The hot Indian summer is back! A time when most of us are happily regaling in the mango season and secretly wishing that it rains every other day. This is also the time for summer vacations, but not all of us can afford to take a long break from work. Let’s have a look at some of the preferred chill-out zones in and around Bengal this summer.
Darjeeling- Queen of hills
Darjeeling is the most preferred hills station for tourists across India. A holiday favourite since the British era, it is the perfect place to beat the heat. Summers in Darjeeling bring out the best in flora and fauna. The breath-taking view of lush green tea estates, the solitude of Ghoom & Batasia loop or the childhood thrill of the noisy toy train- Darjeeling guarantees instant rejuvenation to tired souls.
The striking beaches of Mandarmani make it one of the most beautiful weekend getaways near Kolkata. This place is a photographer’s delight. The easy-going and laid back view of the fishing village and the boatmen about their regular chores is a sight to behold in the backdrop of beautiful sunrise and sunsets. It is a mere 3 hour drive from Kolkata and is a wonderful place to plan a family picnic.
Raichak on Ganges
This is a five star resort a few kilometres outside Kolkata and one of the most romantic getaways to disconnect from the hectic city life. It was initially a small town which has now developed into a luxury resort space with beautiful landscapes, picturesque ambience and the charming view of the river Ganges. It is a place where the river meets the bay and the view is simply breath-taking. Even in summers the area is so well ventilated that you will forget all about the scorching heat.
With lavish spa treatments, infinity pools and culinary delights, this is a must visit for a vacation of a different kind.
When the summer’s heat makes you want to submerge yourself in water, then you might want to try out the Aqua homes at Vedic Village, a resort on the outskirts of Kolkata. Here each property comes with its own pool where you can just chill all by yourself without anyone or anything bothering you for as long as you want. Alternatively you can plan a fun pool party with friends and family enjoying the way you want to.
Eco Tourism Park, Rajarhat
This is one of the most sought after and popular destination for people in Kolkata. It offers a vast expanse of greenery and can be a welcome break from the sweltering heat. It is a man made oasis with lovely ambiance and a breezy picturesque view. This park is open from 2:30pm to 8:30pm everyday and has a connected island for those seeking to stay back and enjoy in the lap of nature away from the concrete jungle.
The major attractions here include: water sports like zorbing, kayaking and boating; musical fountains; different gardens made exclusively for butterflies and various kinds of flora.
This place also has an island stay-cation called Ekante. It has cottages secluded in the midst of natural beauty with nothing but the sound of song birds and the fragrance of orchards to take your mind off the city life.