beach holidays in digha,west bengal

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Digha is ideal beach destination for a fun-filled holiday. The sun, sea and sand a potent combination at all times - is made all the more pleasant in Digha because it is neither too crowded nor too commercial a beach resort.

Called the Brighton of the East by Warren Hastings, Digha makes for a great weekend or honeymoon destination. Dighas serene beauty and her beautiful beach will have you coming back for more vacations here. Honeymoon couples beware! You may never want to go back from this secluded paradise.

While in Digha shop for the local handicrafts and beautiful ornaments made of seashells. Various types of ornaments are available at cheap rates. Also, Digha is famous for hand woven mats that are made of weeds and are available in a variety of colors. The major shopping area in Digha is behind

the old Digha beach. The very famous cashew nuts can be the perfect to bring back home.
Night Out

There are many restaurants which are invariably cheap but serving good quality Bengali dishes. There are also some more expensive continental restaurants serving delicious food. This is a great place to enjoy fish cuisine "�" for which Bengal is famous for. Try Pomfret, Rohu, Parshe, Bhetki and Tiger

Prawns. There are a couple of restaurants with attached bars, and in some beaches one finds the locals selling beer.

Catch a beautiful sunrise at Digha a lovely way to begin the day. The sea in Digha is shallow and calm and thus the best tourist attraction in Digha is sun bathing and swimming. The beach at Digha is supposed to be the widest sea beach in the world. Another amazing feature of this sun-kissed beach

is that it is also hard enough for vehicles to drive on it easily.

The main tourist hub is the New Digha, which boasts of a science centre and one of the largest marine aquariums in Asia. Another major attraction in New Digha is the Amravati Lake, which has boating facilities. A little unconventional attraction in Digha is the snake farm that is situated in close proximity to the Amravati Lake. Located at a distance of eight kilometres from Digha is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as the temple of Chandaneswar. While there, also visit Talasari, another beach located 3km away. At a distance of 14 kilometres from Digha is the unspoilt beach of Shankarpur. The beaches here are wide, lined with casuarinas trees and are less crowded than Digha. Shankarpur's main attraction is the fishing harbour project.
How to get there by Air

NSC Bose International Airport, Kolkata is the nearest airport which is about 210 km away from Digha.
How to get there by Rail

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Digha or one can take a train to nearby Kharagpur, a major rail junction with several trains to and from Kolkata.
How to get there by Bus

There are several bus services that run frequently to Digha from Kolkata. Buses leave daily, every half an hour, from the Shahid Minar and Howrah Bus Terminus in Central Kolkata. If driving by car, drive on NH 6 till Kolaghat and then take NH 41 to Digha. It approximately takes about five hours

to reach Digha from Kolkata by road.

Best time to Visit

The winter months are a good time as summers can be hot and humid.
Where to Stay

There are both private hotels and West Bengal Tourism guesthouse here in Digha. Some of these are Hotel Geetanjali, Hotel Sea Hawk, Hotel Purnima Resort, Hotel Dolphin Seagull, Hotel Bidisha, Hotel Sea Green and Hotel Surf Ride.
Nearby Places

Chandaneshwar which is 8 kms away is home to Asia's biggest Marine Aquarium. For a taste of local history, visit the centuries old Shiva temple also in Chandaneshwar.

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