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Digha Tourism

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Digha is a popular beach, located in West Bengal. This place is just about 189 kms from Kolkata and an idle place to unwind under the sun. The place where you can count the waves in idyllic surroundings. With the Tampralipta Express (2857) leaving early morning and Kandari Express (8001) leaving in the afternoon, the connection is great. Both the trains travel daily with special trains to clear holiday rush. Digha is usually crowded; however, there are plenty of beaches nearby, within a radius of 5 10 kms, which are quite and scenic. It is nice to sit under the makeshift stalls in the beach, with occasional sip from tender coconut and watch how the water raises during high tide. The sun sets in the horizon to make a spectacular sunset. With the Casurina forest at the background and the blue sky makes excellent combination. Do not get misguided by the red color of sand those are the color of crabs, who take time off to take sun-bath. However, if you want to see those from near, they dig deep in the sand and vanish from sight.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The ideal place for stay is old Digha. There are plenty of budget hotels and lodges around. The main reason for staying in old Digha is the connection. Old Digha is connected with all the nearby places. The transport is state transport buses, cycle van (specially good for people, who wants to reduce the carbon foot-print those are manually driven) and motor vans (cycle vans with motor fitted). Ask the locals, as they know a lot of beaches nearby, which may be less crowded. One of such beach is Udaypur beach, which is just 5 kms from New Digha. It has miles and miles of wide sand beach. The water recedes about half a kilometer during low tide. The ideal time to sit on the beach is near noon when the water starts to increase during high tide. One can sit under the makeshift stalls, sipping the tender coconut and can see how the water increases and the tides start caressing the feet within and hour. The beach is bordered by Casurina forest. The red crabs play hide and seek with the sun-bathers.
The food in Digha is awesome for the sea-food lovers. This is a great place to enjoy fish cuisine for which Bengal is famous for. Try Pomfret, Rohu, Parshe, Bhetki and Tiger Prawns. Beware of road-side stalls, which sell fish-fry. If you are allergic to some fishes, then it might affect your stomach in an undesired way. If you want, you can buy the fish from the fishermen, who are bringing his bountiful harvest from the sea. If you want that way, the Talseri beach or Shankarpur is the right place. Remember to taste the coconut water also. The vendors are quire knowledgeable and they can satisfy all the needs. You can have water from tender coconut, or drink from coconut, where the flesh had started forming. Somebody likes to have water from the coconut, where the flesh is reasonably developed. Each type of coconut water has distinctly different taste.
Digha is also famous for the awesome handicrafts, made from shells. It is unbelievable what the local craftsmen produce. Apart from that there are mats, which are made from thin bamboo sticks. This district (Purba Medinipur) is famous for those crafts.

Activities & things to do: Obviously, taking bath in the sea is the most desired activity and if you want you can spends hours in the sea and in the beach. That probably can keep one busy for a couple of days. But that is not the only activities. Digha has an aquarium, where one can see a good collection of crabs. Kids can enjoy the Toy Train in New Digha and the boat riding in Amaravati Lake in New Digha. Shankarpur is a place to visit for fish-lovers. The same is true for Talseri beach which is actually in Orissa.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We visited this place on the month of January. We took Tampralipta Express, which has 1 AC Chair Car which is quite comfortable. It takes 3 hours 20 mins and reaches at 10 AM, which is excellent as you have the remaining day to explore the beach. Other option is Kandari Express, which departs late afternoon. The bus connection is also excellent and there are Volvo coaches from Kolkata. The road travel is also quite good and it will take about 6 hours to reach.
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Sumon Halder
  • Sumon Halder
  • 1 Review

"A place of beauty" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Digha is one of the best tour and picnic spots. A place of beauty where you can sit, relax and move around at the beach. To reach there, you have to board a train from the HWH Station and get down at the Digha Flag station. From here, hire an auto to reach the hotel. It was an amazing place.
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Nasir Ahmed
  • Nasir Ahmed
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 3 Reviews

"A Memorable Visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the must visit beaches in India I would say. We went to this location during June'14 which is not considered as best of the season ..but it was cloudy and could spend very good time. Stayed at "Palm Resort" (old Digha). During day time got hold of a local auto and roamed around New Digha, Talasari and Udaipur beaches. Talasari is the best place to be if one is interested to see crabs and shells Surprisingly the night life at Old Digha is amazin.
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Beonce Gotfried
  • Beonce Gotfried
  • 2 Reviews

"Good for Weenkend Trips" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very nice place to visit at summer season as well as in winter season. You can go there with family. I certainly had a wonderful time. Digha is meant for sea beach. New Digha is better than old Digha in all aspects as a tourist spot. Mandarmani and Tajpur are nearly the same. Talseri is better. Lots of hotels are there in New Digha
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Jeet Sen
  • Jeet Sen
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 7 Reviews

"Great Holiday" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
After reaching Digha we spent 3 days there and visited lots of places. Also visited the Chandaneswar Temple at the border of West Bengal and Orissa. To see the sunrise and sunset was also very nice experience. So overall it was a nice experience at Digha. And recommend all to visit there at least one time.
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Deep Chowdhury
  • Deep Chowdhury
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  • 4 Reviews

"Very good to see the place" new review

  • 1/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very nice place to visit during the summer seasons as well as in winters. I went with my family; you can go there with friends too. Hotels and transport facilities are also good there. Digha is meant for sea beach. New Digha is better than old Digha in all aspects. Mandarmani and Tajpur are nearly same. Digha as usual was good trip and it was wonderful time I spend with my family. The sea was little rough at this time, but after 11 a.m it was good.
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Poulomi Das
  • Poulomi Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Digha always good" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Digha is always a good beach destination. If you like sand, sun and beach and a pleasant sea water , then Digha is the right place for you. And best thing is that the waves are not big enough and now a days lots of water sports facilities are there including para-sailing, banana rides and water scooters. Hotels are not costly and try to stay around New Digha as this place is not congested. All the new hotels are in Picnic spot area. Other areas up to Orissa border are also good.
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अंकित कुमार
  • अंकित कुमार
  • 2 Reviews

"Best place for unlimited fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very nice place to visit at summer season as well as in winter season ... with family and friends too. Hotels and transport facilities are also good there. You can enjoy dabh pani there with your friends relatives couples too. You can buy many things from there.
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Sandipan Kar
  • Sandipan Kar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews

"Very good to see the place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Digha is meant for sea beach. New Digha is better than old digha in all aspects as a tourist. Mandarmani and Tajpur are nearly the same. Talsari is better. Lots of hotels are there in New Digha which are better and economic than those are in old Digha. If you are in a leisure holiday, must stay in New Digha. One day trip by car to Mandarmani, Tajpur and Talsari can be fun.
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Shankar Mitra
  • Shankar Mitra
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  • 4 Reviews

"Good place for a weekend trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Digha as usual was good trip and it was wonderful time I spend with my family. The sea was little rough at this time, but after 11 am it was good. There are lots of shop near the beach, but be careful with fried fish and be careful with choosing the right one as some of them are kept for days and sold.
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Amit raj
  • Amit raj
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 5 Reviews

"A nice place for couples and family."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Went there last week. New Digha beach is a nice beach, and close to the railway station. In new Digha beach black rocks are settled that makes the place look really beautiful. And there many facilities that are is available there too. And many types of entertainment facilities are there too. From Digha you can visit Chandreshwar Temple too.
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Digha Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Digha is located in the East Midnapore District and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Lying 187 km away from Kolkata and at an average elevation of 6 m above sea level, Digha is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal.

Originally known as Beerkul, it was discovered by the British in the late 18th century. Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India, described Digha as Brighton of the east in one of his letters to his wife.

The Digha Beach is popular for its views of the Bay of Bengal amidst the many casurina plantations along the seaside. The sea at Digha is mostly calm and shallow upto a mile off the beach, which makes its makes it safe for various marine activities like swimming, scuba diving, jet ski-ing and surfing.

Lately, due to erosion of the beach leading to a receded landspace, as well as for cleanliness reasons, a new Digha Beach has been developed as an extension to the old Digha beach, at a distance of 2 km from it. Visitors can also head to two other nearby spots: the Udaipur Beach and the Shankarpur Beach, which are relatively untouched.

The latest attraction of Digha is the recently built Science Centre. Digha also boasts of the largest aquarium in India, the Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India. Some of the other tourist places in the region include Subarnareskha River, Talsari, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Subarnareskha Delta and the Mandarmani Beach.

Digha has its own railway station and is well connected to Howrah and Kharagpur. Direct buses ply from Esplanade (Kolkata) to Digha on a frequent basis. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata is the nearest airport.

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