Trip to Gangasagar

17th Dec 2014

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Gangasagar has acres of dazzling silver sand and clear blue sky and the quiet sea for travelers who would like to spend their weekend in serenity. Also popular as Sagardwip, Gangasagar is still reletively unknown and thus, unexploited. The island of Gangasagar is among the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places in the country. Each year on Makar Sankranti (mid-January), large number of devotees from all over the nation, congregate at Gangasagar for a sacred dip at the convergence of the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. After the sacred dip, the pilgrims offer ‘Puja' at the Kapil Muni Temple or Ashram. In several Hindu myths, the name Gangasagar is mentioned, Gangasagar also finds itself in the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. The lighthouse at Gangasagar has great views of this beach and is prefect for watching the sunrise and sunse. Gangasagar travel guide provides valuable information about Gangasagar. How to Reach Gangasagar From Kolkata, Diamond Harbour Road (NH-117) runs south around 90 km to Harwood Point, near Kakdip, where a ferry runs to Kachuberia at the north end of the island. The Panchyat Samity maintains a parking area near the ferry landing. The ferry travels about 3.5 km across a distributary of the Ganges river (also known as Hooghly River or Muriganga river locally) to reach Kachuberia. Small boats also cross from Harwood Point to Kachuberia. Private cars and buses travel the roughly 32 km to the pilgrimage site at Sagardwip. From the pilgrimage parking area the Kapil Muni Temple is about 200 meters and the Gangasagar confluence is about 700 meters. Trains run on the Sealdah South lines from Kolkata through Kakdwip to Namkhana where at Bakkhali there is a ferry across the Muriganga distributary (Channel Creek) to Sagar Island (Gangasagar). One can reach Gangasagar by availing Helicopter services operated on every Sunday, facilitated by State Government. Best Season to visit Winter season starts from December and lasts till February. During this season, the temperature ranges from a minimum of 10 degrees to a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius. Pilgrimage Centre The river Ganga, the mother Goddess of the nation, the lifeline of the northern region, originates in the snow clad Himalayas, descends to reach the plains at Haridwar, flows through the heartland and drains into the Bay of Bengal. Gangasagar Island, at the mouth of the river Hooghly in Bengal is where the Ganga breaks up into hundreds of streams, and drains into the sea, is honored as a pilgrimage site, signifying the spot where the ashes of the ancestors of Bhagiratha were purified by the waters of the Ganga. Gangasagar is an appealing tourist destination that interests both pilgrims as well as those who have a passion for adventure. Situated near the Sunderbans, Gangasagar bids travellers with the allure of an pristine beach.

The main interest of this place is Sagar Mela but you can visit this place before the festival or after. during winter for spending some relaxing peaceful day . There is enough accommodation available now.

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Photo of Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India by Plaban Bhattacharya
Photo of Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India by Plaban Bhattacharya
Photo of Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India by Plaban Bhattacharya