Weekend Getaways Near Kolkata

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Weekend Getaways Near Kolkata

Looking to explore the region near Kolkata? Here are a few getaways that you can check out. Feel free to suggest any more you come across. Suggestions for weekend getaways from Kolkata include Raichak offering spectacular views of the Ganges; Shantiniketan, which hosts a potential UNESCO world heritage site; Tarakeshwar, which is a religious destination near Kolkata; Digha, which has some gorgeous beaches ... and much much more! ... read more »

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Do feel free to add your own suggestions here!
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There is a nice place in Purulia, Garhpanchkot. I was there with my family during rainy season 2 years back and the greenery is best part.

There is a WBFDC resort. This is unaffected by disturbance and you would love the calm atmosphere. Obviously there is nothing much to do other than just relaxing in the lap of nature.

You need to book the resort beforehand from WBFDC office in Kolkata.

Take Black Diamond from Howrah Station early in the morning. It would take just 4 hours to reach Kumardubi. You would get cab from there to reach Garhpanchkot. It takes 20-30 mins.
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Talsari

Close to Digha yet a bit far from the madding crowd, one can step in at Talsari. The Trip Report on this destination is titled -Talsari - another virgin beach near Digha ; pl. visit the url Talsari - another virgin beach near Digha for a complete pen picture of the place.
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Smile Mukutmanipur- Another lovely weekend destination from kolkata

Mukutmanipur is also a nice place to visit. The view of Kansabati and Kumari river junction is just excellent. You can explore the beauty of kansabati dam and riverside places too. I was there along with my wife on last year July. Winter is the best time to visit, but if you want to enjoy the actual beauty of the place, I must suggest going there during monsoon.

Rupashi Bangla Exp is the best train to reach bankura from early morning. We catch the same from Howrah, but now the starting station has been shifted to Santragachi. So catch the train from santragachi at morning 6 o clock to reach bankura around 10:30 AM. From there one can hire a cab (will Cost around 700-800) to reach mukutmanipur.

Alternatively by road also one can go. The best place to stay in Mukut is the Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman Kendra (Run by WBFDC) and Peerless Inn. Apart from that, there are several private hotels are there ranging AC room tariff between 1200-2500.
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys!
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Please change the picture shown in Sundarban section by Lou Wilson. It is not the picture from Sundarban.
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I missed this post earlier. Thanks for pointing it out dcyouth, theyyamdancer.

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Missed this article !!!! Thanks nadreg, it is very useful

Tsrakeswar is very much known to a special class of Bengali hindu travelers, I'll say pilgrims, who like to visit the Shiva temple only. To attract more visitors like enthusiast IMers, you can add Antpur, Haripal, Dwarhatta and Rajbalhat as nearbt terracotta destinations from Tarakeswar. My first suggestion

Here are some photo and info. Treasures of Hooghly : Guptipara, Bansberia, Bandel, Chunchura

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I have visited three places among them... Tarakeswar, Digha and Bakkhali.... among these places i liked the bakkhali very much due to lesser crowd....and beautiful views... i hope, i will get opportunity to visit rest places..
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May Jhargram be considered as a weekend getaway? If so, please provide few details of the important places worth watching there.
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post May Jhargram be considered as a weekend getaway? If so, please provide few details of the important places worth watching there.
You may visit the following url for the desired information

http://www.wbfdc.com/jhargram.html
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Originally Posted by Bhutnath View Post You may visit the following url for the desired information http://www.wbfdc.com/jhargram.html
Thanks a lot. I already had visited Jhargram.
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Visited Jharkhali last weekend and with a blessing of one relative got a chance to stay at Jhar Bunglow (not sure whether is open for public unless in the mercy of the care-taker). The bunglow is a nice one with every modern day facility except electricity which can be managed through generator (for 4 hours the guy charged us 900 bucks).

The zoo by the bunglow has only two tigers however its worth to give it a visit specially if you are not lucky enough to get the glimpse at Sundarban.

During winter weekends, the place is a hot cake and very crowded. You can take boat rides but on weekend they may charge you like anything (for 3 hours 2K to 4k). Also we tried very hard but couldn't manage any good fishes :-( Jhar Bunglow is 7km from main market and thus if planning for a visit, buy things at the market or else best place is Canning. Another issue is the picnic parties who cann't read the notice load sound is not allowed and also throwing dishes around the roads/kharis makes the beauty lost.... :-(

We visited the place with public transport (Sealdah to Canning via train, then bus to Jharkhali and end 7km by motorale vans).

Last night our return become very late due a local fare at Canning sponsored by WB Tourism Dept where almost lakhs of people visited (it happens for 10days during 1st week of January) and driving was impossoble through the roads. Due to lack of time, I couldn't visit the fare otherwise, I was very interested as I can hear people from Malda also visited the fare.

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Originally Posted by soumyajithaldar View Post Visited Jharkhali last weekend and with a blessing of one relative got a chance to stay at Jhar Bunglow (not sure whether is open for public unless in the mercy of the care-taker). The bunglow is a nice one with every modern day facility except electricity which can be managed through generator (for 4 hours the guy charged us 900 bucks).
I visited Jharbunglow four years earlier. That time the road leading to that place was really bad (specially the last 14-15 KM). There was no generator there but solar power were provided free for fans and lighting. Though it was summer, enjoyed our stay. We gave the caretaker money and he arranged for all foods and provisions. I remember that he even offered us goose for our dinner.

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