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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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Guptipara, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

A rural town in Chinsurah subdivision, Guptipara is famous for being the first place in West Bengal to start community Durga Puja. Located beside the Hooghly River, Guptipara is equally famous for gupo sandesh (variety of sandesh pieces) and makha sandesh (sandesh mixture) besides being the birth place of the famous singer Bhola Moira. But above all, it is the terracotta temples that are the biggest attractions of the place. The temples of Guptipara boasts of a completely different style of architecture like thatched hut-shaped structures with terracotta carvings, the unique aatchala temple with colorful paintings and the ekratna or single pinnacled temples. Beside, Guptipara was once famous for being the home to Vaishnava culture. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO GUPTIPARA Places to see at Guptipara: The biggest attractions of Guptipara are the four Vaishnava temples of Brindabanchandra, Chaitanya, Krishnachandra and Ramchandra which offers great pieces of architecture. Nearby attractions from Guptipara: Among the nearby attractions from Guptipara, you can visit Bandel, famous for Bandel church as well as Kalna town and Bansberia. Things to do in Guptipara: The best thing that you can do while in Guptipara is sight-seeing of the four main Vaishnava temples. Plus, you can also take part in the different local celebrations like Rath Yatra, Ras, Bhandarloot and Dol. Rath Yatra is a grand affair in Guptipara with thousands of devotees taking part in the procession. How to reach Guptipara: You can board the Howrah-Katwa local that takes some 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Guptipara. Then, you have to take a rickshaw that will charge you some Rs 100 from the railway station to the temples. State Highway 6 would take you to Guptipara from Kolkata via Jirat. Best time to visit Guptipara: You can visit Guptipara during anytime of the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Guptipara: Guptipara is popular as a day trip destination. So, staying there is not necessary. However, Guptipara offers a good collection of places to eat. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Panchalingeswar, Orissa – 280 kms from Kolkata...

If you want to live in seclusion, amidst the tranquil and scenic natural ambience, then this quaint village of Panchalingeswar, is your ideal weekend getaway. Panchalingeswar is located in the hilly areas of Balasore district in Orissa. The sheer serenity of the location is a great stress buster for the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PANCHALINGESWAR Places to see in Panchalingeswar: Tourists are primarily attracted to the village of Panchalingeswar to visit the Panchalingeswar Temple, which is the shrine of Lord Shiva. The temple is located on a hilltop near the Nilagiri hills and is renowned for housing five shivalingas, immersed in a small flow of water. You need to ascend 263 stairs to reach the temple. Walk for 3 km from the temple site through a tribal village, to savor the spectacular sight of the Khumkut Dam. You could also locate a watchtower at the site. You can also visit Sajanagarh, the place of Budarachandi, which is also a popular archaeological site. Make a trip to the Kuldiha Elephant Sanctuary and the Jagannath temple, situated nearby. Nearby attractions around Panchalingeswar: Tourist visiting Panchalingeswar can arrange for some interesting trips to nearby destinations. Chandaneswara is a prime attraction of the tourists, renowned for its pristine beach and the shrine of Lord Chandaneswara. Tourists can also visit another serene beach at Chandipur. You can also make a tour to Remuna, the site famous for nurturing the Vaishnavite culture. The place also houses a well-decorated temple of Khirachora Gopinath. Another interesting place is Khiching, popular for housing the age-old Chamunda temple and Kichakeswari temple. Things to do in Panchalingeswar: If you are a trek enthusiast, then you can trek at the Nilagiri Hills. Enjoy your trips in the nearby sightseeing places. You can also enjoy a nature walk savoring the splendid beauty of Pancha lingeswar. How to reach Panchalingeswar: Panchalingeswar is located at a distance of 30 km. from Balasore and 85 km. from the town of Baripada. Regular facilities of transport are available from both the destinations to Panchalingeswar. The nearest airport of the destination is located at Bhubaneswar, whereas Balasore serves as the closest railway station. Best time to visit Panchalingeswar: The ideal time to visit the place is during Autumn and Winter. Lodging and dining facilities in Panchalingeswar: You can stay at Govt. accommodations in Panchalingeswar, which is operated by the Orissa Tourism Department Corporation. There are also a few standard hotels and private resorts at the location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Banshberia, Hooghly – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Banshberia or Bansberia is small town that is situated between Tribeni and Bandel, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is located at the Kalyani Bridge’s western end lies on the Bandel-Katwa branch rail line. Banshberia falls under Mogra and Chinsurah police stations in Chinsurah division. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BANSBERIA Present Bansberia was one of the main villages of ancient Saptagram and was once the commercial complex and main port of that area. The existence of the place dates back to the period of Shah Jahan. An area including Bansberia was part of the Mughal Empire and the Zamindar was Raghab Dattaroy of Patuli. The place derived its name from the legend that a fort was built by Raghab’s son after clearing a bamboo grove. Places to see at Bansberia: The tourist attractions of Banshberia are the Hangeshwari and Ananta Vasudeva temples comprising intricate terracotta works. The five-storied Hangseshwari temple is built in a unique architectural style, comprising thirteen lotus bud-shaped minars and inner layout following human anatomy. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The construction of the temple was started by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay and was completed by his wife, Rani Sankari in 1814. The Ananta Vasudeva temple was built in the traditional ‘ekaratna’ style with an octagonal tower, triple arched entrance and curved cornices. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for the terracotta works on the walls of the temple that depicts love, war scenes, gods and glimpses of everyday life. It is situated in the temple complex of Hangeshwari temple and was built in 1649 by Raja Rameshwar Datta, an ardent follower of Vaishnavism. Its decorative scheme is similar to that of the terracotta temples, situated in Bishnupur. The ruins of Dattaroy Palace are situated next to the temple and all that remain of the structure are the broken walls and fragments of arches. Nearby attractions of Banshberia: You can wander along the Hooghly to Ishwar Gupta Bridge or visit Bandel that is situated at a distance of four kilometers and offers a number of tourist attractions. Things to do in Banshberia: You can visit the temple and admire the beautiful terracotta pieces of art. How to reach Bansberia: You can reach Bansberia by availing trains that run on the Howrah-Katwa rail line. Trains also ply on the Sealdah-Katwa rail line. From the station, you can avail cycle-rickshaws in order to reach the temple complex. You can take NH 2 to reach Banshberia by road from Kolkata. Best time to visit Banshberia: Any time of the year but rainy season is not preferable. Lodging & Dining facilities at Banshberia: There are no such lodging facilities or hotels in Banshberia but there are cheap accommodation options in nearby Bandel. However, Banshberia is ideal for day trips. A number of eateries are situated near the complex of the temple that serves local Bengali cuisine at reasonable prices. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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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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Deulti, Howrah – 48 kms from Kolkata

If you are looking for a rural escape, away from the bustling city life, then you can make a tour to this small village of Deulti, nestled amidst a serene ambience. This peaceful retreat is located about 6 kms towards the western part of Bagnan, in the district of Howrah in West Bengal. It is a perfect holiday destination, cradled on the bank of River Roopnarayan. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DEULTI Places to see in Deulti: Deulti is rich with its heritage and culture. The neighboring village of Deulti called Samtaber is popular among the tourists for being the abode of the famous author Late Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. You will truly be amazed by savoring the panoramic view of the natural surrounding of this serene village of Deulti. The charming calls of different kinds of birds from behind the foliage will offer you great pleasure. You will also enjoy a stroll along the narrow clay path cutting through the paddy field that will lead you to the bank of river Rupnarayan. The mesmeric view of the River Rupnarayan will definitely captivate your mind. You can also visit the temple of Radha and Madanogopal, beautified with terracotta decoration. This ‘atchala’ or eight-roofed temple was constructed in 1651 AD by the Zamindar of Mangalhat Pragana, called Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury. Nearby attractions around Deulti: Kolaghat is just a few minutes drive from Deulti. Garchumuk and Gadiara is also nearby. Things to do in Deulti: You can enjoy a nature walk along the clay pathways of this small village. Interaction with the locals of Deulti is also quite interesting, for they can enrich your knowledge about the history of the place. You will become oblivious about time, while sitting on the bank of River Rupnarayan, offering a visual treat. How to reach Deulti: Deulti is accessible by car from Kolkata. Drive along the Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as the second Hooghly Bridge and take the route of the Kona Highway. After driving for few hours, you will reach the National Highway 6. Drive along the NH6 to pass Panchla, Uluberia, Kulgachhia, Chandpur, Bagnan and finally you will reach the Deulti crossing. The village of Deulti lies at a short from the Deulti Railway Station. Best time to visit Deulti: Deulti attracts tourists round the year, though it is good to avoid the monsoon season for River Rupnarayan may get flooded. The summers are also quite harsh. Winters would be the best time to visit Deulti. Lodging and dining facilities in Deulti: Accommodation facilities are offered by a number of hotels and resorts found in Deulti, which also has the provision for dining. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Takdah, Darjeeling – 90 kms from Siliguri...

You must have been to Darjeeling quite a lot of times, but have you ever been to Takdah? No! Then this weekend visit this incredible place in the heart of the mountains and tea gardens. It is in Darjeeling District’s Runglee Rungliot area, which is 27 km from the main city of Darjeeling. Situated at an altitude of 5100 feet, here you can take a walk in the cedar and pine forests, stopover at a local orchid garden, drop at some of the famous heritage British bungalows and watch the local women pick tea leaves from the endless stretches of tea gardens. Takdah, also spelt as Tukdah was a British Cantonment area and you can still sees the reminiscences of the British Raaj in the bungalows and gardens of Takdah. In Takdah, you can stay in a heritage bungalow built in 1908 decked up with modern amenities for the tourists who want to re-live the days of the Raj. BOOKING DETAILS OF TAKDAH Places to see in Takdah: There is a religious monastery or gumpha, (Dechhen Pema Tshoiling Monastery) centrally located in Takdah, just beside the caves of Mata Durga. This monastery and the caves were looked after by Rev. Lama Karma Gyaltchen (Bal Me Me) till 1st May 2007. Other than these, there are the British Bungalows (locally known as Kothis) built mostly between 1905 and 1915. The most famous Colonial Bungalows of Takdah are the clubhouse, forest bungalow, Shikharini, Rani Kothi (presently a church), Att Number Kothi and the famous Sonpur Palace now in ruins. Some of the colonial bungalows have also been taken up by local schools like Green Shields and Griffith High School. There are around 12 colonial bungalows in Takdah. Drenched in colonial charm, Takdah is surrounded by larges stretches of pine forests and tea gardens like Runglee Rungliot, Takdah Tea Estate, Gielle, Teesta Valley and Namring. The Orchid Centre, Dokan Dara (local market) and the Durpin View Point are some other destinations where you can visit during your stay. Another interesting nearby place to visit is the 100 year old suspension bridge called Barbatey bridge. Images of Takdah 12► Nearby attractions of Takdah: The little village of Tinchuley, which enjoys some of the most beautiful views of Mt. Kanchenjungha is only 4 kms from the heart of Takdah. The famous orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa are around 12 kms away and the mesmeric views from Peshoke Tea Garden view point is 14 kms away. The newly – discovered Lamahatta village, which has great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha is around 12 kms away. You can visit the nearby destinations of Kalimpong (40 km) and Darjeeling around 27 kms away. Things to do in Takdah: Doing nothing is what you should do when you are in Takdah. Going for sightseeing, taking a nature walk around the local villages and pine forests and enjoying a picnic in the lawns of the colonial bungalows are few other things you may like doing in Takdah. For tourists who have never seen a weekly village market, they will get to see this on Thursdays, when locals from nearby villages turn up to shop at Dokan Dara in Takdah. You can also see the collection of uncommon Himalayan orchids in the orchid centre of this cantonment town. A visit to the local Chagporti Tibetan Medical Institute can also be rewarding for all those interested in local culture. An early morning visit to nearby Durpin Dara viewpoint to witness...
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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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Tarapith, Birbhum – 294 kms from Kolkata...

Tarapith is a renowned temple town of West Bengal located some 10 kilometers from Rampurhat in Birbhum district. It is famous for the temple of Goddess Tara who is believed to be an avatar of Sati in Hinduism. This Tantric Hindu temple belonging to the Shakta sect of Hinduism is set across the banks of Dwarka River. The village of Tarapith is beautifully surrounded by thriving greenery of lush forest and green paddy fields. There are many legends associated with the origin of this temple. It is also considered to be one of the famed Siddhapeeths of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF TARAPITH The most prominent of all is that of Sage Vasishtha, who chose this place to worship Goddess Tara as he knew she was an avatar of Sati residing there. After practicing several austerities, Vasishtha was unsuccessful in appeasing the Goddess. Finally, after divine intervention and under the instruction of Lord Buddha in Tibet, Vasishtha worshipped Tara with left-handed tantric ritual using five forbidden things like wine, meat, blood, etc. The Goddess at last pleased by Vasisthas penance appeared before him and blessed him. Vasishtha requested the Goddess specifically to manifest herself in the form of a mother suckling Shiva on her breast, the form which Buddha had seen in his divine vision. The Goddess willfully accepted his request and thus manifested in the said form into a stone idol. Tarapith is also famous for being the place where the great saint Bama Khepa (1837 AD – 1911 AD)  popularly known as the “mad saint” performed Tantric sadhana (worship), which resulted in his becoming the spiritual head of Tarapith. For more photos of Tarapith click here At one point of time, Tarapith used to be known as Chandipur and it served as a devotional place for many hermits. Soon it became the holy place for large number of hermits and it was then that a temple was constructed. The first temple was constructed by a rich businessman of the period named Joy Dutta Saudagar. This temple became dilapidated and it was replaced by another temple built by Jagannath Rahi of Mollarpur. It’s destruction lead Raja Ram Jeevan to construct another temple in 1720. The temple standing now is a reconstructed temple by the King of Nator. The temple is considered extremely sacred and people belonging to varied religions come here to receive the Goddess’s blessings. It is believed to be a wish – fulfilling temple since legends have that no one goes empty handed from the doors of this temple. This is why millions of devotees assemble here every year to offer their reverence, puja and obeisance to the Goddess. At one point of time, Tarapith used to be known as Chandipur and it served as a devotional place for many hermits. Soon it became the holy place for large number of hermits and it was then that a temple was constructed. The first temple was constructed by a rich businessman of the period named Joy Dutta Saudagar. This temple became dilapidated and it was replaced by another temple built by Jagannath Rahi of Mollarpur. It’s destruction lead Raja Ram Jeevan to construct another temple in 1720. The temple standing now is a reconstructed temple by the king of Nator. Places to see at Tarapith: The main and primary attraction in Tarapith is the Temple of Goddess Tara and the adjacent cremation ground. Apart from these, the greenery around Tarapith and the meandering Dwarka River is a feast...
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Bakreswar, Birbhum – 230 kms from Kolkata...

Bakreswar is a romantic escape offering visual splendor with its exquisite natural beauty. It is the serene beauty of Bakreswar that appeals the tourists who keep on coming back time after time to this very place. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BAKRESWAR   Places to see at Bakreswar: Shrouded with sheer serenity, the main attraction of this place is the famous hot spring, which is a must visit for all. You can find a number of hot springs in the region, the temperature of which varies from 42 degree to 65 degree. Each hot spring is bestowed with individual names. You will also find a temple of Lord Shiva, located just beside the hot spring. You can locate some other temples as well in the area. Nearby attractions from Bakreswar: Off late, many tourist groups are organizing a combined trip covering both Bakreswar and Shantiniketan, as Bakreswar is not too far from Shantiniketan. You can also visit Massanjore if you can afford some extra time, as the distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is 40 km. Bus services and rented cars are also available to facilitate the tourist in reaching Massanjore. Things to do in Bakreswar: Take a bath in the mineral enriched water of the hot springs in Bakreswar, which is said to have several therapeutic effects. Nice arrangements of bathing have been made in the region. How to reach Bakreswar: Avail the Hool express from Howrah at 6.40 am, which reaches Shiuri at 11.40 am. Mayurakshi Express also runs from Howrah to Shiuri. Buses are also available from Dharamtala till Bakreswar. You can also drive to Shiuri from Kolkata. Bakreswar is located quite close to Shiuri. Best time to visit Bakreswar: Though Bakreswar invites tourists all through the year, but the ideal seasons for visiting the place are monsoon, winter and spring. Lodging and dining facilities at Bakreswar: Decent accommodation facilities are offered along with dining facilities by the hotels located in Bakreswar. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Jhilli, Jhargram – 189 kms from Kolkata...

Are you looking forward to a place where you can have a day out picnicking? Well, then how does spending some quality time with friends on the shores of some water body sound to you? If good, then Jhilli with its dam beckons you to come and enjoy its pleasure. Jhilli is located 10 kms on concrete and village road from Kharagpur via Gopiballavpur. Supposedly, Jhilli is full of fun till daylight is there, as after the sun sets, the area gets completely deserted. However, people in search for some real adventure, can stay here. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO JHILLI Jhilli takes up a new look in the evening. Under the moonlit sky, Jhilli appears surreal. You can sit ideal and feel the ambience or else chat your heart out with people you have come with. Places to see at Jhilli: The greenery surrounding the vast waters of Jhilli is the best place for a nature lover. Nearby attractions from Jhilli: From Jhilli, you can go to Hatibari, another lovely forested region, which is approximately 9 km from Jhilli. Hatibari is a great place where you can see the dense forest and the beautiful River Subarnarekha. Gopiballavpur is another nearby destination to look out for; you can go to see the Temple of Gopiballavji. Things to do in Jhilli: You can go for paddle boating on the waters of Jhilli as a part of your picnic. In the evening, if you come in huge groups, can have a bonfire, sit, talk and enjoy the surrounding. How to reach Jhilli: From Jhargram, Hatibari is 24 kms, just 2 kms before it you have to turn left and continue 7 km in that direction to reach Jhilli. Best time to visit Jhilli: Winter is the best time to visit here as you can see flocks of migrating birds covering the banks of Jhilli. Lodging and dining facilities at Jhilli: There are bungalows and tents made available for tourists. Dining comes along with staying in the tent, but the expenses for food are separate. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Hatibari, Jhargram – 260 kms from Kolkata...

Spend an unforgettable weekend in the isolated jungle of Hatibari, where you can forget about your worries of city life and become a part of nature. Jhargram Mahakumar Hatibari is located on the conjoint territory of the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand. It is the perfect destination to relax without being disturbed by anybody or anything. Though a secluded spot, it is very much safe for tourists. The serene ambience of the river and the forest will make you speechless and intoxicated. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HATIBARI Places to see at Hatibari: The River Subarnarekha surrounded by forest on both sides is the major attraction of this place. Nearby attractions at Hatibari: On your way to Hatibari, you can go to Gopiballavji’s Temple in Gopiballavpur, where the remnants of traditional architecture are a must watch. From Hatibari, you can visit the nearby Jhilli Dam and Kendugari, known for its beautiful lotus pond. Rameshwar Temple is another place to see; the history of which is interlinked with the tradition of Lord Rama and Sita’s exile days. Things to do at Hatibari: Apart from touring various places, you can take an evening stroll, under the moonlit sky, in the peaceful ambience of the jungle of Hatibari. How to reach Hatibari: You can go to Hatibari by road from Kolkata, either by taking the Bombay Road or via Kharagpur to Gopiballavpur to Hatibari. You can reach Kharagpur, either by road or by rail. Another way is to reach the Orissa-West Bengal Jamkhola Checking Point, by getting on an express bus going in the direction of Orissa’s Baripada. From the checking point, take a van-rickshaw to reach Hatibari. Best time to visit Hatibari: Though the destination is open throughout the year, it is advisable to avoid the rainy season. Lodging & dining facilities at Hatibari: Forest bungalow, guesthouses and tents are the main lodging facilities of this area. Forest rest house allows dining facilities as well. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Sagardwip, Sunderban – 135 kms from Kolkata...

Sagardwip is highly famed as a major Hindu holy site, where millions of pilgrims assemble from nook and corner of India every year for taking the holy dip in the Sagar (the large water body). However, apart from this, the place is still not much recognized as a tourist destination, though Sagardwip features an array of tourist resources and you will not be disappointed while visiting the site, to enjoy a weekend tour.  BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SAGARDWIP Places to see near Sagardwip: The remaining of the destroyed lighthouse is a major sight-seeing site in Sagardwip. Nearby attractions: Kapil Temple, Bharat Sevashram Sangha temple and Kachuberia on the other side of the river. Things to do at Sagardwip: Visit the temples or explore the calm and serene beach of Sagardwip, which experience a major footfall of tourists mainly during the famous Gangasagar mela but otherwise remain fairly isolated in the rest of the year. You will be truly amazed by savoring the sight of the flocks of different species of birds. You can just also relax on the beach, witnessing the silent passing of the ships. How to reach Sagardwip: Sagardwip is not very far from Kolkata and lies only 135 km away. Drive through the Diamond Harbor road to reach the Harwood point, no. 8 Lot Ghat. From there by crossing over a barge, reach Kochuberia on the other side. Then again drive for another 30 kms to reach Sagardwip. Best time to visit Sagardwip: You can visit Sagardwip at any time of the year. If you want to see the Sagar Mela then visit the place during the mid week of January. Lodging & dining facilities at Sagardwip: Off late, village tourism has been developed by a joint effort offering decent accommodation facilities. Moreover, you will also spot a number of guesthouses in the area. Fairly good dining facilities are available in most of the guest house. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Deul Park, Bardhaman – 165 kms from Kolkata...

Nestled in the bank of River Ajoy, the Deul Park is highly famed as the treasured asset of the famous Gopraj Ishwar Ghosh, locally called Ichai Ghosh. The site boasts of its scenic landscape, offering the perfect ambience for enjoying a weekend tour beside Ajoy River. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DEUL PARK Places to see near Deul Park: The thick Garh forest in Durgapur presents a perfect backdrop for the winding Ajoy River, offering a visual splendor to the tourists. The area is also frequented by herds of elephants from Birbhum located nearby. The site of Kenduli Mela where hundreds of Bauls visit during the fair is situated on the opposite side of the river. Kenduli is the birthplace of the famous poet Jaidev and home to a number of age-old terracotta temples of Radha Madhav. You can also explore the Garh jungle and the historical site, where Icchai Ghosh was defeated in a war by Lausen. A visit to a huge tower made from bricks and a dilapidated temple will add a hint of adventure to your trip. [AFG_gallery id=’4′] Nearby attractions of Deul Park: From Deul Park, you can visit the nearby DVC Barrage at Durgapur or take a tour in Bardhaman. You can also reach Shantiniketan, Bhalki Machan, Bolpur within a couple of hours from Deul Park by car. Things to do at Deul Park: You can spot out clusters of folk singers along the riverbank of Ajoy where you can spend some of your leisure time savoring their soulful songs. Enjoy a unique experience walking along the Garh Forest and discovering the ruins of age old temples. Your kids can enjoy a few rides within the resorts laws and fun parks. You van laze in the resort’s lawns, enjoy angling and spend some leisure time along the river. How to reach Deul Park: The journey to Deul Park is not at all difficult. Take any Express bus from Kolkata heading to Durgapur following the Expressway and drop down at the Darjeeling stop located in Panagarh. From there, by travelling any bus going to Shiuri, reach a place called Choddo Mile, which is located at a distance of 9 km from Deul Park. You can easily cover this distance by a van or a rickshaw. You can also avail a direct bus from Kolkata to Shiuri. You can also make a prior arrangement with the resort for a car, which will pick you from Durgapur or Darjeeling more to Deul Park. Best time to visit Deul Park: Deul Park is suitable to visit all the year round, though it is better to avoid the monsoon. Lodging facilities at Deul Park: A tourist resort offers decent accommodation here. Dining: Nice meals are available in the guesthouse. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DEUL...