In this article, guest writer Rohit Agarwal explores some of the best weekend getaways near Kolkata to give a respite from the city.
One of the most populated metropolis in India is also one of the most liveliest cities ever. It is the ever charming capital city of West Bengal: Kolkata. World renowned as the ‘city of joy’, Kolkata’s vibrant lifestyle and the historical sites make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. But for those who have lived here for a long time and are familiar, the city can be sometimes be too much. It’s charm may feel like a chore and soon the excitement and glee fades away, as is the case of any city in the world. From the never ending traffic to the crowded streets of Kolkata, one needs a small respite. Also away from the chaos and clutter of the Kolkata lie some of the most pristine places in India. Listed here are 5 best weekend getaways near Kolkata one can explore.
Situated in the Baleswar District in the state of Odisha, some 260 kilometres away from Kolkata, Chandipur is a coastal site that is apt for unwinding over a weekend. The white sandy shores and brilliant blue water make for a heavenly site. Also known for bird watching and swimming activities, the site is also rich with temples and exotic fauna and flora in the wildlife sanctuary close by. Also just a hop away is the site of Balaramgadhi where the river Budhabalang meets the sea and provides a stunning sight. On the whole, the region makes for a fantastic holiday.
Almost 140 kilometres away from the capital city lies the peaceful temple town of Bishnupur. Adorned with temples, the town was constructed by the Malla kings in 1600s. Beautiful architecture and intricate carvings await your camera lenses here. Most prominent places to visit here are Dolmadol Kaman, Shyam Rai temple, Radheshyam temple etc. Apart from the loveliness of the terracotta temples you can also buy gorgeous Baluchori sarees here.
Situated about 183 kilometres away on the West Bengal – Odisha border is one of the most popular beach destinations near Kolkata. Digha, located in the East Midnapur district of West Bengal, is ideal for a weekend trip to relax amidst the tall trees and beach side. Perfect for couples, this romantic site also hosts activities like fishing, horse riding, swimming etc.
About 183 kilometres from Kolkata and just 14 kilometres away from Digha is another pristine beachside town of Shankarpur. Not crowded by tourists, Shankarpur provides a serene atmosphere to let go of all your worries and wander by the seaside with your loved one(s). The quite mingled with breathtaking sites makes for an amazing weekend here.
Another secret beauty just 130 kilometres from Kolkata is the beach side town of Bakkhali. Commercialization and tourism has avoided this unblemished site so far, so you get the tranquil environment by the waves, a chance to gaze up at the Frasergunj windmill and be awed by the crocodile propagation centre here. Trees of Casuarina line the sea shore making a pretty sight overall. Banbibi temple close to the beach is also a famous attraction here.
A state that is loved by all, West Bengal holds some of the most precious sites in the country. The people living in the capital city of Kolkata are witness to the greatness of the place and spend every day soaked in its rich history and cultural significance. But at times, when the city becomes too much to bear, these weekend getaways provide an easy way to rejuvenate by spending some quality time with nature.
An architect, a traveller and a blogger, Rohit Agarwal spends his time combining all three of his passions. He marvels at great architecture, explores the most remote and amazing places on the planet and shares his travel adventures with the world through his travel blog TransIndiaTravels.com.