Located in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and nearly 50Kms away from the City of Joy, Raichak is an idyllic day-long outing destination near Kolkata. The place is frequented by numbers of visitors during winter. One of the key attractions of Raichak is that this is a riverside location nestled on the bank of River Hooghly; and an evening stroll around the river offers you a delightful experience all together.
Raichak is situated on the Raichak Jetty, which used to be an abode to a Dutch Fort constructed way back in the 18th century. Today, the fortress has been transformed into a luxurious hotel by the Radisson Group. If you are willing for a day-long outing close to Kolkata, Raichak is just a plan way. Here we bring some of the key attractions in and around Raichak:
The Raichak Fort
Dates back to its origin, the fort was built to keep a watch over River Hooghly. However, the fort was left unnoticed for many years. But after its reinstatement, the fort has been turned to one of the key attractions of Raichak. Today, the fort is known for its imposing hotel existence that serves plenty of tourists from different parts of the country. The architectural construction of the fort is built in Anglo Indian style, which is evenly an eye-catching attraction to behold.
Situated nearly 1Km away from Raichak, River Hooghly is a renowned name across Kolkata. During winter, the riverside becomes a happening picnic spot for visitors. If you are in quest of a popular picnic spot near Kolakata, look no further than Raichak. Located in a close proximity to the Raichak Fort, a blend of wintry breeze and misty panorama around the river may take your presence to a different level of excitement. Besides, a joyful boat riding in the evening is idyllic for a breath-taking sunset view around River Hooghly.
Raichak has several surrounding attractions to offer. One such adjacent location is Diamond Harbour, which is located nearly 8kms from Raichak. One of the key attractions here is the age old lighthouse, which guides several inbound ships on a dark night. Your trip to Raichak will remain incomplete unless you pay a visit to the lighthouse at the Diamond Harbour.
The scenic splendour of Diamond Harbour is worth exploring, and the spot is popular as the confluence of the Ganges with its final end. Located in a close reach from the Diamond Harbour, you get to explore another place of attractions i.e. Sharisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram. Apart from its picturesque vista, Diamond Harbour is evenly a fabulous picnic spot where you can spend some quality time with your buddies.
A quick visit to Diamond Harbour from Raichak offers you another nearby attraction to behold. Constructed way back by the Portuguese, Chingrihkali Fort is a stunning site to explore when in Raichak. Besides, one can also behold the river stretched across the backcloth.
After exploring the natural exquisiteness of Raichak, you can also head towards Joynagar, which is famous for housing a local market near Diamond Harbour. For shopaholic, the stalls near Joynagar will offer you an array of handicrafts, figurines, manuscripts and black stone of mythological images.
Besides, Raichak is also an audacious location that offers the adventure enthusiasts to make use of the Raichak jetty across the river to visit Kukrahati or Gadiara situated in the in East Midnapore and Howrah districts respectively.
For hardcore foodies, Raichak houses several decent eateries where one can taste variety of Bengali, North-Indian, Thai and various finger foods.
The best time to visit
Being located in a close reach from Kolkata, Raichak can be visited all round the calendar. However, to reveal the best out of it, December to February is considered to be the most preferred travel time to get there. During winter, one can experience a temperature of 100C or less in Raichak making the climate absolutely favourable for visitors.
Regular bus service is there from different places like Sealdah, Shantiniketan, Murshidabad and Durgapur. Additionally, people can also hire taxis or private cabs to reach Raichak from various destinations across Kolkata. Total travel time to reach Raichak by road takes couple of hours. On the other hand, if anyone planning a trip to Raichak by train, the nearest railway station is Sealdah, which is located nearly 60Kms from Raichak.
A day-long picnic with your friends and family members could make your weekend more captivating in Raichak. So this winter, let your weekend be more frigid around Kolkata.
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