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Location

Digha Sankarpur Planning Area lies in the South-Western corner of Purba Medinipur District. It is a coastal tract adjoining Bay of Bengal in the south and bordering Orissa in the West.

Connectivity:

By Road:-

Digha is connected to Kolkata via SH-4, NH-41 and then NH-6. The alternative access to Digha is to travel along NH-6 up to Kharagpur and take the road to Digha via Egra and Depal (SH-5). Tourists from other parts of the State like Bardhaman, Durgapur, Asansol, Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia and beyond come to Kharagpur by State Highways and major roads making Kharagpur (falling in Paschim Medinipur district) an important hub for visitors to Digha in Purba Medinipur district.

The recent improvement in road connectivity due to four-laning of NH-6 and NH-41 has shortened the journey time from Kolkata to Digha-Sankarpur to a great extent. One can travel by car from Dum Dum Airport via Kaji Najrul Islam Road, EM Bye Pass, Park Circus Connector, Park Circus Flyover, the Second Hugli Bridge, Kona Expressway, NH-6, NH-41, SH-4 and reach Digha within 4 hrs.

  1. Route 1. Kolkata-Howrah-Mechheda-Norghat-Contai-Ramnagar-Digha: 187 km.
  2. Route 2. Kolkata-Deulti-Kolaghat-Kharagpur-Digha: 243 km.
  3. Route 3. Tarakeswar-Harinkhola-Arambag-Vishnupur-Kharagpur-Digha: 355 km
  4. Regular direct buses are available from Kolkata to Digha.
  5. C.S.T.C. Express buses ply from Esplanade (Kolkata) from 06:30 hours to 10:00 hours.
  6. Luxury buses from West Bengal Tourist Bureau, 3/2 B.B.D.Bagh departs daily at 07:00 hours.

By Rail:-

With the opening of railway line between Tamluk and Digha under South-Eastern Rly. Div., this Planning Area now has a Rly. Stn. at Digha linking it by rail to Kolkata and Kharagpur and therefrom to the Southern, northern and western parts of India.

 

Train services are also available from Digha

  1. Digha to Howrah (Tamralipta & Kandari Express) Daily
  2. Digha to Howrah (Duranta) – Every day
  3. Digha to Santragachhi (Local) – Daily
  4. Digha to Puri (Weekly on Sunday)
  5. Digha to Asansol (Weekly on Sunday)
  6. Digha to Siliguri (Paharia Express weekly on Saturday)
  7. Digha to Vishakapattam (Proposed)
  8. Digha to Malda (Proposed)

Digha Flag Station to Other Station

No. Name From Dep To Arr Dep Days
15722 Tamralipta Express DGHA 10:25 HWH 13:50 S | M | T | W | T | F | S
12847 Digha-Howrah AC Duro... DGHA 15:35 HWH 18:35 S | M | T | W | T | F | S
18001 Paharia Express DGHA 16:30
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Nearby Places
Udaipur
This is a spectacular beach, almost virgin, 2 km west of Digha, in West Bengal Orissa Border. One part of this clandestine beach is in West Bengal and the other in Orissa. One enters this beach just walking or driving along Bengal-Orissa border. This beach has not been explored so far. The beach has some USPs which has to be experienced to be believed. The vegetation, typical of slopes in Eastern Ghats and the great Casuarina atmosphere, makes this beach, a one of a kind experience. The nearby delta, where the mighty Subarnarekha merges into the Bay of Bengal, is an additional attraction.
Talsari

The name Talasari is derived from the two words Tala (meaning Palm) and Sari/Sarani (meaning row). The palm trees surrounding the place give such a name to it. Talasari is one of the less exploited West Bengal beaches. Talsari is located close to both the Subarnarekha River and the sea. It is some 6 km from Digha, near the Orissa-Bengal border and is a small delta. The Talsari beach is not as frequently visited by the people as Digha. The waters of the sea at Talsari beach are not turbulent but calm and peaceful. Witnessing sunrise and sunset from a gleaming stretch of white sand is a rewarding experience. The calm ambience, unique receding waters and tropical weather all year round make it a popular destination for adventure seekers and those looking for solitude.

Mandarmani

Mandarmani is a large and rapidly developing seaside resort village in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in East Midnapore district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Mandarmani is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway. From Contai this can be travelled through a place called Chaulkhola. Mandarmani boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach, probably the longest motorable beach road in India. This is a drive-in beach. It is an ideal place to relax, far away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata. The sunrise and sunset are a treat to the eyes. The peaceful atmosphere brings a sense of relief to one's soul. Click here to know more.

Junput

Junput is 40 km. from Digha by bus, with a change at Contai. The place offers .

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Digha - Attractions

The Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC)
The Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC) was established in the year 1989 during the Seventh Five Year Plan. The major objective of the Centre is to display the marine biodiversity of the region and impart its values to the common people and to carry out the research activities. MARC has largest inbuilt marine aquarium in the country and equipped with sea water circulation system and advanced filtration unit. The aquarium has 24 big sized (15x10x10') marine tanks and 8 fresh water (3x2x2') tanks which are equipped with compressed air supply, light and regulated supply of inflow & outflow of water. Hundreds of visitors make it a point to view the Aquarium every day. The aquarium is opened to public on all working days from 9.3 0 A.M. to 6 P. M.

 

Amravati Lake
This is a small park with a lake called Amravati, where you can enjoy a boat ride. Near the lake is a Snake Farm, which is an added attraction.
Lord Shiva Temple At Chandaneswar
Only 8 km away from Digha the century old Temple of Lord Shiva at Chandaneswar,near Bengal and Orissa Border.Nearly half million people & pilgrims visit the temple at Maha Vishuva Sankranti or Gajan Mela : towards the end of Chaitra.
Subarnarekha River
The Subarnarekha River drains into the Bay of Bengal, only 12 km away from Digha, located in Orissa-Bengal border. This is a new destination for Digha tourists.
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How to Reach Digha

Digha is accessible from Kolkata by road and by train.

Bus Service: There is frequent bus service to Digha from Dharmatala bus stand of Kolkata and many other parts of West Bengal. It is almost a 5 hour journey from Kolkata. Bus service is also available from towns across West Bengal such as Midnapore, Bankura, Asansol, Bardhaman, Howrah, and, also from Orissa via Balasore (Baleswar).

Train Service: In 2004, train services have started for Digha (Station Code : DGHA). There is one DMU service from Santragachhi railway station and there are three new trains from Howrah Station too. Howrah - Digha Superfast Tamralipta Express (12857 UP) departs from Howrah at 06:40 hrs and arrives at Digha station at 10:05 hrs. Return train (12858 DN) Digha station at 10:25 hrs to arrive Howrah at 13:50 hrs. Local Transport: Un-metered taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are easily available for transport.

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