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5 best places to visit near Kolkata during Winter

Winter has finally arrived after a long wait, so did the new year 2021.

After spending a whole year in-home monotonously, your mind is definitely urging for a quick escape from hustle and bustle of the city.

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Here, we have listed down the 5 best places to visit near Kolkata in this winter vacation to give the upcoming year a fresh start.

The list consists:

  1. Sundarbans
  2. Ganga Sagar
  3. Shantiniketan
  4. Taki
  5. Mukutmonipur

1. SUNDARBANS

Sundarban is known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world.

This National park is a part of the Sundarban delta and the territory of the largest number of Royal Bengal Tigers.

Winter is the perfect time to visit the Sundarban, as this season brings the most pleasant weather in this area.

Aside from spotting the majestic beasts in their natural habitat, this National park has also an abundance of diverse flora and fauna.

The boat Safari through the dense jungle of mangrove throughout the day will soothe your mind for sure.

So, if you want a quick escape from your daily routine, a trip to Sundarban will be ideal for you.

Distance from Kolkata: Approx. 102 km

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2. GANGA SAGAR

Ganga Sagar is a place of beauty as well as religious importance.

This stunning Island is situated just off the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The prime time for visiting Ganga Sagar is winter, as it is massively famous for hosting the ‘Sagar Mela’, which is both a pilgrimage and a fair.

Kapil Muni Ashram, Gangasagar

Another Place near this place is the Mousuni Island, which is also an amazing place to visit.

Distance from Kolkata: Approx 119 km

3. SHANTINIKETAN

Winter is the best season for those who wish to explore Shantiniketan. You can visit to explore the abode of peace, to seek inspiration amidst nature, or to pay homage to ‘Biswakabi’ Rabindranath Tagore.

The famous Pous Utsav/Pousmela (which is organized during winter) will be the cherry on the top.

The famous Sonajhuri Haat near the bank of the Kopai river on a pleasant winter evening, will blow your mind for sure.

Distance from Kolkata: Approx. 163 km

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4. TAKI

Situated at the India -Bangladesh border, Taki is a short drive from the city.

If you want to escape from the Jungle of grey concrete, this place is utterly perfect for you. On a chilly winter morning, you can set up a picnic on the banks of the Ichamati River.

This is a place of greenery, due to the presence of wooded areas as well as farmlands.

Ichamati River at Taki | Pic by Pinakpani via CC04

You can also visit Golpata Forest and Machranga Island, which are not that far from this place.

Besides all of these, you can enjoy a relaxing ferry ride right on the Ichamati river.

Distance from Kolkata: Approx. 65 km

5. MUKUTMANIPUR

Okay, some of you might say that Mukutmonipur is not at all ‘near’ Kolkata but, this place is not that far away from Kolkata.

It will take nearly 5-6 hours to reach Mukutmonipur by car. But, the mesmerizing beauty of this place will surely steal your heart.

You can enjoy some peaceful time, away from the swarms of people on the shores of Kangsabati Dam.

Distance from Kolkata: Approx. 230 km

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These are the 5 best places to visit near Kolkata in winter especially during weekends.

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