( 19 km ) An impressive oasis of green trees and
plants especially noted for its gigantic over 200 years old Banyan tree at the
Dakshineshwar. Kali Temple is famous for its associations with Sri. Ramkrishna.
( 166 km ) Sunderbans is a large unbroken swamp
criss-crossed by a network of rivers, Channels and creeks at the mouth of
rivers, the Ganga and the Brahmputra rivers. Sunderbans covers a vast area of
1,629 sq. km and was declared a reserve between 1928 and 1943. the tiger leads
an almost amphibious life in Sunderbans. Sunderbans' estuaries support a variety
of marine life which include the salt water crocodile and the Olive Ridley
turtle. Leopards and fishing cats are also found in fair numbers in Sunderbans.
Accommodation is available at Forest Lodge at Sajankhali.
( 185 km ) A beautiful beach and a popular holiday resort with a 6 km long beach, is said to be one of the widest in the world. It is a five hours drive from Kolkata which is well-connected with Kolkata by good motorable road. Shankarpur is another virgin beach, 10 km from Digha. Frazergani is entirely a different beach. It is pure and holds the charm of a unspoilt beach. It can be accessed from Kolkata. It is also famous for the migratory birds that can be sighted over here.
Maharshi Debendranath, father of Rabindranath Tagore, had founded an Ashram here in 1863 AD. Almost 40 years later, Rabindranath started an open-air school at Shantiniketan that gradually developed into an international university named Visva Bharti where the cultures of the East and the West meet in common fellowship and thereby strengthen the fundamental conditions of world peace.
Shantiniketan is 211 km from Kolkata and there are regular bus services.
Ganga Sagar :-
A Culturally and religiously important destination it also has an exceptionally good beach for tourists. Situated on the island in the Sunderbans, it holds the charm of a completely unspoilt beach on the estuary of the mighty Ganga. It can be approached from Kolkata by bus.
Gandhi Ghat :-
( 25 km ) A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Hoogly river.
Diamond Harbour :-
( 51 km ) The Hoogly river turns here towards the sea. Bakkhali ( 132 ) is famous for gold beach.
( 100 km ) Krishnagar can be reached by road or rail from Kolkata ( 100 km ). The town on the banks of the Jalani river, is famous for its toy and clay models. The Krishnanagr Palace and the Roman Catholic Church are worth seeing.
(114 km ) The birth place of Saint Chaitanya is the scene of many colorful festivals.
Sightseeing in West Bengal
Victoria Memorial ¦¦ India Museum ¦¦ Eden Gardens ¦¦ St. Paul Cathedral ¦¦ Tiger Hill ¦¦ Senchal Lake ¦¦ Kanchenjunga ¦¦ Dhirdham Temple ¦¦ Gymkhana Club ¦¦ Llyod Botanical Gardens ¦¦ Gompas ¦¦ Flower Nurseries ¦¦ Nature Interpretation Centre