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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.

    Weekend Getaways From Kolkata

    So, here’s your ultimate weekend getaway bucket list from the hustle-bustle of Kolkata

    • Ravangla
    • Bakkhali
    • Tajpur
    • Shantiniketan
    • Kurseong
    • Mandarmani
    • Rinchenpong
    • Digha
    • Roopark Village
    • Rishyap
    • Puri
    • Shankarpur
    • Uttarey
    • Kalimpong
    • Sundarbans
    • Henry’s Island
    • Lepchajagat
    • Chalsa
    • Junput
    • Lava
    • MongPong
    • Lolegaon
    • Bishnupur
    • Jaldhaka
    • Samsing
    • Jaldapara
    • Mayapur

    1. Ravangla

    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.

    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: 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.


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    2. Bakkhali

    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.

    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: 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.

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    3. Tajpur

    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.

    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: One can visit other near-by beaches like Mandarmoni, Shankarpur and Junput, and of course the famous Digha
    Things to do: Water sports & Paragliding

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    4. Shantiniketan

    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.

    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: 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

    5. Kurseong

    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.

    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: 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.


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    6. Mandarmani

    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

    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: 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.

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    7. Rinchenpong

    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.

    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: Nigdoh, Rinchenpong Monastery, The Rhododendron sanctuary
    Things to do: Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Trekking

    8. Digha

    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.

    How to reach: Its 195 km from Kolkata. It takes 4 hours to reach Digha by Road/ Train.
    Best Time to visit: September to March
    Places to Visit: Nearby Places Shankarpur, Mandarmoni, Chandaneshwar, Talsari, Mohona.
    Things to do: Watersports, Walking on the beach & don’t miss to taste sea foods.

    9. Roopark Village, Panchalingeswar

    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.

    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: 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

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    10. Rishyap

    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.

    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: 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.

    11. Puri

    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.

    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: Konark Temple, Nandan kanan (Zoo), Dolphin point, Chilka Lake, Udaygiri
    Things to do: Swim in the sea. Contact Nulias (local fishermen) who will take you into the deeper waters for a great experience for just Rs. 25

    12. Shankarpur

    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.

    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: One can visit Mandarmoni beach, equally beautiful (32 km away)

    13. Uttarey

    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.

    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
    Ideal Weekend Duration: 2 days
    Places to Visit: 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.

    14. Kalimpong

    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 forluxury weekend getaways from Kolkata, this is the place.

    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: Durpin Monastery, Lepcha Museum, Deolo Hill
    Things to do: Watching Bird, Trekking

    15. Sundarbans

    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.

    How to reach: It takes 3hrs from Kolkata by road or by train to reach Sundarban.
    Best time to visit: October to March
    Things to do: Visit Sajnekhali watch tower to watch wildlife, spend a full day and night in Boat in the midst of Matlla River.

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    16. Henry’s 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.

    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
    Things to do: Bird Watching,Nature Walks, Bonfire Nights

    17. Lepchajagat

    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.

    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
    Things to do: Ghoom Rock (Sun Rise Point)1.5 Km

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    18. Chalsa

    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.

    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
    Things to do: The visit in Gorumara National Park

    19. Junput

    The pristine beach of Junput

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    The calm waters of Bay of Bengal, an unspoilt, 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?

    How to Reach: 4-5 hours by Road from Kolkata
    Best Time to visit: Oct- March
    Things to do: Witness the rare species of fishes, visit the Temple of Kapalkundala & the lighthouse in Dariapur.

    20. Lava

    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

    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
    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.

    21. MongPong

    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 in your weekend holiday.

    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
    Things to do: The banks of the tilting Teesta offer you beautiful picnic spots. You can also trek through the virgin forest.

    22. Lolegaon

    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.

    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
    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.

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    23. Bishnupur

    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.

    How to reach: By Train 3-4 hours from Kolkata.
    Best time to visit: November to February
    Things to do: Visit the terracota temples which is a lost art of our country.

    24. Jaldhaka

    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.

    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
    Things to do: Hydel project is the star attraction. Trek to Neora valley National Park.

    25. Samsing

    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.

    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
    Things to do: Picnic on the bank of the Suntaleykhola. Drive or trek through the steep serpentine to Tree fern Point.

    26. Jaldapara

    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 an adventurous getaway.

    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
    Things to do: Indulge in the Jungle Safari

    27. Mayapur

    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.

    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
    Things to do: Visit ISKCON to connect with God or for spiritual fulfillment

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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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    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.


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