Haldia Travel Guide
“Experience: Haldia is 128 KMs from Kolkata by Road. One can access this town by bus, car or a combination of train (Howrah to Mecheda) - bus (Mecheda to Haldia) or bus (Esplanade to Raichak) - ferry (Raichak to Kukrahati) - bus (Kukrahati to Haldia) from Kolkata. The place earned its name form the river Haldi which flows along her banks. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Haldi riverside is...”
“Experience: Haldia is 128 KMs from Kolkata by Road. One can access this town by bus, car or a combination of train (Howrah to Mecheda) - bus (Mecheda to Haldia) or bus (Esplanade to Raichak) - ferry (Raichak to Kukrahati) - bus (Kukrahati to Haldia) from Kolkata. The place earned its name form the river Haldi which flows along her banks.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Haldi riverside is the main attraction - there are many good picnic spots and since Haldia is a commercial place with a port - Refiniery - Petrochemicals etc - decent hotels and eateries are not much of an issue.
Activities & things to do: If you love nature:
Sit under the shade of a tree on the bank of the river and enjoy the serenity of the place and watch the ships and boats plying on the river. You can read a book, listen to music or daydream yourself on distant lands as Sinbad the Sailor.
If you like to dig into the past then visit:
Mahisadal Palace - built in the 16th Century and the Gopaljew Temple in the complex.
Tamluk Palace - built in the 5th Century - presently in ruins
If you are into temple research:
Then visit the Jagannath Temple and the Natmandir.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Haldia is about 3 Hr drive from Kolkata. If you start from Kolkata at 7 AM you can take the Kona Expressway after crossing the 2nd Hooghly Bridge (vidyasagar Setu) and take the left lane after crossing Santragachi to be on the right track to Kharagpur or popularly what is known as Bombay Road. You can have breakfast just after crossing Uluberia, at the Azad Hind Dhaba - decent place beside the BP Petrol Pump just after crossing the Truck Lay by. The route is Uluberia - Mecheda - Nandakumar - Haldia.
Road conditions: The National Highway till Mecheda is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral (Toll Road) and from Mecheda you take the State Highway where you should be careful about goats and cows running into your path. There are also many motels to tickle your taste buds on this route.
While Coming Back:
If you start in the evening - you can have dinner at the Sher e Punjab at Kolaghat. The food is decent and you get good North Indian food. Please do not venture into Chinese or Continental at Sher e Punjab - unless you really want to curse the food!”
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- State: West Bengal
- Famous for/as: Waterfront
- Altitude: 26 m
The township of Haldia, situated on the banks of River Haldi, lies in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. It is a chief seaport of West Bengal with its location being 50 kilometres south-west from Kolkata. Due to this reason, the town has evolved as a beehive of commercial activities. Along with a major seaport, the Bay of Bengal along the city houses a base of the Indian Coast Guard and hover ports.The sea beaches, ancient bungalows and green woodlands in the backdrop of the Hoogly and Haldia Rivers give an opportunity for outdoor, recreational and sightseeing activities. Tourists can engage in leisure walks across the riverside. Among major sightseeing attractions of the town are Hindu shrines like Gopaljee temple and historic testaments like Mahishadal Rajbari.Mahishadal...
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