Winter is picnic season for Bengalis. Next to peeling open oranges, sitting by the window of your home, basking in the soft sunshine, or cuddling up to blankets with a fat book and a steaming cup of tea, a way to soak in Bengal’s warm winters is heading out for a picnic. Not all of the best picnic spot are well or widely known, but they are worth looking into.
In the district of North 24 Parganas, near the towns of Taki and Hasanabad, between the rivers Ichchamoti and Bhasa, with India on one side and Bangladesh on the other, lies the quiet, sheltered picnic spot, the islet of Machranga Dwip-literally translating to Kingfisher Island.
A small island located in the South 24 Parganas, it is a beautiful getaway spot, host to a wide range of marine life. Largely uninhabited except for the fishing season between October and February, this is quiet enough to provide an uninterrupted experience of appreciating nature, but not without basic facilities.
A virgin beach located some 138 kms from Kolkata, this is an idyllic, tranquil picnic spot perfect for picnics, beach walks, sea bathing and even surfing. Junput provides a wonderful array of natural beauty-the Bay of Bengal, the casuarina trees and the pristine beach provides a beach destination less bustling than the more popular options, like Digha.
4.Unique Picnic Garden, North 24 Parganas
Located near Madhyamgram Chowmatha and not far from Kolkata, this is a picnic spot gradually gaining popularity. Complete with a pond and a park for children to play in, this is an ideal destination for a picnic.
Thirteen kilometers away from Purulia district’s Bundwan town, this place has, for your picnicking needs, wilderness dotted with trees and a river, Satrugang, flowing through it. There are also tourist spots, in nearby forests and tribal villages, ruins of ancient civilizations and a few temples.
A couple of hundred kilometres away from Kolkata, a ruined fort is the major tourist attraction here. At the foothills of Purulia’s Panchkot hills and very near to the town of Asansol, a large variety of plants and the Damodar river bestow it with scenic beauty, making it an ideal picnic spot in West Bengal.
250 kilometres away from Kolkata, a locale offering the whole gamut of natural beauty is Mukutmonipur- with its woods, its waterbodies and its pristine hills. Truly picturesque, it is a spot near enough the city to make for a day trip. At the assemblage of the rivers Kansabati and Kumari is a beautiful dam- the second largest in Asia. There is also a lake, that provides boating facilities to the visitors.