Top 5 Reading Destinations near Kolkata
How do you choose a destination for your reading vacation? It should be a nice secluded place, with very few rooms so you can cherish the silence. The basic modern facilities like electricity, attached bathrooms and food arrangements is a must. A lawn or a terrace where you can enjoy the outdoors and read your book and some forest or garden nearby where you can take a stroll after your reading sessions.
Here are a 05 such reading destinations in and around Kolkata:
Sonajhuri (3 hours)
What better place to spend your reading vacation than Shantiniketan – the abode of Rabindranath Tagore. A nice guesthouse with only two rooms and a slice of lawn and landscaped garden just beside the Sonajhuri Forest would be a perfect reading getaway this weekend. After a nice day of reading take a walk through this jungle to reach the famous Sonajhuri Haat (weekly market).
Bawali (1 hour)
A small scenic village just 35 kms from Kolkata located within endless stretches of paddy fields. You can stay in one of the three cottages – all with balconies surrounding a village pond. The silence is usually broken by calls of unknown birds and squeaking squirrels. After spending your reading sessions you can visit the historic ruins of palaces and temples.
Just on the outskirts of Kalimpong facing the rolling hills is this guesthouse of two rooms and a lush lawn. Nicely decked with couches in the terrace and recliners in the lawn, this quiet corner of Kalimpong is the perfect place to spend your days with your favourite book. The host also has an impressive collection of books, which you can borrow.
Dara Eco Village (overnight)
A well-maintained heritage bungalow on a hill top overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha with the sound of civilization yet to reach it – this eco village is miles away from the din of city life. Carry the chair from the terrace to the bungalow’s lawn and soak in the sun while reading your book. Occasionally, you can take a walk in the surrounding orange orchards and forests.
Pemyangtse Bungalow (overnight)
A nice terrace of a heritage bungalow with a fabulous view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the surrounding forests. With just two rooms in this heritage bungalow, you can feel the tranquility surrounding you. With the Pemyangtse monastery just a few minutes walk from the bungalow, this peaceful Colonial Bungalow is one of the best places to carry your favourite book.