Pilgrimage Day Excursions ex-Kolkata
Temples that are popularly visited ex-Kolkata as a day excursions are as under:
Bishnupur (132 kms from Kolkata) - Bishnupur is known for its terracotta temples. The temples (located in Bishnupur and area around) are covered with terracota tiles depicting scenes from the Mahabharata. Bishnupur is day visited from Kolkata.
Midnapore (193 kms from Kolkata) - The city of Midnapore is the headquarters of the Paschim Medinipur district in West Bengal and is full of temples with significant pilgrimage and historical significance such as:
The Jagannath Temple at Nutan Bazar was built in 1851, Other temples from the eighteenth century include the Hanuman-jeu Temple in Mirzabazar, the Sitala temple at Barabazar, and the Habibpur Kali Temple. One of the oldest temples in the town is the Rukmini temple at Nutanbazar which was built in the 17th century. The Ramakrishna Mission also has a temple adjacent to an elementary and high school.
There are numerous majars and dargahs dotting the town. Jora Masjid is the most notable in the town.
The Chapaleswar and Mahamaya temples at Karnagarh built in Orissa style of temple architecure, 10 km north of the town, are two of the most popular temples. Hindu and Jain temples are also located in the village of Pathra, a few kilometres from the town
Tarapith (225 kms from Kolkata) is one of the Sakthi Peetha and a well visited pilgrimage centre.
Gangasagar - Gangasagar Island lies 150 km south of Kolkata. The island is a renowned Hindu pilgrim place. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (mid of January), thousands of Hindus gathered to take a holy dip in the confluence of Ganga and offered puja at Kapil Muni Temple. The entire event is popularly known as Gangasagar Mela. Gangasagar is visited by guests otherwise rest of the year as well.
Season – Throughout