Amazing places to visit near kolkata

Kolkata has variety of places to visit when you are in city, But it also has huge beauty surrounding the city.Here check out the best places one could see,celebrate and relax some weekend.

Bakkhali: A one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal.
Bakkhali is small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. An7 km long beach starting from Bakkhali to Frasergunj. One can enjoy the amazing breeze and gently rolling waves in this water.While you are here this sea shore is best for long walk with your loved ones where see the waves and beauty of nature.Best part of these place is that you won’t find lots of people around as very few people know about this beautiful beach.

How to reach Bakkhali:
If you wish to travel by road then its almost 125 km from Joka tram terminus at the south-western edge of Kolkata.The road journey from the fringe of Kolkata to Bakkhali takes about three & half hours. However, crowded market places and occasional stretches of bad road can delay movement.

If you choose to travel by train then nearest rail station is at Namkhana.here are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip to NAMKHANA. The first train starts at around 4am from Sealdah. Then at around 4.40am then 7.30am and next to this one is at a long gap at around 10.30 am. The Bakkhali bus stand is very close to all the hotels and just a 5 minute walk from the beach.

And last and the least if you choose to travel by air then nearest airport is at Dum Dum in northern Kolkata.Places to visit when you are at Bakkahli are Henry’s island,Benfish harbour and Frasergunj Beach.

Bibhuti Bhushan:Wildlife Sanctuary The Bibhuti Bhushan Wildlife Sanctuary (Parmadon) is just over three hours drive from Kolkata and is popular for deer, snakes and varied species of birds. Located on the banks of Ichhamati River, you can take a lazy country boat ride through the forest or a refreshing jungle stroll watching the friendly deer prance around. Enjoy homely food at the tourist lodge of West Bengal forest department at Parmadon. Shankarpur: Amazing seaside experience Amazing beach Shankarpur is about 185 km from Kolkata,After you get on the beach, you will see an endless stretch of sea kissing the beach. Around your feet you will see red crabs. On the left side about 45 minutes walking, you will reach Mandar Mani- a small beach. But do not take your car on the beach because you may get trapped in the quicksand. And at night on the desolated beach is a dream for the people seeking tranquility. Undoubtedly, Shankarpur is the Miami of WB.

How to reach Shankarpur:
If you choose to travel by bus, Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/ Esplanade bus stand, Kolkata.
Shankarpur is near Digha and the place can be reached by taking any bus going to Digha. You need to getoff at a place called Choddomile or Chaulkhola (14 miles in Bengali) between Contai (Kanthi) and Digha – just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minute ride by a car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile.

If you choose to travel by train
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Frazerganj
The white sand beach is entirely different from the other beaches. It is pristine pure and holds the charms of a beach unspoilt. It can be accessed from Calcutta, and is a three hours drive on very high-quality roads. The purpose is also all too well-known for the migratory birds that can be sighted over there

Junput Beach
Junput is 40 km. from Digha by bus, with a change at Contai. The place offers beautiful sea-view and lines of casuarina trees. The beach is unspoilt. Brackish water fish cultivation and research are done here by the State Government Fisheries Department. After independence, Junput was overlooked for development as a beach resort, Digha being chosen instead.

Diamond Harbour Kolkata
A resort 51km south of Kolkata by road, Diamond Harbour is at the point where the Hooghly turns south and flows into the open sea. It can be reached by bus or train from Kolkata. Launches run from here to Sagar Island. The Sagarika Tourist Lodge can be booked through West Bengal Tourism in Kolkata.
 
Ghatshila:located on the bank of the Subarnarekha River.
Places around Ghatsila to visit:
Rankini Mandir
Burudih Dam
Bibhuti Smarak Bhavan
Picnic Spot
Mosabani
Fulldungri Hillock
Dharagiri Fall
Subarnarekha River
Pancha Pandava
Hindustan Copper Limited
The River Subarnarekha
Ratmohona
Purna Pani

Ghatshila is situated on the banks of Subarnarekha River. Ghatshila is a part of Jharkhand state in the East Singhbhum District. Ghatshila, basically is a Block with its headquarters at Ghatshila, was established on 4 May 1962. The Block is situated on the banks of River Subarnarekha at a distance of approximately 45 km from District Headquarters Jamshedpur.Due to the natural beauty of Ghatshila, it is becoming a favourite tourist spot, especially for Bangalis from Kolkata and other places.

Maithon
Name of this place Maithon means place mother goddess resides, As here it has reservoir of the Damodar Valley Corporation,
This dam is built on Barakar river and main purpose of it is to control the flood.
As being one of the main attraction of the tourist in the month of december and january,it get over crowded.

Damodar Valley Corporation - Maithon

Image Credits: Kalyan Bhadra

Things you don’t wanna miss when you are here are the powerhouse,Ancient temple Kalyaneshwari(famous temple presiding deity of which is Maa Kalyaneshwari) which just close by from dam,Deer Park and a bird sanctuary.You can enjoy fishing and boating in the lake Maithon.One more close dam to check is Panchet Dam.If you plan to stay there are well known hotels and loges like Hotel Sunny,Maithon Hotel,Hotel Suman,Evening Lodge and Majumder Niwas.

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