In the wondrous state of West Bengal in the district of South 24 Parganas lies the spectacular spot of Diamond Harbor at the mouth of the river Hooghly.
The holiday destination of Diamond Harbor is at a distance of forty-eight kilometers from the Kolkotta in the south direction. The diamond Harbor was named so by the British or rather renamed as Diamond Harbor by them as earlier the spot known as Hajipur. The harbor is a turning point for the distributary of the Holy Ganges. The river Hooghly turns towards the south into the Bay of Bengal. Owing to this the river area gets deeper and wider. Thus the big ships comfortably dock at the Diamond harbor.
Best Time to Visit
Located at a distance of 50 km from Kolkata, Diamond Harbor is placed on the eastern banks of River Hooghly at the confluence of the River and the Bay of Bengal. If one talks about the best time to visit this small town named Diamond Harbor, it is between the months of October and March. This is the ideal time to relish the lovely autumn season that is in its full swing. During this time, not only the weather is absolutely salubrious but it is the time of festivals, including the importance festivals of Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja and Diwali. Since it is quite close to Kolkata, one can also attend Calcutta book fair, that is organized in January-February. The weather in the remaining months is pretty humid, sweaty and suffocating. This is the time to relish the serenity spread all around.
How to Reach
BY RAIL -There are trains that leave the Sealdah station and connect Kolkotta with Diamond Harbor; the entire journey is completed in about an hour and a half.
BY ROAD -Diamond Harbor is easily accessible from Kolkotta. The road as well as rail services link the delightful destination of Diamond Harbor with the kaleidoscopic Kolkotta. Then there are frequent buses that ply between the Shahid Minar bus terminus and Diamond Harbor throughout the day. The government runs these buses. Some private bus services can also be availed from Babughat in order to travel to the Diamond Harbor. The cars and the chartered buses make the other possible means of transportation to Diamond Harbor. You may even contact the West Bengal tourist office situated in Kolkotta for the reservations at the tourist lodge.
Owing to the proximity to Kolkotta the Diamond Harbor makes an excellent option for a pulsating picnic spot. It is an extremely popular holiday destination for a daylong trip from Kolkotta. While at the Diamond Harbor you may entire day on the Hooghly. The river cruises are possible on the Hooghly River.
While at the Diamond Harbor you must check out the natural beauty of the place. Besides the nature at its best there are the remains of a Portuguese fort at Diamond Harbor. Diamond Harbor is indeed a gorgeous getaway for you with your family and friends. Within the vicinity of the Diamond Harbor the ruined fort and the old lighthouse can be explored. The remains of the ancient fort have a story of their own. The Diamond Harbor used to be the stronghold of Portuguese pirates.
Places Around Diamond Harbor
Further away from the Diamond Harbor is the breathtakingly beautiful beach of Bakkhali. While you are at Diamond Harbor Bakkhali too makes an excellent excursion option. Then there is the town of Joynagar. At Joynangar you should not miss out on Kalidas Dutta's collection. There are several manuscripts, terracotta figurines and black stone images of Buddha, Mahavir and Vishnu, belonging to the 11th and 12th centuries at you must check out. For all those of you who have a religious bent of mind, along the river Hooghly you may take a stroll to the Sharisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram. Usually tourists and pilgrims throng the spot. Then there is the Kapil Muni Temple at Sagar Island near the Diamond Harbor. The temple is revered for its association with the mythological descent of the Ganges from the heavens into the sea.
In order to make your trip to the Diamond Harbor an affair to remember for a long time to take a ferry ride on the Hooghly. Else from the Diamond Harbor you may take a lounge to the Sagar Island. Reservations of Accommodation options at the Sagar Island can be made through the West Bengal Tourism in Kolkotta.
On your way to the Diamond Harbor from Kolkotta you may even check out the various resorts that are dotted along on the highway that connects the two places. Amongst the many resorts on the Diamond Harbor road you must check out the Raichuk resort.