Bakkhali

Bakkhali is seaside resort in Namkhana (community development block) in Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans forests, barring a few at the fringes which have been cleared of forests. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal.It has a 7 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj, a twin beach, with gently rolling waves.

Point of interest

Bakkhali Beach:
1 kms from city center 1 out of 6 Places To Visit in Bakkhali The Bakkhali Beach is perhaps the most breath taking beaches in India. The near 7 km coastline is not just the most stunning view of the sea merging into the land, but is also very sparsely populated, which accentuates its beauty.

Henry's Island:
4 kms from city center 2 out of 6 Places To Visit in Bakkhali Henry's Island is not just very famous in Bakkhali but is very popular throughout the country. The place derives its name from a British explorer who arrived on the island back in the 19th century.

Jambu Dwip:
8 kms from city center 3 out of 6 Places To Visit in Bakkhali Another very beautiful and elusive spot in Bakkhali, Jambu Dwip is an independent island, 8 kms off the main coast. The island is uninhabited and submerges in water for some months of the year.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. The varied culture of the town reflects its diverse demographic milieu consisting of Gorkhas, Bhutia, Lepcha and other mainland ndian ethno-linguistic groups.

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Tiger Hill, Darjeeling :
Tiger Hill (2,590 m) is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together. It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit.Panorama of the Kangchenjunga massif from Darjeeling's Tiger Hill.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda. The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year.

Peace Pagoda:
Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling or Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Like most of the other Peace Pagodas, it was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885 - 1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji Buddhist Order. The foundation stone of the pagoda was laid on 3 November 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii, and was inaugurated on 1 November 1992. The pagoda was designed by M. Ohka, and it took 36 months for constructing it. The height of the pagoda is 28.5 metres (94 ft) and diameter is 23 metres (75ft).

The Batasia Loop :
The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. It was commissioned in 1919. It is 5 km from Darjeeling, below Ghum. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), nicknamed the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling

White Water Rafting in Teesta, Darjeeling :
If you have a little sense of adventure, then don't miss out on this one. White water rafting is easy to organize with your Darjeeling trip. The rafting on the river Teesta is an amazing experience where the foaming river flows down a valley with forested banks and mountains on both sides. The many birds, fishes, flora & fauna combined with the rafting excitement can become a memorable experience for life. It can be done by anybody, even novices. Rafting can be combined with camping on river banks.

Paragliding in Darjeeling :
This aerosport is now increasingly getting popular in Darjeeling both with tourists and locals. After all who doesn't want to fly like a bird? And that too watching the lovely mountain landscapes, tiny houses & mountain villages, Kanchenjunga snow peaks and even the Everest from the sky. Like to experience the paradise? Try paragliding in Darjeeling. It can be done by anyone. If you have never done it before, don't worry, there is something called tandem paragliding where a guide will accompany you and control the whole flight. All you have to do is to enjoy being in paradise :)

Digha

Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in East Midnapore district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach with gentle waves extending up to 7 km (4.3 mi) in length. It is the most popular sea resort in the West Bengal. Geography[edit] It is located at 21.68°N 87.55°E.[3] It has an average elevation of 6 metres (20 ft). It is located 183 km (114 mi) from Kolkata/Howrah via Mecheda and 234 km (145 mi) via Kharagpur, this proximity has probably helped this small hamlet to emerge as a popular weekend getaway with number of good hotels and tourist lodges. .

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Shankarpur Beach :
15 kms from Digha, Shankarpur is a virgin beach with a lovely view of the beach surrounded by local fishboats and rows of tress giving visitors the perfect Kodak moment. Near the beach, there are also a few temples in Shankarpur.

Talsari Beach:
7 kms from city center 3 out of 6 Places To Visit in Digha Lined with coconut and palm trees all along, Talasari beach is famous among sea food lovers for the delicacies it offers. The place has an amazing view with all the stretches of greens peeking through the mountains and the rivers.

Temple at Chandaneswar:
7 kms from city center 6 out of 6 Places To Visit in Digha Situated at a distance of 6-8 kms from Digha, Chandaneswar Shiv temple has mythology and folklore depicting its creation and history. The temple plays host to a huge annual fair on the first day of Oriya calendar and sees an influx of a large number of tourists every year.

Udaipur:
5 kms from city center 4 out of 6 Places To Visit in Digha If you're looking for a more laidback and tranquil beach atmosphere, Udaipur beach is the right place to visit. The beach has lonely, deserted stretches of seashore where you can just walk along, take a dip in the water or just rent a bike to roam around.

Puri

Puri (About this sound listen (help·info)) (Odia: ????) is a city and a municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India. It is the district headquarters of Puri district and is situated on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the 12th-century Jagannath Temple located in the city. It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Puri is known by several names since the ancient times, and was locally known as "Shrikhetra" and Lord Jagannath temple is known as "Badadeula". Puri and the Jagannath Temple were invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim rulers, from the 4th century AD till the early 19th century with the objective of looting the treasures of the temple. Odisha, including Puri and its temple, were under the British Raj from 1803 till India attained independence in August 1947. Even though princely states do not exist in India today the heirs of the Gajapati Dynasty of Khurda still perform the ritual duties of the temple. The temple town has many Hindu religious maths or monasteries. The economy of Puri town is dependent on the religious importance of the Jagannath Temple to the extent of nearly 80 percent. The 24 festivals, including 13 major ones, held every year in the temple complex contribute to the economy; Ratha Yatra is the biggest Fetival in Puri

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Jagannath Temple:
Built in 1161, the Jagannath Temple is one of the major Hindu Temples in India. The primary deity of the temple is Lord Jagannath, who is a form of Lord Vishnu. Interestingly, unlike the statues found in other Hindu temple, the statue of Lord Jagannath is carved from wood and is replaced every 12 years. The Temple is a part of the Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage and is a must visit attraction in Puri.

Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary:
One of the major wildlife sanctuaries in Orrisa, the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across an area of 1100 sq kilometers. The sanctuary is located by the eponymous Chilika Lake which makes the area the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest in the world. The sanctuary is home to a large verity of fauna and avi-fauna species and is a definitive

Puri Beach:
Located at the shores of the Bay of Bengal the Puri Beach is the site of the annual beach festival and is also a sacred place for the Hindus. The beach is a common sight for sand art and is one of the most peaceful beaches to visit while visiting in winters.

Atharnala Bridge:
Built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 13th century, Atharnala is a medieval bridge that is exemplified by the 18 passages it comprises of. The Bridge is considered a protected archeological heritage and is 85 meters in length. The best time to visit again is during the winter months when the views of the surroundings can be enjoyed at their best.

Gundicha Ghar Temple:
Built in a distinctive kalinga style, the Gundicha Ghar Temple was built by the queen of King Indradyumna the founder of the 1st Jagannath temple. The temple is located right next to the Jagannath Temple and is a common place of the festivities during the annual car festival known as the ‘Ratha Yatra’. The architecture of the temple is a marvel to behold and is ornate with intricate and artistic stone carvings.