Last Minute Vacays From Kolkata For The Good Friday Weekend

If you're not sure where to go with another long weekend coming up, we're here to help. Check out our list of the best weekend getaways near Kolkata
Escape to the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Kurseong
Escape to the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Kurseong Rima Das Mukherjee/Shutterstock

With Good Friday around the corner, many people are excited about the long weekend possibilities. If you haven't decided on places to escape to for a short holiday, here are some great last-minute destinations you can travel to from Kolkata. These places are perfect for a long weekend, encompassing historic towns, delta islands and more.

Raj-Era Charm At McCluskieganj

The Dugadugi river
The Dugadugi riverWikimedia Commons: Skmishraindia

McCluskieganj is a small hilly town located about 64km northwest of Jharkhand capital's, Ranchi. If you have seen the film "A Death In The Gunj," you would be familiar with its unique ethos. The town, which was founded as a home for Anglo-Indian communities, has managed to retain some of its Raj-era atmosphere. The main attraction of McCluskieganj is to slow down and do nothing, or very little. If you are looking for some activities, you can explore the British era bungalows and churches. Some of these Anglo-Indian residences have now been converted into guest houses. An interesting outing is to Dugadugi River, which is just 5km away from town.

Getting There

The nearest airport to McCluskieganj is Ranchi Airport which is 70km away. Mccluskieganj Railway Station is connected to several cities.

Tea Tales At Kurseong

The Toy Train station in Kurseong, West Bengal
The Toy Train station in Kurseong, West BengalAbir Roy Burman/Shutterstock

This may be a longer trip but it is worth every minute. Nestled in the heart of the Darjeeling district is the picturesque hill station of Kurseong, known as the "Land of White Orchids." Kurseong boasts breathtaking views and fresh mountain air, making it a great place to visit. Take a trek up to Dow Hill and stop at the picturesque Chimney, which gets its name from a brick chimney built during the British era. A 2km hike to Eagles Crag will lead you to a stunning viewpoint. The Makaibari Tea Estate, which is open to visitors, is also nearby. Do not miss the chance to experience a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which has been bestowed with UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Getting There

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport. Hire a taxi or take a shared cab to cover the approximately 40km journey. Alternatively, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and proceed by road. The scenic drive to Kurseong takes about 2-3 hours, offering breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas.

Terracotta Encounters In Gurap

The Nandadulal Temple of Gurap is decorated with intricate terracotta work
The Nandadulal Temple of Gurap is decorated with intricate terracotta workKinjal bose 78/Wikimedia Commons

When you think of the beautiful clay work on Bengal's temples, Bishnupur is the first place that comes to mind. However, if you take a short diversion, you'll discover Gurap—a hidden gem of a village that boasts artwork comparable to Bishnupur's. This charming town is scattered with Shiva and Krishna temples, and decorated with priceless ceramic artwork from the 19th century. Terracotta tiles, used as decorations on the walls, roofs, and panels of ancient temples, depict stories from the past and feature fantastic craftsmanship. Gurap is located in the Hooghly district and can be reached from Kolkata in two to three hours by car.

Getting There

The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. The nearest major railway station is also in Kolkata.

Delta Discoveries At Mousuni Island

A sandy beach at Mousuni Island
A sandy beach at Mousuni Islandotorongo/Shutterstock

Mousuni Island is a serene destination located near Namkhana. Offering a mesmerising view of the confluence of the sea and river, it is kissed by golden sunshine on glistening sands. The island is part of the expansive Bengal deltaic islands and is separated from Sagar Island by the Muri Ganga river to the west. The Chinai river flows between Mousuni and the Bakkhali coast in the east, providing stunning vistas of the Ganga's distributaries merging with the Bay of Bengal.

The place is a nature lover's paradise. You can explore its long, slender beach adorned with the region's characteristic mangrove vegetation. Baliara Beach offers a panoramic sea view, while Patibunia showcases the riverine landscape. It is also home to a wide variety of birds.

Getting There

To reach Mousuni Island from Kolkata (approximately 120km away), start by heading to Namkhana, around 100km from the city. You can opt for a bus or train to reach Namkhana. From there, embark on a 10-minute boat ride across the Hatania Doania river. Upon arrival, book a toto rickshaw to Bagdanga kheya ghat, a 30-minute ride away. Finally, enjoy a 20-minute boat ride to reach Bagdanga and begin your Mousuni adventure.

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