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.
Life's A Picnic: Head To These Farms, Gardens & Bagan Baris Near Kolkata For The Perfect Weekend Day Out
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 30km 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 6am to 6pm. Cough up extra and they’ll even bring out a music system and camp fire for the perfect bonfire party.
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. Located around 9km from Kolkata, the place is surrounded by gardens and a lawn pond-facing area that is beautiful in winter. 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 house, and the Icchamati river is only a couple of minutes walk from the premises.
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.
Enjoy the cottages engulfed in a farming area and the neighbouring quaint village at the Roadend Farmhouse, located 33km from Kolkata. The five-acre property is well connected to the city through roads. They’ve also created a large man-made pond where you can go boating, fishing and even swimming if you’re a pro. For a weekday, you have to pay for a minimum of 15 people and for the weekend, 30 people.
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!
Take a break from the city cacophony and enjoy some me time at Bawali. Located 35km from the city the place is a perfect picnic destination. You can take a stroll at the nearby villages, engage in fish farming or drop in at the highly-popular Bawali Rajbari.
Located by the banks of Hooghly river, Raichak is another must-visit picnic spot near Kolkata. Here you must visit the Raichak fort, a super luxurious hotel on its premises. The best part is that it gives you a royal feel of staying in a fort with all the modern amenities and luxury. They have a variety of activities including a good swimming pool.
Located 63km from Kolkata, Deulti is perfect for a sudden weekend gateaway. Replete with coconut trees, mud roads, thatched roofs and pristine fishing ponds, the place is a perfect picnic spot where you can eat, have fun or simply admire the greenery. You will also enjoy a stroll along the narrow clay path cutting through the paddy field that will lead you to the bank of river Rupnarayan.