It was one of those unplanned trips that just takes place on the spur of a moment. The trip was to get away from the monotony of the sapping work life. It was decided to take a trip on the sea shores of the sea that can be accessed locally from the city of joy. That well everybody’s guess is Digha and it was.
Tipped on the shore of East Midnapore it’s a 3 and half hour train journey from Kolkata. Well as for the journey in train if you want to pull back and have a nice cup of tea at a relaxed disposition then reservation is must. Although we took the liberty of not going for reservation along with my band of cousin brothers while getting on the high on this sudden trip. The typical guy thing that one expects in the age of youthful exuberance made up for the theme of our trip. Then you are on the way in a general train compartment where finding a seat is like gold dust! which we could muster with much hullabaloo and then you are in the wind (pun intended) along with a plethora of hawkers, excited low budget travelers and even Eunuchs asking for the money with their choicest words.
Well if you can make it exciting like the Tony Stark Fun vee then after that bit with a bonding you share with fellow passengers for a while you reach the much awaited station. Then the usual scene outside of the Indian tourist scene where all the cabbies, rickshaw pullers and even agents wait to grab a hold of the so called innocent tourists. If you can wrestle and show your skills of negotiation then you are out of that jeopardy.
Our band of brothers took the walking route for the hotel which we were looking to book a room on spot! After our road trek for half an hour in New Digha which is on the right side of the station a sharp divide with Digha on the left side we finally sneaked up on Hotel Tokyo Inn. Looks can be deceptive so can be the names, don’t expect a scent of Tokyo Drift or even the recent Wolverine movie based Hospitality based in the namesake city. The inn nevertheless is aptly clean and suited our standard as after all it was just a getaway trip, though travelers who are planning a trip with family make take the incentive of prebooking accommodation.
Then came our moment of defiance despite my mothers strict warring about not wetting our pants (literally) by getting into the so called murky waters of dangerous Bay of Bengal at Digha. Though we did the contrast and my heart was racing as Digha is really not the place to enjoy a sea bath as the boulders on the make it risky to both get in and out of the water. Injuries and drowning are more common place. Also the insane weather of monsoon in which we ventured makes it even more challenging though the so called sea adventurers or drunk junks makes for the splash as did we.
As for the food it’s really worth every imaginable budget though a bit skewed on the higher side as one may deem in a tourist spot. We asked for a thali of non veg which cost us about 100 bucks and was worth it. The taste buds will be delighted though for sure.
Last bit in the evening you can enjoy those dreamy walks with the sea wind gusting. Food from the shores in all local varieties is available on a platter to delight you. As for the drinks it flows but don’t dare to do it on a beach as like in Bondi beach else you are trouble with the cops.
As to be back in hotel be there by 10:30 for both pertaining to the hotel rules and your personal norms. Wandering in the dimly lit streets to late is not advisable especially in times of heavy tourist inflows. You can venture though for a quick visit to the Marine Aquarium free of cost and experience the underwater life or go to Old Digha or vice versa for the change. More time if you have then Shankarpur or Mandarmoni depending on your budget is advised.
We returned via road to see the alternate way by travelling on a bus. It was a tiring trip unlike the train journey. It cost us 5 hours and a severe headache back here though we experienced a new journey on the road. A stop at Kolaghata gives you a chance to refuel your supplies especially the appetite. The ultimately it’s all the way back to home sweet home.
P.S. Digha is a place to relax your mind especially with a bunch of friends. To stay out of trouble don’t booze much if not like me who relies on chocolate milk for energy. Stay away from both pimps and sexual fantasies from the prostitutes who loom large in the a bulging and upcoming flesh industry coming up. Rest is like Tony Stark’s so called Fun Vee near the Sea!
Mitrajit is a post graduate in Marketing from ST.XAVIER’S, Kolkata and a young professional with a passion for travelling and sports.