WEEKEND TRIP TO DIGHA & MANDARMANI


  1. Destination: Digha & Mandarmani, West Bengal, India
  2. Visited on: October 24th – 26th 2015
  3. Peak Season: During holidays and on any weekends
  4. How To Reach:
  • By Train – Tamralipta express is one of the most common train for Digha
  • By Bus – Many buses operates from Esplanade area including Volvo AC buses.

About: Digha is a seaside town in West Bengal. It lies in East Medinipore district and at the north end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach with gentle waves.

Our Journey Starts:

I visited my hometown Kolkata from Bangalore for Durga puja. The plan was to visit Digha and Mandarmani just after Durga puja ends. This time, the plan was with my parents who needed a break from their busy city life. Train ticket was booked in Tamralipta express a month in advance. Reached Howrah station on time and boarded the train. Tamralipta express departed the station on time at 06.40AM. The train was full without a seat to spare. Food is never a challenge in West Bengal. Many vendors boarded the train and offered delicious breakfast and snacks at a very low cost. Reached Digha station at 10AM

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Digha Beach Near Jhau Forest

 

I also booked the “Hotel Mahek” located at New Digha well in advance through cleartrip.com . Took a rickshaw (man pulling vehicle) from the Digha station to reach Hotel Mahek which is adjacent to the sea beach. The hotel was nice. Without wasting any time, we went to the sea beach to take a bath in the sea. The sea waves were rather pleasant. After a refreshing bath, came back to the hotel and had lunch.

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New Digha Beach at Night

 

In the evening, we went out to see the sun set. Unfortunately, I fell at the boulders near the sea beach and suffered minor injuries. Damaged my Nikon 55-200mm lens too which was later repaired from Bangalore. This didn’t stop us from enjoying the evening in Digha. After a quick first-aid, walked around the sea beach and enjoyed the refreshing atmosphere. Lot of vendors selling foods and stuffs. Digha is a paradise to try sea foods like fish, prawns, crabs, etc. Tried variety of sea foods including crabs at a very low price. Went back to the hotel around 8.30 pm and had dinner.

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Vendors near sea

 

Next day, after breakfast, we booked a cab for Rs 800 to visit Mandarmani. Hiring a cab is also not a problem as there are many cabs available around the town. But one needs to bargain to get a fair rate. After a journey of 90 minutes, we reached Mandarmani. Digha is very crowded in compare to Mandarmani. The long stretch of Mandarmani will definitely fill anyone’s conscience. I took a ride in a fisherman’s boat by paying Rs. 100. There was another family too in the big boat. The ride was for 45 minutes and they took us quite deep inside the sea. After a successful boat ride, had breakfast there in local shacks. After spending around 90 minutes there, we boarded the cab and came back to Old Digha. Old Digha was very crowded and I didn’t like much.

Mandarmani beach
Mandarmani

 

From Old Digha, we hired an electronic taxi run by rechargeable battery to come to our hotel at New Digha. The distance between Old Digha and Digha is only 15 minutes by car. After taking a bath, we went out to have food in a local restaurant. Food is very cheap in Digha. We tried the famous Hilsa fish there.

After a filling lunch, took some rest and out again in the evening to try some more sea foods, chicken kababs and ice-creams. Having some delicious food sitting next to the sea is a wonderful experience. The next day, we are supposed to head home. Already started to miss Digha and Mandarmani.

Digha Food
Chicken Kabab

 

On Monday 26th October, we woke up early to see the sunrise. The sunrise view from Digha is magnificent. My father took a horse ride there. Had breakfast and tea near the sea beach keeping a continuous eye on the sun, preparing himself for the day.

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Sunrise From Digha

 

Later, I took a walk to the north of the beach and reached the forest of “Coastal She-oak” (Bengali – Jhau). Took many pictures there. One can hire a bike from there to go to Orissa border, and come back. I was not interested and didn’t ask for charges. But I am sure; the charges will not be too high.

 

Jhau forest
Coastal She-Oak (Jhau) Forest

Then, came back to the hotel and packed our bags. Later, we took a rickshaw and reached the train station which took only 10 minutes. We boarded the Tamralipta express which departed Digha at 10.25AM and reached Howrah 2PM. From Howrah station, took a taxi and headed home.

 

Digha & Mandarmani is mostly crowded by Bengalees as it is very near to Kolkata. Digha is also one of the cheapest tourist spot in India.

Suggestions:

  • Try sea foods. You will love it, if you are a foodie
  • Mandarmani is the place for peace-lovers
  • Kindly follow no trace policy and save mother earth.
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