How To Reach Digha From Kolkata?
By Car The most hassle free & enjoyable way to visit Digha is by road. It takes about around 4 to 5 hours drive from Kolkata to Digha. Though tourist from Kolkata prefer to travel via road this road for a entirely different reason. Just at almost in the middle distance between Digha & Kolkata is a halt place called Kolaghat. Other than the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station & Rupnarayan River Kolaghat is famous for its road side Dhabas(Eateries). Express Food Plaza & Sher e Punjab Dhaba are the most famous and offers multiple cuisine options, but there are numerous others offering great food and open 24 hours. So while driving down from any side you can enjoy great meals on the way.
How many trains are there between Kolkata(Howrah) to Digha?
By Train As of now following trains ply between Digha and Howrah and it takes about 3 to 4 hours depending upon the number of stops & category of train.
12857 Tamralipta Express
18001 Kandari Express
12847 Howrah Junction Digha Flag Stn Duronto Express
05422 Alipur Duar Junction Digha Flag Stn Special
15722 Paharia Express
The above trains provide reservation systems and few other trains travel but those do not have any reserved seats.
Beaches Of Digha
1. Old Digha Beach is by far the most popular and crowded beach in the town. The beach is not as wide as it used to be, so the action now has moved eastwards where the beach is relatively wide. There are big stone seats for tourists to relax and enjoy the sea breeze. Old Digha Beach is best for enjoying the sunrise and sunset. The beach is clean and enjoyable during low tide. The beach has huge numbers of food joints, seafood stalls and stores selling cashews at affordable rates. You can buy souvenirs for from the many shops selling them, especially made from sea shells.
2. New Digha Beach is an extension of the Old Digha Beach located at about 2 km away and is also quite popular. New Digha is relatively newly developed and more planned. The beach is preferred by vacationers owing to its easy accessibility, vastness and lesser crowd density. The sea is about a km away during low tide, from the beginning of the beach area which is lined with 'jhou bon' or the Casuarina trees. You will find lot of stalls on the beach selling sea food and coconut water and other snacks. Take a long walk on the soft sands on the shore with your family & friends while enjoying the sunset.
3. Udaipur Beach This beach in Digha is one of the most unspoiled and beautiful sea beaches in India. Located on the border of Orissa, Udaipur Beach lies between New Digha and Talsari. The beach is speckled with tall casuarina trees and offers a number of decent accommodation options at affordable budgets. Since the place is mostly uninhabited, you would get a feeling of relaxing on a private beach. A perfect romantic getaway which is unblemished, you must visit this place at least once in your lifetime. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, indulge in a number of beach sports like speedboat, all-terrain bike, banana boat, and bike rides.
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Short History Of The Place & Tourism
Digha used to be a small village of Beerkul. An Englishman John Frank Snaith started living here in 1923 and he later convinced West Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy to develop this place as a beach resort. With this started the development of the town. Small hotels & Lodges were set up and in the 1990s & 2000 this became a major tourist destination. Later after 2011 there was major development undertaken by the administration and road and rail connectivity with all major towns and cities increased and Digha became what it is today.
1. Marine Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India
MARC - Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre established in 1989. The centre has two distinct wings, the. research centre and aquarium in addition to facilities for mass education to people. The aquarium was opened for public since 2003. It was set up with the objectives of conducting education and awareness program through the marine aquarium which is an integral part of MARC and providing infrastructure facility for conducting professional training course on coastal and marine ecosystem. MARC is the largest inbuilt marine aquarium in the country and equipped with two sections, marine and fresh water. Marine section in the aquarium equipped with 22 tanks of each 10000 litre capacity and 2 large sizes of 17000 litre capacities. The fresh water section consists of another 8 small tanks. The aquarium has different divisions of exhibits i.e. the species of conservation importance, the local, ornamental species, rescued species and freshwater species. Every day, there are about 2500 peoples visiting the aquarium.
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7. Visit The Digha Cashew Garden
This is an excellent initiative by the West Bengal government to promote the plantation of Cashew Nuts and convert it into a tourism attraction. Digha is well-known for it's Cashew Nuts and this garden will provide you a comprehensive knowledge about the process that goes behind making those delicious nuts that you enjoy as snacks. This garden is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, so visit it only during weekdays. A good place to visit if you love greenery. You can see every details about cashew production, plantation, farming.
5. Chandaneswar Shiva Temple
Situated at a distance of 8 kms from Digha, just inside the state of Orrisa's Balasore district is Chandaneswar Shiv temple. has mythology and folklore depicting its creation and history. The temple plays host to a huge annual fair on the first day of Oriya calendar and sees an influx of a large number of tourists every year. Regular transport is available from Jaleswar in Odisha and Digha in West Bengal. It is very near to New Digha, One can go from Digha to New Digha Bus stand by bus or auto then take a shared auto or van rickshaw to the temple. The temple is built in traditional Oriya style of temple architecture and the is very famous amongst the locals both Bengal and Orrisa. If you move further south you will meet the beach. But these are not popular among the tourists.
2. Digha Amrabati Park
If you are visiting Digha with family and kids the one attraction you cannot miss is the Amrabati Park. One can do boating over there, there are many types of birds and animals has been kept for visitors but the main attraction of the park is the ropeway ride, which is quite thrilling for children. There are lots of various flowers can be seen & greenery is all around this park. This kind of park is a great place for everyone to come together. Some palm trees, cactus, flower trees, a small dirty pond is available here. This place is quite lonely, so, if you want some loneliness, if you want be away from the bustle of the sea beach, you can come here and spend some time with your loved ones. There is a butterfly garden in the park and you can see beautiful swans in the lake. Only downside is it is not well maintained ass it should be.
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6. Digha Shopping Sea Shells, Stone Carvings and Mats
Shopping in Old Digha spells as the exciting most thing to do in Digha for shopaholics. Discovering the traditional haats and old bazaars is one of the best fun-to-do options in Digha. If you are fascinated by the sea and the objects which are often washed to the shore, you will definitely love to buy souvenirs during your visit to Digha. The locals collects the sea sheels and turn them into beautiful item of decorations in your room or be given out as gifts then head to the sea shell market in Old Digha. You are sure to fall in love with the handcrafted statues of many Hindu gods and goddesses sold here. These statues also come in various shapes and sizes and are made out of a variety of materials. Bamboo mats and sticks are amongst other popular handmade items in Digha. You will find table mats as well as bamboo sticks being sold in Old Digha which are quite fascinating. These mats and sticks speak of the old world Bengali charm and are quite sophisticated and beautiful. They will come handy for a bunch of purposes. These mats come in a variety of designs and colourful borders. But be sure to bargain your way.
3. New Digha & Udaipur Sea Beach
New Digha is a man-made beach, created 2 km away from the old Digha one. It is better planned and more easily accessible from nearby hotels. The new beach is much bigger, less crowded and better maintained compared to the old one. The beach is preferred by vacationers owing to its easy accessibility, vastness and lesser crowd density. The sea is about a km away during low tide, from the beginning of the beach area which is lined with 'jhou bon' or the Casuarina trees. You will find lot of stalls on the beach selling sea food and coconut water and other snacks. Take a long walk on the soft sands on the shore with your family & friends while enjoying the sunset. Further west at Udaipur Beach if you want to get your adrenaline pumping, you can indulge in a number of beach sports like speedboat, all-terrain bike, banana boat, and bike rides.
Top Tourist Attractions Of Digha
The best way to visit is to book a Toto or local van rickshaw. There are so many place where one can travel which give mental refreshments, like Tajpur, Odisa Border, Science City etc. Cycle-vans (commonly known as 'vans') is one of the unique modes of transportation in Digha. These are available everywhere and can be booked for touring around Digha and nearby places .
Motor-vans are used in digha as public transport for touring far places like Mandarmoni, Shankarpur, Chandaneshwar etc.
Private cars are also available in Digha.
Digha Sea Beach is located in the district of Medinipur which is a costal district of West Bengal State. It is stuated about 183 km from Kolkata Via the popular route of Kolkata-Kolaghat-Nandakumar-Kanthi- Digha. This proximity to the state capital has helped this small sea side village to emerge as a very popular weekend getaway with great luxury hotels and tourist resorts. Now with Digha Railway station many trains including Howrah-Digha Super AC express, Tamralipta express, Kandari express and others run between Digha and Howarh and other stations in eastern India. Digha is also located under Contai Sub division of East Midnapore District. Bus connectivity from Kolkata and other small cities & towns of South Bengal has given rise to immense rise of tourist inflow to Digha. People who intend to visit Digha from Jharkhand or Orissa has to get down at Kharagpur station and take Bus or Car to Reach Digha.
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4. Ride Down To Shankarpur Sea Beach
Shankarpur is a virgin beach town located 14 km east of Digha. It is also a regular fishing harbour. The mornings are cool, when fishermen can be seen hauling their huge nets out of the sea. The morning sun reflecting on the sea waves in the east, and the local fishing boats on the coast, offer excellent photographic opportunities. Tourists who make a beeline to Digha usually make a day trip covering Shankarpur, Mandarmoni, and Tajpur. The place is basically a small fishing village from where fishermen take their trawlers out and venture into the sea to grab their portion of the catch. Besides the beach is the fish market, so typical with its noise and smell, and a fish processing unit.
What Is Digha Famous For?
Digha is famous for multiple reasons, firstly for its beautiful and wonderful sea beaches, view of the sunrise & sunset and of course for its sea food. The beaches of Old & New Digha, Udaipur sea beach, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Shankarpur sea beaches, Talsari, Chandaneswar Shiv Mandir, Marine aquarium, Amarabati park and many more places are some of the places which makes Digha a famous tourist destination. Near the beach you can buy different kinds of fresh sea fishes being prepared in the sea side stalls both during day and in the evening time. Lot of other eateries of are also available to cater to your tastes. You can buy many sea shell ornaments and souvenirs in the markets adjoining the beaches. With huge cashew plantation you can take a visit there and can buy fresh cashews to take Home.