10 Tips: Best Summer Getaways In West Bengal

There are a total of five seasons that West Bengalis felt every year such as spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter. Here we are discussing the Summer.

The summer season extends from the first week of March to June. While the summer in the delta region is noted for the excessive humidity, the western highlands experience a dry summer like Northern India with the highest day temperature ranging from 38° F (100°F) to 45 °C (113 °F). The average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius.

At nights, a cool southerly breeze carries moisture from the Bay of Bengal bringing relief to the people. The rising temperature results in the formation of low-pressure troughs in the parts of the state during April–May. These troughs attract winds from the north-west and cyclonic storms and rainfall along with thunderstorms often occur; these are known in West Bengal as Kalbaisakhi, or Nor’westers, often occur.

The people of West Bengal as well as from other states want to experience pleasant weather in summer days. They want to visit some beautiful eye pleasing places on their Summer Vacation. So, if you are planning for a pleasant summer vacation this blog will definitely help you a lot.

Here are 10 best summer getaways in West Bengal mentioned.

1. Kurseong 

Kurseong is a city and a municipality in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of the Kurseong subdivision. Located at an altitude of 1,458 metres, Kurseong is 32 kilometres from Darjeeling and has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Despite its pleasant weather and beautiful tea gardens, Kurseong is still one of the lesser explored places of West Bengal. Its gushing waterfalls, lovely hillocks and splendid weather make it one of the finest places to visit in the entire country. Even in August, which is the warmest month of the year here, temperature averages 20.5 degree C.

2. Dooars

The name ‘Dooars’ has emerged from ‘door’ as Dooars is the gateway to Bhutan. The Dooars or Duars are the alluvial floodplains in northeastern India that lie south of the outer foothills of the Himalayas and north of the Brahmaputra River basin. This region is about 30 km wide and stretches over about 350 km from the Teesta River in West Bengal to the Dhanshiri River in Assam.

3. Darjeeling 

Darjeeling is known for its sprawling tea plantations that provide lush green landscapes. Its views of the Kanchenjunga range attract tourists from all over the world. Darjeeling is situated in the Himalayan foothills. Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the Eastern part of India. Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station in West Bengal is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon and is just around 700 kilometres away from Kolkata. It’s famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks. Summer weather here is extremely pleasant with temperatures ranging from 11 degree C to 19 degree C.

4. Siliguri

Siliguri is a metropolitan city which spans areas of the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal known as the gateway of Northeast India. It sits in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by tea gardens. It’s home to the North Bengal Science Centre.

5. Mirik

The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning “place burnt by fire”. It is known as the Valley of the Sun. Located on the banks of a huge lake, the hill town of Mirik adds to North Bengal’s bounty. Amidst the Himalayan Valley, Mirik has more to offer than just beautiful mountains and lakes.

6. Kalimpong

Kalimpong is a virgin hill station in West Bengal renowned for its panoramic valley views, Buddhists monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc. This place is also known for its Cactus nursery, Durpin Dara Hill & Morgan house.

7. Jaldhaka

Jaldhaka is a valley town hidden in the hills of Darjeeling. It takes you back in time when nature was, all that man cared about. This hill station in West Bengal is one of those that will combine the beauty of a relaxation trip with the thrill of an adventure getaway.

8. Digha

Digha is a coastal resort town in the east Indian state of West Bengal. The dune-backed Old Digha Sea Beach faces the Bay of Bengal. Close by, the Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) is home to sharks, rays and sea snakes. To the west, inland from sandy New Digha Sea Beach, leafy Amarabati Park surrounds a lake. West of town, the white-domed Chandaneswar Shiv Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

9. Sundarban

The Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. It spans from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh. It is also famous for its Royal Bengal Tiger reserving.

10. Sandakphu

Sandakphu is the highest peak in its region. It is located at the highest point of Darjeeling’s Singalila Ridge that falls on the Nepal-West Bengal border. Apart from the stunning views and landscapes of the Kangchenjunga range, Sandakphu is a delight for hikers and trekkers. Summer weather here is extremely pleasant making it the best time to check it out.

Feature Image Courtesy: Leo Hidalgo

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