Top Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

Top Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

Kolkata, the city of Joy, is not only about being an ethnic treat but it is home to marvellous colonial buildings, trams, Bengali savoury treats, fun and energy-filled football clubs and the genius of its people towards literature as well. There are many retreats and tourist spots to discover within the city and also around the city, easily reachable through one's private transport or public transport. These destinations prove to be ideal for tourist escapades, so check the list below!!

1. Sunderbans

The pride of Kolkata and India, The Sunderbans forests, consist of the thickest mangrove cover in the world and also the largest delta on Earth. The Sunderbans are also home to the beast, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Owing to the rich flora and fauna, one should solemnly consider this as a favourable weekend escape from the cityscape. 
 
Distance from Kolkata: 130 km
 
How to Reach: One can either take a flight, the nearest airport being Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport (109 km) or Canning railhead (48 km). One can opt for waterways to reach Sunderbans.
 
Best Time to Visit: September to March are the best months to visit Sunderbans as the winters are pleasant. 
 
Hotel Price: 3000 to 5000 per person
 
Things to do: Wildlife Safari, sightseeing, birdwatching.

2. Mayapur

Mayapur, a famous religious retreat near Kolkata, is indeed a biblical and spiritual getaway. One can explore the variety of temples and spiritual complexes at this place, their history and the knowledge of Vedic principles. Having the Hooghly river on a side and Jalangi on the other, this place is purely a personification of peace. 
 
Distance from Kolkata: 123.4 km: 3 hours 34 minutes via NH12
 
How to Reach: One can finds Trains to Krishnanagar from Howrah and a flight to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport to reach Mayapur.
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Mayapur is the winter season from October- November and February.
 
Hotel Price: 1000 to 3000 per person
 
Things to do: Visiting Temples, sightseeing

3. Roopark Village

Roopark Village, a rather small but beautiful village, is another popular weekend getaway around Kolkata. This small tribal spot offers a charming and surreal experience to the tourists in the lap of nature. This place is also best known for its rejuvenation powers and is a must-visit. 
 
Distance from Kolkata: 10 km: 20 mins via Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Rd
 
How to Reach: One can drive through or reach the nearest airport in Kolkata
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from October to March
 
Hotel Price: 1000 to 2000 per person
 
Things to do: Wildlife safari, sightseeing, nature walks.

4. Shantiniketan

If cultural surroundings are your go-to, then Shantiniketan is the right destination for you. Easily reachable via a road trip, the little enchanting town of Shantiniketan is widely known for the contributions of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's contributions. As a poet, writer, painter and composer, he worked to the best levels in making this a worthy educational hub. This place is also famous for meditation spots and ancient museums. 
 
Distance from Kolkata: 163 km
 
How to Reach: The airport in Kolkata and the Howrah railway station is the nearest. Cabs and buses are also used to commute
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from July to February, during monsoons
 
Hotel Price: 1000 to 3000 per person
 
Things to do: Exploring museums and Historical spots, sightseeing, meditating at Chattimala.

5. Bodh Gaya

Are you inspired by Lord Buddha's teachings and principles? Then Bodh Gaya is the perfect weekend getaway for you. Close to Kolkata, this place offers spiritual peace and knowledge to Buddhists as well as Non- Buddhists. This tranquil place is home to the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, indicating the spot where Buddha is believed to attain enlightenment., under a Bodhi tree.
 
Distance from Kolkata: 473 km: 10 hours
 
How to Reach: The nearest rail head is Gaya Junction (13 km) and Patna Airport (110 km). One can take cabs or buses to reach further to the spot.
 
Best Time to Visit: The peak tourist season is from October to March
 
Hotel Price: 1000 to 3000 per person
 
Things to do: Visit Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree, explore the cultural spots.

6. Chandipur

This seaside paradise is for people looking for a break from the hustle of work and life in Kolkata. Chandipur is a perfect destination counted for serenity and solitude. This is one of the most beautiful weekend getaways owing to its biblical waterfront and glowy sands of magnificent beaches. 
 
Distance from Kolkata: 265 km
 
How to Reach: Balasore Railway Station is the nearest along with Bhubhaneshwar Airport. 
 
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Chandipur is from July to March as monsoons create pleasant weather.
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
 
Things to do: Seaside walks, exploring the serenity of the beaches and the conjuncture of River Budhabalang with the sea.

7. Puri

The most famous getaway from Kolkata, from beaches to religious spots, Puri offers everything to the tourists coming there. It is a prominent religious site for Hindus, as it is home to the 12th century Jagannath Temple. The Konark Sun Temple is of utmost importance as well. One can also visit the numerous beaches and craft villages around the area. The place is famous for the Rath Yatra held every year.
 
Distance from Kolkata: 504 km: 10 hours 30 minutes
 
How to Reach: The Bubhaneshwar Airport is 56 km away, and the Puri Railway Junction is well connected with the other cities. One can take cabs or buses.
 
Best Time to Visit: Months from October to February are ideal to visit Puri as the weather is cool and pleasant.
 
Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
 
Things to do: Visit Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach, sightseeing, spiritual exploration.

Author: Aanchal Shah

Bio: Aanchal is a student of Computer Science in Bangalore.Apart from being a technlogy enthusiast, she is passionate about literature and has had amazing experiences working with established organisations.She is thrilled to be a part of TripClap.
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