Pingla

Pingla is a village tourism destination situated in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. The place is famous for its Patachitra and Pater Gaan. There are around 250 Patuas who live in Naya village in Pingla. They paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth with natural colours. They also produce apparels, stationery and home decor products with Patachitra motifs which are an unique showpiece of cultural expertise and superior craftsmanship. The community museum at Pingla showcases rare vintage scrolls as well as the wide range of diversified products made by the artists including t-shirts, hand-fans, lamps, bags, umbrellas and decorative items.

How to Reach

Local trains are running from Howrah to Balichak. The village is 20 minutes drive from Balichak. Buses and hired cars are available from Balichak to reach Naya village in Pingla. You can also reach Naya village in Pingla from Kolkata by car. Distance from Kolkata to Pingla is 125 km. It takes around three and a half hours.

Accommodation

You can stay at the Community Resource Centre which offers 2 bedrooms (Non AC) with well furnished lodging facilities. Tel: 033-24178516.

Singi

Singi is a beautiful village situated in Barddhaman district of West Bengal. Located at a distance of 136 km from Kolkata, it is a perfect destination for those who wish to spend their vacation in a peaceful and natural environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Breathe in pure oxygen in the pollution-free atmosphere or go for bird watching and fish feeding or enjoy a bullock cart ride or savour the delicacies of rural Bengal, there will never be a dull moment at Singi. You can visit the Terracotta temples in Sribati village and Maa Yogadya Temple in Khirgram. Other places of interest around Singi include Jamalpur Shiva Temple, Chupir Chor and Purbasthali.

Singi
How to Reach

Local trains are running from Howrah and Sealdah to Patuli. The village of Singi is easily accessible from Patuli railway station. You can also drive to Singi by car from Kolkata via Shyambazar, Dunlop, Dankuni, Jaugram, Memari, Satgachhia, Manteswar, Mejhiari, Singi More, Singi.

Accommodation

Santiniketan Home Stay. Tariff - Rs. 1800-2700 per person. Tel: 7044791436.

Singtom Tea Estate

Singtom Tea Estate is a picturesque tea tourism destination located 5 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal. Established in 1852, it is the one of the oldest tea gardens of Darjeeling. The lush green tea estate covers an area of 1600 acres and produces some of the finest teas in the country. Singtom offers its visitors a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow capped Himalayan peaks. You can also watch sunrise from the viewpoint at Singtom which is a truly mesmerizing experience.

Singtom Tea Estate
How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. Auto rickshaws are plying from New Jalpaiguri to Siliguri. Singtom Tea Estate is 70 km from Siliguri. Buses and shared jeeps are available from Siliguri to reach Darjeeling. From Darjeeling, you can hire a car to get to Singtom Tea Estate. Hired cars are also available from New Jalpaiguri to reach Singtom directly.

Accommodation

Tea Bungalow. Tariff - Rs. 6500 (including breakfast). Tel: 8420193055.

Rangaroon

Rangaroon Tea Garden is situated at a distance of 16 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal. The estate lies near the boundary of Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 6100 ft above sea level. It produces some of the world's finest quality tea and is home to the famous Rangaroon Tea which had won the hearts of British colonists. You can take a leisurely walk through the lush green tea garden while enjoying the scenic beauty of the place. The view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow capped peaks from Rangaroon is truly awe inspiring. Rangaroon also offers its visitors a spectacular view of the Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill and the Darjeeling town

Rangaroon Tea Garden


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School Dara

School Dara is a completely virgin village tourism destination situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The picturesque hamlet lies at a distance of 5 km from Mirik. The scenic beauty of the place is amazing with its lush green surroundings and orange orchards all around the area. School Dara is also a bird watcher's paradise with several species of birds including flycatcher, minla and nuthatch often spotted in and around the village. The serene and calm ambiance of the place makes it an ideal retreat for those who want to spend their vacation in peace and solitude.

School Dara
How to Reach

Trains are running from Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. Auto rickshaws ply from New Jalpaiguri to Siliguri. Mirik is 52 km from Siliguri. Hired cars and shared jeeps are plying from Siliguri to Mirik. School Dara is 5 km from Mirik.

Accommodation

Rodhi Ghar Homestay. Tariff - Rs. 2100 (including food). Tel: 9434072552.
Rangbhang Homestay. Tariff - Rs. 1200. Tel: 9832913617, 9733242210.