Weekend getaways in Bengal

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Bengal is a Blessed Land. In Bengali, we refer to the State as “Sonar Bangla”, a land which has an evergreen golden hue about it, which emanates from the endless fields of crops and the large and innumerable orchards dotting the entire landscape. Crisscrossed by rivers, wide, deep and mountainous; the majestic Himalayas in the North with gorgeous hill resorts; the deep and mysterious Sunderbans forests (a World Heritage Site), home of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger; a plateau with folk habitations and red soil in the West; the Bay of Bengal with its sea resorts in the South and the charming, cosmopolitan, welcoming and colourful cities led by the capital Kolkata (Calcutta), the land of Bengal is always one for the album of every traveler and tourist in the world. You can make your own unforgettable sweet memories in Bengal, which also hosts one of the largest cultural festivals of the world-the Durga Puja, in late September/October every year.

This website is therefore a labour of our love for our land-a labour, which will never be complete since there are just too many places to visit, discover and spend time in, in the State. We thought of creating a site, which can introduce you to the diversities that the State has and how you can go about visiting them.

Right now we have 44 such places across 20 districts of the State. We tried to keep our focus mainly on the places which fall within a driving distance between one and two and half hours from a prominent city of the State  and the places which are lesser known to people. We tried to find out the distinctive features of the places before selecting them. While doing the extensive research work on the concept of “Weekend-Tourism” we realized that Bengal  is blessed by the nature for promoting “weekend tourism”. The most popular and successful model is “village- tourism” especially for the South Bengal districts. The resorts which are based on such model are attracting weekenders throughout the year and in turn generating good amount of job for the villagers. Sundargram in North 24 Parganas, Mon Chasa in East Midnapore are successfully promoting village-tourism model. Of late, with the support of the State Government the North Bengal districts, especially Darjeeling- Alipurduar- Jalpaiguri-Cooch Behar are fantastically promoting the “home-  stay” model. Large number of people getting directly involved with the tourism industry. Neora Valley, Lamahatta, Takdah, Ichche Gaon, Bara Mangwa-Chota Mangwa all these picturesque mountainous villages getting prominence on the tourism map of the State along with Darjeeling- Kalimpong-Lava- Loleygaon. The Western districts of the state are dotted with folk habitation and red soil and hence the area is ideal for promoting “eco-tourism.” Places like Telkupi, Khairabera in Purulia; Gopegarh, Garshalboni in East Midnapore, Khoai in BIrbhum are classic examples of eco-tourism. Then comes the East. Sea and shores are all time favourites among Bengalis and hence new places like Junput, Tajpur  getting popular day by day. Sunderbans and its mangrove are also widely covered in the Website. As the Website is designed for promoting “Weekend-Tourism” in the State, we tried to keep it highly informative and detailed With the description of the placeS, how to reach, where to stay, what to eat along with tariffs and contacts.

For Details visit-bengalweekend.com

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