Offbeat Destinations in West Bengal

Best 5 Offbeat Family Holiday Destinations in West Bengal

Why tourist prefer Offbeat Destinations?

Offbeat destinations are always away from crowded and less explored cultures, places, which is ideal for Photographers, Artists, Nature Lover, Honeymoon couples, Families, etc. from all over the world. They mostly choose offbeat destinations as it is more likely to their taste.

 

Why West Bengal can be targeted for Offbeat Destinations?

 

West Bengal has been populated with many tribal races, languages, cultures and heritages and it varies from North to South which reflects in the demographic structure. Incredible India has already highlighted some major tourist spots which have attracted the crowd. But there are also some wonderful offbeat places bearing cultural heritage and natural beauty which are yet to be explored. Those Offbeat places should be targeted for attention to improve their standard of living and tourism in West Bengal.

 

Why those Offbeat Places are suitable for your family?

Offbeat Destinations are crowd-free and are lesser explored which gives every family members an ample opportunity to spend the quality time with each other and relax, which seems to be impossible in at home or in populated destinations.  This is the major reason for choosing offbeat place for spending holidays.

 

List of Offbeat Destinations in West Bengal :

 

1. CHATAKPUR, A Beautiful Small Village 

Chatakpur

Chatakpur is an offbeat destination which is unexplored and it is a crowd less small village situated within Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling which is 7 kms. away from Sonada on Siliguri- Darjeeling route. Chatakpur is small eco village, surrounded by lush green, wooden cottages, forest trails, Mountains peaks, etc. adding beauty to the unknown village.

 

Planning to be made before arriving for Chatakpur :

Dress Code – Warm cloths, such as – Sweaters, shawls, Jackets, wind cheater, Rain coat, sun cap, etc. & also carry Boots or Sport shoes, so that the foots don’t get cold resulting in fever and cough.

Instruments / Appliances – Binoculars, Camera

Supportive Documents – ID proof, Address Proof, Tickets, Dairy, Map, Pen and camera bills.

Medical Support – Must bring First Aids box along on the journey trip, so that immediate medical attention could be taken when required other than waiting for help.

Duration Of Visit – At any point of time we can visit the place accept rainy season as due to landslides the tour becomes difficult.

Budgeting – While making a trip to an offbeat destination like Chatakpur, we must decide about estimated costing of the Darjeeling tour package that includes in Darjeeling tour itinerary with the help of online tour operator.

 

Costing of overnight stay suggestion –

Eco Cottage Rooms per 2 persons     : Rs. 3,500/- (Approx)

Village Home per head                      : Rs. 1,250/- (Approx)

 

Activities to be done :

  1. Adventure: We have the opportunity to trek / climb rocks both up-hill & down-hill to various destinations. Even we can find wild animals like- Leopards, Monkeys, Snakes, etc.
  2. Site Seeing: We can climb watch tower to view sunrise in the morning or takes photogenic view of Sandakphu and panoramic view of Kanchenjunga icy peaks. Even we can watch migrated birds besides the pond named ‘Pokhri’.
  3. Traditional: People of the village tell mythological tales about their villages, and when we spend our ample time with them, we come to knew about their culture and heritage.

  

Journey mode :

  • Way In – From NJP Station or Bagdogra Air port we can hire a reserve four wheeler (Specifically- Sumo. Jeep, Bolero, etc.) Vehicles from Darjeeling car rental for the route of Chatakpur which can guide us safely to the destination.
  • Way Out – While returning from the trip, same route from Sonada will be followed to move down.

2. RAJABHATKHAWA, A Exciting Place to Visit

Rajabhatkhawa

Rajabhatkhawa is not yet totally exposed nor crowded, but ideal Offbeat hub for tourists to visit various nearby attractive places in Dooars during the Vacations. Rajabhatkhawa is a store house for flora and fauna, surrounded by dense forest consisting wildlife like – Tiger, Bison, Monkeys, etc.

 

Planning to be prepared for the Trip :

Dress Code – During winters these cloths are compulsory to have – Sweaters, shawls, Jackets, wind cheater, etc.

Instruments / Appliances – Binoculars, Camera, Trekking equipments if possible.

Supportive Documents – ID proof, Address Proof, Tickets, Dairy, Map, Pen and camera bills.

Medical Support – First Aids box should be taken along, so that immediate medical attention could be taken when required other than waiting for help.

Duration Of Visit – Best time to visit – December and February.

Budgeting – We must prepare estimation before arriving for Rajabhatkhawa which could be consulted offline or online with tour operators for any query.

 

Overnight Stay Suggestion: 

Some resorts and lodges are there for spending vacation nights. Dreamalayas Rajabhatkharwa resort, consisting Luxuries rooms are available for staying, situated within Rajabhatkhawa.  WBFDC Buxa Jungle Lodge, located near Rajabhatkhawa railway crossing in unexplored environment. 

  • Estimated Cost for 2 days per head = 2,500/- (Approx.)
  • Dooars Car Rental                             = 2,250/- (Approx.)

[Note : The charges are negotiable as per Dooars Tour packages according to Dooars Travel Agents]

Activities for Rajabhatkhawa :

There are 8 certain places to be visited in Rajabhatkhawa which are tourist’s main attraction. They are discussed below :-

  • Santarabari – For adventure we can enjoy trekking which starts from Santarabari to Buxa Fort. 
  • Lepchakhawa – Lepchakhawa is a small alluring valley which could be reached from Buxa by trekking 5 kms.  This place provides us the awesome view of entire Buxa Tiger Reserve, North Bengal plain lands and adjoining Bhutan.
  • Mahakal Temple–  We will find an interesting natural stalactite cave that is famous for religion peoples and for adventurers too, situated just 13 kms from Jayanti in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
  • Pokri Hill – We can reach Pokri hill through trekking which is 4kms short and easy route from Jayanti Village in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
  • Raimatang – We can also visit Raimatang, a forest village for a exciting thrilling journey experience inside of Buxa Tiger Reserve over the river bed by Four wheeler vehicles.
  • Rover’s Point – Rover Point is situated 3kms away from Buxa fort and a hub for migrated and local birds, where we can spend ample time watching them.
  • Roopam Valley – We have the strength to trek more or we are hard trekker, we can move ahead for another 6kms from Rover’s Point to reach Roopam Valley bordering Bhutan.
  • Narathali Lake – Narathali Lake is wonderful place situated at the eastern division of Buxa Tiger Reserve forest that is strictly prohibited for visitors. Only written permit from Forest Dept. can allow us to visit Narathali Lake.

Journey Process: 

  • Way In – From NJP Station or Bagdogra Air port we can book a private four wheeler Vehicles from Dooars car rental for destination – Rajabhatkhawa in the Dooars area.
  • Way Out – During return, the private four wheeler can help us reach back Siliguri Town.

3. LAMAHATTA, Splendid Tourist Spot 

Lamhatta

Lamahatta is been one of the untouched offbeat place away from crowd which was re-discovered while passing through in March 2012 by our honorable CM, Ms. Mamta Bannerjee. This place has got a strong historical background, which reflects in the name – ‘Lamahatta’ that has derived from the local Buddhist Monestry called as Lamahatta Gumpa. Literally, Lamahatta means a lama or a Buddhist monks’ hut. The Place consists of tall Pine and Dhupi trees which is mixed with appealing smoke of white mist makes the surrounding not less than heaven. This Beautiful Spot is located 23 kms away from Darjeeling.

Planning to be prepared for the Trip :

Dress Code –During winters these cloths are compulsory to have – Sweaters, shawls, Jackets, wind cheater, Raincoat, Sun Cap, etc. and shoes for trekking, sport shoes, etc.

Instruments / Appliances – Binoculars, Camera, Trekking equipment.

Supportive Documents – ID proof, Address Proof, Tickets, Dairy, Map, Pen and camera bills.

Medical Support – We must bring First Aids box along, so that any medical attention can be fulfilled other than waiting for help.

Duration Of Visit – Any time we can visit but avoid rainy season due to landslides.

Budgeting – We should make a financial budget for tour while planning for Lamahatta. For help we can consult with online tour operator or Local Tour agencies.

Local Overnight Stay

There are numerous Tents, Lodges, home stay and hotels available to spend nights for travelers. Some of the Hotels are namely Lamahatta Residency, Lamahatta Lodge or in Takdah roughly half an hour away by driving.

Home stay Room Rates = Rs. 1750/- (Per two) Approx.

Tent Rates                  = Rs. 2,250 /- (Per Two) Approx.

[ Note : The rates mentioned here can be negotiable after consulting with tour agent or guides.]

Activities to be done for the trip :

  • We can Trek in few short jungle at Lamahatta. Trek can be done 8 kms through jungle to Takdah along with some local or guide for any help.
  • Historical Lamahatta Village Monestry and Cave temples adds mystical thrill while visiting.
  • Lush Green Tea gardens attracts tourist which is spread all around along with that we can also we can sight the alluring view of Kanchenjunga’s Icy covered peak.
  • We can also enjoy the colonial type of local living with the riches of climatic blessings.
  • We can test famous delicious local food and beverages like- Momo, Piping hot noodle soups, etc. for a change.

Route Suggested :

  • Way In – To reach Lamahatta from Siliguri, it takes 3.5 hrs. covering 72 kms in the drive way. We can either hire Shared private Jeep available from NJP station and Junction road that will take us to Jorebanglow, near Ghoom from where we have to take the route to lamahatta. Or else we have to book from Darjeeling car rental that will takes us there.
  • Way Out – And again from the same route of Jorebanglow, we have to hire a private four wheeler vehicle to return down to Siliguri City.

 4. TINCHULEY, A Magnificent Trip 

Tinchuley

Tinchuley or Tinchule is a admirable offbeat destination that attracts any tourist which is situated  near Darjeeling. It is a small village located above 3kms from Tekdah, which faces the Kalimpong hills. 

Trip Planning :

Dress Code – Compulsory to have – Sweaters, shawls, Jackets, wind cheater, Raincoat, Sun Cap, etc. and shoes for trekking, sport shoes, etc.

Instruments / Appliances – Binoculars, Camera, Trekking equipments.

Supportive Documents – ID proof, Address Proof, Tickets, Dairy, Map, Pen and camera bills.

Medical Support – We must have First Aids box along for medical attention can be fulfilled keeping in mind about the poor medical infrastructure of the place.

Best time for trip – We can move there any point of time, although October to April are said to be best time for visit.

Budgeting – We must decide the budget while planning for Lamahatta. For this, we can consult with online tour operator or Local Tour agencies.

Local Overnight Stay

We can get numerous Guest house/ Lodges/ Cottages/home stay and even hotels available there within Tinchuley or nearby to spend nights for travelers. Some of them are :

  1. Gurung’s Guest house
  2. Abhiraj Homestay

Double beded Room(Standard) = Rs. 800/- to Rs.1,200/- (per head) Approx.

Triple beded Room(deluxe) = Rs. 1,200/- to Rs.1,500/- (per head)

Four beded Room                 = Rs. 1,600/- to 2,000/- (per head)

Cottage                                  = Rs. 2,500/- (per head) Approx.

Deluxe Rooms                      = Rs. 3,000 /- (per head) Approx.

[Note : The rates mentioned here can be negotiable after consulting with tour agent or guides.]

 

Activities made for the trip :

  • Being nature lover we can observe Sunrise while sighting the peaks of Kanchenjunga.
  • Historical Monastery also attracts tourists to visit.
  • We can also watch migrated birds spending the precious moments with nature.
  • We can also find Orange garden from where the famous oranges are supplied.
  • Enjoy the beauty of rich greenish tea garden spread around.
  • We must watch out for Testa river valley that looks amazing from the site.
  • When we visit Tinchuley, we should visit Takdah bazaar for shopping purpose.

Travel Process :

Tinchuley is 73 kms from Siliguri (about 3 hrs. journey).

  • Way In – For reaching Tinchuley from NJP Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra we must hire private/govt. four wheeler vehicles from jeepsy/taxi stand or book from Darjeeling car rental, that will take us to Tinchuley. If we go through shared Taxi or unreserved car or even bus, we can reach Takdah from where again we must hire pvt. Taxi to reach the destination.
  • Way Out – While returning we need to look for pvt. Taxi which will take us down to Siliguri city or we can depend on our reserve taxi or other four wheeler vehicle previously booked.

5. UDAIPUR, An Exciting Offbeat Destination

Udaipur

Udaipur is a beach situated 3 kms away from Digha in Medinipur district. This beach is not yet explored like other beaches like Digha, Mondarmoni, etc. and it is also less populated place which makes it ideal offbeat destination for tourist to send an exciting vacation. 

Trip Planning :

Dress Code – In India there is a contradiction between Indian and western tradition wear. Therefore, it depends on us how we want to dress ourselves for such kind of environment. Although, it is suggested to wear swimming costumes which is favorable for the sea beach for relaxing. Other than that we can have Hat, Sunglasses, and Outing casual wears as per choice which can give us that comfort zone in such mixed environment.  Live Jacket is also important to have along with for safety purpose.

Instruments / Appliances – Hand Camera or Digital Camera, Selfie stick.

Supportive Documents ID proof, Address Proof, Tickets and camera bills must be taken for future references.

Medical Support – We must bring First Aids box along medicines for anti-vomiting medicines or other required medicines for medical support although there will be safety precautions provided by the sea authority.

Best time for trip – The best time to visit is September and March.

Budgeting – While budgeting for the tour, we must keep in mind about the cost of offbeat tour package that can be consulted with Tour operators both offline and offline for better service to be availed.

Local Overnight Stay

We can stay at Tent accommodated the Government of West Bengal. There is also a guest house beside the sea beach with standard accommodation. If we can afford for Star hotel, we will find Oceania Tourist Complex situated at Orissa side that provides luxurious service. Hotel accommodation starts from Rs. 700/- to Rs.1,000/- .

  • Activities to be done on the offbeat location :
  • We can spend the best moments playing and taking bath in the Sea with close family member rejoicing each moment together.
  • Walking along the coast lines will make us feel classy and nostalgic.
  • Sunset and Sunrise are both admiring for views watching from the sea coast that ought to be best moments which will be required to be captured.
  • We can relax on the sea beach and enjoying while taking a sip of coconut water are the best times to cheer about. The cool breezes coming from the sea coast makes the environment amazing.
  • We can also do sport activities on sea beach or on water. Sports like all Terrain Biking, Volley Balls, speed boating, etc. can be performed for incredible entertainment.
  • We can also watch out for Red crabs found in the soil of sea beach that will bring excitement.

 Journey mode : 

  • Way In – The nearest airport is Kolkata where after we reach we take the help of Train, Bus or Taxi to reach Digha, in order to reach Udaipur which is 3 kms away from there. Therefore, if we want to go for Digha, we must take up and down train available from Howrah station. We can hire or book private taxi or other four wheeler vehicle from G.T.Road (Grand Trunk Rd.) or from Kona Expressway till Haldia Expressway to enter Nandkumar, from where we can drive through Kontai bye pass to reach. Or we can even go from Esplanade, Kolkata to Digha bus stand from where we can take trekker or ‘bhatbati’(Local transport bike) for convenience to reach Udaipur.
  • Way Out – To return, the same transportation mode can be followed while keeping in mind about the vehicles available from Digha Bus Stand, some of which are – AH 45/NH 6, NH 41 and SH -4.

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