Digha is indeed the popular tourist destination of West Bengal. Located at Purba Medinipur, Digha has earned the title, “Brighton of the East”, especially for its famous English beach resort. Digha has risen to the level of limitless popularity owing to several reasons, but the prime factor is its road accessibility from Kolkata, and even by rail, with the conditions being normal, that is in zero lockdown phase, as caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
Since COVID19 has worsened the conditions, so transportations had to suffer a setback. Still, for an effective change, a road trip is what you need to forget the blues of the pandemic-driven times. A peaceful and brisk walk along the New Digha beach, the revitalizing sea breeze, visiting the shops at old Digha, and relishing the fried fish snacks on the promenade, – are all you need for refreshing your mind. Above all staying at one of the best budget as well as family-friendly hotels in Digha, which did reopen its doors to meet and greet the guests, post the pandemic lockdown, with strict pandemic measures will add to your excitement in visiting Digha.
Recently, making way to Digha has become much smooth owing to the greatly improved roadways and highways. Although this matter is known to one and all yet driving by roadways will take you four hours for covering the roughly 200 kilometers between Kolkata and Digha.
Of course, the easiest route is crossing the Vidyasagar Setu, which is the second Hooghly Bridge and taking the Kona Expressway, and then heading on to NH16 till you have reached Kolaghat. Now from this spot, you have to turn left on NH116 and keep driving on towards Nandakumar. Right from here, taking the right turn will lead you to the state highway that will lead you straight to Digha, after passing Contai or Kanthi, and Ramnagar. You might stop here to eat breakfast, or else, rarely do they stop at Mecheda.
If you are not willing to or else unwilling to make use of your personal vehicle, then you can well use the frequent and regular buses from the Esplanade bus depot in Kolkata. Buses are even departing from the No.6 bus terminus in Garia, as well as from Kudghat, Howrah, and Barrackpore. For your convenience, you have to check the timings in advance.
As soon as you have reached Digha, then you can easily go for day trips to the beaches of Shankarpur, Tajpur, Udaipur, and Mandarmani. Even the Chandaneswar Shiv Temple as well as the Talsari beach in Odhisa, which is right across the Bengal-Odhisa border. Added to it, the other tourist attractions include the Digha Science Centre Park, Amravati Park, and the Marine Aquarium and Research Centre.
The lockdown rules are being minimized, but it does not mean self-precautionary measures are to be ignored. By no means, can you ever forgo safety like wearing masks and using hand sanitizers. For your own need, carry enough masks and hand sanitizers when you are on your road trip to Digha. At the same time, before heading towards the beach town, you must be vaccinated, as per the Government rules.