|Sub Division||Contai subdivision|
|Development Authority||Digha Sankarpur Development Authority (DSDA)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||WB-31xxxx , WB-32xxxx|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kanthi|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Ramnagar, Purba Medinipur|
Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in Purba Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach. It is a popular sea resort in West Bengal.
An English businessman John Frank Snaith started living here in 1923 and his writings provided a good exposure to this place. He convinced West Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy to develop this place to be a beach resort. An old church can be seen near the Old Digha Main gate. This place is also known as Alankarpur Digha. A new mission has been developed in New Digha which is known as Sindhur Tara which is beside Amrabati Park its a Church where it is possible to wish for the welfare of family and loved ones. The best way to visit is to book a local van rickshaw. There are so many place where one can travel which give mental refreshments, like Tajpur, Odisa Border, Science City etc.
Digha is located at. It has an average elevation of 6 metres (20 ft).
It is located 183 km (114 mi) from Kolkata/Howrah via Mecheda and 234 km (145 mi) via Kharagpur, this proximity has probably helped this small hamlet to emerge as a weekend getaway with number of hotels and tourist lodges. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Tamluk. Now many trains including Howrah-Digha Super AC express, Tamralipta express, Kandari express and EMU locals from Santragacchi via Mecheda and Tamluk run between Digha and Howarh and other stations in eastern India.It is also located under Contai Sub division.
Digha Mohana Coastal police station is located in Digha.
93.55% of the population of Contai subdivision live in the rural areas. Only 6.45% of the population live in the urban areas and it is considerably behind Haldia subdivision in urbanization, where 20.81% of the population live in urban areas.
Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.
There is a District Hospital near old Digha which provides good medical facilities. There is Contai Sub divisional Hospital and Sanjiban Hospital 31 k.m from Digha.
There are mainly five seasons in Digha, namely summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Summer starts in April and continues until June with a maximum temperature of 37 °C (99 °F). Although cold wind from the sea keeps the weather pleasant in this time. Next comes monsoon in July and lasts till the end of September. Digha generally experiences an average rainfall with high humidity in the monsoon season. Autumn sets in October and lasts till mid of December with an average temperature of around 25 degree Celsius. The weather remains very pleasant this time. Winter sets in the second half of December and lasts till mid February with an average temperature of 15/16 degree Celsius. The spring is the most enjoyable season in Digha starting from mid February to mid April. The hotels remain full of their capacity as tourist inflow is the highest in this peak season.
|Climate data for Digha (1981–2010, extremes 1982–2009)|
|Record high °C (°F)||32.9
|Average high °C (°F)||25.5
|Average low °C (°F)||14.0
|Record low °C (°F)||7.6
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||14.0
|Average rainy days||1.0||1.8||2.2||2.9||6.2||10.7||13.1||14.3||12.2||6.7||1.9||0.3||73.2|
|Average relative humidity (%) (at 17:30 IST)||68||71||74||78||79||81||82||82||81||77||71||67||76|
|Source: India Meteorological Department|
There is frequent bus service to Digha from Dharmatala, Baruipur Garia and Joka bus stand of Kolkata, Burdwan, Bolpur, Siliguri, Asansol, Kirnahar, Baharampur, Serampore, Tarakeswar and many other parts of West Bengal. Buses are available from Howrah as well, a connection has been made from Sealdah to Digha where a private bus arrives at 8:30 am throughout the week. It takes the shortest route from Sealdah connecting S.N Banerjee road, Taltala, Wellington, Dharmatala to Howrah station, it departs from Howrah Station within 5 min to Digha. Digha is connected to Kolkata Metropolitan Area with E17 (Barasat), E17/1 (Barasat), E19 (Habra), E19D (Dumdum station), E45 (Joka), E46 (Saltlake Karunamoyee), E54 (Sreerampore), E55 (Madhyamgram), E56 (Baduria), ACT5 (Barasat), ACT8 (Habra), ACT9 (Saltlake Karunamoyee), ST31 (Dharmatala) etc.
In 2004, train services have started for Digha railway station (Station Code : DGHA). There was a one DMU service from Santragachi railway station but it discontinued. Now there are three new trains from Howrah Station too.
|Train Name||Start <-> Destination|
|Tamralipta Express||HWH <-> DGH|
|Paharia Express||NJP <-> DGH|
|Super AC Express||HWH <-> DGH|
|Kandari Express||HWH <-> DGH|
|Puri Digha Superfast Express||Puri <-> DGH|
|Mecheda Local||MCA <-> DGH|
|Panskura Local||PKU <-> DGH|
Digha's old beach is not as wide as it used to be due to heavy soil erosion. Big stones and concrete steps are used to hold together the beach. Another problem is the record number of storm surges that have caused many of the unplanned shacks and smaller hotels to succumb to the sea. Since it is one of very few popular beaches in West Bengal, it gets overcrowded, especially during the cooler winter break.
A new beach has been developed "New Digha" which is about 2 km (1.2 mi) from the old beach. This new beach is not only bigger than the old one, but might be considered a better one. It is clean and well-maintained and is not surrounded by a congested locality like the older beach. The latest attraction of New Digha is the Science Centre established by the National Council of Science Museums. The entire stretch of the Digha seaface from Old Digha to New Digha is filled with casuarina plantations.
Places of interest
Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC)
It was established in the year 1989 during the Seventh Five Year Plan. The major objective of the Centre is to display the marine biodiversity of the region and impart its values to the common people and to carryout the research activities.
Lord Shiva Temple At Chandaneswar
This place is only 8 km (5.0 mi) away from Digha the century-old Temple of Lord Shiva at Chandaneswar, near Bengal and Orissa Border. Chandaneswar is part of Odisha. During the Bengali month of Chaitra, an annual fair is organised here. Nearly half million people and pilgrims visit the temple.
Shiva temple at Chandaneswar (in Odisha), 8 km from Digha
Jagannath deul, built in 1584, at Dihibahiri, off National Highway 116B
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