Friday, 9 December 2011

Digha, West Bengal

Girdled with casuarinas plantations all along the sun-kissed beaches, Digha surely makes way to be one of the most sought after weekend destination locales in West Bengal. Situated at a distance of about 185 kms from the City of Joy, Kolkata, this small beach town has been rightfully described as the 'Brighton of the East’. The scenic beauty of the beaches, coupled with mesmeric sunrise and captivating sunsets enthralls the visitors completely, giving them an ideal ambience to rejuvenate and restore their parched nerves. 

Originally known as Beerkul, during the time of Warren Hastings, Digha was discovered by the British, in the late 18th century. Even today, the hamlet completely baffles the imaginations of an individual with its charismatic exquisiteness and natural splendor. Away from the pandemonium of a city life, Digha acts as a perfect spot for individuals to revitalize and restore the mind, body and soul. The beach town has something to offer for all the age groups. Right from religious temples to romantic beaches and educating museums and research centre, no one can complain of being unsatisfied on their trip to Digha. 

Shankarpur, Chandaneswar, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre and New Digha are some of the most important tourist destinations which you should visit while touring this amazing beach town. After you get exhausted from the fun and frolic in the sand, head straight to the local eatery to relish the local Bengali food. Once in Digha, do not forget to try fried fish on the sea front. For shopaholics, Digha can be nothing less than a paradise. Right from ornaments made from shell to curios, hand-woven mats and cashew nuts, the list of things which you can pack along with you is just endless. So, what are you waiting for- just pack your bags and head to this amazing beach town to experience a memorable weekend.

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Popularly known as the virgin beach, Shankarpur is a twin beach of Digha, about 14 km from the beach town, along the Digha-Contai Road. The place boasts of extending to tourists a wide and unspoilt beach, casuarina groves by the side of a gentle sea and a good climate throughout the year. One can enjoy the pleasure and bliss of a private beach with casuarina plantations in this serene and calm haven. 


Digha promises to forward something for everyone. While nature lovers can enjoy the alluring beach, captivating sunrise and mesmeric sunsets, for those with a religious bent of mind, heading to Chandaneswar would be to a good idea to satiate their yearning. Situated 8 kms away from Digha, Chandaneswar is home to the century old Temple of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims flock to the temple in the month of Chaitra.

Marine Aquarium and Research Centre

Established in the year 1989, during the Seventh Five Year Plan, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre, MARC as it is popular known as, was mainly devised to educate people about the marine biodiversity of the region. The centre has the largest inbuilt marine aquarium in the country, which gives visitors an opportunity to explore the aquatic life. The aquarium is well-equipped with sea water circulation system and advanced filtration unit. The aquarium is opened to public, on all working days, from 9.30 in the morning to 6 in the evening. 

New Digha

An extension of the township, New Digha is located 2 kms away from the old town and boasts of having a plethora of tourist spots which one can delve into. Apart from the glorious tree-lined beaches, you can also have a sneak peak into the world of science, thanks to the Science Center, which has been established by the National Council of Science Museums. In addition to this, there is a small park with a lake called Amravati Lake, wherein you can enjoy a boat ride. Near to the lake is Deepak Mitra's Snake Farm, which is an added attraction.

What activities to do...........

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