Gadiara

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‘Gadiara’ is a popular picnic spot as well as week-end destination, situated at the confluence of the Hooghly River (River Ganges) & Rupnarayan River in Howrah District of West Bengal. It is 96 km away from Kolkata. It is famous for the scenic beauty & an old Fort which was built by the British in the 18th century in order to guard themselves from river pirates.

Weather around the year:

It has a Tropical wet-and-dry climate where the summers are hot and humid and the temperature varies from 28 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius. May and June are the hottest months. The winter lasts for about two and the half months and the temperature ranges between 9 to 20 degree Celsius.

Best Time to Visit:
you at any time of the year but it is frequented by tourists mostly during winter as the temperature remains pleasant during that time.

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Image Courtesy – Sanghamitra Basu/www.trekearth.com

How to Reach:
You can reach Gadiara by train, bus, private cars and also ferry services  are available from Nurpur.

Railway: to reach Gadiara you will need to board a local train from Howrah heading to Kolaghat, Mecheda, Panskura or Kharagpur that will drop you at Bagnan Station. From there you can catch bus or auto rickshaw that will take you to your destination.
Roadway: direct buses are available which leaves Kolkata from Dalhousie (Esplanade) for Gadiara.
The first CSTC bus that goes directly to Gadiara leaves Esplanade around 5:30 am and the last bus is available till 4.00pm.
Waterway:  You can also reach Gadiara by ferry service from Nurpur.

Must See Places:

At low tide you can see ruins of the century old Fort building which was built during the time of Lord Clive.  The flood of 1942 severely damaged the fort and now only the ruins remain most of which is submerged in water.

There is also a small lighthouse in Gadiara which can be visited by the tourists.

What to Do:

You can enjoy boating in the Rupnarayan River and watch the mesmerizing sunset from the boat.  The river is so vast here that is resembles a sea and the sunrise and sunset provides excellent photographic opportunities.
You can also avail the regular ferry service to go to Geonkhali and Nurpur which is located on the other side of the river.
The Rupnarayan tourist complex is a good place of birding as many species of bird can be seen here. Some of the birds available in this place are, Scaly bellied munia, White throated fantail, Red vented bulbul, Red whiskered bulbul, Rose ringed parakeet, Asian palm swift, Coppersmith barbet, Lineated barbet, White throated kingfisher, Stork billed kingfisher, Common kingfisher, Purple sunbird (male & female), Chestnut tailed starling, Yellow footed green pigeon, Black hooded oriole etc.

Where to Shop:
You can buy flowers made from date leaves which are made locally.

How to Get around:
Cycle rickshaws and the ferry service are the local transport that is available over here.

Must Try Dishes:
There are local fast food shops situated near the bus stand but if you want to have a taste of good Indian food you can visit ‘New Chalantika Tourist Lodge’.

Where to Stay:
Good tourist lodges, guest houses and hotels are available within Gadiara at a reasonable price.  Most the hotels are located near the Gadiara bus stop and some are situated beside the river so you can choose where you want to stay according to your preference. Some guest houses have their own vegetable garden and the tourists can pick the fresh vegetables they want to have and get it cooked.

Travel Tips:

Gadiara is not only suitable for a weekend trip but is also a popular picnic and daytrip spot.

Must visit Nearby Places:

You can take a ferry ride to Geonkhali to visit the Geonkhali Water Treatment Plant. You can also visit ‘Garchumuk‘ and ‘Raichak‘ – two major tourist spots located nearby. You can visit those spots by ferry service, which is available till 5:30 in the evening.

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