West Bengal, a state in the eastern part of India, is gifted with picturesque and historical places. Every year, tourists from various parts of the country and even from abroad plan trips and vacations in this state. I feel happy to belong to the state, adorned with rich heritage and culture. Well, travelers tend to opt for the popular places for their visits, But today I would like to introduce you to some incredible offbeat destinations in West Bengal, far from the maddening crowds. These places are quaint and peaceful, perfect to spend time in solitude while twining with the beauty around.
Mousuni Island, situated near Namkhana, is one of the pristine offbeat destinations in West Bengal. The island beams with natural beauty. There are a plethora of activities to do on the island. Bird watching, strolling across the beach, going for a boat ride, and partying with friends and family are some of the ways to enjoy the place. You can relax at the eco-cottages or tents on the island while watching the sunset spreading its golden hue around.
Location: Near Namkhana in the southern part of the state on NH117
Duarsini is essentially a forest covered with huge green trees and dense plantations. It is one of the picturesque offbeat destinations in West Bengal. Santhal, Kheriya, and Munda are the three villages in the place. The region is surrounded by breathtaking lakes, gushing waterfalls, and thick rainforests. The flora and fauna at Duarsini are unparalleled; a perfect place for wildlife photographers and nature admirers.
Location: Purulia district
Samsing is a pristine hamlet, adorned by beautiful terraced tea gardens. Located at the banks of the River Murti, it is one of the astounding offbeat destinations in West Bengal. You will love the greenery around and more importantly the gurgling sounds of the river waters splashing against the rocky beds. The place remains less crowded, ideal for spending a secluded vacation.
Location: At Matiali in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district
If you are a regular reader of our blogs, then you must have read about Sonajhuri in one of our articles. Believed to be one of the cleanest forests in India, Sonajhuri is an enthralling offbeat destination. You will cherish the beauty of the nature around you and the simplicity of the tribal people. If you happen to visit the place on a Saturday, then you can visit the local market selling the hand-made products of the villagers.
Location: Near Santiniketan in Bolpur
For beach lovers, Junput is one of the stunning offbeat destinations in West Bengal. You won’t experience the huge crowds at its beach, but a silent atmosphere all around. Watching the sunset at the beach, while being engrossed in its picturesque landscape, is truly bliss. The line of palm trees alongside the beach, swaying along with the breeze, creates a soothing sensation.
Location: Purba Medinipur district
Taki is a pristine retreat, bordering the two neighboring nations India and Bangladesh. The place is ideal for a weekend getaway or vacation. You can go for a boat ride on the river Ichamati and watch the sunset. There are several ancient buildings and temples to explore, mingle with the villagers and taste the traditional food. Do not miss visiting Kingfisher island and the Golpata forest.
Location: North 24 Parganas district
For history buffs, the 2300 years old Chandraketugarh is an ideal location. Many historical relics and archaeological excavations can be found in the city, popularly known as Bengal’s Harappa. As per the research works done, the place seems to belong way back in the 3rd century BC. You must visit the museums to see the terracotta images, motifs, seals, and many more. Located at the banks of the river Bidhyadhari, the place is a symbolic representation of ancient historic tales.
Location: Near Berachampa in North 24 Parganas district
For nature lovers, Rajabhatkhawa is a small town covered with forests. Due to its proximity to the Buxa Tiger reserve, the place flourishes with its exotic flora and fauna. You will love to visit the forest village adorned with different species of trees, orchids, herbs, shrubs, and creepers. There is a watchtower from where you can watch the forest animals and birds. Truly one of the thrilling offbeat destinations in West Bengal.
Location: Alipurduar district in the Dooars region
If you are on a honeymoon trip or want to spend a cozy vacation, Lepchajagat will be a good place for you. You can easily avoid the crowds while enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of nature. It was once a hamlet of the Lepcha tribes and hence the name. You will love to stroll across the forest trails and feel the freshness in the air. Considered to be one of the striking offbeat destinations in West Bengal.
Location: Darjeeling district
An ancient fort and a palace are the key attractions of Garh Panchkot, perfect for a weekend trip. There are artistic temples dedicated to the Hindu gods and goddesses – Rama, Vishnu, Kali, and many others. The palace called Rani Mahal was originally a massive structure as obvious from the ruins discovered in the area. If you are a history buff and love to visit old historic buildings and monuments, the place is an ideal spot for you.
Location: Darjeeling district
Hope you have enjoyed reading about the offbeat destinations in West Bengal. There are more such places, will try to cover them in subsequent articles.
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