Kolkata is a city which is known for its heritage and rich culture, along with its spectacular attractions in the form of forts, parks, museums and temples. Apart from that the spirited people of Kolkata are known to celebrate the festival of Durga Puja with vigour every October. A trip to the city of Kolkata will definitely make it worth the tourist's time.
Working long hours, the hassles of everyday life and stress can make a person look forward to the weekends more than anything else. If you are are in the city of Kolkata and looking for places to escape to during the weekends, then here are a few options.
Located at a distance of 165 km from Kolkata, Mandarmani is a scenic beachside village in the district of Midnapore.
It lies along the Kolkata-Digha route and this place proves to be a great way to spend some peaceful time with family and friends, away from the polluted city. Mandarmani can be reached by road and the nearest railway station is Contai of Kolkata, which is just 26 km away.
Bakkhali is about 125 km away from the city of Kolkata and is an 7 km long beach which impresses the visitors with its natural beauty. This place can be reached by road and there are two islands to be visited here namely the Jambudwip and Lothian, which can only be accessed by motorboats. There is also a watch tower, a crocodile park and Bishalakshmi temple here.
Sajnekhali is located in the famous Sunderbans, about 130 km away from Kolkata. This place houses the Royal Bengal Tiger and also a number of other species of birds and animals. There is a watch tower here which allows the visitors to get the complete view of the forest. Sajnekhali also houses a Nature Interpretation Center along with a turtle farm, crocodile park and a shark pond. The best time to visit is from September to March.
Located in North Bengal, the Mulkharka Lake is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and is well-known for its natural charm. This lake is also known as the ‘Wishing Lake' and can be reached by taking a trek from a village called Lingzey. On the way the visitors come across sights such as Buddhist monasteries, waterfalls, the great Kanchenjunga peak and amazing greenery.
Situated in the Nadia district of West Bengal, Krishnanagar is another weekend attraction that is famous for its literary culture and heritage.
At a distance of about 100 km from Kolkata, Krishnanagar has a locality called Ghurni where one can witness artists making beautiful sculptures of deities, humans etc, from clay. There is also the Rajbari Palace and a Roman Catholic Church here.