Raichak

Raichak

Raichak in a glance:

Coordinates: 22.205°N 88.130°E

State: West Bengal

Raichak is a small town in Diamond Harbour II CD Block in South 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located on the bank of the Hooghly river, some 50 km south of Kolkata. It is about 15 km from Diamond Harbour. Here are a few places to visit in Raichak.

How to reach Raichak:

By flight :

Quite understandably, though Raichak does not give you the luxury of direct incoming flights, it does give you the option to fly down to the nearby Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and hire a cab or a bus to drive you to Raichak in just over an hour.

By road :

Due to its proximity to Kolkata, Raichak can easily be visited using a cab, bus or a private vehicle. Daily buses run between the capital and Kolkata. Also, regular buses are available from far off places like Shantiniketan, Murshidabad and Durgapur.

By train :

Though travelling by train gets you nearly everywhere in India, Raichak has its nearest station at Howrah, which is about 55-60 km away from Raichak. You will need to take another ride to the central city. But on the positive side, getting a cab isn’t very difficult.

Places to visit and things to do in Raichak

Aashram of Ramakrishna Mission

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Located near the Diamond Harbour on the banks of Hooghly River, this ashram is a very popular location among the local devotees. The serene setting adds to its beauty.

Book your trip to Bhimtal here.

Chingrihkali Fort

Another destination by the Diamond Harbour, this fort was built by the Portuguese but is in ruins today. Even then the fort is a stunning site to catch, especially on a windy day. You can also see the river stretched across in the backdrop.

Diamond Harbour

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Diamond Harbour is built on the point where Hooghly River meets the Bay of Bengal. Very popular and even more stunning, the harbour, coupled with its pleasant and mildly humid weather and the beach-like setting is the perfect place to spend the day.

Joynagar

Joynagar is very close to Diamond Harbour. In addition to a flourishing local market selling handicrafts, Joynagar is popular for housing many manuscripts, figurines and black stone images of many gods.

Book your Nagalpuram trek here.

River Hooghly

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The town of Raichak began prospering because it served as an important trade link from river Hooghly back in the old days. Now this river has popularized the entire place all across the country.

The Raichak fort

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The Raichak fort continues to be one of the most beautiful forts in all of India, especially after its restoration a few years back. The fort was originally built back in the colonial rule for keeping a watch over River Hooghly.

Book your Rishikesh rafting trip here.

What to eat in Raichak:

Eating out in Raichak can be quite an experience. There are numerous options, both for fine dining and street food. There are many small food vendors in the market places for cheap, quick snacks, while the restaurants offer high end dining experiences. The most famous Bengali dish of the place is the Hilsa Machli, while even continental food is easy to find.

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