RIVER­SIDE REVELRY

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

AS MUCH AS Kolkata’s heat and dust have us yearn­ing for the hills, the clos­est hill sta­tion doesn’t make a sen­si­ble week­end get­away ow­ing to the dis­tance. But if you’d still like a pleas­ant break from the city life, head to Raichak On Ganges.

The small river­side town is home to twin re­sorts, Ffort Raichak and Ganga Ku­tir, which can be quite pleas­ant even at this time of the year (if it’s not, there is al­ways the pool to chill in). De­signed like a fort with a fancy tale about star crossed lovers who lived there, Ffort Raichak with its Flem­ish and Dutch ar­chi­tec­tural in­puts makes for fun get­away for chil­dren. The Anaya Spa man­aged by L’oc­c­i­tane, a swim­ming pool and a club en­sure that there is enough to do for chil­dren and adults alike.

The fort’s neigh­bour, Ganga Ku­tir is a clus­ter of pri­vate cot­tages by the river that make for a qui­eter stay. With a gym, a river­side walk­way, play area and two restau­rants, in­clud­ing the pri­vate din­ing room and Sonar Tori, the sig­na­ture Ben­gali cui­sine restau­rant, there is plenty to do here too.

But if hol­i­day for you means a space to just be, a view of the Ganges or a pleas­ant river­side stroll when the even­ing breeze blows, can be enough for “a change of scene”. AT Raichak on Ganges, Raichak, South 24 Par­ganas TEL 40404040

PRICE Ffort Raichak Rs 8,999 on­wards, Ganga Ku­tir Rs 13,049 on­wards.

Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER Mod­els OINDRILA SARKAR, ANINDITA DEBNATH Make up by MALAY ROY SUMAN NATHWANI RE­SORT BY KHYATI SURAJIT DAS­GUPTA Clothes by Hair by Lo­ca­tion cour­tesy GANGA KU­TIR ARANYA Aces­sories by

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