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Nachan, Bardhaman – 188 kms from Kolkata...

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 is a nature park with flower beds, children’s park and gazebos adjacent to the bungalow which overlooks the lake. Just a minute’s walk along the lakeside would take you to the log gates and further to the nearby villages and paddy fields along the lakeside. The Sal forest area of Shyampur and its surrounding marshlands which is only a kilometer from here is frequented by different species of storks, cranes, commorants and water hens. For more photographs of Nachan click here Nearby attractions of Nachon: Located within villages surrounded by forests, Nachan is just 20 kms. from the famous Garh Jungle. This dense Sal forest is guarded by the Ajoy River on one side where you would find the village of Kenduli – the birthplace of the great poet Jaidev. You can venture further into the jungle to discover the ruins of an ancient fortress (Garh) and the century-old brick built Deul of Icchai Ghosh in Shikhara style dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati. Apart from your jungle tour, you can visit Durgapur Barrage on River Damodar or a day trip to even Shantiniketan is also possible. Things to do at Nachan: You can take long morning walks along the lakeside or simply while your time watching the clouds floating over the Nachon Lake. The silence of the misty mornings is broken by the chirping of birds and few school kids from the villages would come down in the afternoons to frolic in the lake waters. Apart from sightseeing in the surrounding jungles, bird watching in the nearby marshlands would be very rewarding too. Guests can also enjoy boating in the Nachon Lake and picnics can also be arranged beside Durgapur Barrage. How to reach Nachan, Bardhaman:  You can reach Nachan by car as well as by rail. The nearest rail station is Durgapur, which is around 22 kms. from Nachon. You can hire local taxis to reach Nachan from Durgapur Railway Station. Durgapur is also well connected by regular buses from Kolkata. If you are taking your own car, then take NH19 to Durgapur and then take the road towards Nachan from Durgapur. Kolkata to Nachan is Around 188 kms. via NH19. Lodging and dining facilities at Nachan Nature Bungalow: Staying at Nachan Nature Bungalow is for the adventure lovers only. The full guesthouse is allotted to one single group only and the caretaker and cook are the mortal beings to look after the guests. Similar to staying in forest bungalows, the guests would need to do their own shopping for food supplies and hand it over to the cook, who would prepare the food accordingly. The bungalow is decked with all standard facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity and spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the lake and gardens. If you are really trying hard to find some place near Kolkata which can pump up...
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Khoai, Shantiniketan – 165 kms from Kolkata...

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 OF KHOAI The Sonajhuri Forest is probably the cleanest forest you would ever visit, so your early morning forest walks would be a grand success. However, the star attraction of Khoai is the weekly market of Shanibarer Haat (Khoai Boner Annya Haat) held every Saturday, where local artisans sell their creations. For more images of Khoai click here Places to see in Khoai Shantiniketan: Shonajhuri literally means “droplets of gold.” In winters, the Sonajhuri trees shed their tiny yellow flowers and the whole forest seems to have a downpour of gold. You can take long walks along this Sonajhuri forest of Khoai region and visit the adjacent Bonerpukur Gram dotted with the mud houses of the Adivasis (tribals). These houses have walls decorated with paintings of daily life. Khoai Shantiniketan attractions: The Kopai River is just a kilometer away from Khoai. This meandering river with its knee-deep waters inspired Tagore to compose his famous “Amader Choto Nadi“. You would find some Bauls, stringing their Ektaras and singing to the tune of the winds on the banks of Kopai. You can surely visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Ashram – Santiniketan to witness his works. Few things you shouldn’t miss out are the Kala Bhawan, Vishwa Bharati University campus, Geetanjali Theatre, Uttarayan, Shantiniketan House, Chatimtala, Kalo Bari, Rabindra Museum and the various installations of the great sculptor Ramkinkar Baije and others. If you are fond of bird watching, then try to make a trip to the nearby Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary and for the religious minded a visit to Kankalitala should also be on the cards. The Kankalitala Temple located around 10 kms from Khoai is considered one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of Sati. Things to do at Khoai Shantiniketan: A visit to the Shanibarer Haat (Saturday Weekely Market) is one of the prime attractions of staying at Khoai. The weekly market officially known as “Khoai Boner Annya Haat” is a platform for local artisans and small goods traders to showcase their works. The usual items include ethnic jewelry, showpieces, local artworks, garments and even local ethnic Bengalee dishes like pithey and payesh. The Haat starts to gather from around 03:00 pm and ends at around 06:00 pm. Apart from the Shonajhuri Haat, the early mornings are really nice for village walks along the tribal villages and the Khoai region. Bird watching can be enjoyed at nearby Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Baul programs can be arranged on request in the resorts of Sonajhuri in the evenings. How to reach Khoai Shantiniketan: The nearest railway stations are Prantik and Bolpur. There are regular trains from Howrah. Guests can also reach Bolpur by bus from Kolkata. There are regular luxury bus services connecting Kolkata and Bolpur. If you are taking your own car then the shortest route would be taking NH19 first and NH114 from Nababhat. Lodging and dining facilities in Khoai Shantiniketan: Located just beside the Sonajhuri Forest, this resort is equipped with all modern amenities and is counted as...
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Singee, Bardhaman – 135 kms from Kolkata...

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 make a trip to the nearby terracotta temples of Chandra Family and pay respects to the birthplace of Kashiram Das – the composer of Mahabharat in Bengali. Our village guesthouse in Singee is equipped with all modern amenities and commands a great view of the surrounding greenery. You can also take a swim in the guesthouse’s pond or do some angling with a country made fishing rod “Cheep”. For more photographs of Singee click here Places to see in Singee, Bardhaman: You can take your car for the local sightseeing of Singee or the village guesthouse in Singee can arrange for a bullock cart to take you along the muddy village roads. You can start with a visit to the birthplace of Kashiram Das – the poet to compose Mahabharata in Bengali, then you can visit the Navratan structured temple of Buro Shibtala. This temple exudes the typical temple architecture of Bengal in the 18th and 19th Century. Next stop could be the wish-fulfilling magic Banyan tree of Kshetropal. Much older than history, this tree is revered by the villagers for its powers to fulfil wishes of all. In certain auspicious days, animal sacrifices are still held here. Further, along the muddy village roads, crossing paddy fields and vegetable orchards, you would come to the banks of the Brahmani River and a bamboo bridge over it. Nearby attractions of Singee, Bardhaman: Just 22 kms from Singee, is the famous bird watching spot of Chupir Char in Purbasthali. Here, river Ganges takes a sharp turn and creates a marshland which invites migratory birds in winter. If you put up at the village guesthouse in Singee, then you can easily visit Chupir Char in early mornings and late evenings to catch the best moments of the winged visitors. Another nearby attraction is the terracotta temple complex of Chandra Family in Moolti Village. Nearly 300 years old, these terracotta temples represent the Orissa structure of temple building. Still in good shape, these temples and the adjoining Zamindari buildings gives you a feeling of time travelling. Things to do in Singee, Bardhaman: You can take a walk along the village roads or take a swim in the guesthouse’s pond. You can also try your hand in fishing or go for bird watching in the fields and rivers of Singee. Visiting local temples, enjoying bullock cart rides and observing the local rituals and culture are few things you can do here in Singee village. Apart from this, you can spend some quiet evenings with your loved ones, plant some more trees or accompany your children to pick up some fresh vegetables from the guesthouse garden or local fields. How to reach Singee, Bardhaman: If you are travelling by car, then you can take NH19 from Kolkata and cross Singur and reach Jaugram and further take diversions to reach Manteswar and finally Singee. If you are travelling by train, the...
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Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary – 172 kms from Kolkata...

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 and foxes. The whole sanctuary is a protected area with watch towers and jungle paths for tourists to walk around and catch glimpses of deer and other wildlife. There is a nice and cozy private hotel just 5 minutes walk from the sanctuary for the tourists. All the sightseeing attractions of Bolpur can be visited in day trips staying at Ballavpur.  BOOKING DETAILS OF BALLAVPUR WLS Places to see in Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: The main attractions of this sanctuary are the blackbuck deer and spotted deer. There is also a huge tract of wetland created by the three water bodies (Jheel) which hosts thousands of migratory birds in winter like Lesser Whistlings, Pintails, Teals, etc. The sanctuary is also home to a healthy population of resident birds like Black Hooded Orioles, White Bellied Treepies, Commorants, Hoppoes, Egrets and others. Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary Photographs 12► The Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary may lack in size but it is very impressive for its remarkable dense local vegetation comprising Sal, Akashmoni, Sisoo, Cashewnut, Amlaki, Bahera, Haritaki and other trees. The whole sanctuary can be covered by foot and tourists can catch glimpses of wildlife from the watchtowers located at strategic sites. Nearby attractions of Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: The most significant sightseeing options near Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is the Viswa 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. Tagore’s Ashram features a number of buildings namely the Santiniketan building, Dehali, Nutan bari, Kaalo Bari and others. School classes and some major activities are held in the Amro Kunja (Mango Grove). 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, Chatimtala and others. The Rabindra Bhaban Museum popularly called Bichitra houses letters, manuscripts, medals, documents, paintings and certificates associated with Tagore. The 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. 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 kms. from Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Another nice nearby destination is the Tilpara Barrage over River Mayurakshi (around 30 kms away). Sunset from the barrage over River Mayurakshi is a aite to cherish. 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...
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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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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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Supur, Birbhum – 191 kms from Kolkata

Supur, located at a distance of 14 km from Bolpur, is an ideal weekend getaway, which upholds the perfect blend of history and art. Nestled on the riverbank of Ajay River, this small age-old village of Birbhum shot to fame in the 18th century, when the French traders established their base at the site. Supur is known for its terracotta temples built in the Rekh Deul style. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SUPUR Places to see in Supur: Supur can well be termed as a temple town, as you can savor some impressive temple sites. The twin temple of Lalbazar area in Supur is truly noteworthy. These two magnificent temples located inside a walled complex offers visual ecstasy by its exotic architectural style, featuring the ‘Rekh deul’ style of Architecture belonging to the art school of Orissa. One of the temples is octagonal in shape, while the other is patterned in circlular fashion. The octagonal shrine, especially features some extraordinary terracotta panels, on all the eight sides. Most of the panels depict some impressive carvings. For example, the most noteworthy carving is found above the main entrance, depicting Radha and Krishna. The panels are designed intricately attracting the visitors’ eyesight. One of the panels depict an interesting feature of a man riding a lion. There is also a huge panel of goddess Durga with her family at the rear side of the temple. You can also visit the ruins of the Suratheshwar Shiva temple, where you can find some ruined deities, pillars and couple of archaeological samples. Nearby attractions around Supur: You can y organize a tour to Shantiniketan, while making a trip to Supur from Bolpur. Shantiniketan is located at a very close distance from Bolpur. So you can easily hire a car to visit Shantiniketan. Things to do in Supur: Savoring the breathtaking beauty of the temples is the prime activity of the tourists visiting Supur. You can also explore the destination with the help of the local people. How to reach Supur: In order to reach Supur, board a train to Bolpur. From Bolpur station, you can hire a car, which will take around 30-minute to reach Supur. Best time to visit Supur: You can visit Supur any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities Supur: It is better to stay at Bolpur, from where Supur can be reached in 30 minutes by car. You will find a number of accommodation options ranging from luxury to budget hotels in Bolpur. Decent dining facilities are also offered in most of the hotels. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Purbasthali, Bardhaman – 120 kms from Kolkata...

Purbasthali is a small town just 120 kms from Kolkata, located in the district of Bardhaman, between Katwa and Nabadwip. It is situated on the banks of a beautiful oxbow lake that is created by the River Ganga. This lake is 2 to 3 km long and attracts lots of migratory birds during the winter season. Bird-watchers will surely have a gala time here. The whole place of Purbosthali (also known as chupir chor) is generally covered by fruits and flower garden as well as vegetation. Although, the place does not have enough infrastructure for tourism but it is littered with many Zamindar palaces. BOOKING DETAILS OF PURBASTHALI Places to see at Purbasthali: There is a small oxbow lake by the side of the Ganga and is known for its clear water and heavy growth of sweet water plants. This lake attracts a lot of migratory birds during the winter months and becomes a favorite place for bird watchers. Besides, there are some fruit and flower gardens to check out for. Nearby attractions Purbasthali: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby. Nabadwip is famous as the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Hindu Saint and also as a onetime great seat of learning in Bengal. Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON. Things to do Purbasthali: You can enjoy boat ride on the clear water of the lake. The water is so transparent that you can see the underwater vegetation for a long distance. How to reach Purbasthali: Purbasthali is located towards the north of Kolkata and you need travel till Krishnangar. From there, you have to cross the Chaitanya Bridge over the Hooghli River to reach Nabadwip. Follow the same road that will take you to Purbasthali Bazar and a right turn from the railway station will take you behind the station from where, after a drive for sometime, you will reach the place where boats are available. You can also visit Purbasthali by taking a direct train from Howrah heading towards Katwa. It would take around 2.5 hours to reach Purbasthali Station. Catch a rickshaw from the station to reach the Chupir Chor area. Best time to visit Purbasthali: The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February. You must go for bird watching either during the early mornings or late afternoon. Lodging and dining facilities in Purbasthali: There is a small guest house with all basic facilities for tourists and basic dining facilities. There is no such dining facility excepting some roadside shacks near the station. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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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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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...
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Maithan, Bardhaman – 226 kms from Kolkata...

Maithan is an incredible tourist spot located in the converging point of river Damodar and Barakor, found in the boundary line of the two states of West Bengal and Jharkhand. Adorned with small hills and patches of jungle, the immense water body of Maithan covers an area of 66 sq km. The area is also dotted with a number of small islands. Boasting of an exotic natural beauty, it seems that Mother Nature was extra generous while beautifying this very location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAITHAN Places to see at Maithan: This colossal water body belonging to the Damodar Valley Corporation offers a huge array of places of attraction. However, prior permission is required to visit the Hydel Power Project. You can also visit the deer park and bird sanctuary, the two most notable sightseeing locations beside Hydel Power Plant. The temple of Kalyanashwari is also a must see. [AFG_gallery id=’40’] Nearby attractions from Maithan: Those who want to explore further afield can visit the nearby small clusters of villages and Panchet Dam and Reservoir. Things to do in Maithan: Boating on the lake water of Maithan while savoring the wonderful sight of migratory birds is truly an unforgettable experience. Picnics are also organized by many tourist groups in the small islands. You can also try your hand in angling in the lake water. If you intend to pass some quality leisure time with your friends or families, then seat beneath the trees and enjoy a nice tea break. Do not miss the majestic sight of Maithan in a moonlit night. How to reach Maithan: The distance between Kolkata and Maithan is 226 km. So the best way of reaching the destination is by driving along the Durgapur Express way. You can also avail the train to Barakor and then cover the rest 8 km to Maithan by auto. Best time to visit Maithan: Maithan is an ideal destination to enjoy your weekend holiday during the monsoon or in the winter. Lodging and dining facilities at Maithan: We arrange bookings at Maithan for a Tourist Lodge on a hilltop overlooking the dam and lake. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine. The standard facilities include AC / non AC rooms, Dining Hall, lawn and others. Photographs by Prosenjit Das Neogi BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Bakreswar, Birbhum – 230 kms from Kolkata...

Bakreswar is a romantic escape offering visual splendor with its exquisite natural beauty. It is the serene beauty of Bakreswar that appeals the tourists who keep on coming back time after time to this very place. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BAKRESWAR   Places to see at Bakreswar: Shrouded with sheer serenity, the main attraction of this place is the famous hot spring, which is a must visit for all. You can find a number of hot springs in the region, the temperature of which varies from 42 degree to 65 degree. Each hot spring is bestowed with individual names. You will also find a temple of Lord Shiva, located just beside the hot spring. You can locate some other temples as well in the area. Nearby attractions from Bakreswar: Off late, many tourist groups are organizing a combined trip covering both Bakreswar and Shantiniketan, as Bakreswar is not too far from Shantiniketan. You can also visit Massanjore if you can afford some extra time, as the distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is 40 km. Bus services and rented cars are also available to facilitate the tourist in reaching Massanjore. Things to do in Bakreswar: Take a bath in the mineral enriched water of the hot springs in Bakreswar, which is said to have several therapeutic effects. Nice arrangements of bathing have been made in the region. How to reach Bakreswar: Avail the Hool express from Howrah at 6.40 am, which reaches Shiuri at 11.40 am. Mayurakshi Express also runs from Howrah to Shiuri. Buses are also available from Dharamtala till Bakreswar. You can also drive to Shiuri from Kolkata. Bakreswar is located quite close to Shiuri. Best time to visit Bakreswar: Though Bakreswar invites tourists all through the year, but the ideal seasons for visiting the place are monsoon, winter and spring. Lodging and dining facilities at Bakreswar: Decent accommodation facilities are offered along with dining facilities by the hotels located in Bakreswar. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Sabuj Bon, Birbhum – 220 kms from Kolkata...

If you are truly looking for a downtown escape from the pulsating city life, Sabuj Bon will be your ideal weekend tour destination. You will be truly amazed to discover this plantation museum, so close from Kolkata, in a small village called Rasulpur in Birbhum. Spanning an area of around 100 acres, this site features lush green vegetation for about 80 acres and large water body covers the rest of 20 acres. In the monsoon, the smell of the wet red soil and the sound of the pitter-patter raindrops truly create an enchanting atmosphere in Sabuj Bon, which will surely make you forget the hassles of your life. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SABUJ BON Places to see in Sabuj Bon: Shantiniketan, Bolpur, Bhalki Machan, Bardhaman Nearby attractions of Sabuj Bon: If you have some extra time, pay a visit to Shantiniketan to enrich your travel experience Things to do at Sabuj Bon: The Ajoy river offers a delightful backdrop to this Sabuj Bon, admired with amazing greeneries. You can explore this whole region of undulating landscape. Try to recognize the huge varieties of trees and flower in the region. Some notable trees are Nolinas, Cycus, Edenium, Mili, Obesum, Bogenvelia and Panthapadap. How to reach Sabuj Bon: Sabuj Bon is not located very close to Vishwa Bharati. You need to travel from Bolpur (Shantiniketan) station towards Vishwa Bharati by car. Take the first right turn and after crossing the railway track, drive for 12.5 kilometers to locate Sabuj Bon. Best time to visit Sabuj Bon: Sabuj Bon, boasting of its exotic greeneries, welcomes tourists all through the year. However, the best time to visit is the rainy season. Lodging & Dining facilities at Sabuj Bon: Small huts with thatched roofs have been built in this plantation museum using bamboo and clay, offering accommodation facilities. There are also provisions of huts equipped with air condition where as huts with simple fans are also provided. The bathrooms are also furnished with modern facilities. There is also a provision of an open-air dining room in the area, admired with seating arrangements made of bamboo and tiles. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SABUJ...
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Tumbani, Rampurhat – 260 kms from Kolkata...

Tumbani is another great place for spending the weekend, located in the border area of Jharkhand, near Rampurhat. This place is the perfect place to see some natural beauties with red soil merging with the abundant greenery over it. You will find yourself in a picture perfect setting with the Narayanpur Brahmani River at one side, Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Kalipahar forest on the other sides. And in the middle is the beautiful small Tumbani (Tumboni), flanked by forest resorts. BOOKING DETAILS OF TUMBANI Nearby attractions at Tumbani: You can visit the holy place of Moluti, which is although located in a different state, is quite nearby. Things to do at Tumbani: Enjoy the serene tranquility of a rural place with red soil and plenty of greenery. The perfect ambience of Tumbani located in the middle with the Kalipahar forest, Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Narayanpur Brahmani River surrounding it gives you the perfect setting for relaxation. You can also take a stroll along the banks of the river. [AFG_gallery id=’69’] How to reach Tumbani: You can either board Ganadevta Express from Howrah or Kanchanjanga Express from Sealdah to reach Rampurhat. From Rampurhat, you need to travel some 10 kilometers by the road to Dumka. Best time to visit Tumbani: Throughout the year. Lodging & dining facilities at Tumbani: You can avail the two bed-roomed forest bunglow. Dining facilities are offered in the forest bunglow. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Rasulpur, Bardhaman – 96 kms from Kolkata...

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