Among the most popular sea beaches in West Bengal, Digha has the numero uno position. Though there was a time when the beach was a beauty, but now, it can be crowned as the most crowded beach as well. On any of your visit to Digha; you’re likely to meet your ex-boy/girlfriend (dare not to go if you’ve more than one), your boss, whom you’ve submitted your leave application killing your non-existent uncle for the umpteenth time and, all those relatives and friends you didn’t meet for years!
In spite of all such dangerous possibilities, Digha is still the most favourite holiday destination for Bengalis. Mostly because it’s easily accessible, only about 190 km from Kolkata and, abundance of transport. But recently while spending a weekend in Digha we decided to visit the Udaipur Beach. Though we’ve visited it earlier but we had some friends with us who were yet to witness the serene beauty of Udaipur. Udaipur is just 2 km from New Digha and it takes only 7/10 minutes to reach the spot.
On first look, the Udaipur Beach might disappoint you as the litterbugs have made it their paradise. Beer bottles, used bottles of mineral water, used paper cup plates and a whole lot of colourful litter is ready to greet you. But as you proceed further and start taking a lazy stroll along the sea beach, a calm, serene, almost virgin beauty will make you feel enchanted.
Not many people visit the beach on a daily basis and, it’s a great relief to visit it especially after the noisy clamour of Digha. A few fishing boats waiting for their men to take them away out in the sea, casuarina trees thronging together in a desultory fashion and, a few food stalls selling fried crabs, fish, beer, and other nitty-gritty; is all you can find here. But I’m sure you’ll love the perpetual sound of the waves and the smell of the sea, a natural concoction of fish, salt, water, and countless other things.
The difference between Udaipur and Digha, well, I would like to quote one of my favourite poets, Robert Frost:
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
This trip was originally published on Scattered Thoughts.