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5 Ways You Can Spend an Amazing Weekend Near Kolkata

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As long as the winter lasts, why not make the best of it? We have a list of places for you which serve as perfect escapes over the long weekends and are pocket-friendly too. 

5 Ways You Can Spend an Amazing Weekend Near Kolkata:

  1. West Bengal
  2. Jharkhand
  3. Chhattisgarh
  4. Darjeeling (West Bengal)

1. Digha sports the largest aquarium in India

Digha sports the largest aquarium in India
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Parvez Alam from Kanpur took this in Digha

Just 187kms away from Kolkata, Digha was originally known as Beerkul. Umar shares on HolidayIQ, "The town gives a plenty of options to its tourists. One can indulge in seafood and can enjoy many marine activities like boating, scuba diving, jet skiing, swimming. It is well connected with rail and road transportation." The latest attraction of Digha is the recently built Science Centre. The Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India is the largest aquarium in our country. 

Some of the other tourist places include Subarnareskha River, Talasari, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Subarnareskha Delta and the Mandarmani Beach. Jishnu says, "I recommend everyone who visits Digha to visit Talasari Beach for its scenic beauty. The river Subarnarekha meets the Bay of Bengal here. The delta formed in between river and sea creates natural beauty. Boats were available for tourists to go in the Delta, and it was an amazing experience."

2. Ranchi is the city of waterfalls

Ranchi is the city of waterfalls
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Shailja Singh took this in Ranchi

What is most fascinating is the pleasant weather of Ranchi all the year round. Pritvi feels that,"The must-visit attractions around Ranchi include the Birsa Zoological Park, Surya Temple and the Jagannath Temple," while Sujit shares that he likes "Rajrappa temple, Johna and Hundru Falls" the most.

Umar shares on HolidayIQ about Hundru falls, "You have to climb down almost 800 stairs to get to the falls and again climb up to go back.There is another way which reduces the number of stairs by 400 which has no safety gears, no security guards, no one to help a drowning human, the rocks are very slippery. Once you get there, the area is adorable and the mesmerizing waterfall will drive you insane."

3. Have you heard of the 'Chicken's Neck' in Siliguri?

Have you heard of the 'Chicken's Neck' in Siliguri?
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Bhagat from Delhi took this in Siliguri

Siliguri lies in the shadows of the mighty Himalayas, in a narrow strip of land just 40 km wide at its broadest section often referred to as the Chicken's Neck. Pritvi says, "The must-visit attractions around Siliguri include the Coronation Bridge, Kali Mandir and the North Bengal Science Centre.

Thulaseedharan shares about his experience of the Salugara Monastery, "The monastery is very beautifully constructed by Kalu Rinpoche. This stupa 150 feet height contains five types of relics. The entire area is neatly and beautifully maintained."

4. This is the best time to visit Raipur

This is the best time to visit Raipur
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Raipur was once ruled by the Mauryans in the ancient times and the town’s early existence and wide history can be made out from the remains of ancient sites that are believed to be from the 9th century. Mounas says, "I along with my family want to visit the birthplace of vaishanav guru Shree Mahaprabhuji. The pilgrimage place called Champaran." Pritvi gives a list of popular attractions, "the Dudhadhari Temple, Hajra Waterfalls and the iconic Balaji Temple."

Appa Shan tells about Rajim, "Rajiv Lochan Mandir is present here and sports a religious atmosphere. It's located about 40kms from Raipur, I loved visiting, it was so peaceful and I enjoyed thoroughly."

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5. How about a toy train ride in Darjeeling?

How about a toy train ride in Darjeeling?
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Subham Chakraborty from Kolkata took this in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a stunning  destination and what makes it more magnetic is that it is inexpensive. Sushanta shares on HolidayIQ, "There are many beautiful points to see - Batasia Loop, Joy Ride toy train, Japanese Temple, Himalayan mountaineering and zoological centre, Rock garden, Mahala Mandir, Tea garden, The Mall."

It draws tourists all the year round and its most important attraction is the Toy Train, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shuvobroto says, "I always feel thrilled with the small steam engine pulling mini coaches up the steep mountains through breathtaking landscapes and overcoming almost impossible curves and gradients using sheer engineering ingenuity and creative skills." Don't miss out Ghoom Monastery

6. a HolidayIQ Traveller shot this nice video of Darjeeling

source: holidayiq.com/travellers/Sayan-Banerjee--2592816

Hurry!!! You have very less time. 

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