Life's A Picnic: Head To These Farms, Gardens & Bagan Baris Near Kolkata For The Perfect Weekend Day Out

Raisa posted on 09 November

Winter means picnic season and we dug around for the best places to head to for hours of badminton and lounging in the winter sun.

Neeldeep Garden

Spread over 32 kathas, Neeldeep Garden {in Baruipur} has exotic seasonal flowers and fruit trees covering the landscape. Just a 40-minute drive from South Kolkata {it’s about 30 kilometres from the heart of the city}, you’ll get tons of ‘natural’ photo opportunities along with plenty of open space to play all the badminton possible. You can rent the garden from 6 am to 6 pm. The 12 hours will set you back INR 7,000 on a weekday and INR 10,000 on holidays and special occassions. Cough up extra and they’ll even bring out a music system and camp fire for the perfect bonfire party.

Parks

Radhaballabhpur, Baruipur-Amtala Road, South 24 Parganas, Sonarpur, Kolkata

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Bisram Bagan Bari

The name of this bagan bari literally translates to ‘resting house’ and it’s the place you need to drive to {takes about two-and-a-half hours} if you want to just chill. Surrounded by gardens and a pond {the lawn pond-facing area is beautiful in winter}. Rent the whole premises for just INR 7,250 — it houses around 30-70 people and has both indoor and outdoor spaces including a dining area, bathrooms and more. You can also rent bedrooms for the day if you’re not going in a big group. Since it’s located  in a rural setting, you can even explore outside the bari, the Icchamati river is only a couple of minutes walk from the premises.

Parks

20/1/1-C, Ballygunge Station Road, Fern Place, Gariahat, Kolkata

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Vigneshwara Farm

Throwing a huge picnic for the whole office? This farm in North 24 Parganas which holds 150-200 people s absolutely perfect. Vigneshwara Farm Picnic Spot  on Gustia Main Road near Madhyamgram station is soread over 1.5 bigha. If you don’t want to drive, you can even take a train. You’ll spend the day surrounded by nature {the farm boasts of a beautiful flower garden and pond} They even provide boating facilities. For the day, you’ll have to cough up INR 14,000 to chill here. Call 8697330468 to book the space for a picnic.

Unique Picnic Garden

Unique Picnic Garden near Madhyamgram Chowmatha is just over an hour away from the main part of the city by car. You can also go by train, board at Sealdah, disembark at Madhyamgram and take a rickshaw fromt there. If you’re not for spending too many hours travelling out, this 4-bigha property complete with an area for the kids to play and a pond is perfect to spend the day chilling. A huge bonus — only one group is allowed to book the place in the day so you’re guaranteed privacy. Booking the property for a picnic for the day will cost you INR  10,000. Call {033} 32618553 to book.

Roadend Farmhouse

Enjoy the cottages engulfed in a farming area and the neighbouring quaint village at the Roadend Farmhouse. The 5-acre property is well connected to the city through roads. They’ve also created a large manmade pond where you can go boating, fishing and even swimming if you’re a pro. The tarriff for the day is INR 950 per head. For a weekday, you have to pay for a minimum of 15 people and for the weekend, 30 people. 

Resorts

Bakrahat, P.O. Patharberia, Bisnupur, South 24 Parganas, Kolkata

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Picnic Obsessed

Still not satisfied? Well, we found an entire website dedicated to picnic spots around Kolkata {yes, that’s how obsessed Kolkata is with picnics!} Visit the Kolkata Picnic Spots website to look for the perfect location for you. Madhyamgram, Barasat, Falta, Baruipur — they cover it all!