Bishnupur- The Oldest Terracotta Temple City of West Bengal

Bishnupur the old terracotta temple

The temples in Bisnupur withstood a ravage of time by reframing a model of descendants to a unique style of Eka-Ratna and detailed terracotta depicting epic stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Once, the lavish heritage was the capital of the Mallabhum kingdom established by Jaggat Malla, the ruler of the Malla dynasty.

The temples of Bisnupur

The traditional handloom ‘Baluchari’ Sarees, terracotta potteries and captivating art forms of artefacts will surely make you stunning. Let’s explore a town whispering the language of terracotta amidst innumerable architectures as a footprint of history.

History of Bishnupur

History of Bishnupur

In the glorious past of the Malla Dynasty, Bishnupur was also called ‘Vishnupur’ by the Malla rulers, as they were the followers of the deity of Vaishnavite. During the 17th and 18th centuries, they developed a substitute and a new way of beautiful craft for the architecture ‘Terracotta’.

beautiful craft for the architecture Terracotta

The engineering marvel of curved Bangla roof blended along the domes with multi-lobed arches displays the talent of the artists portraying crafted stories on local laterite stone and bricks, finding a special place in Bangla’s history. The noble heritage and proud culture of the style of music [Bishnupur Gharana of Hindustani Classical music] are still present.

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Places to Visit in Bishnupur:

Places to Visit in Bishnupur: terracotta art

The visit to The Oldest Terracotta Temple City of West Bengal gives an immense grandeur to their identity as a conveyor. Since 1997, most of the Bishnupur temples are maintained on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and are protected under the Archaeological Survey Of India [ASI]. The town blends with the great Utsav of The Bishnupur Fair held annually at Poush Mash in the Bengali Calendar.

great Utsav of The Bishnupur Fair

It gives a glimpse of Bengali Culture richness in traditional music and dance decors that venerates the heritage of West Bengal. Bishnupur provides a serene place to enjoy a day break in cultural heritage with a rich essence of the artefacts of terracotta. 

Chinnamasta Temple

divine shrine of Mata Chinnamasta

The most lively temple of Bishnupur stays crowded with regular devotees for the divine shrine of Mata Chinnamasta. The temple is almost 100 years old akin to the Goddess of Shakti depicts the most ferocious form of the Tantric Goddess. The deity has been engraved out of red desert sandstone with her separated head in the right hand and a sword in the left. The Guin family of Midnapore contributed to establishing the temple in the 19th Century with its decorated complex, which might have been renovated in recent years. The colourful shop around the street with the collection of local handcrafted artefacts will surely entice you to buy.

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Dalmadal Cannon

Dalmadal Cannon famous cannons of West Bengal

Dalmadal Cannon was one of the famous cannons of West Bengal mounted near the Chinnamasta temple. The cannon exhibits the bravery of the Malla rulers in defending Bishnupur from the invasion of the Marathas. The name ‘Dal Madal‘ means the destruction of the enemy. The huge size of the cannon cast with 63 wrought iron rings that didn’t rust with time also makes it the biggest one. It is around 3.8m in length and has a barrel of 28.6cm of the largest bore cannon that demonstrates the skills of Jagannath Karmakar. The protection of ancient wonder is necessary to understand the detailed history of the make and its prowess.  


 Rasmancha makes it individual architecture India

The unique design of Rasmancha makes it individual architecture to be found entirely in India. The pride of Bishnupur was established in 1600 by King Hambir Malla Dev to display all the local idols of nearby temples to worship in public during the festival of Ras Mela. The temple is built on a laterite plinth surrounded by hut-shaped turrets and has an unusual roof elongated as a pyramidal tower.

Rasmancha monument and protected by ASI

The most interesting feature of the structure is the passageways that form arches surrounding the main chamber of the sanctum. The present-day Rasmancha has been converted into a monument and protected by ASI. 

Visitors can buy a single-entry Bishnupur Temple ticket for Rasmancha and all other ASI-protected sites. 

Jor-Bangla Temple 

Jor-Bangla temple, also called 'Kestha Rai

The temple is famed for its ornate carvings of terracotta on the wall which depict the stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Hindu scriptures. The detail of the scriptures describing the scenes is so rich that royal hunting sights, musicians, Kamasutra and dancers narrate it visually.

ornate carvings of terracotta

Jor-Bangla temple, also called ‘Kestha Rai‘, has a typical roof that resembles the traditional ‘Chala‘ style of Bengal architecture, as if two village huts are put together side by side. The classic curved roofs of this pair of huts are called ‘Char-Chala Sikhara’. There is an idol of Sambhuja of Sri Chaitanya in one of its two huts, and the other serves as a porch.

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Radha Shyam Mandir

masterpieces works of the terracotta temple of Bishnupur

One of the masterpieces works of the terracotta temple of Bishnupur, dated back to 1758 is a popular place to visit. It was built during the reign of Malla King Chaitanya Singha and dedicated to Lord Radha-Krishna. The sanctum enshrines the image of Lord Krishna and Radha along with the likeness of Nityananda and Chaitanya in the sanctity.

unique triple-arched gateway

The superb terracotta carvings of floral patterns on the wall with a curved roof have a single tower that crowns the architecture. The aesthetic example of Ek-Ratna temple within an enclosure has a unique triple-arched gateway.

Lalji Temple

Lalji temple is a prominent terracotta temple of Bishnupur

Lalji temple is a prominent terracotta temple of Bishnupur in the Ek-Ratna style. It was constructed around 1658 CE under the reign of Malla King Bir Singha II. The temple is dedicated to Radha-Krishna consisting of ornamental stucco decorations bearing similar concepts of the earlier architecture. A square-raised plinth with descriptive decorated arches has a Char-Chala roof, and a shikhara on top of it is a typical feature.

The outer premises has a Pancharatna temple

However, the enclosure has a dance hall right in front and to the west is a minaret dedicated to Lord Raghunath. The outer premises has a Pancharatna temple of Kameswar Siva and two carts for Lord Raghunath and the other for Lord Lalji in the front of the gateway. 

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Gate of Old Fort

Pathar Darwaja constructed to protect the royals

Once, the large gateway was the main entrance of the Royal Kingdom of Bishnupur to the ancient fort. There are no remains of the fort in the present, but the two proud gateways denote their presence. It was also popularly known as Pathar Darwaja constructed to protect the royals from enemies. The huge terrace with double-storied galleries in the central passage had secret chambers to accommodate the army.

the large gateway was the main entrance of the Royal Kingdom of Bishnupur

The entire structure is built in laterite blocks to provide more strength and thermal insulation during the hot summer. The arrow slits on the wall allowed the archers and gunmen to defend themselves from the direct line of fire of the enemy. The Boro Pathar Darwaja is a perfect example of the Malla King’s war strategy.

Jor Mandir (Twin Temples)

Jor Mandir of Bishnupur has three temples in its complex

The eye-catching Jor Mandir of Bishnupur has three temples in its complex. The two temples are considerably big and the same in size as, compared to the third one. The three laterite temples are a popular example of the Ek-Ratna architecture style of a slanted roof surmounted by one shikhara. The most interesting fact to highlight is that all three temples were built during the same period of Malla King Gopal Singha in 1726.

the scenes of Krishna Lila and Ramayan as the artwork

As time has passed, the beautiful stucco artwork on the temple has washed away. Though the middle temple still adorns the scenes of Krishna Lila and Ramayan as the artwork, meanwhile, the rest two have a plain exterior. 

Nandlal Temple

Nandlal Temple is one of the seven Ek Ratna-style temples located in Bishnupur.

Nandlal Temple is one of the seven Ek Ratna-style temples located in Bishnupur. It is another terracotta temple made of rust-coloured laterite with a vast lawn on the way. In earlier times, the temple had stone carvings of different patterns and figures covered with stucco work on the wall.

At present, the structures moulded on the walls are mostly displaced and sold with the remaining washed out to a lower extent from the surface. It is not yet clearly known who built the temple, however, the archaeologists believe that the architectural style should belong to the 17th century. It also finds the most similarities in structurally with Radha Shyam Mandir. 

A Day in The Veil of Flowers- Khirai

A Day in The Veil of Flowers "Khirai"

A short excursion is barely to dodge the stressful ordinary life. Undoubtedly, A Day in The Veil of Flowers “Khirai” will leave you lofty in the fields of the countryside. This popular destination is famous amongst the few where you may find the majority of the people from the nearest districts of Bengal. The main attraction is the vast acres of farmland cultivated with varieties of flowers.

Chrysanthemum Flower Valley of flowers Khirai

The fragrance of the untouched countryside with warm-hearted people greets you with absolute adoration. Though the place doesn’t have any hill or valley yet it is known as Bengal’s Valley of Flowers. It is situated on the bank of Cossai (Kangshabati) river which later merges in the Bay of Bengal. Let’s spend a day in the field with outburst colours of flowers.

A Day in The Veil of Flowers "Khirai"

Bengal’s countryside is well portrayed by the poets as a shy bride with a veil covering her beautiful teenage face. The farms of Panskura and Khirai are the best illustration of poets mood. The farm produces some of the best ornamental flowers like Chrysanthemum, Karen and Marigold for the rest of India.

Best Time to Visit Khirai:

Best time to visit "Khirai"

During the winter season, the production of flowers increase and this is the best time to witness blooming flowers. From the months of December to February is the peak season when flowers are at full bloom. The increase in the level of pollution has affected the countryside which is a desperate time for the farmer. It is our respect to give applause to our farmers for producing some of the best flowers in our country.

How to Reach?

The Valley of Flower is well connected by roads and railways. The farmland is located in East Midnapore district between Khirai station and Panskura station. It is easily accessible by local trains from Kolkata at regular interval. It takes around two hours from Howrah to reach the destination. From Khirai station it takes 30-40min of a walk along the narrow lane beside the railway track.

On a Lazy Sunday Morning!

The dusty road of village West Bengal Khirai

Sudden plans always come up with more energy and excitement. Taking a short break from the city on a lazy Sunday wasn’t a bad idea. I have always been fond of vibrant colours and the place that I was about to go was A Day in The Veil of Flowers “Khirai”, attracted me while travelling by train long time ago. A vast field covered by Marigold flowers has always appeared to me like a trailer each time while crossing the field. So finally I made up my mood to explore the cinematic field of flowers.

Marigold flowers in Khirai Valley of flowers

The sun was up when I started my journey from home. I made sure to pack baked food and sufficient water and left from my place. I reached Santragachi railway station for a local train to Khirai. The total cost to Khirai and down to Santragachi on a train is Rs.30. The weather was surprisingly amazing and the train was not crowded so grabbing a seat near the window wasn’t a problem.

train to Khirai village West Bengal

Although I was carrying my food I couldn’t stop trying local snacks from every vendor from different halts simultaneously enjoying the countryside view. The two hours of the local train journey was quite pleasant. While I got down, I wasn’t expecting an isolated station with scarcely visible life around the busiest network of India that clearly gives the glimpse of the untouched beauty ‘Khirai’.

A Day in The Veil of Flowers "Khirai"

The main occupation of the people is farming and very few are interested in city life. After two mins of walk from the station, I met a humble lady who guided me through narrow lanes beside the railway track and also told me the best route to reach the Veil of Flowers “Khirai”. Such generous behaviour is uncommon to see in the urbanites.

A Day in The Veil of Flowers "Khirai"

Thirty minutes of walk along the trail I felt like Cossai River was treating me an anonymous petal being pulled towards the land of flowers. After exploring for a few hours from one field to other, leisurely the sun was at the horizon. I bought a few saplings of marigold from the field and then went to the local market.

local market in Khirai

The market was entrancing with local people selling colourful marigold flowers and especially the ladies making garlands of it. I became familiar with the story of the famous temple in the village during gossips with the locals at tea- stall. It was getting dark and no vehicles were available for the station. After, sharing the unconditional gratitude toward locals I took a walk back to the station.

Chandannagar- A Walk Through Tremple of French Colony

Historic and heritage of French Colony

A historic place decorated with street lamps and trees around the banks of the Ganges keeps a peaceful ambience of Chandannagar. Unlike Puducherry, it doesn’t retain cafes, old streets, quarters and charming French colonial past, but gives a slice of experience to try. The quaint town gets its name from the shape of the bank of the river curved like a half moon. A cosy walk towards the Strand along the ghats provides the most striking features of the historical site and monument. 

History of Chandannagar

Chandannagar, let's take a glimpse of its glorious past. French East India Company

Let’s take a glimpse of its glorious past by walking along the glorious past of Chandannagar. French East India Company purchased three villages from Mughal Subedar in 1688 to build a factory. In 1730, Joseph François Dupleix became the Governor of Chandannagar when the prosperity of the French colony flourished in the Fort d’Orleans. It became the epic centre for European commerce in Bengal with the flocking of people around the city, who left the fledging town of Calcutta, now considered Chandannagar’s poor cousin.

A Peaceful Ambience of Chandannagar Ghat:

Ganges offers a charming French escapade with a distinctive Bengali twist on the ghats of Chandannagar

The fresh breeze of the Ganges offers a charming French escapade with a distinctive Bengali twist on the ghats of Chandannagar. It is the nearest tourist spot from Kolkata to spend a day and back to your home before bedtime. This little town is alive with its heritage of French artefacts, the cultural festival of Jagaddhatri Pujo and the famous sweet- Jalbhora Sondesh. Let’s visit the places in and around Chandannagar, also the fantastic weekend gateway.

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The Clock Tower

The tall clock tower built in 1880 stands in pride withholds the glory of French people

The tall clock tower built in 1880 stands in pride withholding the glory of French people at the famous Strand Road. The base is designed as one storey building- that serves now as Police Station, with an arch gate along a thin block design adding more to its beauty. The clock tower with a ticking roman numerical dial displaying the time compliments the great old banyan tree standing still just opposite to complete the serenity.

Dupleix House Museum

one of the oldest museums in India that has preserved the rare artefacts and utensils of the French Colony

It is one of the oldest museums in India that has preserved the rare artefacts and utensils of the French Colony. The most attractive for me was the clay model of the Fort d’Orleans displaying the attack by British East India. The museum has a well-maintained garden with a statue of Marianne- depicted as the Triumph of the French Republic, at the entrance symbolising the shared heritage of both countries.

Timing: 11 AM – 5.30 PM, Closed on Thursday and Saturday.
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indian citizens and Rs. 20 for Foreigners.

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Sacred Heart Church

The artworks of Churches are to be praised distinctly in the prayers for their masterpiece work

A brick-built double-storeyed church is the distinct art of French Architect Jacques Duchatz. The building with a colossal dome in the middle has one main entrance and arched French windows on the front. The artworks of the Church are to be praised during the prayers distinctly for their masterpiece works of Belgium glass visible on the upper portion of the prayer hall and various incidents in the life of Jesus Christ depicted on the inside walls. 

The Chandannagar Strand

a plaque dedicated to the French Revolution slogan "liberté, égalité, fraternité"

The Strand- a decorated pavilion at the ferry point with a plaque dedicated to the French Revolution slogan “liberté, égalité, fraternité” (liberty, equality and fraternity) is etched on it. The day was coming to an end with a beautiful sunset on the horizon. From here, the river appears to be curved like a crescent moon, after which the town was presumably named (Chand Nagar = Chandannagar). If you have watched the movie Khaani 2, you may quickly identify this spot.

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How To Reach?

40 km from the north of busy Kolkata, which embraces the banks of the Ganges river, is Chandannagar

Around 40 km from the north of busy Kolkata, which embraces the banks of the Ganges river, is the small, beautiful erstwhile French colony today known as Chandannagar. It is connected by the popular GT Road of India, which takes 50 mins to drive from Kolkata. 

I preferred a bit as the traveller, so I took a bus to Sealdah station. I booked a ticket of ₹10 to Shyamnagar station and moved on the Naihati Local train. It took almost an hour to reach the station, moved towards platform 01. I got a shared auto at ₹10 to Jagaddal Ghat Mor then nearly a 15-20 mins walk from here to the ghat. A pleasant walk in the lanes of old worn-out buildings lets you wonder about the charm and glory this place might have. The Jetty charges ₹9 to cross the mighty Ganges on the other side of the river bank of Chandannagar. 

10 Offbeat Tourist Places in West Bengal

west bengal tourist places to see

Sitting in your office, have you ever looked outside the window and wished to be a bird? Does the sky look bigger, and the chills of office ac remind you of a distant mountain somewhere? Perhaps the boring air freshener smells like the ocean all of a sudden? Do you find yourself randomly looking up “tourist places near me”? If that’s the case, we are with you.

Telkupi village is well known for its half immersed Jain temple.

The little bug called wanderlust hiding inside your heart has raised its little head again. Luckily, we have just the right collection of offbeat places for you. Explore the “Sweetest Part of India” – West Bengal, and taste all the sweet surprises waiting for you in the offbeat places! Whether it’s the mountains calling you, the jungle or the ocean – you will find it all in West Bengal.

Shankarpur- The Sea Beach

Shankarpur quietly awaits you by the Bay of Bengal
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Less travelled by tourists, Shankarpur quietly awaits you by the Bay of Bengal. The pristine, white, sandy Shankarpur beach and the clear cold waves have that healing touch that can cure a troubled mind.

Shankarpur is primarily a fishing harbour, so you can watch the fishermen leave on their fishing boats with a large fishing net every morning. You can also take a small tour to see the bright red crabs habiting Shankarpur. You can also explore nearby Tajpur and Mandarmani beaches, both being equally serene.

How to Reach?
You can reach Shankarpur via Dum Dum Airport. You can also travel via road or take the train to Digha and carpool to Shankarpur.
Best time to visit: All year


Jhargram is a hidden treasure for all nature lovers.
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Safely tucked in between the Subarnarekha river and Belpahari, Kankrajhor hill ranges, Jhargram is a hidden treasure for all nature lovers. It is endowed with green forests and plenty of wildlife still unknown to most tourists.
Here you can visit the grand Jhargram royal palace. Legends date it back to Mughal Emperor Akbar’s era. You can also visit the Chilkigarh Palace 12 km away from Jhargram. Travellers looking for cultural exposure can experience Bengal here through the tribal dance performances.
In November, you can attend the fair dedicated to the elephant god near Barasuli Dam. Nature lovers can go on a trek in Kankrajhor and Belpahari in the Sal, and Teak forests. Animal lovers can explore Deer Park situated 3 km from Jhargram city.

How to Reach?
Jhargram is well-connected via road and railway. You will find plenty of public transport to travel around the Jhargram district.
Best time to visit: August-October

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Joypur Jungle

Joypur in Bankura is your best choice
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Travellers who are looking to get away from the hubbub of the city into the lap of peaceful greenery, Joypur in Bankura is your best choice. Its unsullied natural beauty and wildlife and heritage tourist attractions will make for a perfect weekend trip if you’re looking for places near Kolkata.
Once you reach Joypur village, you can visit the large lake 700 meters away named Samudra Bandh. You can keep following the main road through the scenic forests on both sides which makes even the journey all the more pleasant. From the Joypur tower, you might catch a glimpse of elephants, deer, or even foxes.
The 19th-century heritage sites of Navaratna Temples at Dutta Para and De Para are sure to amaze your mind. The terracotta art on the temple walls depicting events from Puranas, Ramayana, and Mahabharata is a trademark of Bankura you simply cannot miss.

How to Reach?
You can reach Joypur via Bishnupur railway station and hire a car from there. You can also travel by road from Kolkata.
Best time to visit: All year, October-March for the best experience


Bishnupur is one of the most famous yet less crowded historical places to visit in West Bengal. Rich with old cultural sites, and unique terracotta architecture among the wonderful natural landscape, Bishnupur is a must-visit for the inner history geek.
One of the most important temples of Bishnupur is the Rasmancha. Made in the year 1600 by Malla King Bir Hambir, it is unique in its terracotta art. You can appreciate this unique Bengali aesthetic in other similar temples like Jorebangla Temple and Madan Mohan Temple.
Other than temples, you can explore the beautiful flora of Susunia Hills and the natural spring that flows there. The ancient magnificently carved monolithic structure called Narasimha stones is surely a thing of wonder.

How to Reach?
Bishnupur is well-connected through roads and railways. You can reach there via Bishnupur railway station which is just 6 kilometres away from the city.
Best time to visit: October-March

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Ayodhya Pahar

Ayodhya Hills situated in the extended part of Eastern Ghats
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In the Purulia district, you will find the brilliant Ayodhya Hills situated in the extended part of the Eastern Ghats. The scenic beauty combined with interesting local culture and opportunity for adventure will easily make it one of the most memorable tourist places in West Bengal.
You can visit the fantastic Bamni Falls, surrounded by lush greenery. The forest in the Mathaburu range is a sight to behold. You can enjoy nature, go trekking, rock climbing, or have a blissful camping session under the starry night. It is also an excellent location to explore tribal culture and tradition.
There are also many dams offering extraordinary natural beauty and a peaceful atmosphere like the Khairabera dam. If you are fond of photography, you will have a great time here.

How to Reach?
You can reach Ayodhya Hills by road. However, railway travel will be your best bet as there are two nearby rail stations – Barrabhum and Suisa. From there you can take public transport to reach the destination.
Best time to visit: October-February


The Strand the famous ghat Chandannagar peaceful ganga ghat

Bearing witness to the long history of Bengal, the city of Chandannagar boasts multiple historical monuments. As tourists slowly discover its hidden gems, it is becoming one of the top destinations in West Bengal tourism.
History enthusiasts will absolutely relish the colonial architecture present in Chandannagar. To start, you can visit the Chandannagar Museum. The Sacred Heart Church is another place to visit if you find yourself falling in love with French architecture.
You can enjoy the cool breeze from the Ganga river while you stroll on the promenade at The Chandannagar Strand. At Patal Bari, literally means underground house, the lowest level of this house goes down to almost the riverbed of the Ganga.

How to Reach?
The city is very well-connected by roads so taking a car from Kolkata is a great way to travel. You will also find plenty of trains leaving from Howrah to Chandannagar.
Best time to visit: All year

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Malda Town

Malda is another location that is full of ancient history
Picture Courtesy: Tales of 2 Backpackers

Malda is another location that is full of ancient history as it was once the capital of ancient Bengal and the seat of power. The architecture from both ancient and recent history is definitely awe-inspiring for tourists looking for historical places to visit in West Bengal.
To begin the high dose of history in Malda, you can visit the archaeological site at Jagjivanpur, 35km from Malda town. Here lie the ruins of a 9th-century Buddhist Vihara from the Pala dynasty. The Gour Palace is also a rich experience for any traveller. You can explore the Firoz Minar, and Dakhil Darwaza all dating back to the middle ages. There are also significant historical mosques like Chika Mosque, Adina Mosque, Baroduari Mosque and more.

How to Reach?
You can reach Malda town via the nearest airport at Bagdogra. Malda railway station is also nearby the city. Daily bus service is available too if you want to slowly relish your journey.
Best time to visit: All year

Buxa Village

Buxa village located in the foothills of Himalaya in the Alipurduar district
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If you are planning a visit to unique West Bengal tourist spots, can you really miss the iconic royal Bengal tigers? That is why Buxa village located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Alipurduar district should be a must-visit place in your travel itinerary.
Here you can go on a jungle safari in the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Though tigers are hard to spot, you might just find one. There are also a decent population of deers, elephants, leopards, bison and many other wild animals roaming about in the dense woods.
You can explore the nearby Jayanti river and the picturesque village situated there. If you are interested in trekking, you can visit the Buxa Fort inside the forest reserve.

How to Reach?
The best way to travel to Buxa is by train. You can take Kanchankanya Express from Kolkata. If you’re travelling by air, Bagdogra will be your nearest airport.
Best time to visit: October-March

Jaldapara National Park

explore the jungle by availing jungle safari.
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Are you someone who feels at home amidst the green wilderness? Is exploring flora and fauna your hobby? Then look no further. Jaldapara National Park is the right destination for you.
You can explore the jungle by availing jungle safari. The National Park is home to diverse species of both animals and birds. Watching wild animals in their natural habitat can be a rewarding experience. If you’re a wildlife photographer then you’ve struck luck. Within such a rich environment, you can surely find an award-worthy shot! You can also go visit the nearby tea estates or visit the Coochbehar Palace.

How to Reach?
The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the closest railway station to the National Park. You can also go there by air via the nearest airport at Bagdogra.
Best time to visit: October-June

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Sandakphu the highest peak of West Bengal.

North Bengal is a paradise for anyone who seeks the beauty and awe of the soaring mountains. Tourists looking for offbeat locations to avoid the crowd in Darjeeling, Sandakphu can be your choicest destination.
Located in the most place in the eastern Himalayas, the little hamlet allows you a grand view of the four highest peaks of the world. You can see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and all five peaks of the range touted by the Sleeping Buddha. Imagine watching a magnificent sunrise over them!
You can go on trekking on the mountain trails, or you can also avail of the private cars that are available now. If you wish, you can simply sit down, breathe in the pure mountain air, and relax while you enjoy the view.

How to Reach?
You can reach Sandakphu by air through Bagdogra airport. You can hire a car from the nearest New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to reach your destination.
Best time to visit: October-January, March-May

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Trekking in the Mountains of Singalila Ridge

Sandakphu Trek

The mighty ranges of the Himalayas in the North of West Bengal offer the phenomenal viewpoints, to begin with, one of the most classical adventure treks. Darjeeling Singalila Ridge is in the middle of Eden, as you cross from one ridge to another through a narrow trail. The uninterrupted view of all-encompassing snow-topped mountains with the family of Mt. Kanchenjunga including Mount Everest makes the landscape unique and renders loveable experience.

The small trails apart from the road are better routes for a trek from Manebhanjan.
The small trails apart from the road are better routes for a trek from Mane Bhanjang.

If you find happiness in messy hair, dirty feet and chilled water falling on your skin, then you can wander and wonder at the same time! Trekking is the most inspired activity for nature lovers as the trekking sites allow you to witness the best form of nature. The fascinating aspect of this trek is to reach the summit, Sandakphu, by crossing the India-Nepal border a dozen of times. The love and affection of local people are similar for their guests irrespective of their origin. 

Best Time To Visit:

A monk in Chitrey, route from Manebhanjan to Tumling
A monk in Chitrey, route from Manebhanjan to Tumling

Best time to trek is throughout the year except during the monsoon. March and April is the best time when the rhododendron flowers add life with a blush shade to the valley. From June to September Singalila ridge National Park is closed. 

If you are looking for clear mountain and sublime sights of dawn from Sandakphu and Phalut, then September-November offers a better view. You can experience early snow in November and even may come across the slippery red panda if your luck bestows!

How to Reach?

The nearest airport is Bagdogra and railway station NJP. You have to reach Darjeeling More to get the shared taxi for Ghoom or Sukhia Pokhari. Both are relatively well-connected to Mane Bhanjang. Mane Bhanjang is the last town where you will get access to ATM and Pharmacy. No shared taxis are available for Sandakphu, so either you have to hire or trek. 

My Journey in Singalia National Park- Itinerary

The entrance of Singalila National Park.
The entrance of Singalila National Park.

The pandemic has hit harder to the travel industry and its people are changing their professions to survive. We, the travellers, can help the travel industry to revive it. My first plan was to take up a challenge to push me out of my comfort zone and second, to explore my state. A friend of mine had already implemented an idea of Sandakphu trek. It was the perfect plan to rejuvenate myself and perceived the benefits of solo travelling. 

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What makes Sandakphu outstanding?

The view of Sleeping Budha from Aal.
The view of Sleeping Budha from Aal.

Sandakphu means “Height of the poisonous plants” as aconite plants grow in abundance at the height. The other notable aspects of the trek will take you through many hidden gems. It is one of the highest peaks in West Bengal at 11,930 ft above sea level and is truly breathtaking. Once you reach the summit you will be the part of an ethereal 180° panorama view of the four highest peaks of the world. Four lofts of the Sleeping Buddha are Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. If you are a trekking enthusiast and nature lover, you cannot miss out on the Sandakphu Trek for sure.

Day 01: Mane Bhanjang

The morning in the beautiful town Manebhanjan.
The morning in the beautiful town Manebhanjan.

I took a bus from Kolkata for Siliguri, which reached in the next morning. After a few hustle and bustle, I grasped a shared taxi of Darjeeling to pass on Ghoom at the cost of ₹300. After three hours journey from Siliguri, I was at the Queen of Hills. The chill air of the mountain welcomed me at fuzzyGhoom station. I walked down the hill to reach my next pickup point for Mane Bhanjang. A few minutes later, I hopped to the next shared taxi for Mane Bhanjang at ₹100. 

The Land Rover, an antique vehicle which is still operating.
The Land Rover, an antique vehicle which is still operating.

The journey was not smooth, the rough road didn’t matter me as I was preparing myself for the next day. It took around two hours to reach a small town divided by two countries India and Nepal. The local people were friendly, which made me comfortable making new friends. One of them was going to be one of my best friends forever and guide me for the next six days in the ridges of Singalila National Park. 

Places to Stay: Homestays are a cheap place to halt for a night. If you are looking for a cheaper place, you can book for Dormitories offered by many homestays which will cost around ₹250-₹300. Hotels are also available in the town. 

Day 02: Tumling

Beautiful monastery of Chitrey at the peak of the mountain.
Beautiful monastery of Chitrey at the peak of the mountain.

The first day in the hills with a beautiful view of sunrise at the horizon boosted me up for the rest of the day. Suddenly, I was a different person, charged up for the new challenge of 52kms trek. Before I finished my breakfast, my friend Dawa Bhutia was already at the doorsteps. Quickly I packed my bags, settled my bills and moved towards Singalila National Park Office for the pass and other official formalities. 

The excitement was at full throttle after I walked out the gates of the office. The trek began complimented by the toughest challenge of the route. The first 4kms of the trek is steep climbing to mountain till Chitrey. It took every breath away, but the beautiful monastery at the peak of the mountain reinvigorated me for the rest of 9kms trek. We took a break in the fields of Chitrey, filled up water and moved on.  

The view of Tumling village. The second-day camping spot.
The view of Tumling village. The second-day camping spot.

The small trails apart from the road are better routes for a trek from Mane Bhanjang to Tumling where nature is at its best, a layer of fog will suddenly cover-up the whole path and suddenly the bright sun will appear in the sky. The beauty of mother nature and its show bewildered me, which took us eight hours to reach Tumling, though it is six hours trek.

Places to Stay: There are many homestays in the village. They mostly provide customized package as bed charge, dinner, breakfast and tea. The total package is ₹700-₹800.

Day 03: Kala Pokhri

View of Sleeping Budha from Tumling.
View of Sleeping Budha from Tumling.

The morning in Tumbling greeted with a crystal view of Sleeping Budha. With morning prayer to Lord, “Om Mani Padme Hum”, we finished our breakfast and moved for next destination to Kalipokhri. Another steep climbing of 3-4kms made it difficult for every single step. Sooner, fatigue grasped me and my bag seemed heavier. The motivating mother-nature and my friend encouraged me to reach the next stop at Gairibas. We walked through trails of jungle leaving behind the motorable road.

We took a break for half an hour with refreshments by red tea and momos at Gairibas. We refilled our bottle and went to the check post of Singalila National Park. The total distance we had covered was 6kms. Now we had to trek more 7kms for Kala Pokhri. We took stairs from Gairibas for a few steps then we followed the road. 

The Black Lake, Kalipokhri. The second-day camping spot.
The Black Lake, Kala Pokhri. The third-day camping spot.

It took us eight hours to complete the trek up to Kalipokhri where airtel network is available at a few particular spots. The place gets its name from the Black Lake which in local means “Kala Pokhri”. 

Places to Stay: Homestays are available in Kala Pokhri also. They treat their guests with the utmost compassion. The dormitories are cheap to stay. It will cost ₹250-₹300, food is available at a reasonable rate. 

Day 04-05: Sandakphu and Aal

The unwinding trails to Sandakphu from one ridge to another.
The unwinding trails to Sandakphu from one ridge to another.

We had our breakfast and tea in the new day at Kala Pokhri and moved on for Sandakphu. We decided to move further 2kms from Sandakphu to Aal. After leaving Kala Pokhri, we moved towards the trail led by stairs. A new zeal to reach the summit charged me up for the rest of the route. We passed along the pine forest with different species of birds chirping around. 

We took long breaks during this route as it was the shortest route to cover 7kms to Aal via Sandakphu. The scene along the way is something to be cherished. The final route to the peak was quite difficult and exhausting, as the climb from here was sharp. It took us six hours to reach the summit of Sandakphu and other thirty minutes to Aal.

180° panorama view of the four highest peaks from the summit, Sandakphu.
180° panorama view of the four highest peaks from the summit, Sandakphu, the highest peak of West Bengal.

I think it is a wise decision to move to Aal, as it is a cheap place to stay, thinly populated and gives the best view of Sleeping Budha. Aal and Sandakphu are at the same altitude. The evening becomes more cherishable if you love playing football. You can be a part of the team and have fun along with the play. I was not lucky to watch the sunset due to mist, but it smiled next morning when the view of Sleeping Budha was clear and spellbound. It is indeed something to remember for a lifetime.

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Places to Stay: There are very a few homestays at Aal at ₹300. Homemade food is available. Most of them rely on solar panels. If you are planning to stay at Aal remember to charge all your electronic gadgets at Sandakphu. 

Day 06: Gurdum

Morning view of Aal.
Morning view of Aal. The fourth and fifth-day camping spot.

A thin layer of frost on the grass makes Aal as if it came out from a fairytale. The small village with a handful of people around and the panoramic vista of the entire Sleeping Budha encourages for the most exciting day of the trek. After spending a day in the beautiful village, it was time to move down. We had our tea and breakfast at Sandakphu and prepared ourself for 13kms trek down to Gurdum.

The trail from Sandakphu to Gurdum is the most isolated route that makes it perfect for the trek. The trails are in the midst of the dense forest with tall bamboo grass and no sign of human settlement. We took long breaks in the jungle, yearning to spot any wildlife. We met a few local peoples on the way with horses carrying their goods. The unwinding route to the small village, Gurdum, in the thick of the jungle guided by Buddhist flags raised my self-esteem. 

The picturesque little village Gurdum.
The picturesque little village Gurdum. The sixth-day camping spot.

The village is encircled with steep diving valleys with dense evergreen forest. The variety of flowers grown around the hamlet show the taste of its people for gardening. It was my last night in the ridges of Singalila National Park. The sky, full of stars with a comet passing over the horizon, gave me the farewell for leaving the paradise

Places to Stay: There are a few homestays available at Gurdum. Food and hot water are also available. The charge of Dormitory is ₹250-₹300.

Day 07: Srikhola

The variety of flowers grown around the hamlet, Gurdum.

The final day in the ridges of Singalila, a fine morning with a mesmerizing sunrise and fresh air elated me. The experience of adventure that revealed my limits and strong-will. We moved to the beautifully decorated courtyard of the homestay. After a delicious homemade breakfast, I tasted salt tea for the first time recommended by my friend. Soon, it was time to say Goodbye to the picturesque little village Gurdum.

Srikhola village
Srikhola village gets its name from the beautiful stream that passes through it.

I packed my bag for the last trek of 6kms to Srikhola village. The village gets its name from the beautiful stream Srikhola that passes through it. The trek route is easy from Gurdum with the tortuous trail that took us around three hours to complete. Very few transports, mostly the small carriage trucks, are available from Srikhola. We hitched from Srikhola to Rimbick at ₹40 per person. The shared taxi for Darjeeling, Ghoom and Mane Bhanjang are available from Rimbick.

An Alternative Way:

Fields of Chitrey
The fields of Chitrey, We took a long break to enjoy the view.

If you are not a trekker and looking for a comfortable way to travel, then you can travel to Manebhanjan with your personal/ hire car. From Mane Bhanjang you have to hire Land Rovers for Sandakphu. As per rules and regulations, you cannot drive your vehicle to Sandakphu. The journey is uncomfortable that may take 7-8 hours. The one-way cost of Land Rovers to Sandakphu is ₹3500-₹4000 per person. There are better hotels at Mane Bhanjang and Sandakphu. It is preferable to book in advance.

The Artists Behind the Scenes of Chhau Dance [Day: 03]

My childhood memories in the beautiful town of Puruliya have always attracted me to visit it time and again. This was my first experience when I left the town and headed to explore its beautiful countryside. This trip has recreated my perception of the place and helped me to bond further with its culture and tradition. This post is to adore the incredible people who are trying to endeavour their lost tradition and art.

Artist behind Chhau Dance

The wonderful performance of Chhau dance by the native Santhal tribe is the prime attraction of Puruliya as well as the anecdote from my childhood. I have skipped a few of the destinations known to the people in this belt and stretched myself to the offbeat places. My trip would have remained incomplete without exploring one of the inspiring and patronage villages of Baghmundi which gives an insight into Puruliya’s Chhau masks.

Jharnakocha Cave

Jharnakocha Cave Purulia

Next day, early in the morning I left for Balrampur from Puruliya town. The excitement and the challenges of trekking always rejuvenate me with new energy. This unusual place is very little known even among the locals. Jharnakocha is a small tribal village at a distance of 15km from Balrampur. The village is surrounded by lush green hills followed by a muddy road.

Jharnakocha Cave Purulia

The first challenge I faced was to locate the place but with the help of locals’ guidance, I was able to reach the destination. The dense forest of Sal trees surrounding the area is not easy to trek as you have to make your way from the bushes. After an hour of adventurous trek, I reached the top of the hill. The beautiful panoramic view from the hill will leave behind the exhaustion of trekking.

Jharnakocha Cave Purulia

After spending a few peaceful moments at the top, I moved for the second challenge- in search of the trail to the cave. Though I was not able to get the glimpse of the cave but trekking in the forest and climbing up the hill was real excitement. If you are looking for the cave then I suggest hiring a local villager as your guide would be better.

Chorida Village

Chorida Village Chhau Mask Purulia

After a thrilling experience at Jharnakocha and a delicious lunch at the foothills of Ayodha, it was time to move for my last destination in Puruliya which was a small beautiful village name Chorida. Its most important ensemble for the performers brings spectacular Chhau dance to its glory. The large Chhau masks represent the specific mythological characters that are played during the performance.

Chorida Village Chhau Mask Purulia

The charisma and allurement of the dance massively depend on the dramatic detail of the mask. The handwork of the artists of Chorida has been listed in Geographical Identification tag in India. The art of mask making is facing gradual oblivion due to economic pressure and decreasing participation from the grassroots level. But the active zeal of the villagers has kept the tradition still alive.

Chorida Village Chhau Mask Purulia

When I reached here, I was amazed by the radiant and distinguished coloured masks that were hanging on the walls of the houses. I was dazzled by the Chhau dance and its agile and energetic performances. The part of the costume that always grasped my attention was the large masks of the dancers that narrate the story behind its artists’ handiwork. This led me to include this interesting destination on my list.

Chorida Village Chhau Mask Purulia

It is the home for the artists of Chhau mask that devised me with the appreciation of their hard work. More than 200 families of the village are involved in the creation of the masterpiece. Strolling in the streets with the encompassing workshops can comprehend the intricate process of mask making. You can also purchase these masks for decoration.

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Recline of Abandoned Temples [Day: 02]

A successful trip on day one exploring the unusual place accompanied by glorious weather was a day to be cherished. It was day two to The Land of Red Soil and the places in my list was far from Purulia town. As I mentioned earlier, Purulia’s existence can be found in the 5th century and was one of the 16 Mahajanapadas of Jain religion. The classical architectures of Jaina temple reflect its royal history.

It is a rare place of interest for tourists although a few of the temples are in the conservation of Archeological Survey of India. Yet their existence is steadily disappearing which is sad to witness. My closest friend from Purulia assisted me by bringing me his motorbike to explore these places. The places are well marked in GPS and the help of local guidance is always a choice.

Telkupi Temples

Telkupi Temples Purulia

Telkupi village is well known for its half immersed temple. The construction of Dam in 1959 at Panchet by DVC led to the disaster for the historical temples. It is located at a distance of 8km north-east of Ceheliyama in Raghnuthpur-II block. According to an Armenian-Indian archaeologist Joseph David Belgar, there were twenty finest temples made of bricks and stones in a confined area. Due to the frequent release of water from the Panchet dam the area is now converted into a swampy field. The two temples are visible that are half-submerged into marshy land.

These temples around Telkupi village were divided into three clusters with an architecture similar to that of Banda Deul. The deserted area with a vast lake is also a perfect place for bird watchers. I was accompanied by one of my friends from Purulia town for this trip. We entered our destination in GPS for the Telkupi Temples which is at a distance of almost 53kms from the town. GPS was working well though we reached a few dead ends, with the help of local guides, we crossed the barriers.

We left the main road and followed the shortcut route as shown. The longer route might have taken the same time as the village roads are tough to drive. It took two hours to reach the secluded part of the lake. The vast lake covered with wild aquatic plants and a view of the submerged temple will leave you speechless. It is a bit difficult to reach near the monument but a distant view in silence with no living soul around and the great species of bird will not let you leave the spot.

Banda Deul

Our next destination from Telkupi was 16kms towards Banda and 36km from Purulia. The temple of Banda is the finest stone structure found in Purulia. The stone of the temple is incinerated with patterned carvings inspired from the Odisha style. The site is under the Archaeological Survey of India with despicable maintenance. As no inscription stone was found and badly defaced temple makes it difficult to identify as a Hindu or Jaina temple. The temple is surrounded by Palash trees. During Basant when flowers are in full bloom, it looks more spectacular.

Banda Deul Purulia

Four pillars porched with a roof of the stone slab is placed at the front gate of the temple. A solitary abandoned temple is special for those who are interested in Bengal’s history. With a new experience of bird watching, we moved for our next destination, Banda Deul. Crossing the narrow lanes of the small villages along the widespread fields took a bit more time. The final destination was showing a vast field covered with Palash trees. The heritage temple frozen in time was standing tall a little far inside the field.

Banda Deul Purulia

It has remained neglected by the authority. The broken boundaries around the temple allow the herd of cows to enter the premises. It’s the local people from the village who have initiated to preserve our heritage. The change in weather has deceived me to refrain the full bloom Palash flowers. The temple, a masterpiece of the era, the huge stone blocks carved with artistic sculptures and the huge door of the temple, is mostly overlooked by the tourists.

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Chasing The Mystical Land [Day: 01]

Puruliya The Land of Mystical

Puruliya is an exciting travel adventure and well suited for family holidays. It was difficult for me to make a plan for a short time. It is enriched with heritage and mystical places made of natural beauty, folk culture connected by mythological stories and friendly people. One must visit Puruliya once in a lifetime and add in a bucket list for an adventure trip. Mythological stories add a lot of vigour needed for tourists visiting the place.

A walk through the forest of Sal, Tamal, Sonajhuri and Palas will rejuvenate you with its rare aroma. My first night was planned in the jungle at the foothill of Joychandi Pahar. The hooting of the owls breaks the silence of the night and the giant inactive volcanoes standing tall beside youth hostel is a thrilling experience. My first day began at Joychandi Pahar.

Joychandi Pahar

Throughout my childhood, I heard stories about this place. Those days, climbing to Joychandi was quite difficult without stairs. But now there are well maintained 490 stairs to reach the top of the hill making it much more convenient for travellers. It is famous for rock climbing and it was also the location of the famous film Hirak Raja Deshe directed by Satyajit Ray. The hill is now an inactive volcano surrounded with jungle and is named after a beautiful temple of Ma Joychandi located at the top.

It is about 3km from Raghunathpur and a small Joychandi station at the foothill is well connected. The best time to visit is during Charak Mela and Makarsakranti. It is easy to travel to attractive places but it’s difficult to find a perfect spot. I decided to stay a night at the Youth Hostel which is at the foothill of Joychandi. Online booking is available for Youth Hostel which is a place at a very cheaper cost to stay a night in the mids of the jungle that gave a thrilling and adventures experience.

Next day, I left early in the morning to reach at the top to catch the first glimpse of sunrise. I took a shortcut from Youth Hostel through the jungle to reach the base of stairs. The well-maintained stairs will guide you to the top of the hill. I took a break at one of the main locations of Hirak Raja Deshe, which is a disintegration of the watchtower.

After spending a few moments at the top with a beautiful view of a wide range of hills, plain field and ponds, I took blessings from Ma Joychandi. Now it was time to get down. As the temple was closed I left offerings for the temple at the tea stall at the foothills. The jolly man with his various types of stories was entertaining and uncovered some new facts to learn about the place.

Panchet (Panchakoot) Dam

With a splendid sunrise at the Joychandi Pahar, I moved to the next spot. Thanks to my new friends from Raghunathpur, who accompanied me to cover a few other spots. Our trip began from a massive Panchet Dam under Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). It is the 4th oldest dam in India inaugurated in 1959. The reservoir shares the border of Jharkhand and West Bengal on the foothills of Panchet hill, one of the favourite tourist destination among the locals. A small beautiful park near the dam is a place to move around for a better view.

The nearest Kumardubi railway station is at the distance of 10kms from the dam. Due to lack of communication facility, it is comparatively less populated than Mython Dam. With heavy breakfast, we left from Raghunathpur for the Panchet dam. The countryside view of Panchet hill on the way will enrich you with calmness. You may also try the famous beverage of date palms in the village. On the way, we tried the seeds of Khesari, a type of pulses from the field.

The scenic beauty will force you to stop for a moment and gaze upon the simplicity and integrity of the locals. They always have time to help and query about you with a cheerful greeting. It took around one and a half hour to reach by bike from Raghunathpur including the recess that we enjoyed. The great reservoir can be enjoyed in months of monsoon as the water level is higher and can be seen in the full flow. The backdrop view of Panchet hill with a small amusement park makes a nice relaxing spot for the traveller.

Garh Panchakoot

Our next destination Garh Pachakoot. As the name suggests Garh which means fort in Sanskrit. The relics of the fort is frozen in time bearing the witness of the plundering of Marathas speaking for the ambushed dreams of Kashipur King’s defeat on the foothills of Panchet. It is said that the King fled away leaving back his 17 wives which later committed collective suicides.

The interesting fact is that it is made of all huge stone labs in area of around 500 square meters. The hollow gate of the palace is the only entry point from where the entire palace was watched. The distance view of the temple at the entrance of wrecks will make you forget all the tiredness in the journey and will greet you with new nirvana.

The roadways along vast fields with friendly people give you a feeling of comfort away from home. The amazing fact about Garh Panchakoot is the natural resources used by people to build and protect the palace. The most important part of the history of Bengal, unfortunately, documentation about this beautiful place is missing from our book.

The grand temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu’s avatar, Shri Chaitanya a protector of Vaishnuism. The temple is a masterpiece of stone blocks used in the architecture. It is said that the palace was once surrounded in a semi-circle by a defensive ditch and to enter the main gate the people have to cross by a boat.

Baranti Lake

Sunset view from Baranti Lake is mind refreshing. Spending a few hours in the relics of Grah Panchakoot and rehydrating ourself with fresh sugarcane juice, we moved for the lake. It is around 12kms from Garh Panchakoot with favourable roadways. It is located at Santuri and the nearest railway station is Muradi which is well connected by local trains. The landscape from Baranti Lake makes it more special. The view of two mountains merging at the horizon of the lake makes it a perfect sketch of countryside view.

The lake is well-bounded with stones and few places add immense beauty for the tourist however there are a number of cottages available for the peaceful stay. I was fortunate enough to get so many friends in Raghunathpur with their great company and visiting these many places in one day was an incredible experience. We moved down to the rocks of the lake near the water to grab our perfect sit for the perfect sunset.

My friends had carried some soothing musical instruments, the evening became more colourful with the beautiful view of the sunset on the horizon. Some of the other tourists were residing near cottages, they grabbed our attention with a few interesting stories and facts. It’s so truly said, “you get out from home as a solo traveller, sooner or later you are surrounded by friends”. It was time to get back to the town, as we had only breakfast and no meals in between, we decided to move back to the famous Dhabas of Raghunathpur on the way and cherished the day spent.

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The Land of Red Soil- Puruliya

After wandering in some of the offbeat places in India, I always had a soft corner for Purulia, which is also one of the most awaited destinations I ever wished to cover in my life. The sub-tropical part of our country Puruliya is also known as the Land of Red soil of West Bengal has gained its popularity among the tourist of this state. This is my homeland and as a traveller, I decided to bring out some of the best places in Puruliya.

The Land of Red Soil "Puruliya"

The geographic Surroundings of the place is carved by hills, forests and beautiful streams. Amid jungles, Puruliya also is known for inactive volcanoes that have not erupted in years, and the fact, the Arms Dropping happened in Puruliya back in 1995. Although Puruliya was famous during the Maratha period for their raids and plundering of the palace.

Joychandi Pahar

However, The name Puruliya was first mentioned in the Jaina Bhagwati Sutra. A few remains of Jaina temples also states its presence. It was during the British reign when it came under Jangal Mahal. Later on, 1st November 1956, it was declared as a separate district. The lush green, dense sal forest with blossoms of Palash flowers in spring gives a rustic ambience to Puruliya district.

The Land of Red Soil "Puruliya"

The remains of the archaeological sites in dense forests unwind its pioneer mystery. The mystic charm of different tribes enriches the region with tribal ethos. The famous martial dance Chhou and song Jhumur are an inherent part of the lives of tribal people. A short trip to The Land of Red Soil in a serenity of nature is also pocket-friendly with a challenging adventure.

My Tour Itinerary

Chasing The Mystical Land [Day: 01]

Early morning I left for mountain climbing in Joyachandi Pahar. Later we went to Panchet Dam and took hold near the relics of Garh Panchakoot. Shortly we went for the sunset at Baranti.

Recline of Abandoned Temples [Day: 02]

Spending a night at Purulia town, we left for our next destinations. The day began with a long-journey covering, Cheliyama block’s Telkupi and Banda Deul (Jaina temple).

The Artists Behind the Scenes of Chhau Dance [Day: 03]

Early morning I left for Balrampur by local bus from Purulia town. After one-hour I reached Balrampur. Taking a few minutes to halt in Balrampur we went for trekking to explore Jharnakocha cave. From there we moved to look for the Jharnakocha cave after half an hour climbing through the dense forest. with few accomplishments, we moved to Chorida.

How to Reach?

Purulia is well connected by airport, railways and roadways. The new aerodrome at Andul is well connected by flights from all over the country. Regular available buses and trains are cheap to travel from one place to another. The main town has Totos for local travel, which is very cheap and affordable.

The Charity of Care Helping Unprivileged Mankind:

Around the world, several NGOs, Missionaries for charity are carrying out extensive social work across different domains. Kolkata too has a large number of active NGOs with dedicated volunteers, that are committed to bringing about positive changes in the society in general, and for the weak and underprivileged in particular. It is a blessing to be born in a good family with all the basic needs,

so it equally becomes the responsibility of people to help the underprivileged sector of society. These NGOs are working in the field of human rights, gender equality, poverty, unemployment, and so on. The service of charity resonates heavily with Ramkriskhna’s “Serving the mankind is serving the God” and Mother Teresa’s works for which she has been canonized as St. Teresa of Kolkata.

The Missionary of Charity (Mother Teresa Memorial House):

The historic residence of Mother Teresa is in east Kolkata on AJC Bose road near Moulali. It is a holy place of pilgrimage and reverence to the selfless Mother. It was established in 1950 with some sisters and gradually many sisters joined the missionary. Now, this is the Headquarters for all the charitable activities initiated by the Sisters of Missionaries of Charity around the world. The members of the Mother House provide free services to the people in need regardless of their religion. A certain area of the house is for followers to pay their respect to Mother Teresa.

the missionaries for charity

Here, one can find Mother Teresa’s Tomb in a grand marble structure. An exhibition room that displays her work through photographs, awards, and articles in chronological order. Some of her belongings like sarees, sandals, and bags are also displayed. You can walk upstairs to see a small room preserved in all its simplicity where she lived. This is where Mother Teresa began her service to mankind, and this is where she ended her service to move to heaven.

the missionaries for charity
Ramkrishna Math, Barisha:

The math is another branch of Belur Math, which is the home for the elderly who has no one to take care of, or a proper place to stay. The place is spiritually inclined with devotees. The serene ambience of the Math at dawn and dusk with the vast expanse of green covering, the age-old trees, the lily pool, the chirping of the birds separates the environment of the ashram from the hustles and bustles of Kolkata. Spend a few moments with the monks and the elderly residents of the place. It will let you full of positive vibrations.

The place leaves with the credibility about the Indian tradition of Joint Family where our elderly people now live a pathetic life of loneliness. It does not receive any special benefits from the Government. Like all other Ramakrishna Centres, this Math also has no source of regular income of its own. It solely depends on the donations of the devotees. The Math is located at Barisha near Shaker Bazaar on Motilal Gupta Road. The nearest metro is Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge) from where take auto for Shaker Bazaar from the stand. It will let lay you down at the gates of the mission.

the missionaries for charity