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Dasghara, Hooghly – 70 kms from Kolkata...

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 could diminish the attraction of the place. The central attraction of the tourists visiting Dasghara is a temple built in the Mughal era, admired with decorative terracotta work. The village is also adorned with a picturesque colonial garden, the beauty of which is enhanced by the marble statues admiring the site. You could also locate the second largest Rath of Hooghly in this village. The oldest construction of the village is the Gopinath Temple, built by a local zamindar called Sadananda Biswas. The temple features five spires and some of its significant terracotta panels are still in good condition. The panel features some notable scenes from the Ramayana, a grand court, performances of the musicians and glimpses of regular life. It is said that this masterpiece is one of its kind in whole of West Bengal. The temple premises also features an octagonal shaped Rasmancha, admired with nine spires, narrow pillars and a square shaped Dolmancha. You will also find an age-old Durga Dalan and the house of the Biswas family within a short distance from the temple, which only carry a slight hint of its early glory. Apart from the architectural attractions built by the Biswas family, Dasghara also treasures a clock tower and an arched gateway. These two masterpieces were built by Bipin Krishna Roy, a notable businessperson of the area. However, the hands of the clock tower have become static. You can also visit the mansion of Bipin Krishna. He is also credited for building a Shiv temple in the region. Nearby attractions around Dasghara: You can arrange a trip to the Tarakeswar temple, located near Dasghara. Things to do in Dasghara: Revitalize yourself by inhaling the unpolluted air while enjoying a nature walk along the village pathway. You will have enough time to explore the place and admire the several historical sites dotting the region. How to reach Dasghara: You can board the Tarakeswar local that leaves from Howrah station. Buses are available from the Tarakeswar station to Dasghara. Dasghara is located at a distance of 70 km from Kolkata. So, you can also drive along the National Highway 6 and then turn left to locate the Dhaniakhali Connector to reach Dasghara. Best time to visit Dasgara: You can visit Dasgara any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Dasghara: You will find hotels and eateries near the Tarakeswar bus stop, some of which are suitable for night stay. However, Dasghara is popular as a day trip destination. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Dwarhatta, Hooghly – 41 kms from Kolkata...

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 sights. One of the three temples is Rajrajeswari-Shiva terracotta temple, constructed by Pannalal Singha Rai. The walls of this temple are adorned with scenes from Ramayana, Indian mythology, and Radha- Krishna. Though the temples of Shiva are in dire condition, they are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India, who has acknowledged this as a heritage site. There is the temple of Dwarika Chandi, where a large fair and puja is organized every year. You can visit around this time to enjoy the festival. Nearby attractions of Darhatta: You can visit the nearby main city of Chinsurah just 35 km away. Things to do in Dwarhatta: Apart from sightseeing, you can watch huge varieties of birds in the village of Darhata. You can also watch the village market that opens weekly, is a spectacle in itself. How to reach Dwarhatta: Darhata can be reached by availing any of the options stated below. Firstly, you can get on a bus from Kolkata, that will take you through Arambagh, Bankura, Bishnupur and finally stop at Gajar More, which is 6 km from Haripal in Hoogly. From Gajar more you have to turn left and travel a small distance of 1.5 km to reach the village of Darhata. Or you can also get on a bus from Howrah to directly reach Antpur, from where you go to Darhata.  If you want to go by railways, you can avail local train to take you to Tarakeshwar from Howrah. On the way you have to get down at Haripal and then take a trekker to Antpur. You can also hire a car from Kolkata to reach Haripal and Antpur. Best time to visit Darhata: Since the place is sunny and hot all round the year; you can visit Darhata anytime in the year. In the summers, the green shade of the trees will protect you from the scorching rays of the sun. Lodging and dining facilities at Dwarhatta: There are no lodging facilities in Darhata. It is apt for a day trip from Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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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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Chandannagar, Hooghly – 44 kms from Kolkata...

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.. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDANNAGAR Places to see in Chandannagar: Chandannagar is dotted with numerous tourist attractions, which include famous churches, temples, museums and picnic spots. The lush landscaped Chandannagar Strand on the bank of River Ganges is a hotspot for the locals and the visitors alike. It is admired with nicely paved pathway and bright lights. [AFG_gallery id=’107′] A number of buildings of  historical significance are located here too. The prime attraction of the Chandannagar Strand is the Vivekananda Mandir, which is a meditation centre. The Chandannagar Museum and Institute is worth visiting too. This French Museum or Residency was the former home of the French administrator J.F. Dupleix, which has now been converted into a museum. It showcases a wonderful collection of French antiques including 18th century wooden furniture, a cannon used in Anglo-French war and other items. The exquisite architecture of the Sacred Heart Church and the Chandannagar Church is also popular with the tourists. The site featuring the ruins of the St. Louis Church is also interesting. The underground House, popularly known as the Patal Bari, the lowest floor of which is immersed in the River Ganges is another superb architectural evidence of the early days. Chandannagar has a number of temples, the most noteworthy being the age-old Nandadulal Temple, constructed in 1740. You can also locate some other temples of Kali and Shiva located everywhere. Visitors can also make a trip to the Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir, which has a library and a theatre hall. The western side of Chandannagar is admired with three amusement parks namely Chuti, KMDA and New Digha. Nearby attractions around Chandannagar: You can make a trip to the temple of Hanseshwari housing the deity of Goddess Kali, on the bank of the Ganges at Bansberia, located 25 km. from Chandannagar. The temple with a towering height of 90 feet and featuring 13 peaks was built with limestone brought from Chunar, near Allahabad.  Each peak of the temple represents  a blooming lotus bud. There is also a Ananta Basudeba temple and a Swanbhaba Kali temple built by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay in 1788 located nearby. The clock of Bandel Imambara is another sightseeing interest for the tourists. This 100 years old antique clock made of solid brass features letters in Arabic and measures around 3 ton. The Bandel Imambara truly offers visual pleasure with its magnificent structure. The interior of the mosque is decked with several chandeliers, Iranian carpets and the teachings of Koran are inscribed on the wall. The Portugese Church in Bandel built in 1599 is also a must visit for tourists. Things to do in Chandannagar: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists visiting Chandanagar. You can enjoy a stroll along the beautifully paved pathway of the Chandannagar Strand, savoring the view of the small boats passing by on River Ganges. The view of the River Ganges also fascinates the tourists. How to reach...
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Santiniketan, Birbhum – 212 kms from Kolkata...

The University town of Shantiniketan is recognized worldwide as a significant center for pursuing higher studies and being the home to the Nobel Laureate and National poet of India Rabindranath Tagore. Students from all over the world come here for further education in the Viswa Bharati University founded in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore himself. Not only students, the place is also frequented by thousand of visitors who are attracted by the extensive campus ground, open-air classes and above all the scenic natural beauty of the destination. Serenity is the essence of Santiniketan – the abode of peace. Rabindranath Tagore settled in Shantiniketan permanently from 1901 and left Shantiniketan for the last time in 1941. BOOKING DETAILS OF SANTINIKETAN Places to see in Santiniketan: Santiniketan, rich with its culture and heritage features a number of sight seeing spots. The most significant site is the Visva Bharati University and its different departments, the most notable being the Kala Bhavan. You can spot some frescoes and sculptures of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij around Kala Bhavan. For more photos of Santiniketan click here Tagore’s Ashram features a number of buildings namely the Santiniketan building, Dehali, Nutan bari and others. School classes and some major activities are held in the Amro Kunja (Mango Grove). The place also houses some institutions of Viswa Bharati. You can also spot a hillock featuring an age-old banyan tree on the eastern side of the ashram. The Uttarayan complex has several buildings like Konark, Udayan, Shyamali and others. The Rabindra Bhaban Museum popularly called Bichitra houses letters, manuscripts, medals, documents, paintings and certificates associated with Tagore. Chatimtala is the place where Rabindranath’s father Debendranath Tagore rested during his visit to a nearby Zamindar House and discovered the serenity of present Shantiniketan for the first time. This spot has been marked by a pulpit to commemorate the founding of Shnatiniketan. Khowai region and Kopai River (Rabindranath’s Amader Choto Nadi) are other destinations where you can spend some time. Apart from this, you can also visit Hindi Bhavan, Cheena Bhavan, Nipon Bhavan, Sangeet Bhavan, Patha Bhavan, Vinaya Bhavan, Sihsha Bhavan, Kaalo Bari etc. The campus of Shantiniketan is also worth visiting. Nearby attractions of Santiniketan: Kankalitala, just 9 km from Santiniketan is a temple popular as a Satipeeth. Surul, located near Sriniketan, features temples decorated with terracotta carvings. You can also visit another Satipeeth at Labhpur-Fullara, just 30 km. from Santiniketan. Tourists also visit Nanoor, famous as the birthplace of the Sanskrit poet of the 14th century – Chandidas. Kendubillo is another destination, popular as the hometown of another renowned Sanskrit poet, Jaidev. You can also make trip to Bakreshwar, the famous satipitha, housing the Bakranath temple and hot springs. Tarapith, the famous Saktipeetha, is also visited from Santiniketan. Nalhati and Sainthia also attract tourists visiting Santiniketan. Some tourists also organize tour to Massanjore featuring a dam built across the Mayurakshi River, housing a splendid reservoir. Things to do in Shantiniketan: You can spend hours visiting the different sites of Santiniketan and experiencing the village life. You can also take a guide to explain all the details of the sites. Visit a number of fairs held in the region throughout the year, the most notable being Poush Mela, Basanta Utsav, Nandan Mela, Magh Mela, Barsha Mangal etc. Regular weekly markets (Haat) selling all local handicrafts can be found at Sonajhuri Haat held near the Khoai region. How to reach Shantiniketan: Santiniketan is accessible by a number of conveyances including trains, bus...
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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 Mustafi, in the year 1813 in the eastern part of the village. The temple, famously known as the Ananda Bhairabi Temple, houses the deity of Anandamoyee Kali. The shrine admired with 25 pinnacles, is a masterpiece of temple architecture and there are only five such temples in West Bengal. The temple walls are adorned with intricate terracotta design, offering a visual pleasure to the tourists. The premise of the temple houses 12 small temples, which have been built in two parallel rows, featuring 6 temples in each row. 10 of the temples are aat chala (eight sloped roof), featuring the Shiva Linga. The other two temples are Pancharatna (five Pinacled), among which one is dedicated to Shiva and the other houses the idol of Ganesh. You can also visit the temple of Harasundari, built by another renowned zamindar, Kashigoti Mitra in the western zone of the village of Suhkaria. You will also locate another temple of Nistarani Kali, built in close proximity to the Harasundari temple. Though the temples were built long ago, still the carvings and the decorations of the temples are truly admirable. Nearby attractions around Sukharia: Nabadwip is nearby. Things to do in Sukharia: You can explore the village of Sukhuria and visit the temples admiring the site. State Highway 6 from Nabadwip would take you to Katwa. How to reach Sukharia: Sukharia is well connected with Kolkata by railway. The nearest railhead is Somra Bazar. You have to board a train heading Katwa from Howrah and get down at Somra Bazar station (after Guptipara). You can take a Rickshaw to reach the temples from the station. Best time to visit Sukharia: You can visit Sukharia any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Sukharia: There are no facilities for night stay in Sukharia. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Mayapur-Nabadwip, Nadia – 132 kms from Kolkata...

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 Nabadwip: The birthplace of Mahaprabu Chaitanya is a must watch site. Besides, Mayapur is famous for the ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple, the Yoga Peeth as well as the Chand Kazi’s Samadhi. Nearby attractions from Mayapur and Nabadwip: You can go to nearby Ballal Mound, which is a reminiscent of Bengal king Ballal Sen and the tomb of Chand Kazi. Crossing River Ganga, you can visit Nabadwip and take a quick round of all the nine islands. Things to do at Mayapur & Nabadwip: You can spend as much time as you want inside the temple premises. Watching the evening prayer is a grand affair as numerous people gather in the ISKCON temple and Sri. Chaitanya Math for it. How to reach Mayapur and Nabadwip: If you go by car, you have to cross Barasat, Ranaghat, Krishnagar and before you reach Bangram station, turn left and drive 11 km on the concrete road to Mayapur. The total distance from Kolkata is 132 kms. If you go by rail, you have to reach Nabadwip or Krishnagar first, both covering a distance of 13 kms and then take the ferry service to cross the river and reach Mayapur. Even you can go via the package bus services from Kolkata to Iskon or take a bus to Mayapur from Dharmatala that leaves at 6a.m. in the morning. Best time to visit Mayapur and Nabadwip: The doors of the temples are open throughout the year. So you can visit whenever you feel like. Lodging and dining facilities at Mayapur-Nabadwip: The Iskon Temple provides comfortable lodging arrangements inside the premises of the temple itself. The dining facilities of Iskon Temple are awesome as Thaalis are available. Even the canteen near the gate of the temple makes delicious Pakora, Dosa, Pizza, Egg-less cake and sweets. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAYAPUR &...
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Murshidabad, West Bengal – 182 kms from Kolkata...

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 thriving city of culture and art that once prospered as the Golden Period of Bengal. Presently, it is one of the 18 districts of the State of West Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF MURSHIDABAD Places to see in Murshidabad Hazarduari – The Hazarduari Palace is the most magnificent structure of Murshidabad. The name of the palace signifies a palace with ‘1000 doors’. It is one of the chief tourist attractions of the region. The three-storey palace was built by architect Duncan McLeod in 1837 under the ruler ship of Nawab Najim Humaun Jah at a cost of INR 16.50 lacs. The palace is built typically in European styled architecture is 130 meters longs and 61 meters broad. The Hazarduari actually has 1000 doors of which only 900 are real. This was done mainly for safety purposes to evade the attacking enemy. For more photos of Murshidabad click here There are 114 palatial rooms and 8 splendidly spacious galleries in the Hazarduari. The palatial building has been built on 41 acres of land. Presently, the palace has been converted into a grand museum that features the historical past of Bengal. It is now under the care and maintenance of the Archeological Survey of India. The majestic museum of the palace has some of the rarest and exquisite collection of armory ranging from metal swords of all shapes and sizes to guns dating back to the colonial period, manuscripts, maps, beautiful paintings and portraits of the Nawab dynasty, ivory and wood artistry, European sculptures and many other works of art. The armory has around 2700 arms in total of which only selected few have been kept for public display. Another majestic exhibit is the Classic vintage and Fittan cars that were used by the Nawabs and their erstwhile families. There is also a library within the palace that has some of the rarest collection of personal books of the Nawab family. The palace also has a beautiful garden built in the magnificent Victorian style that has a clock-tower situated on its ground. The Darbar Hall with its lofty dome (24 meters high) adorned with fine stucco ornamentation, is the most attractive feature of this monument. The Imambara – The Nizamat Imambara is the largest imambara (congregation hall) in Bengal. It was built in 1847 by the Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah. Its main entrance is parallel to the northern flank of the Hazarduari Palace. Surprisingly, this magnificent Imambara was built only in 7 months. It stands at an overwhelming height of 680 feet very close to the banks of the Bhagirathi River and has its own ghat which is called the Mint Ghat. This rectangular building is divided into 3 equal blocks, each with a large quadrangle. The center quadrangle contains the single-domed Medina on a square platform and surrounded on all sides by Prayer Halls and an upper balcony covered with...
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Garhpanchakot, Purulia – 256 kms from Kolkata...

Located amidst 15 acres of landscaped gardens with the stunning backdrop of Panchet Hill, this new resort at Garpanchkot is 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 make your weekend memorable. BOOKING DETAILS OF GARPANCHAKOT Places to see at Garpanchkot: Garpanchkot features a number of sites having historical values. You can visit the remains of ancient palaces of kings, who used to rule the region. The site also houses the Temple of Pancharatna, the very name from which the name of the place has been derived. Lake of Murarodi also offers some spectacular views of the surrounding.   Images of Garpanchokot For more photos of Garpanchokot click here Nearby attractions from Garpanchkot: The Panchet Dam – one of the largest earthen dams with concrete spillway is a couple of kilometers from the resort. The beautiful 4,232 square mile lake formed due to the dam is a splendid place for a boat ride. Another popular touristic area is the Maithon Dam just 22 kms. from Garpanchkot. This 25 square mile reservoir has also been created by a 4700 m long and 50 m high dam on Barakar River. Few other interesting and scenic nearby destinations are the Joychandi Hills, Murardi lake and its surroundings forests and villages, the Birinchinath Temple, Biharinath Temple and the Biharinath Hill overlooking the temple. . Things to do at Garpanchakat: If you are not much of an outdoor person, spend your day just sitting in the cottages, savoring the natural scenic beauty of the surrounding. You can also go for bird-watching at the Panchet Dam and Panchet Hill. How to reach Garpanchakot: If you are travelling by train, get down at the stations of Barakor or Asansol and take a trekker to cover an hour long path to reach Garpanchakat. You can also take the car route by driving along the National Highway 2. After crossing Asansol, turn left and take the road leading to Raghunathpur. After reaching the Satbari stop, your destination is few kilometers away by the village path. Best time to visit Garpanchkot: You can visit the place any time of the year. However, rainy season makes it lush green. Lodging and dining facilities at Garpanchkot: Our private accommodation in Garpanchokot is spread over 15 acres of landscaped gardens beside the  Panchet Hill. The resort has 04 ethnic cottages with 08 Double Bed AC rooms equipped with all modern facilities like western toilets, 24 hour hot / cold water supply, room heaters, LED TVs, mini bar, Electric Kettle with Tea Bags and Coffee pouch, Bed Side Reading Lamp, Separate Dressing Enclosure and complimentary toiletries. The resort is facilitated with huge tracts of landscaped gardens encircled by water bodies, lawns, hanging bridges and facilities for campfire, fishing, nature walk, badminton, volleyball and other adventure activities. In winter, camping is also arranged for adventure lovers. Food is served in a multi-cuisine restaurant within the resort.   Photographs by Somnath Khaskel and others. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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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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Chechuria, Bankura – 170 kms from Kolkata...

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 and enjoy some local delicacies at eateries by the natives. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO CHECHURIA Places to see at Chechuria: The eco-sanctuary itself is a great place to see so many natural aspects. Nearby attractions of Chenchuria: If you want you can take a trip to the town of Bishnupur and enjoy some great attractions there. Things to do at Chechuria: You can enjoy some get together or a picnic in the picnic spot of the eco sanctuary. Plus, you can opt for boating in the huge water body or take a stroll inside the sanctuary and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature as well as fresh, pollution-free air. How to reach Chechuria: From Bishnupur, Chechuria eco sanctuary is only 19 kilometers. If you don’t have a car with you, you can avail a trekker or an auto or hire a car from Bishnupur. Best time to visit Chechuria: Throughout the year. Lodging & Dining facilities at Chechuria: You can put up at the forest bungalow. Stay in the forest bungalow and enjoy some delicacies at eateries arranged by local people. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Bangriposhi, Orissa – 230 kms from Kolkata...

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 Thakurani Hills in Mayurbhanj, Orissa would be the best choice. BOOKING DETAILS OF BANGRIPOSHI Places to see at Bangriposhi: Surrounded by numerous forest tracts and hills like Vidyabhandar, Ardheshwar, Patharkushi, Buraburi, Bangriposhi is a storehouse of flora and fauna. The River Budibalam meandering through Bangriposhi is the major attraction here. Photographs of Bangriposhi Nearby attractions of Bangriposhi: A couple of kilometers from Bangriposhi is Thakurani Hill. You can reach the summit of the hill to see the temple of Goddess Bangriposi. Crossing this mountain, you can visit the small marketplace of the tribal people. You can travel 20 km from Bangriposi to Kuliyan village, which is renowned for Dokra artwork. You can also take a short trip of 25 kms to the Bankabal Lake and its adjacent dam. A visit to the nearby Duarsini temple and the Nilamadhaba temple should also be in your itinerary. Another major attraction near Bangriposhi is the Simlipal National Forest, just 60 kms. away. Things to do at Bangriposhi: Apart from visiting the tourist spots, you can also take a look at the lifestyle of the tribal people of this area who are mainly Santhal, Munda, Bhil and Lodha. However, Bangriposi is a box of surprises for photographers, bird watchers and trekkers. If you are an avid trekker, then you would love to trek along the Buribalam River’s bank and scale the hills and forests nearby. The boulders jutting out of the river’s rockbeds, the terraced Paddy fields on the hill slopes, the village life and the unknown birds chirping all around the trees are few reasons to make your trip to Bangriposhi. How to reach Bangriposhi: You can take the Dhauli Express from Howrah and covering a journey a four hours reach Balasore. From there you can hire a car and travel 2 hrs 30 minutes to Bangriposi. You can reserve a car for a couple of days to reach here and travel various spots nearby. Direct overnight buses connect Kolkata to Baripada. From Baripada, Bangriposi is just 32 kms. NH6 connects Bangriposi to Kolkata. It is just 230 kms from Kolkata. Best time to visit Bangriposhi: Avoid the summer time, anytime in the rest of the year is ideal for visiting Bangriposhi. Lodging & Dining facilities at Bangriposhi: A no-frills eco cottage located amidst sylvan surroundings with three bedrooms and attached western bathrooms can accommodate guests. There are no air-conditioners or televisions in the cottage but clean bathrooms, clean bed sheets and very cozy and clean rooms with patios blends this cottage to its environment. Delicious home cooked local meals are served by the caretaker and the cook. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Pedong, Darjeeling – 85 kms from Siliguri...

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 historical dimension to Pedong. The remains of the fort in the dark, deep and dense forest are reminiscent of the Lepcha Kingdom. Tinchuley is another appealing and appalling attribute of Kalimpong Hills. Here, the wide valley and deep gorge have prompted adventurous activities like Hang Gliding and Para Gliding for tourists. Dmsang Dzong is reflective of the British history of Pedong. Built in 1690 within a fifteen minute walk from Pedong it witnessed hostility between the local tribes and the troops of the East India Company Co. The Dzong gives you a glimpse into the depth of lush green valleys and of the ski-surpassing height of the Himalayas. Pedong has not only historical value but religious glory as well. Tourists from the Christian Community visit Cross Hill to pay their regard to the Cross. Father Augustine Desgodins placed the cross as a landmark when he was passing through the Nathula Pass in 1882. Nearby Attractions at Pedong: Among the nearby attractions of Pedong, Tinchuley especially deserves to be mentioned. Being 3.5 kilometers away, it is in the shadow of Pedong. It entertains tourists with a panoramic view of the Kassang Valley and the Sikkim Himalayas. The walking trail to Tinchuley is lined with a palette of different flowers on both sides. You can hire a car and drive to the nearby attractions of Pedong. Rikkissum that is also called Rissium is one of them. It is at 6410 feet from sea level and 6 kilometers from Pedong. Tourists are obsessed to catch a breathtaking sight of Rishi Valley in Sikkim from Rikkissum. Ramithey is also located in the neighborhood of Pedong. A way through the deep, dark forest leads to the place. You can soothe your eyes and refresh your mind with a golden glimpse of Kanchenjunga in the sun. Silent valley falls on the way to Rikkissum. A lake was there in the valley. Now the field of cinchona plantation prevails there. Here, you can experience the awesome greenery of the Green Valley. Damsang that is a Bhutanese fort in ruins is a remarkable place to visit. It was constructed in 1837. Father Desgdins had established a Roman Catholic Mission here in 1882. Things to do at Pedong: Nature walks, Fishing, Trekking, Rock climbing, River picnicking, Camping, Bird watching How to reach Pedong: Pedong a hill hamlet is 75 kilometers from Darjeeling and 85 kilometers from both Siliguri and Gangtok. It is only 25 kilometers from Lava and 38 kilometers from Lolegaon. It is located in Kalimpong subdivision and Darjeeling district. Pedong is about only twenty-three kilometers from the place in Kalimpong where Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal meet. Its height from sea level is 5100 feet. Best time to visit Pedong: The best season to make a trip to Pedong is from October to March. This time the weather is pleasant. Lodging & Dining facilities at Pedong:...
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Garshalboni, Jhargram – 170 kms from Kolkata...

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 memorable. BOOKING DETAILS OF GARSHALBONI The Garshalboni farmhouse is meant for nature loving tourists and not frolicking crowd. If you are one of those who like to spend your weekend idling away in the forests enjoying the nature, then Garhsalboni is perfect for you. [AFG_gallery id=’98’] Places to see in Garshalboni: You will surely take sometime to explore the farmhouse’s natural surroundings and the extensive jungle all around. The forest with its variety of existing saal, teak, mahua, cashew trees and mango trees will surely interest you. There is plenty to see around Garh Salboni like the textile printing works of Printex, a small zoo, the government Ayurvedic medicinal plant garden and a spring well nearby. However, Garh Salboni is the perfect destination to relax within pristine nature in a farmhouse filled with history. Nearby attractions at Garshalboni: Kendua village – few kilometers from the farmhouse is home to numerous migratory birds. The Dulung River flows through another beautiful spot nearby called Chilkigar, which houses an ancient Kanakdurga temple just 22 kms away and a Shiva Temple. You can also visit Jhargram Raajbaari (King’s residence) located nearby.  Another major attraction is the garden of Medicinal plants located nearby. You would find numerous temple and palace ruins all across the place. Things to do at Garshalboni: You can relax in the serene and peaceful environment of Garhsalboni. You can visit the nearby places of attraction, especially the ancient temple of Goddess Kanak Durga and discover more about the history of the place. Birdwatching at Chilkigarh and idling beside the Dulung River are few other things you can do here apart from watching a tribal dance during the evenings. How to reach Garshalboni: You can avail the Ispat Express from Howrah Station. After crossing Kharagpur, you need to get off at Jhargram Station. From there, you can take an bus to reach Garshalboni forest (10 kms away). Alternatively, you can travel by car from Kolkata. The distance is around 170 kilometers and it takes about three hours. After crossing Kharagpur, you have to drive for another 35 kms on Bombay Road to reach Lodhashuli Crossing, from where you have to drive for another five kilometers to reach Garshalboni Forest. Best time to visit Garshalboni: You can visit Garhshalboni throughout the year. The winters are excellent for the migratory birds and the rainy season is favorable for the greenery all around. Lodging and Food at Garhsalboni: The farmhouse at Garhshalboni covers an area of around 70 acres.  All types of trees like teak, mango, saal  and hundreds of different types of medicinal plants grow in the premises of the farmhouse. The present farmhouse was the erstwhile forest retreat of the Malla kings and later taken over by the British. It presently accommodates tourists in  its twelve rooms and an extensive dining area. The rooms are Double Bedded without AC facilities and have attached Western Toilets....