Digha used to be the first call for someone who stays in or near to Kolkata or any other parts of Bengal, when he or she is looking for a sea beach in Bengal but time has changed and quite a few beaches has overtaken Digha in terms of serenity, calmness and beauty. Digha is still a favorite destination to many but it all depends. If one likes crowed, high waves, beach side snacks, water sports (latest addition) near to Kolkata then Digha can be a good destination.
Digha is segmented in 2 parts, i.e. New Digha and Old Digha. New Digha used to be less crowdy with pine forest along the beach but now everything is lost but still you would have a good time siting by the beach in the evening witnessing the sun setting down or getting into the waters with high waves in morning or noon. Old Digha has got more crowed comparatively. New Digha is nothing but the extension of the Old Digha. There is no night life in Digha and I would suggest to get into hotels when you find the beach is getting vacant and loosing tourists though there is regular patrolling by the police. Hawkers will be there trying to convince you with handicrafts and other products. You can easily avoid them. There are a huge number of hotels both in Old and New Digha but I would suggest you to book a good and popular hotel in advance. Tariff of popular and good hotels remains same throughout the year but low range and average hotels' tariff fluctuate as per demand and season. If you are looking for good service and hospitality, it is better to opt for good hotels because most of the hotels in Digha are not at all bothered about guests' hospitality. Please go through reviews and inquire about the hotel before you make a booking. There are many restaurants scattered along the main road and lanes serving Bengali dishes, Chinese, south Indian dishes. Cost of food and tariff of hotels varies from category to category but I would say it is reasonable in Digha and less costly than other beaches across West Bengal and India.
I would suggest you to walk long along the beach where you don't find crowd and can enjoy the beauty of nature and the serenity.
You can sightseeing several other spots from Digha such as Mandarmani, Talsari, Udaipur, Shankarapur, Chandaneswar Temple etc. You can hire a vehicle from Digha or take a motor van to wander around Digha. One can also visit the aquarium by the main road between Old Digha and New Digha.
There are regular bus service from Esplanade bus terminus (Dharmatala) at regular intervals. CSTC (Govt.) and private operators run AC and Non AC buses between Kolkata and Digha. There are Volvo buses too run by private operators. CSTC Non AC bus fare is around Rs.90 and AC bus fare is around Rs.250 while Volvo buses would cost you a bit higher, it is around Rs.400. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Digha from Kolkata by road depending upon the traffic. There is also train service between Howrah station (Kolkata) and Digha station. I would suggest to take a early morning bus from Esplanade so that you can reach Digha early and spend more time with waters. The first train to Digha from Kolkata reaches by noon. There are 2 Govt. bus stands in Digha, CSTC stand is in Old Digha and SBSTC bus stand is in New Digha. Cycle van or motorized van are the main mode of transportation across Digha if you don't have your own vehicle. There are buses too but tourists do not prefer.
Keep traveling and keep smiling. :)
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