Summer Spots to Visit From Kolkata

BETHUADAHARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: Bethuadahari is a manmade forest located beside NH 34 in the Nadia district of West Bengal. This wildlife sanctuary can be reached by travelling 137 km from Kolkata.

This sanctuary accommodates a variety of species in nearly a 500 bigha biodiverse region. Birds, deer, jackals, Bengal fox, porcupines, lizards, pythons and other animals can be spotted here along with some very precious trees and shrubs. The sanctuary blooms in colour and sound during the summer months.

Several guest houses and lodges offer affordable food and accommodation. Cottages in the premises of the forest can also be booked in advance by contacting the Forest Department.

Time to reach by road from Howrah Railway Station: About 4 hours.

SAJNEKHALI

Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is about 130 km away from the city of Kolkata, at the confluence of Malta River and Gumdi River. Apart from being home to the Bengal Tiger, Sajnekhali also hosts a variety of birds species. You can get a scenic view of the lush green Sundarban mangroves from the watch tower and spot deer, tigers, and other animals. The Nature Interpretation Centre should be visited for more insights into the lives of the inhabitants of the river delta. Amongst the other must visit spots to experience the fauna up close are the turtle farm, the crocodile farm and the shark inhabited pond.

Spend some time watching the boats sail leisurely in the river or read a book on the deck. If you are lucky you might even spot the rare fishing cat or a wild boar. Macaques, flying fox, chital, pangolin and other animals also inhabit the forest.

It is a perfect place for bird watching too. You can spot many exotic birds like the Spotted Billed Pelican, Fish Eagle, Osprey Herring Gull, Open Billed Stork, different kinds of Heron, Kingfisher, Paradise Flycatcher to name a few.

Interact with the locals from the nearby village communities for an indigenous feel of the place. Though the best time to visit Sajnekhali is between September and March for the favourable weather, the summer rain also attracts a number of travellers for the frenzy forestry feel.

Time to reach by road from Howrah Railway Station: 5 hours.

HENRY ISLAND

Henry Island is located in Bakkhali, which is around 130 km from Kolkata. Being an isolated island, it is often referred to as a virgin beach. The path leading to the secluded beach is covered by a canopy of lush green trees. It really is like being in one of those marvellous looking wallpapers.

The natural concave arch of leaves and vines at the end of the trail makes it all the more breathtaking. The beach stretches along the glorious Bay of Bengal. With its sparkling sand and blue-green water, it is nothing less than a VFX scene from an American movie.

Stay at one of the many hotels in Bakkhali, visit the other beaches nearby, try loads of seafood, hire a cycle and enjoy the tranquillity of nature. You will surely lose your heart to the beautiful sunset!

Time to reach by road from Howrah Railway Station: 5 hours if you start early.

JAMBU DWEEP

Jambu dweep is a mangrove island that is situated about 130 km away from Kolkata in the peninsular region of West Bengal. You can reach this region after a boat ride of 30 to 45 minutes from Bakkhali. It is a small and scenic island whose ends can be met within the corners of your eyes. It is mesmerizingly beautiful with almost zero footfall on an average day. You can start your day with a meditation on the beach, play volleyball or football or even have a picnic under the trees. Travellers often spot migratory birds, seabirds and red crabs.

Time to reach by road from Howrah Railway Station: 6 hours.

This article gives information about the summer spots in Kolkata, West Bengal. The eastern part of India is bordered by the Bay of Bengal and has many such precious little pockets of beauty. This article is aimed at educating travellers about those islands and forest reserves to help them plan their next weekend getaway successfully.

 

Holidays in India – Hill Stations to Visit This Summer

India is a dream holiday destination for millions of holidaymakers. The country offers endless tourism opportunities with exceptional hospitality. It has all that can mesmerize any kind of tourist whether he is a nature lover, adventure and wildlife enthusiast, want to spend some time on sun-kissed beaches, or looking pleasure of Ayurvedic treatments. Natural beauty of the country is globally acclaimed and its hill stations can be the best way to explore it.

Let us explore some popular hill towns of the country.

Shimla
Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and famed as the “Queen of Hill Stations”. It is also one of the finest hill stations in India. Surrounded by beautiful hill peaks, lush green forests, and beautiful fruit orchards, the place is equally popular among couples and nature lovers. It is visited by large numbers of tourists throughout the year but particularly more crowded in summers due to pleasing cool weather.

Manali
Manali is another beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh located at the northern end of Kullu Valley at the banks of Beas River. Manali is also a globally famed adventure tourism spot in India. It is a perfect place for many adventures sports like ski, parachuting, paragliding, river rafting, and mountain biking and cycling. The place receives huge snowfall in each winter. Those who want enjoy snowy cold weather can visit this place in winters.

Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a tranquil hill station in West Bengal at Lesser Himalayans. It is a place where one can relax amid the abundant beauty of nature and tranquility. The town is surrounded by verdant hill peaks, lush green forest areas, and tea gardens. Well known as Toy Trains, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is the most important attraction and best way to explore the serene natural beauty of the place. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways has been also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ooty
Ooty is the most beautiful hill station in South India. It is located amid Blue Mountains in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is known for its tranquil and beautiful surroundings in all over the world. It has beautiful lakes, tea gardens, and dense forest areas. Many interesting sites are also located in and around this city. Fernhills Palace, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, St. Stephen’s Church, and Tribal Museum are the most worth visit places in surroundings of the town.

Munnar
Located on the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala, Munnar is a beautiful hill station. It is immense popular spot for lovers in India. The place is known for deep valleys covered with low flying clouds and fogs, mountains, lakes, tea gardens, and rich collection of flora and fauna.