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Dhuturdaha, South 24 Pgs 51 kms from Kolkata

Dhuturdaha Resort Just 51 kms from Kolkata, Dhuturdaha is a serene village with endless stretches of fishing lakes (bheri), vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, local temples and different shades of village life. Its a nice place to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace. At Dhuturdaha, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies over the green

horizon, get together with your family and friends beside the pond, do some fishing and dip your tired legs in the pond. But, Dhuturdaha is not only rustic life without daily facilities, here you have some of the best resorts you can find around Kolkata with AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which make our life comfortable. Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHUTURDAHA Places to see in Dhuturdaha:The main attraction of Dhuturdaha are the uncountable number of fishing lakes. These lakes stretch as far as you can see over the horizon. The village is dotted with vegetable gardens blooming with all types of vegetables from cabbages and cauliflowers to ladies fingers. You can also visit the local temple under the shadows of a Peepal tree or watch the local women sifting rice under the wood-plaque (Dheki). Village life is Dhuturdahas main attraction ducks puddling around in ponds, farmers ploughing their fields, fisherman casting their nets and the local shopkeeper selling groceries.

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Nearby attractions of Dhuturdaha: Malancha is a nearby destination just 15 kms from Dhuturdaha. This small town has one of the biggest Fish Markets in West Bengal. At Malancha you would see the mighty Icchamati River meeting the Vidyadhari River. You can also stop over the bridge over Vidyadhari River and enjoy the sunset. This side of the riverbank is dotted with brick kilns and their towering chimneys line up the riverbank for miles its an amazing sight. On the way to Dhuturdaha from Kolkata, you would come across Ghusighata Lock gate, where few local canals meet this is nice stopover too.

Dhuturdaha resort Things to do in Dhuturdaha: The best thing to do is to watch the little things of village life pass around you. You can do casual birdwatching of some local birds around Dhururdaha and walk around the fringes of the fish lakes. You can also enjoy boating within the resort and try your hand in fishing. You can also play outdoor games in the nearby fields and take long village walks. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then try to visit Malancha. You can watch the sunset over the Bidyadhari River from here or take a country boat to cross over to Chaital on the other side. A visit to a nearby brick kiln can also be a nice experience. There is one more thing you can do if you love eating fish. You can stop at Malanchas Fish market to buy some freshly caught fish at great prices while returning from Dhuturdaha.

Vidyadhari river

How to reach Dhuturdaha: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Minakha. From Minakha, you can take the road going right to Dhuturdaha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will cross Minakha. You have to get down at Minakha and take a local Auto Rickshaw to Dhuturdaha.

Dhuturdaha resort Lodging and dining facilities at Dhuturdaha:Dhuturdaha has a number of luxury, ethnic and budget resorts with facilities for accommodating guests. You can stay overnight or visit the place for a day trip or picnic. The resorts have all the facilities for supporting corporate picnics, family getaways and individual nature lovers. The spacious Double Bed AC rooms of the resorts have attached western bathrooms, period furniture, television and minibars. The resorts at Dhuturdaha are well equipped with swimming pools, conference rooms, boating facilities, angling facilities, lawns, dining halls, kitchens for picnic groups, spacious dining halls, landscaped gardens, parking lots and childrens parks. The resorts are available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHUTURDAHA

Bird watching spots near Kolkata

Birding Spots near Kolkata 01. Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah (more details) The Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur covers some 270 acres of land, located by the Hugli River and is some 230 year old. This place is indeed a heaven for bird-watchers as it houses a wide variety of bird species that also includes a small percent of water-bird species as well. Birds found here include Stork-billed Kingfisher, Rufous Woodpecker, Brown Hawk Owl, Bronzed Drongo, Black Bittern, Greenish and Yellow-browned Warbler, Lineated Barbet, Booted Eagle and Black-naped Oriole. Beside, some rarest species of birds like Black-capped Kingfisher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Red-breasted Parakeet and Eurasian Cuckoo can also be spotted here. How to reach: The Indian Botanic Gardens is located in Shibpur, Howrah district with Howrah Station being the nearest railway station. This particular place can be reached by boarding a ferry service from Bichali Ghat in Metiabruz or by crossing the Vidyasagar Setu as one of the exits of the bridge will lead to the garden. 2. Rajarhat Bypass Although most parts of the marshy land of Rajarhat have been taken over for developments of new townships, this area is perfect for wetland birds and that is the reason why it attracts a good number of species of birds like Asian Openbills, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Breeding Oriental Praticoles and Ashy Woodswallows among others. Besides, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Harriers, Black-

shouldered Kite and Common Kestrel are common sights during the morning time. Smaller birds like Bengal Bushlark, Oriental Reed Warbler, Oriental Skylark and Bluethroat can also be spotted. How to reach: Rajarhat Bypass can be reached easily by taking the bypass that leaves Kolkata Airport and leads to Kolkata. 3. Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur, 24 Parganas (more details) This is a tiny sanctuary of 17 acre and is housed in an old and deserted orchard with grassland surrounding it. Wide number of bird species can be seen here including Oriental Honey-buzzard, Slaty-legged Crake, Scaly Thrush, Eurasian Woodcock, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Tickells Thrush, White-eyed Buzzard, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Large-billed Reed Warbler, Changeable Hawk Eagle and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo. How to reach: Also known as Koyeler Bagan is located in South 24 Parganas, very close to the Rathtala Bus stop. The sanctuary is some 10 km form Ruby General Hospital and can be reached by buses and auto-rickshaws from Garia. Or, boarding a private bus can be equally convenient as they halt at Rathtala. 4. Nalban Fishery Complex (more details) The Nalban Fishery Complex is a huge inter-connected water body that is under the usage of commercial fishery. Good variety of bird species like Purple and Grey Heron, Great and Intermediate Egret, Black-headed Gulls, Rubythroat, Baillons and Ruddy Crake, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warblers, Watercock, Common Shelduck, Grey-headed Lapwing and others can be found here. Some 150 species of birds have been recorded in this area. How to reach: Nalban Fishery Complex starts from the border of the Saltlake Technology Park in Salt Lake. There are many local buses, metered taxis and mini buses that connect Nalban Fishery Complex with the rest of the city. 5. Santragachi Jheel, Howrah (more details)

The Santragachi Jheel is some 13,75,000 square feet and becomes the home to some 4000 to 5000 water birds, especially during the winter months. Water hyacinth covers most part of the water body with very less green cover. Species of birds like Northern Pintail, Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Ferruginous Pochard, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Comb Duck and Baikal Teal can be found in good numbers in the Santragachi Lake. But the prime attraction of the lake is the Fulvous Whistlingducks and Swinhoes Snipe. How to reach: The Santragachi Jheel is located in Howrah district. Nearest railhead is Satragachi Railway Station. It is just a 20 minutes drive from the main centre of Kolkata. 6. Baranagar (more details) There is a 20-bigha forest land in Baranagar that is the home to some 50 species of birds like varieties of Woodpeckers, migratory birds, Storks, parrots and Egrets. This place is a very important spot for nesting of water birds. This land actually belongs to Bengal Immunity, which is a Central government undertaking that had a factory here, at one point of time. How to reach: This plot of land in Baranagar is located off Tobin Road. Local auto rickshaws from Tobin road bus stop on BT road can take you to the Bengal Immunity ground. 7. IIM Joka area (more details) There is an area right behind the Indian Institute of Management in Joka that is a good breeding ground for birds like Cinnamon, Bengal Bushlark, Black and Yellow Bitterns, breeding Black