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Somrabazar, Hooghly – 82 kms from ...

Steeped in history and flanked by the mighty Ganges, Somrabazar is known for its terracotta temples, ruins of Zamindar Mansions, lush green paddy fields crisscrossed by rivulets, the riverine island – Sabujdwip and the seat of spiritual awakening of Rani Rashmoni. It is an ideal place to spend a day or two, if you are keen on discovering heritage structures and take long walks along the marshy banks of Ganges to spot some of the rarest birds’ species. Apart from the nearby attractions of Guptipara, Bandel, Balagarh and Hooghly, Somrabazar is also known to produce...
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Bawali, Budge Budge – 35 kms from ...

Staying in three ethnic cottages located beside two large ponds surrounded by more than 180 species of plants and an overdose of greenery can be your next weekend destination near Kolkata. A cruising drive of 35 kms through the villages on the outskirts of Kolkata would take you to this plant nursery, a garden, a modern ethnic guesthouse, a fish farm and a knowledge centre for under-privileged children – all put together. You can spend your weekend angling some great catches, reading some great books, telling stories to the village children and visiting some local...
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Baharampur, Murshidabad – 200 kms ...

Sited on the eastern side of the Bhagirathi River, approximately 201 kms north of Kolkata is the city of Baharampur. The etymology of the place is derived from the word ‘Brahmapur’, as it was once predominantly occupied by Brahmin families. The administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district is located here. During the Golden Age of Bengal, Baharampur (Beharampur) was a thriving cosmopolitan city with a vibrant colonial presence. The city served as the first Head Quarter of the East India Company. Gradually, several other European colonial forces also moved here,...
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Krishnanagar, Nadia – 100 kms from...

Krishnanagar is a historical city located at the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mostly renowned for its founder and ruler, Raja Krishna Chandra Rai who was a prominent zamindar of Bengal. During the reign of Raja Krishnachandra, Krishnanagar city flourished as a center of art and culture which the Raja propagated immensely due to his personal artistic and aesthetic bent of mind. The Rajbari thus, stands as a striking example of the Rajas exquisite artistic outlook. The Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace) is the main attraction of this...
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Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary – 172...

With an area of 200 hectares Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary located on the fringes of the University town of Bolpur is just the perfect getaway for your next weekend. Just a kilometer from the Viswa Bharati University area, this lush Wildlife Sanctuary is home to three large water bodies (Jheel) which hosts migratory as well as resident birds in plenty. The sanctuary was established in September 1967 and has one of the most successful deer conservation records in the state. It is home to numerous Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and other resident animals like jackals...
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Dhauli, Bhubaneshwar – 448 kms fro...

The sacred Dhauli Hills or Dhavalgiri cradled on the banks of River Daya has been a major pilgrimage site for centuries, frequented by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Just 10 kms from Bhubaneshwar, Dhauli was the famous battlefield of Kalinga War which proved to be the turning point in the life of Emperor Ashoka. The hills are dotted all over by a number of rock cut caves and ancient Hindu temples. You can also explore the numerous pillars, stupas and monasteries in the region. The rock cut elephant carving located at the base of Dhaulagiri Hills is one of the earliest...
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Sahibganj, Jharkhand – 376 kms fro...

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...
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Rajgir, Bihar – 490 kms from Kolkata

Surrounded by hills and drenched in history and myth Rajgir is a 3000 year-old city still holding strong to its roots. Here, Lord Buddha stayed and preached and even initiated the mighty king Bimbisara whereas Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years of his life preaching in Rajgir. World travellers like Hiuen Tsang (650 BC) and Fa-Hein (400 BC) visited Rajgir and meticulously recorded its daily life and people. Rajgir is even older than history – still today believers visit a dilapidated wrestling ring where the Pandava prince Bheema, is said to have fought and killed...
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Bodhgaya, Bihar – 470 kms from Kolkata

Very different from the rest of the temple towns in India, Bodh gaya is very clean, hassle free, safe and beautiful. Waking up to the early calls of the Buddhist prayers, visiting the 2200 year-old Mahabodi Temple beside the Bodhi tree and watching the thousands of Butter lamps flickering in the wind can be the best stress-buster of your life. Being one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists throughout the world, this little town buzzes with believers of peace and harmony. Bodhgaya is the site where supreme Enlightenment was attained by Gautama Buddha...
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Gour, Malda – 375 kms from Kolkata

If you are historically inclined, then the city of Gour, drenched with history, is your ideal holiday destination. Nestled near the west bank of River Ganges, this historical city is situated around 40 km. downstream from Rajmahal, in the district of Malda of West Bengal. The location is dotted with a number of archaeological sites and historical places, admired with splendid architectures. Though most of the architectural splendors have been reduced to remnants, but still the city of Gour holds some aura, which attracts tourists from far and near. BOOKING DETAILS OF GOUR...
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Puri, Orissa – 540 kms from Kolkata

Puri is considered one of the major Char Dham pilgrimages, which if not visited, means your pilgrimage tour of India is not complete. Located on the eastern coast of Bay of Bengal in Orissa, Puri is home to the Lord of the Universe, Lord Jagannath. So spend this weekend amidst the splendor of the golden beaches and the religious sites in Puri. On your way to Puri, you can also see the appliqué handicraft work at Pipili village. Overall, to spend an exciting weekend, you should decide on going eastward. BOOKING DETAILS OF PURI Places to see in Puri: The major attraction...
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Routpara, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

It happens that a weekend tour to a less famed destination often turns out to be an extremely exciting trip, with loads of fun and frolic. The quaint village of Routpara located in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district is such a destination, which can offer you with some interesting experience. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROUTPARA Places to see in Routpara: Rotupara, better to term as a temple city of Bengal, upholds the blend of the two architectural style of temples in Bengal – Ratna (pinnacle) and Chala (sloping roof). The region is famous for housing five temples, three...
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Raidighi, Sunderbans – 110 kms fro...

If you are yearning for a break from your bustling city life, plan for a weekend holiday at Raidighi, which is truly an enchanting weekend destination. The small town of Raidighi is located on the way to Sunderban. The location is one of its kind, offering something for each kind of traveler – be a nature lover or religious or adventure minded tourist.  The nearby Jatar Deul, located seven kilometers from Raidighi and a boat ride along the fringes of Sunderbans would be an experience of a lifetime. The most memorable part is to watch the sun going down over the...
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Supur, Birbhum – 191 kms from Kolkata

Supur, located at a distance of 14 km from Bolpur, is an ideal weekend getaway, which upholds the perfect blend of history and art. Nestled on the riverbank of Ajay River, this small age-old village of Birbhum shot to fame in the 18th century, when the French traders established their base at the site. Supur is known for its terracotta temples built in the Rekh Deul style. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SUPUR Places to see in Supur: Supur can well be termed as a temple town, as you can savor some impressive temple sites. The twin temple of Lalbazar area in Supur is truly noteworthy....
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Maharajpur, Jharkhand – 457 kms from Kol...

Maharajpur is a less popular small village nestled at the Bengal – Jharkhand border, is an ideal destination for a weekend trip. This is where time has stopped – you can still board a tanga here and visit the erstwhile palaces of the Maharajas to see a few Mughal era paintings and you can take a dip in a non perennial pool fed by and underground stream. Boasting of an unspoiled natural beauty, a waterfall and the River Ganges nearby – the place truly offers visual and sensual pleasure to the tourists. It is located around 9 km. east of Sahibganj district...
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Dasghara, Hooghly – 70 kms from Ko...

Dasghara is an ideal destination for the tourists having true interest in history because this small village near Tarakeshwar treasures some remarkable terracotta temples and architectures. This quaint village is situated 12 km north of Tarakeswar, famously known as the temple town. The history of Dasghara can be traced back to the early phase of the 18th century. The place will definitely offer you a rare experience. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DASGHARA Places to see in Dasghara: Though most of the sites in Dasghara only house the ruins of the historical structures, still nothing...
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Dwarhatta, Hooghly – 41 kms from K...

The terracotta temples guarded by lush green thickets makes Dwarhatta peaceful and serene. Located 41 km from Kolkata, Darhatta is one of the villages in Haripal, in the West Bengal’s Hoogly district. With its terracotta temples, simple and neat tribal huts, Dwarhatta welcomes you to spend some hours in the calm ambience of its village. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DWARHATTA Places to see in Dwarhatta: The major attractions of this place are its terracotta temples. The Vishnu and three Shiv temples constructed by Singha Rai family, the zamindars of this place, are the most popular...
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Chandraketugarh, Barasat – 50 kms ...

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...
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Achipur, Budge Budge – 33 kms from...

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...
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Chandannagar, Hooghly – 44 kms from Kolk...

Chandannagar – located in the Hooghly district of West Bengal is famous for its French connection, its historical buildings, Jagatdhatri Pujo, the Ghats on River Ganges (locally called River Hooghly) and the famous Jalbhara sweets. Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673 and still today it holds a French flavour in the architecture of its famous Sacred Heart Church and collection of French antiques in the local museum. This small town bustling with its own culture and heritage is a great destination for a weekend trip just 44 kms from Kolkata.....
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Santiniketan, Birbhum – 212 kms fr...

The University town of Shantiniketan is recognized worldwide as a significant center for pursuing higher studies and being the home to the Nobel Laureate and National poet of India Rabindranath Tagore. Students from all over the world come here for further education in the Viswa Bharati University founded in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore himself. Not only students, the place is also frequented by thousand of visitors who are attracted by the extensive campus ground, open-air classes and above all the scenic natural beauty of the destination. Serenity is the essence of...
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Sukharia, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

It can be said undeniably that a travel to the small and quaint village of Sukharia will offer you a unique experience. Located at a distance of 80 km from Kolkata, Sukharia, situated in the Hooghly district can better be termed as the abode of terracotta temples attracting history lovers to three medieval shrines of the 18th century. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SUKHARIA Places to see in Sukharia: Sukharia is admired with three major gracefully designed temples, which are the prime spots of tourist interest. The most notable temple was built by the village zamindar Bireswar...
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Mayapur-Nabadwip, Nadia – 132 kms ...

Are you tired of the humdrum of daily life? Even the adventurous holidays seem uninteresting to you? In that case, you must take a break and spend a weekend at Mayapur. The religious ambience and the serene natural beauty of the place will bring peace to your troubled mind. The basic calm aura of the place will fill you up with happiness. Mayapur is situated in an area somewhere in the middle of the rivers Hoogly and Jalangi and is one of the nine islands of the Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadham Nabadwip. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR & NABADWIP Places to see at Mayapur and...
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Murshidabad, West Bengal – 182 kms...

Murshidabad is one of the most prominent historical places of Bengal. It was the first capital of Bengal and is tied intricately to the history of Bengal since it was here that the infamous ‘Battle of Plassey’ took place, which changed the destiny of Bengal 200 years back. It served as an important platform for the rise of the Imperial British Power in 1857. Located along the banks of the beautiful River Bhagirati, Murshidabad was once a prosperous capital city of the famous Nawabs of Bengal who ruled this eastern region with great grandeur. Historically, it was a...
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Garhpanchakot, Purulia – 256 kms f...

Located amidst landscaped gardens with the stunning backdrop of Panchet Hill, these new resorts at Garpanchkot are just what the weekend travellers of Kolkata were waiting for. The place, Garpanchkot is a part of nearly 1500 year-old history of the Singh Deo dynasty. The only remains of this kingdom are the temple ruins on the southern Panchet foothills. The temples belong to different architectural styles like ‘Pancharatna, Jor-Bangla and Pirha. The lush greenery, temple ruins, perennial springs, forests, towering Panchet Hill and the expansive Panchet Lake would...
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Gopegarh, Medinipur – 260 kms from...

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...
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Chechuria, Bankura – 170 kms from ...

Very near to Bishnupur town is the man-made eco sanctuary named Chechuria Eco Park. With a huge waterbody, picnic spot, lots of playing ground for children and boating facilities, this beautiful eco sanctuary was very recently created by the forest department and it offers great escapes to tired souls. As you walk through the park, you will find a completely different environment with birds chirping and plenty of greenery. Treat your lungs with some fresh air filled with chlorophyll, away from the polluted surrounding of the cities. Spend the night in the forest bungalow...
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Bangriposhi, Orissa – 230 kms from Kolka...

To heal your mind and body, this weekend come to the marvelous landscape of Bangriposhi. This place is extremely relaxing as  well as exciting for traveling and has provided inspiration to many creative impulses of various littérateur and artists. The  best place for nature lovers, Bangriposhi gives ample scope of interaction with nature through its jungle, hills and river  and the tribal culture, who are inseparable parts of nature. So if you want to satiate your hunger for traveling to new  places, then Bangriposhi located in the shadows of the...
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Pedong, Darjeeling – 85 kms from Siligur...

Pedong is a resort town in the district of Darjeeling. It is steeped in the solitude of nature at 5100 feet. Here, tourists leave themselves into the solitude of calm and cool ambience. You will wake up at the chirp of hilly birds and the golden gleam of sunrise. The best gift of Pedong for its tourists is the spell bounding and breathtaking sight of Mount Kanchenjunga that is unforgettable.  BOOKING DETAILS OF PEDONG Places to see at Pedong: Damsangdugi Fort, the main attraction of Pedong bears evidence to a long racial war between Bhutias and Lepchas. It attributes a...
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Garshalboni, Jhargram – 170 kms fr...

Staying in a farmhouse drenched in history within a jungle, where you wake up to the call of unknown birds – Does it excite you? If it does then make a trip to Garhshalboni – just 170 kms from Kolkata by road. Garhshalboni was once ruled by the Malla Kings and the farmhouse was their jungle retreat. The British had also occupied this farmhouse, which presently covers an area of around 40 acres. Endless stretches of jungle, ancient temples, meandering rivers, migratory birds and untouched nature would rejuvenate your body and soul and make your weekend trip...