Kolkata come as a delight for every traveller. Filled with amazing art and culture this place is indeed a City of Joy. Being a metropolitan, Kolkata though is quite famous among the travellers but its daily-life sometime makes the life of locals hectic and pleasing.
The city is surrounded by some of the most amazing places located in the vicinity of 500 km that will make you relief from the hectic schedule of daily life. Your Kolkata Tourism will get more charming by visiting this place.
- Bodh Gaya
An amazing and beautiful place in Odisha, Konark is majorly famous for the Sun Temple. The place is located at a distance of 495 km from Kolkata. Located by the coast of Bay of Bengla, Konark is filled with many pristine beaches along with the rich cultural heritage sites. The place is also famous for the Konark Dance and Music Festival which is one of the oldest cultural festivals in India. Visiting this amazing place will definitely make your Cultural and heritage tour of India memorable. Carved out in the intrigue Odishi architectural style, the monuments of Konark are amazing in its own way. The Sun Temple aka the Black Pagoda are the best tourist attraction in Konark.
Read Also: 8 Best Weekend Getaways From Kolkata
2. Bodh Gaya
A significant Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bodh Gaya is an amazing place which is majorly associated with Mahabodhi Temple Complex. The place is 480 km away from Kolkata and makes a perfect weekend gateway for all those who are on Kolkata tourism. The sacred city of Bodh Gaya is known for its association with Lord Buddha. It is believed that Gautam Buddha attains enlightenment here under a tree which later came to known as Bodhi Tree. One of the major attractions in Bodh Gaya is the Mahabodhi Temple. The temple was built in 7th century and is built in a style of Stupa that was built by emperor Ashoka. The main statue of Lord Buddha in the shrine is 80 ft tall and is carved with red granite and blocks of sandstone.
Read Also: 5 Best Historical Places in Kolkata
Being the most amazing pilgrim site Bishnupur is a perfect tourist hub for all those who wish to enjoy the charismatic natural abundance along with the spectacular historical temples. Due to the presence of numbers of temples the place is often called as the temple city. Bishnupur is very famous for the medieval terracotta temples which were built by Malla Kings. The region is a witnessed of glorious past with amazing architecture and handicrafts of native region. Visiting this place is a nice place to enjoy your Indian Temple tours.
Read Also: List of Best 5 Star Hotels in Kolkata
A beautiful and amazing place located at a distance of merely 12 km from Kolkata, Dakshineshwar is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim sites. The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple here is a prominent temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is located on the bank of Hooghly River and the deity of temple is called “Bhavatarini” who is considered as the manifestation of Goddess Kali. Goddess is considered as the one who liberates devotees from the endless circle of birth, death and rebirth. Famous saint Ramakrshna Paramhansa was believed to be associated with this place. He worshiped Goddess Kali here to change his fortune after his father demise. The temple plays a vital role in India tourism.
An amazing place with amazing and exotic wildlife is a perfect place for all nature enthusiasts. The place is located in the delta region of Pdma, Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins. Situated approx 100 km from Kolkata, the place is filled with abundance of natural beauty that makes this place pleasing. Visiting Sunderbans is treating for your wildlife tour package in India. The forest gets its name from the abundance of Sundari trees which are found in abundance in this region. The exciting jungle safari is something that will enhance your tour experience but for that you have to make an advance reservation for enjoying the strip cats and many wild animals in the jungle of Sunderbans.
With these charismatic places one can enjoy great art, culture and heritage of the city of Joy. Here are few more options that you can consider –