Offbeat places in West Bengal

11 Offbeat Places in West Bengal You Must Visit

The state of West Bengal has a lot more to offer than Darjeeling, Kolkata and few other popular destinations. Visiting some offbeat places in West Bengal is a great way to have fun and adventure filled holiday and to explore places that lie off the beaten path. Going by the wanderers that we Bengalis are, we thought we ought to list amazing yet underrated places in West Bengal. So here we are:


1) Chandraketugarh

Offbeat places in West Bengal - Chandraketugarh
Chandraketugarh gets the name from King Chandraketu whose civilization had flourished here for six eras. Fort was built by King Chandraketu and is considered beautiful archaeological structure of the region. Ancient Greek and Roman writers called ‘Gangaridai could have known site and surrounding area.

The mythical ancient temple dedicated to Khana and Mihir has has only a flight of stairs and the walls as the remnants of the building. The ruined four-foot thick walls reveal the grandeur of the temple. The things that have been found in excavation of this temple and are attractions of this place are Buddha stupas and images, decorative designs belonging to Pala period, Jataka stories coins, terracotta sealing and plaques and many more.

There is another interesting structure nearby which is the legendary incomplete mosque that was built by Pir Gorachand. This is a one of the best less known tourist places in West Bengal.  Since no such lodging facilities are available so Chandraketugarh is appropriate for day trip from Kolkata. It is situated at a distance of about 50 kilometres from Kolkata and can be reached by road, via Barasat. The journey takes around 2 hours. From Ultadanga and Espalanade, regular buses are available to Barachampa.


2) Garh Panchkot

Offbeat places in West Bengal - Garh Panchkot


A ruined fort located in the eastern part of India less than an hour drive from Asansol at the foot hills of Panchkot in the district of Purulia, West Bengal. The place has history of being attacked by bargis. Lot of herbs and medicinal value plants species are Amloki, Gurmar, Bahera, Kalmegh, Satamul, Sarpagandha, Jastimadhu, Neem, etc. Damodar in monsoons is full to its brim and bird watching and walking along its bank is pass time that people do. The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited has a tourist bungalow here with 3 types of guest houses. It is 222 km from Kolkata.


3) Taki: The Riverside Retreat

offbeat places in West Bengal: Taki
A serene place to rest in a bagan bari on the banks of Ichhamati is Taki in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. It is a municipality under the Basirhat subdivision. Mid-river experience of meeting the countrymen of Bangladesh, on the Ichamati River, is worth experiencing as tourists from both countries ride on wooden boats to get a close view of the other side. Ruins of zamindar houses, Golpatar jungle and General Shankar Roy Chowdhury’s Adi Bari are places that cannot be ignored. Few temples are also around the place that deserve visit like Ramkrishna Missions, Kuleshwari Kali Temple, 300 years old Jora Shib Mandir.

Visitors can also take boat ride to the Machranga Island. Van rickshaws are hired for going to Golpatar jungle. People find the shade of long trees with birds and cooler atmosphere quite unique and delightful. Photo identity proof to show the BSF is needed for permit. Famous sweet “chanar malpoa should be tired. Bagan bari is good place for accommodation. Various kind of fishes plus chicken and mutton dishes are also available. Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station, takes around 2 hours to reach Taki Road Station. Car or ride a bus from the Esplanade, takes 3.5 hours to get to the place.

River Cruises and Picnic Spots

Taki, situated on the banks of the Ichamati River, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can embark on leisurely boat cruises or enjoy picnics amidst the scenic beauty of the riverside.

Rural Life and Local Cuisine

Exploring Taki allows travelers to immerse themselves in the laid-back charm of rural Bengal. From savoring authentic Bengali cuisine to witnessing traditional folk performances, every moment in Taki is a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage.


3) Dooars: The Gateway to Bhutan

offbeat places in West Bengal: Dooars

Dooars is considered the gateway to the hill stations of the Darjeeling and the word itself is derived from “doors” meaning in the literal sense gateway. It is famous for its rich biodiversity and forests, prominent ones in the area include Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve. Also located in this region are Manas National Park in Assam, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.

One place of attraction that lies 30 km from Alipurduar is Jayanti, which has beautiful meandering river and green hills. Bhutanghat also is close to the river lies 45 km from Alipurduar and has equally captivating beauty.

The leopard Rehabilitation Centre and Nature Park at Khayrabari is 11 km from Madarihat. The forest and the hills around are rich in flora and fauna with tea gardens spread across like a green soft blanket that makes it one of pleasing and eye-appeasing destinations. It is the gateway to Bhutan and the whole of North east India and can be reached by railway service connecting Cooch Behar with Kolkata via New Jalpaiguri. One can also avail the railway service via Alipurduar. State buses ply to Siliguri and Jalpaiguri from Kolkata.

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Dooars, located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, is blessed with lush forests and diverse wildlife. Travelers can explore national parks like Jaldapara and Buxa, home to rare species like the Indian rhinoceros and Bengal tiger.

Tea Estates and Adventure Activities

Adventure seekers can indulge in activities like river rafting in the Teesta River or embark on a safari through the dense jungles of Gorumara. The region is also famous for its sprawling tea estates, offering a serene retreat amidst picturesque landscapes.


4) Samsing

offbeat places in West Bengal: Samsing

Where small streams, natural forests, tea gardens come together to form a breath taking landscape is place called Samsing. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. Plains merge and rise to take shape into the Himalaya. One of the places where many tourists stay overnight is Suntalekhola which is about four kilometres further up the road from Samsing where the road ends close to a small stream named on the place itself in the village of Faribasti.

Flower gardens give this place amazing views are common to almost all households and some households may allow home stay for tourists. `Rocky island nature resort` on the banks of river Murti is another attractive tourist spot that lies 2 km from Samsing.

Treks and accommodation are arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors in the surrounding area of the National Park. There is `Tree Fern Point` and `Mo` or `Mo Chaki` for a great view of the Himalayas in one side and the plains of Dooars in the other where Trekkers can take ride. Bhutan hills and Jelepla, the pass which connects Tibet with India, is also notable place to visit. Other places nearby are Malbazar, Chalsa and Meteli. It is well connected with road, rail and air. One has to travel 85km from Siliguri to reach here.


5) Lepchajagat

offbeat places in West Bengal: Lepchajagat

If we break the word in two ‘Jagat’ actually means ‘the world’, and lepcha is tribe name so together word means world of the lepchas. Situated 19 km away from Darjeeling hill town and takes only about 45 minutes by taxi. So, one can visit here while staying in Darjeeling. This place has dense forest area full with conifers like pine, oak and rhododendrons. Along with gleaming view of Kanchenjunga peaks, and amazing birdlife and tranquillity that awes you this place gives you happiness in wonderful way.

Not many shops or other nightlife attractions in Lepchajagat so one can enjoy the quietness to oneself. Hawa Ghar which is about 1 km can be trailed by walk for fitness lovers. If the luck is in you court you might be able to see all five peaks of Kanchenjunga range.

Another place is Ghoom Rock which is 1.5 km away and at an altitude of about 7,900 ft is famous as a sunrise point that tourists visit. Wonderful view of the Balsan Valley is also remarkable. Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 85 km takes 3 hours. Also the nearest railway station is new Jalpaiguri 95 km which would take 3.5-4 hours. West Bengal forest development corporation lodge offers stay. Other sight-seeing places are Jorepokhri, Mirik is 25 km away with natural lake called Sumendu Lake, Pasupati Market located in India but near Nepal border is 15 kmaway, Maneybhanjan a 15 km drive also located on the India Nepal border start point of Sandakphu trek.


6) Jayrambati

offbeat places in West Bengal: Jayrambati


A village with its sacred traditions that has become a holy place of pilgrimage is Jayrambati. It is a town in Bishnupur subdivision in Bankura district, West Bengal. It is a holy village because Sarda Devi wife of Ramkrishna was born in this very village. White marble statue of mother has been installed in the temple. Nearby this temple is Naranarayan Temple where a child of below 5 years of age is worshipped as “God Narayan”. There is tradition of offering various things to him in puja like a pair of shirt and trouser, toys, books, pen and pencil etc.

Matrimandir” here is dedicated to Ma Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna. The temple was constructed on the birthplace of Ma Sarada devi. Village is all surrounded in rural set up by green pastures and meadows and trees and is admirably quite and beautiful. It is quite a place to relax and spiritualize your mind. It is 105 kmform Kolkata and can be reached in 2-3 hours.


7) Rajahbhatkawa

offbeat places in West Bengal: Rajahbhatkawa

Rajabhatkhawa is the gateway to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve is located just 15 km from Alipurduar. It is surrounded by green forest and several things can be experienced altogether like Bird watching, jungle safari, trekking and wildlife watching. 4 km trek through the forest trail, takes one to Rover’s Point which is famous bird watching destination. Migratory birds also add a charm to this place and draws tourists.

Buxa Tiger Reserve is striking place as it has rivers flowing through to supplement the beauty. One has to trek around 5 km from Santrabari to reach Buxa Fort, located at an altitude of 2600 where sacred temple of Mahakal is also located not very far.

The riverbed of Jayanti and the Chilapata forests are in vicinity where there is famous Pokhri, which is visited by thousands of devotees. Nearby is another site, Cooch Behar Palace and Rupam Valley in Bhutan is 12 km trek from this point which can excite trekkers. The nearest major railhead to Rajabhatkhawa is Alipurduar just 15 KMs away. One can get rented taxis from Alipurduar to Rajabhatkhawa. Buses are also available though not on regular basis. Buxadar Forest Bungalow provides accommodation facility to tourists.


8) Tajpur

offbeat places in West Bengal: Tajpur


Tajpur is 170 km from the state capital Kolkata located in Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, on the shore of Bay of Bengal not far from Digha. Tajpur has dense forest of tamarisk trees that is spectacular to watch. The beach has lot of red crabs which take walk and make the beach their playground.

Walking with tiny steps they add to different kind of beauty when they are together in large number there is wide variety of fauna including wild Gangetic dolphin, Oliver Ridley turtle, wide variety of birds and cranes. Train is taken then one can get down at Digha and hire a trekker to Tajpur. Or all buses to Digha from Kolkata would also drop to Balusai More form there one could hire local van to Tajpur.


10) Duarsini

tourist places in West Bengal - Duarsini


Duarsini is located around 13 km from Bundwan town in Purulia district has forest dotted with Ahal and palash trees. River Satgurang flows across it. Tribal villages of tribes like Santhal, Munda, Shabaradh, and Kheriya also are attractions because of their culture. The jungle is an interesting place to visit, where wild animals like Bear, Wild Pig, and herds of Elephants, Hyena, and Wolf. Group of Elephants may come out from Dalma to visit Duarsini.

Bhalo Hills, which is 3 km from Duarsini has ancient civilization remains. Here you can see remnants of the culture of some past civilization. There are few temples like Haunuman, Smasan kail and Ganga Mandir situated within 3 km range. This is an interesting West Bengal points of interest albeit a less known one.

Kolkata to Duarsini is 178 km. Car rent from Ghatshila costs around Rs.500/600. Ispat Express from Howrah leaves at 6.55 AM and one can get down at Ghatshila or Galudi form where its 20 km. Tourists can stay here at Forest Bungalow that looks like a tribal cottage. Villagers employed by WBFDC take care of food and other needs.


11) Junput

offbeat places in West Bengal: Junput

Junput is about 9 km from Contai town has Deshapran Fishing Harbour at Petuaghat. At this place Rasulpur River meets the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the wonderful fishing harbors in coastal Bay of Bengal. Another attraction here is 96 feet high Dariapur Lighthouse where tourists are allowed to climb the top. It gives a nice feel to stand and watch the vast sea and its waves. In Marishda there is very old temple of Jagannath Dev almost 400 years old that is 8-10 km away.

Temple of Hatnagar at Egra 17 km from Contai is also worth checking out. Tamralipta town that finds mention in history books may be however no remains of the town exist now. Famous temple, of Bargabhima can also be be seen at Tamralipta. There are also Tamralipta Museum and Sri Ramkrish-na Mission at Tamralipta. Junput resort is only accommodation available. There is no spot booking facility however, costs are reasonable as they have rooms in range INR 900-1500 (AC).


Bonus Hidden Gems

12) Bishnupur: The Terracotta Town

Historical Background

Nestled in the Bankura district, Bishnupur boasts a rich heritage dating back to the medieval period. This town flourished under the patronage of the Malla rulers, who left behind a legacy of magnificent terracotta temples and sculptures.

Notable Attractions

Visitors to Bishnupur can marvel at the intricate terracotta artwork adorning temples like the Rasmancha and Jorbangla. The town is also renowned for its unique style of music and handicrafts, making it a haven for art enthusiasts.

13) Mukutmanipur: The Serene Reservoir

Sightseeing and Boating

Mukutmanipur, situated amidst lush greenery in the Bankura district, is renowned for its tranquil reservoir formed by the Kangsabati River. Visitors can enjoy leisurely boat rides while soaking in the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills.

Eco-Tourism Initiatives

The area around Mukutmanipur is dotted with eco-tourism resorts and tribal villages, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Travelers can engage in activities like nature walks, birdwatching, and interacting with the local community.

14) Kalimpong: The Quaint Hill Station

Colonial Architecture and Buddhist Monasteries

Perched at an altitude of 1,250 meters, Kalimpong exudes old-world charm with its colonial architecture and panoramic views of the Himalayas. The town is home to several Buddhist monasteries, including the famous Zang Dhok Palri Phodang.

Flower Nurseries and Trekking Trails

Kalimpong is renowned for its flower nurseries, where visitors can witness a vibrant array of exotic blooms. Adventure enthusiasts can explore trekking trails that lead to scenic viewpoints like Deolo Hill and Durpin Dara.


15) Chandannagar: The French Colony

Colonial Influence and Heritage Walks

Chandannagar, with its quaint streets and colonial-era buildings, offers a glimpse into its French heritage. Visitors can take leisurely strolls along the promenade or explore landmarks like the Sacred Heart Church and Chandan Nagar Museum.

Annual Jagadhatri Puja Celebrations

One of the highlights of Chandannagar is the grand Jagadhatri Puja celebrations, where the streets come alive with colorful processions and elaborate decorations. The festival is a testament to the town’s cultural diversity and religious fervor.

16) Garh Panchkot: The Ruins Amidst Forests

Historical Significance and Archaeological Sites

Garh Panchkot, nestled amidst dense forests in the Purulia district, is home to ancient ruins and fortifications. History enthusiasts can explore sites like the Panchet Hill and ruins of the Panchkot Palace, which offer insights into the region’s storied past.

Trekking Routes and Camping Opportunities

The rugged terrain surrounding Garh Panchkot offers ample opportunities for adventure, with trekking routes that lead to panoramic viewpoints and cascading waterfalls. Camping under the starlit sky amidst the tranquil wilderness is a memorable experience for nature lovers.


17) Jhargram: The Tribal Heartland

Indigenous Culture and Tribal Festivals

Jhargram, located in the lush greenery of West Bengal’s tribal belt, is known for its vibrant cultural tapestry. Travelers can immerse themselves in the traditions of indigenous tribes like the Santhal and witness colorful festivals like the Chhau dance.

Palaces and Nature Reserves

The town is dotted with ancient palaces like the Jhargram Raj Palace, offering insights into its royal heritage. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby reserves like the Jhargram Mini Zoo and Kakrajhore Forest, home to diverse flora and fauna.

18) Purulia: The Land of Red Soil

Rock Formations and Waterfalls

Purulia, characterized by its red laterite soil and rugged terrain, is a paradise for adventure seekers. Visitors can marvel at natural wonders like the Ajodhya Hills, with its unique rock formations, and the majestic beauty of waterfalls like the Baghmundi and Turga.

Handicrafts and Folk Music

The region is renowned for its vibrant handicrafts, including intricate dokra metalwork and colorful tribal paintings. Travelers can also immerse themselves in the soulful rhythms of Purulia’s folk music, which reflects the cultural heritage of its indigenous communities.


Unveiling West Bengal’s hidden gems is a journey of discovery and delight, where every turn leads to a new revelation. From quaint villages to pristine beaches, each destination offers a unique glimpse into the rich tapestry of Bengal’s culture and natural beauty. Embark on this offbeat adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ready to explore the road less traveled? Pack your bags and set off on an unforgettable journey through West Bengal’s hidden treasures. Start planning your offbeat adventure today!



Unique FAQs about Offbeat Places in West Bengal

  1. Are these offbeat destinations easily accessible from Kolkata?
    • Yes, most of these destinations can be reached within a few hours’ drive from Kolkata, making them ideal for weekend getaways.
  2. Are these places suitable for solo travelers?
    • Absolutely! Many of these offbeat destinations offer safe and welcoming environments for solo travelers to explore at their own pace.
  3. What is the best time to visit these offbeat places in West Bengal?
    • The best time to visit varies depending on the destination. Generally, the winter months from October to March offer pleasant weather for exploring these regions.
  4. Are there accommodation options available in these offbeat destinations?
    • Yes, most of these places offer a range of accommodation options, including guesthouses, resorts, and homestays, catering to different budgets and preferences.
  5. Can I experience local cuisine in these offbeat places?
    • Absolutely! One of the highlights of visiting these destinations is indulging in authentic Bengali cuisine, which is available in local eateries and restaurants throughout the region.


This post was originally published on Trodly travel blog.

Featured image by Suvajit Sengupta


Last Updated on April 1, 2024 by Rohan

By Rohan

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