Friday, January 14, 2011

Gangasagar Mela 2011 in West Bengal

This year Gangasagar Mela will commence on January 12th, 2011 and will last till January 15th, 2011. On this occasion Hindu pilgrims from various places gather at Sagardwip, West Bengal where the holy river Ganga connects with the Bay of Bengal. Ganga originates from Gangotri and flows all through the Himalayas, Haridwar, Benaras, Prayag and finally merges with the Bay of Bengal. It is believed that holy Ganga has made a dive into the nether region and vivified the ashes of the sixty thousand ancestors of king Bhagirath. Devotees come from various parts of the world to take a holy dip in the sacred Ganga River. They offer prayers to Lord Surya (Sun God) and make an urge to wash away their sins on this auspicious occasion. They believe, by doing this they will be led to the path of Nirvana or Moksha. After the rituals, the pilgrims visit the Kapilmuni temple situated nearby.

Gangasagar Mela is one of the most auspicious festival of India
Sagar Island, about 150 km south of Bengal, is a famous Hindu pilgrim spot. Every year, on Makar Sankranti (an auspicious day on the Hindu calendar) on Jan 14, thousands of people gather there to take a dip in the Ganga river and offer puja.

Two special trains will run from Delhi carrying pilgrims for Gangasagar on January 10,' Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced at a function here Sunday.The trains will go via Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and reach Namkhana in South 24-Parganas.
On the return journey, the trains will start from Namkhana Jan 16.
Tourism in India Hotels Tour Attractions Packages Operators West Bengal : Main Tour Attractions
Districts Bankura,... Bardhaman... Birbhum .... Cooch Behar ... Darjeeling  ... East Midnapore ... Hooghly ,
 Howrah ... Jalpaiguri ... Kolkata ... Malda ...Murshidabad ...Nadia ... North 24 Parganas ... North Dinajpur, ...Purulia...  South 24 Parganas, South Dinajpur, West Midnapore

West Bengal
Area: 187 sq. kms. Altitude: 5.8 meters.
Places Of Interest :  Belur Math, Botanical Garden, Dakshineshwar Temple, Howarh Bridge, Jain Temple, Kali Temple, Marble Palace, Nakhoda Mosque, National Library, Rabindra Sarobar, Raj Bhavan, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Sahid Minar (Ochterlony Monument), St.Paul's Cathedral,
Victoria Memorial, Zoological Gardens.

Academy of Fine Arts, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Birla
Planetarium, Gurusaday Museum, Nehru Children's Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum, State Archaeological Gallery, Victoria Memorial Hall Museum.
Digha Beach- 185 kms, Santiniketan- 213 kms, Bakkhali Beach- 132 kms, Chandannagar- 39 kms, Diamond Harbour- 51 kms, Sundarban- 131 kms, Tribani- 48 kms, Gangasagar- 140 kms, Malda- 340 kms, Kalna- 82 kms, Navadweep- 110 kms, Mayapur- 134 kms, Murshidabad- 221 kms, Vishnupur-
152 kms, Belur Math- 16 kms, Dakshineshwar Temple- 20 kms, Botanical Gardens- 8 kms, Murshidabad- 221 kms, Shantiniketan- 167 kms.


Area: 2608 sq. kms. Altitude: Sea Level. Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 42, Min. 37. Winter- Max. 29, Min. 9.2. Clothing: Summer- Tropical/Cotton, Winter- Woolens. Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi, English. Best season September to March. July to September for Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary.
Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport is Calcutta- 131 kms which is connected with all major cities in India.
By Rail: From Calcutta there are suburban train to Canning and buses to Namkhana, Raidighi, Sonakhali and Najat from where Motor launch services are available for Sundarbans.
By Road: Namkhana- 105 kms, Sonakhali- 100 kms, Raidighi- 76 kms, Canning- 64 kms, Najat- 92 kms.

Jaldapara Sanctuary

Area: 100 sq. kms. Altitude: 61 meters. Best season: October to May. (Particularly March & April, when new grass is growing). Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winter- Woolens. Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, English
Nearby Tea Gardens and- Tribal Village, TOTOPARA
Reach -
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport-Shiliguri to Bagdogra - 13 kms.
By Rail: All the mail & express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara railway stations both are 20 kms away from the sanctuary.
By Road: Jaldapara is connected with Darjeeling and Shiliguri. By Road: Darjeeling-Shiliguri-Jalpaiguri- ( via New Teesta Bridge)- Mainaguri- Dhupguri- Gairkata- Birpara- Madarihat- 224 kms.


The second popular sea resort of West Bengal is Bakkhali , situated only 132 kms away from Calcutta , It is quiet and charming.

Reach -
By Rail: There is also a train service from Sealdah station upto Diamond Harbour. Namkhana is 58 km from diamond harbour. Kumardhubi- 10kms and Barakar- 12kms are the nearest railway stations. Asansol Junction is about 35 kms from here.
By Road: Dhanbad- 50 kms.


Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.39.4, Min.34.3. Winter- Max.15.7, Min.12.1. Rainfall: 125 cms ( June to September ). Heavy in July\August. Season: Throughout the year
Places Of Interest:
The places of interest are mainly on the campus and have a distinctive feature of some of the best in Indian art and culture. China Bhavan, Chhatimtala, Kala Bhavan, Patha Bhavan, Prayer Hall, Bichitra, Sangeet Bhavan, Uttarayan Complex, Udayana, Konarka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi, The Bichitra ( or, Rabindra Bhavan ), Kala Bhavan, Bichitra (Rabindra Bhavan), Deer Park, Uttarayan Gardens.

Fullora- 40 kms, Nalhati- 104 kms, Kankalitala- 7 kms, Massanjore- 78 kms, Kendubilwa- 42 kms, Nanoor- 23 kms, Tarapith- 80 kms.

Festivals accompanied by songs, dance and dramas are held here throughout the year.

Reach -
By Air: The nearest airport is Calcutta- 213 kms.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Bolpur- 2 kms.
By Road: Calcutta- 213 kms, Durgapur- 56 kms, Sarnath- 197 kms.


Area: 20.6 sq. kms. Altitude: 70 meters. Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.44, Min.28. Winter- Max.29, Min.21. Rainfall: 14.3 cms (July-August). Clothing: Summer- Tropical, Winter- Light woolens. Languages spoken: Bengali, English. Best Season: September to March.

Places Of Interest:
Ras Mancha, Dalmadal Cannon, Jor Bangla Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Malleswar Temple, Lalji Temple, Mrinmoyee Mandir, Shyam Rai Temple, Malla King's Fort, Jogesh Chandra Pura Kirti Bhavan Museum.

Jairambati- 43 kms, Kamarpukur- 48 kms, Mukutmanipur: 82 kms, Bahulara- 25 kms, Panchmura- 21 kms, Susunia Hills- 50 kms. 

Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport Calcutta is 201 kms away from Vishnupur.
By Rail: Vishnupur, the railway station is connected with Calcutta (Howrah).
By Road: Calcutta- 151 kms, Durgapur- 81 kms, Purulia- 145 kms, Bankura- 34 kms, Mukutmanipur.


Darjeeling is nested in a setting of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest, Tibetan Monasteries, Himalayan Tribal Life, Pine Trees etc. Which make her qualify as the queen of the hill stations.

Altitude: 2134 meters. Climate (deg C): Summer- Max. 14.9, Min. 8.6. Winter- Max. 6.11, Min. 1.50. Best Season: April to middle June and September to November. Clothing: Summer- Light Woolens & Tropical. Winter- Heavy Woolens.

Places Of Interest:
Tiger Hill- 11 kms, Ghoom Monastery- 8 kms; Batasia Loop- 5 kms, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute- 2 kms, Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway- 8 kms, Tibetan Refugees Center, Lebong Race Course, Natural History Museum, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Lloyds Botanical Garden, Observatory Hill, Dhirdham Temple, Senchal Lake.

Sandakphu- 58 kms, Tonglu, Phalut. 

Reach -
By Air: Bagdogra Airport- 96 kms is directly connected to Calcutta, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati and other places of North-East India.
By Rail: Directly connected to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Madras, Bombay, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Cochin.
By Road: Calcutta- 651 kms, Gangtok- 100 kms, Kalimpong- 51 kms.

Sagardwip (Sagar Island)

Gangasagar Mela, the largest fair in west Bengal held near the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, draws millions of pilgrims from all over India. They come for a holy dip on Makar Sankranti (last day of the Bengali Month) and after their obligations at the Kapilmuni Temple nearby.

Namkhana- 105 kms.Namkhana to Chemaguri by launch across the river
Muriganga from Chamaguri to Gangasagar by road- 10kms. One may cross the Muriganga from Herwood Point near Kakdip to Kaachubrie also. Kakdwip is 85 kms. from lot No. ',to Kachuberia and bus service from Kechuberia to Gangasagar-30 kms.

Raijang Bird Sanctuary

Altitude: 30 meters above sea level. Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 25, Min. 21. Winter- Max. 23, Min. 09. Rainfall: 155 cms (July to September). Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Tropical. Winter- Woolens. Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi, English. Best season: Throughout the year but preferably October to March.

Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport Calcutta- 425 kms and Malda- 76 kms.
By Rail: Malda Town- 76 kms is the nearest convenient railhead connected with the major cities.
By Road: Calcutta- 425 kms, Malda- 76 kms, Shiliguri- 181 kms.


A place of great historical importance. Here in the year 1757 a battle was fought between the British and the last Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Clive the British Chief defeated Nawab - Siraj-ud-daula by unfair means. Siraj-ud-dula was killed and Mirzaffar became the Nawab. The historic battle field is till preserved. A memorial was erected by Lord Curzon at the mango groves where the actual battle took place.
Reach: Calcutta- 172 kms, Calcutta, Bahrampore- 43 kms.
By Road: Calcutta, Bahrampore.


The word Kurseong means the place of White Orchid. Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys a milder and very healthy climate throughout the year. Kurseong means the places of White Orchid. Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys a milder and very healthy climate throughout the year.

Altitude: 4860 feet (2458 meters). Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 32, Min 19. Winter- Max 15, Min 6. Rainfall: 160 inches annually
(mid June to August). Best season: March to mid June & September to mid December.

Places Of Interest:
Eagle's Crag, Deer Park, Forest Museum, Giddhapahar Mandir, Ambotika Shiv Mandir, Makaibari Tea Estate, St.Mary's Hill, Dowhill, Baggaura, Chimney, Kettle Valley Picnic Spot, Namsu, Netaji Kothi.

Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport Bagdogra- 60 kms, is connected to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati & other places of north-eastern India.
By Rail: Kurseong itself is a railway station. New Jalpaiguri- 57 kms from Kurseong, is directly connected to the major places.
By Road: Shiliguri- 51 kms, Guwahati- 560 kms, Calcutta- 636 kms, Delhi- 1359 kms, Kathmandu- 621 kms.


Just 51 kms east of Darjeeling is situated the picturesque town of Kalimpong, the former headquarters of the Bhutanese Governor. Situated at an altitude of 1250 meters between the Deolo and Durbindra Hills, Kalimpong is an ideal place for a quiet holiday amidst gently rolling hills and deep valleys at the foot of the mighty Himalayas.

Altitude: 1250 meters. Languages spoken: Gorkha, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, English.

Places Of Interest:
Durpin Dara, Shri Ganeshmoni Pradhan Nursery, Standari Nursery, Shri L.B.Pradhan Nursery, Gouripur House, Swiss Welfare Dairy, Tibetan Monastery.

Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport Bagdogra- 80 kms is connected to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati & other places of north-east.
By Rail: Two nearest railway stations are New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Shiliguri where NJP is directly connected by rail with the important places.
By Road: Calcutta- 651 kms, Guwahati- 513 kms, Delhi- 1312 kms and other major cities.


Durgapur projects an image of an industrialized India. It is the third integrated steel plant of Hindustan Steel Limited and occupies an area of 6.47 sq. kms. Founded under the Colombo Plan Mission which visited India in April, 1955, the plant has been instrumental in changing the rural face of Durgapur into a vast industrial complex comprising public and private sectors.

Area: 41 sq. kms. Altitude: 68.9 meters. Temperature (deg C):
Summer- Max.46.1, Min. 37.8. Winter- Max. 32.2, Min. 29.4. Rainfall: (150 cms June to September). Clothing: Summer- Tropical, Winter- Light woolens. Languages spoken: Bengali, English. Best Season: Throughout the year.

Places Of Interest:
Alloy Steel Project- 10 kms, Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation- 6 kms, Durgapur Coke Ovens Project Limited- 6 kms, A.V.B.- 6 kms, Durgapur Barrage- 3 kms, Durgapur Steel Plant- 10 kms, Philips Carbon Black & Sankey Wheels.

Asansol- 42 kms, Chittranjan- 77 kms, Jaidev- 22 kms, Shantiniketan- 61 kms, Vishnupur- 72 kms. 

Reach -
By Air: Nearest national and international airport is Calcutta- 176 kms.
By Rail: Durgapur itself has a railway station.
By Road: Calcutta- 176 kms, Patna- 414 kms, Asansol- 50 kms, Shantiniketan- 62 kms, Vishnupur- 72 kms.


Beach-on-the-bay of West Bengal, Digha, has the whispery, languid, soft-focus, charm which is so graciously bengali : sighing casuarinas, ponies nodding on the beach, prolonged meals in the flavorsome sweet-&-salt idiom of the state and timeless days and nights of nothing to do but unwind and find yourself.

Reach -
By Air: Calcutta is the nearest airport- 210 kms.
By Rail: Contai Road- 37 kms is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Calcutta-Howrah-Mechheda-Norghat-Contai-Ramnagar-Digha- 185 kms, Calcutta-Deulti-Kolaghat-Kharagpur-Digha- 243 kms, Tarakeswar- 355 kms.

Buxa Tiger Reserve

Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up in the year of 1982-83 at the north eastern corner. This picturesque reserve with its proigous Terai, Bhabar as well as Hilly landscape, is dissected by numerous rivulets. The varitable flora and fauna of these wet forests attracts tourists and nature lovers every year. This part of the country is characterized by its high degree of plant & animal bio-diversity where 60% species are endemic to the area. The Generic diversity of mammals is second highest among all the tiger reserves of India. Astonishing bio-diversity of animals comprise of a reach avifauna of more than 230 identified species, 67 mammals (out of which 21 are endangered), 36 species of reptiles (10 numbers are endangered). Apart from Bengal Tiger there are plenty of Leopard, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Indian Civet, Palm Civet etc. The Hornbills including greater Pied Hornbill abound the area. One of the rarest bird of India the Black-necked Crane has been sighted in the Reserve during the early winter. The migratory beautiful Black Stork is a visitor of the area. The monsoon ends and beautiful Minivets, Sultan tits arrive, during summer rare Ashyminivet is also sighted.

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Taj Mahal , Akshardham Temple , Golden Temple , Hawa Mahal , Kerala Backwaters , Victoria Memorial , Gateway of India , Charminar , Ajanta Ellora Caves , Bodhi Temple, Mysore Palace ....

Main tourist Attractions of India Tourism in India Packages Hotels Operators Guide Visiting Places

Taj Mahal

Located in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh, the world famous Taj Mahal is one of the seven 'Wonders of the World.' Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal stands as a symbol of eternal love for centuries.

BY AIR- Indian Airlines (Domestic Airline in India) runs daily flights from Delhi to Agra. Kheria Airport (Airport of Agra) is about 6 km from the Agra city

BY RAIL -Well connected by excellent train services to Delhi such as The Shatabdi Express (2 hrs), Taj Express (2.5 hrs), Intercity Express (3 hrs).

Akshardham Temple

The massive temple is located in Delhi, on the banks of the river Yamuna. The temple complex sprawls over 100 acres, is an amazing world of Indian culture ornate with 20,000 statues, floral motifs, arches and intricately carved pillars.

Location - East Delhi, on Yamuna bank near Nizam -ud-Din Bridge.

How to Reach -Take an auto or cab or disembark at Indraprastha Metro station

Golden Temple

The Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib, is situated in Amritsar, Punjab. Built by Guru Arjan Sahib, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees throughout the year.

How to reach the Golden Temple

Air : Flights operate to the Rajasansi airport at Amritsar from many national destinations. Rail : Regular trains operate between Amritsar and national capital Delhi. Road : Buses are available to Amritsar from Delhi and other destinations of Punjab. Amritsar is at a distance of 234 kms from Chandigarh and 464 kms from Delhi.

Hawa Mahal-Situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Hawa Mahal is a major landmark of Rajputs rulers. Built in the traditional Rajpur architecture, the five story palace offers the breathtaking view of city. How to Reach -By Air Jaipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Kolkata and Varanasi by domestic flights.By Rail Jaipur is well connected to major cities of India by rail. The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country.By Road Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala is famous worldwide for its tranquil backwaters, which offer amazing boating experiences. The backwaters are created by to and fro motion of sea waves in the forms of lagoons, lakes and estuaries.

Air -The two international airports in Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and Kochi International Airport, and a domestic airport in Kozhikode are strategically located. All public and private airlines operating regular flights link these airports to major airports in India as well as abroad.Rail- Most of the places in and out of Kerala are interconnected by 200 Railway Stations . Direct trains to Kerala can be availed from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta and other major Indian cities

Victoria Memorial ( KOLKATA )

The memorial situated in Kolkata, West Bengal was built in attempt to match the Taj Mahal. The neo-classical marble building, opened in the year 1921, is a blend of classical western and Mughal architecture style.How to Reach:Air: There is N.S.C. International airport at Dumdum in Kolkata. Regular flights to rest of India and world are available here.Rail: Kolkata is very well connected to rest of India through two major railway station, Sealdah and Howrah.Road: Kolkata is connected to the rest of India by excellent road network.

Gateway of India

Situated in Mumbai, Gateway of India is one of the famous landmark of the city. The historical monument consists of a central hall with big archways.

Inaugurated in:1924 AD Highlight:It is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

How to Reach - One can easily reach Gateway of India by hiring taxis or autos, or by boarding buses or trains from the city.


Charminar the landmark of Hyderabad city, got its name from its four minarates (towers). It was Built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, the 56 metre high monument has beautiful galleries and arches. Places Nearby Worth Visiting:

Mecca Masjid is a very nice masjid at the distance of 1 km.Golkonda fort is around 16 kms from the Minar.Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hydrabad city. Nice place to g for evening walk. Salarjung art museum.Falaknuama PalaceChilkur Balaji Temple

How to Reach - Hyderabad is well connected with the rest of the country by air, railways and roads. Once in Hyderabad, the local transport like auto-rickshaws and taxis should get you to Charminar.

Ajanta Ellora Caves-The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta Ellora Caves are situated in Aurangababd district of Maharashtra. The caves have many temples of Hindus, Jains and Buddhists faiths.By Air : The nearest airport from Ajanta caves is the Aurangabad domestic airport (99 kms). By Rail : Aurangabad is directly linked to Mumbai and Pune by rail. Jalgaon, a railhead on the Central Railways line, is 59 kilometres from Ajanta. Two trains Tapovan Express and Devgiri Express depart daily from Mumbai to Aurangabad.By Road :Well connected to rest of India

Bodhi Temple

The Bodhi Temple located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar is one of the sacred places of worship for Buddhists. The magnificent Bodhi temple is an architectural blend of many cultures.dfsaa How to Reach - Air : The nearest airport is Gaya (12 Kms) and Patna (135 Kms).. The flights of Indian Airlines connect Patna to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and many other cities.Rail : Gaya Railway Station (12 Kms) is the major rail head. .Road : Bodh Gaya is well connected by good network of roads to Gaya (12 Kms), Patna (135 Kma), Nalanda (101 Kma), Rajgir (78 Kms) and Varanasi (252 Kms). Regular buses run from Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir and Varanasi. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation run buses from Patna twice a day.

Mysore Palace

The palace also called as the Amba Vilas is the main palace of Mysore.. The architecture of the palace is the amalgamation of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Roman and Oriental styles.

How to Reach- By Train-Mysore is connected with a number of trains to Bangalore. The super fast luxury train the Shatabdi Express connects Mysore to Madras. The quickest and most comfortable way to reach Mysore is via Bangalore.

By Air - The nearest airport to Mysore is Bangalore (139 km). By Road -Mysore is 139kms to the south west of Bangalore, well connected with rest of India.