Top 10 weekend destinations near Kolkata which are ideal if you do not like the crowd.
The perfect short trip list for the budget traveler
For the working professionals, the motivation for earning the loaves and fishes is the primary objective, which can often result in a stressful life. For those who are seeking peace and a bit of solitude from this daily grind and pressure, a weekend break is the most welcoming thing after a hectic week. While you can relax and detoxify yourself in the place which resonates with your soul, the wrong place only adds to the stress. Kolkata, the capital of one of the most diverse and sweetest parts of India, is a well-connected place with so many transport options. Not only there is a steady increase in the number of the weekend destinations from the city of joy, but also the well-known weekend destinations are often tainted with crowds, which reduces the natural charm of the place. Without much ado, here goes a list of a few aesthetically pleasing and not so-typically crowded budget-friendly weekend destinations from Kolkata, which are experienced first-hand by someone just like you, for those for whom travel is a passion and a source of solace.
01 – Baranti:
Purulia, the western district always attracts tourists with pristine natural beauty, rich heritage and vibrant tribal people. Baranti, a quiet and scenic hamlet, situated between Baranti and Muradi Hills, and Baranti Lake, is a magnificent tourist destination in this area. The place lies only about 6 hour’s car journey away from Kolkata. The Nomadic Resort Baranti, at the bank of the lake, offers a beautiful view of the waterbody from the windows and the lawn. The early morning sunrise from here can be a great start for the day which will then go on to a hike on Baranti hills, visit the Panchet Dam in the afternoon and the sunset over it. When there is a group of people traveling, you can take out the guitar and jam under the star-covered sky with music and delicious food in hand too. Winter chills can offer the most in this place with the fresh vegetables, birds in the lakes and the rays of sun over the departing fog. For those who are interested in butterfly watching, July-August months can be a good time for it too in the grassy trails around the property. One may even doze off sitting with the hooks and lines in search of a fish on the bank of the lake, and the expert anglers will be prized with the tasty catches, which can then be prepared in the resort kitchen into mouth-watering dishes. For the shopaholics, Raghunathpur village is a must visit the place from here for the exquisite Tussar Sarees and other handicraft items.
How to Reach from Kolkata:
No nearby airport is here except the Dumdum airport of Kolkata which is almost 270 KMs away.
By train one can reach to Muradi railway station, from where local transports are available to traverse 6 KMs of the path.
Kolkata to Baranti Road Map
Those seeking adventures and enjoy the amazing scenic beauty of the place can take 5-6 hours car driving to reach Baranti, 263 KMs away.
Best time to Visit:
All through the year, one can have a trip to Baranti, however, winter is the best time to enjoy pleasant weather with nature’s blossom.
All the year round, the place experiences an average of 18 degrees Centigrade to 32 degrees Centigrade and the temperature hardly goes below and above those temperatures.
02 – Katwa:
3 hours’ drive away from Kolkata, lies a small town Katwa, in Purba Bardhaman district at the confluence of Ajay and Hooghly River. The historical heritage of 500 years and a chance to experience the Indian rural lifestyle is enough to draw the city folk here. Katwa Jol Bari, a unique resort where traditional setting and modern comfort blends perfectly add to the attraction. The fishing in ChotoPukur – a lake inside the property, birding and camping options are beautiful bonuses for staying here, or you can just relax in the lawn in monsoon gazing at the dark clouds across green fields. For the people interested in nature, they can go and visit Nayachar, an island on River Ganga, perfect for wildlife viewing. Attahas temple, a “Satipith” is nearby and draws a huge crowd too.
How to Reach from Kolkata: