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Sagardwip is a small island, a part of the Sunderbans group of islands. Sagardwip is at the confluence of the holy river Ganga (Ganges) and the Bay of Bengal, making it one of the most popular religious havens of the country.
There are numerous legends attached to the Ganga and its origin on Earth. Due to its religious connotations, Ganga is one of the most sacred rivers in the world. And the point where Ganga meets the sea is considered holy by Hindus. Thousands of Pilgrims make way to Sagardwip, every year in mid-January, to take a holy dip in the river during the Ganga Sagar Fair. The Ganga Sagar Fair is the second most attended fair in the world, after the popular Kumbh Mela. If you want to get a taste of India's elaborate culture and beliefs, Sagardwip is meant for you.
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- Since the island is surrounded by marshes, it is full of snakes, some of them quite poisonous. So be sure to carry mosquito and snake repellant. Apply some in your room and you'll be safe. Also, drink only bottled water and check the seal before buying.
Al I want to elaborate "How to reach" And yes if you start early from Kolkata you can definitely complete it in a day. Follow the direction I am giving: 1. Take suburban Train from Sealdah (South section i.e. train will depart from 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 14A platform only) upto Kakdwip. [Train Fare: INR 25/- ] [Approx. time to reach Kakdwip Station: 2 hr 30 min] [Best train to catch from Sealdah is 05:12 AM Namkhana Local or if you miss try 07:15 AM Namkhana Local] [Try to catch 05:12 AM train, then you can return early from GangaSagar for Kolkata] 2. After reaching Kakdwip Railway Station, take a battery driven Tuk Tuk (which is enormously available there) for reaching the Jetty Ghat (known as Vessel ghat or No. 8 Vessel ghat). [Fare : INR 15/-] [Distance : around 8 km ; Time taken : 10-15 min max] 3. Take Ferry (a.k.a. Vessel) for Sagar Island (for Kachuberia Jetty Ghat). [Fare : INR 8/-] [Time Taken : 35-40 mins] [Frequency : once in a hour] [Note : The only challenge in this route is to get vessel on time, if u miss one by mere 5 mins, remember you have to wait for one long hour. so start early from kolkata] 4. Once you reach the Kachuberia Jetty Ghat on the other side, take Bus or any other SUVs for Gangasagar. [Fare : INR 20/- for bus, SUV charges are nearby or u can book an entire SUV if u wish] [Distance : 30 KM] [Time Taken : 1 hr approx] Note: You can take a bus from Esplanade up to Kakdwip or can book a cab if u want but a train from Sealdah early in the morning will be i) Cheap, ii) Reliable, iii) Time Saving, iv) Train at that time will not be that crowded While returning follow the same path, and train timings from Kakdwip to Sealdah are : 1:46 PM, 3:13 PM, 4:51 PM, 5:48 PM, 7:59 PM, 8:59 PM Note : If you are planning for self-drive or road trip, please advised that the ferry service between Kakdwip Jetty and Kachuberia can carry people and Bicycles or Motorbikes and not four wheeler. So if u you are planning for driving your own car, please note you have to park it before crossing the river for the island.
Possess the charm of an unspoilt beach. Home to the famous Gangasagar Mela. One of the best weekend tourist spots near Kolkata.
Sagardwip receives limited electric supply. Owing to the local geographical condition, cases of snake bites are very prominent in this area, what adds to the problem is the fact that there is just one hospital to treat the same.
Sagardwip is a popular destination for religious travellers as well as families and couples mostly based in and around Kolkata who head over to the island for a relaxed weekend.
Sagardwip can be reached by a combination of means of transportation. The island doesn't have direct connectivity at all and requires a journey by road despite the air or rail travel. The nearest m... (Read More)
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