Located amidst 15 acres of landscaped gardens with the stunning backdrop of Panchet Hill, this new resort at Garpanchkot is just what the weekend travellers of Kolkata were waiting for. The place, Garpanchkot is a part of nearly 1500 year-old history of the Singh Deo dynasty. The only remains of this kingdom are the temple ruins on the southern Panchet foothills. The temples belong to different architectural styles like ‘Pancharatna, Jor-Bangla and Pirha. The lush greenery, temple ruins, perennial springs, forests, towering Panchet Hill and the expansive Panchet Lake would make your weekend memorable. BOOKING DETAILS OF GARPANCHAKOT
Places to see at Garpanchkot: 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.
Nearby attractions from Garpanchkot: 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 and its surroundings forests and villages, the Birinchinath Temple, Biharinath Temple and the Biharinath Hill overlooking the temple.
Things to do at Garpanchakat: If you are not much of an outdoor person, spend your day just sitting in the cottages, savoring the natural scenic beauty of the surrounding. You can also go for bird-watching at the Panchet Dam and Panchet Hill.
How to reach Garpanchakot: If you are travelling by train, get down at the stations of Barakor or Asansol and take a trekker to cover an hour long path to reach Garpanchakat. You can also take the car route by driving along the National Highway 2. After crossing Asansol, turn left and take the road leading to Raghunathpur. After reaching the Satbari stop, your destination is few kilometers away by the village path.
Best time to visit Garpanchkot: You can visit the place any time of the year. However, rainy season makes it lush green.
Lodging and dining facilities at Garpanchkot: Our private accommodation in Garpanchokot is spread over 15 acres of landscaped gardens beside the Panchet Hill. The resort has 04 ethnic cottages with 08 Double Bed AC rooms equipped with all modern facilities like western toilets, 24 hour hot / cold water supply, room heaters, LED TVs, mini bar, Electric Kettle with Tea Bags and Coffee pouch, Bed Side Reading Lamp, Separate Dressing Enclosure and complimentary toiletries. The resort is facilitated with huge tracts of landscaped gardens encircled by water bodies, lawns, hanging bridges and facilities for campfire, fishing, nature walk, badminton, volleyball and other adventure activities. In winter, camping is also arranged for adventure lovers. Food is served in a multi-cuisine restaurant within the resort.
Photographs by Somnath Khaskel and others.