The festival of Durga Puja transforms Kolkata into a beautiful mess; the colourful chaotic mayhem sometimes a little too much to handle. For five days of the pujo at least, the pandals blocking every road, park and yard, and with no work happening in the city; a quick getaway sounds like a plan especially to locals who’ve been in the city year after year of their lives.Also Read - 6 New Flight Routes in North-East India Become Operational From TODAY. Details Inside

There’s no chance of them missing out on the charm of the festivities because they’ve been a part of it for as long as they’ve lived. Therefore, here’s a carefully curated list for all those who want to sneak in little holiday away from the over-whelming ambiance of the city: Also Read - Kolkata Restaurants Run Out of Food After 'Revenge Dining' During Durga Puja; Close Eateries Before Time

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How can hills not be a part of the list, right? Be it the steak, freshly baked brownies, the varieties of tea, sprawling tea estates  or woolen being sold on Mall Road– Darjeeling is a place meant to be experienced over and over again.

Bishnupur

Admire intricate scenes from the Hindu epics carved on the many medieval terracotta temples in this town.

Shantiniketan

Known to be Rabindranath Tagore’s home and  with a world renowned university, Shantiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. The tea stalls, momos, Saturday haats, authentic Bengali cuisine, acres of greenery and simplicity is inviting as well as engaging.

Ganga Kutir, Raichak

Located only 50 kms away from Kolkata, Raichak is a riverside town and is sure to rejuvenate the urban man. Ganga Kutir is a property there that offers great hospitality without taking you away from the lap of nature.

Sundarbans

Cruising through the world’s extensive mangrove forest could be quite an experience. Sundarbans is home to the elusive royal Bengal tiger as well as darting kingfishers and spotted deer.  It is the right mix of ecological balance courtesy its roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries.