Vacation spots near Kolkata

A vacation is a time when we release our work stress and also work towards strengthening
our family bond. Living in Kolkata from the very childhood I had the pleasure of visiting
almost all the Places you can visit with your family and have fun during weekends. Who
doesn’t like to spend the weekends alone, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
So if you are planning to go for a vacation with your family and friends, These are the Top 5
Places you might want to visit…

Digha and Mandarmani

Digha and mandarmani are a one stop destination for people who love beaches. Both these
places have some great hotels and resorts that you can book according to your convenience.
The Beaches are beautiful and offers you Picturesque sceneries. In off-seasons The place is
relatively calm and serene. There are shops on the sea shore which offers you collectibles
made out to sea shells and stones. Nowadays they have also introduced new water sports
facilities, so that is an added advantage if you are an adventurous soul.


This is the biggest mangrove forest in the world and is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers. This
is a UNESCO world heritage site and is shared between India and Bangladesh. Apart from
the Tigers you can also find Spotted Deer, Crocodile and snakes in these forests. The name
literally means “Beautiful Forest” so be ready to get mesmerized by the beauty, that the
nature has to offer. Best time to visit this place is September- March.


Santiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is mainly
known as Home of the Noble price winner Rabindranath Tagore, which also has a university
built by his father and was taken over by him. You should definitely visit this place if you
want to taste the culture of Bengal. This is a perfect vacation spot for people who loves to
leave to city behind and explore the less known and unknown places. The best time to visit
the place is when events like Pousmela and Basanta Utsav takes place.


It is a small Hill village and tourist spot in the Malbazar, Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal
situated at an elevation of 3000 ft in the foothills of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts. It is
known for its Beautiful landscape and the emerald green Murti River. The breathtaking
views will surely take your breath and tension away. Though it’s a long journey from Kolkata
almost 638 km but I am sure after you reach there it will be all worth it.


If you are religious at heart and want to feel the spiritual power travel to Mayapur which is
located between the river Hooghly and Jalangi. The main attraction of this place is the
ISKCON temple. If you stay anywhere near the temple area you can listen to Kirtan
throughout the day. There are hotels outside the Temple as well as inside the Temple.
For sightseeing in Mayapur, you can visit Ballal Mound and the Tomb of Chand Kazi.
So What are you waiting for, Plan a short vacation with your family and friends and Explore
the beauty of Bengal.