digha, midnapur east, west bengal
Duration: 3 days
Maximum Number Of Travelers: 09
Prices Start At ₹ 15,483 INR/ 223 $ USD Per Persons
History Of Digha
Midnapur, which has even been mentioned by ancient Chinese travellers Fa Hyan and Huen Tsang in their writings, was the point of contention between Marathas and Mughals in the eighteenth century before the infamous traitor Mir Zafar betrayed the Mughals during the battle of Plassey. It had been a hotbed of revolutionary activity for India’s independence, ever since its fall in 1757 to the East India Company. Most notably, Khudiram Bose received his education here and was executed for attempting to murder Magistrate Kingsford in 1906. Partitioning it was considered even during the British Raj but the public saw it as an attempt to break their unity and resisted it, and it was only on the 1st of January 2002, that the plan was materialised. Midnapur city, the headquarters of the original district, continued for Western Midnapur while Tamluk was made the seat of Eastern Midnapur. A British resident had discovered the beauty of Digha in eastern Midnapur district in 1923. He had advised the government of free Indian Bengal to develop it as a tourist spot. Today, the tourism ministry has identified Digha’s potential and has been actively promoting it.’
Digha is a town that has developed around a seaside resort in the East Midnapur district of West Bengal. If you ever plan a trip to the cities of Midnapur or Tamluk, don’t forget to add Digha to your itinerary too. In 1780, Warren Hastings had called Digha ‘the Brighton of the East’ for its similarity to the seaside resort in Sussex, England. At that time, it was locally known as Beerkul. Today, modern facilities like the Marine Aquarium and Research Centre have been established here. In addition to the old natural beach, an artificial beach has been developed, some 2 km away and which makes for an excellent trekking trail. This trek has been further beautified with plantations, and at nights, a majestic gate-like structure is illuminated, making the complete scenery look amazing. Further, there is a century old temple of Lord Shiva at Chandaneswar, near Orissa border, just 8km from Digha. It attracts five lakh pilgrims every year, especially during the March-April mela.
Digha is the most popular sea beach and tourist spot in West Bengal. It is known as “Brighton of the East”
Digha is divided into two areas – Old Digha and New Digha. We decided to stay at New Digha. There are many hotels,lodges and restaurants in Digha. We stayed at Hotel Sea Bird. Rates in Digha vary seasonally. Hotel Sea Bird is a good hotel located near the beach, with okay rates and an in-house restaurant on the ground floor with good service and tasty food.
After freshening up, all of us went for a stroll on the beach. The beaches of Digha are flat and wide. The sea looked ominous in the dark. The tide gets high at night so there are stone embankments to prevent the water from flooding the town. New Digha has a lively market which we planned to explore the next day as most of the shops had closed down by that time. We came back to our hotel, had tasty dinner and retired to our rooms.
Woke up to overcast skies and lovely cool weather. Had breakfast and went out to beach with our cameras. Had fun roaming and photographing around the beach and the sea.
After lunch and a little afternoon shut-eye, we decided to go sightseeing around Digha. Our first destination was the Science Center established by the National Council of Science Museums at New Digha. The Centre offers a variety of mechanisms to make science an enjoyable learning experience. There is a biology section with few animals, a physics section, a planetarium which holds evening shows and a park. Had fun time exploring all the mechanisms.
As we had other places to see we did not stay to watch a show at the planetarium. From there we went to the Udaypur beach. One should bargain hard with the rickshaw pullers there as they over charge tourists. Rickshaw pullers don’t take passengers right to the beach. One has to walk a bit to get to the beach.
At Udaypur beach bikes go roaming around the beach and to Talsari beach at low tide. It had got dark by the time we left the beach to go to Old Digha. Old Digha is a bustling part of the town. It would be cheaper to stay at the hotels there but there would be no peace. There is a much bigger and cheaper market at Old Digha. Also ATMs are located at Old Digha only. We made our way to the beach. As expected it was very crowded, especially because the tide was high and only few people had ventured into the water. Spent the rest of the evening sitting on the stone tables there, sipping hot tea and chatting. Then we went back to New Digha. Did some window shopping, had dinner at the hotel restaurant and retired to our rooms.
We were due to checkout in the afternoon. So all of us went souvenir shopping at the market after breakfast at an outlet at the market. Curios made of sea-shell, shell jewellery, moderate varieties of reputed Madur of Midnapore (hand-woven mat made of weeds) in colourful designs, cottage crafts of Digha and Midnapur are available. Rates are not that high and good bargaining skills can get you lesser rates.
This is the best curio shop of the market at New Digha
After lots of shopping, we returned to our hotel for lunch. Checked out from our rooms, kept the luggage at the hotel lobby and had lunch. Post lunch, all of us went to the beach for one last time. It was so wonderful to see the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal.
After spending some time on the beach and drinking coconut water, we came back to our hotel. Picked up our luggage and left for the station. Hope to visit Digha again with more time on my hands and to visit places like Shankarpur, Mandarmoni, Junput etc too.
- DIGHA SEA BEACH
- NEW DIGHA
- AMARABATI PARK
- MARINE STATION/AQUARIUM OF ZOOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA
- KAJAL DIGHI WONDERLAND, DIGHA
details of digha:
Digha is a coastal resort town in the east Indian state of West Bengal. The dune-backed Old Digha Sea Beach faces the Bay of Bengal. Close by, the Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) is home to sharks, rays and sea snakes. To the west, inland from sandy New Digha Sea Beach, leafy Amarabati Park surrounds a lake. West of town, the white-domed Chandaneswar Shiv Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
Weather: 32 °C, Wind S at 19 km/h, 82% Humidity
details of trip:
day 1: we pick up you from kolkata railway station, airport, or hotel proceed towards digha, check in hotel, proceed for sightseeings, we visit !)talsari sooting place 2)chandaneswr temple, evening free for local stoll. night stay in hotel in digha.
day 2: after breakfast proceed for 3)mandarmani sight seeings, en-route 4) mohona visiting, head straight for rolling beach,have drinks and fried fish at local snacks, take a deep in to the sea. Get yourshelf tanned silly.nearby mohona see the army of red cabs.evening back to digha . overnight at digha.
day 3: watch sunrise oversea, take a stroll along the beach.after breakfast check out from the hotel.proceed towards kolkata.dropped you designated place in kolkata.
- Departure Time: Daily Except Friday at 06:00 AM, 07:00 AM, 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM and 10:00 AM
- Departure: kolkata Airport, Howrah Railway Station, Your Hotel in kolkata or any other location in kolkata
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- No charge for infant (Age 02 Years or below)
- Current Valid Passport/ government ID is required on the Day of Travelling.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Private Tour
- 02-Nights Accommodation in Three Star Hotels on Single,Twin/Double or Triple Sharing Basis as per the package
- Morning Breakfast in all the hotels
- All transfer and sightseeing by air-conditioned Private Vehicle
- Car Type : for two people, three-seater sedan (Toyota Etios Or Similar)
- Car Type : for three to five people, six-seater wagon (Toyota Innova Or Similar)
- Car Type : for Four persons , four seater SUV
- Hotel or airport pick-up and drop-off
- Car, driver and fuel cost
- Toll tax, parking and driver allowance
- State tax and fuel charges
- One water bottle per person
- Professional Local Tour Guide
- Fuel surcharge
- Personal Expenses
- Entrance Fees
- kolkata Airport, kolkata Railway Station, Your Hotel in kolkata or any other location in kolkata
- Hotel for pick up
- Weights for helicopter tours
- Choice of times for tours
- Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.
Digha trip, 3 days