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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
Digha is a 4-5 hour journey by bus from Kolkata.  
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Digha is a 4-5 hr journey by bus from Kolkata.  
  
There are regular and frequent services to Digha from the Bus Terminus (Route 6) in the Garia suburb of [[Kolkata]]. Buses run from 4AM to 8.30AM and there is a afternoon bus service from the same state transport depot. Service is regular and residents from Jadavpur, Tollygunj, Rajpur, Sonarpur can easily use the good service.
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There are regular and frequent services to Digha from the Bus Terminus (Route 6) in the Garia suburb of [[Kolkata]]. Buses run 04:00-08:30 and there is also an afternoon bus service from the same state transport depot. Service is regular and residents from Jadavpur, Tollygunj, Rajpur, Sonarpur can easily use the good service.
  
There are also frequent bus services to Digha from Dharamtala bus stand of [[Kolkata]] and many other parts of West Bengal.
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There are also frequent bus services to Digha from the Dharamtala bus stand of [[Kolkata]] and many other parts of West Bengal.
  
There is bus service from Kudghat Bus Stand with two buses daily at 6AM and 8.30AM. There is also service from Dumdum station. The bus leaves Dumdum at 7AM. 2 buses by CSTC from the bus stand near Ruby General Hospital start at 4:30AM and 4:45AM daily. There is bus service from Barrackpore at 6AM and 7.30AM. There is also frequent bus service from Howrah (Suburb of Kolkata) with buses leaving almost the whole day every 30 minutes or so.
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There is a bus service from Kudghat Bus Stand with two buses daily at 06:00 and 08.30. There is also service from Dumdum station. The bus leaves Dumdum at 07:00. 2 buses by CSTC from the bus stand near Ruby General Hospital start at 04:30 and 04:45 daily. There is a bus service from Barrackpore at 06:00 and 07.30. There are also frequent bus services from Howrah (suburb of Kolkata) with buses leaving almost the whole day every 30 min or so.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
 
 
It is advisable to make reservations in advance for weekends and national holidays.
 
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.
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* Three trains run daily from Howrah Railway Station at 06.40 (Tamralipta Express), 11.15 (Duranto Express) and 14.40 (Kandari Express) daily. Sometimes special trains are announced on special occasions and holidays.  Notices for such trains are to be found on widely circulated newspapers. A journey by Duront Express (12847) leaving Howrah at 11.15 can be a great experience. The return times are 10.25, 13.35 and 18.20 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.
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* On Saturdays, The Paharia Express comes from new Jalpaiguri and halts at Howrah. This train is often quite empty and very comfortable to travel on.
  
* There is a Local train from Shalimar (Near Howrah) to Digha though the timing is not good. Also there may be some special train.
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* There is a local train from Shalimar (Near Howrah) to Digha though the timing is not good. Also there may be some special trains.
* 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.
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* From 1 July 2011, Indian Railways launched 4 special trains from Puri (W 23:35 & Sa 23:35), Malda Town (Sa 08:10), Vishakapatnam (Th 17:50). .
  
 
===By road===
 
===By road===
 
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Travelling to Digha by road has become easier, promoting tourism in Digha and the surrounding beaches of Mandarmoni, Tajpur and Sankarpur). The roads are excellent and one can easily reach Digha from Kolkata in 4 hr of sedate driving.
Travelling to Digha by road has become easier, 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.
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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.
 
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.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
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Amravati Park is in New Digha. Motorcycle rickshaw vans will take you to New Digha from Old Digha for around ₹5 per person.
There is park(Amravati Park) in New Digha. Motorcycle rickshaw van will take you to New Digha from Old Digha for around Rs 5/person.
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==See==
 
==See==
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*<see name="Talsari Beach" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
*<see name="Talsari Beach" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
  
*<see name="Temple at Chandaneswar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="Near the mouth of the Rupnarayan River. One has go about 2 km across the sand to see the beach. Lot of red crabs are found in the estuary areas there.></see>
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*<see name="Temple at Chandaneswar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="Near the mouth of the Rupnarayan River. One has go about 2&nbspkm across the sand to see the beach. Lot of red crabs are found in the estuary areas there.></see>
  
*<see name="Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="M-Sa 9:30AM-6PM" price="10" lat="" long="">This is possibly the most well equipped marine aquarium in India, but the collection of specimens are poor. Some local common fishes are kept in this huge aquarium.</see>
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*<see name="Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="M-Sa 09:30-18:00" price="₹550" lat="" long="">This is possibly the most well equipped marine aquarium in India, but the collection of specimens is poor. Some common local fish are kept in this huge aquarium.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
 
*<do name="Swimming" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The best place for a dip safely is at New Digha. The beach here is flat. Nowadays old Digha is not safe and conducive for bathing. Beer is generally served at the beach by the enterprising locals who would accept payment later by coming with you to your hotel.   
 
*<do name="Swimming" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The best place for a dip safely is at New Digha. The beach here is flat. Nowadays old Digha is not safe and conducive for bathing. Beer is generally served at the beach by the enterprising locals who would accept payment later by coming with you to your hotel.   
Warning: They may ask a high price for beer </do>
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Warning: They may ask a high price for beer</do>
  
 
*<do name="Sunbathing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
 
*<do name="Sunbathing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
  
*<do name="Volleyball" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">You can play Cricket/football in sea beach</do>
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*<do name="Volleyball" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">You can also play cricket or football on the beach</do>
  
 
*<do name="Horse riding" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
 
*<do name="Horse riding" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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*'''Ornaments and curios''' made of sea shells
  
*'''Ornaments and curios''', Made of sea shells
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*'''Hand woven mats''' made of weeds. These mats are called''Madur'' in Bengali and the colourful ''Madurs'' of Midnapur District are famous.
  
*'''Hand woven mats''', Made of weeds. These mats are called "Madur" in Bengali and colorful Madurs of Midnapur District are famous.
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*'''Cashew nuts'''. There is a cashew nut farm in Digha so cashew nuts are cheaper here than other places in West Bengal.
 
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*'''Cashew nuts'''. There is a cashew nut farm in Digha and cashew nuts are cheaper here than other places of West Bengal.
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
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There are many cheap "rice hotels" all over Digha, serving cheap, but good quality Bengali dishes. There are some more expensive restaurants where continental food is available. In an average restaurant, a vegetarian meal is available for ₹35-45, Bengali fish curry-rice is available for ₹25-35. A meal with egg curry-rice is available around ₹45.
There are many cheap "rice hotels" all over Digha, serving cheap, but good quality Bengali dishes. There are some more expensive restaurants where continental food is available. In an average restaurant, vegeterian meal is available for Rs 35-45, Bengali fish curry-rice is available for Rs 25-35. Meal with egg curry-rice is available around Rs 45.
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Another great idea would be to just buy the staple vegetarian fare at the hotel you are staying and have it delivered to your room. You can buy fresh fishes like ilish, pomfret, parshe and prawns from Mohona, Digha fish market in the morning and have it cooked at the numerous "Dada-Boudi'r" joints around Sea Hawk. Have this fish with your standard vegetarian lunch or dinner.
 
Another great idea would be to just buy the staple vegetarian fare at the hotel you are staying and have it delivered to your room. You can buy fresh fishes like ilish, pomfret, parshe and prawns from Mohona, Digha fish market in the morning and have it cooked at the numerous "Dada-Boudi'r" joints around Sea Hawk. Have this fish with your standard vegetarian lunch or dinner.
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In the evening look for fried fish on the sea front in Digha.  
 
In the evening look for fried fish on the sea front in Digha.  
  
Those who are fussy about the quality of cooking, have transport at their command and are looking for tasty fish preparations should go and have lunch at [[Shankarpur]], some 14 km away - they prepare the fish much better than at Digha. The quality at Shankarpur is comparable to the Kolkata 5 star but is comparatively cheaper and the fish as fresh as you can demand. The trouble of travelling would be well compensated.
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Those who are fussy about the quality of cooking, have transport at their command and are looking for tasty fish preparations should go and have lunch at [[Shankarpur]], some 14&nbsp;km away - they prepare the fish much better than at Digha. The quality at Shankarpur is comparable to the Kolkata 5 star but is comparatively cheaper and the fish as fresh as you can demand. The trouble of travelling would be well compensated.
*<eat name="pabitra hotel" alt="" address="new digha,purba medinipur" directions="05minit walking distan from bus stand along main road,opposit site from new digha texi stand" phone="9647166166" url="pabitrahoteldigha@gmail.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">best food are available here</eat>
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*<eat name="Pabitra Hotel" alt="" address="Purba Medinipur, New Digha" directions="5 min walk from bus stand along main road" phone="☎ +91 96 471 66166" url="pabitrahoteldigha@gmail.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
 
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
 
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*'''Green Coconut water''', Green coconuts are very cheap here. A single green coconut costs around ₹10-20. The green coconut vendors move with their cycles all along the Sea Beach.
*'''Green Coconut water''', Green coconuts are very cheap here. A single green coconut costs around Rs10-20. The green coconut vendors move with their cycles all along the Sea Beach.
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*'''Alcohol''', There are many bars and wine shops in Digha serving all sorts of hard drinks.
 
*'''Alcohol''', There are many bars and wine shops in Digha serving all sorts of hard drinks.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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[[image:digha11.jpg|right|thumb|240px|Sunset at Talsari Beach]]
 
[[image:digha11.jpg|right|thumb|240px|Sunset at Talsari Beach]]
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<see name="Temple at Chandaneswar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
<see name="Temple at Chandaneswar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
  
*'''Sandpiper Guest House''', Barristers' Colony, Digha (Opposite Hotel Sea Coast), ☎ +91 33 2475 3441. Eight rooms, all having uninterrupted sea views and each capable of sleeping 4 adults. Ensuite bathrooms, marble flooring, multicuisine restaurant, secure car parking. Rs 800 upwards.
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*'''Sandpiper Guest House''', Barristers' Colony, Digha (Opposite Hotel Sea Coast), ☎ +91 33 2475 3441. Eight rooms, all having uninterrupted sea views and each capable of sleeping 4 adults. En suite bathrooms, marble flooring, multi-cuisine restaurant, secure car parking. ₹800 upwards.
  
*'''State Youth Hostel''', New Digha. Bookings can be done at the Directorate of Youth Services, 32/1, B.B.D. Bag (South), Kolkata. ☎ +91 33 2248 0626. Doubles with attached baths are Rs 225/- per day.  
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*'''State Youth Hostel''', New Digha. Bookings can be done at the Directorate of Youth Services, 32/1, B.B.D. Bag (South), Kolkata. ☎ +91 33 2248 0626. Doubles with attached baths are ₹225 per day.  
  
*'''Hotel Suman's [http://www.sumans.in]''' A very homely accommodation at New Digha, close to sea beach. Tariff from Rs 200. Walking distance from Railway Station and Bus Stand. ☎ +91 32 2026 6471, +91 32 2026 6271
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*'''Hotel Suman's [http://www.sumans.in]''' A very homely accommodation at New Digha, close to sea beach. Tariff from ₹200. Walking distance from Railway Station and Bus Stand. ☎ +91 32 2026 6471, +91 32 2026 6271
  
*'''Digha Tourist Lodge'''. Bookings can be done from the Tourism Centre at 3/2, B.B.D. Bagh (East), Kolkata, ☎+91 33 2243 7260. Dormitory beds Rs 100, doubles Rs 300,550,600,550 ( 4 Bed), Rs 700 (DAB A/C), Rs 900 (DAB A/C).
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*'''Digha Tourist Lodge'''. Bookings can be done from the Tourism Centre at 3/2, B.B.D. Bagh (East), Kolkata, ☎+91 33 2243 7260. Dormitory beds ₹100, doubles ₹300-600, 4 Bed ₹700, DAB A/C ₹900.
  
*'''Minalay''' and '''Minakshi''', Benfish. A/C double bed rooms Rs 550, non-A/C doubles Rs 250, dormitory with 5 beds Rs 250.
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*'''Minalay''' and '''Minakshi''', Benfish. A/C double bed rooms ₹550, non-A/C doubles ₹250, dormitory with 5 beds ₹250.
  
*'''Hotel Sea Hawk'''. One of the few places in town that doesn't hike up their prices as demand increases. Food is good and room services standard. From Rs 400 for a ground-floor sea-facing double up to Rs 1,500 for an A/C double bed.  
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*'''Hotel Sea Hawk'''. One of the few places in town that doesn't hike up their prices as demand increases. Food is good and room services standard. From ₹400 for a ground-floor sea-facing double up to ₹1,500 for an A/C double bed.  
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Sea Coast" alt="" address="Barrester colony old Digha" directions="" phone="+91 93 3100 6392" url="http://www.seacoasthotel.com" checkin="12 noon" checkout="11.45AM" price="Rs 1,500-2,200" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Conference room, centralised A/C, bar &amp; multicuisine restaurant sea facing rooms &amp; family rooms also available.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Sea Coast" alt="" address="Barrester colony old Digha" directions="" phone="+91 933 100 6392" url="http://www.seacoasthotel.com" checkin="12:00" checkout="11.45" price="₹1,500-2,200" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Conference room, centralised A/C, bar &amp; multi-cuisine restaurant, sea facing rooms &amp; family rooms also available.</sleep>
  
*'''Hotel Gitanjali''', ☎ +91 32 2026 6204. Doubles for Rs 550 and Rs 850. If you are in a group the 4 bed room is Rs 1,000.
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*'''Hotel Gitanjali''', ☎ +91 32 2026 6204. Doubles for Rs 550 and Rs 850. If you are in a group the 4 bed room is ₹1,000.
  
 
* '''The Palm Resort''', [http://www.thepalmresortdigha.com]. Swimming pool, gym, lake, lawns and villas.
 
* '''The Palm Resort''', [http://www.thepalmresortdigha.com]. Swimming pool, gym, lake, lawns and villas.
  
*'''Hotel Rajmahal'''. The less expensive yet quality hotel with restaurant near to sea beach. Rs 500-1,500.
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*'''Hotel Rajmahal'''. The less expensive yet quality hotel with restaurant near to sea beach. ₹500-1,500.
  
* '''Tanrango Lahori''' . From Rs 150/-(varies with season). Transport available from station.
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* '''Tanrango Lahori''' . From ₹150 (varies with season). Transport available from station.
  
* '''Hotel Kamala Residency''', ☎ +91 32 2026 6154. A newer hotel near the New Digha beach. Double non A/C rooms Rs 900. Double A/C room Rs 1,500 and triple with A/C Rs 1,800. Breakfast included. Restaurant in hotel.
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* '''Hotel Kamala Residency''', ☎ +91 32 2026 6154. A newer hotel near the New Digha beach. Double non A/C rooms ₹900. Double A/C room ₹1,500 and triple with A/C ₹1,800. Breakfast included. Restaurant in hotel.
  
*<sleep name="Pabitra Hotel" alt="New Digha." address="" directions="opposit site form new digha texi stand" phone="9647166166" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Indian and chines food specialist</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pabitra Hotel" alt="New Digha." address="" directions="opposit site form new digha texi stand" phone="☎ +91 964 716 6166" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Indian and chinese food specialist</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hotel Sea Gull" alt="" address="Barrister colony, Old Digha" directions="near Sea Hawk" phone="+91 32 2026 7195, +91 93 31936900" url="http://www.hoteldolphin.in/Digha.html" checkin="12 noon" checkout="11AM" price="Rs 1,500-2,800+5% tax on A/C rooms" lat="" long="">Excellent views, good service, ask for a room in the the new building.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Sea Gull" alt="" address="Barrister colony, Old Digha" directions="near Sea Hawk" phone="+91 32 2026 7195, +91 933 193 6900" url="http://www.hoteldolphin.in/Digha.html" checkin="12:00" checkout="11:00" price="₹1,500-2,800+5% tax on A/C rooms" lat="" long="">Excellent views, good service, ask for a room in the the new building.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Ownland Hotel &amp; Resort" alt="Ownland" address="Sibalay Road, Old Digha" directions="near Anukul Ashram" phone="919432015692" url="www.ownlandresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 800 -2500" lat="" long="">Spa,Fitness centre,Swimming pool,Pool & Table Tennis,Banquet Hall,Aquarium,Babylon (Roof Top),Disco lounge: Impulse,multicuisine restaurant</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Ownland Hotel &amp; Resort" alt="" address="Sibalay Road, Old Digha" directions="near Anukul Ashram" phone="+91 943 201 5692" url="www.ownlandresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹800-2500" lat="" long="">Spa, Fitness centre, Swimming pool, Pool & Table Tennis, Banquet Hall, Aquarium, Babylon (Roof Top), Disco lounge: Impulse, multi-cuisine restaurant</sleep>
  
 
==Stay safe==  
 
==Stay safe==  
 
 
* '''Mosquito repellent''',  This is a must for visitors.
 
* '''Mosquito repellent''',  This is a must for visitors.
 
 
[[image:digha24.jpg|right|thumb|180px|Digha Sea Wall]]
 
[[image:digha24.jpg|right|thumb|180px|Digha Sea Wall]]
  
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
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*'''[[Shankarpur]]''' - 14&nbsp;km from Digha
*'''[[Shankarpur]]''' - 14 km from Digha
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*'''[[Mandarmani]]'''
 
*'''[[Mandarmani]]'''
 
*'''[[Junput]]'''
 
*'''[[Junput]]'''
*'''[[Talasari]]''' - 8-9 km from Digha
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*'''[[Talasari]]''' - 8-9&nbsp;km from Digha
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Revision as of 06:43, 2 January 2013

Digha [1] is in Southwest Bengal in India.

Digha Sea beach

Contents

Understand

Digha is one of the most popular vacation destinations in West Bengal, particularly for people from Kolkata.

Get in

By bus

Digha is a 4-5 hr journey by bus from Kolkata.

There are regular and frequent services to Digha from the Bus Terminus (Route 6) in the Garia suburb of Kolkata. Buses run 04:00-08:30 and there is also an afternoon bus service from the same state transport depot. Service is regular and residents from Jadavpur, Tollygunj, Rajpur, Sonarpur can easily use the good service.

There are also frequent bus services to Digha from the Dharamtala bus stand of Kolkata and many other parts of West Bengal.

There is a bus service from Kudghat Bus Stand with two buses daily at 06:00 and 08.30. There is also service from Dumdum station. The bus leaves Dumdum at 07:00. 2 buses by CSTC from the bus stand near Ruby General Hospital start at 04:30 and 04:45 daily. There is a bus service from Barrackpore at 06:00 and 07.30. There are also frequent bus services from Howrah (suburb of Kolkata) with buses leaving almost the whole day every 30 min or so.

By train

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

  • Three trains run daily from Howrah Railway Station at 06.40 (Tamralipta Express), 11.15 (Duranto Express) and 14.40 (Kandari Express) daily. Sometimes special trains are announced on special occasions and holidays. Notices for such trains are to be found on widely circulated newspapers. A journey by Duront Express (12847) leaving Howrah at 11.15 can be a great experience. The return times are 10.25, 13.35 and 18.20 respectively.
  • On Saturdays, The Paharia Express comes from new Jalpaiguri and halts at Howrah. This train is often quite empty and very comfortable to travel on.
  • There is a local train from Shalimar (Near Howrah) to Digha though the timing is not good. Also there may be some special trains.
  • From 1 July 2011, Indian Railways launched 4 special trains from Puri (W 23:35 & Sa 23:35), Malda Town (Sa 08:10), Vishakapatnam (Th 17:50). .

By road

Travelling to Digha by road has become easier, promoting tourism in Digha and the surrounding beaches of Mandarmoni, Tajpur and Sankarpur). The roads are excellent and one can easily reach Digha from Kolkata in 4 hr 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.

Get around

Amravati Park is in New Digha. Motorcycle rickshaw vans will take you to New Digha from Old Digha for around ₹5 per person.

See

New Digha Beach
  • Talsari Beach.
  • Temple at Chandaneswar.
  • Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India. M-Sa 09:30-18:00. This is possibly the most well equipped marine aquarium in India, but the collection of specimens is poor. Some common local fish are kept in this huge aquarium. ₹550.

Do

  • Swimming. The best place for a dip safely is at New Digha. The beach here is flat. Nowadays old Digha is not safe and conducive for bathing. Beer is generally served at the beach by the enterprising locals who would accept payment later by coming with you to your hotel. Warning: They may ask a high price for beer
  • Sunbathing.
  • Volleyball. You can also play cricket or football on the beach
  • Horse riding.

Buy

  • Ornaments and curios made of sea shells
  • Hand woven mats made of weeds. These mats are calledMadur in Bengali and the colourful Madurs of Midnapur District are famous.
  • Cashew nuts. There is a cashew nut farm in Digha so cashew nuts are cheaper here than other places in West Bengal.

Eat

There are many cheap "rice hotels" all over Digha, serving cheap, but good quality Bengali dishes. There are some more expensive restaurants where continental food is available. In an average restaurant, a vegetarian meal is available for ₹35-45, Bengali fish curry-rice is available for ₹25-35. A meal with egg curry-rice is available around ₹45.

Another great idea would be to just buy the staple vegetarian fare at the hotel you are staying and have it delivered to your room. You can buy fresh fishes like ilish, pomfret, parshe and prawns from Mohona, Digha fish market in the morning and have it cooked at the numerous "Dada-Boudi'r" joints around Sea Hawk. Have this fish with your standard vegetarian lunch or dinner.

In the evening look for fried fish on the sea front in Digha.

Those who are fussy about the quality of cooking, have transport at their command and are looking for tasty fish preparations should go and have lunch at Shankarpur, some 14 km away - they prepare the fish much better than at Digha. The quality at Shankarpur is comparable to the Kolkata 5 star but is comparatively cheaper and the fish as fresh as you can demand. The trouble of travelling would be well compensated.

  • Pabitra Hotel, Purba Medinipur, New Digha (5 min walk from bus stand along main road), ☎ +91 96 471 66166, [2].

Drink

  • Green Coconut water, Green coconuts are very cheap here. A single green coconut costs around ₹10-20. The green coconut vendors move with their cycles all along the Sea Beach.
  • Alcohol, There are many bars and wine shops in Digha serving all sorts of hard drinks.

Sleep

Travel Warning

NOTE: To avoid the unsavoury, corrupt, and thoroughly untrustworthy booking services based in Kolkata, it is best to get a place to stay on arrival without advance reservation.


Sunset at Talsari Beach

Temple at Chandaneswar.

  • Sandpiper Guest House, Barristers' Colony, Digha (Opposite Hotel Sea Coast), ☎ +91 33 2475 3441. Eight rooms, all having uninterrupted sea views and each capable of sleeping 4 adults. En suite bathrooms, marble flooring, multi-cuisine restaurant, secure car parking. ₹800 upwards.
  • State Youth Hostel, New Digha. Bookings can be done at the Directorate of Youth Services, 32/1, B.B.D. Bag (South), Kolkata. ☎ +91 33 2248 0626. Doubles with attached baths are ₹225 per day.
  • Hotel Suman's [3] A very homely accommodation at New Digha, close to sea beach. Tariff from ₹200. Walking distance from Railway Station and Bus Stand. ☎ +91 32 2026 6471, +91 32 2026 6271
  • Digha Tourist Lodge. Bookings can be done from the Tourism Centre at 3/2, B.B.D. Bagh (East), Kolkata, ☎+91 33 2243 7260. Dormitory beds ₹100, doubles ₹300-600, 4 Bed ₹700, DAB A/C ₹900.
  • Minalay and Minakshi, Benfish. A/C double bed rooms ₹550, non-A/C doubles ₹250, dormitory with 5 beds ₹250.
  • Hotel Sea Hawk. One of the few places in town that doesn't hike up their prices as demand increases. Food is good and room services standard. From ₹400 for a ground-floor sea-facing double up to ₹1,500 for an A/C double bed.
  • Hotel Sea Coast, Barrester colony old Digha, +91 933 100 6392, [4]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 11.45. Conference room, centralised A/C, bar & multi-cuisine restaurant, sea facing rooms & family rooms also available. ₹1,500-2,200.
  • Hotel Gitanjali, ☎ +91 32 2026 6204. Doubles for Rs 550 and Rs 850. If you are in a group the 4 bed room is ₹1,000.
  • The Palm Resort, [5]. Swimming pool, gym, lake, lawns and villas.
  • Hotel Rajmahal. The less expensive yet quality hotel with restaurant near to sea beach. ₹500-1,500.
  • Tanrango Lahori . From ₹150 (varies with season). Transport available from station.
  • Hotel Kamala Residency, ☎ +91 32 2026 6154. A newer hotel near the New Digha beach. Double non A/C rooms ₹900. Double A/C room ₹1,500 and triple with A/C ₹1,800. Breakfast included. Restaurant in hotel.
  • Pabitra Hotel (New Digha.), (opposit site form new digha texi stand), ☎ +91 964 716 6166. Indian and chinese food specialist
  • Hotel Sea Gull, Barrister colony, Old Digha (near Sea Hawk), +91 32 2026 7195, +91 933 193 6900, [6]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 11:00. Excellent views, good service, ask for a room in the the new building. ₹1,500-2,800+5% tax on A/C rooms.
  • Ownland Hotel & Resort, Sibalay Road, Old Digha (near Anukul Ashram), +91 943 201 5692, [7]. Spa, Fitness centre, Swimming pool, Pool & Table Tennis, Banquet Hall, Aquarium, Babylon (Roof Top), Disco lounge: Impulse, multi-cuisine restaurant ₹800-2500.

Stay safe

  • Mosquito repellent, This is a must for visitors.
Digha Sea Wall
  • Electric torches or emergency lamps, They will help in case of temporary power outages which are frequent during the summer.
  • Safety at Sea. The sea becomes rough to very rough during high tide, specially during new and full moon. It is not safe to swim during high tide. There is a sea wall, which protects Old Digha from the erosion, it is also unsafe to cross the wall during high tide. Most of Digha has No Swim boards and so mind if you are the reckless type.

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