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 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. 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. 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.
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 spread 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.
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. The 5-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!