Relaxing weekend gateways from Kolkata for families ,are my most searched topic on travel sites.
With hospital duties and other dozen engagements ,going for long trips, are often difficult. That’s why I make it a point to unwind ,with mini ,refreshing breaks.
Rest and relaxation is important for a productive life.That’s why just like diet and exercise ,you need some therapy ,for your soul.
The weekend trip options have been chosen based on the following factors:
- Ease of travelling,
- Family friendly, hotel options
- Shouldn’t involve cooking or housework in any form
Your picks,for short gateways, from Kolkata can be varied depending on budget,time in hand and personal taste.
You can either go to the mountains , the seas or maybe a spa resort!
I have often come back rejuvenated, after a trip to these weekend dream spots!
Me and my sis do the labour intensive work of dreaming about the trip .The easy work of planning ,is delegated to my hubby!Yes that’s the work division …strictly.
*1 Epic Relaxing weekend gateways from Kolkata, for families :
Bong’s favourite hill station : The Queen of hills Darjeeling
Set up as the summer headquarters of the British Raj , it has a unique charm.Darjeeling’s gorgeous nature beckons ,to all true blue Calcuttans.
Image courtesy Sohini Das &Sudipto Ghosh
Children love the toy train rides and the horse rides.Adults can enjoy the natural beauty ,window -shop at the interesting curio outlets .You can enjoy the delicious hot momo’s or tuck into the melts in the mouth baked goodies at Glenarys.
For me Darjeeling is the perfect relaxing comfort ,gateway for a long weekend.
How to get there quickest ?
It’s best if you have Friday off !Then you can take an early morning flight to Bagdogra from Kolkata .
Indigo Airlines has several options from which you can choose.
From Bagdogra airport a short drive, to the Queen of hills.
Where to stay in Darjeeling proper:
There are quaint home stays ,luxury resorts,out-of-the-way hotels to suit all budgets.
My pick for a family friendly hotel:
Shangri La Regency.
10 minutes from the mall.Great service .Great view (attic rooms) .
Must visit :Glenarys It’s a bakery and totally out of the world (yes I am a tad obsessed !I love their Kiwi cheesecake tart.)
*2 Favourite weekend spa resort:
Sinclair’s Retreat Doars – Chalsa wins hands down!
Chalsa is a small quaint town in the foothills of the Himalayas .
It’s a popular part of the Doars region with green tea gardens,beautiful streams ,rivers and trees dotting the area.
How to reach:
Located in the Jalpaiguri district the closest airport is Bagdogra.
Take an Indigo Airlines
flight to Bagdogra and drive to Chalsa .It takes about 2 hours from the airport to the resort.
They have acres of green, well cared for grounds .Beautiful flowers, dot the hedges.Tall trees ,their branches gently swinging in the wind.Sparkling blue swimming pool,well equipped gym and relaxing spa facilities .
Indoor and outdoor game options.
Bicycle for hire ,for roaming around the grounds. Playground for children with,their favourite rides.
The best part :The service .
Smiling helpful staff .They are always ready to go out of their way ,to do that extra bit, to make your time there special.
Travelling with children means you end up ,making requests to total strangers for special favours.The team at Sinclair’s are sympathetic and do their best to make your stay there outstanding.
What you shouldn’t miss:Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife sanctuary .Back to nature but with loads of comfort!
*3 Favorite family weekend destination:Mandarmoni
A sea beach town 180Km from Kolkata airport .It has grown up over the years as the go to place for sea lovers.
It’s a small town in East Midnapore very popular with beach lovers.
I have visited 5 times with family and each time I gave come back totally tanned and with a smile .
The sea is really beautiful and the beaches are much less crowded than the nearby Digha .
How to get there ?
By Road :Kolkata -Digha route by car.
By Rail :Howrah to Kanthi and then to your resort of choice by car.
My favourite Resort:
Aquamarine Drive in.
The resort is comfortable with great Bengali cuisine. Somewhat limited in their variety.But tasty .
Helpful child friendly staff.
They have a swings for children and a few rabbits which they breed.
They have their own gated access to the beach.
They also have an outdoor shower area which is useful to wash the sand out of your clothes after bathing in the sea.
What do you do to relax on weekends ?Let me know in the comments below.
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