Looking for day trips around Kolkata in December

#1 Oct 7th, 2010, 19:40
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Hi all,

We are arriving in Kolkata in December, and would like to do some day trips in the neighbourhood.
What would you advise?

And should we arrange these trips on forehand, or can we do so when we're there?

Ciao

Miekuh
#2 Oct 7th, 2010, 20:32
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Hi Miekuh, welcome to indiamike

There are lots of Kolkata residents and Kolkata-lovers here who will be able to give you good ideas.

However we'd need a little more information from you.

Are you looking for day trips in Kolkata or outside the city?

Are you thinking of doing a tour with a guide or by yourself? Would you be using taxis or public transport / walking?

Do you like religious sites / historical places / quiet gardens / busy markets ... Kolkata has them all!



I personally like walking around the city and taking boats and trams and metro to get to places. I could recommend day trips out of the city to the botanical gardens and Dakshineshwar / Belur Math if this is what you would like.
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Thank you for your quick reply.

We would like to do both, some trips inside the city, and also some outside. I read something about a wildlife reserve in the neighbourhood.

I think it would be best to do the trips outside the city with a guide, inside we can probably manage to get there ourselves.

Transport; probably public transport (buses/trains/metro and taxis).

We're very interested in the Indian culture, religion, history.

Ciao
Miekuh
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Hi Miekuh,
You are probably talking about Sunderban it is a tiger reserve. You can book you tour through WBTDC they have good steamer with good arrangement.There are historical places outside kolkata like murshidabad.Public transport avoid buses.In kolkata there are lots to see like Kali temple,Belur Math, Dakhineshwar temple, Indian Museum,Victoria etc.
Lastly, welcome to Kolkata in advance.
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Thanks for the welcome.

I've looked at the website, and it looks like they have exactly the trips we would like to do.
Is it easy to arrange the trips, and hotels, from India itself??
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Hi Miekuh,

As my friends told, you can choose between your choice of trip.
A day trip of sight seeing with the Tourism Development Corporation is best to look around Kolkata.

And if you have more plan, like visiting Sundarbans, the land of Royal Bengal Tiger, I would suggest you to go for another tailor made trip of the same government agency...safe and reasonable.

See this: http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/wb/home.php
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For sunderban you can also try this particular one:

http://sunderbantigercamp.com

They organize the entire package, fooding and lodging. I myself have booked a 3D/2N tour with them this December. I have heard that they are very professional and their package is nice, but I can only give you the first hand experience after I return.
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welcome
i would just like to add that - middle and late December being peak tourist season it would be better if you can book your trips beforehand, especially the ones outside the city. Moving in and around the city wont be a problem , i think
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Hi Miekuh,
Welcome to Kolkata. As per advice given by friends, stick to the government agency for tour arrangements and guides ( specially outside Kolkata). You will have a reasonable/fixed cost , private operators will be charging you much more.

http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/wb/

This site is already mentioned, go through the names and descriptions and also check with wikitravel. You should get all the desired info.

We are also here if you want to know anything more specific.

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Thank you for all the replies.
I have emailed the west bengal tourism office, because the packages they mention on the site don't fit in our tight schedule.

I will let you know how things turn out.

Thanks again.
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Great offbeat property near Kolkata

Just came back from a place called Malancha Nature Park at a place called Rasulpur in Burdwan district.Simply superb.Great food,great hospitality village style and absolutely peaceful.Would recommend the place anytime.
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I have heard about this place and read about it in "Bhraman". Good to know that it's worth visiting.

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Originally Posted by mohesh View Post Just came back from a place called Malancha Nature Park at a place called Rasulpur in Burdwan district.Simply superb.Great food,great hospitality village style and absolutely peaceful.Would recommend the place anytime.
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Originally Posted by mohesh View Post Just came back from a place called Malancha Nature Park at a place called Rasulpur in Burdwan district.Simply superb.Great food,great hospitality village style and absolutely peaceful.Would recommend the place anytime.
any contact number please ? also, what is the exact location of the place ? How to go there ? and what are the Tarrifs ?
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Hi suvadeep.This place is about 85-90 kms from kolkata on Delhi rd.Dlx cottages cost about Rs 1400.All lake facing cottages.The place is over 50 acres and accomodation is very limited.I would suggest you book well in advance as it is almost always full.Take the Durgapur expressway from dankuni and turn right just after the Palsit toll plaza.The feeder road connects to Delhi rd after a few minutes drive.Turn right again and the place will be on your left side on the rd after the Rasulpur railway crossing.They have a website www.malanchanaturepark.net
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There is another great place to visit for a days picnic and that is Mahisadal Rajbari in Mahisadal on way to Kharagpur/Haldia.But you have to arrange for your own food,The rajbari authorities do not let you stay overnight.The temples and palaces are simply awe inspiring but in a relatively dilapidated state.Its simply sprawling.Reminds one of an era gone by.

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