The ‘City of Joy’ or Kolkata is known for its people who love to live every bit of their lives. They are fond of travelling and with the mercury dropping with each passing days, they are getting ready with their backpacks. There are so many amazing weekend destinations near Kolkata which can be easily reached by cars.
Located at a distance of 250 Kilometres, Mukutmanipur is nestled against scenic hills, forests and rivers. The adjoining dam is the centre of attraction where tourists and picnic revellers come for joy boat rides. Starting from Kolkata, one can reach this place in about 6 to 7 hours.
Bishnupur is located about 151 Kilometres away from Kolkata and this city is famous for many things. Terracotta temples, famous Baluchari saris and a nostalgic charm of an old city constitute Bishnupur. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach here from Kolkata by car. You could visit Bishnupur along with your friends and family. The months of winter is the ideal time for visit given the comfortable weather conditions.
History seems to have taken a stopover here in Shantiniketan. Nobel laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagore started his open school in the year 1901 which is still considered a revolutionary ideology in the stream of education. History is strewn across its corners and every year ‘Poush Mela’ is organised here on the 7th day of the month of ‘Poush’ (according to Bengali calender). The fair mostly takes place in the last week of the month of December. Shantiniketan is located 179 Kilometres away and you can reach there by car in 6 to 7 hours.
One of the finest sea beaches of West Bengal, Digha is located at a distance of 185 Kilometres from Kolkata. A picturesque sea beach with swaying Casuarina trees lined up along it, Digha is a paradise for beach lovers and foodies particularly fond of seafood. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach here by car on rent.
West Bengal has so many varieties of natural splendour that one is spoilt for choices. If Digha is a paradise for beach lovers, Samsing is the same but for the lovers of hills and lush green coniferous forests. Samsing is the getaway to the ‘Queen of Hills’ Darjeeling. We bet, anyone will fall for the charms of Samsing, the pristine glade, the untouched villages, the emerald green Murti river and orange orchards that blossom during the winters. It is located about 638 Kilometres away from Kolkata and can be reached by car in about 15 hours.
Only the luckiest ones can grab a sight of Royal Bengal tigers in the world’s largest Delta and mangrove forest area. However, there are crocodiles, deers, turtles, eagles and many varieties of wildlife out there. A heaven for nature lovers, Sundarbans is situated about 125 Kilometres away and when you rent a car in Kolkata you could reach there in 3 to 4 hours.
You can reach these weekend destinations by your private car or a rented cab. This winter, visit the nearby weekend destinations in Kolkata along with your family. Enjoy every moment of your trip.