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Debangana Sen Jul 14 2014

Which are the best weekend getaways from Kolkata?

Reema Bhalla Jul 14 2014
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With a handful of long weekends this year you are surely on the look out for the best weekend getaways from Kolkata. So here’s a list that is sure to get you thinking, where you should plan your first trip to.

Vedic Village

Tired of the hustle bustle of the city life? A trip to Vedic Village is exactly what you need. Located at a distance of about 30 km from the main city, this resort is the ideal place to spend your weekend getting pampered. From the state-of-the-art accommodation and dining to the greenery all around, everything here seems impeccable. The highlight, however, is Sanjeeva, the in house medical spa that is designed to ensure you leave rejuvenated and a new person all together.

Photo of Vedic Village (from Official Website)


Located at a distance of about 100 km from Kolkata, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans are a major tourist attraction. Land to the largest estuarine rainforest of the world, this is seems like a place right out of one’s fantasy. Pull out those binoculars and do some peaceful bird watching, visit a local village and be a part of their animated song and dance or kick back and relax on a vessel that cruises on the soft waters of the Ganges. There are many nature retreats in the area which you could choose for a comfortable stay.

Photo of Sunderbans (by WildVanilla)


Raichak is the perfect weekend getaway option for you if you’re looking to combine luxury with some outdoor fun. The lush green landscape offered by The Ffort Raichak combined with the majestic exteriors and pristine interiors of the property are bound to leave you spell bound. Relax in the luxurious rooms or enjoy a nice picnic at the lawns, while you play some golf or tennis. Either way you are bound to have the best weekend ever. Located at a distance of about 60 km from Kolkata this place is a must visit.

Raichak ( from official Facebook page)


If you’re looking to get away from the worldly luxuries and thinking of spending your weekend a little closer to your roots and in the arms of Indian art and culture then Shantiniketan is the perfect getaway for you. Stay at the Mark & Meadows resort and feel as close to nature as possible. Located at about 165 km from Kolkata, spend some time in this educational abode; a hub of knowledge, ideas and spirituality and be intrigued.

Photo of Shantiniketan (by Kaustav Das Modak)


For this one you’ll need to take a train, but it is still ideal for a weekend getaway. Whether you want to visit the Jagannath Puri Temple, or drive down to the Sun Temple in Konark, there is ample to do in and around Puri. The main attraction, however, are the beaches that this city has to offer. And if you decide to stay at a resort as luxurious as the Mayfair Resort, which owns a private chunk of the beach you are sure to have the time of your life.

Photo of Mayfair Resort (from Official Website)


If you’ve got a long weekend in hand then there is no better place to travel from Kolkata than Darjeeling. Be mesmerized by nature’s beauty as you take a walk through the breathtaking tea gardens, or take a ride on the ever so famous toy train with your loved ones. And if relaxation is in your mind then choose to stay in a resort such as the Central Heritage, where you are sure to feel like a pampered soul. This is surely one of the best weekend getaways from Kolkata.

Photo of Darjeeling (by Daniel Peckham)


Bishnupur is a town with a rich heritage. Each and every terracotta temple in this region bespeak of excellent craftsmanship and intricate carvings. The terracotta tiles show many scenes from the Mahabharata. Apart from temples, the place is also famous for terracotta pottery and other artifacts. The famous Baluchari sarees depicting scenes from the Mahabharata on the border and pallu, are also created here. If you choose to travel here on a weekend around Durga Puja your eyes are in for a treat. A very simple city, stay options will be average and can be booked on arrival.

Photo of Bishnupur (by Jonoikobangali)


A beautiful town of tree lined pristine beaches, Digha is situated at a distance of about 145 km from Kolkata. Along with the amazing beaches that are great for swimming and watersports, the place also offers some of the best preparations of seafood. Enjoy a calm sunset at the Udaipur Beach here or be fascinated by the plethora of fish you spot in the Marine Aquarium and Research Centre in the heart of the city. There aren't really any luxury stay options in the city but you could try out The Palm Resort for a cozy stay.

Photo of Digha (by R.Mitra)


This city houses India’s second largest bird sanctuary, the Raiganj Bird Sanctuary. Also called the Kulik Sanctuary, this place is home to more than 160 species of birds. Wake up to the pleasant chirping of birds and take a stroll along the Kulik river flowing right beside the sanctuary. The forest floors are covered with dry deciduous leaves so one has to be very careful. A single match can cause havoc. On the whole, this is a very laid back place, perfect for city dwellers who are looking for a break from the busy city life over the weekend. A nice nature retreat is your best stay option.

Raiganj Bird Sanctuary (from Apurbasen)


Kalimpong is an extremely popular and scenic tourist destination in West Bengal. The evergreen alpine vegetation and pine trees, the Teesta river, the many wild animals and birds and the visible snow-clad Himalayan peaks make this place every photographer’s paradise. The sightseeing options are in abundance with the hill station being popular for its many flower nurseries. A good stay option is the Kalimpong Park Hotel.

Photo of Kalimpong (by Anuj Kumar Pradhan)

Now that you know the best weekend getaways from Kolkata, start planning your next trip. If you want to add to this list, go ahead and let us know. For more hotel options in these and other locations you can check out the ixigo hotel app. Happy travelling!

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