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Agarhati, South 24 Pgs – 66 kms from Kolkata...

While you sit at the green island and look out to the endless water meeting the sky at the horizon, a freshly cooked maach bhaja (fried fish) arrives to break your thought process. You bite a piece off and let your thoughts float with the clouds and suddenly you feel a slight tension building on your fishing rod – that’s it! Your second catch of the day. Fishing or the professionals would call it angling, boating, basking in the sun and playing around with your children on the lush lawn are few things you can do at the resort in Agarhati, just 60 kms from Kolkata. If you are longing to run away from the hectic city life for a day and spend a lazy weekend in a water world, then come to Agarhati. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI Places to see in Agarhati: A true water world, just two-hour drive from Kolkata. The resort itself sits on large fishing lakes (bheris) surrounded by water on all sides. The endless stretch of water meets the skies in the distance. There is a small lush green island within the resort connected by a bamboo bridge (sankho) where you can sit and enjoy the view of water on all sides. Click here for images of Agarhati Nearby attractions of Agarhati: Just 16 kms from Agarhati is Malancha – one of the largest fish markets in West Bengal. You can also pay a visit to the newly-built bridge over Vidyadhari River at Malancha and see the setting sun over the confluence of Ichamati River and Vidyadhari River. You would also find the brick kiln chimneys standing tall along the riverbank as far as you can see and the ferries crossing the river every now and then. Things to do in Agarhati: The best thing to do in Agarhati is to do nothing – just sit back in the gazebo and watch the clouds float across the blue skies. Few other things you can do here are fishing, boating and spending some quality time with your family in the park. You can also take a nap in the island’s lush green grass accompanied by the lullaby of the lapping lake water. At Agarhati, you can kill the stress of your work-life and come close to your family and friends. Best time to visit Agarhati: You can visit Agarhati anytime of the year. The winters are best for basking in the sun while the monsoons are best for the lush greenery and dark clouds rolling over the horizon. How to reach Agarhati: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and cross Malancha to reach Agarhati. All Buses connecting Dhamakhali from Kolkata will take you to Agarhati. Lodging and Food at Agarhati: Presently, there are four air-conditioned rooms at resort. All rooms are equipped with large comfy beds, wardrobes, attached western bathrooms, mini-fridge, hot water geysers, LED televisions with cable connection, 24-hours electricity and other facilities that make your lives comfortable. There is also a dining hall where some sumptuous food is served. The resort is facilitated with manicured lawns, a children’s’ park, few thatched gazebos for your evening gossip, three large fishing lakes and an island within the water world. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI...
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Shankarda, Jharkhand – 15 kms from Tatanagar...

There are few places on earth where you get a chance to find yourself – Shankarda is one of them. A four-hour journey from Kolkata to Tatanagar and another 15 kms on the dark snaking roads through tribal villages and paddy fields will take you to this little known village of Shankarda in Jharkhand. Surrounded by lush Narwa and Dalma Hills and crisscrossed by tributaries of Subarnarekha River, this picturesque village boasts of a fascinating eco resort, where your children get a chance to pick vegetables from kitchen gardens and run around in swaying paddy fields. You can spare some time to visit local attractions like Chandil Dam, Dimna Lake, Dalma Hills and Jubilee Park but the real attraction here is the valley at Pahar Bhanga Hills. It is simply mesmerizing! BOOKING DETAILS OF SHANKARDA Places to see in Shankarda, Jharkhand: There is something about Paharbhanga Hills and Rankini Mandir just 07 kilometers away. Here two rivers meandering through tribal villages meet the Subarnarekha River on a remote valley. It is a sight to behold! The villages are lined with mud houses decked with colourful paintings on their walls. The rich culture of some of the oldest tribes of India still survives in these villages. Click here for more photos of Shankarda Nearby attractions of Shankarda: Just 52 kms from Shankarda is the Chandil Dam built at the confluence of Subarnarekha and Karkori Rivers. The dam and its adjacent lake surrounded by dense forests and hills is one of the most scenic spots in Jharkhand. A museum and some temples border the lake. On the way to Chandil, you can cover the Dimna Lake (32 kms from Shankarda) and Jubilee Park (24 kms from Shankarda). If you are planning to stay a couple of days at Shankarda, then you can keep a visit to Dalma Hills just 32 kms away in your itinerary too. The forests surrounding the Dalma Hills are famous for wild elephants and you can catch a glimpse of them if you are lucky enough. Few other popular destinations like Ghatshila and Galudih also fall within 40 kms of Shankarda. Things to do at Shankarda, Jharkhand: Take a walk in the nearby villages and capture the daily life of the villagers, arrange a picnic in Paharbhanga Hills or enjoy a cockfight in the local market. If bird watching and hiking is your new-found love, then the hills and forests around Narwa can be very rewarding. If photography is something you have always cherished, then you can get some of the best glimpses of tribal life in and around Shankarda. The resort also arranges for local tribal programs in the evenings on request. You can try fishing in the resort’s pond or rent a bicycle and paddle your way through the paddy fields and villages. It must have been long since you felt the wind on your face! Best time to visit Shankarda: The dark clouds roll down the Narwa hills and green paddy fields during monsoons and it makes for a sight to behold. The winters bring in a chill and you would enjoy the mid-day sun, wild flowers and the many tribal festivals. Shankarda can be visited anytime of the year and especially when you are stressed out. How to reach Shankarda, Jharkhand: There are regular train services to Tatanagar from all parts of the country. Shankarda is 15 kms from Tatanagar Railway Station. Pickup service from Tatanagar Railway Station or Jamshedpur is also available....
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Chandpur, Midnapore – 170 kms from Kolkata...

Chandpur is the newest beach destination near Kolkata. Still untouched by tourists, Chandpur has the cleanest stretch of beach anywhere near Kolkata. This beach is best for spending your weekend frolicking in the briny waters. But, Chandpur reveals its true mystery during full moon nights when the sea seems to turn into silver and the beach golden. In Chandpur, you enjoy the sunset, the early morning walks on the beach and the lonely evenings with your loved ones on the resort’s terrace watching the twinkling stars of the night sky meeting the endless sea. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDPUR Places to see in Chandpur: A very clean and lonely beach is what you would love to see in Chandpur. There is something about lonely beaches – it gives you the feeling of “owning the horizon.” The eerie looking stumps bordering the beach and the feeling of being “one of the firsts” to reach a virgin beach is just enough to persuade any traveller to pack his bags this weekend. Surely! Visiting Chandpur now, will make you feel like Robinson Crusoe.  For more photos of Chandpur click here Nearby attractions of Chandpur: The major beach destinations like Digha, Shankarpur, Tajpur, Mandarmani, Talshari are all within 30 kms of this new sea beach destination. You can also take day trips to other nearby deserted beaches like Bankiput and climb the 96-feet high Dariapur Lighthouse to catch a panoramic view of the sea and land. The Deshapran Fishing Harbour located at Petuaghat at the confluence of Rasulpur River and Bay of Bengal can also be a part of your day-trip itinerary. Things to do in Chandpur: Walk, run, play and chase the mud crabs on the beach. Try building sand castles with your children and take a dip into the waters. The best part! No other tourists to make you feel guilty of your madness. For peace – stay at Chandpur, for some shopping experience – visit nearby Digha and for some excitement – visit nearby Mandarmani to try your hands on some adventure sports like Paragliding, Kayaking and Zorbing. How to reach Chandpur: If you are going by car, then you have to take the road to Chand pur before entering Shankarpur. If you are coming by train, then come to Digha Station and take a trekker to Chand pur. Best time to visit Chandpur: You can visit the place anytime of the year. The monsoons bring the rolling dark clouds over Bay of Bengal and the winters give a sparkling weather just fine for your long walks over the beach collecting sea shells. Lodging and Food at Chandpur: A newly-built resort with 12 Double Bedrooms facilitated with all earthly comforts like air conditioning, cushy beds, televisions, attached western bathrooms, a lush lawn and a fabulous terrace facing the sea will make your stay quite comfortable. Other simpler services like car rentals for day trips and generators for electric breakdowns are also available in the resort. The food served in the resort is necessarily sumptuous Bengali cuisine. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Rajendrapur, South 24 Pgs – 42 kms from Kolkata...

Rajendrapur is a beautiful village just 42 kms from the heart of Kolkata. It is one of the best places to visit and de-stress yourself after a week of hectic work in the office. You wake up to the chirping of birds and watch out from the window of your mud hut to the green horizon of paddy fields dotted with towering coconut trees. You stay in mud huts decked with modern facilities but no Televisions. There is a pond where you can wet your feet and enjoy angling with local fishing rods. The local village boy can also teach you how to cast fishing net. Few things, which have already started vanishing from our complex urban lives like fresh khejurer rash (date juice), shorshey phool (mustard flower), hansher ghar (duck house) can still be seen at Rajendrapur. Rajendrapur village is soon becoming one of the best weekend escapades near Kolkata. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJENDRAPUR Places to see in Rajendrapur: The simple and slow moving village life of Rajendrapur would surely make you envious. You would find the farmers ploughing their fields, children chasing ducks, fisherman casting their nets and the village elders sitting under the Peepul tree discussing the year’s crops. Paddy and mustard fields stretch as far as your eye can meet on one side of the village, while the other side has vegetable gardens, ponds and mango orchards. The mango grove is more like a hideout surrounded by green fields, vegetable gardens and a placid pond teeming with carps. A walk through the paddy fields would take you to this peaceful refuge.  For more photos of Rajendrapur click here Nearby attractions of Rajendrapur: Take a ride in the local van rickshaws to the famous Vidyadhari River at nearby Malancha (around 6 kms from Rajendrapur). You can watch the setting sun from the bridge over Vidyadhari River. Rajendrapur is surrounded by large fishing ponds and a mango grove. Fish lovers can also visit nearby Malancha Village, while returning from Rajendrapur to buy some fresh catches. Malancha is one of the biggest fish markets in West Bengal. Things to do in Rajendrapur: Take a village walk in the paddy fields and chase the ducks to the puddle. If bird watching is your hobby, then the early mornings of Rajendrapur can yield some nice surprises for you. But the best thing to do in Rajendrapur is to become a part of the village life. You can take long walks taking to the edges of paddy fields, do some fishing, try out khejur rash (date palm juice) early mornings, play badminton, bring out eggs from the duck house, do some campfire in the evenings and simply de-stress your weekend. Family addas during the afternoon and evening in the gazebo with a barbeque can be a unique thing to do during your stay here. Essentially, a stay here is a 2 days of peace in the green. How to reach Rajendrapur: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and take the road turning right before Malancha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will take you to Rajendrapur. Lodging and dining facilities at Rajendrapur: Presently, there are two mud houses in the eco village for guests to stay. Located beside the ponds overlooking the paddy fields and gardens, these spacious Double Bed ethnic mud houses are equipped with all modern facilities like electricity and attached western bathrooms with 24-hrs water. You would also...
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Bawali, Budge Budge – 35 kms from Kolkata...

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 attractions like the 300-year old Bawali Rajbari, Ganges riverside and Achipur. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAWALI Places to see in Bawali: The greatest attraction of Bawali is the 300 -year-old Bawali Raajbari (palace) and its adjacent Navratna Gopinath Temple built during the same time. It is believed that Rani Rashmoni built the famous Dakshineshwar Temple inspired from the architecture of this temple in Bawali. A visit to the temple ruins and the recently renovated Rajbari with its antique furniture, sprawling lawns and verandahs lined with Corinthian pillars would be a nice experience. For more photos of Bawali click here Nearby Attractions of Bawali: The area around Bawali has witnessed many historical events. The nearby Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge greeted Swami Vivekananda in 1897 when he returned from his Chicago visit. Till date, this event is celebrated by the people of Budge Budge on 19th of February every year. You can also visit the Raypur riverside just 07 kms away and watch the ships passing by. Another significant event, which took place in Budge Budge in 1914, was the Budge Budge Riot, where the Sikh nationalist Gurdit Singh was arrested in his Japanese ship Komagata Maru for protesting against the Exclusion Laws in Canada. Unfortunately, 20 nationalists fell to the British police firing and many were kept under house arrest in the nearby villages. A plaque remembering the 75th anniversary of this incident is now found in the Sikh Gurdwara of Vancouver, Canada. If you are a history addict, then try to make a trip to nearby Achipur on the banks of River Ganges. Interestingly, you would find a Chinese Temple here still holding back its wood carvings and a grand entrance. History says that Achipur was a Chinese settlement founded by the Chinese businessman – Tong Achi who established a sugar mill here during the 1770’s when Warren Hastings was the Governor-General of Bengal. The sugar mill had closed down long back but the temple and Tong Achi’s grave on the banks of River Ganges can still be found. The famous Boro Kachari Mandir is around 6 kms from here. You will find the ruins of the Barood Ghar (ammunition depot) of the British army located just beside the river is worth a visit. Things to do in Bawali: You can enjoy your weekend, fishing for the greatest catch of your lifetime (maybe a 5 kg Katla or Rohu) or you can simply take your favourite book and read it once more sitting on the balcony overlooking the green paddy fields and ponds. You can also take long village-walks or ask the Nursery Manager to show you all the interesting plants and orchids. If you are thinking of spending some quality time this weekend, then it would be a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience with the less-privileged children of the nearby villages who are taught the regular subjects by...
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Rongbull, Ghoom – 52 kms from Siliguri...

Just before Ghoom, on the way to Darjeeling you would come across a non-descriptive village market place called Rongbull Bazar. If you leave the highway and take to the dirt tracks, then a drive of another five kilometres would take you to the famous tea gardens, valleys, waterfalls and endless stretches of blue mountains in the Himalayan foothills of Rongbull village. Here lies our new found destination for travellers who love to spend their weekends far from the tourist crowds. BOOKING DETAILS OF RONGBULL Here, you would find a village resort within a tea estate, overlooking the valleys, forests and tea gardens. While staying here, you can visit the ‘Queen of the Hills’ – Darjeeling just 15 kms. away in day trips and take local sightseeing trips to Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop or Kurseong. If you are of the adventurous type, then you can trek to the nearby Indrani Waterfalls, go for bird watching in the surrounding forests or try out angling in the Balasun River. The famous Tiger Hill is just 10 kms from here and you can take a short trip early morning from Rongbull Village to witness the golden hue over Mt. Kanchenjungha during sunrise. Rongbull Photographs 12► Places to see in Rongbull: The tea estate provides the picture-perfect scenery for the guests interested in enjoying a bit of nature’s beauty. You can take long walks through the rows of manicured tea bushes, and enjoy magnificent views of the valley. Known to the locals as Indrani Waterfalls – this is an excellent picnic spot, where you find a perennial rainbow at the base of the waterfall. A short trek from the resort would take you to this waterfall. Nearby attractions of Rongbull: Day trips to Balasun River Valley or the nearby tea factory would be a very refreshing experience. The other major sightseeing spots include Darjeeling and its nearby areas, Kurseong and Mirik. A short drive from the resort (just 15 kms away) would take you to Darjeeling and the famous Mall Road or Chowrasta crossing. The Mall is the best place to experience the local culture through shopping and eateries, as well as sit and watch the local life and colours. Visitors will also be able to enjoy phenomenal views of the Himalayan mountain ranges from here, as well as walk down the road for a leisurely stroll. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute founded by Tenzin Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary houses records of the expedition that had ever been undertaken to Mount Everest. It also provides basic mountaineering training to interested tourists. Another fascinating sightseeing is the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden or the popularly known Darjeeling Zoo, which houses some of the rarest animals found in the Himalayan region, such as the Red Panda, the Snow Leopard, the Tibetian Wolf and the Himalayan Pheasant. A toy train trip in Darjeeling can also be on your cards. Things to do in Rongbull: Take leisurely walks around the tea gardens, visit the local tea factory and the local water dam, trek to Indrani Waterfalls, try out angling in the nearby Balasun River, enjoy bird watching in the surrounding forests or simply idle away your time basking in the balcony of your cottage watching over the endless stretches of tea gardens and valleys. Tiger Hill is just 10 kms from here, so you can take an early-morning trip to get a magical panoramic view of sunrise over the Mt. Kanchenjunga range. Best time to visit Rongbull: You can...
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Babur Haat, North 24 Pgs – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Babur Haat is a quaint rural village located about 51 kilometers from Kolkata. It is a perfect weekend destination for families and friends who want to spend some quality time enjoying the rustic village with the different shades of a traditional Bengal village life. The landscape of Babur Haat is filled with huge stretches of natural fishing lakes or bheris, which are used for the purpose of cultivating some of the tastiest fishes of Bengal. Other village attractions include the vast stretches of rice farmlands, vegetable orchards, mango groves, palm orchards, ponds, rural village houses and local temples. Babur Haat can be a refreshing change from the humdrum existence of a city life. The open fields, thriving greenery, fresh air and vast stretches of blue horizon above can really be a great stress buster. The bustling village life will not only lift your spirits but also take you a step closer to nature’s beautiful peace and quiet. Babur Haat is a preferred weekend destination for many families and business conference events in the city. BOOKING DETAILS OF BABUR HAAT Places to see at Babur Haat: Babur Haat is known for its idyllic village life and the innumerable fishing lakes and bheris surrounding the village. The lakes are pretty huge and stretch over extensive areas of the village. These lakes are maintained and looked after by the local farmers who cultivate and breed different species of Bengal fishes naturally. You can visit the neighborhood farmlands where the locals cultivate vegetables like cabbage, cauliflowers, potatoes and okras. You can also have glimpse of the local village life and culture by visiting the village mud houses, the local temple and the local village market. A typical village scene may have a woman sifting rice on a wooden tray or dheki, cows mooing in the background from the shed of the house, farmers working in the fields, fishermen casting nets on lakes, women weaving baskets and brooms, etc. Images of Babur Haat [AFG_gallery id=’134′] Things To Do at Babur Haat: Nature walks, trotting the village paths and lanes, bird watching, fishing and boating are some of the interesting leisure activities you can do at Babur Haat. Fishing can be a great past time here at the local bheris. You can go for exciting fishing trips with your family and friends and enjoy angling the whole day. You can also go for short picnic trips on the local village grounds and mango orchards. The open fields can be a great space for playing outdoor games like cricket and badminton. For those who love quietness, can spend time walking around the winding paths surrounding the bheris amidst vast stretches of water bodies. You can also spend your time in the beautiful surrounds of the resort property. The resort has boating facilities and swimming pools where you can enjoy having a great swim. Nearby attractions of Babur Haat: Attractions near Babur Haat include the Malancha village, which is only 15 kilometers away. Malancha is a renowned fishing village of Bengal that has some of the biggest fish markets in all of Bengal. Located at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, the Icchamati and the Vidyadhari, Malancha offers a great view of sunset from the banks of the Vidyadhari River. The riverbanks are also dotted with many brick kilns with long towers that line up a long way along the banks. The main attraction at Malancha is the fish market, where you would get some of the...
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Bermiok Martam, West Sikkim – 142 kms from Siliguri...

Martam is a picturesque Himalayan village, tucked in a quiet corner of West Sikkim, with spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The place is mostly known for its pristine village life and beautiful natural surroundings. Although located near popular tourist destinations like Bermiok, Uttarey and Rinchenpong, Martam is still far from the maddening tourist rush. This little village is also popular for its thriving flora and fauna species and is home to some of the most beautiful birds of Sikkim. BOOKING DETAILS OF BERMIOK MARTAM Places to see at Bermiok Martam: Martam is a pristine little settlement in West Sikkim. If you are looking forward to experiencing some authentic Sikkimese Village life in the lap of the Himalayas and a grand panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, then Martam village is the place to be. The quaint village was once a popular and revered religious hub of the Limbu people. The village ground still holds the symbol of its rich religious past in the form of the temple ‘Yuma Samyo Manghim’ that was built by the followers of this religion. The mystic temple has a huge stone place in its entrance, which was once the seat of the great mystic Guru Teyongsi Srijunga. Legend has that it was here that Guru Srijunga used to sit and deliver sermons to his devoted followers. Bermiok Martam Photographs Nearby attractions of Bermiok Martam: This little village is surrounded by many interesting and beautiful places nearby. The Srijunga waterfalls and caves located along the banks of Reshi River is an important historical site located near Martam. The caves are also known as Srijunga Phuku. The Srijunga Wadhan waterfall is simply spectacular to watch. Next stop is the Berthang Berfok Mangerjong located at the confluence of the two rivers Kaleez and Rangsang at Berthang, which is absolutely a breathtaking view. Moving further, there is another gorgeous waterfall known as the Pheng Doji Falls that stands solitary at Hee-Gaon in the Hee-Khola area. A little further from here you can visit the famed Rabindranath Smritiban, which was once a resting home of the Great Nobel Laureate of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore. Near the Hee-Khola riverbank, there is a beautiful water garden by the name of Hee Water Garden that possesses the largest Buddhist Water Prayer Wheel in the world, which is also called the Mani Chukar. The water garden is set amidst beautiful scenery that includes a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a Gazebo (resting place) and a small Temple of Lord Shiva. At upper Martam, located just above the Alley cave temple is a watchtower that offers a magnificent view of the Mount Kanchenjungha. You would also find the picturesque lake Chaaya Taal that offers boat rides to tourists and visitors, just eight kilometers from Martam. Other interesting sightseeing places located nearby are the Resum Monastery, Changay Falls, Singshore Bridge, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Yuksom and Pelling. About 13 miles away, there is a beautiful cave temple of Lord Shiva that is more than a century old. The cave temple is also popularly known as the Kailash Pati Gufa, and is visited by hundreds of tourists and locals every year during the festival of Shivaratri. There is another popular temple cave located nearby known as the Alley Cave, which is also incidentally dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from these activities, you can also go for quite nature walks, bird watching and trekking trips to nearby places of interest. The Red Panda Gate (one of the entrances of the...
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McCluskieganj, Jharkhand – 92 kms from Ranchi...

Bada Sahib, Memsaab, bungalows, pastries, village churches and memories of everything that brings back the days of the British Raaj can still be traced in McCluskieganj – lovingly called “Chota England” in the past. The little snaking Dugadugi rivulet, churches hidden amongst trees, a picturesque railway station, hills on the horizon, rundown grand British bungalows with their red roofs and rose gardens make McCluskiegunj an ideal weekend spot for time – travellers. The pleasant weather, the untainted nature and the flavour of the colonial past – it is a different experience at McCluskieganj. After the departure of Anglo Indian and British from McCluskieganj during the 1950’s, the township started loosing its charm and in the next five decades, with no further developments, Mcluskiegunj turned into a nondescript village with a grand colonial past. However, with the recent shifting of Don Bosco School to McCluskieganj, this little town has started regaining its past. The dilapidated British bungalows have been taken up by the school, renovated and turned into student hostels. Local employment has increased and safety of travellers is no more an issue now. The school has generated local tourism too. BOOKING DETAILS OF McCLUSKIEGANJ Places to see in McCluskieganj: Travellers visit McCluskiegunj to spend a peaceful weekend in a quiet colonial village. You would find some elegant British bungalows like Gordon Sahib’s bungalow, few churches and a very interesting monument in the nearby Duli village where a temple, a Gurudwara and a mosque is built side by side. Images of McCluskieganj For more photos of McCluslieganj click here McCluskiegunj is a typically hilly region within the Chota Nagpur Plateau with a beautiful natural landscape dotted with hills, rivers, jungles and villages. Another popular local spot is the Jagriti Vihar built by the Swedish Government for people interested in nature study. The Don Bosco School and its sprawling gardens and bungalows turned into student hostels are few other attractions. The small Railway Station, which services only two trains every day, still holds some interesting features of its colonial past. Nearby attractions of McCluskieganj: This little colonial township is surrounded by forests and hills on all sides. The Dugadugi River just 4 kms away is a popular local attraction here. Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand is only a 3 hours drive from McCluskiegunj. You can keep sightseeing in and around Ranchi like Tagore Hills, Rock garden, Kanke Dam and markets of Ranchi in your itinerary too. If you have a day in hand, you can also stay back at Ranchi and take a day tour to Dassam Falls, Hundru Falls and Jonha Falls. Another interesting place on the outskirts of McCluskieganj is Kothari – a dense patch of jungle with a beautiful landscape littered with hills and streams. You would also find some open-pit coal mines around McCluskieganj.   Things to do in McCluskieganj: Take a walk around the local villages and visit the grand British bungalows and their gardens. You can hire a local car and do some local sightseeing in local churches, jungles, Duli Village and nearby coal fields. You can also enjoy a riverside picnic on the banks of Dugadugi River just 20 mins drive from the township. How to reach McCluskieganj: Shaktipunj Express is the only direct train from Howrah to McCluskieganj, but it reaches McCluskieganj at around 11:30 pm. However, the most convenient way to reach McCluskieganj is via Ranchi. There are numerous trains connecting Howrah and Ranchi and you can hire a car or take...
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Joypur Forest, Bankura – 140 kms from Kolkata...

Staying in a dense jungle of Sal and Teak with Spotted Deer herds crossing the lush forest-path every now and then – if this excites you then Joypur Forest can be your next weekend destination. The age-old historic town of Bishnupur with its 17th Century terracotta temples and the Kansabati Dam and lake at Mukutmanipur are also located nearby. You can stay in a resort adjacent to the Joypur Forest, which has its own farm, vegetable garden, a huge lake (Jheel) and is equipped with all modern facilities. With the dense forest surrounding the resort area, this is an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. If you are planning to visit Bishnupur recently but hate the din and busy streets, then stay at Joypur. Bishnupur is only 14 kms from Joypur. BOOKING DETAILS OF JOYPUR FOREST Places to see in Joypur Forest: This is a dense forest of 120 square kilometers with a watch tower to catch a glimpse of the greenery and the spotted deer – Cheethals. You would also find a good population of birds here – especially parrots. The forest vegetation mainly comprises Sal and Teak with few other trees like Amla and Bahera. Occasionally, during winters, you would also find wild elephants crossing the forest area. There is a forest watch tower within 10 mins walk from the resort. You can have a panoramic view of the forest from this watch tower. There is also an abandoned airstrip of British era within the forest, which you can visit. But, remember to return from the forest within 4 pm. Joypur Forest Photographs 123► Nearby attractions of Joypur Forest: The major attraction near Joypur Forest is the temple town of Bishnupur in Bankura District. Located just 14 kms ahead of Joypur Forest, this 17th century town of Bishnupur is dotted with terracotta temples and historical buildings all around. Some of the famous temples of Bishnupur are the Rasmancha, which is the oldest brick temple built by the legendary king Beer Humbeer in 1600 AD, the Pancha Ratna Temple built in 1643 AD built by King Raghunath Singha, the Jor Bangla temple built in 1655 AD by King Raghunath Singha Dev II, the Madanmohan Temple built in 1694 AD, the Lalji Temple built in 1658 AD and Nandalal Temple built in 17th century. All these temples built by Malla Kings were dedicated to Lord Krishna. However, the show stealer is the famous 3.8 meter long Dalmadal Cannon with a muzzle diameter of nearly 30 cms. which is said to have been used by the Malla Kings against the Marathas. You can also visit some of the temple ruins located around Bishnupur like the infamous Gumghar (torture chamber) of Malla Kings, the Lal Bandh lake, the Pathar Darwaja (main gateway of the town) and the Nutan Mahal. Other than Bishnupur, tourists can also visit Jairambati and Kamarpukur, birthplaces of Saradamayi Maa and Sri Ramakrishna Pramahamsa just 53 kms from Joypur, the Mukutmanipur Dam on River Kansabati around 80 kms away and the Panchmura village just 31 kms from Joypur Forest famous for terracotta horses. Nearly all households of Panchmura make terracotta horses and various terracotta items like jewelry and showpieces. Jhilimili and Susunia Hills are few other attractions which you can cover in day trips. Another interesting destination located within 60 kms is the Temple of Kapistha, which is a 17th century temple of Durga atop a hill. Just...
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Barbing, Gangtok – 136 kms from Siliguri...

Barbing, nestling on the ravines of a hill beside a monastery at a height of 5000 feet is a perfect place for those nursing the soul of a nature lover. The view of Gangtok city at night from Barbing is spectacular. Covered with thick virgin forest all around, it is an idyllic spot for romancing the nature. However, Barbing’s rise to fame is due to a recently developed Amusement Park with toy trains, simulators, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, video game parlour, joyrides, musical fountains, planetarium and children’s park. Tourists can also stay within this park in some lovely cottages overlooking the slopes and Gangtok city. BOOKING DETAILS OF BARBING Places to see in Barbing: The recently developed Amusement Park is the major attraction of Barbing. Here, children can enjoy different types of joyrides and indoor games and have some fun at the Kids’ swimming pool too. For more photographs of Barbing click here There are some great activities for adults too like bowling, swimming, snooker and card parlour. When you are not in the amusement park, you can visit the nearby Lingdum Monastery. The monastery is just one hour drive from Gangtok. Another popular tourist destination of the place is the Ban Jhakri Waterfalls, located around 5 kms away. The song of this wild stream will never allow you to feel the least stress of your journey.     Nearby attractions of Barbing: All sightseeing attractions of Gangtok is also near to Barbing. The most popular tourist attraction is the Rumtek Monastery, situated 20 kms from Barbing. Popularly known as Dharmachakra Center, it is a Tibetian Buddhist monastery in Sikkim and one of the most sought-after destinations of the place. Another popular sightseeing option just 15 km from Barbing located along the North Sikkim highway is the Tashi View Point. From here, you can savor an amazing view of the snow clad range of Mount Kangchendzonga. The Ganesh Tok is also worth visiting, which nestles on a ridge and is only 15 km from Barbing. The Hanuman Tok is 20 kms from Barbing, which hosts a Hindu temple. Tsongmo lake, popularly called Changu lake located 50 kms from Barbing is an emerald green lake surrounded by sky-kissing peaks at an altitude of 12000 ft. The Changu lake freezes down during the winter months and offers a visual treat. Do not miss the Nathu-La Pass, the Indo-China trade route, located 70 kms from Barbing. Things to do in Barbing: The government of Sikkim has set up an amazing Tourist cum Socio-Cultural Amusement Park at Barbing on 16 acres of lush valley. You can enjoy a whole lot of activities at this amusement park. The park offers truly exciting rides, ranging from striking cars, Frisbee, jumping frog, octopus and also a water chute. Enjoy a joyful ride on a toy train that breeze through a 75 m tunnel. A number of thrills await inside the tunnel,like a haunted house, an erupting volcano and a not-so-friendly Egyptian Pharao. The multi-hued musical fountain is also a visual delight. The most exotic experience is the Sikkim Panorama, presented within a semi-ellipsoid, fully air-conditioned dome. The presentation enriches the knowledge of the visitors about Sikkim, its topographical aspects and its people. Relive your childhood memories, by visiting the Children’s’ Park, presenting see-saw, swing, a merry go round, explorer and a hexa climber. Apart from enjoying in the park, you can also explore the place, to experience a close insight of the life of its...
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Makaibari, Kurseong – 54 kms from Siliguri...

Founded in 1859, Makaibari tea estate is one of the oldest and most prestigious tea estates on India. Spreading over 1575 acres of the Himalayan slopes at an altitude of 4600 feet, the garden overlooks River Balasun, a dense forest cover and the picturesque town of Kurseong. Makaibari is still farmed by the original founding family (presently, the 4th generation) in one of the most eco-friendly methods producing organic tea of the highest quality. At Makaibari, you can stay in one of the 16 homestays managed by the villagers and plantation workers and discover the charm of living in a tea estate. You would enjoy traditional hospitality in these Makaibari homestays and savour some of the best home-cooked food. You can enjoy endless cups of Makaibari Tea, participate in tea tasting sessions, try your hands in tea plucking and visit the famous Makaibari tea factory to see the various stages of tea processing from here. You can also go for a trek along the estate, visit a local Hindu temple, do birdwatching or just spend few days doing nothing. BOOKING DETAILS OF MAKAIBARI Places to see in Makaibari: Tea is everything in Makaibari. Endless slopes of tea gardens spread in all directions is a sight to savour. Sometimes the tea gardens seem to fade into the horizon and sometimes it disappears into the forests. [AFG_gallery id=’108′] There is an old Hindu temple, a monastery, a bamboo grove and a nameless stream flowing through the jungle surrounding the Tea Estate. Nearby attractions of Makaibari: Makaibari is just 3 kms from Kurseong town and 33 kms from Darjeeling. All sightseeing destinations of these two towns can be covered from Makaibari in day trips. You can board the famous toytrain of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from Kurseong, visit local villages perched on scenic destinations like Dilaram, Chimeni and Bagora and trek in the forests around Chatakpur, staying at Makaibari. An early morning visit to the Batasia Loop, Ghoom, Tiger Hill and day trips to the Mountaineering Institute and zoo in Darjeeling should also be on your cards. You can also take a stroll across Darjeeling, do some shopping and spend some nice moments at the Darjeeling Mall watching people. Things to do in Makaibari: You can take nature walks along the tea gardens and take to the winding paths up and down the slopes skirting the tea bushes. You can try your hands in tea plucking with the some expert plucker or visit the tea factory to see tea processing. You can also take part in tea tasting sessions with tea tasters and start understanding why Darjeeling Tea is considered the world’s best tea. You are sure to return as a “tea pundit” from Makaibari. However, when you are not drinking, plucking or tasting tea at Makaibari, you can enjoy birdwatching, village walks, jungle treks and picnicking beside a meandering stream flowing through the jungle crisscrossed by bamboo bridges. Nearly, two-thirds of Makaibari Tea Estate is covered by forests which are occasionally visited by leopards. You also stand a good chance of sighting exotic Himalayan birds like the Hornbill, Drongo and the Sultan Tit. You can also spend your afternoons watching the shadows of the clouds over the green stretches of the gardens. How to reach Makaibari: Makaibari is only 3 kms from Kurseong near Darjeeling. You can get regular Taxis from New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri / Bagdogra Airport to Kurseong and then hire a car to Makaibari Tea Estate. There are regular...
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Mekhliganj Tea Resort – 86 kms from Siliguri...

A luxury resort tucked within a lush tea estate beside a meandering river – that’s Mekhliganj. You can enjoy a magnificient view of endless greenery of tea garden and farmland from this tea resort. On one side of Mekhliganj teasort lies the snaking Saniajaan River and on the other is the tea estate. The Tin Bigha Border Crossing is just a walk away from Mekhliganj Tea Resort where you can witness the ceremonial Border closing of India and Bangladesh every evening. You can also enjoy long walks along the tea estate, visit the lonely banks of River Saniajaan, visit a nearby tea-factory or just take a dip in the resort’s swimming pool. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEKHLIGANJ Places to see in Mekhliganj: A lush tea estate, the Saniajaan River skirting across the villages and rice fields, a scattered jungle, River Teesta and the Tin Bigha Border Checkpost – all are located nearby. [AFG_gallery id=’103′] The ceremonial border closing between India and Bangladesh at nearby Tin Bigha Border Checkpost is one of the best attractions here. The Tin Bigha Corridor is a strip of land belonging to India on the West Bengal–Bangladesh border, which in September, 2011, was leased to Bangladesh so that it can access its Dahagram–Angarpota enclaves. Nearby attractions of Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is quite far from any popular touristic destination. This makes Mekhliganj an ideal place to spend a few days in bliss within a tea estate far from the madding crowd. Moreover, Mekhliganj is becoming popular as a destination where tourists can wind up their hectic Dooars Itinerary and spend the last couple of days of their Dooars trip in nature’s cradle enjoying all earthly comforts. Mekhliganj is around 55 kms from Gorumara National Forest, around 105 kms from Jaldapara National Forest, 90 kms from Gorubathan and 82 kms from Cooch Behar. If you are planning a trip to Dooars this year, then try to keep Mekhliganj Tea Resort in the last leg of your itinerary. Things to do in Mekhliganj: If you are planning to spend few days doing nothing, then Mekhliganj can be your ideal choice. You can take a nature walk along the bank of Saniajaan River or within the tea estate. You can see tea plucking and even try yourself to pluck a few leaves in the tea garden. A visit to some local villages or the mighty River Teesta can also be in your cards. Another major attraction is the Tin Bigha International Border Checkpost just a kilometer from the resort. You can witness the ceremonial Border closing at Tin Bigha Corridor between India and Bangladesh every evening. How to reach Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is 86 kms from Siliguri, 98 kms from Hasimara and 105 kms from Alipurduar. So you can reach Mekhliganj from anywhere in the Dooars region. Geographically Mekliganj is located in Cooch Behar District. Best time to visit Mekhliganj: You can visit Mekhliganj anytime of the year. The rivers and greenery bloom during the rainy season and the sparkling winter brings a whole lot of birds here. Lodging and Food at Mekhliganj: All modern amenities have been packed in this fully Air Conditioned cozy resort to give the city traveller every luxury he deserves to shrug his year long stress. You can start with a dip at the resort’s swimming pool and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the tea garden from your extra spacious AC room, which is decked with draping curtains, LCD TVs, attached western bathrooms, sitting area and terraces...
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Dhuturdaha, South 24 Pgs – 51 kms from Kolkata...

Just 51 kms from Kolkata, Dhuturdaha is a serene village with endless stretches of fishing lakes (bheri), vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, local temples and different shades of village life. It’s a nice place to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace. At Dhuturdaha, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies over the green horizon, get together with your family and friends beside the pond, do some fishing and dip your tired legs in the pond. But, Dhuturdaha is not only rustic life without daily facilities, here you have some of the best resorts you can find around Kolkata with AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which make our life comfortable. Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHUTURDAHA Places to see in Dhuturdaha:The main attraction of Dhuturdaha are the uncountable number of fishing lakes. These lakes stretch as far as you can see over the horizon. The village is dotted with vegetable gardens blooming with all types of vegetables from cabbages and cauliflowers to ladies fingers. You can also visit the local temple under the shadows of a Peepal tree or watch the local women sifting rice under the wood-plaque (Dheki). Village life is Dhuturdaha’s main attraction – ducks puddling around in ponds, farmers ploughing their fields, fisherman casting their nets and the local shopkeeper selling groceries. For more photos of Dhuturdaha click here Nearby attractions of Dhuturdaha: Malancha is a nearby destination just 15 kms from Dhuturdaha. This small town has one of the biggest Fish Markets in West Bengal. At Malancha you would see the mighty Icchamati River meeting the Vidyadhari River. You can also stop over the bridge over Vidyadhari River and enjoy the sunset. This side of the riverbank is dotted with brick kilns and their towering chimneys line up the riverbank for miles – it’s an amazing sight. On the way to Dhuturdaha from Kolkata, you would come across Ghusighata Lock gate, where few local canals meet – this is nice stopover too. Things to do in Dhuturdaha: The best thing to do is to watch the little things of village life pass around you. You can do casual birdwatching of some local birds around Dhururdaha and walk around the fringes of the fish lakes. You can also enjoy boating within the resort and try your hand in fishing. You can also play outdoor games in the nearby fields and take long village walks. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then try to visit Malancha. You can watch the sunset over the Bidyadhari River from here or take a country boat to cross over to Chaital on the other side. A visit to a nearby brick kiln can also be a nice experience. There is one more thing you can do – if you love eating fish. You can stop at Malancha’s Fish market to buy some freshly caught fish at great prices while returning from Dhuturdaha. How to reach Dhuturdaha: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Minakha. From Minakha, you can take the road going right to Dhuturdaha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will cross Minakha. You have to get down at Minakha and take a local Auto Rickshaw to Dhuturdaha. Lodging and dining facilities at Dhuturdaha: Dhuturdaha has a...
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Monchasa, Contai – 130 kms from Kolkata...

Whenever we plan for a vacation, most of the time we stay at some plush, contemporarily decorated hotel or resort, which oozes an artificial flavor. But sometimes, our heart yearns for something natural, devoid of any artificiality. So if you seek to savor original village culture and authentic earthen traditions come to Monchasa, brimming with a true sentiment of natural India. It is the first rural based sustainable eco-tourism initiative in India, which is promoted to support a very special social cause. Located on the banks of Bagda River in the remote village of Paushi, in East Midnapur district of West Bengal, it has an interesting story behind its development. BOOKING DETAILS OF MONCHASA There is an orphanage called Antyodoy Anath Ashram in Paushi. The primary aim of this orphanage is to provide food and shelter to the parent-less children or single parent children, abandoned by their family. The orphanage is operated by Sri Balaram Karan, who was an owner of a medicine shop at Kalianagar. To run the orphanage, he sold out most of his assets. After sometime, an ashram was constructed to provide shelter to the destitute children. Now, to support this noble cause, Mon Chasha has been built, which is a sprawling eco-tourism project. For more photos of Monchasa click here Places to see in Monchasa: Explore the location to enjoy some wonderful view. The Shalmoli Bithi, which is the plantation area of the project offers a real visual treat. You will find wide species of fruits, flowers, vegetables and spices. The authority of the project is also taking the effort of tagging the plants with their significances and name in local language along with its scientific name, to enrich the knowledge of the visitors. You will also found many plants having medicinal importance, like Ram Tulsi – Bon Tulshi – Krishna Tulshi (Holy Basil), Aamlaki (Goose Berry), Boyar (Baheda), Hartuki (Haritaki) and Neem trees. Visit Ishani and Naitri, the huge fish tanks (jheel), where large numbers of fish including Rui, Katla, Mrigel, Kalbous, Carp, Telapia, Puti, Mourala are bred completely naturally. For the conservation of traditional cultural heritage, “Sahajiya” has been built, which is a platform for local cultural performances as Chhau, Raibneshe Jatra Pala, Baul Fakir Darbesh and other programs. The other options include slide presentation, film show or story telling. The Sahajiya cultural centre is a straw / hogla thatched circular clay court beautified with green grass. Guests need to sit on the ground over hand crafted Madur. Do not miss Nabya Nakshi, the handicraft centre promoted by this project. There is also a plan for promoting Nakshi Kantha, one of the most treasured handicrafts of Bengal, to support the local self help group. You can also visit Aamar Bangla, where you will find numerous attractions like Dhenki, Kumorer Chaak, Tamt, Langol – Moi, Hand Painted Alpana, Pot Chitra, Typical Styled Tulshi Mancha, Machh Dhorar Jal, Chhip, Gachhe Jholano Hnarite Payra, Mouchak, Borshar Toka, Kendupatar Borshati, Lau Macha etc. Nearby attractions of Monchasa: The temple of Bahiri which dates back to the Middle Ages is just a few kilometers from Mon Chasa. The historically significant town of Tamluk boasting of a thousand year old Devi Barghobhima Temple (one of the popular Shakti peeths), a Rajbari, a museum and Rakhit Bati – the secret centre of freedom fighters is also located nearby. You can also visit Mandarmuni – the popular beach destination within an hours drive. Things to do in Monchasa: You can visit...