BEST OF ASTRO INDIA Annual Meeting 2018

29th & 30th June, 2019, Kolkata, India

Best of Astro 2018 Kolkata at Taj Bengal on 29-30 June, 2019

Tour Bengal

Bishnupur in the Bankura district of West Bengal is best known as place of terracota. It is well connected by road and rail from Kolkata at a distance of about 200 km. Bishnupur tour will allow you to experience the most astounding kind terracotta temples. Since Bishnupur had no stone for construction, the Malla kings built exquisite terracotta temples to celebrate their love for Krishna. The Blue God. Terracotta horse and Baluchori Saree of Bishnupur are famous worldwide. Dalmadal Canon is another attraction of Bishnupur. Trip to Bishnupur is a unique experience.
Dooars is one of the very few places where nature is so lavish of her green facilities. The unending stretch of virgin forests is cress-crossed by the River Teesta and Torsha and their innumerable tributaries. Looking like molten silver against their setting sun, beautiful motorable roads cut through the deep forests rich with wild life, mauve hills stand at the end of graceful plains. After a day's journey through the splendid scenery, a happy twilight will bid you retire in the cozy comfort of luxurious log cabins, and leave for you a million dreams of the glorious morrow, that is the Dooars. A land that loads you with the gifts of nature with abundant Flora and Fauna.

Darjeeling is situated at the northern most past of Bengal. It is a hill top location at an altitude of 6000 ft, having pleasant climate in summer and chill in winter. It is well connected with Bagdogra International Airport. Bagdogra is a 45 minutes flight from Kolkata. New Jalpaiguri is the base srail tation from where one can go to Darjeeling. It is a journey of about 8-10 hours and trains are available throughout the day. Night trains are much comfortable. One can visit Darjeeling which is called Queen of the Hills and can have a joy ride by Darjeeling heritage toy train. Exciting locations to tour around are Sandakphu/Phalut, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik. These can be visited in ¾ days tour. There are more places for detailed tour plan.
Digha is a sea beach oriented tourist place good for week end leisure trip. It is around 200 km from the city and can be reached by road and rail in four hour time. There are convenient trains and luxury coaches. Cars on rent are also available. You can visit Shankarpur beach, Mandarmoni, beach, Tajpur beach and Udiapur beach which are very close to Digha. Spending time in the morning and evening at any of these beaches including Old Digha and New Digha is a refreshing experience.

Sagar Island lies on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km south of Kolkata. The island is with an area of around 300 km². It has 43 villages, the dwelling place of agricultural occupants and fishermen.This island is a famous Hindu pilgrim place. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (mid of January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer puja in the Kapil Muni Temple. Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair is the second largest congregation of mankind after the holy Kumbha Mela.
Purulia is a district of West Bengal bordering the state Jhjarkhand Total forest coverage in this district including social forestry and degraded forest as per Satellite Imagery data is 185726 ha. The district is primarily tribal habited of different origin. Chow dance of Purulia with musk is worldwide popular. Panchet Dam and Forests (Ajodhya Hills and Panchet hills) are the places to be visited. You can reach near the nature with just 3 to 4 hour drive from Kolkata. There is train link also available round the day.

Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, 180 kilometres north of Kolkata. It was made famous by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town Visva-Bharati that along with Poushmela in December and Dol (color Festival) in March every year, attract thousands of visitors.
Sundarbans is the one of the largest deltas and tidal mangrove forests in the world. Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering parts of India and Bangladesh.The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. Just 2 hour drive from Kolkata, you can reach where mainland ends and the islands start and you need to travel only by water boats to see the islands and their habitates - flora and fauna. Ofcourse in the core areas of Sunderbans, there is no human habitation.