Sutan is a forest region in Bankura, West Bengal which is an equally famous picnic spot and weekend holiday destination. Only 60 kilometers from Bankura town, the forest of Sutan is covered with Mahua, Palash, Piyal and Sal trees. Sutan Lake amidst the forest is the major attraction for tourists. The area is inhabited by the Munda, Bhumijra and Santhal tribes and it is quite interesting to know their lifestyle. An added advantage of visiting this area is the facility of boat ride on the lake while admiring nature’s beauty. There is a watchtower in the area to witness the activities of wild animals inhabiting the Dalma Pahar. Rimli Tourist Lodge and Trekker’s Hut are the accommodation facilities for visitors.

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Mirik is a lovely getaway located at the Himalayan Hills. Tourists visit Mirik for a sojourn or as a one day trip from Darjeeling. Situated on the south western side of Darjeeling it is surrounded by the Singalila Mountains of the Himalayan range. It is a popular destination during the summertime in West Bengal as people want to beat the heat during the humid summer in Bengal. This hill resort is situated at an altitude of 1767 meters and is at a distance of 49 kilometers from Darjeeling. For people who find Darjeeling crowded often prefer Mirik Himalayas as a getaway because of its peaceful atmosphere.

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Kalpokhri is a scared lake located at an elevation of 3170 meters. It is found enroute to the famous Sandakphu peak of Singalila Range from Gairibas. The local people believe it to be the home of the formidable Kalnaag or the huge slithering black snake. Pokhri in the local language means lake and Kaal is derived from Kaalnaag and hence Kalpokhri. The Kalpokhri contains black water and is a rare presence at such an elevation. During spring the region surrounding the black lake is full of the magnificent rhododendron and orchids. The lake doesn’t freeze even during winter because the water is muddy.

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Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary is located on the foothill of Sintura Range of the Eastern Himalayas. It falls in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal and is basically a marshland or swamp which is famous for birds. The place is flocked by a large variety of birds and is therefore known as a bird sanctuary. It is spread across an area of 175 hector and also includes Aviary & Tortoise rescue center, python house, leopard house, crocodile rehabilitation center and deer park. The sanctuary can be visited throughout the year and is at a distance of 34 kilometers from Alipurduar; 45 kilometers from Cooch Behar and 212 kilometers from Siliguri.

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Bir Singh built the seven lakes named Pokabandh, Shyambandh, Kalindibandh, Jamunabandh, Gantatbandh, Krishnabandh, and Lalbandh in 1658. Lakes were made for drinking water and to protect the town from enemy.

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As the name suggests the lake looks like a royal one because of its sheer size. A vast lake which is also home to a large number of birds both local and migratory Rajdighi is located in Malda, West Bengal. It is a favorite of the local people. During winter the area surrounding Rajdighi is crowded with people for picnic and also bird watching. You can also go boating with your group on the lake.

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Nature Park is located in Base Bridge enroute to Bajbaj from Sealdah in 24 Parganas (S) in West Bengal. It’s only a few minutes from base bridge in auto. The park is a beautiful one with a sprawling lake which is the main attraction here. It’s a nice, cozy place for family, and couples. The rent for the picnic spot is INR 500-2000 depending on the number of picnickers visiting. Contact: 2469-5555.

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Millennium Science Park is a popular picnic spot situated in North 24 Parganas district. There is a large lake in the park. Lush green lawn, numerous trees, shrubs and seasonal flower garden add to the beauty of the park. On one side of the park, there are various things for amusement like swings, fountains, ropeway, swimming boat, metrobus and science museum. There are cottages and guest houses for picnic parties.

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Kalyani Lake Garden is located in Halisahar, in the city of Kalyani in West Bengal. This beautiful lake is surrounded by a well maintained garden which can be reached in 10-15 minutes from Ghoshpara station in Kalyani. Since the lake is flanked by different types of trees forming shades, you can spot different species of birds resting here. Some of them can be even migratory birds. Some of the birds are Tree Pie, Purple Heron, Kingfisher, and Indian Pond Heron. There is no fixed rent for the place; it depends on the season and the spot you choose.

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Shanti Sarovaar or lake is located in Mohanpur Panchayat of Barrackpore subdivision of 24 Parganas (N) in West Bengal. The lake is the main attraction here amidst the beautiful garden. Beautiful place filled with natural abundance, it is an amazing picnic spot. Apart from spending time taking a stroll along the lake and playing, you can also opt for a boat ride on the lake. Savor the warmth of the winter sun and enjoy with your loved ones. Contact info: 033 2592-1008.

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