Durga Puja in Kolkata comes to an end on October 23, Friday. If you are in the city, don’t pass up on the opprtunity to see the wonderful state of West Bengal! India’s eastern state has several quaint hamlets, places of historic importance, architectural marvels and beautiful hill stations that await your arrival! 

So, without much ado, let’s get started shall we? Here are 11 of the many places near Kolkata that you totally must visit after the Durga Puja celebrations are over!

1. Howrah

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Kolkata and its twin city Howrah are connected by the iconic Howrah bridge. The bridge quite simply must be on your list of places to visit. In fact, a walk on the Howrah bridge before dawn is exhilarating. Try it out if you haven’t already!

Kolkata to Howrah: Approximately 17 km

How to reach Howrah

2. Ambika Kalna

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia commons

Ambika Kalna is famous for its 108 terracotta Shiva temples. It is the abode of Goddess Kali, who is also known by as Maa Ambika. The place is worth  visit for its aesthetic appeal and of course, it’ll help you conclude Durga Puja with a perfect ending.

Kolkata to Ambika Kalna: Approximately 100 km

How to reach Ambika Kalna

3. Baranti

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A small village near Kolkata, Baranti is a great place to learn angling, spot animals and enjoy a sunset by the Muradi lake.This (October) is the best time of the year to visit this place, as the Sal, Mahua, Piyal and Palash trees cover the place, making it a heavenly sight to witness.

Kolkata to Baranti: Approximately 265 km

How to reach Baranti

4. Bishnupur

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Though the terracotta temples of Ambika Kalna are famous, not many are aware that the ones at Binshnupur were built around a hundred years earlier. Rasmancha, is one of the places you have to visit here along with the temples.

Kolkata to Bishnupur: Approximately 140 km

How to reach Bishnupur

5. Santiniketan

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Santiniketan is a small town established by Rabindranath Tagore, who gave Bengali literature the identity is has today. Visva Bharti, one of India’s leading autonomous universities, is about the only place to visit here but one that is bound to enthrall you! Take a walk in Santiniketan’s gardens and be amazed at what can be achieved by not restricting education to the classrooms.

Kolkata to Santiniketan: Approximately 165 km

How to reach Santiniketan

6. Mandarmani

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Photograph courtesy: WIkimedia Commons

Home to one of the most beautiful beaches, Mandarmani is yet another place you totally must visit. The longest ‘drivable’ beach, Mandarmani is worth every single mile you’ll cover from Kolkata.

Kolkata to Mandarmani: Approximately  175 km

How to reach Mandarmani

7. Murshidabad

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Murshidabad is home to the magnificent Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of the erstwhile Nizam of Bengal, Orissa and Bihar. You know a palace is worth a visit, when Rs 16.5 lakh was spent on constructing it in the 19th century. The palace gets its name from its 1,000 doors. So take a trip to this royal city and experience it first hand.

Kolkata to Murshidabad: Approximately  227 km

How to reach Murshidabad

8. Mirik

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Mirik’s Sumendu lake is a popular among travelers these days. The town can take you around everything from monasteries, temples, shikara rides, beautiful panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga, to tea plantations, orange orchards and orchid gardens. No matter what kind of a traveler you are, there is definitely something in store for you here.

Kolkata to Mirik: Approximately  620 km

How to reach Mirik 

9. Kalimpong

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Kalimpong is the new Darjeeling, especially as a Himalayan trade center. A bustling hill station, Kalimpng has an old world charm considering the markets and the shopping centers.

Take a trip to Kalimpong, and if you fall in love with the north-east, extend your trip to Gangtok and you’ll probably not want to look back!

Kolkata to Kalimpong: 640 km approximately

How to reach Kalimpong

10. Darjeeling

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia commons

Darjeeling is most famous for it’s toy train and tea industry! Imagine chilling in the Himalayan Railway, with a scenic backdrop of some of the most sought after mountains! A lovely cultural exchange, Darjeeling tea gardens are a world within themselves. Sip on a piping hot cuppa and interact with the locals for a nice story to take back.

Kolkata to Darjeeling: 630 km approximately

How to reach Darjeeling

11. Cooch Behar

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The Cooch Behar Palace, Kamteshwari temple and Madan Mohan temple are places you must visit on a trip to this beautiful town. In fact, you could probably travel to Cooch Behar for Durga Puja as well. And though nothing can be as grand as the fancy show Kolkata puts up, Cooch Behar is yet a worth a visit.

Kolkata to Cooch Behar: Approximately 705 km