Ajgaivinath

Ajgaivinath Dham is a well known temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in Sultanganj in the East Indian state of Bihar. The temple is situated atop a rock on the bank of Ganges river. It is believed that Lord Shiva was given his bow, known as Ajgay, at this very place and so the place came to be known as Ajgaivinath. A series of marvelous rock sculptures and inscriptions are the main highlights of the temple. Inside the temple, there are idols of various deities including Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Narayana and Goddess Laxmi. The place has a beautiful charm in it. Its calm natural surroundings and the soothing view of River Ganga will relieve your soul from all stress and worries.

Ajgaivinath

How to Reach

Trains are running from Howrah and Sealdah to Sultanganj. Ajgaivinath Dham is 3 km from Sultanganj station. Trekkers and cycle rickshaws are available from Sultanganj station to reach Ajgaivinath temple.


Accommodation

Indrapuri Rest House. Tariff: Rs. 600-1700. Tel: 7070868666, 9631891301.
Hotel Alka. Tariff: Rs. 600-1500. Tel: 9135266589.

Places Near Kolkata

Seraikela

Seraikela is a charming destination situated in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Surrounded by low hillocks, verdant forests and sparkling water streams, Seraikela is a great place for a weekend hangout. The town also serves as the administrative headquarters of Saraikela Kharsawan District. Enriched with vibrant colours and rhythms of Chhau dance, the destination is quite popular among folk art lovers. Apart from being well-known around the world for its unique variant of Chhau Dance, Seraikela also hosts a range of tourist attractions.

Seraikela Palace

Sightseeing and Activities

A landmark attraction of the town is the Royal Palace of Saraikela. This ancient archaeological treasure dates back to 300 years in history. You will be spellbound by the exquisite architecture and rich heritage of this palace. Just a stone's throw away from the Royal Palace lies the Mau Paudi temple. The age-old temple is a must visit for art and history lovers. Another important tourist attraction of Seraikela is the Sri Ram Baba Ashram, which attracts thousands of devotees round the year. Other tourist spots in and around Seraikela are Palna Dam, Subarnarekha Dam, Karakatta Dam and Kharkai River.

Best Time to Visit

Summers at Seraikela are scorching hot and hence should be avoided. The best time to visit the town will be during the months of October to March.



How to Reach

Trains are running from Howrah to Tatanagar. Seraikela is 40 km from Tatanagar. Buses and hired cars are plying from Tatanagar to Seraikela.


Accommodation

There are no proper accommodation options at Seraikela. The best place to stay near Seraikela is Tatanagar. Some hotels in Tatanagar are listed below.
The Kannelite Hotel. Tariff: Rs. 3500-6200. Tel: 9209010008.
Hotel Ab Palace. Tariff: Rs. 1350-2550. Tel: 9955093493.
Hotel Sky Lark. Tariff: Rs. 600-1500. Tel: 0657-2290300, 9798888393.
Hotel Ashoka Inn. Tariff: Rs. 1100-2650. Tel: 0657-2441874, 7209699105.
Hotel Balajee. Tariff: Rs. 900-1100. Tel: 0657-2320594.

Places Near Kolkata

Phulbani

Phulbani is a little-known tourist destination in Kandhamal district of Odisha. The place is surrounded by lush green hills and a bunch of awe inspiring waterfalls making it the perfect retreat for a sojourn in the wild. Primarily inhabited by the tribal people, Phulbani is home to a rich tribal cultural heritage. The two prime attractions of Phulbani are the Putudi Waterfalls and Pakdajhar Waterfalls. You can also visit the temple of Balaskumpa.

Putudi Waterfalls

Sightseeing and Activities

One of the top attractions of Phulbani is the Pakdajhar Falls. Lose yourself in the rustic natural beauty as you travel through narrow and winding red gravel filled lanes lined on both sides by large deciduous trees. The verdant nature welcomes you with its beautiful landscapes, unmatched tranquility and soft natural winds that caress your face, leaving your soul rejuvenated with a fresh, positive energy. A flight of around 150 steps will take you to the bottom from where you can enjoy a delighting view of the Pakdajhar Waterfalls. Falling from a height of around 100 feet, this waterfalls is an admiring sight for all visitors.

Another must visit attraction of Phulbani is the Putudi Waterfalls situated at a distance of 18 km from the heart of the city. On the way to Putudi Falls, you will be thrilled by the fantastic scenery and bottle green dense woods embracing the road. Once you reach the waterfalls, you will be transfixed by its stunning beauty that is hard to resist. Salunki River is the source of the waterfalls. The cool breeze and the melody of chirping birds generate poetic thoughts in the minds of the visitors. A visit to Balaskumpa, 18 km from Phulbani should also be on the cards. The place is famous for the temple of Goddess Barala Devi who is believed by the natives to be the creator of the world.



Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Phulbani is around August to November. Summers should be avoided as this region remains pretty warm and sunny during this time.

How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to Berhampur. Buses are available from Berhampur to reach Phulbani.


Accommodation

Phulbani Nature Camp
Tariff: Rs. 3894/- per room with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tel: 7008817600

Hotel Dreamland
Tariff: Rs. 430-870/- per room
Tel: 8763460001, 9583265930

Hotel KP's Salunki
Tariff: Rs. 1000-3500/- per room with breakfast
Tel: 06842-255655, 9437980081

Places Near Kolkata

Chujachen

Chujachen is a beautiful place to spend your vacation in solitude and serenity. Tucked on pine-clad mountain slopes above lush green valleys and surrounded by pristine nature, Chujachen is a perfect spot to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Home to some exotic species of birds and butterflies, the place is a heaven for nature lovers. The resort at Chujachen offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The area is covered with thick groves interspersed with cascading waterfalls which provide for a truly delightful experience.

Sunset at Chujachen

Sightseeing and Activities

A little distance away from Chujachen lies the Jorkhola Waterfalls encircled with dense foliage and magical mist. After falling from a considerable height, the water flows through the forest and finally meets the Rangpo River. If you wish to experience tranquil solitude and quietude, then you must visit the bank of Rangpo River where you can spend some time watching the river flow at its own pace. Another spot of tourist interest is the Sokekhola Waterfalls shrouded with mountains and caressed with soft breeze. From a height of about 50 feet, it falls carelessly on the rocks and flows in a small stream before making its way to the Rangpo River.

Best Time to Visit

Chujachen can be visited round the year except during the monsoon season.

How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. Chujachen is 115 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri. Hired cars are available from New Jalpaiguri to reach Chujachen. Alternatively, you can opt to reach Rangpo by shared jeep from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. Hired cars and shared jeeps are available from Rangpo to reach Chujachen.


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Accommodation

Nirja Resort
Tariff: Rs. 800-1000 per person with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tel: 7551870546, 9933308289

Places Near Kolkata

Suntalekhola

Suntalekhola is an unexplored tourist destination in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. A small village at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Suntalekhola derives its name from a small stream named Suntaley Khola. In Nepali language, khola means river and Suntale mean orange. The place is situated in the Western region of Dooars in a beautiful calm and serene environment. If you would like to spend some undisturbed time in the hills, then Suntalekhola is a good place for you. Located on the South Eastern fringes of Neora Valley National Park, the altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m.

Suntalekhola

Sightseeing and Activities

At Suntalekhola, you can feast your eyes on the marvelous mountain vistas while spotting colourful birds and watching the small river flow in its own pace. You can spend some time sitting in the bank of the river and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you are adventurous enough then go take a dip in the flowing river and revel in a cold splash. Going on a nature walk or a hike to the Neora Valley National Park are some of the other things you can try at Suntaleykhola. You can also visit the nearby places of Samsing and Mouchuki. Samsing is 4 km from Suntalekhola and Mouchuki is 6 km from Suntalekhola.

Best Time to Visit

Suntalekhola can be visited throughout the year. However monsoons should be generally avoided.

How to Reach

You can reach New Mal Junction from Sealdah by train. From there you have to board Banarhat Passenger and disembark at Chalsa. Suntalekhola is 24 km from Chalsa. Trains are also running from Siliguri to Chalsa. Cars can be hired from Chalsa to reach Suntalekhola.



Accommodation

WBFDC Suntalekhola Eco Tourism Centre
Tariff: Rs. 1800/- per room
Tel: 8001648914, 9434602390

Places Near Kolkata

Yangtey

Yangtey is a quaint mountain hamlet in West Sikkim located just 9 km from Pelling. At an altitude of 6000 feet, Yangtey provides you some superb views of the Himalayan snow clad mountain peaks sans the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations. Relish a cup of tea while enjoying the panoramic view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other mountain peaks like Rathong, Frey, Kabru, Pandim, Narsing and Siniolchu. Occasional cover of mists and clouds make the experience even more enjoyable. A retreat amid the lofty mountains with woody fragrance of pine and conifer and a breathtaking vista of Himalayan range, Yangtey can be surely called the heaven for nature lovers.

Breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks from Yangtey

Sightseeing and Activities

Yangtey is best experienced when combined with a day excursion to Pelling. In a day's sightseeing, you can visit Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopari Lake, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khangchendzonga Waterfalls and Rimbi Waterfalls. The Pemyangtse Monastery, belonging to the Nyingmapa sect, is well known for its exquisite sculptures and wall paintings. If you are visiting the monastery in January or February, then you can witness a religious dance called ‘Cham'. A 10 minutes walk from the monastery will take you to Rabdentse, the ruins of the second capital of the the former kingdom of Sikkim. The vantage point of Rabdentse Ruins offers a fabulous view of the Kanchenjunga range.

Another must visit attraction is the Khecheopari Lake, which is highly revered as one of the most sacred lakes in Sikkim. Although the lake is skirted by dense forest, it is astonishing to note that there is not a single leaf on the water surface of the lake. Sewaro Rock Garden is yet another tourist spot near Yangtey. It is an artificial garden decorated with flowers, fountains, ponds, cafeteria and well-maintained rocks. The spectacular Khangchendzonga Waterfalls and Rimbi Waterfalls are also worth visiting.


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Best Time to Visit

Yangtey can be visited throughout the year except during the monsoons. However, the best time to witness the unparalleled views of Himalayan snowy peaks are the months of October to February.

How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri, you can reach Siliguri S.N.T. Bus Terminus by auto rickshaw. Shared cars are available from Siliguri to reach Pelling. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Pelling from Siliguri. From Pelling, you can book a cab to reach Yangtey. Alternatively, you can directly reserve a car from New Jalpaiguri to Yangtey.

Accommodation

Tashighang Resort
Tariff: Rs. 2850-4850
Tel: 9775822522, 9874440003

Khoai Sonajhuri Forest

Khoai Sonajhuri Forest is a true abode of peace lying in tranquility and serenity hidden by vivid greenery and quaint villages. Tucked a little away from the small town of Santiniketan, the place is embraced by a thick forest cover on all sides. Khoai attracts visitors with its curious canyon-like formations made by blowing wind and flowing river. The dense Sonajhuri Forest surrounding the place is a treat for nature lovers. This immensely beautiful forest was immortalized by Rabindranath Tagore in many of his compositions.

Khoai

Sightseeing and Activities

Your trip to Khoai Sonajhuri Forest remains incomplete if you miss the vibrant Saturday market where local artisans sell their handcrafted creations. Officially known as Khoai Boner Annya Haat, the weekly market is a great place to shop for ethnic jewelry, kanthas, showpieces and garments while treating your taste buds with some traditional food delicacies. The wide variety of artifacts along with their jaw dropping prices will make you want to shop till you drop. Bauls sitting under the Sonajhuri trees, singing with their single string instrument, ektara, brings a different charm to the place.



During your stay at Sonajhuri, you can wake up in the early morning and go for a rejuvenating nature walk. Sonajhuri is probably one of the cleanest forests of Bengal and a stroll through the forests will fill your lungs with pollution-free air and your minds with a positive energy. Kopai River is located 1 km away from Khoai. Often you will find Baul singers singing to some heart-warming folk songs on the bank of the Kopai River. And when you are at Khoai, you would surely not want to miss a visit to Tagore’s Santiniketan. For the avid bird watcher and wildlife lover, a visit to the nearby Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary should also be on the cards.

Sonajhuri Forest

Best Time to Visit

October to March is the best time to visit Sonajhuri.

How to Reach

You can reach Prantik or Bolpur Santiniketan by train from Sealdah, Kolkata or Howrah station. Buses are also plying from Kolkata to Bolpur. Cycle rickshaws and e-rickshaws (Totos) are available from both Prantik and Bolpur to get to Sonajhuri.

Accommodation

Ram Shyam Village Resort. Tariff: Rs. 1599-1999. Tel: 9475032810, 7076319664.
Sonajhuri Athiti Nibas. Tariff: Rs. 500-3000. Tel: 9635200496.
Shakuntala Village Resort. Tariff: Rs. 950-2650. Tel: 9232637439.