There is no doubt that Kolkata is a beautiful city and the best part is that there are many offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend getaways from Kolkata. You can visit the mountains, the rural villages, beaches or the forests to simply relax and spend quality time with your family. So we have decided to collate a list of some great offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata for you.

These days with more work pressure, lesser family time and stress, it becomes difficult to strike a balance between work and travel. It is best to use the weekends to this cause and plan a short getaway to the place of your choice. You come back rejuvenated for the next week.

The most visited weekend getaways near Kolkata are undoubtedly Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Shantiniketan and the beaches of Puri, Digha and Mandarmani. I am sure all the Bengalis are very familiar with the term Di-Pu-Da. In this list, we are excluding these better-known places.

Offbeat Weekend destinations from Kolkata

We have collated 52 weekends getaways from Kolkata for the 52 weeks of the year. We have arranged these offbeat weekend destinations in alphabetical order. The distance from Kolkata is an approximate one. There are obviously many more places to visit during the weekends. These are only a few. If you want to know more about offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata, wait for our e-book to be published. We promise it is going to be published soon!

Bagora, North Bengal

View of Bagora - Offbeat Weekend destinations from Kolkata

Mountains, mist and pristine nature – that is what Bagora is. A beautiful hamlet tucked at an altitude of 7150 ft above the sea level, Bagora is a place where you can simply relax and rejuvenate. The mountains are there for your eyes only and the carpet of green grass is to soothe your souls. Here no one is in a hurry and you too can enjoy this slow pace. You can simply walk down the village and explore the place in your own ways.

Distance from Kolkata: 600 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

How to reach: From Siliguri / NJP, take a shared sumo towards Darjeeling. Get down at Dilaram. From there you have to take a car to Bagora.

Things to do: Visit the Zero Point, walk through the village, bird watching. There are several trek routes from Bagora to Chimeni (4 km), Latpanchar (19 km), Mongpu (12 km) or Chatakpur (8 km).

Nearby places: Chimeni, Latpanchar, Mongpu, Chatakpur, Dilaram

Baguran – Jalpai, Medinipur – West Bengal

sea beach at Baguran-Jalpai - offbeat weekend destination from Kolkata

Red crabs at sea beach in Baguran-Jalpai

Baguran Jalpai is an unexplored and tranquil beach destination under the Contai subdivision of Purba Medinipur. This lesser-known destination is just 4 hours away from Kolkata. Surrounded by casuarina trees, the long beach with golden sand is just the place to relax and rejuvenate. Time will simply pass by here as you look at the waves crashing down the sandy beach. Dusk is a very beautiful time here. After exploring the beach, you can visit the fishermen village and get a glimpse of their life.

Distance from Kolkata: 160 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Howrah, you can take a train to Kanthi. The place is 10 km from Kanthi and can be reached by hiring a car or auto from Kanthi Railway Station or Bus Stand.

Things to do: Walk on the beach, visit the fishermen village, watch the sunset.

Nearby places: Digha, Junput, Bankiput, Mandarmani

Bangriposi, Odisha

Fishermen fishing at Buribalam river in Bangriposi - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Dam at Bangriposi in Odisha

Bangriposi literally means ‘the beautiful daughter of the hills’ and the place lives up to its name. Situated in the Thakurani ranges of Odisha, Bangriposi has been immortalized in the novel by Buddhadeb Guha. The place is known for the hills, beautiful forest and the rivers. Overall, it is a great place for seclusion and relaxation.

Distance from Kolkata: 220 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is Balasore. From Balasore, take a trekker to Bangriposi, 110 km away.

If you are travelling by car, then take the Bombay Road (NH6) and drive straight, past Kolaghat, Kharagpur, the Baharagora check post and Jamsola. The drive is quite pleasant on winter mornings.

Things to do: Visit the Buribalam waterfalls, the river side, take blessings from Kanak Devi Temple. Take a day trip to Kuliana, the dokra village of Odisha. During winter, the place becomes the home to a number of migratory birds.

Nearby places: Simlipal Forest, Puri, Chilika and Gopalpur-on-sea.

Baranti, Purulia – West Bengal

Chhau dance at Purulia - offbeat weekend getaway from Kolkata

View of lake from Ayodhya Hills in purulia

Baranti is one of the most beautiful places of Purulia. Surrounded by Biharinath Hill on one side and Panchkot Hills on the other side, Baranti is ideal for those seeking tranquility away from the chaos of the city. The Muradi Lake in Baranti has been created by a mud dam. The view of the sunset with the lake in the background looks breathtaking. From Baranti, you can visit the other attractions of Purulia like Ayodhya Hills, Biharinath Hills etc.

Distance from Kolkata: 265 km

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: From Howrah station, take a train to Asansol. From Asansol, Baranti is 40 km by car.

Things to do: Enjoy the sunset at Baranti Dam, Go sightseeing to Ayodhya Hills, Biharinath Hills and Susunia hills.

Nearby places: Ayodhya Hills, Asansol

Bhalukhop, North Bengal

Bhalukhop - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Bhalukhop is a small village near Kalimpong offering magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga ranges. Perched at an altitude of 5300 feet, the place is a great alternative to Kalimpong for those who want some solitude and peace. Here you can wake up to the call of chirping birds, enjoy the fresh air and roam around the village admiring the quaint village. The best views of the Kalimpong hills are located within a few kilometers from Bhalukhop. The Delo Park and viewpoint, Buddha Statue, Hanuman Temple, Guru Padmasambhava statue are all within 10 km from the village. As it is located on the outskirts of Kalimpong, you can get the best of nature here without having to face the crowd of Kalimpong.

Distance from Kolkata: 624 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From New Jalpaiguri, take a sumo towards Kalimpong. From there reserve a car to Bhalukop.

Things to do: Visit Delo Hill, Buddha Statue, Hanuman Temple, Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center and other attractions in Kalimpong from here. You can enjoy nature, explore the village and take small walks in the forest.

Nearby places: Kalimpong

Bidyang, North Bengal

view of the village at Bidyang - offbeat weekend destination from Kolkata

Bidyang or Bidhyang is a beautiful offbeat destination situated beside the Relli river very close to Kalimpong. Situated at an altitude of 3000 ft, the place is a perfect choice for spending a weekend among the forests of oak, pine and fir. It is a small village around 15 km from Kalimpong. The village is surrounded by dense forests. The only sound you hear is the chirping of the birds in the morning and the sound of insects at the night. And if it is a moonlit night, the place looks ethereal with the moonlight falling on the bamboo bushes.

Distance from Kolkata: 645 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

How to reach: From NJP/ Siliguri take any vehicle to Kalimpong. From there, you have to hire a car to go to Bidyang.

Things to do: Village walk, bird watching, butterfly watching, visit the Relli River.

Nearby places: Kalimpong, Lave, Lolegaon, Rishop

Bijanbari, North Bengal

Road to Bijanbari - offbeat weekend getaway near Kolkata

Bijanbari is a small town located near Darjeeling where you will find peace and solitude in immense measure. The road towards Bijanbari from Ghoom is quite scenic with the sprawling tea gardens all along. On the way, you will also pass through the Hima Falls, a beautiful waterfall, some lovely mountain streams, tea gardens and green forests.

Distance from Kolkata: 640 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is NJP. From Siliguri you can take a shared sumo towards Darjeeling and get down at Ghum. From there hire a car to Bijanbari. Bijanbari is about 30 kms from Darjeeling town and can be approached via Ghum. There are also Darjeeling-Bijanbari buses that leave from the bus stand early in the morning.

Things to do: Enjoy the natural beauty of the place, visit the Hima Falls

Nearby places: Ghum, Darjeeling

Biksthang, Sikkim

A little child holding a goat

Biksthang is a small pristine village situated around 120 km from Gangtok in West Sikkim. Folklore says that the word ‘Biksthang’ is derived from the Lepcha words ‘bikmon’ meaning ‘the place where a tiger ate a cow.’ Bhutias, however, say that ‘Biksthang’ means a place with a wide variety of special stones. A serene village with spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga ranges, Biksthang is a beautiful weekend getaway.

Distance from Kolkata: 664 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo to Jorethang. From there you have to take a car to Biksthang.

Things to do: Enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga ranges, birdwatching, village walks and trekking to the Lheuntse Monastery

Nearby places: Pelling, Rinchenpong, Kaluk

Borong, Sikkim

orchids of Sikkim - weekend getaways near Kolkata

Borong is an abode of peace and tranquility with the Himalayan mountains at its backdrop. Just imagine staying in the cottages among the pines and firs and capturing the beauty of a morning sunrise over the mighty Himalayan ranges! The Pandim, Narsing and the Sinochlu peaks are visible from here. Borong is also famous for its hot water springs at the banks of Rangit river. These hot water springs or Tsa-chu as known locally are traditional winter spas and are said to have medicinal properties.

Distance from Kolkata: 680 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: Nearest Railhead is New Jalpaiguri. Borong is about 117 km from Siliguri. You can go to Borong by car via Ravangla. Borong can also be reached from Pelling, Gangtok and Rinchenpong.

Things to do: Visit the hot springs, local Monastery, hand-made paper factory. Go for birdwatching and enjoy the views of the Kanchenjunga ranges,

Nearby places: Ralang, Ravangla

Bunkulung, North Bengal

Singbull Tea Estate at Bunkulung - an offbeat and beautiful weekend getaway from Kolkata

Tea gardens, rivers and a quaint village with acres of paddy field – this is what Bunkulung look like. Crisscrossed by the Balasun and Murmah Khola rivers, the place is a paradise for nature lovers. Visit the tea gardens, enjoy the silence of the place – this might be one of the best weekends that you have spent.

Distance from Kolkata: 577 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: Bunkulung is 15 km from Mirik. From Siliguri / NJP or Darjeeling, take a shared sumo to Mirik. There are shared cabs to Bunkulung from Mirik, but they are very limited and runs on fixed time.

Things to do: Go for village walk, hike to the tea gardens, walk across the old cantilever bridge and visit the Balasun river bank.

Nearby places: Mirik, Soureni

Charkhole, North Bengal

birdwatching at Charkhole - weekend destination near Kolkata

Nestled in the laps of the eastern Himalayas, Charkhole is like a painting in nature’s canvas. This little village only 34 km from Kalimpong is known for its virgin and unadulterated natural beauty. During the winter season when the skies are clear, you will see majestic views of the Kanchenjunga ranges from here. Exotic Himalayan birds, a number of orchids and colourful flowers and butterflies will welcome you in Charkhole. With the advent of ecotourism, Charkhole has become one of the coveted destinations for the travel-loving Bengalis.

Distance from Kolkata: 625 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo to Kalimpong. From Kalimpong hire a car to Charkhole. You can also reach Charkhole by hiring a car from Lava or Lolegaon.

Things to do: Birdwatching, village walk, enjoy the nature

Nearby places: Chuikhim, Nimbong, Kalimpong, Lava, Lolegaon

Chuikhim, North Bengal

A small village in North Bengal - offbeat weekend destination near Kolkata

Tucked away in the hills of North Bengal lies a wonderland called Chuikhim. This beautiful hamlet located at an altitude of 3500 feet has a unique endeavour. The road to Chuikhim is a bumpy ride dotted through the forest land. Here you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life like the warm, unvarnished hospitality of the locals, simple home-cooked meals savoured out in the open; the sight of terraced fields that glowed green and sun-stunned valleys that stretched before us. Life starts early at Chuikhim with the villagers waking up as early as 5 AM in the morning and going for their daily chores. It is interesting to watch them and also to enjoy the joys of unadulterared nature at Chuikhim. The place can be an ideal extension to the Darjeeling-Kalimpong circuit or can be visited singularly as well.

Distance from Kolkata: 641 km

Best time to visit: All through the year.

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is New Jalpaiguri. From there, you can hire a car to reach Chuikhim. The place is located around 13 km from Bagrakote.

Things to do: You can go trekking down the Lees river, go hiking in the forest and indulge in bird watching. Visit the sunrise point to get great views of the sunrise.

Nearby places: Lava, Lolegaon, Charkhole

Daringbadi, Odisha

View from the viewpoint at Daringbadi, the hill station in Odisha - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

A relatively unexplored destination with immense scenic beauty, Daringbadi is often known as the Kashmir of Odisha. Situated in the tribal populated Kandhmahal district, Daringbadi is like a dreamland wrapped entirely in green. Stretches of palm, eucalyptus and other trees are found all around the place. There is no dearth of attractions in Daringbadi. You will find coffee and spice plantations in a major part of the area. You will really enjoy taking small walks along the winding roads or along the coffee plantations. There is a sunset point from where you will get a panoramic view of the valleys and the forest. Daringbadi is the perfect weekend destination from Kolkata as well as Bhubaneswar. Generally, mercury drops to zero every winter at this hill station in Odisha.

Distance from Kolkata: 687 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

How to reach: The nearest station is Berhampur. You can take a train from Howrah to Berhampur (Falaknama Express, Coromondel Express and Howrah-Chennai mail). You can also take any train to Bhubaneswar and then take another train to Berhampur. From Berhampur, you have to hire a car to Daringbadi.

Daringbadi is 335 km from Bhubaneswar and 198 km f rom Berhampur.

Things to do: Visit Hill Viewpoint, Lover’s point, Belghar, Botanical garden, Ludu waterfall. Take a walk amidst the coffee plantations.

Nearby places: Gopalpur-on-sea

Dawaipani, North Bengal

View of the mountain ranges - dawaipani - offbeat weekend getaways near Darjeeling

Dawaipani is a village filled with tranquility of the mountains. This offbeat village is situated only 15 km from Darjeeling. Dawaipani offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga ranges. Not only that, the area is also surrounded by verdant forests full of the Himalayan flora and fauna. It is a perfect place for spending a weekend.

Distance from Kolkata: 624 km

Best time to visit: September to May

How to reach: The nearest railway station is NJP is 76 km from Dawaipani. From NJP or Siliguri, you can hire a car which takes about 2 hours and 50 minutes to reach depending on the road condition.

Things to do: Get a majestic view of the mountain ranges, go for hiking in the forests, do bird watching.

Nearby places: Darjeeling, Lamahatta, Takdah

Dzongu, North Sikkim

Landscape of Dzongu in North Sikkim - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Dzongu is undoubtedly nature’s paradise. Tucked away in the fringes of the Kanchenjunga National Park, Dzongu is the only Lepcha Reserve in the country. The place is divided into Upper Dzongu and Lower Dzongu. The beauty of Dzongu lies in its simplicity. Quaint little houses, cardamom fields and fluttering prayer flags adorn the place. On a clear day, you will see the mountain ranges from here. You can visit different villages like Tingvong, Lingthem and Hee Gyathang. Exploring these places on foot is going to be an enjoyable experience. Visit the Lingzya waterfall, get to know about the medicinal properties of the hot water spring, visit the Tholung monastery or marvel at the engineering of the Lepcha traditional bamboo bridge, there is no dearth of things to do at Dzongu. You can stay at any of the villages and explore the rest of Dzongu by hiring a car. And of course, Dzongu is a great place to witness the traditional life of the Lepcha community and experience their hospitality.

Dzongu can be a stopover before visiting the Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang valley in North Sikkim.

Distance from Kolkata: 741 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

How to reach: Dzongu is about 70 km from Gangtok. Take a shared sumo from the Vajra Taxi Stand in Gangtok to Mangan. From Mangan, you will get shared jeeps to the different villages in Dzongu.

Remember, you will need to get permits to visit Dzongu. The permits can be arranged by the homestay.

Things to do: Explore and enjoy the nature, get an insight into the traditional ways of the Lepchas, visit the Lingzey waterfall, the Lepcha traditional house, the Lepcha traditional bridge, Tholung Monastery and the hot water spring. You can explore the other villages like Tingvong, Passingdang and Lingthem.

Nearby places: Lachen, Lachung, Phodong

Gangani, Paschim Medinipur – West Bengal 

Known as the Grand Canyon of Bengal, the main attraction of Gangani is the amazing gorge of red soil standing on the banks of Silabati River. Located near Garbeta, you can club your visit to Garbeta, Gangani and Bishnupur together. The river flows through the 70 ft deep gorge during the monsoons and the whole region looks spectacular.

Distance from Kolkata: 136 km

Best time to visit: Monsoon

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is Garbeta from where you can get cycle vans to Gangani.

Things to do: Visit the gorge. Do sightseeing at Garbeta and visit the many old temples there. Kameshwar Temple and Radhaballav Temple, Raghunathji Temple & Raghunath Bari and Uriyasaier Temple are other places of attraction here

Nearby places: Bishnupur, Gopegarh, Salboni

Icchey Gaon, North Bengal

View of the village and Kanchenjunga ranges from the homestay at Icchey Gaon - an weekend getaway from Kolkata

Icchey Gaon or Ecchey Gaon is a lovely village in the Kalimpong Hills of West Bengal. True to its name that means “wishing village”, Icchey Gaon is such a place where your wishes come true in the midst of pure and immaculate nature. At IccheyGaon you can get an all-encompassing view of the Mt, Kanchenjungha. Icchey gaon can be your first stop for the Sikkim Silk Route tour.

Distance from Kolkata: 640 km

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a sumo to Kalimpong. From Kalimpong, IccheyGaon is about 17 km. Hire a private car to reach Icchey Gaon.

Things to do: Watch the sunrise, go for jungle trekking to SilleryGaon. Visit Ramitey Dara viewpoint, Damsang Fort and Jalsa viewpoint.

Nearby places: Pedong, Reshikohola, Rikisum

Kewzing, Sikkim

A jeep on the roads of Sikkim - Kewzing - an offbeat destination in Sikkim

Kewzing is located about 76 km from Gangtok in South Sikkim. Standing at an altitude of 4600 feet against the backdrop of the magnificent Kanchenjunga ranges, this typical Bhutia village is a delightful place to visit. Like most of Sikkimese village, Kewzing is covered with a rich cover of cardamom plantations. The air is unadulterated here with almost zero pollution. The best part about Kewzing is that it is also the home to a number of exotic Himalayan birds. The location of Kewzing is such that it has monasteries on al its four sides – the Tashiding Monastery, Mangbrue and Pemyangtse Monastery, Ralong monastery, Doling Monastery and Bon Monastery. Visit Kewzing for spending some quiet and relaxing time amidst the nature.

Distance from Kolkata: 682 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: Nearest Railway station in New Jalpaiguri. From there you can hire a car to Kewzing. You have to drive via Ravangla and Namchi to exit out of Melli checkpost. The place is located 10 km south of Ravangla between Rabong and Legship. Kewzing is also easily accessible from Gangtok.

Things to do: You can enjoy nature, go for village walks, go for hiking in the forest, visit the cardamom plantations and indulge in bird watching. Visit the nearby monasteries.

Nearby places: Ravangla, Namchi

Kiriburu-Meghataburu, Jharkhand

The view of the hills and the clouds at Kiriburu -an offbeat weekend destination from Kolkata near Jharkhand-Odisha border

Not the quintessential weekend getaways, Kiriburu and Meghataburu are twin towns near the Odisha-Jharkhand border. Situated within 4 km from each other, these two hilly destinations mainly falls in the mining area under SAIL. Both the towns boast of hills and jungles with the sparkling blue sky above them. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year and these two places can be an ideal weekend getaway from Kolkata.

You can stay at either of the towns and visit the attractions from there. There are a couple of beautiful waterfalls here. From the Kiriburu viewpoint, you will get a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys, while the from the Meghataburu viewpoint, a glorious sunset can be seen. If time permits, you can also visit the jungles of Saranda. Manoharpur is one of the entry points of Saranda and is 54 km from Kiriburu. Thalkobad and Kumdi are two other entry points of the Saranda forest that can be visited.

Distance from Kolkata: 406 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Howrah, take any train to Tatnagar. From Tatanagar, you will get direct buses to Kiriburu.

Things to do: Enjoy the nature, visit the Jhikra Falls, Pacheri falls, Fulbari Temple, Fulbari River, Jindal Shiva Temple, Kiriburu Sunset Garden, watch the sunset from Meghataburu viewpoint and visit the jungles of Saranda.

Nearby places: Manoharpur

Kolakham, North Bengal

hanging bridge

Kolakham is one of the most beautiful villages near Kalimpong. It is as if nature has given her best to this quaint village. With the Kanchenjunga ranges at the backdrop, this picturesque village is a treat to the eyes. The village is surrounded by pine trees and you can often hear the mellifluous chattering of the birds. The snow-clad ranges can be viewed from almost all the houses in the village. A beautiful rivulet flows through the village. Kolakham is the best place to enjoy nature t your own pace and spend a relaxing weekend away from the humdrum of life. You can also visit Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop from here. Lava is only 12 km from Kolakham.

Distance from Kolkata: 662 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Sealdah, you can take a train to reach NJP. From NJP, Kolakham is about 117 km. From Siliguri, you can hire a car to Kolakham. You can also take a shared car to Kalimpong and from there, hire a car to the village. You can also take a train (Kanchankanya Express) to New Mal Junction. Kolakham is only 52 km from there and you can hire a car to Kolakham.

Things to do: Enjoy the nature, do bird watching, visit the Changey falls, go for village walk and hiking.

Nearby places: Lava, Lolegaon, Kaffergaon, Charkhole

Kumai, Dooars

A lone hut in North Bengal - offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata

One of the lesser known destinations of North Bengal, Kumai is a small village perched on a hilltop at a height of 3000 ft overlooking the Jaldhaka River Valley and the endless stretches of the luscious greenery of the Dooars region. Kumai has a unique blend of forests, tea gardens and farmlands and can be an offbeat weekend getaway from Kolkata.

Distance from Kolkata: 644 km

Best time to visit: October to April

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is New Mal Junction, from where Kumai is 25 km. from Siliguri, you can reach Kumai via Coronation Bridge, Bagrakote and Chalsa.

Things to do: Kumai has nearly 8 viewpoints. Visit the Halley viewpoint, Laliguras View Point, Kumai peak, Gudaray viewpoint to get a panoramic view of the entire Dooars region. On a clear day, you will be able to see all the 8 rivers of the Dooars region from the viewpoints. You can also go for trekking and angling. Visit the tea gardens.

Nearby places: Samsing, Suntalekhola, Jhalong, Bindu and Mongpong

Latpanchar, North Bengal

Niltava - Latpanchar is a bird watching destination known for hornbills and other himalayan birds - A lone hut in North Bengal - offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata

Latpanchar is a paradise for bird-watchers. Situated in the Darjeeling district, this village is the highest point in the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary having an altitude of about 4200 ft. The elusive Rufous-necked hornbill can be seen at Latpanchar along with the more common great Hornbill.

Distance from Kolkata: 600 km

Best time to visit: October to April. February and March for birdwatching.

How to reach: From New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Latpanchar is at a distance of about 44kms and takes about one and half hours by car. You will need to take the Sevoke road. Once you reach the place Kalijhora (after about an hour’s drive), there is a narrow winding road that goes uphill on the left. From this point Latpanchar is another 13kms, the last stretch is quite steep. There is hardly any traffic on this narrow road, but often the road is not well maintained and gets full of potholes particularly during monsoon.

Things to do: Bird watching and enjoy nature. Also visit the Ahaldara viewpoint, Namthing Pokhri and the 150 years old monastery.

Nearby places: Ahaldara, Sitong, Mongpu and Bagora

Lingsey, North Bengal

Village landscape at Lingsey - offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata

This lesser explored village near Kalimpong is located at an altitude of 4800 feet. Lingsey is an ideal eco-tourism destination where you can enjoy the bounty of nature. Lingsey is also the starting point of the Mulkharka Lake Trek. Well designated trails through the village are decorated by beautiful flowering plants and orchids. The panoramic vistas add on to the beauty of the landscape. You can take short walks around the village and explore the paddy and cardamom fields, visit the lakes and waterfalls.

Distance from Kolkata: 663 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo to Kalimpong. From Kalimpong, hire a cab to Lingsey.

Things to do: Go for hiking to Mulkharka lake, visit the Lepcha Monastery, traditional Lepcha house, hot spring and the waterfalls.

Nearby places: Aritar

Lossing, East Sikkim

A small child playing - Lossing - offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata

Lossing is situated at the banks of the mountain river Rongpo Khola, only 8 km from Rongli. Just imagine a mountain hamlet with clouds descending now and then! There is a small rickety wooden bridge across the river. The place surely has a charm of its own. These offbeat and yet unexplored places are the best to spend a serene weekend away from the city.

Distance from Kolkata: 674 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: from Gangtok, you will get shared sumo to Rongli. From Rongli, you will get another shared sumo towards Lossing.

Things to do: Enjoy the riverside, take a village walk, experience Sikkimese hospitality

Nearby places: Rongli, Gangtok

Makaibari, North Bengal

Tea gardens at Makaibari Tea Estate - offbeat weekend getaway from Kolkata

Founded in 1859, Makaibari is one of the oldest and most prestigious tea estates of India. It spreads over a sprawling area of 1575 acres at a height of 4600 ft. the river Balasun flows past the Makaibari tea estate. So if you want to spend some time in the middle of the tea gardens seeing how tea is processed, the Makaibari can be one of the best places for a weekend trip.

Distance from Kolkata: 585 km

Best time to visit: You can visit Makaibari any time of the year. but if you want to try your hand at tea plucking, then visit during March and April for first flush plucking, April to May for the second flush, June to August for Monsoon flush and October to mid-November for the Autumn flush. Plucking does not occur during the winter seasons.

How to reach: You can get shared jeeps from NJP/Siliguri to Kurseong. From there, you can take a shared vehicle or hire a cab to get to the village.

Things to do: Guided tour to tea gardens and the tea factory, tea tasting session, nature walk, bird watching and visit the local monastery.

Nearby places: Kurseong, Bagora, Chatakpur

Martam, West Sikkim

homestay at Martam - offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata

This serene village in West Sikkim is a delight for nature lovers. Martam surrounded by terraced paddy fields and the cardamom plantations is a paradise for nature lovers. Stay at the homestay, visit their organic farm and walk around the village. You will surely enjoy the hospitality of the homestay and the beauty of nature around.

Distance from Kolkata: 652 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. From Siliguri or Gangtok, take a shared sumo to Jorethang. From Jorethang, you will get shared sumo towards Martam.

Things to do: Enjoy the nature, go for village walk, visit the nearby waterfall and enjoy delectable Sikkimese cuisine.

Nearby places: Sribadam, Hee-Bermiok, Dentam

McCluskieganj, Jharkhand

McCluskieganj was built as a home for the Anglo Indians during 1933 and you will get a glimpse of the British past here in this small town. McCluskieganj, situated 70 km from Ranchi is dotted with British bungalows, churches and other architectures. Today, it is a sleepy town still retaining the British charm. If you are seeking a different kind of experience other than mountains and beaches, then McCluskieganj can be just the place.

Distance from Kolkata: 475 km

Best time to visit: October to February.

How to reach: The best way to reach the place is via Ranchi which is well connected by trains from Howrah. From Ranchi, you have to take a bus or car to McCluskieganj. The distance from Ranchi is 70 km and takes about 3 hours time. You will love the road journey as it passes through scenic forest and plateau areas.

Things to do: Explore the village, visit the Dugdugi River. You can also the nearby Duli village where a temple, mosque and Gurudwara are built in the same premise.

Nearby places: Ranchi, Hazaribagh

Monchasa (Paushi), East Medinipur – West Bengal

A rural Bengal village - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Enjoy the warmth and simplicity of rural Bengal at Monchasa in Medinipur. The place has been developed as an ecotourism initiative at village Paushi, on the banks of Bagda river East Midnapore. The complex is sprawled over a huge location beside the river and is full of greenery and beauty all around.

There is a plantation area where a variety of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants are grown. An orphanage is also present there.

Distance from Kolkata: 140 km

Best time to visit: October to February

How to reach: The nearest Railway Station is Kanthi. You will get any Digha bound train from Howrah and get down at Kanthi. From there, pick-up and drop services are available. Trekkers are also available to Paushi village, but the service is not regular.

If you are driving by car, then you have to take the following route: Kona Expressway – NH6 – NH41 – Kolaghat – Henria _ Kalinagar. From Kalinagar, take the road to Monchasa (23 km from Contai).

Things to do:Village walk, visit ShyamoliBithi, the village plantation, visit the huge fish tanks Ishani and Naitri where a large number of fishes are bred. You can make a day trip to the century old Bahiri Temple.

Nearby places: Tamluk, Mandarmani

Mousuni, 24 Pgns (s)

A virgin beach and a friendly village, Mousuni Island is one of the newly found weekend destinations near Kolkata. Mousuni is a wonderful place – a perfect combination of the sea, sand and solitude along with the river. Mousuni is located in Namkhana adjacent to the Sunderbans delta. The place is an ideal getaway for bird lovers. Kakramarir Chor is the best place to do bird watching. Sunset from the beach is no doubt mesmerizing. There are plenty of fishermen’s villages on the island. You can explore these villages and get to know about the hardships of these people. For accommodation, there are tents available on the beach. In the evening, just enjoy the beautiful sunset by the beach and in the night spend some wonderful moments by the campfire.

Best time to visit: October to February

How to reach: From Sealdah South, take a local train to Namkhana. Get down at namkhana and take a rickshaw/ toto to the Jetty. Cross the Hatania-Doania River by ferry and take a Magic Van to Bagdanga Kheya Ghat. Cross the river by ferry and get down at Bagdanga. From here, you have to hire a vehicle (you can prearrange it from the Baliara Beach Tent) to Baliara Beach Tent at Mousuni.

Things to do: Stroll around the beach, watch the sunset, visit the fishermen village and bird watching

Nearby places: Bakkhali

Mozauley, North Bengal 

Roads to Mozauley - offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

If you want to stay beside a mountain river amidst peace and seclusion, then Mozauley can be a great destination. Mozauley is about 4 km from Reshikhola in Sikkim and boasts of picturesque beauty. From here, you can also go for the Sikkim Silk Route trip. The place also has a number of hiking routes.

Distance from Kolkata: 654 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From NJP or Gangtok, you have to hire a car to Mozauley.

Things to do: Village walking, hiking

Nearby places: Reshikhola, Pedong

Muruguma, Purulia

A woman walking on the Muruguma dam near the Muruguma Lake in Purulia

Murugama is a beautiful tribal village in the Purulia District very near to the Bengal-Jharkhand boundary. The vast Murugama Lake is a treat to the eyes and with the surrounding hills; it provides a very picturesque and serene landscape. The nearby Kenkechi Hills and the Ayodhya Hills and the forests enhance the beauty of this place and will also make your trip one of the best.

Distance from Kolkata: 330 km

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: The nearest Railway Station is Purulia. From Purulia, you can hire a vehicle to reach Muruguma. It takes about one and a half hour to reach.

You can also take a train from Howrah to Muri Junction (Jharkhand). The place is 35 km from Muri.

Things to do: Visit Muruguma Lake, the tribal villages and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can go for sightseeing to the nearby places like Bamni & Turga Falls, Ayodhya Hills etc.

Nearby places: Kenkechi Hills, Ayodhya Hills

Nagi Village, Sikkim

Sunset - offbeat wekend getaways in Sikkim

A small hamlet in Sikkim following the pitch black serpentine roads of the hills. The beautiful roads will lead to Namthang Bazar and from there Nagi village is just a few kilometers away. There is a beautiful monastery at the Nagi hilltop named Norbu Choeling monastery. From the monastery, there is a hiking route to Nagi Pokhara, a serene lake considered sacred by the Buddhists. A relatively unknown place, Nagi village is known for its tranquility and natural beauty.

Distance from Kolkata: 665 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: Take a shared sumo towards Rangpo. From Rangpo, you will get a shared vehicle to Namthang. From there, you have to hire a car. Or you can contact the homestay for the arrangement of a car from your desired destination.

Things to do: Village walking, visit the monastery, hike to the Nagi Pokhri, birdwatching.

Nearby places: Ravangla, Namchi

Okhrey, Sikkim

Varsey rhododendron trek - Okhrey

Okhrey is situated near the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. This is the best place to stop for the night if you want to visit Varsey. The mountain ranges on the northern side of the village beckon the tourists to take short hikes and rambling walks. During the month of April, the blooming season of rhododendrons, the place is full of rhododendrons, orchids, primulas, aconytes, foxgloves & bluebells. You will also get amazing views of the mountain ranges from here.

Distance from Kolkata: 680 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: The distance from Siliguri is about 130 km and takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach. The route follows Teesta Bazar, Jorethang and Sombaria. You can take shared vehicle to Jorethang. From Jorethang, shared vehicle to Okhrey is available. But you have to reach well before afternoon.

From Gangtok, the distance is around 160 km.

Things to do: Visit the Ugen Thon Meon Ling monastery, run by the Tibetan missionaries. Go for trekking at the Varsey rhododendron sanctuary and other small treks. Go for sightseeing tours to JureliDara (18 kms), the AndenOlong Monastery (20 kms), Kitan Falls, Dodak Helipad and Butterfly Shape Valley.

Nearby places: Daramdim, Sombaria, Varsey

Paren, Dooars

View of the valley - offbeat weekend destinations in Dooars

Dooars is full of beautiful and charming village getaways. Paren is one such place in Dooars situated near the Indo-Bhutan border. Blessed with hilly areas with lush green forests, meandering rivers, stretches of agricultural fields, Paren offers spectacular views of the surroundings. Paren consists of three villager – Lower Paren, Upper Paren and Paren Compound.

Distance from Kolkata: 655 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

How to reach: The nearest Railhead is Malbazar. From there, go to Chalsa and then take a jeep to Paren.

Things to do: Village walks, relax in nature, excursion to Todey and Tangta, nearby villages offering spectacular views of the mountains and valleys.

Nearby places: Bindu, Jaldhaka

Parkha, Sikkim

Thukpa - a Tibetan dish

Nestled in the valleys of East Sikkim, Parkha just looks like a dreamland. A small village, Parkha will treat you with the best of Sikkimese hospitality. Wake up in the morning listening to the chirping of birds, take a walk in the village and enjoy the nature. The view from the Parkha hilltop is simply incredible, a perfect communion with the Himalayas.

Distance from Kolkata: 713 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: Shared sumo towards Parkha is available from Gangtok, but the number is less.

Things to do: Village walk, bird watching, hike to the Parkha hilltop, visit the suicide point.

Nearby places: Gangtok, Rolep

Rangaroon, North Bengal

View of Darjeeling town and Kanchenjunga ranges at Rangaroon - an offbeat weekend destination near Darjeeling

Homestay at Rangaroon

A sleepy hamlet among the clouds, Rangaroon is situated only about 16 km from Darjeeling. Surrounded on three sides by the forests, its western side has Aloobari, Fulbari and Pandam Tea Estate with the Rungdung river taking a turn. Rangaroon is thus a perfect destination for adventure, wildlife and the tourists who just want to spend a few days away from the busy city life. And the best part is that you can see Darjeeling town and Kanchenjunga ranges together.

Distance from Kolkata: 613 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Siliguri, drive till Jorebungalow (60 Km from Siliguri) and then take a turn to reach the 3rd mile. From 3rd mile, there is a route downhill to Rangaroon. Rangaroon is about 8 km from Jorebungalow.

Things to do: Walk around the village and tea gardens, take a visit to the abandoned tea factory, take blessings from the Mata Singha Temple. Trek to the Rundung Riverbank for a half-day picnic.

Nearby places: Darjeeling, Lepchajagat

Rangbull (Kalej Valley), North Bengal

Tea gardens at rangbull - offbeat weekend destinations near Darjeeling

Situated near Darjeeling, Rangbull is beautiful in its own right. Enchanting valley with luscious tea gardens, endless layers of mountains and a very beautiful waterfall makes the place unique. The best part, however, is the village resort that is spread across acres of land. Rangbull can be your alternative place to Darjeeling to spend a serene weekend in the mountains.

Distance from Kolkata: 612 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take shared sumo (the ones going towards Darjeeling) to Rangbull Bazar. From there, it a 5 km downhill drive.

Things to do: Walk amidst the tea gardens, visit the Kalej Valley tea estate, hike to the Rainbow Falls to see the rainbow at the base of the waterfall.

Nearby places: Batasia Loop, Ghoom, Darjeeling.

Rangeet Majuwa, North Bengal

beautiful view of the village shrouded in cloud

Yet untouched by the maddening rush of crowds, Majuwa is a picturesque hamlet near Maneybhanjan. Mountain views, chirping birds and Shaujikhola, the mountain river flowing through the village makes the place ideal for a weekend trip. Simply laze around Rangeet Majuwa and spend your time idyllic bliss.

Distance from Kolkata: 660 km

Best time to visit: Any time of the year except monsoon.

How to reach: Take a shared car from Siliguri/NJP and reach Ghoom and then Manebhanjan. From Manebhanjan, 4-wheel vehicle is required to go to RangeetMajuwa.The distance is only 5 km, but due to the road condition it takes almost 30-40 minutes to reach.

Things to do: Enjoy nature, birdwatching and village walks

Nearby places: Maneybhanjan, Darjeeling

Rongo, Dooars

Homestay at Rongo - offbeat weekend destinations in Dooars

A small picturesque hamlet near the hills of Bhutan, Rongo will simply take your breath away. We recommend the place for its tranquility and peace. Take a village walk, hike to the monastery or interact with the local, whatever you do at Rongo will simply charm you.

Distance from Kolkata: 656 km

Best Time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: You have to reach New Jalpaiguri (96 km from Rongo) or New Mal Junction (33 km). From either of the stations, you can hire a car to Rongo.

Things to do: Village walk, hike to the monastery and the waterfall

Nearby places: Bindu, Paren, Jaldhaka

Singi, Barddhaman

Singi is an offbeat weekend destination from Kolkata

Singi or Singee is a serene village getaway, not very far from Kolkata. This quaint Bengal village is one of the best places to spend a weekend. Singi is known not only for its tranquil beauty but also for its rich history. It is believed that Maharaj Singheswar had settled here and named the place Singhapur. Singee is also the birthplace of Kashiram Das, the translator of Mahabharata in Bengali.

Singee epitomizes everything that you are reminded of when talking about Bengal village. Green paddy fields are seen all around and the beautiful Brahmani rover flows through the village. The air here is crisp and unpolluted. Spending a couple of days here is going to be an exhilarating experience. There are a few terracotta temples in Singee. You can visit the birthplace of Kashiram Das and the library named after him. If not anything, simply strolling around the village is going to be a rewarding experience. But the best part of Singee is going to be your stay at Shantiniketan Homestay. Not only their hospitality is amazing, but also the food served. And for the gourmet Bengalis, what can be better than good food?

Distance from Kolkata: 134 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Howrah, board any train towards Katwa. From Katwa, you can take an auto, van or hire a car to Singi.

Things to do: Walk along the village, visit the birthplace of Kashiram das, terracotta temples and the nearby village of Sribati.

Nearby places: Nabadwip, Purbasthali

Singling, Sikkim

Singling - offbeat weekend destinations in Sikkim

Singling is a picturesque village in the buffer area of the Varsey rhododendron sanctuary. Surrounded by greenery all around, this hamlet is also the heaven for a number of Himalayan birds. Not only that, Singling has historical significance too. There used to be an ancient route between India and Bhutan in this village. Singling has an ancient monastery and a beautiful lake. On a clear day, the view of sunrise from the village is simply breathtaking.

Distance from Kolkata: 666 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri SNT Stand, you will get shared jeep to Soreng. From Soreng, you have to reserve a car for the 8 km uphill route. You will also get shared jeep to Soreng from Jorethang.

Things to do: Visit the monastery, go for hiking, enjoy the nature and birdwatching

Nearby places: Varsey, Okhrey

Sribadam, West Sikkim

Stupa at Sribadam- an offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Along with the natural abundance and beauty, Sribadam is also known for its meditation centre. The place is a forest village well maintained with a population of about 300 families mainly comprising of Bhutia, Subba and Gurung. The village overlooks Samdruptse in Namchi on the opposite hills and the Reshi River flows through the village. The Monastery at Sribadam has a meditation centre that is famous all over Sikkim as well as in Nepal and Bhutan. The monastery is also known for healing people from any kind of sickness.

Distance from Kolkata: 665 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo to Jorethang. From Jorethang, shared jeeps are available to Sribadam.

Things to do: Visit the two monasteries at Sribadamand the waterfalls. Go for village walks.

Nearby places: Martam, Rinchenpong, Kaluk, Hee-Bermiok, Zoom

Tabakoshi, North Bengal

homestay at Tabakoshi - offbeat weekend getaway from Kolkata

If you want to spend time amidst the tea gardens and experience amazing hospitality, then Tabakoshi is just the place for you. Tabakoshi is situated just 8 km downhill from the GopaldharaTea estate. Surrounded by luscious green tea gardens and brooding hills, Tabakoshiis the place to bask in nature’s splendour while you listen to the chirping of birds and soothe your eyes seeing the greenery around you.

Distance from Kolkata: 601 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

How to reach: Take a shared Sumo from Siliguri to Mirik. From Mirik, you have to take a private car to Tabakoshi

Things to do: Walk amidst the tea gardens, camp along the Rangbhang River and visit the tea estates like Gopaldhara, Thurbo and Sangma.

Nearby places: Mirik

Takdah, North Bengal

Century old bungalow at Takdah

Rungli Rongliot Tea Garden near Takdah

Dreamy and misty, Takdah is a place for the romantic at heart. True to its name, the place is often surrounded by fog amidst the meandering roads and the trails through the dense coniferous forests. It was a cantonment area and has a number of century-old British bungalows many of which are now renovated as guesthouses. The tea gardens add to the charm of the place.

Distance from Kolkata: 628 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: Takdah is 60 km from Siliguri and 28 km from Darjeeling. Shared jeeps are available from Darjeeling.

Things to do: Stay at the century-old heritage bungalows, visit the famous tea gardens like RungliRongliot, Takdah Tea Estate, Gielle, Namring, Jinglam, Poomong, and Teesta Valley estate. Also, visit Takdah Orchid Centre to see rare orchids.

Nearby places: Tinchuley, Chhota Mangwa, Bara Mangwa, Lamahatta

Tarkhola, North Bengal

inside the car

Tarkhola, a picturesque hamlet near Kalimpong surrounded by Delo hills is located at an altitude of 4000 feet. Known for its immense natural beauty and breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga ranges along with the Teesta Valley, Tarkhola can be a great offbeat weekend getaway from Kolkata. The village is just 80 km away from NJP and 12 km from Kalimpong. Only a few homestays are available in this village. Visit Tarkhola to enjoy the pristine beauty of nature along with enjoying the great hospitality of the mountain people. Tarkhola can be a great place for those who are looking for some peace and solitude. You can get the beauty of Kalimpong without the crowd, thus the village can be a great alternative to Kalimpong.

Tarkhola can also be reached by a half day’s trek originating from the quaint Kalimpong town and via the remote village of Sangsey. This lovely trek takes one through lush green fields and dense forest and hundreds of butterflies can be seen enroute.

Distance from Kolkata: 623 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From NJP/ Siliguri, take a shared Sumo to Kalimpong. From there, you have to reserve a car to Tarkhola.

Things to do: Explore the village, go for sightseeing at Kalimpong, go for short treks.

Nearby places: Kalimpong, Delo, Ramdhura, Sangser.

Temi, Sikkim

Temi Tea Gardens, offbeat weekend destinations from Kolkata

Temi Tea Garden is the only tea estate of Sikkim. Lying in between Damthang and the Temi Bazar along the way to Singtam, the beauty of the undulating tea garden is extraordinary. The lush manicured tea gardens covering an area of 440 acres along with the panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga ranges and the Teesta river gorge 8000 ft below, the beauty of the lone tea estate of Sikkim is unparalleled.

Stay at the homestays and experience the unparalleled hospitality of the hosts and enjoy your weekend amidst the tea gardens.

Distance from Kolkata: 665 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: Nearest Railhead is New Jalpaiguri. You can reach Temi tea gardens from Siliguri by rented car. The distance is approximately 117 km. You can also hire cars from Namchi, Pelling, Ravangla, Pelling or Gangtok to reach Temi.

Things to do: Visit the tea gardens and the tea factory, indulge in adventure sports, visit Rayong Viewpoint and go for birdwatching.

Nearby places: Ravangla, Namchi

Tendrabong, North Bengal

View of the village and valley

A beautiful hamlet just 20 km from Kalimpong, Tendrabong is a respite for the tired souls. The village is known for its beautiful flowers and orchids and the view of the valleys. Visit Tendrabong for a serene weekend.

Distance from Kolkata: 643 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo to Kalimpong. From there, you have to hire a car to Tendrabong.

Things to do: Village walk, Enjoy the nature, relax and rejuvenation

Nearby places: Kalimpong, Bidyang

Turuk, Sikkim

Chee - local alcoholic drink in Sikkim

This is another offbeat destination in Sikkim. There is a beautiful century-old bungalow known as Turuk Kothi that has been converted as a guesthouse for the visitors. TurukKothi as it is called now was the home of the first minister of Sikkim, Laxmi Das Pradhan and it also served as the District Headquarters for many years. The place has all the beauty of Sikkim with serene nature, view of sunrise over the mountains, birds and blooming flowers.

Distance from Kolkata: 780 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a sumo towards Gangtok and get down at Melli Bazar. It is a 30 minutes drive to Turuk from Melli Bazar.

Things to do: Enjoy the nature, go for birdwatching, and visit TareyBhir. You can also go for short treks.

Nearby places: Namchi, Ravangla, Temi Tea Garden

Yakten, Sikkim

View of the village - offbeat weekend getaways in Sikkim

Yakten is a picturesque, pristine hamlet situated around 35 km from Gangtok city in east Sikkim. Surrounded by towering pine forests and situated at a height of approximately 5000 ft, this village has a unique charm of its own. The village offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga ranges with the rolling dense forests, beautiful orchids and the sweet chirping of Himalayan birds.

Distance from Kolkata: 650 km

Best time to visit: October to February

How to reach: From Siliguri, take a shared sumo towards Gagntok and get down at Ranipool. From there, you have to take a vehicle to Yakten.

Things to do: Explore the jungle trails, enjoy the view of mountain ranges, enjoy Sikkimese cuisine and go for trekking at Jhandi Dara viewpoint.

Nearby places: Rolep, Gangtok

Yangsum, Sikkim

Roads of Sikkim - Sikkim Tourism

Yangsum is a small rustic village in West Sikkim. Here the beauty of Kanchenjunga ranges is unparalleled. Life is slow here without the hustle bustle of the city life. You can simply walk around the cardamom and rice fields and the orange orchards. During spring, a number of flowers bloom making the entire region quite colourful. There is an ancient chorten in the village and a viewpoint from where you will get an all-encompassing view of the mountain ranges.

Distance from Kolkata: 670 km

Best time to visit: All through the year

How to reach: Yangsum is only 3 km from Rinchenpong. From Siliguri SNT Stand, you will get shared jeeps to Rinchenpong, but their numbers are quite less. Alternatively, you can reach Jorethang and then take a cab from there to Yangsum.

Things to do: Nature walk, hiking, birdwatching, visit the view point.

Nearby places: Rinchenpong

Yelbong, North Bengal

offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata

Yet unexplored, Yelbong is an idyllic and virgin weekend getaway from Kolkata. It enjoys a bucolic climate along with the serenity of the hills and lush greenery. For trekking enthusiasts there is a trek route starting from Oodlabari and reaching Bodaganj, passing through a number of picturesque hamlets.

Distance from Kolkata: 615 km

Best time to visit: October to June

How to reach: The nearest Railway station is at New Mal Junction. You can also come from Siliguri by road and take a sharp left turn from NH 31 at Bagrakote.

Things to do: Take a village walk, go for trekking in the jungles and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Nearby places: Chuikhim, Nimbong and Charkhole

Zoom Valley, Sikkim

Offbeat Weekend destination from Kolkata in Sikkim

This place is situated very close to Jorethang in Sikkim. The place is extremely beautiful with cultivation farms all around.You will get a panoramic view of the mountain ranges from the village. The Himalayas will seem to beckon you from a distance. Also, the view of sunrise from the village is simply breathtaking. Zoom is also the where you can see a rare animal species pika (Scientific name -Ochotonasikkimaria). It is a hybrid of rabbit and rat.

Distance from Kolkata: 650 km

Best time to visit: October to May

How to reach: From Siliguri, take shared sumo to Jorethang. From Jorethang, Zoom is only 20 minutes drive. You can get shared jeeps if you reach before afternoon.

Things to do: Village walk, watch the sunrise, enjoy the nature

Nearby places: Martam, Hee-Bermiok, Kaluk, Pelling, Rinchenpong

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