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OFFBEAT PLACES IN WEST BENAGL!

OFFBEAT PLACES IN WEST BENAGL!

July 10th, 2017
The state of West Bengal has lot more to offer than Darjeeling and the City of Joy. While planning a weekend getaway, the main criteria is to go away from the hustle bustle of the city. Going to less crowded locations in West Bengal is a great way to have fun and adventure filled holiday and to explore places that lie off the beaten path. Going by the wanderers that we Bengalis are, we thought we ought to list amazing yet underrated places in West Bengal. So here we are:

Chandraketugarh

Chandraketugarh gets the name from King Chandraketu whose civilization had flourished here for six eras. The things that have been found in excavation of this temple and are attractions of this place are Buddha stupas and images, decorative designs belonging to Pala period, Jataka stories coins, terracotta sealing and plaques and many more. There is another interesting structure nearby which is the legendary incomplete mosque that was built by Pir Gorachand. Since no such lodging facilities are available so Chandraketugarh is appropriate for day trip from Kolkata. It is situated at a distance of about 50 kilometres from Kolkata and can be reached by road, via Barasat. The journey takes around 2 hours. From Ultadanga and Espalanade, regular buses are available to Barachampa.

Chandraketugarh

Garh Panchkot

A ruined fort located in the eastern part of India less than an hour drive from Asansol at the foot hills of Panchkot in the district of Purulia, West Bengal. The place has history of being attacked by bargis. Lot of herbs and medicinal value plants species are Amloki, Gurmar, Bahera, Kalmegh, Satamul, Sarpagandha, Jastimadhu, Neem, etc. Damodar in monsoons is full to its brim and bird watching and walking along its bank is pass time that people do. The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited has a tourist bungalow here with 3 types of guest houses. It is 222 KMs from Kolkata.

 Garh Panchkot

Shillong– Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

The beautiful mountains of this region are a joy to watch. Shillong in itself is a really beautiful town and is the capital of Meghalaya as well. Scenic viewpoints like caves en route to Cherrapunjee, views of Bangladesh from both Cherrapunjee and Mawlynnong. It is Asia’s cleanest village. These are just some of the things that will make your jaw drop. Shillong– Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Taki

A serene place to rest in a bagan bari on the banks of Ichhamati is Taki in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. Mid-river experience of meeting the countrymen of Bangladesh, on the Ichamati River, is worth experiencing as tourists from both countries ride on wooden boats to get a close view of the other side. Ruins of zamindar houses, Golpatar jungle and General Shankar Roy Chowdhury’s Adi Bari are places that cannot be ignored. Few temples are also around the place that deserve visit like Ramkrishna Missions, Kuleshwari Kali Temple, 300 years old Jora Shib Mandir. Tourists can also take boat ride to the Machranga Island. Van rickshaw are hired for going to Golpatar jungle. People find the shade of long trees with birds and cooler atmosphere quite unique and delightful.. Famous sweet “chanar malpoa should be tired. Bagan bari is good place for accommodation. Various kind of fishes plus chicken and mutton dishes are also available. Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station, takes around 2 hours to reach Taki Road Station. Car or ride a bus from the Esplanade, takes 3.5 hours to get to the place.

Taki

Dooars

Dooars is considered the gateway to the hill stations of the Darjeeling and the word itself is derived from “doors” meaning in the literal sense gateway. It is famous for its rich biodiversity and forests, prominent ones in the area include Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve. Also located in this region are Manas National Park in Assam, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. One place of attraction that lies 30 km from Alipurduar is Jayanti, which has beautiful meandering river and green hills. Bhutanghat also is close to the river lies 45 km from Alipurduar and has equally captivating beauty. The leopard Rehabilitation Centre and Nature Park at Khayrabari is 11kms from Madarihat. The forest and the hills around are rich in flora and fauna with tea gardens spread across like a green soft blanket that makes it one of pleasing and eye-appeasing destinations. It is the gateway to Bhutan and the whole of North east India and can be reached by railway service connecting Cooch Behar with Kolkata via New Jalpaiguri. One can also avail the railway service via Alipurduar. State buses ply to Siliguri and Jalpaiguri from Kolkata.

Dooars

Samsing

Where small streams, natural forests, tea gardens come together to form a breath taking landscape is place called Samsing. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. Plains merge and rise to take shape into the Himalaya. One of the places where many tourists stay overnight is Suntalekhola which is about four kilometres further up the road from Samsing where the road ends close to a small stream named on the place itself in the village of Faribasti. Flower gardens give this place amazing view are common to almost all households and some households may allow home stay for tourists. `Rocky island nature resort` on the banks of river Murti is another attractive tourist spot that lies 2 km from Samsing. Treks and accommodation are arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors in the surrounding area of the National Park. There is `Tree Fern Point` and `Mo` or `Mo Chaki` for a great view of the Himalayas in one side and the plains of Dooars in the other where Trekkers can take ride. Bhutan hills and Jelepla, the pass which connects Tibet with India, is also notable place to visit. Other places nearby are malbazar, chalsa andmeteli. It is well connected with road, rail and air. One has to travel 85km from Siliguri to reach here. Samsing

LepchajagatIf

We break the word in two 'Jagat' actually means ‘the world’, and lepcha is tribe name so together word means world of the lepchas. Situated 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town and takes only about 45 minutes by taxi. So, one can visit here while staying in Darjeeling. This place has dense forest area full with conifers like pine, oak and rhododendrons. Along with gleaming view of Kanchenjunga peaks, and amazing birdlife and tranquillity that awes you this place gives you happiness in wonderful way. Not many shops or other nightlife attractions so one can enjoy the quietness to oneself. Hawa Ghar which is about 1km can be trailed by walk for fitness lovers. If the luck is in you court you might be able to see all five peaks of Kanchenjunga range. Another place is Ghoom Rock which is 1.5kms away and at an altitude of about 7,900 ft is famous as a sunrise point that tourists visit. Wonderful view of the Balsan Valley is also remarkable. Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 85 kms takes 3 hours. Also the nearest railway station is new Jalpaiguri 95 KMs which would take 3.5-4 hours. West Bengal forest development corporation lodge offers stay. Other sight-seeing places are Jorepokhri,Mirik is 25 KMs away with natural lake called Sumendu Lake, Pasupati Market located in India but near Nepal border is 15 KMs away, Maneybhanjan a 15 KMs drive also located on the India Nepal border start point of Sandakphu trek. LepchajagatIf