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Shankarpur / Sankarpur

Shankarpur or Sankarpur is close to Digha (app. 14 kms) and it is the Shankarpur Fishing Harbour Project. It is also being developed as a beach resort.Shankarpur has to its credit all the advantages of Digha, minus the crowd. Shankarpur is only 14 km. east of Digha, along the Digha – Contai Road. It can boast of a wide and unspoiled beach, caesarian groves by the side of a gentle sea and a good climate round the year. It is also a regular fishing Harbour.
Shankarpur will soon be developed as a sea resort with hotels, tourist lodges and other facilities.

Reaching Shankarpur By bus

Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala bus stand, Kolkata.

Shankarpur is near Digha and the place can be reached by taking any bus going to Digha. You need to getoff at a place called [[Choddomile] or [Chaulkhola]] (14 Miles in Bengali) between Contai (Kanthi) and Digha - just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minute ride by a car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile. Ask the hotel to do the car booking.

Otherwise, you can go straight to the Digha Bus stand (a further 25-30min ride) and then hire a cab from there.

There is also a direct bus to Shankarpur.

The best bus to take is the 7:30AM Airconditioned bus run by the "West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation". It starts from Dharamtala Bus Stand (near the Maidan market). You need to book in advance - the earlier you do so the better.

Travel Time by Bus: 4:30-5:00 (including a 30-40 minute snacks break).

You can also reach Digha by train from Howrah or Shalimar. The train starts from Howrah on certain days of the week. Only on weekends do the railway provide Aircon chaircars.

Reaching Shankarpur By car
If you want to drive down to Shankarpur from Kolkata(Calcutta) - the directions are as follows

Take the Second Hooghly Bridge
Follow Kona Expressway ( 4-Lane road)
At the Bombay Road crossing - take a left.
Follow Bombay Road ( 4-Lane road)
You can break at the A1 Plaza inside the Reliance petro station. It would be to your left - a 30-40 minute ride from the Kona Expressway - Bombay Road junction
Keep straight till you cross the Rupnarayan river ( the bridge is one way and the river is wide)
After you cross the river you will see the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station to your left
Immediately after the Power Station is a junction - turn left towards Haldia
You have now hit the Haldia Highway (NH41) - the road is being 4 laned - but most of it is still a 2 lane road.
Keep straight till you hit the Nandakumar crossing - you can identify it easily as the crossing has a wide round circle.
Turn right at this crossing - you have now hit the Digha Road
Digha Road is a 2 lane road - the road is smooth but narrow and the Buses drive at very high speed - so be extremely careful when overtaking.
Follow Digha road - you will cross Narghat Bridge, Chandipur, Bajkul, Heria, Kanthi (Contai).
At Choddomile before Ramnagar take a left towards Shankarpur This road is bad. You will have a river for company - it will be to your right.
The first hotel to come up is Hotel Nest ( The best place to stay but not near the beach)
After nest you come to a junction where the road bifurcates - the right road leads to the Joar and Matsyagandha tourist lodges
The left road takes you to the Shankarpur beach. Just before the beach an narrow unpaved road leads to the other hotels - Hotel Sandy Bay is the first. There are cheaper hotels down this road.

Tourist lodges run by Benfish, the Bengali Fishermen's Co-op:

- Matsyagandha
- Joar


Hotels:

- Hotel Nest Easily the best but away from the beach.
- Hotel Sandy Bay ordinary.
- Some more budget hotels beyond Sandy Bay.

 

AC / Non. AC Car Rental

Rate Per Hour
Rate Per Kilometre
Kolkata
Rs.90/- to Rs.110/-
Rs.9.50 to Rs.12.00
Siliguri
Rs.90/- to Rs.110/-
Rs.9.50 to Rs.12.00
Darjeeling
Rs.110/- to Rs.130/-
Rs.12.00 to Rs.14.00
Gangtok
Rs.100/- to Rs.120/-
Rs.11.50 to Rs.14.00

If you have plan to visit East & North-East India, you can contact
Roy
- roy@amarholiday.onweb.co.in or Tanya - tanya@amarholiday.onweb.co.in
for any kind of information or tour assistance.

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