12. Joypur Forest -If you’re idea of a perfect weekend break is dwelling amongst the splendor of nature and wildlife then Joypur Forest is just the place for you. Situated in the Bankura district of West Bengal it is just a 3 hour journey from Kolkata. Sal, teak and neem trees make up the dense overgrowth of the forest. Visit the wildlife sanctuary inside the forest and watch as deer herds cross the jungle path every now and then. A resort adjacent to the forest provides a pleasant stay complete with its own farm, a vegetable garden and an enormous lake where you can just sit by its bank and allow the peace and quietude to envelop you.
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109 Kms from Joypur
Kolkata is the cultural hub of India and a place that gives you a feel of the heritage even in this modern era. Where there are other metropolitan cities that are moving ahead in advancement, Kolkata is one city that is retaining the richness of the past generations and the traditions that were followed. In simple words, Kolkata is a city with a soul. Known as Calcutta in earlier times, it is also a place that is high on the intellectual front. This is the city that was the capital of the India under the British rule and therefore a lot of architecture and feel can be experienced from the history before independence. Do not forget to get the hands on the tangy Bengali cuisine when here. You can either stroll along the Hoogly or else explore the Howrah Bridge, the choice is yours. So when are you taking the plunge?
153 Kms from Joypur
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
One of the most important cities of North Bengal, Murshidabad comes with a rich history. Once a stunning example of grandeur, power, culture and beauty, the erstwhile centre of the nawabs was from where the revenue of the whole state of West Bengal went to the king in Delhi. Till date, Murshidabad and its historical monuments are a tourists' delight and the local communities welcome everyone with warmth. This place is also one of the most important Jain pilgrimages with the four most important jain temples of Bengal situated here. These are the Sri Chintamoni Parshwanath Bhagwan Temple in Azimganj, Shri Shambavnath Bhagwan Temple in Jiyaganj, Sree Adinath Bhagwan Temple in Katgola and other one is in Murshidabad itself. You can also visit Hazar Duari Palace, a palace with over 100 doors. Now a museum, the palace is definitely worth visiting. The intricate art work in the museum is a delight for art enthusiasts. Another lovely spot is Katra Masjid. Go during visiting hours for a memorable experience.
158 Kms from Joypur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Digha is the most famous seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. Situated only 187 kilometres away from the capital of the state, Kolkata, it is well equipped with hotels and various other tourist facilities. The sunrise and sunset reflecting off the misty blue water of the Bay of Bengal offer the most picturesque view. Digha was originally known as Beerkul and it started gaining fame when in 1923, an English tourist by the name of John Frank Smith got so greatly allured by its charm and magnificence that he started living there and writing about Digha. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally offers a number of stunning beaches such as Digha beach, Udaipur sea beach, Junput beach and Shankarpur beach. Chilling at these beaches, swimming in the water, or simply lying down admiring the view is a blissful experience. Besides its beaches, Digha also offers other places of interest, the most popular being Digha Gate, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC) and Lord Shiva Temple at Chandaneswar. With its extremely picturesque beaches and enticing charm, Digha never fails to impress its visitors.
156 Kms from Joypur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive-in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. An attraction here are red crabs that crawl along the 13-km beach. Mandarmani offers you a peek into country life and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of the Casuarina trees and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore is blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis and boat cruises. There are also a number of holiday resorts right on the beach which offer you a laidback, relaxed holiday!
184 Kms from Joypur
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
Chandipur is a popular beach town located about 16 km from Balasore in Odisha. The beautiful beach town on the shores of Bay of Bengal is known for its unusual tidal waves. What also greets you at Chandipur are rows and rows of fisherman going about their daily chores. A pleasant sight, it also implies delicious and fresh sea food delicacies! The sea here recedes anywhere between 1 to 5 km during ebb tide and slowly makes it way back to the coastline. It's the perfect time to collect rare sea shells that you perhaps will not find anywhere! But be cautious when exploring the beach since there is a sudden dip in the ocean floor and you may get hurt.
219 Kms from Joypur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is known for its gushing waterfalls and umpteen temples. Another place that attracts tourists is the unique Muta Crocodile Breeding Farm – a rare existence in India. Perfect for a leisurely holiday, this rapidly growing city overlooks the Chhota Nagpur plateau. If you are interested in learning about the various tribes here and their culture, the Tribal Research Institute and Museum will help you understand and explore their rituals, customs and way of life while also offering intriguing souvenirs to take back home! The mighty Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Dassam Falls must definitely be on your list for an adventurous, action packed holiday. For the spiritually inclined, the Jagannath Temple, Angrabari and Pahari Mandir are worth exploring for their architectural brilliance and faith.
300 Kms from Joypur
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Once the capital of the Magadha Empire which later evolved to become the Mayryan Empire, Rajgir is a valley surrounded by hills. This is a very important seat of Buddhist worship in Nalanda, Bihar. Hinduism and Jainism are also practised by many out here. Rajgir, earlier known as Rajagriha or the King's home is also known to be a winter health retreat. This is because of the number of pools and natural springs here filled with warm water which have therapeutic values and goo for healing many bone and skin diseases too. The Buddha Temple here is also encompassed with a monastery and is a popular place for meditation. The white colour is a symbol of peace and the gold colour used for the spire of the temple is to show eternity and good taste. The Buddha idol inside has some magic in it that you want to keep on looking at it. The typical peaceful atmosphere of a Buddhist Temple is also found here and this is the prime attraction of this town.