21. Raichak -Just 50 kms south and a two hour drive from Kolkata is a sprightly luxury hotel situated on the banks of the River Hooghly. This stately hotel was once an 18th century fort built by the Dutch which fell to ruins. Transformed into a beautiful hotel which also has lavish bungalows overlooking the river, Raichak is one of the few places near Kolkata that offers a peaceful retreat from the mad rush of city life. About 50 kms from Kolkata is Raichak, right on the banks of the river Ganga. There are many resorts and luxury accommodations to take the pleasure of spending a day or two in the place. Overlooking the Ganges, boat rides here are popular around the time of sunset, and is a suggested activity by everyone who has been here.