Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

The weekend is here and if you’re still worried about what to do we have a list for you! So gear up know the most happening weekend getaways around Kolkata

1. Digha – 171 kms from Kolkata

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Beach town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches and scenic views, especially among people in West Bengal.

Digha is a one-stop destination for families looking forward to spend a pleasurable weekend. One of the best features of this hamlet is its varied and diverse tourist attraction spots. Known for its magnificent beaches, religious temples and high-tech research centers and museums, this most popular sea resort of West Bengal has a lot to offer for people of all age groups. Digha’s sceneries can also offer you the pleasure experienced in witnessing areas that have minimal human impact and are relatively untouched.

2. Sundarbans – 125 kms from Kolkata

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Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans provide a complete nature’s circle to the tourist right from ‘Royal Bengal tigers’ to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries.

Shared between India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans meaning beautiful forest, have been declared a UNESCO heritage site. This area has a silent charm that manages to amaze one with the simplicity and naturalness of its ecological balance in spite of offering habitat to some of the most dynamic and awe inspiring flora and fauna. They are in fact the last remaining stands of the mighty jungles which once covered the Gangetic plain and the sustainability of this natural structure is pretty majestic. Since 1966, the Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary, and it is estimated that there are over 400 Royal Bengal Tigers and about 30, 000 spotted deer in the area.

3. Santiniketan – 179 kms from Kolkata

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Known to few, mainly as Rabindranath Tagore’s home and now a university, Santiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. The town comprises mainly of Visva Bharati University.

The University was set up by Rabindranath Tagore’s father and later popularized by him to radically change the concept of education in India. Today, this beautifully laid out university and small sleepy town has acquired the status of a unique tourist haven, where lines of knowledge and aesthetic brilliance merge.

4. Bakkhali Р147 kms  from Kolkata

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Wrapped in the commotion of West Bengal and yet a world in itself, Bakkhali is small beach town located on the West Bengal coast. If you wish to have the perfect beach getaway that doesn’t include ear ripping music or just alcohol laden evenings, Bakkhali is the place to be.

Beach walks, wind farms, boat rides, islands, cycle rides around town. Bakkhali is the perfect place for an exotic getaway right here.

5. Navadvipa – 115 kms from Kolkata

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Blanketed away in the commotion of West Bengal, Navadwipa – Mayapur is a cluster of nine islands located on the banks of Ganges. This place is one of those few religious shrines whose spirit of devotion is palpable.

The scattered forests, orchids and winding paths leading to small villages give you an excellent sense of peace. With almost 200 temples concentrated in this small rural setting, Navadvipa is God’s own land, in every sense of the term. It is unaffected by economy, industry and futile activity. The place is untouched by tides of time and is a perfect treat for your aesthetic sense and devotion. It doesn’t matter which faith you believe in, this land of Lord Chaitanya (reincarnation of Lord Krishna) will enthrals you like nothing else.

So Kolkata, pack your bags and head out for an epic road trip this weekend!

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