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    West Bengal is Unique among Indian states in stretching all the way from the Himalayas to the sea and nonetheless explored in depth by only a few. Bengal holds an extraordinary assortment of landscapes and cultures, ranging from the dramatic hills of Darjeeling, within sight of the highest mountains in the world, to the vast mangrove swamps of the Sundarbans, prowled by man-eating Royal Bengal tigers. All this and much more comprise of the wonderful assortment of weekend getaways from Kolkata.

    Top 40 Weekend Getaways From Kolkata

    Are you looking for a refreshing getaway from Kotkata? Here’s your ultimate weekend getaway bucket list from the hustle-bustle of Kolkata. These trips are ideal for a short stay so plan accordingly. 

    • Ravangla – Enjoy The Magical Snow View
    • Bakkhali – The Most Breathtaking Beaches In India
    • Tajpur – An Unknown Sea Beach
    • Shantiniketan – An Outstanding Creation Of Rabindranath Tagore
    • Kurseong – The Land Of White Orchid
    • Mandarmani – Known For Serentiy
    • Rinchenpong – Enjoy The Fascinating Mountain Views
    • Digha – An Ideal Party Destination
    • Roopark Village, Panchalingeswar – A Unique Tribal Village Resort
    • Rishyap – A Serene Weekend Retreat
    • Puri – The Most Famous Beach Of Eastern India
    • Shankarpur – A Largely Hidden Beach
    • Uttarey – A Scenic Village
    • Kalimpong – For A Relaxed Weekend Holiday
    • Sundarbans – The Largest Delta In The World
    • Henry’s Island – A Serene Island
    • Lepchajagat – For A Romantic Weekend Getaway
    • Chalsa – Tea Gardens, Rivers And Forests
    • Junput – An Abode Of Peace
    • Lava – A Serene Little Township
    • MongPong – A Small Hill Village
    • Lolegaon – A Small Peaceful Hamlet
    • Bishnupur – A Temple Town
    • Jaldhaka – A Picturesque Weekend Getaway
    • Samsing – The Land Of Floating Clouds
    • Jaldapara – Home To Famous One Horned Rhino
    • Mayapur – A Religious Site
    • Mukutmanipur – For A Peaceful Vacation
    • Bankura – Temples, Adventure Sports And More
    • Piyali Island – A Haven For Birdwatchers
    • Kamarpukur – Enjoy Simple Rural Life
    • Jhargram – For Nature Lovers
    • Belur Math – A Pilgrimage Pursuit
    • Ganga Sagar – A Blend Of Natural And Religious Charm
    • Jamshedpur – India’s First Planned City
    • Konark – Beholding A UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Purulia – For A Weekend Getaway Amidst Nature
    • Cuttack – Cultural Capital Of Odisha
    • Nabadwip – A Religious Center
    • Haldia – A Bustling River Port

    1. Ravangla – Enjoy The Magical Snow View

    Gorgeous views of the hills from Ravangla

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    A small town situated on the ridge at an altitude of 7000ft between the Meanam and Tendong hills Ravangla or Rabongla has turned into a natural tourist resort for its magical snow view & tranquility. Ravangla is a recently discovered offbeat tourist destination in South Sikkim that serves as one of the perfect weekend destinations near Kolkata. You must surely plan visit to numerous interesting places to visit in Ravangla.

    Location: Town in Sikkim
    How to reach: Ravangla is well connected by state highway to NJP (125 km), it is a night journey from Kolkata. By road it is 4 hours from NJP.
    Best Time to visit: February to May and October to November.
    Places to Visit In Ravangla: Visit Rayong Sunrise View-point (8 km), Ralang Monasteries (13 km), Borong Hot Spring (7 km).
    Things to do: Ravangla is perfect for Short treks, bird watching. The journey through the winding road via Dentham is even more attractive
    Places to stay: Buddha Retreat, Wildflower Retreat, Hotel Meanamla

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    2. Bakkhali – The Most Breathtaking Beaches In India

    A family enjoy the sea waves at Bakkhali Beach

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    Bakkhali beach rests on the south-western tip of the mystical Sunderbans. The white beach snuggles against the fringes of the forest delta offering a unique tropical combination. It derives its name from the word bak, or red-beaked seagull which is found in abundance here. If you are planning weekend trips from Kolkata, put this at the top of your list.

    Location: Village in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    Bakkhali is 138 km from Kolkata. 4.5-5 hour by road and as well as by train.
    Best Time to visit: July to March.
    Places to Visit in Bakkhali: Henry’s Island & Jambu Dwip
    Things to do: Spend your day away at the makeshift tea stalls, sipping fresh coconut water or hot tea from earthen pots
    Places to stay: Hotel Dolphin Bakkhali, Hotel Dibney, Hotel Deepak

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    3. Tajpur – An Unknown Sea Beach

    Parasailing at Tajpur Beach in West Bengal

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    Tajpur is a practically unknown sea-beach which does not draw maddening crowds like Digha or even like nearby Mandarmoni and Shankarpur. Tajpur is one of Bengal’s recently discovered destinations and is slowly becoming popular as a weekend escape from Kolkata.

    Location: Beachside
    How to reach: It lies in the Kolkata-Digha route, 5 km from Chaulkhola. 170 km south-west of Kolkata (22 km from Contai). By road its a 4 hours journey
    Best Time to visit: September to March.
    Places to Visit in Tajpur: One can visit other near-by beaches like Mandarmoni, Shankarpur and Junput, and of course the famous Digha
    Things to do: Water sports & Paragliding
    Places to stay: Tajpur Retreat; Lake View Village Resort

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    4. Shantiniketan – An Outstanding Creation Of Rabindranath Tagore

    School at Shantiniketan

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    Shantiniketan has a history that began in 1862. Debendra Nath Tagore, bought the land built a guest house and planted trees. His son, Rabindra Nath began a school here with just 5 students in 1901 and it went on to become India’s first University. For a history buff wanting to go on a weekend tour from Kolkata, this will be an ideal option.

    Location: A neighborhood in Birbhum district
    How to reach: Shantiniketan is 3 km from Bolpur in Birbhum District. It takes 4-5 hours from Kolkata by train as well as by road.
    Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: Any time except summer.
    Places to Visit in Shantiniketan:Visit Kankalitala (9 km), one of the 51 Shaktipeeths and Nanur (13 km), the birthplace of the 14th century poet Chandidas
    Things to do: Tagore Museum, art galleries. You could also attend the Poush Mela and Basanta Utsav
    Places to stay: Rangamati Garden Resort, Swapnonir, RNR Home stay

    5. Kurseong – The Land Of White Orchid

    Tea Plantation at Kurseong

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    The land of white orchid, Kurseong lies high up in the hills spread along a forested ridge. Kurseong’s beauty and tranquility are breathtaking and the hill station is a perfect rejuvenating weekend retreat from Kolkata. It makes one of the most romantic weekend getaways from Kolkata.

    Location: City in Darjeeling district
    How to reach: 10 hours + 1-1/2 hours by road from Kolkata, By air : 45 minutes + 1-1/2 hours by road
    Best Time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season.
    Places to Visit in Kurseong: Castle Tea Estate, Eagle’s Crag, Sitong.
    Things to do: Nature Walks. Watching Bird. Have a ride in the famous Toy Train which runs from Siliguri to Darjeeling via Kurseong.
    Places to stay: Sunnyside Eco Homestay, Dreamhome Stay, Allita Hotel & Resorts


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    6. Mandarmani – Known For Serentiy

    Friends enjoying a leisure walk along the beach during sunset

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    Mandarmani is relatively new to the tourist circuit. The glistening white beach is clean and unspoilt. The beach known for its serenity and beauty is reached via a route past paddy fields and ponds. It is among the most relaxing weekend getaways near Kolkata

    Location: Seaside resort village in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    By road 4.5 hours from Kolkata. Nearest railway station Contai which is again 3 hours away from Howrah by train.
    Best Time to visit: July to March
    Places to Visit in Mandarmani: Visit the nearby beaches of Digha, Talsari, Tajpur and Sankarpur which all have their distinct flavors
    Things to do: Paragliding & water sports. Preferably go on a full-moon night. Go for a leisure walk along the beach to Mohona
    Places to stay: Hotel Sonar Bangla Mandarmoni, Ajoy Minar Hotel, Masara Beach Resort 

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    7. Rinchenpong – Enjoy The Fascinating Mountain Views

    Sunrise on the snowcapped mountains of Richenpong

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    The mountain views of Rinchenpong are as fascinating as those of Darjeeling, Gantok or Pelling. So if you are tired of viewing Kanchenjunga above a crowded cityscape then pack your bags and head for Rinchenpong over the weekend.

    Location: Town in Sikkim
    How to reach: A night’s journey from Kolkata and a four hour road trip from Siliguri.
    Best Time to visit: February to May & October to November.
    Places to Visit in Rinchenpong: Nigdoh, Rinchenpong Monastery, The Rhododendron sanctuary
    Things to do: Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Trekking
    Places to stay: Hotel Rinchenpong Nest; Orchid Villa

    8. Digha – An Ideal Party Destination

    The calm Digha beach in West bengal

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    Digha is the most popular beach of West Bengal and it wears a festive look of a popular fairground all through the year. As soon as one reaches the town’s heart there is an excitement all around with the sight of crowds and the noise. It is an ideal party destination that you can visit over the weekend from Kolkata.

    Location: Town in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    It’s 195 km from Kolkata. It takes 4 hours to reach Digha by Road/ Train.
    Best Time to visit: September to March
    Places to Visit in Digha: Nearby Places Shankarpur, Mandarmoni, Chandaneshwar, Talsari, Mohona.
    Things to do: Watersports, Walking on the beach & don’t miss to taste sea foods
    Places to stay: Hotel Pabitra Jamuna, Raja Holiday Inn, Le Roi Digha

    9. Roopark Village, Panchalingeswar – A Unique Tribal Village Resort

    The beautiful Deokund Falls near Roopark Village

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    Roopark Village, Panchalingeswar is a unique tribal village resort that offers an ideal pastoral experience. Far away from the madding crowd of the urban life, the quaint mud and thatch dwellings in the resort captures the spirit of nature with the perfect tribal craftsmanship and way of living. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the Kolkata.

    Location: Village in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    Roopark Village is located at a distance of 28 km from Balasore railway station in Orissa. From kolkata by road : 5 hours, by Train : 3-1/2 hours (+ 45 minutes by road)
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year, though summer is hot.
    Places to Visit in Roopark : Shiva Temple in Panchalingeshwar (the five lingams of Lord Shiva) Hills and the picturesque Deokund Falls at Shimlipal Reserve Forest which is a beautiful scenic spot amidst green forests. Chandipur beach (16 km away from Balasore)
    Things to do: Bird Watching
    Places to stay: Roopark Village Resort

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    10. Rishyap – A Serene Weekend Retreat

    The gorgeous view of the snow capped himalayas from Rishyap

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    Rishyap is a serene weekend retreat from Kolkata. It’s unique feature is that there is only empty space between this tiny hamlet and the Kanchendzonga range standing on the horizon. The town is spread across a narrow ridge with valleys falling away on either side.

    Location: Hill station in Kalimpong district
    How to reach:
    Its 721 km North of Kolkata. By train 10 hours (Till NJP) + 3 hours by road then from kolkata.
    Best Time to visit: February to May, October to November (winter can be very chilly with snowfall)
    Places to Visit in Rishyap: Visit Lava, Lolegaon, Kalimpong & other famous hill stations, all within 3 hours of driving
    Things to do: Nature Walks, Bird watching. Go for a 45 minute walk from Rishap to Lava past a colony of forest huts
    Places to stay: Vamoosetrail Rishyap, Yes Homes Kolakham, Paradise Villa

    11. Puri – The Most Famous Beach Of Eastern India

    Sunset at Puri beach Orissa

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    Puri is undoubtedly the most famous beach of Eastern India as well as the most frequented weekend getaway from Kolkata. It extends over 15 km resembling a right-oriented conch-shell. It was once a thickly wooded hilly region, home to the Sabaras, a pre-Aryan and pre-Dravidian tribe who worshipped Lord Jagannath. There are numerous beautiful places to visit in Puri.

    Location: City in Odisha
    How to reach:
    499 km From Kolkata. By road – 12 hours; By rail – 9 hours from Kolkata.
    Best Time to visit: Throughout the year though the summer is hot
    Places to Visit In Puri: Konark Temple, Nandan kanan (Zoo), Dolphin point, Chilka Lake, Udaygiri
    Things to do In Puri: Swim in the sea. Contact Nulias (local fishermen) who will take you into the deeper waters for a great experience for just Rs. 25
    Places to stay: Swosti Premium, Trident Bhubaneswar, Mayfair Convention

    12. Shankarpur – A Largely Hidden Beach

    The peaceful beach of Shankarpur

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    This beach is largely hidden from the world. Though beautifully fringed by casuarinas and eucalyptus trees, it is a fact that waters have been gobbling up the land slowly. You can walk on the beach chasing the sunset up to a point of the delta of two small rivers and have the perfect weekend that you long for.

    Location: Village in West Bengal
    How to Reach: Shankarpur is situated by the Bay of Bengal in East Midnapore, 16 km to the east of the famous Digha Beach. 180 km from Kolkata, by road 4 hours.
    Best Time to visit: September to March
    Places to Visit in Shankarpur: One can visit Mandarmoni beach, equally beautiful (32 km away)
    Things to Do: Take a stroll across Digha Beach
    Places to stay: Hotel Nest Shankarpur; Mallickaa Resort

    13. Uttarey – A Scenic Village

    The green valleys of Uttarey

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    On the Western part of the state Sikkim, bordered by Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal, Uttarey, at 2050 metres, is a scenic village on the gentle northern slope of the Singalila range. Uttarey is a wonderful weekend retreat from Kolkata that you can easily cover in a couple of days.

    Location: Village in West Sikkim
    How to reach:
    Uttarey is situated in West Sikkim at a distance of 140 km from Gangtok and 150 km from Siliguri. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and the nearest airport is Bagdogra, both about 160 km away.
    Best Time to visit: February to May & October to November
    Places to Visit in Uttarey : Visit Changey falls which cascades down from a height of 500 ft and disappears into a dense forest of silver fir and pine. The famous Singshore Bridge, just 6 km away, is the second highest gorge bridge in Asia and a stone dropped from the bridge nearly takes 10 seconds to hit the riverbed
    Things to do: Those into adventure sports, can try short treks through forests towards Varshey and then to Hilley
    Places to stay: Hotel View Point; Royal Barsey Homestay

    14. Kalimpong – For A Relaxed Weekend Holiday

    The gorgeous views of Kalimpong

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    Situated at an altitude of 1250 meters it enjoys temperate climate throughout the year. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quiet and relaxed weekend holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga. If you are looking for luxury weekend getaways from Kolkata, this is the place. You can indulge in numerous exciting things to do in Kalimpong.

    Location: Hill station in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    By train 10 hours + 1 hour by road from Kolkata, By air : 45 minutes + 1-1/2 hours by road
    Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season.
    Places to Visit In Kalimpong: Durpin Monastery, Lepcha Museum, Deolo Hill
    Things to do In Kalimpong: Watching Bird, Trekking
    Places to stay: Sinclairs Retreat, PaliGhar Farmstay, Summit Barsana Resort and Spa

    15. Sundarbans – The Largest Delta In The World

    The mangrove forest of Sunderbans

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    Sundarban, the largest delta in the world and is also the largest Mangrove Forest in the world. If you are lucky enough you can witness the Royal Bengal Tigers here.

    Location: Mangrove area in Bay of Bengal
    How to reach: It takes 3hrs from Kolkata by road or by train to reach Sundarban.
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to visit in Sundarbans: Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower; Sajnekhali Watch Tower; Bhagabatpur Crocodile Sanctuary
    Things to do: Visit Sajnekhali watch tower to watch wildlife, spend a full day and night in Boat in the midst of Matlla River
    Places to stay: Sundarban Safari Resort

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    16. Henry’s Island – A Serene Island

    Mangrove forests on the beach

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    Henry’s Beach is a Mangrove Forests that wonderfully serves as a weekend getaway from Kolkata. Its located on the western edge of the Sundarban, Henry’s Island is fast developing into in West Bengal’s favorite Beach Resort. Named after a British surveyor, who survived the area about a century ago.

    Location: Island near Bakkhali
    How to reach:
    Its 130 km from Kolkata, takes around 3-4 hours to reach by train or by road
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to visit in Henry’s Island: Henry’s Island Beach; Henry’s Island Watchtower
    Things to do: Bird Watching,Nature Walks, Bonfire Nights
    Places to stay: Indoy Hotel; Hotel Amarabati

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    17. Lepchajagat – For A Romantic Weekend Getaway

    The beautiful village of Lepchajagat

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    Lepchajagat is a small village located in wilderness at an altitude of 6,956 ft (i.e. 2123 meters) and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic weekend getaway for a couple of days, then Lepchajagat is the place for you.

    Location: Small village near Darjeeling
    How to reach: By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 4 hours drive from NJP
    Best Time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit in Lepchajagat: Jorpokhri; Pashupati Market; Ghum Monastery
    Things to do: Ghoom Rock
    Places to stay: Green Valley Homestay; Lepchajagat Silver Pine Homestay

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    18. Chalsa – Tea Gardens, Rivers And Forests

    Gorumara National Park in Chalsa

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    Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. Its a small town situated just on the foot of the Himalaya in the Dooars surrounded by hills, tea gardens, rivers and forests. Absolutely idyllic weekend getaway from Kolkata.

    Location: Town in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 2 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy seasons
    Places to visit in Chalsa: Gorumara National Park; Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
    Things to do:
    The visit in Gorumara National Park
    Places to stay: Sinclairs Retreat Dooars

    19. Junput – An Abode Of Peace

    The pristine beach of Junput

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    The calm waters of Bay of Bengal, an unspoiled, solitary beach and the grove of casuarina trees make Junput an abode of peace. What more can you ask from a weekend retreat from Kolkata?

    Location: Village in Purba Medinipur district
    How to Reach:
    4-5 hours by Road from Kolkata
    Best Time to visit: Oct- March
    Places to visit in Junput: Mondermoni
    Things to do: Witness the rare species of fishes, visit the Temple of Kapalkundala & the lighthouse in Dariapur
    Places to stay: Sunview Resort, Blooming Star Guest House, Green Valley 

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    20. Lava – A Serene Little Township

    A picturesque view of the Lava Monastery

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    Perched at an altitude of 2350 mtrs, a serene little Township, Lava is a picturesque landscape that can never be captured by words with splendour of nature, situated near Kolkata. Undoubtedly, it is the best weekend destination near Kolkata. 

    Location: Village in Kalimpong district
    How to reach:
    By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 4 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit in Lava: Lolaygaon; Lava Monastery
    Things to do: Visit the Lava Monastery, Neora Valley interpretation Center & Sangey Falls. A drive to sunset point at Tiffendhara (1.5 km ) or Trekking at Rechila are simply unforgettable
    Places to stay: Hotel Orchid Lava; Hotel Cerulean Inn

    21. MongPong – A Small Hill Village

    The picturesque hills of MongPong

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    Is the most mesmerizing landscape of eastern Himalayas. The cool breeze and soft melting glow of the sun will give you some unforgettable moments on your weekend trip from Kolkata. 

    Location: Village in Kalimpong district
    How to reach: By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 1 hour drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit in MongPong: Coronation Bridge; Mahananda Bridge Sanctuary
    Things to do: The banks of the tilting Teesta offer you beautiful picnic spots. You can also trek through the virgin forest
    Places to stay: Courtyard by Marriott Siliguri; Humro Home Ahaldara

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    22. Lolegaon – A Small Peaceful Hamlet

    A wooden walkway in Lolegaon

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    Its situated at an altitude of 1850 mtrs, in the midst of undulating slopes and adorned with towering Dhupi & Cypressus trees – a place of ethereal wilderness. Lolegaon is truly the best weekend trip from Kolkata.

    Location: Village in Kalimpong district
    How to reach:
    By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 4 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit Lolegaon: Rishyap; Neora Valley National Park; Changey Falls
    Things to do:
    Lolegaon offers a grand view of Ralli Valley & Himalayan Range. A visit to sunset view point at Jhandidhara (3.5 Km)or a go for a walk in Heritage Forest
    Places to stay: Mystic Orchid Retreat; Resort Tree Fern

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    23. Bishnupur – A Temple Town

    One of the terracotta temples in Bishnupur

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    Bishnupur (or Vishnupur) was the capital of the Mallabhum kingdom, once the most important Hindu dynasty in Bengal). Surrounded by old fortifications, the town has more than a dozen terracotta temples. It is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Kolkata. This is surely the most beautiful weekend trip near Kolkata.

    Location: City in West Bengal
    How to reach:
    By Train 3-4 hours from Kolkata.
    Best time to visit: November to February
    Places to visit in Bishnupur: Jor Bangla Temple; Lalji Temple
    Things to do: Visit the terracota temples which is a lost art of our country
    Places to stay: Amtala Guest House 

    24. Jaldhaka – A Picturesque Weekend Getaway

    The magnificent view of Jaldhaka

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    Jaldhaka is a picturesque weekend getaway from Kolkata. The gorgeous Jhalong River Camp is a charming landscape with nature at its mystic best.

    Location: River
    How to reach:
    By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 2-3 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit: Jaldhaka River Valley; Coronation Bridge
    Things to do: Hydel project is the star attraction. Trek to Neora Valley National Park
    Places to stay: Jaldhaka River View; Ritika Homestay

    25. Samsing – The Land Of Floating Clouds

    Campsites by the river banks in Samsing

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    The land of floating clouds and endless maze of green will leave an everlasting sense of satisfaction in the heart. Samsing is an idyllic, peaceful weekend getaway from Kolkata. This is the best weekend trip near Kolkata.

    Location: A village in Jalpaiguri district
    How to reach: By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 2 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit in Samsing: Lali Guras; Samsing View Point; Neora Valley National Park
    Things to do:
    Picnic on the bank of the Suntaleykhola. Drive or trek through the steep serpentine to Tree fern Point
    Places to stay: Amantran Resort

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    26. Jaldapara – Home To Famous One Horned Rhino

    The magnificent view of Jaldhaka

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    Jaldapara National Park is situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar, West Bengal. It is the home to famous one horned Rhino and many other varied and endangered wildlife species. Head here for the best weekend destination from Kolkata.

    Location: National Park in Alipurduar District
    How to reach: By Train 10 hours journey (to New Jalpaiguri) from Kolkata then 3 hours drive from NJP
    Best time to visit: Anytime of the year avoiding the rainy season
    Places to visit in Jaldapara: Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary; Chilapata
    Things to do: Indulge in the Jungle Safari
    Places to stay: Jaldapara Tourist Lodge; Hollong Eco Village Resort; Babusona Homestay

    27. Mayapur – A Religious Site

    temple in mayapur

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    If you are looking for best weekend getaways from Kolkata, then Mayapur is an amazing place to be. With Hugli on one side and Jalangi on the other, Mayapur offers peaceful environ and verdant greenery. The place has a reputation of being a religious site in Kolkata and is part of one of the nine islands of Nabadwip. Enjoy a tranquil getaway in the religious and calm atmosphere of Mayapur. It is a great place for some soul-searching.

    Location: Situated adjacent to Nabadwip
    How to reach:
    It is 130 km away from Kolkata. You can take a train from Kolkata to Nabadwip and then hail a cab to Mayapur (30 km)
    Best time to visit: November-February
    Places to visit in Mayapur: Chandrodaya Temple; Samadhi of Prabhupada; Shree Chaitanyamath
    Things to do:
    Visit ISKCON to connect with God or for spiritual fulfillment
    Places to stay: Jagannath Guest House

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    28. Mukutmanipur – For A Peaceful Vacation

    Mukutmanipur

    Mukutmanipur is one of the popular weekend getaways from Kolkata. If you are looking to spend a peaceful vacation, plan a visit to this small tranquil town. Crystal clear water, lush green forest and beautiful hills attracts tourists in large number to this place.

    Location: Village in West Bengal
    How to reach: It is 206 km away from Kolkata. You can take a train from Kolkata to Bankura and then take a bus or a cab to reach Mukutmanipur
    Best time to visit: October-March
    Places to visit in Mukutmanipur: Parasnath Hills; Kangsabati River; Ambikanagar; Deer Park
    Things to do: Visit the famous deer park, Kangsabati dam and soak in the serene vibe
    Places to stay: Aranyak Resort Mukutmanipur, Peerless Resort, Hotel Pink Rose

    29. Bankura – Temples, Adventure Sports And More

    Temples

    Bankura is one of the best weekend trips from Kolkata. The town is famous for its remarkable history, temples and more. It also offers numerous adventure sports. All these things together attracts tourists from across the world. Susunia Hill, Bishnupur and Koko Hill are some of the best places to visit in this temple town.

    Location: District in West Bengal
    How to reach: Bankura is located at a distance of just 170km from Kolkata and can be easily reached by taxi or bus
    Best time to visit: October-March
    Places to visit in Bankura: Bishnupur; Jayrambati; Mukutmonipur
    Things to do: Trekking and hiking are the popular things to do here apart from exploring temples and famous hills like Koko Hill
    Places to stay: Maa Laxmi Lodge, Hotel Priyadarsini, Deshbandhu Lodge

    30. Piyali Island – A Haven For Birdwatchers

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    Visiting the pristine Piyali island is one of the perfect weekend trip from Kolkata.  It is located just 72 km away from Kolkata and is a must-visit place for bird lovers. Famous for providing peace and tranquility, this island is home to several bird species and is also a great picnic option.

    Location: 75 km from Sundarbans National Park
    How to reach:
    It takes ideally 2.5 hours from Kolkata to reach Piyali island. You can travel by private vehicle or reach Barasat by train. Barasat is the nearest railway station from this island
    Best time to visit: October-December
    Places to visit near Piyali Island: Dobanki Watch Tower; Netidhopani
    Things to do: Witness the rich flora and fauna, explore the surrounding villages and interact with locals
    Places to stay: Santibon Village, Sundarban Gateway, Sundarban Welcome Homestay

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    31. Kamarpukur – Enjoy Simple Rural Life

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    Kamarpukur is one of the best weekend getaways from Kolkata. If you are tired of the regular hustle and bustle of the city life, a visit to this small cluster of villages will recharge you. Enjoy the simple lifestyle of the people here and the scenic beauty of the place. Do head here for the best weekend destination from Kolkata.

    Location: Village in Hooghly District
    How to reach: Kamarpukur is at a distance of 110 km from Kolkata. You can either take a bus or reach by a private vehicle. The nearest railway station to Kamarpukur is Tarakeswar Railway Station (45 km)
    Best time to visit: October-December
    Places to visit in Kamarpukar: Simhavahini Temple; Punya Pukur; Jairambati Math
    Things to do: Enjoy boating at various water bodies including tanks and canals
    Places to stay: Hotel Ananya; Sarada Lodge

    32. Jhargram – For Nature Lovers

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    Jhargram can be a perfect option for your weekend destination near Kolkata. It is a small city known for its cultural and historical background. Famed for its ancient temples, royal palaces, forests; it is a must-visit attraction for the tourists visiting Kolkata.

    Location: A city in Jhargram district
    How to reach: Jhargram has a railway station of its own. Alternatively, you can drive on your own by taking National Highway 6 which connects Kolkata and Jhargram
    Best time to visit: October-February
    Places to visit in Jhargram: Chilkigarh Kanak Durga Temple; Sabitri Mandir; Kendua
    Things to do: Enjoy bird watching and take photo walks in the forest
    Places to stay: Jhargram Eshani Hotels and Guest House, Somani Lodge

    33. Belur Math – A Pilgrimage Pursuit

    Belur Math Temple

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    Situated 10.5 km away from the city of Kolkata, Belur Math is an ideal place to visit during weekend getaways from Kolkata. It is a pilgrimage site and the temple is visited by many travelers from around the world irrespective of their religion.

    Location: A hindu temple near Kolkata
    How to reach: Local trains; Buses; Taxis
    Best time to visit:  6:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Places to Visit In Belur Math: The Samadhi Enclosure; The Old Shrine; Swami Vivekananda’s room
    Things to do: Visit the temple
    Places to stay: Belur Math Indian Guest House; Fabhotel De Sivalika

    34. Ganga Sagar – A Blend Of Natural And Religious Charm

    Ganga Sagar In the Evening

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    Ganga Sagar is a coast situated at a distance of approximately 108.4 km from Kolkata. It is a great weekend destination near Kolkata. It is the place where Sagar Mela is held every year which is a huge fair that draws people from everywhere. One can also opt to go on a trek in this area.

    Location: Island in the Ganges delta
    How to reach: Through a bus to Kakdwip and then through a boat 
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to Visit In Ganga Sagar: The Sagar Beach; Ganga Sagar Mela; Kamil Muni Temple
    Things to do: Enjoy a holy dip
    Places to stay: Hotel Grey Castle; Hotel Queen 

    35. Jamshedpur – India’s First Planned City

    Jamshedpur at Night

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    Nestled in between Subarnarekha and Kharkai rivers, Jamshedpur is situated at a distance of 286.4 km from Kolkata. One of the highlights of this place is the Tata Steel Zoological Park. This town has a beautifully planned arena and is India’s first planned city.

    Location: A city in Jharkhand
    How to reach: Flights; Buses; Taxis
    Best time to visit: November to  February
    Places to Visit In Jamshedpur: Dimna Lake; Jubilee Park
    Things to do: Shopping; Go on a nature stroll in various parks and sanctuaries
    Places to stay: Fortune Park Centre Point; Ramada Jamshedpur

    36. Konark – Beholding A UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Konark Temple

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    No trip to Konark is complete without a trip to the Sun Temple. It is one of the best places to visit on weekend getaways from Kolkata. It is situated at a distance of approximately 501.9 km. Another thing that lures travelers here is the annual dance festival. 

    Location: A town in Puri district
    How to reach: Trains and then taxis
    Best time to visit: September to March
    Places to Visit In Konark: Sun Temple; ASI Museum
    Things to do: Go on a temple tour and beach tour; Attend the annual dance festival
    Places to stay: Lotus Eco Resort; Toshali Sands

    37. Purulia – For A Weekend Getaway Amidst Nature

    Purulia Temple

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    With an abundance of natural beauty, Purulia offers a sight to behold. Therefore, making it an ideal place to visit for nature lovers. It is situated at a distance of approximately 298.1 km from Kolkata. It is another amazing weekend destination near Kolkata.

    Location: District in West Bengal
    How to reach: Buses; Taxis; Trains
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to Visit In Purulia: Baranti Reservoir; Rakab Forest
    Things to do: Witness Chau dance and pata nach
    Places to stay: Hotel Akash Sarovar; Sagar Raj Resort

    38. Cuttack – Cultural Capital Of Odisha

    A temple in Cuttack

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    Cuttack is situated approximately 426.5 km away from Kolkata. It is also known as the cultural capital of Odisha. The city is famous for woven textiles, silver filigree works, and exotic Dussehra celebrations.

    Location: City in Odisha
    How to reach: By Flights – Biju Patnaik Airport (25 km); Train; Buses
    Best time to visit: July to March
    Places to Visit In Cuttack: Barabati Fort; Bhitarkanika National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary; Cuttack Chandi Temple
    Things to do: Go on a temple tour; Visit the historical attractions
    Places to stay: Grand Residency Hotel; The Blue Lagoon Premium

    39. Nabadwip – A Religious Center

    Nabadwip Railway Station

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    Nabadwip is situated at a short distance of approximately 136.1 km from Kolkata. This place is best known for its devotion to God Krishna. It circles an area surrounding a total of 200 temples. This place is known to be protected from the hardships of both time and tide. It is an apt place to explore for a weekend destination near Kolkata.

    Location: A city in Nadia district
    How to reach: Trains; Buses
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to Visit In Nabadwip: Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math; Radha Rani Temple
    Things to do: Go on a temple tour
    Places to stay: Shree Krishna Guest House; Hotel Haveli

    40. Haldia – A Bustling River Port

    Haldi River

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    Well-known as a foreign trade point, Haldia is situated at a distance of approximately 118.4 km away from Kolkata. Over time, this river port has gained the interest of many travelers.

    Location: River port in Purba Medinipur district
    How to reach: Train (railway station is 4 km away); Taxi
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Places to Visit In Haldia: Sataku; Mahishadal Rajbari and Goplajew Temple
    Things to do: Shopping; Temple tour
    Places to stay: The Golden Retreat; Ganga Kutir; Hotel East Coast

    Tips For Traveling

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    Listed below are some of the tips to keep in mind while exploring the weekend getaways from Kolkata.

    • Make sure the best time to visit and the weather forecast before planning your weekend getaways.
    • Go through the official websites of the attractions to get information about the updated entry fee.
    • Abide by the rules and regulations provided by the authorities.
    • Do not indulge in smoking or drinking in public places.
    • Always make sure to carry a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.
    • Take note of the updated visiting timings from the official websites of the attractions.
    • If you are headed for treks and hikes for the first time in a particular place, make sure to accompany a tour guide.
    • Ensure that you maintain social distancing and wear masks.

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    If you ever plan a trip to West Bengal, don’t just visit Kolkata and Darjeeling. Explore beyond. Make sure you have plenty of days aside to check out these alluring weekend getaways. Head to these places for an ultimate weekend and have unlimited cherished memories on your holiday.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Weekend Getaways From Kolkata

    What are some weekend destinations near Kolkata in monsoon?

    Jamunadighi, Tajpur and Bagriposi are among the best pick if you are looking for a quick monsoon escape from Kolkata. The weather in the mentioned places stays pleasant and favorable during this time of the year, with landscape getting greener with every rainfall.

    Where can you go for a weekend trip in West Bengal?

    Bakkhali, Tajpur, Mandarmani, Digha, Rishyap, Shankarpur, and Sundarbans are some of the best places to visit in West Bengal, on a weekend trip.

    How far is Kolkata from Shantiniketan?

    Shantiniketan is situated at a distance of approximately 162 km from Kolkata.

    What are the top places to visit in Jamshedpur?

    Jubilee Park Dimma Lake Here a few amazing places to visit in Kamshedpur: Tata Steel Zoological Park, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Hudco Lake, Russi Modi and Centre for Excellence.

    How far is Lava from Kolkata?

    Lava is situated at a distance of approximately 676 km from Kolkata.

    List top places to visit in Konark?

    Here are a few top places to visit in Konark: Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, ASI Museum and Astaranga Beach.

    When does the Konark Dance Festival take place?

    The Konark Dance Festival usually takes place in the month of February. This year, it took place from 7th to 9th February, 2020.

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