Friday, 18 May 2018

PLACES OF INTEREST IN BANKURA AND PURULIA

Ajodhya Hills (Purulia- 250 km. from kolkata)

Ajodhya Hills
Ajodhya Hills is a hill located in the Purulia district of the state West Bengal, India. It is a part of the Dalma Hills and extended part of Eastern Ghats range. Highest peak of Ajodhya Hills is Gorgaburu. The nearby populated town area is Bagmundi.

It is a popular place for young mountaineers to learn the basic course in rock climbing. There are two routes available to reach Ajodhya Hills. One is via Jhalda and the other one is via Sirkabad. There is a Forest Rest House here. Gorgaburu (855 m), Mayuri etc. are of the some of the peaks of Ajodhya hills range.

The area forms the lowest step of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The general scenario is undulating land with scattered hills. The area around Bagmundi or Ajodhya Hill is an extended plateau. Gorshabru, the highest peak of the Ajodhya Hills is situated at a magnificent 2850 feet.
Ajodhya Hills
Nearby attractions: A trip to the Mayur Hill will provide a spectacular panoramic view of the entire range of Ajodhya Hills. You can also visit the Murra Buru Hill (Pakhi Pahar), which has some beautiful rock paintings of birds. Incidentally, Pakhi Pahar is a great spot for birdwatching and is the natural habitat of peacocks. Heavily forested, these hill tracts are home to leopards, deers, wild boars and numerous birds. You can make a visit to Charida Village to see the artisans working on the beautiful Chow Masks or visit the tribal village of Dowri Kahal to see the tribal mud houses decked with colourful wall paintings. If you have a few days to spare, then you can make a day visit to Muruguma Dam, Rajrappa or Dalma Pahar.

Best visit time: During September to March Ajodhya Hills get a chill in the wind and clear skies. Specially, February and March puts a vibrant show of Palash flowers and early October gives a show of Kash phool. 

Biharinath (Bankura- 249 km. from kolkata)

Biharinath
Biharinath is the tallest hill of Bankura District, in the Indian state of West Bengal., and one of the dense forest areas of the district. It is a part of the Eastern Ghats. It is 451 metres (1,480 ft) high. It is situated about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-west of Bankura town and 14 kilometres (9 mi) north-east of Saltora town.

Biharinath is known as the Araku Valley of West Bengal. The base of hill is a popular tourist spot. A small tank measuring 0.50 ha provides facilities for angling. There is an old Shiva temple of Biharinath nearby.

Biharinath offers a pollution-free green surroundings where water is panacea. This place has hills, dense forests with abundant flora and fauna, spring, water bodies, Damodar River, and a renowned Shiva temple. Susunia hill, Joychandi Pahar, Garh Panchkot, Baranti, Panchet Dam, and Maithon Dam are all located at short distances.Government of West Bengal has already taken a 150 crore mega tourism project for Biharinath. Another popular attraction Biharinath dham and a small tank located at the foothill.
biharinath
Nearby attractions: Ureshwari Temple located to the West of the Biharinath Hill. The Binodpur Dam and Joychandi Hill (where Satyajit Ray's Hirak Rajar Deshey was shot) is also located nearby. Boranti Lake is located just 15 kms from Biharinath.

Best visit time: There is no definite time of visiting this destination, as the place attracts tourists throughout the year. If you love palash flower then February/March should be the ideal season. 

Bishnupur (Bankura- 151 km. from kolkata)

Bishnupur
Bishnupur is a town and a municipality in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is famous for its terracotta temples and the balucheri sarees.

Bishnupur was ruled under the Gupta period by local Hindu kings who paid tribute to Samudra Gupta[citation needed]. Following a long period of obscurity, where the land oscillated between being a minor independent principality and a vassal state. The land is also called Mallabhum after the Malla rulers of this place. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place. The terracotta temples here are the best specimen of the classical style of Bengal architecture. The legends of Bipodtarini Devi are associated with Malla Kings of Bishnupur.

Bishnupur (the distance from Kolkata is 132 km), now the headquarters of the subdivision of the same name in Bankura district, is a seat of crafts and culture.

For almost a thousand years it was the capital of the Malla kings of Mallabhum, of which Bankura was a part, till their power waned during the times when Mughal Empire weakened under the last monarchs of the dynasty.

The patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors Raja Raghunath Singha Dev and Bir Singha Dev made Bishnupur one of the principal centres of culture in Bengal.Most of the exquisite terracotta temples for which town is justly famous were built during this period.

Mrinmoyee tample of kings is treated as a valuable historic place.

Apart from the unique architecture of the period, Bishnupur is also famous for its terracotta craft and its own Baluchari sarees made of tussar silk.

Royal patronage also gave rise to Bishnupur Gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music in late 18th-century and the Bishnupur school of painting.

Detail of terracotta relief from the Rasmancha

Terracotta plate found in Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal, India

Terracotta temple found in Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal, India Since 1997, the temples of Bishnupur is on UNESCO World Heritage Site's Tentative list.
Bishnupur
Nearby attractions: You can visit Siddheswar Siva temple at Bahulara (25 kms from Bishnupur), the 900 year old Saileswar temple (8 kms from Bishnupur), the Panchmurah Village (10 kms from Bishnupur) where the famous terracotta statues are made and the riverside resort of Mukutmanipur (82 kms from Bishnupur). Bishnupur is also famous for Baluchari saris, so look for some shops that sell good baluchari saris. Traditional version of these saris is woven with Ramayana and Mahabharata images. If you are willing to buy some terracotta stuffs then visit the shops or visit Bankura for the famous terracotta horses.

Best visit time: Usually throughout the year but if you want to attend the Bishnupur fair, then you must go sometime between 23rd and 27th of December. Snake festival takes place in August, which is also very popular here. So, it is suggested to enjoy this place during winters. 

Baranti (Purulia- 265 km. from kolkata)

Baranti
Boranti or Baranti is a beautiful village surrounded by hills and lakes just 265 kms away from Kolkata. Baranti is a small, quiet and scenic place. There is a 2 km long irrigation project dam, located between two small hillocks, Muradi Hill and Baranti Hill. Baranti is in the vicinity of Ramchandrapur Irrigation Project. One gets a grand view of the reservoir from Baranti.

It is a place where one can take a break from drudgery and daily monotony and simply rejuvenate one's mind and soul. It is part of the wonderful Rarh countryside.

The meandering village roads lead to nearby a forest, which is home to trees like teak and mahua. Boranti is the best place to shed off your stress. You can take nature walks along the Murardi Lake or through the forests and see the sun going down over the hills and lake. Nature is abundant in Boranti.
Baranti
Nearby attractions: You can also visit the famous Joychandi Hills just 21 kms away – this is the site where Satyajit Ray's 'Hirok Rajar Deshe' was shot. Other nearby attractions include Maithon Dam (39 kms) Kalyaneshwari Mandir (40 kms) and Susunia Hills (42 kms) from Boranti.

Best visit time: The rains in the forests of Baranti is beautiful and so are the winters when migratory birds visit Baranti. The blooming of Palash flowers in February is also a spectacle in Baranti. 

Chechuria (Bankura- 170 km. from kolkata)

Chechuria
The Chechuria Eco Park is located at a distance of 170 km from Kolkata and 26 kilometers away from Bishnupur, which is the prime tourist location in Bankura. It has a large water body and has lots of area where small children can play to their hearts' content. It has arrangements for boating as well. The forest department has built this wonderful tourist destination of late. In short, the Chechuria Eco Park can be described as a fantastic getaway spot for people tired with their daily lives. When one walks in the midst of the park one will hear the pleasant chirping of birds and lots of trees, something they are not accustomed to in the big cities.

The eco-sanctuary itself is a great place to see so many natural aspects.

You can enjoy some get together or a picnic in the picnic spot of the eco sanctuary. Plus, you can opt for boating in the huge water body or take a stroll inside the sanctuary and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature as well as fresh, pollution-free air.
chechuria
Nearby attractions: If you want you can take a trip to the town of Bishnupur and enjoy some great attractions there.

Best visit time: Throughout the year. 

Duarsini (Purulia - 393 km. from kolkata)

Duarsini
Grab the opportunity to blend with nature in Duarsini, where you will find small hilltops covered with forests. Here you see a variety of trees like Shal, Teak, Mahua, Pial, Kusum, and Bahera. The beauty of the mountain river Satgudum leading to the tribal villages will enchant you. The adventure waiting for you in the forest will definitely make your weekend worth spending in Duarsini.

In Duarsini, you can travel to the various tribal houses in their villages, of course guided by some local. In the jungle you can even spot some wild animals. In the evening you can also sit in your bungalow and enjoy the sound of drums coming from the tribal villages.

The major attraction of this place is the villages of tribals like Santhal, Munda, Shabaradh, and Kheriya. Then the jungle is another interesting place to visit, where you see wild animals like bears, wild pig, and herds of elephants, hyena, and wolf, along with some known and unknown birds that can be seen here.
Duarsini
Nearby attractions: Galudi is a place that can be visited from Durasini, and from Galudi you can further travel to its nearby destinations. Another place is Bhalo Hills, which is some 3 km from Duarsini. Here you can see remnants of the culture of some past civilization.

Best visit time: The jungles are safe throughout the year except the rainy season. 

Garpanchakot (Purulia - 256 km. from kolkata)

Garpanchakot
Garpanchkot features a number of sites having historical values. You can visit the remains of ancient palaces of kings, who used to rule the region. The site also houses the Temple of Pancharatna, the very name from which the name of the place has been derived. Lake of Murarodi also offers some spectacular views of the surrounding.
Garhpanchakot
Nearby attractions: The Panchet Dam one of the largest earthen dams with concrete spillway is a couple of kilometers from the resort. The beautiful 4,232 square mile lake formed due to the dam is a splendid place for a boat ride. Another popular touristic area is the Maithon Dam just 22 kms. from Garpanchkot. This 25 square mile reservoir has also been created by a 4700 m long and 50 m high dam on Barakar River. Few other interesting and scenic nearby destinations are the Joychandi Hills, Murardi lake.

Best visit time: You can visit the place any time of the year. However, rainy season makes it lush green. 

Joypur Forest (Bankura - 140 km. from kolkata)

Joypur Forest
Joypur (community development block) (also spelled Jaypur, Jaipur) is an administrative division in Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Joypur police station serves this block. Headquarters of this block is at Joypur.

This is a dense forest of 120 square kilometers with a watch tower to catch a glimpse of the greenery and the spotted deer – Cheethals. You would also find a good population of birds here – especially parrots. The forest vegetation mainly comprises Sal and Teak with few other trees like Amla and Bahera. Occasionally, during winters, you would also find wild elephants crossing the forest area.
Joypur Forest
Nearby attractions: The major attraction near Joypur Forest is the temple town of Bishnupur in Bankura District. Located just 14 kms ahead of Joypur Forest, this 17th century town of Bishnupur is dotted with terracotta temples and historical buildings all around. Some of the famous temples of Bishnupur are the Rasmancha, which is the oldest brick temple built by the legendary king Beer Humbeer in 1600 AD, the Pancha Ratna Temple built in 1643 AD built by King Raghunath Singha, the Jor Bangla temple built in 1655 AD by King Raghunath Singha Dev II, the Madanmohan Temple built in 1694 AD, the Lalji Temple built in 1658 AD and Nandalal Temple built in 17th century. All these temples built by Malla Kings were dedicated to Lord Krishna. However, the show stealer is the famous 3.8 meter long Dalmadal Cannon with a muzzle diameter of nearly 30 cms. which is said to have been used by the Malla Kings against the Marathas. You can also visit some of the temple ruins located around Bishnupur like the infamous Gumghar (torture chamber) of Malla Kings, the Lal Bandh lake, the Pathar Darwaja (main gateway of the town) and the Nutan Mahal.

Best visit time: You can visit Joypur Forest throughout the year. Here, winters are best for birdwatching and the rainy season covers the entire jungle in a lush greenery. 

Muruguma (Purulia - 375 km. from kolkata)

Muruguma
Muruguma is a tribal village. It is situated on the boundary of Purulia and Jharkhand.

You can explore the nearby forest and catch a glimpse of the resident foxes. You can while away your time in the tents by chatting with people. You can also enjoy the campfire in the resort premises and the traditional dance performed by the tribal villagers for entertaining the tourists.
Muruguma
Nearby attractions: Kenkechi Hill is the nearby attraction of this tribal village. You need to cross a small mound and then walk along a village road to reach the hill. On your left side, you will find a beautiful lake known as Muruguma Lake.

Best visit time: The winter season is ideal for those who want to enjoy chilly nights. When you visit this place during the winter season, make sure you bring sufficient warm clothes as the temperature after sunset hovers around 5 to 6 degree Celsius and at night, it drops down to 3 degree Celsius.

Mukutmanipur (Bankura - 335 km. from kolkata)

Mukutmanipur
An escape to serenity is what describes Mukutmanipur perfectly. A weekend in this beautiful place is full of ultimate relaxation. With hills and forests surrounding a huge water body that changes its color in different seasons, Mukutmanipur is the right place for those who are looking for some adventure along with relaxation. Nestling at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, Kumari and Kangsabati, Mukutmanipur is located in Bankura district of West Bengal, India. It is located at the confluence of the Kangsabati and Kumari rivers close to the Jharkhand border.

This picturesque town of Mukutmanipur is a perfect place to leisure around. A small boat ride in the river is an excellent idea to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the surrounding. Moreover, a visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park can help you see some rarest of seasonal bird species. Savor the local Bengali cuisines served at many eateries of the place. Enjoy drinking the authentic date juice, if you are visiting Mukutmanipur in winter.
Sabuj Bon
Nearby attractions: Among some nearby places of attraction are the palace of King Raicharan, Parshwanath Tila and the Statue of Pareshnath. Pareshnath Hills have quite a number of stone statues on top of it. Another very important landmark near Mukutmanipur is Ambikanagar which is a very old centre of Jain culture. You can make a trip to Jhilimili from Mukutmanipur, another attractive tourist spot. Cradled in nature's bounty, the natural beauty of Jhili mili offer feast for the eyes. The place attracts hoards of tourists every year.

Best visit time:
You can visit Mukutmanipur during anytime of a year. During the monsoon (July and August) the lock gates of the dam generally remain open. 

Susunia (Bankura - 203 km. from kolkata)

Susunia
Susunia is a hill of southern West Bengal, India. It is known for its holy spring, its natural beauty, its rich flora and the rock faces on which many of the famous mountaineers of this region started their journey. It is one of the rich reserves of medicinal plants. Susunia is a part of the Eastern Ghats and is situated at the north-western part of Bankura District.

The main attraction of Susunia hills is a stone edict that belongs to the period of Raja Chandra Varma. It is believed that Susunia hills once had the fort of the Raja. Moreover, the Gandheswari River flowing down the hill is another great place to watch out for. The mighty Susunia hill boasting a height of about 1500 feet is a wonderful site of historical inscriptions, by Raja Chandravama. The hill is also a renowned archeological site, yielding Stone Age tools. Susunia Hill is also a noteworthy site for tourists, who visit the destination to see "Dhara" (Natural Spring) & Silislipi.

You can also visit the other notable temples of Bankura, while touring Susunia, which include Gokul Chand Temple, Saileswar Temple, Temple of Radha Damodar Jew, Temple of Ratneswar and Temple of Shyam Sunder.
Susunia
Nearby attractions: The other major tourist attractions of Bankura District like the terracotta temples of Bishnupur and the Kansabati Dam at Mukumanipur can be visited from Susunia. Biharinath Hill, which lies on the north of Saltora Block is also nearby. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from Bankura Town.

Best visit time: Throughout the year. 

Garh Darwaja (Bankura)

Garh Darwaja
Garh Darwaja is a terracotta gateway situated in Bankura near Bishnupur, a destination famous for its terracotta masonry. Built during the rule of the Malla Kings, this gateway is also known as the Chota Patthar Darwaja or Small Gateway of Bishnupur.

Found overlooking the famous Radhakrishna Lalji Temple, Garh Darwaja is an arched terracotta structure with a plain exterior. At a short distance from this gateway lies another gateway which is larger in size and is known as the Bara Patthar Darwaja or Main Gateway of Bishnupur. Currently this gateway is not protected by the ASI and is thus not well maintained. Tourists can also do shopping for terracotta pottery, artefacts, jewellery and Balucheri saris close to this site.
Garh Darwaja
Nearby attractions: While visiting Garh Darwaja, one can also visit Gum Garh Execution Site, Bada Pathar Darwaja and Radhakrishna Lalji Temple, which are located nearby.

Best visit time: The best time to visit is during the annual four day Bishnupur Mela held around the last week of December. 

Krishna-Balaram Temple (Bankura)

Krishna-Balaram Temple
Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir is a Gaudiya Vaishnava temple in the holy city of Vrindavan. It is one of the main ISKCON temples in India and internationally. Spiritual seekers and particularly devotees of Krishna from all over the world are seen here year-round, adding new color and life to this ancient holy city.

Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir was built in 1975 on the orders of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Even today, it is regarded as one of the most popular temples in Vrindavan.
Krishna-Balaram Temple
Nearby attractions: Radha Syamasundar at the temple on Radhastami and Samadhi Mandir, Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON, Vrindavan.

Best visit time: You can visit any time of the year. 

Amarkanan And Koro Hill (Bankura)

Amarkanan and Koro Hill
Koro hill with a height of 400 feet is a popular tourist spot, located at a distance of 19 km from Bankura. There is also a temple of Savitri Devi on the top of the hill. Amarkanan is a village, developing into a semi-town, located at the foot of Koro Hill.
Amarkanan And Koro Hill
Nearby attractions: Attraction of Amarkanan is Sri Ram Krishna Seva Dal Ashram.Established by Sri Gobinda Prasad Singha, a zamindar and a GAndhian freedom fighter, this Ashrama was vsited by famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Kazi Nazrul Islam,Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Satish Dasgupta etc.

Best visit time: You can always be visited throughout the year. 

Siddheswar Temple (Bankura)

Siddheswar TempleSiddheswar Temple
Siddheshwar or Siddarameswar also known as Siddhram was one among the five acharya of Lingayat (Veerashaivism). Siddheshwar was a great contributor to Lingayatism religion. He was a great mystic and a Kannada poet who was a part of Basavanna's Veerashaiva revolution during the 12th century. His philosophy was one of service to mankind, the path of karmayoga. Siddarama was instrumental in saving the vachana literature from destruction.

Siddharama (c.1150) claimed to have written 68,000 vachanas out of which only 1379 are available. Along with Basavanna, Allama Prabhu, Devara Dasimayya and Channabasava, Siddharama is regarded as the most acknowledged and respected poets. Vachanakaras wrote in the genre of Veerashaivas, under Kannada literature from the mystic period. He shares the world view of other vachana poets in his rejection of blind conventions of caste and sex discrimination and emphasis on realization through personal experience. He too borrows Metaphors from diverse spheres of everyday life. Apart from vachanas,he has written several devotional works in tripadi. writing three-line verse, used from the 7th century.
Siddheswar Temple
Nearby attractions: You can visit the Shri.Siddheshwar Temple (Lake view) And Temple In Side View.

Best visit time: Throughout the year. 

Joychandi Pahar (Purulia)

Joychandi Pahar
Joychandi Pahar is a hill which is a popular tourist attraction in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is three kilometres from the subdivisional town of Raghunathpur, Purulia district. It is on the Purulia – Barakar road, is a popular tourist centre and major attraction for rock climbing. Joychandi Pahar railway station is on the Asansol – Adra section of South Eastern Railway, in the state capital of Kolkata. The other rock climbing centre nearby is at Susunia Pahar.
Joychandi Temple
Nearby attractions: Joychandi pahar, Inside view of the Joychandi Pahar Railway's station, Joychandi Matar Mandir, Hanuman Mandir in the Joychandi Mountain.

Best visit time: You can always be visited throughout the year. 

Deulghat (Purulia)

Deulghat
Deulghat, keeping up to its name, is the place where there are sanctuaries. The spot is home to around 15 sanctuaries close to the Kansai River. The cunningness striking construction modeling of the sanctuary, combined with elegant carvings, is one of the prime reasons why Deulghat is one of the most loved spots to visit in Purulia. The sanctuary mirrors the customary society of the contemporary individuals. Despite the fact that there is only demolishes left in the sanctuary, Deulghat still keeps on being a vital visitor focus. Deulghat is considered as a place where there are sanctuaries. The spot is home to give or take 15 sanctuaries that are near to the Kansai River. This district is known for the structural planning and the many-sided nature in carvings and enhancements in its sanctuaries.


Saheb Bandh (Purulia)

Saheb Bandh
A 50-section of Land Lake, Saheb Bandh acts like one of the perplexing areas in Purulia. Discussing the historical backdrop of the spot, it is accepted to have been fabricated amid the mid-19th century. It is accepted that convicts, at the impelling of Colonel Tikley, burrowed this water body. They began the procedure in the year 1843. It took five years for the water body to be built. Today a wonderful and mesmeric area, Saheb Bandh additionally goes about as a provisional home for transient feathered creatures. Amid the transitory season, feathered creatures fly from Baluchistan, Siberia and different places in Europe, to the spot. In this way, for birdwatchers, Saheb Bandh is a perfect retreat. 


Cheliama (Purulia)

Cheliama
One of the well known visitor spots in Purulia, Cheliama is a heaven for students of history and archeologists, because of its rich history. The town has leftovers of the contemporary progress of the 17th century. The terracotta dolls and selective carvings around the sanctuaries of the locale vouch for the way that the town had been a vital point of interest amid the yesteryears. Aside from this, the surely understood Radha-Govinda Temple in Cheliama pulls in mass of travelers and is a central spot, delineating the Bengali society pervasive in the contemporary period.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

PLACES OF INTEREST OF BURDWAN AND BIRBHUM

Bakreshwar (Birbhum- 230 km. from kolkata)

Bakreshwar is a town in the Suri Sadar subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited is located some distance away from the town.

Shrouded with sheer serenity, the main attraction of this place is the famous hot spring, which is a must visit for all. You can find a number of hot springs in the region, the temperature of which varies from 42 degree to 65 degree. Each hot spring is bestowed with individual names. You will also find a temple of Lord Shiva, located just beside the hot spring. You can locate some other temples as well in the area.

Nearby attractions: You can also visit Massanjore if you can afford some extra time, as the distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is 40 km. Bus services and rented cars are also available to facilitate the tourist in reaching Massanjore and Bakreshwar Dam.

Best visit time: Though Bakreshwar invites tourists all through the year, but the ideal seasons for visiting the place are monsoon, winter and spring.

Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary (Birbhum- 172 km. from kolkata) 

Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary (popular as Deer Park) was established in 1977. This wooded area is located near Santiniketan in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Birdwatching and wildlife watching is the major activity at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. You can take long walks in the well laid out jungle paths and watch the blackbucks and spotted deer in their natural habitat. You can spend some time in the early hours of the day in the watch towers near the tanks (Jheels) and enjoy birdwatching. The Sanctuary is a great place to take a nature walk. There are few tribal villages in the eastern fringes of the sanctuary where you can explore village life. Sightseeing in other popular destinations around Bolpur like Shantiniketan, Kopai, Khowai, Sonajhuri and Kankalitala can also be enjoyed.

Nearby attractions:The main attractions of this sanctuary are the blackbuck deer and spotted deer. There is also a huge tract of wetland created by the three water bodies (Jheel) which hosts thousands of migratory birds in winter like Lesser Whistlings, Pintails, Teals, etc. The sanctuary is also home to a healthy population of resident birds like Black Hooded Orioles, White Bellied Treepies, Commorants, Hoppoes, Egrets and others.

Best visit time: The whole sanctuary is drenched in greenery during the rainy season when the new leaves come out from every branch. The deer seem to enjoy the rains most and spend their days soaking. The winter sees thousands of migratory birds nesting in the water bodies and marshlands of the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Beloon Eco Village (Burdwan- 175 km. from kolkata)

Beloon Eco Village is located in Bardhaman District just 175 kms from Kolkata.

While in Beloon Eco Village, you can take a walk on the lush grasslands, alongside River Shibai and watch migratory and local birds frolicking the whole day. You can take a bullock cart ride to roam around the entire village and pluck some garden fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm and enjoy them. But the best thing to do in Beloon Eco Village is to sit idle and watch the boats crossing the Shibai River.

Nearby attractions:Beloon Eco Village is very near to Choto Pukur, which is a wetland, where animals and migratory birds like White-throated Kingfisher, Bramhiny Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Wooly-necked stork frequent in thousands every year. Just 15 km from Beloon Eco Village is Attahas which is famous for being one of the "Satipith" pilgrimages of Hindus.

Nayachar, some 20 km from Beloon Eco Village, is an island on the River Ganges, where many wildlife species and migratory birds inhabit. There is a village named Musharu, which is popular for being the home of the venomous cobras, who are worshipped here as deities. Hence this village is also called Snake Village.

Best visit time:
Depending on the activities that the tourists are interested in, Beloon can be visited all throughout the year.


Bhalki Machan (Burdwan- 135 km. from kolkata)

 The main attraction of Bhalki Machan is a huge man made lake amidst dense vegetation. While visiting the place you will feel excited to learn that the very site was the game reserve of the erstwhile Zamindars. They used to build watchtowers (machan) at one side of the water body and hunted wild animals using bows, arrows and guns. This has given the place its name Bhalki Machan.

While walking through the forest path, you will also find the remains of an age old watchtower, which is believed to be build by the ancient Zamindars. It is also said that there was a far-reaching tunnel built beneath this watchtower. It may be true for you can locate a partly filled hole at the site, though nothing can be concluded firmly. However, it can be said that these enchanting stories will surely enrich your holiday experience in Bhalki Machan.



Nearby attractions:Shantiniketan, Bolpur, Deul, Durgapur and Bardhaman are the nearby attractions of Bhalki Machan.

Best visit time: The site invites the tourist throughout the year.








Bubahat Neelkuthi (Birbhum- 290 km. from kolkata) 

Bubahat Neelkuthi, Birbhum DistrictBubahat Neelkuthi is the mystic and picturesque parish resort amidst the serene landscape what would have tempted W. B. Yeats to confer the term, "Land of Hearts Desire" in the village core that is the archetypal site to indulge in a mirthful exploitation of holidays. The rustic ambience of this village resort has a tattooed lure of alluring unconventional beauty of its own and thereby offers an ideal weekend escape for the tourists from the existential crisis of the mundane mortal life.

Amazement only becomes an epithet as the door to the other is opened and a breathtaking compilation of wide array of budding flowers and orchid is observed along the area. The nearby rustic streets which pave the way to village alleys and unheard of, unidentified destinations are only a minute's walk. Even the sunrise and sunset is an image to behold before the eyes especially on the side of Ajoy River and the popular Lakshmi Shayar Lake.


Nearby attractions: Bolpur, Shantiniketan, Durgapur, Deul and Bhalki Machan are some of the nearby attractions which you can visit within a couple of hours driving.

Best visit time:This village resort at Bubahat Neelkuthi welcomes tourist throughout the year. 





Deul Park (Burdwan - 165 km. from kolkata)

Nestled in the bank of River Ajoy, the Deul Park is highly famed as the treasured asset of the famous Gopraj Ishwar Ghosh, locally called Ichai Ghosh. The site boasts of its scenic landscape, offering the perfect ambience for enjoying a weekend tour beside Ajoy River.

The thick Garh forest in Durgapur presents a perfect backdrop for the winding Ajoy River, offering a visual splendor to the tourists. The area is also frequented by herds of elephants from Birbhum located nearby. The site of Kenduli Mela where hundreds of Bauls visit during the fair is situated on the opposite side of the river. Kenduli is the birthplace of the famous poet Jaidev and home to a number of age-old terracotta temples of Radha Madhav. You can also explore the Garh jungle and the historical site, where Icchai Ghosh was defeated in a war by Lausen. A visit to a huge tower made from bricks and a dilapidated temple will add a hint of adventure to your trip.

From Deul Park, you can visit the nearby Maa Shyamarupa mandir 4 km from Deul Park and 3.5 km from Muchipara-Shibpur Road. This terracotta temple houses 10 armed idol of Shyamarupa made of Marble stone, and was built more than 1000 years ago. 



Nearby attractions: You can also visit Shantiniketan, Bhalki Machan, Bolpur within a couple of hours from Deul Park by car.

Best visit time: Deul Park is suitable to visit all the year round, though it is better to avoid the monsoon. 






Purbasthali (Burdwan - 120 km. from kolkata)

Purbasthali is a village with a police station in Kalna subdivision of Bardhaman district. It is located 120 km north from Kolkata. Also known as Chupi Char, it lies on the banks of a large oxbow lake created by the Ganges river and is only 8 km from the old and holy town of Nabadwip. The 2–3 km long lake attracts migrants and water birds. The Purbasthali area has a fairly high level of arsenic in the ground water.

urbasthali lies close on the Tropic of Cancer. Purbasthali is a large block with a number of villages adjoining a large oxbow lake, created by the river Ganga, on its Western bank, in Burdwan district of West Bengal. It is 120 km north from Calcutta. On the Eastern bank of the river lies the old and holy town of Nabadwip. The entire Gangetic Isle complex of Purbasthali extends between the geographical coordinates from 88* 19' 45" to 88* 22' E longitude 23* 26' to 23* 26'45" N latitude.
 


Nearby attractions: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby.

Best visit time:
The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February.






Rasulpur (Burdwan - 96 km. from kolkata)

Rasulpur Park is only 90 minutes by car from Kolkata. Here nature-loving travellers can spend their weekends in one of the six cottages or deluxe rooms amidst greenery overlooking the largest lake of the park. The Nature Park itself is the main attraction of the area. It has seven lakes scattered all around. It has gardens, picnic zones, food courts, cultural performance area and children's park.





Nearby attractions: The most popular nearby attraction is Amadhpur. It is renowned for the fabulous Zamindar House, its adjacent lake (Dighi), the Thakur Dalan where Durga Puja is held every year, the terracotta temples, few ashrams with 300-year old Banyan trees.

Best visit time: You can visit the place at any time of the year. 


   

Sabuj Bon (Birbhum - 220 km. from kolkata)

Sabuj Bon is not located very close to Vishwa Bharati. You need to travel from Bolpur (Shantiniketan) station towards Vishwa Bharati by car. Take the first right turn and after crossing the railway track, drive for 12.5 kilometers to locate Sabuj Bon.

The Ajoy river offers a delightful backdrop to this Sabuj Bon, admired with amazing greeneries. You can explore this whole region of undulating landscape. Try to recognize the huge varieties of trees and flower in the region. Some notable trees are Nolinas, Cycus, Edenium, Mili, Obesum, Bogenvelia and Panthapadap.


Nearby attractions: If you have some extra time, pay a visit to Shantiniketan to enrich your travel experience.

Best visit time:
The best time to visit is the rainy season.  







  Shantiniketan (Birbhum - 212 km. from kolkata)

Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 160 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and meadows of lush green paddy fields. Rows of chhatim trees and date palms charmed him. He stopped to look, decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan (abode of peace). Shantiniketan became a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation and prayers. He founded an 'Ashram' here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj.

Here Rabindranath Tagore started Patha Bhavana, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. After he received the Nobel Prize (1913), the school was expanded into a university in 1921. By 1951, it had become one of India's central universities.  



Nearby attractions: Kankalitala, just 9 km from Santiniketan is a temple popular as a Satipeeth. Surul, located near Sriniketan, features temples decorated with terracotta carvings. You can also visit another Satipeeth at Labhpur-Fullara, just 30 km. from Santiniketan. Tourists also visit Nanoor, famous as the birthplace of the Sanskrit poet of the 14th century – Chandidas. Kendubillo is another destination, popular as the hometown of another renowned Sanskrit poet, Jaidev.

Best visit time:
You can visit Santiniketan at any time of the year.


Sonajhuri (Birbhum, santiniketan - 165 km. from kolkata)

The area is between the Shyambati Canal and the Sonajhuri jungle. With plenty of greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) this is an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life.

The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offers a serene atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region.



Nearby attractions: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore's "Abode of Peace" is just a kilometer from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn't miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or Rabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 kms from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti's Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby.

Best visit time:
You can visit Sonajhuri during any time of the year. But if you want to attend the Basanta Utsav and Poush Mela at Shantineketan, then you must visit Sonajhuri during the months of March and December respectively. Poush Mela is from 7th Poush to 10th Poush (according to Bengali Calendar) and Basanta Utsav is held on the day of Holi.


Supur (Birbhum - 191 km. from kolkata)

Supur, located at a distance of 14 km from Bolpur, is an ideal weekend getaway, which upholds the perfect blend of history and art.

Supur can well be termed as a temple town, as you can savor some impressive temple sites. The twin temple of Lalbazar area in Supur is truly noteworthy. These two magnificent temples located inside a walled complex offers visual ecstasy by its exotic architectural style, featuring the 'Rekh deul' style of Architecture belonging to the art school of Orissa. One of the temples is octagonal in shape, while the other is patterned in circlular fashion.

The octagonal shrine, especially features some extraordinary terracotta panels, on all the eight sides. Most of the panels depict some impressive carvings. For example, the most noteworthy carving is found above the main entrance, depicting Radha and Krishna. The panels are designed intricately attracting the visitors' eyesight. One of the panels depict an interesting feature of a man riding a lion. There is also a huge panel of goddess Durga with her family at the rear side of the temple.

You can also visit the ruins of the Suratheshwar Shiva temple, where you can find some ruined deities, pillars and couple of archaeological samples. 


Nearby attractions: You can y organize a tour to Shantiniketan, while making a trip to Supur from Bolpur. Shantiniketan is located at a very close distance from Bolpur. So you can easily hire a car to visit Shantiniketan.

Best visit time: You can visit Supur any time of the year.





 
Tarapith (Birbhum - 294 km. from kolkata)

Tarapith is a small temple town near Rampurhat in Birbhum district of the Indian state of West Bengal, known for its Tantric temple and its adjoining cremation (Maha Smashan) grounds where sādhanā (tantric rituals)are performed. The Tantric Hindu temple is dedicated to the goddess Tara, a fearsome Tantric aspect of the Devi, the chief temples of Shaktism. Tarapith derives its name from its association as the most important centre of Tara worship and her cult.

Tarapith is also famous for Sadhak Bamakhepa, known as the avadhuta or "mad saint", who worshipped in the temple and resided in the cremation grounds as a mendicant and practised and perfected yoga and the tantric arts under the tutelage of another famous saint, the Kailashpathi Baba. Bamakhepa dedicated his entire life to the worship of Tara Maa. His ashram is also located close to the temple.



Nearby attractions: The temple town of Tarapith is surrounded by many ancient shrines of Bengal which are equally significant and prominent for their historical and mythical past like Shaktipith in Nalhati and the birthplace of Byamakhapa in Atla village and nearby Gonpur forest.

Best visit time: The temple can always be visited throughout the year




Tumbani (Birbhum - 260 km. from kolkata)

Tumbani is another great place for spending the weekend, located in the border area of Jharkhand, near Rampurhat. Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Kalipahar forest on the other sides. And in the middle is the beautiful small Tumbani.

The perfect ambience of Tumbani located in the middle with the Kalipahar forest, Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Narayanpur Brahmani River surrounding it gives you the perfect setting for relaxation. You can also take a stroll along the banks of the river.




Nearby attractions: You can visit the holy place of Moluti, which is although located in a different state, is quite nearby.

Best visit time:
Throughout the year. 









108 Shiv Mandir Kalna (Burdwan)

A major attraction is the Nava Kailash or 108 Shiv Mandirs. Built in 1809, the temples are constructed in two circles. One consists of 74 temples while the other circle has 34. The former has white marble and black stone shivlingas, while the latter has only white marble ones. Due to its ingenious planning, all the shivlingas can be seen from the centre of the temple complex.

The most attractive temple in Kalna is the 108 Shiva Temple Complex. It was built by Maharaja Teja Chandra Bahadhur in 1809 to celebrate the transfer and ownership of the royal estate of Bishnupur. An architectural marvel, the temple structure is a combination of two concentric circles, each of which has small temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. These represent beads in a rosary and its walls depict episodes of Ramayana and Mahabharata and even hunting scenes.

The outer circle has seventy-four temples and the inner one has thirty-four temples, decided mythologically with auspicious considerations. It is also called the Nava Kailasha temple and each of these 108 temples has a Shiva linga. The lingas in the inner circle are all white (symbolizing good deeds), while half of those in the outer circle are black It is always preached that a human with his faith can connect to the Almighty through his sincere prayers and meditation. To attain solace, one needs to come over all worldly interests and wholly and solely dedicate his life towards the attainment of God. The same concept is being advocated through this, one of its kind, temple structure. The outer circle portrays the world we live in while the inner circle symbolizes the world with pure thoughts, attained by offering prayers to Lord Shiva.


Sarbamangala Mandir (Burdwan)  

The Sarbamangala Temple with Tarakeswar, Rameswar, Kamalaswar, Chandreswar and Mitraswar Shib Temples situated at D.N. Sarkar Road, Burdwan is an old religious institution which has been built by Maharaja Kirtichand in the year 1702 A.D. and since then the temple has become a holy place to the people of Burdwan as well as nearly Districts and States. Be it mentioned that the celebrated temple and the deity has same importance and popularity as like as Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith. Hundreds of devotees feel pride on taking the blessing of Mata Sarbamangala everyday.

It was Kirtichand Roy who build the main SARBAMANGALA TEMPLE with nine spires (NABARATNAS) sometimes around the first decade of EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The main temple is nearly 300 years old. The stone idol inside the "NABARATNA TEMPLE" is "MAHIS MARDINI" (Buffello killer) with "EIGHTEEN HANDS" (nine on each side) sited on a lion (SINGHABAHINI) in black granaite stone. As per the local myth, the idol was first observed by lime-makers inside a lime kiln. Having heard its sudden appearance of the idol antique-look the then raja ordered his men to bring the idol from the kiln and place it on a suitable site. Finally the deity was installed on a mound just on the bank of "BANKA RIVER", a tributory of river Damodar. At that time Banka was navigable with large tract of land on both sides. Subsequently the raja build a temple with nine well decorated spires. It is actually a two storied temple with horizontal cornices.Temples with horizontal cornices are not very common. Most temples have arch like bent cornices.First story has four spires and the second story with smaller base area has five spires. The main temple is South facing over-looking the Banka river. As it was a Durga idol with some antique values and revered by the rajas, the common people of Burdwan town and adjoining districts residents of raja the then "RAJBARI" (adjoining the Lakshminarayanji Temple). Within the Sarbamangala complex there are also two large Shiva temples (Chandaneswar and Indreswar) with terracota panel decoration. Raja Chitrasain had no issue, so after his death his two queens actually constructed these two large temple facing the Banka river. One of the temples have a very nice and large size Durga image on terracota panel set just above the entrance to this Shiva temple. As Chitrasain had no issue Trilokchand (the cousin of Kirtichand) became a successor of Chitrasain. A Shiva temple with Orrissan style five pinnacles is known as MITRASWAR and stands just opposite to the main Sarbamangala Temple and facing the idol of Sarbamangala. Mitrasain was the younger brother of Kirtichand. Trilokchand was Mitrasain's son. Two other Shiva temples, just facing the main Sarbamangala Temple was constructed by Tejchand, son of Trilokchand, in the 2nd decade of nineteenth century. It may be noted that Shivlingas are of white marbles as not as usual black stones.Just in front of the main temple of Sarbamangala there stands a specious square shapped "NAT MANDIR" . The main entrance of the temple complex is a two storied long structure with a big arch gateway facing East ward.
 

Burdwan University Golapbag Campus (Burdwan)

The Golap Bag, or the Garden of Rose, of Bardhaman, is a favourite tourist haunt. It is the Botanical and Zoological garden eastablished by the King Bijoy Chand Mahatab in 1884. Famous botanist Dalton Hooker came here and listed 128 types of trees. At present there are numerous mango, casuarina, eucalyptus, jaam and shimul trees in the garden. The University of Bardhaman also takes classes in the complex. Distance from railway station is about two and half km. A place of major tourist attraction situated at Golapbag. 
Burdwan Deer Park (Burdwan)

The Deer Park in Burdwan is a forest reserve that is noted for the number of deer housed in the park. Other attractions are tigers and a variety of colourful birds that add to the charm of the place. The end of the reserve forest is also the resting place of King Bijoy Chand Mahatab who founded the Garden of Rose or Golapbag. A guest house within the precincts offers visitors a comfortable overnight stay upon prior arrangement. 


Burdwan Meghanath Saha Planetarium (Burdwan)

The Meghnad Saha Planetarium was constructed by the famous Japanese Goto, an optical manufacturing company. It was built on 5.1 acres of land offered by Burdwan University and with the help of the Government of India and Japan as well as common people. The planetarium displays shows on the revolution of earth, the solar system and others in automatic exhibition. It was opened in 1994. Regular shows are conducted here.

Bardhaman have a planetarium named after India's scientist Meghnad Saha. It is the second planetarium of the state after Kolkata's "Birla planetarium".  


Burdwan Science City (Burdwan)

The Science Center is situated at Golapbag Road near Burdwan University. It has a science museum and a park. It offers insight into the animal kingdom, the environment, etc.

The Science Centre of Burdwan provides a lot of information on science. The game of moving balloons, balls, the magic of chemistry, the secret behind flying objects and others are displayed here.

In addition, discussion sessions and computer trainings are also organised. The Science Centre is a product of the joint effort by the Central Government, Government of West Bengal and the University of Burdwan.  


Krishna Sayar Park Burdwan (Burdwan)

Krishnasayar was built as a big lake in 1691 by the then king of Bardhaman, covering a total area of 33 acres. Earlier, there was a big bank surrounding the lake which is now present in bits and pieces. Krishnasayar has now been developed into a park and is very popular for boating and sightseeing.

The park also hosts a state level dance festival during the time of Holi and a fair that displays local handicrafts, that takes place from 1st January and continues for ten days. During this time only, an art exhibition, flower exhibition, poetry and story reading competition and folk song competition take place. The park also has an aquarium.

Eco Park located in Krishnasayar, Burdwan is one of the most popular parks with the best scenic view. At the centre of the park lies a huge lake that's surrounded by trees which is a charm in itself and the best spot from where one can take in the spectacular vista with the cool breeze from the lake engulfing you. The park which is open from morning till evening entails an entry ticket and is a refreshing place to be for adults and children alike. 


Siddheswar Temple Katwa (Burdwan)

Temple no.5 (Siddheshvara Temple) at Barakar, Burdwan district taken by J.D.Beglar in 1872-73. Beglar wrote, "Barakar…contains several very interesting ancient remains, in excellent preservation". Temple number 5, "...consists of a cell and an antarala, or vestibule. It does not appear to have ever had a mahamandapa in front. The object of worship is a lingam, placed in a great argha, 4 feet 7 inches in diameter. Besides this there are lying, in and out, statues and fragments, among which may be reckoned, Ganeca, a 4-armed female, a 4-armed male holding a sword and a trident in two hands, and some nondescript fragments.

Ichai Ghosh Temple Katwa (Burdwan)

This monument, although called 'The temple of Ichhai Ghosh' or 'Ichhai Ghosher Deul' in local language (Bengali), bears no mark of any deity placed there. This ancient brick built monument was built by the river Ajay in present Bardhaman district of West Bengal, probably during 7th century AD by Ichhai Ghosh, a fierce leader and a real hero of the local milkman community, who even challenged the then king of Gour (Bengal) and defeated him in battle and proclaimed himself as the king of the local area of 'Trishasthi' or 'Dhekur' within the state of Gour. This monument was probably built to commemorate his win over the king of Gour or may be it was built as a temple of the goddess 'Mother Shyamarupa'. Ichhai was dedicated to the deity, though no sign remained afterwards. This is a part of history also described in the 'History of Bengali Literature' epic 'Dharmamangal'.