Digha: The old beauty revisited

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Cherishing the wish to see the sea under rains, we two packed our bags and set off for Digha. We boarded the Howrah-Digha Duronto Express at 11.15 and reached Digha station after exactly 3 hours. From there we hired a taxi to reach the WBTDC Digha Tourist Lodge which we had pre-booked. Although we got probably the best room on the first floor in terms of see-view, we got to know that it is not visible from any of the rooms due to the PWD Bungalow in front. But the sea is really close and can be reached within a minute straight way. Somehow we managed to have glimpse of her from the balcony searching amidst the tree filled street just beside the lodge which led to the shores.
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Duronto reaches Digha



Old Digha Beach





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The evening was clear and windy. We had a stroll by the shore. The sky reddened by the setting sun was reflecting her beauty on the wet sand beneath. We enjoyed Bhelpuri and hot tea sitting on the cement benches, counting the waves in the lazy evening, that we rarely get in our daily lives.
It was dark and the beach started lighting and colouring up herself. Toys fitted with lights, Horse rides, flutes, handicrafts shops, Jhalmuri, papri chat, Fried fishes, Achars and so many other food attractions thronged the place. Being an off-season and a day ahead of the weekend, Digha did not show up the jostling crowd she is accustomed to. We enjoyed the calm and under-populated beauty of Digha. But drumming music and sound boxes were installed in pendals which were held up on the occasion of Ganesh Puja, to maintain the usual sky-bursting noise and liveliness.


Fishermen on duty



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We liked Old Digha more than the New Digha side due to the solitude and less noise and crowd. New Digha has the market places and hotels in abundance; Old Digha is serener in comparison.

New Digha





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At Daybreak



Sand Art by Crabs


Street Side Attractions
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Next morning we came for the Sunrise but it was cloudy today, due to which we could not capture the moment. But we experienced some other magic. A sea under rain. We had not brought umbrellas so we had to take shelter under the canopy of a shop just beside the shore. We relished the sky meeting sea from there and repented for not bringing an umbrella, for we could have been sitting on the beach only and enjoying the enormous beauty. Lots of people were bathing even then. We really missed the chance.

Cloudy Morning

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Talsari and Udaypur

After it was clear, we came out and took an auto to Talshari and Udaypur. Talshari retains the old charm with the casurina jungle and vast long shores. But we could not encounter any red crabs as there was a lot of water. We had a boat ride ands reached the opposite side. We found the shooting for the Bengali Serial “Bamakhyapa” was going on. Here One more splash of rain had conspired to drench us up. We ran back to the boat. The rain sprinkled a little on us and before we could be completed soaked, we had escaped in the shades.

Talsari



Bengali Serial "Bamakhyapa" being shot on Talsari Beach




Cloud Filled sky on Talsari



Udaypur

Baansh pata Machh (Bamboo Leaf Fish)



Collecting Oysters

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We were really upset to see the beautiful Udaypur turned into heap of debris. The shore was being cemented just like Digha which destroyed the natural beauty of the place. Udaypur has been the best beach for bathing. It has now turned into a fair ground. Waves have not moved back their way, but the shore has been squeezed to metres. Really pity.

We reached the Marine Aquarium. It has been well maintained although the area is very small. We liked the places. There were beautiful sea animals, but few in number.

Next we had lunch in the famous “Baluchari” restaurant with Prawn and Pomfrets. They were all Yummy.
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In the evening, we walked in the reverse direction we walked yesterday. The tide had poured in lots of snails and oysters on the shores. The water was just down. Tourists and traders were all running to grab them. Poor Animals.

This evening too, we passed enjoying sea breeze on the shore.

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Sharasharir Baan, The Autumn Outpour

Next morning was the really show stealer for us. As we approached the shore, we could hear some fierce roar from the sea-side. The Ganesh Puja was over and so were the sound boxes. We, to our utter surprise and joy, found that the sea has whirled up and flooded the shores. The shore on which we had walked a day ago, has gone deep under water. The sky was extremely cloudy. As it was Bhadra (The first month of Autumn), “Sharasharir Baan” (A tidal wave outpour that takes place during this time) had set in. Huge waves were bursting upon the barrage. Even water had entered into the shops. It was so beautiful that we were mesmerized. We were capturing the agitated face of the sea which was quiet and calm a night before. I had never seen this looks of sea before.







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But every good thing has to come to an end. So we had to return. After a lazy weekend, we have return to work. We took the same Duronto that carried tourists of today to Digha, to get us back to Howrah.
Adieu Digha. See you soon.
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Re: Digha: The old beauty revisited

Wao... Really enjoyable, concise and crisp
Cheers
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Thanks Somnath da.
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great pictures!!
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Thanks for the writeup and great pictures.

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