the usage of commercial fishery. Good variety of bird species like Purple and Grey Heron, Great and Intermediate Egret, Black-headed Gulls, Rubythroat, Baillon’s and Ruddy Crake, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warblers, Watercock, Common Shelduck, Grey-headed Lapwing and others can be found here. Some 150 species of birds have been recorded in this area. How to reach: Nalban Fishery Complex starts from the border of the Saltlake Technology Park in Salt Lake. There are many local buses, metered taxis and mini buses that connect Nalban Fishery Complex with the rest of the city. 5. Santragachi Jheel, Howrah (more details) The Santragachi Jheel is some 13,75,000 square feet and becomes the home to some 4000 to 5000 water birds, especially during the winter months. Water hyacinth covers most part of the water body with very less green cover. Species of birds like Northern Pintail, Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Ferruginous Pochard, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Comb Duck and Baikal Teal can be found in good numbers...
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Sonajhuri, Santiniketan – 165 kms from Kolkata...

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 an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. The traditional life of the Santhali community with their local art and culture make Sonajhuri a heritage destination. Moreover, you can find the local crafts along with the traditional delicacies being sold at the famous Shonajhuri Haat (weekly market) on every Saturday. The famous Baul singers of Shantiniketan also perform in this Haat. BOOKING DETAILS OF SONAJHURI Places to see in Sonajhuri: The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offers a serene atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region. Sonajhuri Home stay Photographs 123► The slow flowing Kopai River (Rabindranath Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) and the Baul singers along the banks are special attractions. The Banerpukur tribal village inside the forest area shouldn’t be missed as it gives a chance of close encounter with the local tribes living there. Nearby attractions of Sonajhuri: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is just a kilometer from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn’t miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or Rabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 kms from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti’s Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby. The 14th century Surtheshwar Temple is only 8 kms from here on the way to Illambazar whereas Nannoor – the birthplace of the famous poet Chandidas is just 23 kms away. You can also visit Dangali Kali Temple nearby. Another popular destination – Kankalitala Temple, which is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Sati is around 9 kms from Sonajhuri. You can also visit the famous Gar Jungle from here located 30 kms via Illambazar. Other popular nearby destinations include Kenduli, Bakreshwar, Maithon, Tarapith and Durgapur Barrage. Things to do at Sonajhuri: Take a leisure morning stroll through the Sonajhuri jungle to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. The jungle is clear and devoid of wild animals so you can also take your kids...
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Sajnekhali, Sunderban – 130 kms from Kolkata...

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 pond inhabited by sharks. A number of watchtowers are built throughout Sajnekhali for wildlife viewing. Apart from tigers, the forest also offers shelter to animals like Fishing Cats, Wild Boar, Macaques, Flying Fox, Chital, Pangolin and others. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAJNEKHALI Places to see in Sajnekhali: You can spot the daily life of the wild animals from Sajnekhali Watch Tower. You can also visit the Nature Interpretation Centre to discover more information about Sunderbans and its inhabitants. There is a crocodile pond where you can watch the feeding frenzy of crocodiles. A smaller turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks can also be found here. You can also spend sometime at the Sajnekhali jetty watching over the mighty Matla River and the passing boats. [AFG_gallery id=’39’] At Shajnekhali, you will truly savor the splendid sight of some exotic birds like Spotted Billed Pelican, Caspian Tern, Fish Eagle, Osprey Herring Gull, Green Backed Heron, Purple Heron, Open Billed Stork, Night Heron, White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Ibis, Grey Heron, Common Kingfisher, Egret and Paradise Flycatcher. This sanctuary is also visited by the rare winter migrants like Asian Dowitchers. Nearby attractions of Sajnekhali: From Sajnekhali jetty, you can catch a ferry to Bhagabatpur Crocodile breeding farm, Halliday Island (famous for Barking Deer) and other parts of Sunderbans.  You can also enjoy a ferry ride to the small village settlement of Gosaba, located in the Canning subdivision. You can also visit Netidhopani, which has the remnants of a mysterious 400-year-old temple. A trip to Kanak is also quite rewarding for travelers, which is the nesting ground of Olive Ridley Turtles. Things to do in Sajnekhali: Apart from touring the sightseeing destinations at Sajnekhali, take out some time to visit the nearby villages. You can interact with the local people of the place and watch their life style to have an insight into their lives. How to reach Sajnekhali: Caning is the gateway of Sajnekhali, where motorboats are available departing for the destination. Canning is well accessible by bus and train services from Kolkata. To reach Sajnekhali, you can also hire boats from Basanti, Gosaba, Namkhana and Najatare, which are well connected by roadway from Kolkata. You can drive straight to Sonakhali and take a 3 hour ferry ride to Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.  Sonakhali is about 90 kms from Kolkata and takes 2.5 hrs by bus from Esplanade. The route is via EM Bypass — Bantala — Ghatak Pukur — Sarberia.  Alternatively, you can also reach Sajnekhali through Basanti (90 kms from Kolkata) and take an auto rickshaw to Gadkhali (another 11 kms away) to arrive at Gosaba. From Gosaba you can catch another ferry (about 20 mins) to reach Sajnekhali. Best time to visit Sajnekhali: You can visit Sajnekhali throughout the year but the best time to visit Sajnekhali is from September to March. Many tourists also fall under the spell...
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Meen Dwip, Haldia – 72 kms from Kolkata...

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 travellers like you would love to get a day or two off from this hectic city life amidst such exotic natural splendor. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEEN DWIP Places to see in Meen Dwip: This serene island of Meen Dwip is entirely dependent on fishing and fisheries. Sunset over the Haldi River and its estuary (Mohona), endless green fields to soothe your eyes, huge bheris (fishing ponds) and the Haldi River are few things you would love to see in Meen Dwip Nearby attractions of Meen Dwip: The town of Haldia is admired by a number of nearby tourist attractions, which you can visit on your way to Meen Dweep or while returning from this River Island. Some of the destinations of Haldia, which you love to visit from Meen Dwip are Kukrahati, Moynagarh, Tamluk Rajbari, Gopalijew Temple, Muktidham temple, Haldia Dock and Balughata River Side Sunset Point.  Destinations on the other side of Haldia like Raichak and Daimond Harbour can also be visited from Meen Dwip. Things to do in Meen Dwip: Carry with you some outdoor sports equipment like badminton, which you will truly enjoy playing amidst such scenic natural surrounding. You can explore the island whole day and also have picnic on the banks of Haldi River.  Enjoy a steamer ride or hire a country boat to sail through Haldi River, enjoying the cool and refreshing breeze. How to reach Meen Dwip: Nestled in the riverbank of Haldi at Nayachar, this quaint island of Meen Dwip is connected with Haldia by Ferry Service. In order to reach the destination, firstly, you need to travel to Raichak either by train or by car or bus. After reaching Raichak, you need to avail the ferry service for Kukrahati, which is the gateway to the port city of Haldia. Haldia Municipality operates ferry services at a regular interval of 30 minutes and it takes around 15 minutes to reach Kukrahati. From Kukrahati, take a cycle van for Patikhali and then again enjoy a ferry service on the river Haldi to Meen Dwip at Nayachar. You can also drive to Haldia (around 150 kms away) directly from Kolkata and then catch a ferry to Kukrahati. Best time to visit Meen Dwip: You can visit the place any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Meen Dwip: There is only one guesthouse at Meen Dwip managed by Fisheries Department offering decent accommodation and dining facilities. Relish some fresh shrimps and varieties of fish preparation at the local eateries. Contact us for booking this accommodation at Meen Dwip at Nayachar. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEEN...
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Falta, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms from Kolkata...

Located just 51 kms from Kolkata on the banks of River Hooghly, Falta is a popular weekend destination repleted with history. The British took refuge here after Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah captured Kolkata and the Dutch had a factory here long before Indian Independence. But much before the British or the Dutch, nearly 1000 years ago Tamluk near Falta was a flourishing Buddhist centre. Falta is a true river town, few kilometers to the south of Falta, River Damodar meets River Hooghly (River Ganges is called by this name here) and few kilometers to the north River Rupnarayan meets River Hooghly. Apart from its riverside beauty, Falta is also known for the beautiful farmhouse of the famous Bengali scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. Falta also plays host to business guests and it falls under SEZ (Special Economic Zone). BOOKING DETAILS OF FALTA Places to see in Falta: The whole town has grown along the banks of River Hooghly. There are parks and walkways all along the river bank for you to enjoy your long-cherished evening walks along the river banks. The Bose Bigyan Mandir is the farmhouse of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. It is a beautiful farmhouse with a lovely garden and lots of trees. For more photos of Falta click here Picnics are also allowed on the grounds of this farmhouse. You can visit the Falta Jetty and watch the ferries carrying passengers the whole day. However,  the best thing to do in Falta is to take long walks along the riverside. Nearby attractions of Falta: Diamond Harbour is only half hour’s drive from here and Raichak can be reached in minutes. The riverside towns of Gadiara and Geonkhali are located on the other side of the river and takes less than an hour. You can also visit the riverside town of Nurpur, just 30 mins from Falta. The historic town of Tamluk in East Midnapore on the bank of River Rupnarayan is also not far and so is the Industrial town of Haldia. Things to do in Falta: You can spend your evenings taking long walks along the coast of River Hooghly, take a boat ride on Ganges or arrange a picnic in any spot along the river bank. Bird watching and village walks are other activities to enjoy here. How to reach Falta: It is located on the banks of River Hooghly around 51 kms from Kolkata. If you are availing public transport then take the bus SD9 or SD9/1 from Esplanade heading towards Nurpur. Another bus SD14 leaves from Taratolla and also reaches Falta. If you are availing train, then you have to get down at Diamond Harbour Station and catch a minibus to this destination. Most buses and trekkers from Diamond Harbour would reach Nainnan More. From Nainnan More (Crossing), you would get shared Auto Rickshaws to the hotels of Falta. Best time to visit: Falta can be visited anytime of the year. It is a nice weekend river destination for a family getaway. Lodging and dining facilities in Falta: Situated on the banks of River Hooghly, this luxurious fully AC resort has every facility to make your weekend trip enjoyable. Suites, Deluxe rooms and Standard rooms are decked with TVs, Intercoms, attached Western baths with bathtubs and all modern facilities you can imagine. Lush lawns, Children’s Park, Conference Halls with capacities up to 200 guests, a turquoise Swimming Pool, Play room, private parking space, sit-out areas on each floor facing the river, separate...
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Beloon Eco Village, Bardhaman-175 kms from Kolkata...

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 Bengali meals of freshly picked vegetables and freshly caught fishes. You can also volunteer in conserving the local wildlife and rehabilitating them in nearby forests. BOOKING DETAILS OF BELOON ECO VILLAGE Places to see in Beloon Eco Village: While in Beloon Eco Village, you can take a walk on the lush grasslands, alongside River Shibai and watch migratory and local birds frolicking the whole day. You can take a bullock cart ride to roam around the entire village and pluck some garden fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm and enjoy them. But the best thing to do in Beloon Eco Village is to sit idle and watch the boats crossing the Shibai River, the green lush paddy fields swaying like waves with the wind and the endless white ocean of Kash Phool welcoming hope and prosperity of the future. For more photos of Beloon click here Nearby attractions of Beloon Eco Village: Beloon Eco Village is very near to Choto Pukur, which is a wetland, where animals and migratory birds like White-throated Kingfisher, Bramhiny Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Wooly-necked stork frequent in thousands every year. Just 15 km from Beloon Eco Village is Attahas which is famous for being one of the “Satipith” pilgrimages of Hindus. Attahas also has a flourishing population of Fruit Bats and Open – Billed Storks, which birdwatchers would love to spot. A little far from Beloon Eco Village is Kalyanpur Ghat, where you can still spot the endangered species of Gangetic dolphins frisking on the water. Nayachar, some 20 km from Beloon Eco Village, is an island on the River Ganges, where many wildlife species and migratory birds inhabit. There is a village named Musharu, which is popular for being the home of the venomous cobras, who are worshipped here as deities. Hence this village is also called Snake Village. While returning, you can also visit the nearby major town of Kalna, which is famous for its 108 groups of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Things to do in Beloon Eco Village: You can catch fish from the nearby lake and ask your host to cook it while you enjoy rafting in Choto Pukur. In winters, you can enjoy fresh Date Palm juice (Khejur Rosh) in the early mornings and during your stay if someone in nearby village spots a honey comb then you may get the privilege to enjoy some fresh honey too. You can also get engaged in activities like rescuing wild animals and releasing them, studying the behavior of the wildlife and boating on River Shibai. Camping is another popular activity done in this place. You can also volunteer in social activities like teaching, re-vegetation and health checkups. If you visit during the festivals of Bolan Gaan and Jhapan, you can see the local people enthusiastically participating in these festivals. How to reach Beloon Eco Village: You can reach Beloon Eco...
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Diamond Harbour – 50 kms from Kolkata...

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

It happens that a weekend tour to a less famed destination often turns out to be an extremely exciting trip, with loads of fun and frolic. The quaint village of Routpara located in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district is such a destination, which can offer you with some interesting experience. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROUTPARA Places to see in Routpara: Rotupara, better to term as a temple city of Bengal, upholds the blend of the two architectural style of temples in Bengal – Ratna (pinnacle) and Chala (sloping roof). The region is famous for housing five temples, three of which have already turned into ruins. You can visit the Mangal Chandi Temple admired with 13 pinnacles, though none of the pinnacles are in decent condition. The sites of the ruins of the other two speaks about the lost glory of the exquisite architecture of the temples. The fourth temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva, which was probably built afterwards. However, do not miss the prime attraction of the region, the Durga Mandir, the architectural grandeur of which is not much affected by time. It is also probably the biggest terracotta panel across the Indian State of West Bengal.  This grand temple is maintained by the West Bengal archaeology Department. You will be amazed to see the exquisite and intricate terracotta carvings on the three entrances of the temple. The large terracotta panel of Devi Durga on the entrance is truly admirable. This panel is bordered by small sized panels of Ganesh and Lakshmi on the left and Kartik and Saraswati on the right. If you want to explore further, step to the main road to locate another notable octagonal structure of Rashmancha. Though the structure has been renovated, but the modernized version does not hold its past elegance. You can also locate ruins of another Rashmancha, while walking towards Arambagh. Move a little further to view the arched gateways of the Shiva Kutir, a deserted structure, now covered with foliage. Nearby attractions around Routpara: Tarakeshwar temple is a very popular attraction nearby. Things to do in Routpara: You can visit the temples and the ruined temple sites of the location, which are of major historical importance for their architectural style. Explore the region to locate some other historic terracotta structures. How to reach Routpara: In order to reach the destination, you need to board the Tarakeswar Local from the Howrah station. Get off at the Tarakeswar station, from where buses are available to Bali Dewanganj. Drop down at Haldapara, from where you can locate a meandering road leading to Routpara.  It takes around an hour and 45 minutes to reach the destination. Map of Routpara [mqMap key=”mJRj” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.850847109741103,88.04394889316129&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Routpara: You can visit the destination any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Routpara: Tourists usually do not stay at Routpara, and there are no such lodging facilities available. So, it is better to find accommodation at Arambagh, from where Routpara is easily accessible. Decent dining facilities are also offered in the hotels and lodges of Arambagh. Moreover, there are also many eateries. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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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 a sea beach where River Subarnarekha meets the Bay of Bengal. This long and deserted sea beach stretching for miles is a treat to the eyes. The famous Chandaneshwar temple is just a few minutes from Talsharee. There is also a Wholesale Fish Market in Talsharee, from where you can buy fresh fish at bargain rates. Images of Talsari For more photos of Talsari click here. Nearby attractions of Talsharee: You can easily travel to Digha, bustling with tourists, hotels and local shops, the nearest destination from Talsharee. Other new found beaches like Mandarmuni, Tajpur and Shankarpur is also near to Talsharee. You can also walk down to the sea beach of Udaypur or take sometime to visit Bakiput near Junput via Contai to enjoy a climb to the top of a lighthouse in Dariapur.   Things to do in Talsari: Enjoy the unexploited ambiance of Talshari with all your senses. Explore the lifestyle of the fisherman dwelling in the area. Bargain for some fresh fish in the mornings and take it to the hotel’s cook. The expansive beach looks great during moonlight nights with the snaking River Subarnarekha crisscrossing the beach. You can also hire a boat and cross the knee-deep river to reach the other side of the beach, which is a huge sand island with Casuarina groves. How to reach Talsari: You can reach Talsari by car taking the route to Digha. You can also travel direct to Digha by train and rent a car or local trekkers to reach Talsharee. Best time to visit Talsharee: Talsharee welcomes tourists throughout the year. The dark clouds roll over the horizons during monsoons and the sparkling weather of the winter is just right to spend the day on the beach. Lodging and Dining facilities in Talsharee: Our private hotel in Talsharee has four-bedded AC rooms and non AC Double bedded rooms with attached western bathrooms, televisions, hot water geysers and a fabulous terrace overlooking the sea and the golden beach.  The beach is just a minute from this hotel and the temple of Chandaneshwar is also located nearby. Essentially Bengali cuisine is served in the hotel and the prices are very moderate.   Photographs by Debkinkar Baidya, Pratyush Sengupta. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Machranga Dwip, Hasnabad – 75 kms from Kolkata...

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

Lately, Raichak has emerged as a sought after weekend destination, a drive away from Kolkata, offering spectacular view of the river Ganges and the 18th century Radisson Fort or the Raichak Fort. The small and charming town of Raichak is located in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. Nestled on the bank of River Hooghly, Raichak is 15 kms from Diamond Harbour and 50 kms from Kolkata and acts as a connecting link between Haldia and Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO RAICHAK Places to see in Raichak: The prime tourist attraction of the region is the Raichak Fort, which was built by the British East India Company in the year 1783. However, post-independence the fort was in deplorable condition, which was undertaken by the Carlton Group of Hotels and the Bengal Ambuja Group in the late nineties and was transformed into a deluxe resort – Radisson Fort. Though entry at the site is restricted only for the guests, but you can highly savor the wonderful sight of the resort. The hotel also treasures some memorabilia of the British period, which include a clock, a grand piano, perfume bottles and swords. You can also visit the port city of Haldia situated on the other side of the river Hooghly. Nearby attractions around Raichak: If you want to explore further afield, organize an exciting trip to Diamond Harbor, 15 km from Raichak. Diamond Harbor used to be a bustling port of the British, where you can still find large ocean vessels. Tourists are truly amazed by the natural beauty of the place. The site also houses the ruins of an ancient Portugese Fort called Chingrihkali Fort, known as the refuge of the Portugese pirates. You can also spot a lighthouse at the site. Many tourists also visit the Ashram of Sharisha Ramakrishna Mission located here.   You can also enjoy a tour in the neighboring township of Joynagar or visit nearby Gadiara. Things to do in Raichak: Savor the scenic beauty of Raichak and the spectacular sunset on the river Hooghly. The ferry rides or the boat rides from the Raichak Jetty and Nupur Jetty to Gadiara or Kukhrahati is truly exciting. Relish the scrumptious Bengali cuisines available at Raichak. In visiting Diamond Harbor you can also book a daylong river cruise trip. How to reach Raichak: Raichak lies at a driving distance from Kolkata. You should drive down the Diamond Harbour Road from Behala in southern Kolkata to reach Sarisha in about 30 mins and take a right turn just before Diamond Harbour. Raichak is another 5 kms from here. Best time to visit Raichak: The ideal time of visiting Raichak is during the period between October and March, when the temperature drops down and becomes pleasant. Lodging and dining facilities in Raichak: Apart from Fort Radisson, you can also get budget accommodation options in Raichak. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Raidighi, Sunderbans – 110 kms from Kolkata...

If you are yearning for a break from your bustling city life, plan for a weekend holiday at Raidighi, which is truly an enchanting weekend destination. The small town of Raidighi is located on the way to Sunderban. The location is one of its kind, offering something for each kind of traveler – be a nature lover or religious or adventure minded tourist.  The nearby Jatar Deul, located seven kilometers from Raidighi and a boat ride along the fringes of Sunderbans would be an experience of a lifetime. The most memorable part is to watch the sun going down over the Sunderbans. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAIDIGHI Raidighi is a popularly gateway of Sunderban, the place offers a real visual treat to the nature lovers. You can savor a breathtaking view of emerald green vegetation and forest covering major portion of Raidighi. The site also boasts of some exotic wildlife and birds. The River flowing through Raidighi is blessed with loads of fishes and crabs. Apart from these, the place also has religious importance, as it houses a number of temples and shrines. Moreover, the place also treasures some remarkable architectures belonging to the Maurya, Gupta, Pal and Sen Periods. Raidighi has been named after a large water body. Many decades ago, Raidighi was known as Rainagar. During 1489 AD, Rainagar was established by Shubuddhi Ray, who was the ruler of Gour. Afterwards, in 1492 AD, his son, Durgadas Ray, dug a huge water body spanning an area of 33 acres and the name of Rainagar was also changed to Raidighi. Today also, the prime attraction of Raidighi is this massive water body. There was a fort called Raimangal Fort in the north-east corner of the water body, which was attacked by emperor Akbar in 1595 AD, where he wage a war against Rangeela Ray, the son of Durgadas Ray. Thus, if you want to savor the authentic essence of rustic Bengal, Raidighi is undoubtedly one of the prime destinations. [AFG_gallery id=’63’] Places to see in Raidighi: Raidighi is a small town on the fringes of the Sunderbans. You can take a ride in a launch and roam around the rivers of Sunderban and watch the wonder of nature and wildlife unfolding. Sunset over the Sunderban is a spectacular site. Temple of Tripura Sundari: This age-old temple is located just five minutes away from Krishnachandrapur. The temple is noteworthy as it was blessed by Sri Chaitanya on his way to Nilachal. The fourhanded deity of the Goddess of Shakti, worshipped in the temple truly evokes a sense of spirituality.   Padapith Tirtha: During 1510 AD, people at Gaur were experiencing unrest, due to the war, which broke out between Hussain Shah, the Nawab of Gaur and Prataprudra, the King of Orissa. At this point of time, Sri Chaitanya, who preaches the doctrine of peace and love, visited the house of Ramchandra Khan, a reputed scholar in the village. Now, the footprint of Sri Chaitanya has been preserved at the place, which gradually became popular as ‘Padapith Tirtha’. Jatar Deul: This huge deul measuring 60 feet in height is a historical structure. It was built by Raja Jayanta Chandra during 975 AD. Temple of Andhamuni: This temple is located nearby Andhamunitala. It is a strong belief of the locals that a number of ailments, especially related to eye are recovered by offering prayers in this temple. Barashi Shiva Temple: This is an ancient temple of Shiva located at a distance of...