Sudipta and Sohini happens to be colleagues and travel buddies. Early this year Sudipta was planning a backpacking trip to North Bengal with a friend, and asked Sohini if she can join in. Not one to say no to a trip, Sohini agreed readily, setting off a series of trips, that followed over the next few months. Places they choose were mostly weekend destinations close to Kolkata.
Both the girls believe in spontaneity and set off with very minimal planning. They say “Locals are the most reliable guide you can ever have. Interacting with locals and soaking in the local culture are the most important ingredients of making your travel experience memorable.”
Having explored most of the weekend destinations nearby, this time they wanted to make the most of the sand and sea experience. They chose Bakkhali as their next stop for adventure. One fine Saturday morning they boarded a bus from Esplanade and it took them close to five hours to reach Bakkhali.
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Relationship: Colleagues & Travel Buddies
Destination: Bakkhali , West Bengal
Trip Expenses: ₹₹2000 per person
Hotel: West Bengal Tourism Hotel
● Henry’s Island
● Watch Tower
● Crocodile Park
● Paradise for fish lovers[/dropshadowbox]
After heavy lunch and a refreshing afternoon nap, they headed towards the beach, that was stone’s throw away from their hotel. By the time they reached the beach, people had already gathered for the sunset view. The first sight of the sea for a traveler is always magical. They admired the calm sea with gentle waves rolling down to the shore. They chose to spend the rest of the evening strolling the beach among the colorful stalls. Sudipta was dying to have some amazing seafood and looked around to find a food stall.
Soon, they spotted a van, selling a wide variety of fishes like pomfret, hilsha and jumbo prawns. The fish were being fried to the customer’s taste and sold steaming hot! Fried pomfret with mustard sauce, by the beach, along with a gentle sea breeze, made their evening perfect.
“Dada ebar ekta kore ilish bhaja deben”, said one of the girls, lusting as all Bengalis do, after the Hilsa. The way both kept ordering fish after fish, the theme of the evening was clearly gluttony. This happened to be one of the most delicious and fulfilling dinners that they had ever had. Sudipta jokingly remarked, “I don’t remember eating so much fish at a time in my entire life”. Coming from a Bengali, that is saying something.
The owner seemed really happy and promised to prepare a delicious “Crab Kasha” lunch on the next day for the girls. Bakkhali is undoubtedly a paradise for fish lovers.
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