Road Trips from Kolkata That You Just Can't Miss This Season

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5th Nov 2019

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The best time to take a road trip has to be early winter. It is neither too hot, nor too chilly and just the right weather to roll the windows down and feel the refreshing breeze on your face. This November, it doesn’t matter if you travel far, or near, just remember to take a break from your mundane routine and hit the road ! Here is a list of seven road trips you can take around Kolkata that are perfect for a long weekend.

This coastal town which is home to serene beaches, Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) and several religious sites, is just a four-hour-ride from Kolkata. The pleasant weather, the abundant greenery and the comfortable roads make it easier to cover the 180 km distance. The peaceful landscape along the way is just what your tired eyes need after long days of work.

Time on the road: 4 hours 50 minutes (180km)

When to go: The time between October to February is the best time to visit Digha. The weather during this time makes travelling on the road, a pleasant experience.

Route: Kolkata – Howrah – Bagnan– Kolaghat– Nandakumar–Bajkul–Contai–Digha

Considered as the perfect city break for weekends, the seaside village of Mandarmani is another popular beach destination, located in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal. A road trip to Mandarmani, offers magnificent sunsets at the estuary in the evening, a plethora of local shops along with adrenaline-kicking water sports. It is one of the major tourist attractions around Kolkata and is a must-visit for every traveler. .

Time on the road: 4 hours 27 minutes (170 km)

When to go: October to February is considered the best time to visit for a beach vacation.

Route: Kolkata – Howrah – Bagnan– Kolaghat– Nandakumar–Bajkul–Contai–Mandarmani

Another hidden gem of West Bengal is the port of Haldia. When in Haldia, explore the historical and religious sites of the place. Haldia, which is 120 km away from Kolkata, is home to some unique species of flora and fauna. A road trip to this place is an ideal option for deep diving in the history and nature of Haldia.

Time on the road: 2 hours 47 minutes (118km)

When to go: October to March is a great time to visit this place because of the comfortable temperature. The pleasant weather makes it easier to go for field trips.

Route: Kolkata – Howrah – Bagnan– Kolaghat– Nandakumar–Haldia

Located in the Purulia District of West Bengal, Duarsini is adorned with luscious greens, crystal clear lakes and majestic hills on all sides. Located 272 km away from Kolkata, the picture-perfect scenery is a sight to behold for every traveller and is home to some of the most unique species of flora and fauna. A road trip to this place would surely rejuvenate your senses and is definitely worth traveling the distance!

Time on the road: 5 hours 40 minutes (272km)

When to go: This is an year-round destination. Yet, the time from October to April is considered the best time to visit this place asthe vegetation is fully grown right after the Monsoon.

Route: Kolkata – Kolaghat – Midnopore – Kharagpur – Bharagora – Mahulia – Duarsini

Located in the Purulia district of east Bengal, Ajodhya Hills is a picturesque town, forming the easternmost part of Chotanagpur Plateau. Offering views of tabletop hills, forests and scattered streams, Ajodhya is one of the lesser known destinations around Kolkata to unwind and get away from the crowds. Enjoy a road trip to this extended part of Eastern Ghat and let the cool breeze uplift your mood.

Time on the road: 7 hours 34 minutes (325km)

When to go: June and July; the monsoon season is considered the best time to visit this place as the rain brings these monuments to life. 

Route: Kolkata – Dhaniakhali – Bardhaman – Durgapur – Purulia – Ajodhya Hills

Home to the historical memorials of the Bengal attacks, Gar Panchkot is much more than a historical site. The weekend destination is adorned with lush green forests, hills and pristine lakes. Locally known as Panchket, Gar Panchkot is a peaceful hideout where one can enjoy stunning sunsets over boat rides near the Panchkot Dam. 

Time on the road: 5 hours 31 minutes (250km)

When to go: June and July, when the greenery is at its fullest.

Route: Kolkata – Bardhman – Durgapur – Asansol – Gar Panchkot

A popular weekend escape for people in Bengal, Raichuk is l ocated on National Highway 34, and is a treat for the soul. Escape the city-life, spend some time on the road and explore the colonial town which is home to the Raichak Fort,built by the East India Company.

Time on the road: 2 hours 8 minutes (53km)

When to go: As summers can be extremely hot and unpleasant to take road trips in Kolkata., the cooler months between November to February are considered to be the best time to visit this small town.

Route: Kolkata – Bankura – Beliator – Sonamukhi – Khandaghosh – Nischintapur Rd/Diamond Harbour Rd - Raichuk

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