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Netarhat, Jharkhand – 160 kms from Ranchi...

Netarhat in Jharkhand is one of the most beautiful weekend getaways, nestled on Chhotanagpur plateau. Covered with thick emerald forest, lush hillocks and barren rocks, it is aptly called the “Queen of Chhotanagpur.” Located at an elevation of 3,700 feet above sea level, Netarhat is truly refreshing during summer with its cool bracing breeze. The breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset that one can savor from the hills and viewpoints of Netarhaat is truly adorable. Netarhat was one of the favorite getaways of the British and the pear orchards, manicured gardens, churches, colonial buildings and numerous sunset points keep the memories of the British Raaj alive. BOOKING DETAILS OF NETARHAT Places to see in Netarhat: Netarhat is primarily known for it picturesque landscape, serene ambience and wonderful climate. There are patches of sal and simul forests dotting the region with occasional pines and cypresses planted by the British reaching out to the sky. Seasonal flowers are grown all through the year and the weather and soil of this region is apt for growing fruits like peaches, lemons and even apples. The beautiful Koel River and its tributaries – Amanat and Auranga skirts its way through Netarhat creating beautiful landscapes. A number of winding small streams also bound the region. The sunrise and sunset seen from the viewpoints of Netarhat is truly fascinating. For more photos of Netarhat click here Nearby attractions of Netarhat: Netarhat is admired with a number of nearby tourist attractions. The Upper Ghagri Water Falls, located 4 kms from Netarhat is a major picnic spot. The Netarhat Dam also creates a nice small waterfall. The Lower Ghagri Water Falls located 10 kms away from Netarhat is a delight to watch. The stunning waterfall leaps from a towering height of 320 feet. If you want to savor the excellent view of sunset, make a trip to Magnolia Point, located some 10 kms from Netarhat. You can also travel to the Koel View Point, located 3 kms from Netarhat. However, to savor the beauty of the highest fall in Jharkhand, Lodh Falls, you need to travel almost 60 kms from Netarhat. The Sadni Falls located 35 kms from Netarhat is also equally appreciable. Destinations like Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Ranchi, Daltongunj and Rajgir are also closer to Netarhat. Things to do in Netarhat: Explore the entire region of Netarhat, full of natural resources. Do not miss the spectacular sunrise and sunset. If you are an adventure lover, you can hike the Burhaghagh, the second highest fall of Jharkhand. Less adventurous souls can visit the local Netarhat public school established by the British, visit any local fruit orchard or take a long nature walk. How to reach Netarhat: Netarhat is located at a distance of 160 kms from Ranchi. So you can avail bus services from Ranchi and Daltonganj to Netarhat. You can also drive from Ranchi along the NH23 to Sisai and then cross Ghaghra and finally reach Netarhat. Best time to visit Netarhat: You can visit this Netarhaat any time of the year. However, the summer at Netarhat is quite cool offering a pleasurable climate. It can well be said that Netarhat is the coolest region in the entire state of Jharkhand. Lodging and dining facilities in Netarhat: In Netarhat, Jharkhand Tourism’s Prabhat Vihar is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation. It has one of the best sunrise points in Netarhat and offers excellent views of the surroundings. We arrange booking for Jharkhand Tourism’s Prabhat Vihar directly...
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Malbazar, Dooars – 65 kms from Siliguri...

If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of Dooars at its best, then you must travel to Malbazar from Siliguri by rail or by road. On your way to Malbazar, beautiful Teesta River which has a peculiar feature of changing colors every season will stay beside you. The town of Malbazar has a beautiful tea garden of Raja Tea Estate and a nice Mal Park. Malbazar can also be used as a base to visit nearby forests like Gorumara, Chapramari, Chukchukia and others. You can also make day trips to Jhalong, Bindu, Paren and other nearby destinations from here. On your way to Malbazar, you will cross a few forests and come across the famous Sevokeshwari temple and Coronation Bridge. BOOKING DETAILS OF MALBAZAR Places to see at Malbazar: The biggest attraction of Malbazar is the Mal Park. There is also a beautiful tea garden named Raja Tea Estate which you can definitely pay a visit. [AFG_gallery id=’41’] Nearby attractions from Malbazar: Mongpong overlooking River Teesta and Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary located on Sevoke Road falls en route to Malbazar. Beside, there are various forests like Chapramari, Gorumara, Chalsa, Khunia and Chukchikia located all around Malbazar. Other nearby places of attraction includes Jhalong located on the banks of Jaldhaka River and Bindu near the Indo-Bhutan border. The twin villages of Suntaleykhola and Samsing perched within dense greenery on the banks of rivulets can also be visited on day trips from Malbazar. You can also arrange a picnic on the banks of River Murti. Things to do at Malbazar: You actually have a lot to do in the Dooars. You can take a long walk along the river banks, take a dip or enjoy some fishing in the knee deep Murti River. You can also try your hands in tea plucking, enjoy a safari in the nearby forest or enjoy wildlife viewing from the forest watch towers like Chandrachur Tower, Jatraprasad, Chapramari Tower, Rhino Point and Chuk Chuki. You can visit the nearby villages and meet the local tribes like the Toto, the Bodo of Assam, Bhutanese, the Koch, Mundas, Limbus, the Rajbongshis in Bengal, Lepcha, Rabha and Oraons and know more about them. How to reach Malbazar: If you are traveling from Kolkata, you need to board the Kanchankanya Express from Sealdah and reach New Mal Junction station. This train leaves Sealdah station four times in a week. You can also reach New Jalpaiguri station from where, you can board a car or a bus to reach Malbazar. Best time to visit Malbazar: The best time to visit Mallbazar is during the months of September to March, when the monsoon gets over. Lodging and dining facilities in Malbazar: The WBTDC (West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation) Tourist lodge at Malbazar perched beside tea garden, overlooking greenery is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Malbazar. We arrange booking for WBTDC Tourist Complex at Malbazar directly from Kolkata. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine.   Photographs by Prasun Sarkar, Bidyut, Goutam.dv BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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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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Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary – 140 kms from Siliguri...

Enjoy an exciting elephant safari in the early morning and meet the Indian rhino “Up, Close and Personal.” Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India’s best forests renowned for its growing population of Indian One-Horned Rhinos. This 216 square kilometers forest of grasslands, woods, sandy river banks, flowing streams and lines of tall trees was founded in 1941 to protect the Indian One-Horned Rhino. The sanctuary is located in Jalpaiguri district, in the Alipurduar sub-division. The Torsa River flows through this forest. Apart from Rhinos and elephants, Jaldapara is also famous for the healthy population of birds it supports like Bengal Florican, paradise flycatcher, hornbill and racket-tailed Drongo here. BOOKING DETAILS OF JALDAPARA Places to see in Jaldapara: Apart from the animals and birds, the forest is also home to some of the oldest tribes of India. Totopara – the village of the Toto tribe is one of the primary attractions that you should not miss out during your trip to Jaldapara. For more photos of Jaldapara click here Totopara is a tiny village on a small hill and is the home of the primitive Toto tribe. It is located some 22 km from Madarihat (the entry check post of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary). The tea gardens of Duncan and Jayashree also surround a major portion of the sanctuary. Nearby attractions of Jaldapara: The Buxa Tiger Reserve located nearby is an important effort to save the Royal Bengal Tiger. This tiger reserve is also the ideal place to catch a glimpse of nearly 150 species of plants. Jayanti is another destination located at a distance of 75 km from Madarihat, on the banks of Jayanti River. It offers mesmerizing views of sunsets. Nearby Bhutan Ghat, which is a border town of India and Bhutan is located some 85 km from Madarihat. Some other places located nearby include Gorumara National Park and Chilapata Forest, where you can find the remnants of the fort of Nal King. Another popular attraction is the Khayerbari Leopard Rescue Centre located at Madarihat. A round-trip from Madarihaat covering Jamtala, Lankapara, Hanstapur, Dhumchi, Ghumtu and Birpara would take you through numerous rivers, jungles, hills and all types of flora and fauna. If you are fond of history and culture, then you can visit the nearby town of Cooch Behar for its splendid palaces and temples. Things to do in Jaldapara: Jaldapara WLS is famous for its One-horned Rhinos. You can take an Elephant safari or a jeep safari to view these magnificent animals in the wild. Jaldapara is also home to more than 240 species of birds including Cuckoos, Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Drongos, Barbets and others. So when you are not tracking Rhinos, it would be an ideal place for bird watching. There are numerous tea estates around Jaldapara where you can try your hand on tea plucking or visit the tea factory. Taking long nature walks along the tea gardens or forests and a visit to the tribal villages can also be on your cards. In the evenings, you can enjoy tribal dance or a nice campfire with family and friends. How to reach Jaldapara: If you are traveling by air, then Bagdogra airport is the nearest, from where you can reach Jaldapara via Siliguri. Madarihat, the entry checkpost of Jaldapara is 140 km from Siliguri and 50 km west of Alipurduar, located on the NH 31 connecting Siliguri to Hasimara. The nearest railhead is Hansimara, which is only 7 km from the sanctuary. You can...
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Delo, Kalimpong – 68 kms from Siliguri...

Delo or Deolo is located at an altitude of 5556 ft on the edge of a reef connecting Delo Hills and Durpin Hills. This beautiful nature park offers one of the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Delo has been converted into a nature park by the Government and there are Government accommodation options within the park as well as luxurious private accommodation options outside the park. The main town of Kalimpong is only 6 kms from Delo Hill. Spending a weekend savoring the majestic views of the Himalayas and lazing around the gardens is the usual activity you can enjoy here. However, adventure seeking souls can also enjoy paragliding in Delo. BOOKING DETAILS OF DELO Places to see in Delo Kalimpong: Delo Hill is an extended nature park with very well maintained gardens, fountains, views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. There is a huge statue of Lord Hanuman near Delo. You would also find a very nice statue of Lord Buddha on the way while returning from Delo to Kalimpong. Monasteries or Buddhist gumphas form a very important feature of the surrounding and there are three important gumphas  – Tharpa Choling Monastery, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery and Tongsa Gompa that stands witness to the journey of Buddhism in India. There is also the Lepcha Museum & Monastery situated in nearby Big Dhara which showcases everything about the Lepcha community and culture. For more photos of Delo Kalimpong click here   Durpin Dara Hill is a must visit as it offers panoramic views of the Chola Range of Sikkim. Other places of attraction in nearby Kalimpong include the flower nurseries; Dr Graham’s Home and the Neora Valley National Park which covers a total of 88 square kilometer and houses a wide range of wild animals like tiger, black bear, goral and Himalayan wild dog as well as bird and species of reptiles. Nearby attractions of Delo Kalimpong: The most popular nearby attraction is Lava. Located some 30 km from Kalimpong, Lava is popular for its closeness to Neora Valley National Park. Then there is Pedong, some 20 km from Kalimpong which is a beautiful tiny settlement amidst pine trees, Lolaygaon, (54 km from Kalimpong) which offers some spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and off course Darjeeling just 56 km from Kalimpong, is often called ‘Queen of Hills’ and is the most popular tourist destination in northeastern India. If you are seeking some offbeat destinations, then a trip to nearby Icchey Gaon, Ramdhura, Sangsey and Sillery Gaon should be in your itinerary. Most of these offbeat destinations offer homestays where you can savour great home cooked food, mingle with local culture and enjoy great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. If you are moving towards Lava, then you can also cover Rishop, Kolakham and Charkol in your trip. Things to do in Deolo: If you are longing to de-stress then enjoy the gardens, the mesmeric views, hot coffee at the bungalow and take short treks and nature walks around Deolo. It is the best place to unwind yourself. If you are adventure lover, then you have opportunities to paragliding from Delo. How to reach Delo Kalimpong: Bagdogra airport, located close to Siliguri is the nearest airport and is some 79 km from Kalimpong. From the airport, you can take a taxi to reach Kalimpong. By rail, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station is the nearest to Kalimpong and you can easily reach Delo by hiring a taxi from the station....
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Konark Sun Temple – 35 kms from Puri...

At Konark, you can truly enjoy the roar of the waves and the splendid view of the 800 year old Sun Temple. Picturesquely situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Konark is admired with the exquisitely carved stone temple offering majestic charm.  Most tourists visit Konark from Puri or Bhubaneswhar in a daytrip without staying overnight and they miss all the charms of this little temple town and its glorious Sun temple. The sight of the Sun God glowing with the first rays of the rising sun and the ruins of the majestic temple with the roar of the sea is an experience of a lifetime. The pristine beach admiring the temple town enhances the appeal of the location to the tourists. The temple reflecting the essence of Oriya art and architecture is a short stroll from the sea beach. Staying at Konark and visiting the beautiful crescent shaped Chandrabhaga Beach and Chandipur, the handicraft town of Pipli and the nearby temple towns of Puri and Bhubaneshwar would complete one of the most incredible itineraries of Orissa. BOOKING DETAILS OF KONARK Places to see in Konark: The chief attraction of Konark is the Konark Sun Temple, which is also the most popular tourist spot in Orissa. It has been declared as World Heritage Site since 1984. The temple has been structured in the form of a giant chariot, featuring 12 pairs of wheels. The wheels are 10 feet in diameter, each signifying a single month. The chariot is pulled by seven horses. Two stone curved lions have been built near the entrance of the temple. You need to ascend a flight of steps to approach the main entrance. The temple features a three-tiered pyramidal roof admired by a nice looking spire. The temple is renowned for some exquisite stone carvings that admire the entire structure. For more photos of Konark click here The Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, located 3 km east of the Konark Sun temple is a hot spot for tourists visiting Konark. There is also a lighthouse near Chandrabhaga, which enhances the splendor of the place.  View from the top of the lighthouse will make you feel out of the world. The latest addition is a natural deer park, which boosts the tourist potential of Chandrabhaga. The sight is aesthetically appealing. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum near the temple complex, which displays sculptures and carvings from the remnants of the Sun Temple. Nearby attractions of Konarak: If you want to explore further afield in Konarak, you will not be disappointed. Along the Puri Road, the unexplored and serene Konarak Beach is a major attraction of tourists, where you can watch the local fishing fleet at work. The spectacular sunrise at this beach offer visual ecstasy. The Ramachandi Temple is picturesquely located on the confluence of River Khusabhadra, 8 km from Konark. The temple is a popular place of worship and a sought-after picnic spot. If you move further, you can locate an image of Bhddha seated in Bhumisparsa Mudra along with the image of Heruka, at Kuruma. The village of Pipli famous for its handicrafts is located at a distance of 23 km from Konark. The village is famous for a wide range of distinctive selection of handicrafts and appliqué work products. There is also the temple of Goddess Barahi at Chaurasi, 35 km from Konarak, which can be traced back to the 9th century AD. You can also make a trip to Prachi valley,...
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Betla, Palamau – 170 kms from Ranchi...

Almost 170 kms from Ranchi and surrounded by lush green forests, hills, valleys and waterfalls, Betla is a serene tribal village located in the Palamau District of Jharkhand bordering the jungle. You will fall under the spell of this mesmeric destination, famous for towering Sal trees, bamboo groves and Betla Tiger Reserve. Belta is one of the most ancient forest areas in India spanning 226 sq. km. stretching from Kechki till Neterhat. The forest boasts 970 species of plants, 174 species of birds and several other species of reptiles and animals including tigers. The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Belta National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. Nearby Daltonganj, Lodh Falls and the ruins of Betla Fort are few other things. BOOKING DETAILS OF BETLA Places to see in Betla: Betla is renowned for its wildlife reserves. You will be truly charmed by visiting the famous Betla National Park, situated on the Ranchi-Daltonganj Main Road. The park boasting an exotic collection of flora and fauna spans an area of around 1026 sq. km. It is regarded as one of the first National Parks across India, which later became a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Basically, Betla National Park was an extension of the Hazaribagh National Park during 1960s, which was later developed under Project Tiger as one of the prime Tiger Reserves of India. Palamau Tiger Reserve, which is an integral part of the Betla National Park, was also developed under this project. For more photos of Betla click here This reserve is a safe haven of around 45 tigers, along with other animals like wild dogs, horned antelope and jungle cats. Moreover, since 1989, Betla National Park also incorporates around 63 sq. km of the Mahuadar Wolf sanctuary. This national park is well accessible through Belta Village. You can savor the splendor of the wilderness by availing the jungle safari or jeep safari, organized by the local forest authorities at this national park. The northern part of the Betla village is flanked by the Koel River and its tributaries. The ruins of Betla Fort located within the Betla National Park are another great destination. It is one of the early forts ruled by the Chero kings. Nearby attractions around Betla: If you want to explore further afield, visit the confluence of Koel and Orga rivers, popularly called Kechko Sangam, located 18 km from Daltonganj. Nearby Daltonganj, there is a place called Barwadih, which houses an age-old temple of Shiva. You can also visit the Suga Bandh or Dam, located at a distance of 60 km, featuring an attractive reservoir. The breathtaking views of the famous Lodh Falls and Mirchaiya falls are truly enchanting. The picturesque green surroundings of the waterfalls are ideal for a day’s excursion. Another sought-after destination around Betla is the Talah Hot Water Spring, renowned for its remedial properties. Things to do in Betla: The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Betla National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. The ruins of the ancient Betla Fort built in the 16th century by the Chero rulers are worth exploring. You will truly admire the converging point of River Koel and River Orga, popularly called Kechko Sangam. The place is ideal for organizing picnic. You can also indulge...
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Temi, South Sikkim – 119 kms from Siliguri...

If you are planning a trip to Ravangla you will pass through the Temi Tea Garden, the sole tea garden in Sikkim guarded by Mt. Kanchenjungha. It was established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim. This tea garden spans a total area of around 453 acres. It is known for producing some of the best quality teas across the globe. The garden also offers amazing visual splendor. The winding journey through the lush tea plantation and a night in the resort located within the tea garden is truly a lifetime experience. But, this is not all! Temi Tea Garden unfolds its true beauty during the winter when the Cherry Blossoms bloom and the mountain and tea garden are covered in a mauve veil. Mt. Kanchenjungha with her friend overlooks this splendour. BOOKING DETAILS OF TEMI HOMESTAY For more photos of Temi homestay click here Places to see at Temi Tea Garden: The surrounding region of Temi tea garden is a haven of some exotic bird species like the Rusty-bellied, Lesser Shortwings, Satyr tragopan, kalij and numerous butterflies. Apart from the tea estate, the region is mainly dominated by large cardamom plants and cherry blossom trees. The tea garden also offers some breathtaking view of the surrounding villages and the entire range of the Eastern Himalayas with Mt. Kanchenjungha towering in the middle. The Temi tea garden is known for manufacturing a popular tea brand, called ‘Temi-Tea’, famed for its rich aroma and taste. Do not miss the picturesque view of tea plucking, which is an enduring experience. You can also visit the factory to gain some interesting knowledge on tea processing. Nearby attractions of Temi Tea Garden: Pelling, which is renowned for its charming natural beauty is an ideal location to make an enjoyable trip from Temi. Located in the district of West Sikkim, Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 7200 feet, offering some stunning views of the snow-clad peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks of Eastern Himalayas. Pelling also has some notable ancient Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim, the most famous being the Sang Da Choeling Monastery and Pemyangtse Monastery. Namchi, the capital of South Sikkim is another popular destination, located at an altitude of 1675 m above sea level. It is located at a distance of 78 km from Gangtok. In Bhutia, the word ‘Namchi’ means ‘sky high’ and this township is gradually gaining popularity as an amazing tourist destination. The prime attraction of the place is the statue of Guru Padmasambhava measuring 135 feet, in Samdruptse monastery. You can also savour the majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha from this location. The upcoming Chaar Dhaam point also attracts tourists. Trips are also made to the serene hamlet of Ravangla, located at an altitude of 7000 ft. This place located in South Sikkim District is slowly emerging as a natural tourist retreat offering splendid snow view. It is an ideal location for village tourism. Ravangla, overlooked by colossal snowy mountains, picturesque tea gardens, exotic flora and fauna, ancient monasteries and charming villages has all resources to become a tourist hotspot. The trek adventurers also prefer Ravangla as the trekking routes to Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill originate from this place. Some other notable places where you can organize day trips are a number of nearby destinations of West Sikkim like Rimbi Waterfalls, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins, Pemyangtse Monastery and Kangchendzonga waterfalls. Things to do in Temi Tea Garden: The pristine manicured Temi tea...
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Sahibganj, Jharkhand – 376 kms from Kolkata...

Cradled on the southern bank of the river Ganges, the picturesque town of Sahibganj or Sahebganj located in the northeastern region of Rajmahal subdivision of Jharkhand is a place where time has stopped. The town is valued by the tourists for its historical significance. From the notes of Megasthenes to the decisive battle of Sher Shah and Humayun and finally to the Santhal Rebellion of 1855 and Freedom of India, Sahibganj has played a very important role throughout. Here erstwhile palaces of royals and riches are littered everywhere and the landscape boasts of twin lakes, bird sanctuaries and the mighty Ganges. Moreover, the exotic landscape of the region features plenty of fossil remains of flora preserved as casts, impression and petrifaction. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAHIBGANJ Places to see in Sahibganj: The sightseeing places at Sahibganj truly offer a visual pleasure. There is a natural twin lake at Sahebganj, called Udhwa Lake attracting tourists to savor its beauty. The lake is a safe refuge for different exotic species of birds. Moreover, migratory birds from as far as Siberia also visit the lake every year in huge number. You can also visit the Udhwa Bird Sanctuary, the sole bird sanctuary of Jharkhand nestled in the nearby village of Udhwa also known as Patauda. On your way to Sahebganj, you will find the beautiful ruins of Sangi Dalan built under the benefaction of Raja Maan Singh between 1580 and 1600 AD. The winding view of the River Ganga flowing next to this edifice offers a visual splendor. There is a historical well in Sahibgang, built in 1915, which is locally called ‘Bhagwa Kuan,’ constructed to commemorate the memory of Edward VII. You can also visit nearby Mandro to see the fossils of trees and animals. Nearby attractions around Sahibganj: Sahibganj is admired by a number of historical attractions. An experience of visiting the historical city of Rajmahal near Sahibganj is truly enduring, which was established by Emperor Akbar long back in the 15th century. The place is a major witness of a number of significant battles. The town houses some remarkable monuments, which include Akbari Masjid, Singhi Dalan, Tomb of Maina-Bibi and Tomb of Miran. Nearly 13 km north-west of Rajmahal town there is a serene village called Kanhaiyasthan, which owes its name to the shrine of Lord Krishna (Kanhaiya). It is said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on his way to Brindavan from Bengal stayed at this place and received the vision of Lord Krishna. The impression of the step of Chaitanya Dev has been preserved at the site. You can also visit the ruins of Jama Masjid at Hadaf in Rajmahal, built under the reign of Raja Maan Singh in 1592 AD, which was once recognized as the most elegant building of Gaur (Bengal). In close proximity from the location, you will find Bara Darwaza, a unique fort located at the top of a hillock. The fort features 12 identical doors. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared the remaining of the fort as a heritage site. You will also find a number of temples in the neighboring areas of Sahebganj. The temple of Shiva in Barhait is truly adorable. The place is frequented by disciples during the month of Shravan and the Mahashivratri. You will also admire the Binduvasini Temple near Barharwa railway station. Thousands of devotees assemble at the place during Ram-Navami when a grand fair is also held for nine days at the site. There is also a temple...
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Deoghar, Jharkhand – 373 kms from Kolkata...

This weekend if you are looking ahead to some soul searching then make a trip to Deoghar, one of the most revered religious centers in India. It’s the best place for understanding religion and culture in its simplest forms. Deoghar literally means “the abode of gods” but it is not only temples, ashrams, gods and immortality here, Deoghar is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations endowed with hills, rivulets, serene lakes, forests and colonial buildings of Zamindars and Seths. Though a popular destination to tourists from Kolkata and nearby cities, Deoghar still holds a unique ‘old world charm’ once prevalent in small towns. BOOKING DETAILS OF DEOGHAR Places to see in Deoghar: There are a number of sights of religious importance in this holy town of Deoghar. One of the most remarkable tourist interests is the age-old temple of Baidyanath Dham, named after Lord Shiva. Tousands of pilgrims visit this temple, especially in the month of ‘Shrawan,’ particularly on ‘Mondays.’ The earliest educational institution of Ramakrishna Mission, known as Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, established in 1922 is also located in Deoghar. Moreover, you will truly admire the enchanting beauty of the Nandan Pahar, also known as the Nandan Hill Park, edging the town of Deoghar. The hill also hosts the famous Nandi Temple and flanked by a beautiful lake attracting tourists. The beautiful Navlakha Temple housing the deity of Radha-Krishna and boasting its sheer architecture is a worth visit for all tourists. Satsang ashram in Deoghar is one of the most sacred sites as Thakur Anukul Chandra, spent the last 25 years of his active life here. Nearby attractions of Deoghar: Deoghar is also admired by a number of nearby attractions. Tapovan located 10 km from Deoghar houses a temple of Shiva, called Taponath Mahadeva, which is the prime attraction of the place. The internationally famed Rikhia Yogashram established by Swami Satyananda Saraswati is nestled at a serene hamlet called Rikhia in Deoghar District. The ashram is mainly visited by the tourists during the annual fair held in the months of November or December. Just 43 km from Deoghar, there is a beautiful temple of Shiva at Basukinath, where holy water is offered by the visitors to Lord Shiva. Trips are also made by pilgrims to Trikut, located 24 km west of Deoghar. This hill temple is made of huge boulders. You can also visit the temple of Kundeshwari, located one kilometer away from Chandi Hill. Idols of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva, Lakshmi and Ganesh have been preserved here. The Ashram of Pagla Baba located 8 km from Tower Chowk is also worth visiting. Idols of Radha-Krishna made of eight metals are installed in this ashram. In the east of Deoghar you will find a small hillock called Hathipahar or Mahadevatari. The hillock is called Hatipahar because from a distance it appears like an elephant. Nearby the hillock, there is a small stream, the water of which is believed to contain medicinal values. A tour to the Devasangha Math, located 2 km from Deoghar railway station is also quite refreshing. The Nava Durga Temple at Devsangha Math houses a deity of Goddess Durga in the Bengali style. Bulk of devotees visits the place mainly during the Durga Puja celebration. Those who want to explore further afield can make trips to Dumka (65 km), Massanjore Dam (98 km) and Giridih (112km). Things to do in Deoghar: Sightseeing to various temples and ashrams is a major activity of the people...
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Ranchi, Jharkhand – 400 kms from Kolkata...

The picturesque town of Ranchi nestled in the Chota Nagpur Plateau is endowed with abundance of hills, lakes, waterfalls, forests and religious destinations. Covered with emerald hilly areas, barren rocks and lush green valleys, Ranchi is often called the ‘city of waterfalls’ for the number gushing cascades you can visit from here. You can make Ranchi your hub and visit nearby destinations like Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls and Dasham Falls. Ranchi is the present capital of Jharkhand state in India. The term Ranchi has been derived from a local word “Archi,” which means bamboo forest. BOOKING DETAILS OF RANCHI Places to see in Ranchi: Ranchi, blessed with serene natural beauty is admired with a number of tourist attractions. The Rock Garden, located near the Albert Ekka Chowk is a must visit for all tourists in Ranchi. Spend some quality time in seclusion at the top of Tagore Hill, named after the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Visit the Divyayan and Agararian Vovational Institute and the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram nestled at the foot of the Tagore hill. You will truly admire the majestic sight of the Kanke Dam in Ranchi nestled at the foothills of the Gonda Hills. The serene atmosphere, unpolluted air, secluded ambience and pleasant weather makes this lake a favorite spot for tourists yearning for seclusion and relaxation.   The religious minded tourists can visit the temple of Lord Shiva, locally known as Pahari Mandir, located at the top of Ranchi hill, boasting an altitude of 2140 feet from sea level. You can savor an enchanting view of the entire Ranchi city from the temple premises. At the base of this colossal Ranchi hill, you will also find a pristine lake. You will be amazed to find that the Jagannath Temple of Ranchi features the same architectural style of the renowned Puri Jagannath temple. Tourists are mainly attracted to this temple during the festival of Rath Yatra, celebrated with much vigor and pomp.   The Deer Park of Ranchi is also a central tourist attraction, which is home to hundreds of different species of deer. The park is admired with splendid gardens, parks for children and well laid pathways. You will truly enjoy the park safari at the location. Nearby attractions of Ranchi: Numerous waterfalls are located near Ranchi, the most popular being Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Dasham Falls, Hirni and Panchghagh Falls. River Subarnarekha features many waterfalls on its course among which Hundru Falls is the most admirable, falling from a towering height of 320 feet. Hundru Falls makes a scenic landscape and is a favorite picnic and resting spot of tourists in summer. The picturesque Jonha Falls formed by Kanchi River is popularly known as Gautam Dhara named after Gautam Buddha. Other nearby waterfalls includes Dassam falls and Sita falls. However, you need to step down around 500 steps to admire the natural splendor of the Johna Falls. The marvelous sight of the Panchgagh waterfall, comprised five waterfalls cascading in a row offer ultimate visual pleasure.   Tourists can also make a trip to Birsa Zoological Garden, located near Ormanjhi on the Ranchi-Patna National highway, close to Ranchi. This eco friendly tourist spot is a safe haven of several wild life including tigers, lions, monkey and deer. Angrabadi temple complex, placed amidst a calm and tranquil atmosphere is a legendary temple complex in Khunti, located nearby Ranchi. Tourists visit this temple to uplift their spirituality by offering prayers to Lord Shiva, Ram-Sita and Hanuman. Things to...
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Giridih, Jharkhand – 326 kms from Kolkata...

Giridih, a very old and pristine small town nestled in the central part of Jharkhand attracts lots of visitors, particularly from West Bengal. In Giridi there are age-old temples, meandering rivers and quaint tribal villages. It is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimages and if you are an adventure seeker then Giridih offers opportunities like rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating. The beautiful lake of Khandoli is visited by migratory birds and the nearby Parasnath Hill – the highest hill in Jharkhand helps to savor the magnificent panoramic views of the rock strewn plateaus and lush jungles. Cradled amidst hills and hillocks, Giridi would surely make you fall under its charming spell. BOOKING DETAILS OF GIRIDIH Places to see in Giridih: Giridih admired with a number of exotic locations is a delight to explore. You can visit the village of Madhuban, housing a famous temple of 200 years old, the Samosharan temple, Bhomiyaji sthan and a Jain Museum. You can savor a clear sight of Parasnath Temple from the balcony of the museum using a telescope. You should also make a visit to Baidadih for its large well whose water contains vital minerals having medicinal values. A huge fair is geld here during the celebration of Lakshmi Puja. Visit the quaint village of Dalgando, known for hosting a huge fair during Shivaratri.   Nearby attractions of Giridih: The majestic view of the towering Parasnath Hill, the highest hill in Jharkhand, boasting an altitude of 4480 feet truly offers a visual splendor. The Parasnath Temple is considered one of the most sacred destinations of the Jains. A trip to Harihar Dham located around 60 km South-west of Giridih is worth visiting as the temple houses the largest Shiva Linga across India. Amidst the ranges of the famous Parasnath Hills, the Ushri River streams down from a steep gorge. The spot is located about 14 km from east of the Giridih town. Around 8 km Northeast of Giridih headquarters there is the Khandoli water reservoir, which is one of the best sites for bird watching and water related adventures. The place features a hillock of 600 feet and a watch tower, offering a pleasant view of Khandoli site. The Langta Baba Samadhi Sthal is another notable nearby location, where chadars are offered to the Samadhi of Langta Baba by pilgrims seeking his blessings. While returning from Langta Baba Samadhi, stop at the Surya Temple mirzaganj, which is a nice temple built in the pattern of a lotus flower, nestled in the middle of a lake. You can also make a trip to Deoghar, a notable pilgrimage centre, located 112 km from Girdih. Things to do in Giridih: Make a trip to Khandoli to enjoy some water related sport activities. The camel and elephant safari is truly enjoyable there. You can also try rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating at the location. The place is also a heaven for avid bird watchers. Explore the jungle near the Parasnath temple and you can also trek the Christian hill. Visit the Beniadih coal mines and enjoy a trek from Bengabaad to Pachamba through the forests. The site of the Ushri Fall is an ideal location for picnic. How to reach Giridih: Madhupur located 294 km from Kolkata has a branch line to Giridih. There is a single passenger train running five times a day through this line and it takes about an hour to reach Giridih. Parasnath railway station is located 48 km from Giridih....
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Rishop, Darjeeling – 108 kms from Siliguri...

If your nature loving soul is seeking some delightful views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, then make a trip to this pristine hamlet of Rishop or Rishyap cradled in the lap of hidden hills of Neora Valley. The meaning of the very term Rishop is “mountain peak and tree.” This tourist village surrounded with thick forests and hills is nestled in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, located at an altitude of around 7000 feet above sea level. Just 7 kms away from the touristic town of Lava, Rishop has a number of well facilitated hotels and resorts with excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF RISHOP Places to see in Rishop: Rishyap is perched within Pine, Dhupi and Rhododendron trees is covered with mysterious mists, wild flowers and plants. The biggest tourist attraction of Rishop is the splendid view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha and a number of beautiful mountain peaks of India and Nepal. It is one of the closest points offering a panoramic view of the snow capped Mt. Kanchenjungha. Some of the notable mountain peaks visible from Rishop are Mt. Kharg, Rathung, Kokthang, Kabroo, Pandim, Talung, Simvo and Siniolchu. For more photos of Rishop click here Tiffindara is a view point in Rishyap, from where you can enjoy a grand sight of the Himalaya. Moreover, Rishyap also offers the spectacular view of the Pine forest, nestled in the lower part of Tifindara. This thick serene forest of Birch, Pine, Fir and Orchids is a safe haven for birds. A watch tower has also been built at the place. However, the whole village of Rishop is not accessible by motor vehicles. So to explore the entire village, you need to take a stroll down the mountains with the magnificent Mt. Kanchenjungha overlooking you. You can also view some part of Nathu La and Jalep La from Rishyap. Nearby attractions of Rishop: Rishyap is admired with a number of nearby attractions. You can also visit Lava just 7 kms from Rishyap, offering clear view of the majestic Himalayas. Another nearby spot is Lolegaon, a charming village in the subdivision of Kalimpong. This small hamlet of Lolegaon is referred by the locals as Kaffer. The Lava-Lolegaon circuit is a major bird watching destination. Some rare species of birds are found in the region. Pedong, located 20 km from the region of Kalimpong also lies close to Rishyap. You can also make a trip to Jhanidi Dara, located 5 km from Lolegaon. The place mostly covered with thick forest, offers spectacular view of sunrise. The forest in this region has been deemed as a Heritage Forest Site by the forest department, as the area houses some century old Oak and Cypress trees.  Another upcoming spot is Kolakham located within the Neora Valley Forest with majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha Things to do in Rishop: Trekking is a favorite activity of the tourists visiting Rishyap. The place also offers visual ecstasy to the avid bird watchers as various kinds of birds in wonderful colors are found in the region. You can also enjoy a nature walk along the scenic landscape of the region. How to reach Rishop: Rishyap is 4 hours drive from Darjeeling and 4.5 hours from Siliguri. It is well accessible by roadway either directly from Siliguri or via Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The closest railway station of the destination is New Jalpaiguri, located at a distance of 110 kms. The Bagdogra Airport is 90 km away from Rishop. Lava...
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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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Samsing, Dooars – 82 kms from Siliguri...

Admired with breathtaking landscape, hills, forests, Murti River and lush tea gardens – Samsing, located at an altitude of 3000 ft. has a lot to offer its visitors. If you want to savor the beauty of an exotic natural surrounding in an untouched rural corner of the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, the pristine hill village of Samsing amidst forests and tea gardens will be your ideal destination. Samsing is still not exploited by commercialization; hence, the pristine beauty of the place is still alive. Samsing is also the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park, located at a distance of 18 km. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAMSING Places to see in Samsing: The sleepy and pristine village of Khasmahal in Samsing is truly is full of orange orchards and you could see that the whole village is covered in an orange hue, while visiting in season. Just after crossing the Khasmahal village, you will savor the very first view of the Murti River in Samsing. The scenic beauty of this emerald green stream is truly captivating. Moreover, the stunning view of the tea gardens and forested areas covering major parts of Samsing is also enthralling. For more photos of Samsing click here Nearby attractions around Samsing: Samsing boasting of its picturesque beauty is mostly admired by the nature lovers. The place is also surrounded by a number of pristine destinations within 5 to 7 km of distance. One of the most preferred locations of the tourists near Samsing is Suntaleykhola (Suntaley means oranges and Khola means stream), located at a distance of 5 km. from the destination. Suntaleykhola is also the starting point of various trek routes. Listen to the eternal tunes of water of the winding Murti River while exploring the bank of Suntaleykhola. The Neora Valley National Park lies in close proximity to this place. Next to Suntaleykhola, most tourists you can visit the serene village of Faribasti. From the top of Faribasti, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Dooars region. The village with around 30 households is very well-maintained and clean. Another popular tourist spot is the ‘Rocky Island,’ cradled on the bank of River Murti. This charming location is about 2 km from Samsing. The Rocky Island is completely downhill, where you can savor the stunning view of the Murti River. The terraced fields on the either side of the river will mesmerize your. You can continue your journey further downhill, where the vegetation will gradually change to thick bamboo groves. Cross the Murti River to explore the quaint villages of ‘Tinkatari’, ‘Bhalukhop’, located within few kilometer. Things to do in Samsing: Murti River has a special appeal to everyone visiting Samsing. You can spend hours just by sitting near the river, savoring the exquisite beauty of the place. Bathing in the river is also a favorite activity of the tourists. You can also organize picnic on the riverbank of Murti. Moreover, a number of trek routes also originate from Suntaleykhola, which is another village near Samsing. Tourists nurturing an interest in trekking can opt for a steep ride to ‘Tree Fern Point’ and ‘Mo’ or ‘Mo Chaki’ for savoring the spectacular view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other. The most exciting trek leads to the unexplored wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. However, prior permission is required to organize this trek. Again, Samsing is a great place for the avid bird watchers....