Looking for a place to take winter vacations so as to welcome a fresh New Year? Well guys, you better hurry and pack your bags since the chilling season has already started getting high. You can call this almost the end of December so you better find someplace where can locate yourself, one which you can call a ‘winter wonderland’ and ready yourself to savor the New Year boost. Despite the biting cold weather at some places, winter holidays are truly mesmerizing; it has clear skies, lovely food, snow and so on. So, to help you with your winter trip, we have listed down 11 best holiday destinations in West Bengal, therefore, making an effort to make your winter trip an epic affair.
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by lush tea gardens, Darjeeling is a wonderful hill town which never ceases to amaze the visitors with its stunning features. Winter, of course, is the best time to visit when the clear smiling skies allow awesome landscape vistas including that of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Attractions: Mount Kanchenjunga, Tiger hill, Batasia Loop, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
Places to stay: Mayfair Darjeeling, Hotel Shangri La Regency, Sinclairs Darjeeling, Dekeling Hotel.
Digha is yet another an ideal winter destination of the state which is extremely famous for its sandy beaches, soul-satisfying sea foods, and water sports activities. Winters especially entice the tourists to have some good time on the beaches.
Attractions: New Digha Beach, Talsari Beach, Shankarpur Beach, Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India.
Places to stay: Hotel Santiniketan Digha, Hotel Dolphin, Hotel Coral Digha, Cozzet Hotel Digha.
Bishnupur, a cosy little town which boasts of some spectacular wonders is undeniably a perfect winter getaway. Sacred temples, narrow alleys, quaint palaces, gorgeous architecture, terracotta and Baluchari Sarees are some factors which make the place truly fascinating.
Attractions: Jorebangla Temple, Rasmancha, Sarbamangala Temple, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loukoipat Ecological Park, Radha Govinda Temple.
Places to stay: Bishnupur Tourist Lodge, Mallabhum Lodge, Hotel Laxmi Park, Banalata Resort.
Sunderbans actually is the largest estuarine delta in the world which proudly occupies a place on the bucket-list of many travel fanatics within and across the country. Being the home to world`s largest tiger population, exploring this fantastic destination will definitely be a treat for those who admire nature & wildlife.
Attractions: Tiger Reserve, Halliday Island, Piyali, Netidhopani, Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project.
Places to stay: Solitary Nook, Sunderban Gateway Resort, Banani Resort, Swabhumi Guest House.
Amongst the various wonderful excursions that Kolkata offers, Bankura firmly occupies a place which boasts of dense green forests, rolling hills, fine terracotta temples and several scenic spots. Make a sure visit to this delightful location and see it awakens the lost explorer in you.
Attractions: Biharinath Hill, Susunia Hills, Garh Darwaja, Mukutmonipur Dam, Krishna-Balaram Temple.
Places to stay: Hotel Saptaparna, Laxmishree Bhavan (Lodge), Hotel Taj Ganga, Priyabani Lodge.
Once home to the Nawabs who ruled here and contributed to the city`s glory is today a center for agriculture, handicrafts, and sericulture. Located beautifully on the River Bhagirathi, Murshidabad is an ancient village which allows you the glimpse of the rich grandeur of the awe-inspiring historical monuments and the city`s most scenic attraction, the bridge over River Hooghly.
Attractions: Imambara, Wasef Manzil, Nasipur Palace, Katra Mosque, Hazarduari Palace Museum, Jalangi River.
Places to stay: Hotel Manjusha, Hotel Green House, Hotel Samrat, Apyayan Hotel, New Hotel Shivam.
The historical city of Birbhum which serves as a home to the famous Visva Bharati University established by Rabindranath Tagore is very much renowned for its cultural heritage, industrial significance and the beautifully scattered red soil houses.
Attractions: Shantiniketan, Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Hetampur, Temple of Nandikeswari.
Places to stay: Hotel Sonar Bangla Tarapith, Larica Holiday Inn Tarapith, Amantran Hotel & Resorts, Hotel Maa Tara Residency.
Blessed with bountiful of nature and incredible views of the Himalayas, Kalimpong is lovely hill station to visit in West Bengal during the winters. Go on witnessing the wide array of orchids, surveying the traditional handicrafts and visiting around a lot of revered monasteries.
Attractions: Deolo Hill, Graham`s Home, Kalimpong Cactus Nursery, Tharpa Choeling Gompa, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang.
Places to stay: Hotel Garden Reach, Holumba Haven, The Elgin Silver Oaks, The Soods Garden Retreat.
If history fascinates you then do not miss this ancient village situated in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. Adorned with old buildings, temples, and tank, the Kamarpukur will treat you thus taking you back in time.
Attractions: Matri Mandir, Yogi Shiva Temple, Jairambari Math, Gopeshwar Temple, Mukundapur Temple.
Places to stay: Sinclairs Tourist Resort, Hotel Ananya, Sarada Lodge, Basudev Lodge.
Shantiniketan is a place better known as the home to the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and his vision in the form of the Viswa Bharati University. Decorated with history-laden museums and amusement parks all around, Shantiniketan is a must-visit place in the state which enriches you with the feel of the historical cultures.
Attractions: Shantiniketan Campus, Baul Singers, Poush Mela, Joydev Mela, Basanta Utsav.
Places to stay: Park Guest House, Rangamati Garden Resort, Roshnai Village Resort, Mitali Homestays.
Nature has been quite generous to this alluring land rich in natural grandeur and historical assets. Although less known but Barrackpore is a much interesting to visit if you wish to discover nature at its best and also if you want to go deep into history.
Attractions: Mangal Pandey Park, Gandhi Kali Temple, Jawaharkunja Garden, Tarakeshwar Temple, Bartholomew Cathedral.
Places to stay: Orchid Hotel and Restaurant, Ivy Hotel, Amarjit Hotel and Restaurant, Hotel Aquatic Palace.
So, before you regret, head towards a fantastic location despite the chilling weather and cold breeze and welcome gaily the Happy New Year.