Have you gone through your holiday list of 2018? If yes, then are there some long weekends tour plans in your mind? Don’t worry, if you are confused where to go to spend such holidays meaningfully and happily then Meaningful Travel will help you to chalk out your tour plans. In 2018, West Bengal Government has declared a good number of public holidays that could be smartly used to meet your travel spree and explore many ‘yet-to-be-explored’ destinations of Bengal. In this article, some of these tour plans have been briefed and hopefully, you would not like to miss a short visit to any of these offbeat places.
Long weekends tour plans and trips for January ( the chilled winter) :
As per the holiday list, there are three long weekends ( 12th-14th Jan, 21st-23rd Jan & 26th -28th Jan) when you would love to spend a chilled holiday with your dear ones or yourself. Although, the weekends of January are generally packed with picnics or social events still you can manage the holidays to explore some beautiful offbeat destinations of Bengal. If you are crazy for hills & oranges then you may plan your itineraries for Sitong – the orange garden of Bengal.
During Winter you would be able to see the orange beauty of Sitong as this rural hamlet gets covered with uncountable numbers of blossomed orange trees. This Lepcha village would welcome you warmly and you would definitely have a memorable holiday in Sitong.
There is another piece of heaven – Kolakham just beside the Neora Valley National Park. This holy Nepali hamlet (at 6100 feet) offers the majestic view of eastern Himalayas.
To witness crystal clear view of the snow-clad Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other popular hills, Kolakham would be the ideal holiday destination for you.
If sea attracts you more then you may also explore the pristine Mousuni Island. Having Sunderbans as neighboring region Mousuni Island offers its visitors an unpolluted holistic private sea beach experience.
Exciting tent accommodations, mouth-watering fresh fish fries, and original freshly prepared Khejur Rosh will definitely gift you fruitful winter holidays.
Long weekends tour plans for March ( the romantic spring):
Auspicious festival of colors – Holi would be continued from 2nd-4th March while you must not miss the chance to color yourself with the aromatic Abirs of Shantiniketan’s famous ‘Basantoutsav’. Each year in Holi, Rabindranath Tagore’s place celebrates this festival of colors with loads of fun & cultural events. So this can be one of the best events for long weekends tour plans of West Bengal in 2018.
If you are going to be a part of this festival, you may also take a tour around the calm Sonajhuri forest that is the hidden beauty of Shantiniketan. The main attraction of Sonajhuri is its weekly Haat at Khoai region where lots of local artists and vendors gather on Saturday afternoon to exhibit & sell their colorful traditional artisan products.
At the end of the month, there is the long weekends holiday from 30th March – 1st April while you may opt for exploring one of the well-maintained wildlife sanctuaries of Bengal – Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary. It is popularly named as Parmadan forest that houses near about 250 deer.
A weekend at Parmadan will let you connect yourself with mother nature and numerous colorful birds along with other natural innocent habitats of the forest will accompany you in your leisure.
Long weekends of April (the scorching summer):
Bengali new year starts at 14th April which gives a holiday of two days (14th-15th April). To celebrate Bengali new year’s eve, you may check out the newest favorite destination for sea lovers- Tajpur.
Just at a distance of 18 km from Digha main beach, this crimson red virgin sea beach will rejuvenate you with its untouched beauty and panoramic view. Well maintained nature camps and active water sports of Tajpur are more than enough to retreat yourself during your much-awaited break from daily busy chores.
Another weekend comes on 29th-30th April. To utilize this weekend you may plan on paying a short visit to the little known tiny village of Bardhaman – Singee.
Unexploited village life, widely expanded paddy fields, muddy roads, terracotta temples, and ever flowing Brahmani river will not only give you a relief from the scorching heat but also it will give you a chance to recharge yourself with fresh oxygen.
Long weekends of June (the most awaiting monsoon):
This year celebration of Eid will continue for 16th and 17th June. So to enjoy a mind-blowing weekend with your beloved family or friends, you may plan to trip Mukutmanipur – the adobe of peace. The scenic beauty of this beach town will let you live a stress-free weekend.
This calm serene town is located around Kansabati Dam famous for the monsoon rains. A long drive through the road along the dam, the boating experiences, nearby parks and other attractions of Mukutmanipur would surely never disappoint you.
August (the continued downpour):
This year Independence day (15th August) has brought a weekend break with it. In Bengal, the monsoon prevails till the end of August so you may opt for spending such break amidst the tribal beauty of Murguma Lake – Purulia.
Surrounded by hills and forests, this beautiful natural lake becomes more attractive during monsoon. Kenkechi hills, Ukumburra hills, Murguma forest and the authentic tribal village would definitely give you a pleasant weekend here.
Long weekends of September (the rejuvenating Autumn):
With the clear sky and floating white clouds, September is one of the best seasons to meet your travel spree. As per the holiday list, September has two long weekends in its bucket (1st-3rd September and 21st-23rd September). In such long weekends, you may opt for tripping Duarsini and Ramdhura.
At a distance of 65 km from Purulia, Duarsini is situated in a dense forest. This forest is taken care of by a handful of tribal households.
The forest is rich with Saal, Mahua, Kusum, Pial and lots more varieties of trees as well as species. The rhythms of tribal dance, light trek on nearby Galudi & Bhalo hilltops, nature walk through the forest, and leisure hours in the river shore would be more than enough to forget your daily struggles for survival.
Adjacent to Kalimpong (just at 15 km), there is a tiny rural hamlet – Ramdhura. This Place offers spectacular views of meandering Teesta and snow-covered Mt. Kanchenjunga.
From its Hanuman Tak (viewpoint), you get a 360-degree view of the whole village as well as beautiful Kalimpong city. The owners and the local guides organize River rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, short trekking through pine forests. They organize such recreational activities on prior request.
October (the season of festivals):
Bengalis celebrate their biggest festival Durgapuja in the month of October. The puja brings with it a long vacation (7th-8th October as weekends and 16th -19th October as Puja holidays).
During the weekend, you may pay a short visit to the nearest yet unexplored beach of South Bengal – Talasari.
Although it comes under the jurisdiction of Odisha Government it’s easily accessible from Digha beach (just 9 km away). To spend cozy time with loved ones, enjoy an uninterrupted long beach walk, and stroll around the nearby Chandaneswar temple & local attractions; Talasari beach would be the ideal gateway for you.
To utilize your long Puja vacation, you must not miss the chance to explore two mind-blowing offbeat hill stations of North Bengal – Dawaipani & Kaagey.
Dawaipani – a small unexplored rural hamlet of Darjeeling is presently Nature’s own health care center. The climate, beauty, and smiling faces of this picturesque village will give you all necessary ailments. All such will be enough to get rid of your physical fatigue as well as emotional stress.
Set against the sloping landscape opposite to Tiger Hills, the hamlet gets less sunlight and chilled winter prevails here most of the time. But the panoramic view of the hills and relaxing hours offered by Dawaipani are literally unforgettable.
Similarly, Kaagey is another gem of Kalimpong. This hardly known small Lepcha village is enriched with smiling faces of culturally indigenous dwellers, ever flowing Jhakri waterfall, meandering river, dense forest, elegant church, blissful monastery and loads of colorful birds & butterflies.
To connect with nature and give yourself a true happiness, you must pay a visit to Kaagey.
November (the comfortable winter):
In Bengal, winter starts to settle down within mid-November. As per the calendar, there is a long weekend from 23rd to 25th November. So if you are looking for a short trip during the long weekends, you may easily reach the Kashmir of Koylanchal – Maithon.
Maithon has developed into an unexploited township amidst the coal-belt region of Bengal -Jharkhand border. Although, the town is centered on the famous Maithon dam, yet there are lots more to be explored here. Kalyaneswari Temple, Deer park, Spoon Island, Hydal & Thermal power plants are some of the major attractions of Maithon.
So, this is a draft for long weekends tour plans of 2018 that may help you to enjoy your year happily and wisely. However, to customize your trips and know more about any of the destinations or your choice of destinations, you may directly contact the local hosts of Meaningful Travel India.