Best time to visit: All through the year Another place for a fun weekend getaway from Kolkata is Bakkhali. It is one of the popular seaside resorts.
This crescent shaped beach is eight kilometres long and extends from Bakkhali to Fraserganj. Bakkhali beach, lined with Casuarina trees, is not usually crowded except on holidays. However, even on holidays,
you will find many deserted spots on the beach to enjoy some alone and peaceful time. If you are a nature lover, you can also spot magical sunrises and equally beautiful sunsets here.
Notably, the temple of Banbibi (a guardian spirit of the forests)is also close by. Other major attractions in the area are mangrove forest and Crocodile Park.
Best time to visit: Between October and March
Krishnanagar is a historical town in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is located 106.6 km north of Kolkata on the southern bank of the river Jalangi and was under the reign of Raja Krishna Chandra Roy.
It is said that the town was named after him. The major tourist attraction here is the Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace),
which was the residence of Krishna Chandra. Another popular attraction is the Roman Catholic Church.
Last one in the list is Murshidabad, which lies 240 km north of Kolkata. Famous for its British and Mughal colonial history,
the city is located on the banks of Bhagirathi River and was the last capital of independent Bengal. Murshidabad was earlier called Maksudabad and was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan,
the Dewan of Bihar, Odisha and Bengal, when his administration was transferred to the town from Dhaka. Nawab Murshid Quli Khan named the town after himself.
What is Murshidabad famous for? Well, the Hazarduari Palace is one of the popular tourist attractions in the place. Besides, you can also purchase the Murshidabad silk saris,
which are made using sholapith and ivory. The Bera Utsav, an annual festival, is another reason to visit Murshidabad.
The festival is celebrated on the last Thursday of Bhadra month (mid-September) in Bengali calendar. The celebrations are held on the banks of Bhagirathi River.