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iXiGOers May 13 2013

Which are the best hill stations near Kolkata ?

Kirat S May 18 2013
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Looking out for options to explore this summer? If yes, then hill stations near Kolkata are going to impress you a lot. Take a look at the options.

Biharinath (249 km)

Located on the tallest hill of Bankura district, Biharinath is an ideal place for a quiet weekend. The tall trees, dense forests and the many springs and water bodies (including the river Damodar) are sure to have you enchanted soon. Tourist sites include the renowned Shiva temple. a jain temple, the Susunia hill. Jaychandi hill, Panchet dam and Maithan dam. If you are an adventure lover you can try climbing the Biharinath hill as well.

Ayodhya Hills, Purulia (250 km)

A part of the Dalma range, the Ayodhya hills are sure to have you captivated by their simple beauty-the lush greenery, the tall trees and the rough landscape, dotted with waterfalls. A visit to the gushing waterfalls, the deep forests,the quaint villages, Gorshabru (the highest peak of Ayodhya hills) and Mayur hill will certainly have you in awe of Mother Nature. The presence of a variety of wild animals in the forests makes this place all the more adventurous. You never know when a cheetah or an elephant may slip past your car. The Ayodhya Hills are perfect to relax and have fun with your family and loved ones.

Kurseong (603.8 km)

Popularly known as ‘The land of the white Orchids,’ Kurseong has perfectly pleasant weather all year round, making it an ideal getaway at any time. Tea-gardens are abundant in this area. The toy train station is the nucleus of the town. It may not be necessary, given the small distances here, to go by train. However, just for the experience, travel in these quaint toy trains at least once! There are several beautiful religious places here including The Ambhotia Shiva Temple, the Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, St. Paulseak Church, the Buddhist Gompa and the Juma Mosque in Hat Bazaar. If you have time on your hands, visit the Eagle’s Craig and the Deer Park. Of course, you could just find a quiet spot and lie among the white orchids instead!

Mirik (617 km)

Located 617 km north of Kolkata, Mirik is a perfect getaway for a lazy retreat, if you wish to escape the heat this summer. Nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Mirik is a hill station surrounded by acres of tea plantations and the looming mountains creating a stunning backdrop. The Sumendu Lake forms the focal point of all the activities in Mirik. You can try out fishing, angling and boat rides in the lake. Apart from that, pony rides, trekking trips to the village or into the lush forests surrounding the lake, and cosy lakeside picnic lunches are other popular activities enjoyed by the tourists here. There are two temples and Buddhist monasteries near the lake shore. Shopaholics might enjoy the busy atmosphere of the colourful Mirik Bazaar. All said, Mirik has something for everyone.

Darjeeling (634.7 km)

Famous for producing what is touted as the country's best tea and home to the gorgeous Toy Train that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling is one of the most beauteous hill stations around Kolkata. Luxuriously spread out across majestic mountains and providing a panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas, the place is one of the trump cards of tourism in Kolkata. Revel in the spiritual peace of Buddhist and Hindu temples, hike up the mountains and get bowled over by fantastic views, explore age old colonial mansions and churches, go tea picking with the friendly tea workers or simply sit in your hotel balcony and sip a cup as you see the setting sun! Promising numerous adventures and mysteries you can enfold in a scenic setting, Darjeeling invites you to its home this summer.

Kalimpong (641.5 km)

Kalimpong is a hill station in the Mahabharat Range that is positioned on a ridge overlooking the Teesta river, making it 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. If you’re into sightseeing, make sure you visit MacFarlane Church,Durpin Dara, Kalimpong arts and crafts center, Mangal Dham Mandir, Pedong monastery, Deolo Hill, Central Sericultural Organization and the many flower nurseries around. Spend a day in Kalimpong that is definitely a hill-station at it’s best!

Who would have thought there was so much to look for when it comes to hill stations near Kolkata, right? So, what are you waiting for, go start packing!

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