Kolkata is the gateway to the North East - from here, it possible for tourists to visit many places in the North East over the weekend or an extended weekend. Kolkata is well connected to the rest of India and serves as an ideal base to visit various places in the North East. Tourism is quite well developed in the area and one can take full advantage of it over the weekend. Some of the places that one can take in a weekend are:-
Bishnupur: This town is located about 130 km away from Kolkata and winter would be the best time to make a trip to this town. The main activities that tourists will find themselves engaged in here are visiting temples and museums. It is renowned for the beautiful terracotta temples.
A little further away, at a distance of about 255 km is Chandipur a town with pristine beaches in Odisha. With its turquoise blue waters and fine beaches, it is a place for relaxing and letting the cares wash away. The wildlife sanctuary is well worth a trip and the place also affords ample bird watching opportunities.
Closer to Kolkata at about 180 km is Digha. This is a beach town in West Bengal itself and is a favourite for anglers. Here, tourists can spend their time fishing, swimming and sea gazing.
Murshidabad is a town of historical importance. It is steeped in history and is about 225 km away from Kolkata. It is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River.
Puri is quite further away at almost 500 km from Kolkata. One of the most sacred temples of Hindus, the Jagannath Puri temple is located on the beach here.
Baikkhali is a town in West Bengal filled with clean empty beaches. It is only about 125 km away from Kolkata and one can indulge in fishing, temple visits, bird watching and boating.
Shantiniketan is just about 160 km away from Kolkata. It is the hometown of the Noble Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore and is a peaceful place. The Ashram here is ideal for meditation and reflection.
Kalimpong is a picturesque hill station situated close to Darjeeling. It is quite far away from Kolkata and may call for a trip spread over an extended weekend. It is a bustling town with cool climate and overlooks the Teesta valley.
Bhubaneswar is also a little further away from Kolkata at close to 450 km away and may also require an extended weekend. It is situated in the state of Odisha and is a vibrant city with art and culture visible in plenty. It was the ancient capital of Kalinga, the empire of King Asoka.
The Sunderbans is just about a 100 km away and must not be missed. It has been declared as a reserved biosphere and is a great place for wildlife spotting, especially the Royal Bengal tiger. The best way to explore the Sunderbans is by boat safari.
Most of the places around Kolkata are worth visiting as they are enchanting and beautiful hubs of art, culture and architecture. So pick a place, fill up the tank and hit the road, setting off to your destination.