DIGHA

 

Digha is a small but the most popular seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal.It is located just 183 km from Kolkata/Howrah via Mecheda and 234 km via Kharagpur. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Contai.

How to reach
Digha is best reached by Train and Bus. The nearest train station is at New Digha Stn. and the nearest airport is at Kolkata.

By road

Travelling to Digha by road has become easier, thanks to the chief minister's efforts in promoting tourism at Digha and surrounding beaches (Mandarmoni, Tajpur, Sankarpur). The roads are excellent, and one can easily reach Digha from Kolkata in 4 hours of sedate driving.

Route: NH-6 till Kolaghat -> take a left turn on NH-41 excellent roads till Nandkumar -> right turn on state highway all the way to Digha, via towns of Contai and Ramnagar.

By train

It is advisable to make reservations in advance for weekends and national holidays.

Three trains run daily from Howrah Railway Station at 6.40am (Tamralipta Express), 11.15am (Duranto Express) and 2.40pm (Kandari Express) daily. Sometimes special trains are announced on special occasions and holidays. Notice for such trains come on widely circulated newspapers. Journey by Duront Exp (12847) leaving Howrah at 11.15 can be of great experience. The returning times are 10.25am, 1.35 pm and 6.20pm respectively.

On saturday, There is paharia express which comes from new jalpaiguri and halts at Howrah. This train remains quit empty and very comfortable to travel.

There is a Local train from Shalimar (Near Howrah) to Digha though the timing is not good. Also there may be some special train.
From 01-07-2011 , Indian Railways launched 4 (four) special trains from Puri (Wednesday 23:35 & Saturday 23:35),Malda Town ( Saturday 08:10),Vishakapatnam (Thursday 17:50).These all trains are weekly.

 

Digha's old beach isn't as wide as it used to be due to heavy soil erosion. The beach is held together with big stones and concrete steps. Since it is one of very few popular beaches in West Bengal, overcrowding, especially during the cooler winter break, is another problem. A new beach has been developed at New Digha which is about 2 km from the old beach. This new beach is not only bigger than the old one, but might be considered a better one. It is clean and well-maintained and is not surrounded by a congested locality like the older beach. There are new and better hotels a walking distance from the beach at New Digha and the locality itself seems to be better planned. The entire stretch of the Digha seaface from Old Digha to New Digha is filled with casuarina plantations, which looks beautiful. Tourists come here and bath in the sea, stroll by the beach along the casuarina trees and enjoy the sights and scenes offered by this magnificent stretch of sea.

Apart from the sea, there is Asia's largest marine aquarium, a science museum and a beautiful park all on the main road from Old Digha to New Digha. Another important spot near Digha is the Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar which is 6 km west of Digha. During the Bengali month of Chaitra, an annual fair is organised here which is attended by people from near and far.

Places Around Digha
Junput: It is 40 km away from Digha; famous for fishing.
Shankarpur: Also known as virgin beach, only 14 km east of Digha. It is also a regular fishing harbour. This beach is covered with casuarina plantations.
Subarnarekha river:The sweet place where Subarnarekha river draining into Bay of Bengal, Only 12 KM far from Digha, located in Orissa-Bengal border. This is new destination of Digha tourist.
Talsari: A small delta on Bay of Bengal, Only 6 KM far from Digha, located in Bengal-Orissa border.