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5 Best Driving Getaways from Kolkata

Hey, bored of spending your weekends in malls and fancy pubs? Why don’t you just pack your bags and leave the city limits far behind? Check out these 5 best driving getaways from Kolkata, that would not require much planning.

Raiganj, 390 km

Raiganj is the place to be if you are looking for a holiday destination in the lap of nature. Though it is a little far from the city but the travel is totally worth it. The Raiganj Bird Sanctuary, popularly known as the Kulik Sanctuary, is home to over 160 avian species and is a paradise for bird watchers. Watching the Kulikriver flowing right beside the sanctuary and listening to the chirping of birds is a sheer delight. Do not forget to carry your binoculars along.

Driving route: Kolkata – Berhampur – Malda – Raiganj

Approx. time: 7-8 hrs

Bishnupur, 140 km

If you are a history enthusiast, then Bishnupur is the place for you. This quaint town rich in heritage is a quick 3 hours drive from Kolkata. As you enter, the town greets you with sight of temples in bright brick red colour. An excellent example of craftsmanship and intricate carvings, these temples are a major attraction and are flocked by tourists all year-round. A quick shopping session here is also a good idea as this is the place is famous for its Baluchari sarees which depict scenes from the Mahabharata and are woven by local artisans.

Driving route: Kolkata – Dankuni – Arambagh – Bishnupur

Approx. time: 3-4 hrs

Shankarpur, 140km

Very close to Digha, Shankarpur is the still-virgin beach of Bengal. Spending some leisure time at this beach is sure to rejuvenate your body and soul. The early morning sight of fishermen returning with a happy catch is a pleasure to watch. If you are a foodaholic, do try the mouth watering fish fry and curry. Also, don’t forget to visit the nearby Mandarmani with its longest motorable beach.

Driving route:  Kolkata – Namkhana – Sonakhali – Raidighi – Canning – Najat – Sundarbans

Approx. time: 3-4 hrs

Sunderbans, 110km

Sunderbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a major tourist attraction. One of the largest estuarine rainforests of the world, Sunderbans offers a unique experience with boat rides, mangrove forest and rustic local life. The region is said to be the habitat of Royal Bengal tigers. So, don’t forget to keep your binoculars handy while you are here. Plenty of avian species, crocodiles and small animals can also be seen.

Driving route:  Kolkata – Namkhana – Sonakhali – Raidighi – Canning – Najat – Sundarbans

Approx. time: 3 hrs

Shantiniketan, 165 km

Shantiniketan, an abode of peace and tranquility, is a prominent tourist attraction. At a driving distance of 4 hours, you can spot the VisvaBharati University, which is a great place to spend a day amidst great works of art. The university campus is full of murals and sculptures and you can find students painting under the trees. ear-end would be the best time to visit Shantiniketan for its ever popular Posh mela.

Driving route:  Kolkata – Bardhaman -Bhedia– Bolpur – Shantiniketan

Approx time: 1.30 hrs

kolkata Railway station is well-connected from almost all main cities and there are numerous trains plying to kolkata on a regular basis. You can check your PNR status and other relevant details at ixigo for a stress-free experience.

So, here is all the information needed. Wait no more and spend a beautiful weekend in one of these destinations. Vroooom!!!