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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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Mandal Pushkarini, Medinipur – 250 kms from Kolkata...

Though Mandal Pushkarini is not a highly famed weekend destination, but a visit to the place is truly rewarding. Mandal Pushkarini is located in Garbeta, West Medinipur. It is a huge pond located in a forest of Sal and Teak. While, staying at Mondal Pushkarini you can visit the nearby destinations of Garbeta like Sarbamangala temple, Raikota fort, Mangala Lake, Radhaballav temple, Gongoni gorge and Silaboti River. The famous terracotta temple town of Bishnupur is only 20 kms from here. Your stay at Mandal Pushkarini amidst nature will surely rejuvenate you senses. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MANDAL PUSHKARINI Places to see in Mandal Pushkarini: The region around the Mandal Pushkarini is covered with Sal plantation, the branches of which form a canopy. Stroll along the pathway under the shade of the canopy to explore the nearby attractions. Nearby attractions around Mandal Pushkarini: You need to travel for around 15 km. to view the 700-year-old temple at Bagri, nestled on the northern bank of the River Shilabati, which is a notable site around Mandal Pushkarini. The major spots of tourist interests around Mondal Pushkarini are the temple of Sarbamangala and the famous fort of Raikota. The fort features four main gates, namely Rauta Darwaja, Lal Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Pesa Darwaja. The fort is admired with seven ponds on the northern side – Pathuria, Jaltungi, Indra-Puskarini, Mangala, Hadua, Amra Puskarini and Kobesh Dighi. The ponds were dug by the Chauhan Kings of the Bagris. The Sarbamangala temple is the biggest temple located in the northern side of the Mangala Lake, which is a very impressive piece of architecture. You can also find two other temples, namely the Radhaballav temple and the Kameshwar temple, the architectural style of which are similar to the Sarbamangala Temple. Radhaballav temple is a blend of Bengal and Orissa architecture. The temple houses the deity of Radha Krishna, built with black basalt stone. Tourists also flock around the Raghunathji temple or Raghunath Bari. This temple is located in the southern part of Silaboti River. This nine-pillared temple made by Raghunath or the Adi-Malla of Bishnupur is a prime attraction for the tourists. The Gongoni or Gangani gorge od Silabati River also attracts tourist and it is a very popular picnic spot. You can also drive for 20 km. to reach Bishnupur to savor the breathtaking view of the terracotta temples at the site. Things to do in Mandal Pushkarini: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists touring to Mandal Pushkarini. You can also explore the region with the help of the locals. How to reach Mondal Pushkarini: Garbeta is located around 250 km. from Kolkata. The region is well connected by road and railway. You can locate Dhadika Bazar, around 5 km from Garbeta and to find Mondal Pushkarini, you need to travel for another 1.5 km. ahead on the NH 60 towards Raniganj. Best time to visit Mandal Pushkarini: Mandal Pushkarini invites tourists all round the year. Lodging and dining facilities Mandal Pushkarini: You will find forest rest house in the destination, offering affordable lodging facilities and decent dining provisions. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MANDAL...
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Digha, Midnapore – 185 kms from Kolkata...

Digha is the most sought after seaside weekend destination of West Bengal. Popular as a sea resort, it is located in the East Midnapur district at the border with Orissa. Digha has its own charm of being a seaside town for the last 50 or more years. It is dotted with hotels and resorts of every budget, restaurants and bars serving all sorts of cuisine and shacks along the beach selling everything that can be created from sea shells. BOOKING DETAILS OF DIGHA Places to see in Digha: The town of Digha is divided into Old Digha and New Digha. The beaches of Old Digha have all been submerged in the sea and the Govt. has protected the sea with boulders and concrete constructions.  However, Old Digha offers a unique look, admired with huge stones and concrete steps. The beach of the recently developed area of New Digha just 2 km away has nice golden beaches. The beach of the New Digha is quite extensive and is still not exploited and maintained properly. The entire region of Digha is dotted with Casuarina groves. [AFG_gallery id=’72’] Nearby attractions around Digha: You can easily make a number of trips to the nearby destinations of Digha. Only 2 km. west of Digha is the pristine beach of Udaipur, along the border of Orissa and Bengal. Admired with Casuarina trees, the sight of the beach has some unique appeal to the tourists. You can also locate a delta nearby, which marks the confluence of the Subarnarekha River and Bay of Bengal. You can also make a trip to the famous temple of Lord Shiva in Chandaneswar, which is visited by millions of devotees during the Maha Vishuva Sankranti. Junput, Shankarpur, Mandarmuni and Tajpur are tourist hotspots, located near Digha. Another major tourist spot is Talsari, a delta on the Bay of Bengal, located at a distance of 6 km. from Digha. Things to do in Digha: Nothing can be more refreshing than enjoying a stroll along the scenic sea beach of this beach resort. You can also walk around the Casuarina plantation, stretching from Old Digha to New Digha. How to reach Digha: Digha is well connected by both roadway and railway with Kolkata. You can avail trains from both Howrah station and Satragachi railway station to reach Digha directly. Regular bus services to Digha are also available from Esplanade in central Kolkata and Howrah bus terminus. It takes about five hours to reach Digha by bus. Best time to visit Digha: Digha is suitable for visiting round the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Digha: There are plenty of hotels and tourist lodges in Digha. You can choose your accommodation according to your budget, as the place houses both cheaper and budget hotels and luxury lodging. You will also find a number of affordable eateries, locally called ‘’rice hotels’’ at Digha. Some decent restaurants are also found at the site. You can get vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian meals at the restaurant.  Digha is the hub for fresh fishes. So you can relish some fresh catches like pomfret, prawn, parshe, hilsha etc. Photographs by Pratyush Sengupta. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Shankarpur, Midnapore – 185 kms from Kolkata...

Aptly known as the Miami of Bengal, Shankarpur, shrouded with sheer tranquility is an ideal romantic escape from the bustling city life. It is a prominent beach town of West Bengal, where you can savor the spectacular sight of the pristine sea beach. You just cannot take your eyes away from the captivating scenic surrounding of the place.  The beach of Shankarpur is also not very crowded and you can enjoy the view in seclusion. The beach is inhabited by a huge number of red crabs that run around the feet.  The view of the beach on a moon lit night is truly mesmerizing. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SHANKARPUR Places to see in Shankarpur: There are not many places to see in Shankarpur, hence, the sea is the prime attraction of the tourists visiting the place. The endless stretch of the sea beach with some muddy patches here and there offers a visual splendor. If you want to explore further, walk for around 45 minutes along the left side of the beach to reach another serene sea beach, popularly known as Mandarmuni. This beach is also quite deserted and is great for the honeymooners. There is also a fish breeding ground in Shankarpur managed by West Bengal Fisheries. Nearby attractions around Shankarpur: If you have some excess time, you can make a trip to Digha, located at a distance of only 14 km. from Shankarpur. Though, Digha has now become crowded, but the beach life is still exciting.  You can also visit beach destinations like Mandarmuni, Tajpur, Udaipur and Talsharee within half an hour. Things to do in Shankarpur: You can enjoy a stroll along the sea beach of Shankarpur. If you are enough adventurous, take a dip in the sea, enjoying the rolling waves. You will also find some shops at the sea beach selling ornaments made from conch shells. Walk around the casuarinas groves admiring the sea beach. Enjoy drinking plenty of green coconut water sold in the small shacks near the seaside. How to reach Shankarpur: Shankarpur is located at a distance of around 185 km from Kolkata. There are plenty of options to reach the destination from Kolkata. You can avail buses to Digha from Esplanade bus stop of Kolkata. After reaching Choddomile by bus, you need to take a car or van rickshaw to reach Shankarpur. You can also get down at Rampur from where you will get local shared trekkers to Shankarpur.  You can also ask your hotel to provide a pick up. However, instead of dropping anywhere in the niddle, you can travel straight to Digha Bus Stop, where cabs are available to Shankarpur. You can also board trains to Digha from Howrah station. There are a number of trains, including Kandari express, Tamralipta Express and Pahria express. From Digha bus stop you can hire a car to Shankarpur. Best time to visit Sankarpur: You can travel to Sankarpur any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Shankarpur: You will find a number of tourist lodges, budget hotels and standard hotels at Shankarpur. There are also plans of developing resorts at the site. Shankarpur is a great place for having Bengali cuisines and seafood. Fresh catches like pomfret and prawns are found in plenty. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Sonarpur – 20 kms from Kolkata...

Located within a driving distance from the pulsating metropolis of Kolkata, the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is the haven of huge varieties of butterflies, birds, ferns, epiphytes and orchids. The sanctuary is located to the west of the Netaji Subhas Road, which connects Garia with Baruipur in the Rajpur area. It lies in close to the Ramkrishna Mission Institute in Narendrapur. Formerly known as “Kayaler Bagan,” the site was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1982 and bestowed with the name of Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary on September 8, 2004. However, since 2005, the sanctuary was finally named as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary after the renowned artist Chintamoni Kar, who has a major contribution in providing “Kayaler Bagan,” the status of a wildlife sanctuary. Sanctuary hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission Fees: Rs. 40 per head What to see at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Chintamani Kar Bird sanctuary is the home of a number of bird species, which include Common Hawk Cuckoo, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-throated Fantail and Large-tailed Nightjar and many more. Some rare species include Tickell’s Thrush, Slaty-legged Crake, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly Thrush, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Blue-throated Flycatcher. Moreover, the sanctuary is also a home to a number of small wildlife, like civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, monitor lizard and others. Since the site of the sanctuary was an abandoned orchard, the place is also dotted with a number of trees of coconut palm, jackfruit, guava, tamarind, ficus and others. Nearby Attractions of Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: While returning, you can drop at Science City in Kolkata or enjoy your evening trip to Nicco Park Things to do at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is a great place for watching different species of birds and enjoying nature walk. How to reach Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: It is situated in the district of South 24-Parganas of West Bengal. The site lies close from the Rathtala Bus stop. EM Bypass is the ideal route to follow for reaching the destination. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 10 km. from Ruby General Hospital. Auto-rickshaws and buses are also found from Garia. You can also travel on private buses that halt at Rathtala. Best time to visit Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: The ideal time of visiting the place is the period between Spring and winter. Lodging and Dining facilities at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Its preferable to take your own food. There are no lodging facilities at the Bird Sanctuary. It is best for day trips....
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Junput, Midnapore – 145 kms from Kolkata...

Shrouded with tranquility, Junput is an ideal holiday location for those who are looking for enjoying their holiday in isolation. The rhythmic sound of the sea waves along with the gentle blowing breeze will take away all your exhaustion within few seconds. The sea beach admired with casuarina groves offer a visual splendor to the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO JUNPUT Places to see in Junput: You will be amazed to see the converging point of Rasulpur and Ganga, where many tourist flock to savor the natural beauty of the place. The lighthouse is also worth watching. The place is also admired by a Kapalkundala temple and the museum of the fishery department. Nearby attractions in Junput: You can visit Digha, Mandarmuni, Tajpur and Talsharee within an hour’s drive from Junput. Things to do in Junput: Explore the serene sea beach of Junput. The sea of the region is quite and clam. How to reach Junput: The distance of Kolkata from Junput is 145 km. Drive along the route heading to Digha. From Kathi, Junput is just 9 km away. You can also opt for the railway route. Best time to visit Junput: There is no definite season of visiting Junput as tourists are found visiting the sea beach of Junput all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Junput: Nice accommodation facilities are offered by the resorts and hotels found in the area. The accommodation in Junput also provides decent dining facilities. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Taki, Hasnabad – 80 kms from Kolkata...

To escape from the humdrum of daily life, sneak out a weekend on the borders of India, on the banks of Ichamati River in the small town of Taki. In West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, Taki is a municipality under the Basirhat subdivision. An extremely peaceful place to rest in a bagan bari near the banks of Ichhamati as well a nice place to go sightseeing, Taki is the place to be this weekend. BOOKING DETAILS OF TAKI   Places to see in Taki: You can enjoy the mid-river experience of meeting the countrymen of Bangladesh, on the Ichamati River, where tourists from both countries ride on boats to get a close view of the other country. You can also visit the ruins of zamindar houses, Ramkrishna Missions, Kuleshwari Kali Temple, 300 years old Jora Shib Mandir, Golpatar jungle and General Shankar Roychowdhury’s adi bari. For more photos of Taki click here Nearby attractions in Taki: Machranga River Island is a nearby destination to visit from Taki. The mini Sundarbans, consisting of Sundari and Golpata trees have been created here by the municipality. Things to do in Taki: Being close to our neighboring country Bangladesh, a boat ride on the waters of Ichamoti is an activity you surely cannot miss. Another boat ride to the Machranga Island is also a nice thing to be done here. Hire a van rickshaw and visit the Golpatar jungle. The experience of the newly made canopy jungle path walk inside the Golpatar jungle is unique and interesting. Remember to carry a photo identity proof if you want to visit the Golpatar jungle, as BSF will only let you enter the region if you have one.   While in Taki, you must try the famous sweet “chanar malpoa.” of this region. How to reach Taki: You can take the Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station, to reach Taki Road Station (train takes around 2 hours). From Taki Road you can take a cycle van to arrive at the hotels on the banks of River Icchamati in 10 minutes. Other than this, you can also reach Taki by car or ride a bus from the Esplanade, which will take all together 3.5 hours to get to the place. From Science City Taki is about 75 kms via Ghatakpur. You can also take the Taki road from Barasat Chapadali crossing then reach Berachapa, Trimohini crossing and then Taki Thuba. Best time to visit Taki: Taki can be visited any time of the year. However, the most suitable time to visit Taki is during the winter season, especially due to the original jaggery or Patali Gur available there. Another time to visit, which is equally memorable, is to watch the Goddess Durga immersion following the Durga puja. This is a spectacular event in Taki as idols from both the countries are immersed on the waters of Ichamati together. Lodging and Dining facilities at Taki: There are few private guesthouses in Taki. However, the best place to stay in Taki is a Bagan bari (Garden house) away from the picnicking crowd.  A beautiful pond, open lawn for kids to play, a temple, a small art collection and all modern facilities like AC, attached western bathrooms, make this bagan bari the coziest accommodation in Taki. The Icchamati river is only 3 mins walk from this baganbari. You should do prior booking at this bagan bari before you actually reach Taki, as most weekends are pretty busy. The food at Taki is amazing....
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Chandraketugarh, Barasat – 50 kms from Kolkata...

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

Achipur is a Chinese colony and the place derived its name from the Chinese businessman, Tong Achi who established a sugar mill on the banks of Hooghly River, south of Budge Budge, during the time of Warren Hastings. A sugarcane plantation was owned by him nearby that provided raw material to his mill. With the obliteration of the sugar plantation and mill, the place was deserted by the Chinese community. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO ACHIPUR Places to see at Achipur: The main attraction of the place is the Chinese temple that was built long ago, when the area was populated by Chinese people. At the complex’s main entrance, a huge gate has been built recently. The temple is situated at a corner of the complex and surrounded by a low wall and you might have to crouch to get inside the temple, owing to the small entrance. The structure of the temple is that of a typical Chinese temple and comprises lovely wood carvings. In this temple, Chinese deities, Khudi and Khuda are worshiped. The other important landmark is the grave of Tong Achi that overlooks the Hooghly. The grave is semi-circular in shape and is red in color. It comprises of stands between two kilns with Chinese inscriptions on them. The grave can be reached from the temple by means of a shortcut, via two brick kilns. Nearby attractions of Achipur: You can spend some time at the Budge Budge Ferry Ghat watching the ships crossing the Ganges. The Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge is also historically significant because Swami Vivekananda landed here when he returned from his Chicago visit. Things to do in Achipur: The place is considered a gateway for those interested in the history of Chinese community. You can even opt for picnics in this place, enjoying the sight of the Hooghly. How to reach Achipur: Achipur is situated at a distance of 33 kilometers from Kolkata and can be easily reached by bus. The buses of route No. 77 depart from Esplanade and the journey takes around 2 hours. You need to get down at the bus stop called Boro Battala and from there, walk 15 minutes to Chinamantala, which had the ancient temple. Map of Achipur [mqMap key=”uHnJ” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&c=uHnJ&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.5293451964928,88.20548224886778&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Achipur: The best time to visit this place is during the Chinese New Year. During this period, the sleepy hamlet converts into a fairground and is inhabited by a major part of the Chinese community. At that time, you can also get a glimpse of the culture of the Chinese community. Lodging facilities at Achipur: There are few lodging facilities in Budge Budge but Achipur is just apt for a day trip from Kolkata. Dining facilities at Achipur: A few eateries are situated in and around the place. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Bakkhali, Sunderban – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Bakkhali has been a very popular place of attraction for a long time. Moreover, with the development of barge over the Hatania-Doania River, Bakkhali became all the more accessible. Bakkhali today is completely different from what it used to be some 10 years back. All this has become a reality with the development of transport and communication system. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BAKKHALI Places to see at Bakkhali: Bakkhali offers quite a lot of attractions like the windmills of Frasergunj as well as the crocodile propagation centre at the place. The narrow path that enters into the casuarinas forest lying adjacent the beach will lead you to the temple of Banabibi, a local deity. [AFG_gallery id=’2′] Nearby attractions from Bakkhali: Bakkhali offers so many places of attractions that are located nearby like the Henry’s Island which was created by the State Fisheries Department. Frasergunj, the twin town of Bakkhali can be visited on a day trip. Things to do in Bakkhali: Sightseeing is the best thing that you can do in Bakkhali. Take a walk over the beach from Bakkhali to Frasergunj and enjoy solitude. Plus, you can also take a look at the daily life on the villages and experience the different rhythm of life these villages live in. How to reach Bakkhali: You can board a bus from Kolkata (Esplanade) till Namkhana and then a ferry ride across the Hatania-Doania River. Then you have to board another bus to reach Bakkhali. However, you can also board direct buses to Bakkhali from Kolkata. You can also reach Namkhana by train from the Sealdah station. By road, you have to travel through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to reach Namkhana. Best time to visit Bakkhali: You can visit Bakkhali throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Bakkhali: There are plenty of lodges and hotels as well as guest houses for tourists. Dining facilities are available in almost all the lodges. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Gopegarh, Medinipur – 260 kms from Kolkata...

Gopegarh was once a fort of the Gope king, which is now transformed into an eco-park. This is a nice place to spend your weekend, where you can remain surrounded by natural beauty. This eco-park is situated on the banks of River Kasai or Kangsabati, and is basically an isolated place. The peaceful mood of Gopegarh is at times interrupted due to the sound of the railways crossing the bridge on the River Kasai. BOOK TOUR TRIP TO GOPE GARH Places to see at Gopegarh: The forest on top of the fort has been slashed and replaced by flowers like Duranda, Vacaranda, as well as Tekosa, Shal and Bakul trees and strewn with soft lush green grass. The rail bridge over the sparkling waters of River Kasai is a sight worth watching, which you can, if you go on the top of another huge tower in this eco-park. Nearby attractions from Gopegarh: Among the nearby attractions, you can definitely visit the Arabari Forest Range which is the home to herds of elephants who often enter the forest from the Dalma range. You can also visit Gongoni, a naturally formed canyon located on the banks of the River Shilabati towards West Medinipur. Things to do in Gopegarh: Taking a stroll on the flowerbeds of this fort can be a nice pastime in Gopegarh. But mostly this place is to relax, rather than going around. How to reach Gopegarh: By roadways or railways, you have to first reach Midnapore. Leaving the city you have to continue towards the wild, which takes different look in accordance to the varying season. 3 km from there, you will reach Gopegarh Eco-park. Best time to visit Gopegarh: This place is open round the year, but it is better if the rainy season is avoided for visiting Gopegarh. Lodging and dining facilities at Gopegarh: Forest bungalows and dormitories are the lodging options in this region, which are quite comfortable. These places are also equipped with good dining facilities. BOOK TOUR TRIP TO GOPE...
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Kalash Island, Sunderban – 100+ kms from Kolkata...

Located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal is the Kalash camp and lying beside it the Kalash beach. The forest conservation department has created the Kalash camp over an area of 4 acres. Although, it is well protected with a fence of 10 feet high and 20 feet trench, it is still believed to be not enough to prevent Royal Bengal Tigers from coming to the beach in search of the sweet water pond located there. Such is the adventure that defines an outing in Kalash Island. Tourists are restricted from touring the beach all alone and must be assisted by forest rangers as the island is often visited by the Royal Bengal tigers. The island is otherwise uninhabited and the beach is flanked by Olive Ridley turtles that come here for nesting during winter. BOOK A TRIP TO KALASH ISLAND Places to see at Kalash Island: The entire island located in seclusion is a great place of attraction. Nearby attractions at Kalash Islands: You can visit Namkhana or the Lothian Island or the crocodile project of Bhagbatpur on your way back home from Kalash Islands. Things to do at Kalash Islands: A complete adventurous place to watch out for. Check out the Olive Ridley turtles on the beach and if luck is in your pocket, you can spot a Royal Bengal Tiger as well. How to reach Kalash Islands: If you are going to Kalash Island directly, then you can board a bus or a car to reach Ramganga via Diamond Harbour-Kulpi. From there, you have to hurry a bit and start your journey before the high tide to reach Kalash Island in 3 hours time. Another way to reach Kalash is using the Bidya River from Bani camp to enter the Chulkati channel which will take you to Kalash camp. Best time to visit Kalash Islands: Throughout the year. But if you want to see Olive Ridley turtles nesting on the beach, then come during the winter. Lodging and dining facilities at Kalash Islands: You can either avail the camps or the cottages for lodging. Dining facility is available at your place of stay. BOOK A TRIP TO KALASH...
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Jambu Dwip, Bakkhali – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Jambu Dwip is a small island located at the seamouth of Ganga in South 24 Parganas. This island houses a great range of bird species, reptiles and fish life. Besides, it is also the home of a huge casuarinas grove. Places to see at Jambu Dwip: The main attraction of Jambu Dwip is the island itself which is the home for a wide range of species of bird and reptile. Besides, you will be amazed to find such a great range of marine life, mainly fishes.  BOOK A TRIP TO JAMBU DWIP Nearby attractions from Jambu Dwip: You can take a trip to witness the beach life of Bakkhali or visit Frasergunj which is often considered to be the twin town of Bakkhali. You may also find the Lothian Island located nearby. Things to do at Jambu Dwip: Take a stroll around this small island and enjoy the exquisite beauty of nature and wildlife, particularly birds and plant life. How to reach Jambu Dwip: You first have to reach Frazergunj from where you can take a motor boat for Jambu Dwip. Best time to visit at Jambu Dwip: You can visit Jambu Dwip throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Jambu Dwip: You can put up at guest house for a stay. The guest house generally offers dining facilities as well. BOOK A TRIP TO JAMBU...
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Hatibari, Jhargram – 260 kms from Kolkata...

Spend an unforgettable weekend in the isolated jungle of Hatibari, where you can forget about your worries of city life and become a part of nature. Jhargram Mahakumar Hatibari is located on the conjoint territory of the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand. It is the perfect destination to relax without being disturbed by anybody or anything. Though a secluded spot, it is very much safe for tourists. The serene ambience of the river and the forest will make you speechless and intoxicated. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HATIBARI Places to see at Hatibari: The River Subarnarekha surrounded by forest on both sides is the major attraction of this place. Nearby attractions at Hatibari: On your way to Hatibari, you can go to Gopiballavji’s Temple in Gopiballavpur, where the remnants of traditional architecture are a must watch. From Hatibari, you can visit the nearby Jhilli Dam and Kendugari, known for its beautiful lotus pond. Rameshwar Temple is another place to see; the history of which is interlinked with the tradition of Lord Rama and Sita’s exile days. Things to do at Hatibari: Apart from touring various places, you can take an evening stroll, under the moonlit sky, in the peaceful ambience of the jungle of Hatibari. How to reach Hatibari: You can go to Hatibari by road from Kolkata, either by taking the Bombay Road or via Kharagpur to Gopiballavpur to Hatibari. You can reach Kharagpur, either by road or by rail. Another way is to reach the Orissa-West Bengal Jamkhola Checking Point, by getting on an express bus going in the direction of Orissa’s Baripada. From the checking point, take a van-rickshaw to reach Hatibari. Best time to visit Hatibari: Though the destination is open throughout the year, it is advisable to avoid the rainy season. Lodging & dining facilities at Hatibari: Forest bungalow, guesthouses and tents are the main lodging facilities of this area. Forest rest house allows dining facilities as well. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Tajpur, Medinipur – 140 kms from Kolkata...

The convenient location of Tajpur is the major cause behind the emerging popularity of this sea beach holiday destination. Surrounded with patches of forests this sea shore destination truly offers great visual pleasure.  The sea beach of Tajpur has an unusual shape – unlike the most sorted crescent shape Tajpur has an inverted Crescent shape of the beach, which gives an unusual panoramic view of the sea. Tajpur is still the most unexploited virgin sea-beach around Kolkata.  BOOKING DETAILS OF TAJPUR Places to see at Tajpur: The virgin sea shores surrounded by Casuarina Groves and Keya flower shrubs, the river mohona and fishermen villages must be seen. The inverted-crescent beach of Tajpur is the main attraction here. For more photos of Tajpur click here Nearby attractions at Tajpur: You can travel to Mandarmoni from Tajpur, famous for beach attractions. You can also visit Sankarpur, Digha, Talsaree and Bankiput from here.   Things to do at Tajpur: Shrouded with tranquility, Tajpur is still unexplored, hence unexploited. Savor the natural beauty and the virgin beaches of the place, which will surely enrich your holiday experience of Tajpur. If you love adventure sports, then Tajpur is for you. Here, we can arrange Parasailing, Kayaking, Rafting, Zorbing, Rock Climbing and other types of adventure sports. If you just want to spend few days in peace in a beach destination near Kolkata, the Tajpur is an ideal choice. How to reach Tajpur: Drive along the route leading to Digha and after crossing the Kathi and Chaulkhola crossings, you will reach the Balisai crossing. Turn left and move forward to locate Tajpur. If you are travelling by train, then you can get down at Digha and hire a trekker to Tajpur. All buses to Digha from Kolkata would also drop you at Balusai More and from Balusai More you can catch a local van to take you to Tajpur Best time to visit Tajpur: Tourists can visit Tajpur all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Tajpur:   RESORT IN TAJPUR: You would find all facilities in this hotel to enjoy a dream holiday in Tajpur. Children’s park, lush gardens, boating facilities, parking lot and whole lot of facilities. There is also a huge natural lake with loungers and gazebos on its banks for you to spend your evening in tranquility. There are cottage type accommodation as well in this resort. Extra spacious AC rooms with side tables and Televisions, wardrobes, 24-hr power supply, bathrooms and all other luxuries make this newly-built spic and span hotel just the best resort for guests who want to spend a complete luxury holiday.     DELUXE HOTEL IN TAJPUR: If you have a moderate budget and love to spend your weekend in a hotel at Tajpur near the beach with lawns, childrens’ park, car parking and all modern room facilities like 24-hr power supply, AC and non AC rooms with televisions, then this comfort hotel is a great option for you. This hotel is quite near to the beach and the Casuarina groves and you can take a walk till late evenings around it.       COMFORT HOTEL IN TAJPUR: This budget-friendly hotel in Tajpur has cozy Double Bed AC and non AC cottages and is just a two-minute walk from the beach with a lawn for your kids to play around and a children’s park. Facilities like 24-hr power supply, dining hall, room service, parking area, televisions and attached western baths make this hotel a...