When it comes to truly explore the essence of a place, getting local help is often the best idea. The locals know all about the places that truly uphold their culture while giving you the ultimate tourist experience. Tourists often limit themselves to popular spots like Kolkata, Darjeeling, Digha, Jalpaiguri etc. when they visit West Bengal. However, if you are looking for an offbeat destination in West Bengal, where you can enjoy the culture of Bengal without facing the maddening crowd, there are a number of places you can go to. Here is a list of such places, the only the locals know about!
This village with its lush greenery and wooden cottages set in the lap of the mountains claims to be an eco-friendly spot. This is the perfect destination for the offbeat adventure tourists with opportunities for rock climbing and trekking. You can also indulge in spotting wild animals or watch panoramic sunrises. Befriend a local and you will enjoy the mythological local tales and those that reflect the history and culture of Chatakpur accurately.
This offbeat destination in West Bengal is located only 15 km from Alipurduar. It is popular as the gateway to the legendary Buxa Tiger Reserve. This place, shrouded in the greens, offers the perfect vacation spot for the nature lovers. From bird watching to jungle safari and trekking, Rajabhatkhawa offers you all. The constant hum of the migratory birds adds to the musical charm of this place. Sit by River Jayanti or roam around the Chilapata forest. You can also trek to the nearby Buxa fort or Cooch Behar Palace if heritage attracts you best.
This offbeat destination in West Bengal is so untouched that its potential was only rediscovered in mid-June, 2012. The name of the town comes from the Buddhist monastery by the same name that has strong relations with its history. Only 23 km from Darjeeling, this location seems straight out of a storybook with pine and dhupi trees wrapped in the white fog. Hot momos and thukpa undoubtedly taste so much better here!
This beautiful hill station near Kalimpong is just what you need to escape the heat and literally chill in the valleys. Watch the sun, rise by the peaks of Kanchenjunga and enjoy views of the migratory birds, orange gardens and tea plantations. Soak in the magnificence of River Tista and the amazing hillside views. Be sure to pack to the chill of the weather in this hill station.
This beach in Medinipur district is appropriate for a laid-back vacation by the beach. Despite its limitless beauty, the beach is yet to attract tourists to its fullest potential. This makes it less crowded without being completely secluded. Relax by the beach or walk along it during sunset. You may also enjoy water sports like terrain biking, volleyball, speed boating, etc.
Named after King Chandraketu, this spot has earned praises from the Greek and Roman scholars. The ruins of this area preserve the incomplete chapters of the history of this place. Visit the fort from where the kings ruled for almost 6 eras. There are mythical offerings to the tourists in the finery of the temples of Khana and Mihir. Transport yourself back in time with the remains of Buddhist stupas, coins with Jataka inscriptions, terracotta plaques belonging to the Pala kings. There is also an incomplete mosque built by Pir Gorachand. It is a perfect offbeat destination in West Bengal for a day trip.
If history has a direct link to your heart, you must not miss the calls of this offbeat destination in West Bengal. Garh Panchkot in Purulia district is a promise of the vibrant history of this foothill town that was attacked by the bargis. You can also tap into nature’s treasury of herbs that include Amloki, Sarpagandha, Kalmegh, Satamul, Jastimadhu, Neem, etc. Also, enjoy the magnificence of the River Damodar quietly sitting on is banks or walking along them.
Taki is the perfect spot if you want to feel like the ancient zamindars, whiling away their time in the riverside ‘baganbari’. By the banks of river Ichamati, experience the life you will find in your favourite Bengali novel. Visit the ruins of the houses of the zamindars, and General Shankar Roy Chowdhury’s house. You must also not miss out on a trip to the Golatpur jungle, Kuleshwari Kali Temple, or the 300 years old Jora Shib Mandir. Also, do not forget to stuff yourself with ‘chanar malpua’ while you are there.
Imagine the constant rippling of small streams making a way through natural forests as you quietly sip on your cup of tea, sitting in a tea plantation. Sounds, relaxing? This is the splendour Samsing, another offbeat destination in West Bengal has on offer. Enjoy the panorama of its breath-taking, verdant landscapes. The flower gardens on the banks of River Murti are also a stealer in this quaint location. Head to this horizon of the plains and the Himalayas and rejuvenate in the bliss of nature.
This literally means the world of the lepchas or the local tribes. Only 19km from Darjeeling, this is a paradise of rhododendrons, oaks, and pines. The tranquillity, birds, and glimpses of the Kanchenjunga adequately complement the conifers. Trek to secluded places like Ghoom Rock and Hawa Ghar while enjoying the panoramic beauty of the countryside.
These places are apt if you are looking for the hidden artist in you. From heritage lovers to families looking to escape their hectic schedules, these locations have something for everyone. Away from the din of the city and in the peaceful calm of nature, little can come between you and your talents. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to experience West Bengal like never before!