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Sagar island lies in the Bay of Bengal about 100 kms away. This is the island where Gangasagar Mela, the largest fair in West Bengal, is held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti (mid January). The fair draws lakhs of pilgrims from all over India and is the 2nd largest after Kumbh mela. The spot where the Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal is considered sacred and people come to have a dip here.
How to reach Sagar
From Kolkata to Namkhana by bus (105km). Namkhana to Chemaguri by launch across the Muriganga. From Chemaguri to Gangasagar by bus (10km). also Kolkata to Kakdwip (85km) by bus, Kakdwip to Kachuberia by launch, Kachuberia to Gangasagar by bus (30km).
Planning a visit to West Bengal read through travelogues to plan your trip
The best time to visit West Bengal is October to March
October-March is relatively less humid and is the time of the 10 day Durga puja festival. Sunderbans is also opened at this time for visitors. In summers the temp goes to 38 degrees, and the humidity levels are very high. In winters the temperatures may fall to 10 degrees. Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is held in November.
The hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong is best visited from March to June. June to August is the rainy season here.