10 kickass biking destinations from Kolkata

When it comes to biking destinations, the bikers of Kolkata are probably the least fortunate among all big city bikers. While the bikers of Mumbai and Chennai can take their bikes for a spin on the beautiful coastline or the ever so tempting hills, Delhi bikers have the mighty Himalayas just a stone’s throw away and Bangaloreans have the liberty to enjoy the serene hill tops of both the Western and the Eastern Ghats! But for a biker from Kolkata, he/she will have to ride at least a distance of 600 kilometres on the torturous NH34 only to reach the foothills of the nearest hill station. The beaches are also around 200 kms away. In spite of all this, there are some hidden beauties near Kolkata which can satisfy the urge of the wanderlust biker.

1. Gangani-Garbeta – About 70 kilometres off Kharagpur is probably the most underrated destination from Kolkata. Also known as The Grand Canyon of West Bengal, it is truly one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the state. With a 70 feet deep gorge and the meandering Shilabati River flowing through it, Gangani offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. It is rather unfortunate that there is no accommodation available nearby and hence the place can only be covered in a one-day-trip.

 

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2. Itachuna Rajbari – Here is some great news for bikers from Kolkata. They do not need to travel all the way to Rajasthan or Mysore to have an experience of living in a grand palace. Located at a mere 80 kilometres from Kolkata off the old GT road is the larger than life ancestral home of the Kundu family which they have now converted into a hotel. Built in 1766, the Rajbari has been marvellously maintained since then and gives the traveller a real feel of living in a royal home. It is highly recommended that one stays in the slightly higher prized royal rooms instead of the economical regular rooms to enjoy their stay to the fullest. Club in the second oldest church of Asia at Bandel and the 108 Shiva temples of Kalna and one gets a perfect heritage ride!

itachuna rajbari3. Joypur forest – More good news for Bikers from Kolkata. They do not need to go to a Kanha National Park or a Kaziranga National Park to get a glimpse of a Forest life. The couple of resorts in Joypur let you stay in a forest full of Sal and Teak trees with spotted deer herds crossing every now and then. Vegetable gardens in the backyard of the resorts ensure organic meals and the watchtower guarantees a far and wide view of the forest. The beautiful terracotta temples of Bishnupur can be clubbed into the ride to make it more fun.

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4. Garpanchkot – Riding on the twisties of the hills is something which every biker of Kolkata is eluded of. Even though Garpanchkot does not offer swooping hairpin bends one can still satisfy his/her urge to experience hill like riding. The ruins of a watchtower on the hill beside the sprawling lush green grassland are definitely worth a visit. For the adventurous offroader there is an excellent off roading track leading to the top of the hill and for the serene traveller the Panchet dam offers a beautiful sunset.

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5. Sundarbans – The largest mangrove forest in the world is situated within 100 kilometres from Kolkata. The UNESCO world heritage site is a mangrove swamp comprising of 54 islands and is home to The Royal Bengal Tiger, the largest tiger in the world! Even though motorcycles are allowed only up to a certain limit in the forest, the ride on the country roads of the Basanti highway has a charm of its own.

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6. Beloon Eco Village – Beloon eco village offers firsthand experience of rural Bengal. If a walk down the Shibai River, rafting at a nearby lake, a bullock cart ride, staying in mud huts, cooking and eating freshly plucked vegetables and freshly caught fishes is something that excites the soulful biker in you then this is the perfect place to visit. One can even volunteer to take part in the rehabilitation of the villages by giving teaching classes to the children and the conservation of wildlife by taking part in various activities like tree planting, rescuing and releasing wild animals, etc

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7. Murshidabad – If you can brave the tormenting NH 34 then you can treat yourself to history lessons at Murshidabad. The place which saw the battle of Plassey and the sepoy mutiny of 1857 has many historical monuments to admire. The Hazarduari Palace, The Nizamat Imambara and the Katra mosque are among the must visit places in Murshidabad. It is advisable to take sufficient time in hand to explore Murshidabad properly.

 

Image sourced from - http://cdn.indiatourism4u.in/images/3371gal1.jpg 7.	Murshidabad – If you can brave the tormenting NH 34 then you can treat yourself to history lessons at Murshidabad. The place which saw the battle of Plassey and the sepoy mutiny of 1857 has many historical monuments to admire. The Hazarduari Palace, The Nizamat Imambara and the Katra mosque are among the must visit places in Murshidabad. It is advisable to take sufficient time in hand to explore Murshidabad properly.

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8. Mayapur – This destination is for the pious biker! Self titled as the Spiritual Capital of the World, Mayapur has the headquarters of the ISKCON and is the birthplace of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The most fascinating place of Mayapur is the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium which is presently under construction. Come 2016, it will reportedly be the largest Vedic temple in the world. At a whooping 113 metres, it will be taller than the Taj Mahal and the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London! A perfect place to go for a solo ride to rediscover oneself.

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9. Tajpur – The East Mednipur district of West Bengal sees the highest influx of tourists from Kolkata thanks to the several scenic beaches along its coast. Selecting one among them is a rather debateable topic. Since a long time the Mandarmani beach had been the favourite among bikers as it was the largest driveable beach of Eastern India, but ever since the approach road to the beach has collapsed forcing bikers to take the back road to hotels, Tajpur has fast grown to become the favourite among bikers. With a handful of resorts and a few shacks serving chilled bear and spicy sea food, Tajpur is the quintessential destination for couples and groups of bikers to spend some quality time with the soothing sound of the waves crashing on to the shores. The water sports are a bonus!

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10.Henry’s Island – Henry’s Island is among the lesser known beaches on the other side of the coastline of West Bengal adjacent to the Sundarbans. Unlike the more famous nearby beaches like Bakhkhali and Frazergunj, Henry’s Island is a delight for a biker looking for solitude.  The fact that there is only one accommodation at Henry’s Island run by the fisheries department makes it all the more exquisite. The approach road to the beach passes through narrow offroads which includes a rickety wooden bridge and thick outgrowth of mangrove shrubs.

10.	Henry’s Island – Henry’s Island is among the lesser known beaches on the other side of the coastline of West Bengal adjacent to the Sundarbans. Unlike the more famous nearby beaches like Bakhkhali and Frazergunj, Henry’s Island is a delight for a biker looking for solitude.  The fact that there is only one accommodation at Henry’s Island run by the fisheries department makes it all the more exquisite. The approach road to the beach passes through narrow offroads which includes a rickety wooden bridge and thick outgrowth of mangrove shrubs.

 

Hoping that going through this list will inspire the procrastinating biker in you to lift your ass from your office cubicle, saddle up and hit the road!

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  • Ankush Gupta
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    off all this 10 places, have went to 3 placed, sunderban, tajpur, henrys Island… thanks bro 4 giving me 4 my next trip to mayapur.. :)

    • kickassmotorcycling
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      Hey Ankush, we are glad you like the article. Do visit the other places too as all of these are equally Kickass..
      Don’t forget to share this article with all your biking buddies.. :)

  • Rishav Giri
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    Wonderful places indeed. Thank you for mentioning these. :)

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