Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It lies on the east bank of Hooghly River. Kolkata is a growing metropolitan city, which is regarded as main cultural and educational center for East India. It is also called as the cultural city of India, was once the British Capital of India. Bengali is an official language of West Bengal and widely spoken in Kolkata, however English is also used for commutation to some extent. It has been considered as the city of intellectuals such as Nobel Prize winner, the great poets, writers and the greatest ever film producers were born here.
Kolkata is a major commercial hub for east and north east India as it is served by the only International airport in this region. It is accessible by road, train and flights from all the major cities of rest of the India. The major attractions of Kolkata include the visits of Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace and National Library. However, there are various beautiful places to see around Kolkata as well. They can be visited in a day trip from Kolkata. Please go through some of the best day trips from Kolkata.
Day Trip to Sundarbans National Park
Once arrived at Godkhali, board a boat and go for boat cruise sailing down through the Hooghly fringes, the worlds largest deltas, The Sundarbans. It is a sacred island where the Ganges meets the sea that forms thousands of deltas and islets. Sundarbans forest is the worldâ€™s largest mangrove; spread over a 10,000 square kilometer expanse, out of 60 % is in Bangladesh and remaining part in India.
Day Trip to Gangasagar
Gangasagar is an Island located in the confluence of River Ganges and Bay of Bengal Sea near Sundarbans. You will be taken to this place by surface transport and by ferry through Muriganga River. Gangasagar is a significant place of Hindu pilgrimage. Gangasagar Island is also known as Sagardwip. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for Hindus in India and a magnificent spot for adventure lovers too.
Day Trip to Shantiniketan
Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur located 179 km north of Kolkata. Bolpur is the main train station for Shantiniketan. It comes under the district of Birbhum district of West Bengal. This place was made important by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who founded a Bramhacharya school here in 1901.