Tajpur...the unspoiled hamlet.

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Arijit Pal

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"Tajpur...the unspoiled hamlet."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2011
Tajpur lies in between familiar tourist spots Shankarpur and Mandarmoni, near Digha, East-Midnapore.Tajpur is far away from hustle and bustle of the city-life. It is an ideal week-end destination for a tired mind. The beach is flat, calm and clean in the backdrop of blue sky and the Bay of Bengal. The approach toward the beach is through dense vegetations of ever-green casurina trees. The birds welcome a relaxed soul till the sounds of waves break the silence. And, the Tajpur remains undermentioned, unless and until I recall the very sight of marching bright red crabs in tandem during low-tides. Be there and rejuvinate yourself.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The hotels or resorts at Tajpur mostly offer fooding and lodging packages. We were very satisfied with the arrangements. This is not a shopper's paradise like Digha. Regarding sight-seeing, if you wish so, you are in close proximity to Digha, Shankarpur and Mandarmani.

Activities & things to do: Bath in the smooth waves until your mind is full and the stomach becomes empty. Plenty of chances to find out several molluscs, arthropods and echinoderms on the beach. We went for an adventurous coastal trek from Tajpur to Mandarmoni and, on the way, we had to cross a river twice with approximately 4.5 ft depth of water and a mild undercurrent. It was slendid. Go for it.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Tajpur is about 180 km from Kolkata. Cross the Hooghly river via any of the 3 bridges and then head for Mumbai Road. After Kolkaghat, take the left diversion toward Digha. Cross Contai, then Chaulkhola (Mandarmoni) and then a little before Balisahi, turn left, opposite to Fisheries office (landmark: oikkotan club). From here Tajpur is 5 to 6 kms away.
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2010
Kalimpong is one of the beautiful hill stations which is still untouched by the waves of commercialization. The entire route from Salugara to Kalimpong soothes the eyes with serene green mountains, densely vegetated valleys and waterfalls. The Teesta river boldly cuts through the valley and adds up to the beauty of the hills. The weather is pleasant, there r bouts of rains due to the passing clouds though. The hills are misty and the serenity calms the human mind to a large extent.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not very cheap, Chinese being easily available and the most popular cuisine. Food quality is decent in most of the restaurants.

It is not a shopping destination at all.

Activities & things to do: Not much of activities can be done in Kalimpong as it is out an out a hilly destinations with not so developed people.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach Kalimpong, one has to travel by road from NJP. To reach NJP by train one can take Darjeeling Mail, the most preferred one from Kolkata or flights are available till Bagdogra, from where one has to take NH31A
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"Mayapur, ISKCON Temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2010
Mayapur is the head quarter of ISKCON society and the Holy place for Hindu regions. We visited that place during Winter, January 2010.
I would say the best time to go Mayapur is during winter or spring, from October till March.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: If you stay inside the ISKCON campus, then you can avail the daily Prasadam(full meal) during lunch and dinner time. Of course, you have to stand in a long queue. The meal is very tasty and absolutely they will serve veg meal. The cost is just Rs 40 to 45 for lunch meal and dinner meal is just Rs 25.
There are many Hindu temples in Mayapur. Definitely you should plan to visit those temples also. ISKCON offers a boat riding on river Ganges and the cost is just Rs15. You can see the banks of river Ganges and various Ghats of Nabadwip.

Activities & things to do: We were heavily involved in Bhajan and Kirtan during our stay over there. We woke up early in the morning and reached the main assembly hall by 4:30PM to see the Arati.
Every Saturday, during evening there is a spectacular elephant procession. Luckily we saw that procession where beautiful ladies from different countries were dancing.

Inside the ISKCON campus there are many well maintained gardens. You can pass your leisure time in those gardens.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kolkata there are many ways to go Mayapur.
We planned to go there through train. Nearest station is Krishnagar or Nabadwip. From Krishnagar station, there is direct Bus service to go ISKCON.
You also can catch any auto from Krishnagar station and ask to go Mayapur Ghat. From there you need to cross a small river called Jalangi and you will reached Mayapur.
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"A unique sea-side spot - Mandarmoni"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2009
Recently we visited Mandarmoni, a unique beach town. We were there for 5 nights /6days, and quality time we spent. The most uniqueness about Mandarmoni is - its beach.
1} Stretched over 13kms. this beach is hard as a nut top. There is no road as yet, hence to go from one side of the beach to the other end you just drive your car/vehicle.
2} All resorts are on the beach. You just walk out of the resort gate and the beach starts.
3} The water during the hi-tide touches the resort gate, and recedes to about 40meters suring low-tide.
To enjoy Mandarmoni stay at any of the resorts, not in hotels as they are far away from the beach and there are no proper public roads to the beach.
4} from slightly expansive room rent to very reasonable rent, you name it, they are all there waiting for you.
5} Mandarmoni has no electricity, but that will not dampen your spirit, as every resort has giant generators and a/c rooms are in abundance.
6} Mandarmoni's approach road from Digha - Kolkata road is not mettaled. This 12km stretch is a little tedious, but enjoyable experience.
7} While in Mandarmoni don't expect a liquor shop supply, since there are none. So either carry your stock or prepare to drive down to any of the 2 nearby towns for your supply.
So take a decision visit this 'VERY DIFFERENT' seaside experience, I promise you will love it.
--- Take your own vehicle.
---- For food avoid stuff sold on the beach.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Palki - highly recommended
Other good joints are all in the resorts only.

Activities & things to do: Just CHILL OUT in the beach, dont have much to do.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Drive down from Kokata to Digha. Stop at Chowlkhola/14mile, turn left to Mandarmoni.
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"Don't confine yourself to only Darjeeling town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2009
When next time you visit Darjeeling, you take a private car from Siliguri/NewJalpaiguri Station or Bagdogra Airport. You may get also share taxis/jeeps. Vehicles are easily available. Drivers will run behind you! Try to go to Darjeeling through Pankhabari Road, instead of main Road - it is a wonderful experience.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You will see Ghoom Monastery, Tiger Hill, Zoo, Zoological Museum (very near to Mall/Chowrasta). You may go to Tenzing rock, Bhutia Bustee Monastery, Bhutia Rehabilitation Centre, Lebong Race Course. After that, You must go to Jorpokhri, Lepcha Jagat, Mirik Lake.

Activities & things to do: Try to go to Takda and Moongpoo. You may stay at Tinchule at the beautiful resort of Gurung family. You may go to the confluence of Rangit and Teesta rivers - it is a life time experience. You may enjoy Rafting in Teesta river at Chitrey Tourist Lodge. Chitrey is situated at the bank of Teesta in the way to Sikim/Kalimpong.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Beware of Touts. Always touts and middlemen will follow you. When you enter a hotel, a tout will appear behind you. So the rate will be increased, because the hotel owner must have to pay the tout without any reason. Park Hotel, Glenaries and Caventers are good places for eating out.
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