Panchalingeswar

OTDC
After reaching Panchalingeswar for the fourth time, I felt the place equally refreshing like before. This time the team was a little bigger, almost ten persons. If you go for a trip with such a big team and the members are of equal mindset, the actual place become less important. Though this time I visit Panchalingeswar after long eleven years, still I was in a little doubt that how much I would enjoy my once very favorite place. But in reality Panchalingeswar proved me wrong.
Like all previous time we took Dhauli Express in morning and reach Balasore by 9:30 in the morning. Earlier we used to have bus / auto rikswa to reach Panchalingeswar Pantahsala from Balasore. This time, the team being considerably bigger, we booked a Bolero and straight reach to the guest house. I found this OTDC Panthasala has been renovated a lot and a new section has been added. But rooms in the old building are externally same as it was. The memory of our past tours started haunted me. Continue reading

Deoria Tal

Deotial Tal
দেওরিয়া তালের নাম আমি প্রথম যখন শুনি এবং ছবি দেখি তখন থেকেই ওখানে যাবার ইচ্ছে টা তৈরি হয়। অবশ্য আমি বলে নয় যে কারুর ই যাবার ইচ্ছে হবে। সাড়ে সাত হাজার ফিট উচ্চতায় হিমালয়ের কোলে অসাধারণ এক পরিবেশ। চোখের সামনে দৃশ্যমান হয়ে ওঠে পর পর দাড়িঁয়ে থাকা তুষারাবৃত শৃঙ্গ গুলি। আর এদের মধ্যে সবথেকে বেশী প্রতীয়মান হল চৌখাম্বা। আরো বেশি করে যা মন্ত্রমুগ্ধ করে দেয় তা হল দেওরিয়া তালের স্বচ্ছ জলে বরফে ঢাকা সব শৃঙ্গ গুলির প্রতিবিম্ব । Continue reading

Tajpur

Tajpur Beach
Almost two years back one my friends told me about Tajpur. He visited Tajpur just for few hours but felt that it would be a nice place for one-two days week end trip. Based on his suggestion and few internet sites we choose Tajpur as our next weekend trip. Most of the time we have planned for coastal area of West Bengal, it was always either Digha or Shankarpur. So this time we choose different root, Tajpur.
Tajpur is a sea site in West Bengal between two another most common sea sites Mandarmani and Shankarpur. It is around 180 KM from Kolkata by road. Continue reading

Dzongri-goechala

Dzongri
Dzongri
Whenever I came across someone who has done Dzongri-goechala trek, they always start with ‘Dzongri-goechala is a really tough trek. But view from the Dzongri Top is the reason to take all the pain…’. But standing at the Dzongri top I had a totally different feeling. The weather was fantastic, crowd at the top was acceptable but still the view did not appeal me much. What I liked was the range, specially Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim, were really close. But the view from the Dzongri top was not that great for me! Continue reading

Darjeeling by Toy Train

For last one year or may be more than that I have been planning to experience the most romantic journey to Darjeeling; journey by Toy Train to Darjeeling. But to take a ride in Toy Train you need to spend a whole day to reach Darjeeling from NJP. I usually visit different places in that region once in a year. But most of the times I go to some other place in that region and spend a day or two in Darjeeling. Like my last visit in that region for Lepchajagat. So my normal itinerary is spending two / three days in that region and spend the last day at Darjeeling. It is always a nice feeling to spend a day with the queen of the hills. But this plan will not work for Toy Train ride. The first destination of the tour should be Darjeeling Continue reading

Baro ghutu

MukutmanipurAfter three years, this time, I had a chance to stay in Kolkata during durga puja. For other reasons also initially I planned to spend the holiday in Kolkata itself. Decided to enjoy the days with friends and take complete rest. But as the time was approaching, was not feeling that enthusiastic to enjoy puja in Kolkata. At the final hour decided to spend the puja days some where outside Kolkata, to get complete rid of ‘puja hungama’. Continue reading

Sabujban

Sabujban
Sabujban
Digha or Shankarpur or Mandarmani are the places people usually choose for a weekend trip from Kolkata. I also have visited these places number of times. But this time I found a nice place, Sabuj ban. Literal mening is Green Jungle, and it is infact. One of my friends said, ‘Jungles are always green, what’s new in that?’ But we decided to spend our next weekend their instead of agreeing jungle are always green and are always better than jungle of concrete.
The place is not far. Very near to Shantinikatan, Bolpur. Around 200 K.M. from Kolkata. So we decided to go by road. Usually booking is the most difficult part of weekend tours. But in this case it is very simple. Continue reading

Lepchajagat

Lepcajagat
Lepcajagat

Lepchajagat is a nice place in North Bengal and very near to Darjeeling. It is a very calm and quite place, a complete relief from busy life. The best part of it is, you can have a lovely view of Kangchenjunga. And also it is very easy to reach there. Avail train for Siliguri or a flight to Bagdogra. Then you can take a bus or share jeep to reach Ghoom. From there you can book a car to Lepchajagat, only 8 km journey through a lovely road way. Also you can take running jeep going to Mirik. Continue reading

Shankarpur

Shankarpur
Shankarpur
Shankarpur is a nice sea site and very near to Kolkata. It ia only a three and half ours drive from Kolkata. Also a number of buses are plying form Esplanade. The place is not as crowded as Digha and not lonely as Mandarmani. You will enjoy the tranquility of the beach. Though the beach is not very clean, still you can enjoy the beauty. Also you will find a lot of red crabs around your feet is you take a walk along the shore.
How to reach: You have a lot of options to reach Shankarpur from Kolkata. Continue reading

Pindari Glacier Trekking

Pindari Glacier
Pindari Glacier

An easy trek in the Kumaun Himalayan range. It takes around eight days from Upperlohar Khet and back. The entire route is full of breathtaking landscapes. Varity of the route will give you a feeling of complete trek. First two days you will have gradual ups and downs through different habitations. In the third day you will find the Pindar River all along the day. Fourth day is a short but steeper route. And finally on the fifth day morning you should be at the Zero Point. Continue reading