Weekend getaways from Kolkata
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Kolkata is famous for its people, their culture, food, music, literature and the movies. It is one of the most densely populated cities in India along the banks of river Ganga with a heritage as dense. If Bangalore is the Seattle of India, then Kolkata is the sub-continent's London. It is an 'in your face' city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. Friendlier than India’s other metropolises, this is a city you ‘feel’ more than simply visit. Walk the chaotic back alleys, ride the Hooghly ferries. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals.
The history of the city stretches back over 2000 years. The area first appears as the ancient capital of Kalinga. Bhubaneshwar India, the 'city of temples', named after Tribhuvaneswar, 'Lord of Three Worlds', still preserves over 500 of India's finest temples, around which the religious life of the city revolves.
Konark is one of the most famous heritage sites of India. Konark means Kona Arka – “Sun at an angle”. The entire structure faces east. There are three series of gaps in between the ornate pillars of the natamandir. The temple is built such that only on the two equinox days (March 20/21, September 22/23) the rising sun’s rays pass through the center gap and fall on the deity in the temple.
The Sundarbans is a natural region comprising southern Bangladesh and a small part in Eastern India. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sundarbans South, East and West are three protected forests in Bangladesh. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is the largest reserves for the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Digha is a seaside resort city in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in East Midnapore district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach with gentle waves extending up to 7 km in length. It is the most popular sea resort in the West Bengal. The latest attraction of New Digha is the Science Centre established by the National Council of Science Museums. The entire stretch of the Digha seaface from Old Digha to New Digha is filled with casuarina plantations, which looks beautiful.
Ranchi is the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, and its third most populous city of the state. Ranchi packs in a handful of variety in itself. Along with the temples it has to offer, it also has the excitement of visiting a deer park, a wildlife sanctuary and the Muta Crocodile Breeding Farm which is a unique exposure. To top it off, Ranchi city provides all modern luxuries for a vacation that is full of leisure. The Tribal Research Institute and Museum depicts their culture, helping the tourist in understanding tribal rituals and customs. Most waterfalls run here all year long, and watching silvery sheets of water cascading down mountains, in Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Dassam Falls is an unforgettable sight. The Jagannath Temple, Angrabari and Pahari Mandir are worth a visit. There is also the Ranchi Lake, providing the perfect station for relaxation after a day of sightseeing. At the Birsa Zoological Park located near Ormanjhi, one can view animals like Bears, Nilgai, Sambar and Chital in their natural environs. All in all it is a destination for a family vacation, packing in something for everyone.
For the north eastern region, after Guwahati, if there is one important city it is Agartala, the capital of Tripura. It is the second largest city of the region on the basis on of the municipal area and population. Located just 2 kilometres from Bangladesh, Agartala is also a cultural hub. It is located in western Tripura, and the Haroa River crosses the city. In this city, recreation, adventure and culture all come together. Also the rich flora and fauna adds to the flavour of the city making Agartala tourism interesting. There are several tourist places of interest in and around Agartala. It is one of the few cities in the Northeast which has effortlessly accommodated modernity while retaining the old, glorious heritage. While the city is filled with palaces and other princely estates, it has also gracefully allowed the modern building to mushroom adding new colours and fabric to the place.
Tura the headquarter of West Garo Hills, which was also the headquarter of composite Garo Hills before two more districts of East and South Garo Hills were created, is 323 kms. from Shillong via Guwahati named after a powerful goddess Durama-Imbama, this Tura town is situated at the foot of Tura peak. 5 kms higher at 1400m the peak offers some of the finest views of the hills against a backdrop of low lying plains and sweeping curve of the mighty Brahmaputra.