( Excursion )
( 19 km ) An impressive oasis of green trees and plants
especially noted for its gigantic over 200 years old Banyan tree
at the Dakshineshwar. Kali Temple is famous for its associations
with Sri. Ramkrishna.
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
( 166 km ) Sunderbans is a large unbroken swamp criss-crossed by
a network of rivers, Channels and creeks at the mouth of rivers,
the Ganga and the Brahmputra rivers. Sunderbans covers a vast area
of 1,629 sq. km and was declared a reserve between 1928 and 1943.
the tiger leads an almost amphibious life in Sunderbans. Sunderbans'
estuaries support a variety of marine life which include the salt
water crocodile and the Olive Ridley turtle. Leopards and fishing
cats are also found in fair numbers in Sunderbans. Accommodation
is available at Forest Lodge at Sajankhali.
( 185 km ) A beautiful beach and a popular holiday resort
with a 6 km long beach, is said to be one of the widest in the world.
It is a five hours drive from Kolkata which is well-connected with
Kolkata by good motorable road. Shankarpur is another virgin beach,
10 km from Digha. Frazergani is entirely a different beach. It is
pure and holds the charm of a unspoilt beach. It can be accessed
from Kolkata. It is also famous for the migratory birds that can
be sighted over here.
Maharshi Debendranath, father of Rabindranath Tagore, had
founded an Ashram here in 1863 AD. Almost 40 years later, Rabindranath
started an open-air school at Shantiniketan that gradually developed
into an international university named Visva Bharti where the cultures
of the East and the West meet in common fellowship and thereby strengthen
the fundamental conditions of world peace.
Shantiniketan is 211 km from Kolkata and there are regular bus services.
A Culturally and religiously important destination it also
has an exceptionally good beach for tourists. Situated on the island
in the Sunderbans, it holds the charm of a completely unspoilt beach
on the estuary of the mighty Ganga. It can be approached from Kolkata
( 25 km ) A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Hoogly
( 51 km ) The Hoogly river turns here towards the sea. Bakkhali
( 132 ) is famous for gold beach.
( 100 km ) Krishnagar can be reached by road or rail from Kolkata
( 100 km ). The town on the banks of the Jalani river, is famous
for its toy and clay models. The Krishnanagr Palace and the Roman
Catholic Church are worth seeing.
(114 km ) The birth place of Saint Chaitanya is the scene of many