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Digha [1] is in Southwest Bengal in India.

Digha Sea beach

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 ().

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 [2] 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, [3]. 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, [4]. 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.
  • Hotel Sea Gull, Barrister colony, Old Digha (near Sea Hawk), +91 32 2026 7195, +91 933 193 6900, [5]. 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, [6]. 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, especially during new and full moon. It is not safe to swim during high tide. There is a sea wall, which protects Old Digha from erosion, it is unsafe to cross the wall during high tide. Most of Digha has No Swim signs.

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