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Joypur Forest, Bankura – 140 kms from Kolkata...

Staying in a dense jungle of Sal and Teak with Spotted Deer herds crossing the lush forest-path every now and then – if this excites you then Joypur Forest can be your next weekend destination. The age-old historic town of Bishnupur with its 17th Century terracotta temples and the Kansabati Dam and lake at Mukutmanipur are also located nearby. You can stay in a resort adjacent to the Joypur Forest, which has its own farm, vegetable garden, a huge lake (Jheel) and is equipped with all modern facilities. With the dense forest surrounding the resort area, this is an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. If you are planning to visit Bishnupur recently but hate the din and busy streets, then stay at Joypur. Bishnupur is only 14 kms from Joypur. BOOKING DETAILS OF JOYPUR FOREST Places to see in Joypur Forest: 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. There is a forest watch tower within 10 mins walk from the resort. You can have a panoramic view of the forest from this watch tower. There is also an abandoned airstrip of British era within the forest, which you can visit. But, remember to return from the forest within 4 pm. Joypur Forest Photographs 123► Nearby attractions of Joypur Forest: 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. Other than Bishnupur, tourists can also visit Jairambati and Kamarpukur, birthplaces of Saradamayi Maa and Sri Ramakrishna Pramahamsa just 53 kms from Joypur, the Mukutmanipur Dam on River Kansabati around 80 kms away and the Panchmura village just 31 kms from Joypur Forest famous for terracotta horses. Nearly all households of Panchmura make terracotta horses and various terracotta items like jewelry and showpieces. Jhilimili and Susunia Hills are few other attractions which you can cover in day trips. Another interesting destination located within 60 kms is the Temple of Kapistha, which is a 17th century temple of Durga atop a hill. Just...
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Biharinath, Bankura – 249 kms from Kolkata...

Bounded by Purulia and River Damodar on both sides – Biharinath in Bankura, near the famous Joychandi Hills is the highest hill of Bankura District. The hill boasts of a towering height of 451 meters and has gained considerable recognition as a popular tourist destination in the recent years. Covered in thick forests, the place blooms with the shades of Kash Phool, Shimul and Palash during the seasons. The villagers here deck their mud homes with Alpona and you can catch a glimpse of the wild boar, hare, fox and some unknown colourful birds when they cross your path. Surprisingly, Biharinath Hill is the highest hill in the sub-Himalayan terrain in West Bengal (1480 feet). BOOKING DETAILS OF BIHARINATH For more photos of Biharinath click here Places to see in Biharinath: The prime attraction of Biharinath is the lush nature all around and Biharinath Hill. The unforgettable experience of watching the rising and setting sun over Ledhi and Sharpahari Hills and the winding village paths would compel you to extend your stay. Another popular attraction here is temple dedicated to Shiva, popularly known as the Biharinath dham and a small tank located at the foothill. Nearby attractions in Biharinath: Just a walk from Bihari Nath would lead you to the 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. Other attractions that can be covered within a couple of hour’s journey are Maithon, Panchet, Shaltora and Sushunia. Bihari Nath is just 66 kms from Durgapur. Boranti is also nearby, just 15 kms. Things to do in Biharinath: Tourists with an appetite for adventure will have a great time here. Bihari Nath hill is ideal for trekking and you can scale the hilltop in just one and half to two hours. You can also explore the region, which boasts of an exotic range of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy boating at the lake located nearby the Biharinath temple. Enjoy a nature walk along the scenic natural landscape. The destination also hosts also hosts a whole range of religious fairs and festivals throughout the year. Huge fairs are organized during Shivrati and Saraswati Puja. How to reach Biharinath: There are a number of options to reach Bihari Nath. You can drive along the Durgapur Expressway, bypassing Panagarh, Durgapur and Ranigang. After crossing the Damodar River Bridge, drive straight towards Madhukunda. After bypassing the Madhukunda railway crossing, go straight to Biharinath (16 kms). You can also avail trains running to Asansol. Biharinath is located at a distance of 46 km from Asansol, which you can commute by hiring a cab from the Asansol Railway Station. However, the best way to reach Biharinath is by train to Raniganj and then to Biharinath by hired car (22 kms). Best time to visit Biharinath: There is no definite time of visiting this destination, as the place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, if you are looking for a peaceful weekend gate away then try to avoid the seasons when fairs and festivals (especially Shivratri) are held. If you love palash flower then February/March should be the ideal season. Lodging and dining facilities in Biharinath: A spacious private resort with all modern facilities have recently come up at Biharinath just beside the hill. The rooms of the resort are facilitated with AC, Televisions, balconies facing the...
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Susunia, Bankura – 203 kms from Kolkata...

Susunia Hills in Bankura District is a very good place for a weekend with friends but if you want to take some time out from your hectic schedule and want to spend some moments of your own, then Susunia is enchanting. If you love nature and want to explore its beauty, then come to Susunia and witness its unspoiled nature. Located right in the middle of Bankura is this 1500 feet high hill. It is often believed that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. With plenty of natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill, Susunia gives out a picture perfect look. BOOKING DETAILS OF SUSUNIA Susunia nestles at the northwestern part of Bankura district. This stunning weekend destination is exceptionally welcoming with its incredible natural beauty, rich flora, beautiful holy spring and the rock faces on which the eminent mountaineers of the regions embarked on their journey. The Susunia hillock is also of the rich reserves of medicinal plants. For more photographs of Susunia click here Places to see in Susunia: 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. The twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur, which nestle on the banks of the Bodai River, are renowned for the Mandal family terracotta temples, including Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf. At the entrance of the Barataraf temple, there is a big Rasmancha. The other two temples of Mejotaraf and Chhototaraf are beautifully studded with wonderful terracotta panels, which include a brilliant representation of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture. 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. Nearby attractions in Susunia: 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. Biharinath is tallest hill in the Bankura district and a popular site of tourism. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from Bankura Town. The place offers spectacular sight of forest. Another famous historical site called Betur is also situated here. Things to do in Susunia: Apart from enjoying the serenity of Susunia, you can indulge in trekking or rock climbing. Susunia village is famous for beautiful stone carving and you can buy them at affordable prices. There are two villages in the vicinity of Susunia, Netkamla and Bindhyajam, which are home of Dhokra craftsmen. Again, Bankura is famous for artistically designed terracotta items, which are readily available all across the district and worth buying. The famous Bankura horse has now become a symbol of Indian handicrafts. Besides buying, also indulge in eating the special sweets of Bankura, like the famous mecha sandesh or the pera. If...
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Muruguma, Purulia – 375 kms from Kolkata...

Muruguma is a tribal village. It is situated on the boundary of Purulia and Jharkhand. This place can be reached by car from both Purulia and Jharkhand stations. A visit to the Kenkechi Hill, Muruguma Lake and the forest will make your trip worthwhile. The unique feature of this place is the traditional dance performance of the tribal villagers that is capable of intoxicating your senses. In short, this place is an ideal retreat for relaxation. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MURUGUMA Places to see at Muruguma: You can visit the village and experience the tribal villagers’ way of living. Nearby attractions from Muruguma: 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. You will find that the road leading to the lake diverts at a distance of around two kilometers from the lake and leads to a forest. In this forest, a tent resort is situated. Things to do in Muruguma: 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. How to reach Muruguma: The Rupasi Bangla train is available early morning that traverses between Kolkata and Purulia. The train reaches Purulia around 12.30 p.m. From Purulia Station, you can hire a car and reach Muruguma. You need to avail the Ranchi road and travel to Muruguma, via Begunkodar. The distance is around 45 kilometers and it takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also travel to Muruguma by availing a train from Kolkata’s Howrah Station to Jharkhand’s Muri Station. From Muri Station, Muruguma is situated at a distance of 35 kilometers. Best time to visit Muruguma: 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. Lodging and dining facilities at Muruguma: The tent resort is the only lodging facility available in Muruguma. It offers some modern facilities such as attached bathrooms and battery operated lamps. By means of tents, the resort houses a separate dining place offering dining facilities and a relaxing place where tourists can chat. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Mukutmanipur, Bankura – 335 kms from Kolkata...

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 the Bankura district of the state of West Bengal. This wonderful destination is also a favorite picnic spot, attracting hoards of picnic crowds. This serene place is also famous for housing the second largest water barrage across India that canalizes Kumari and Kangsabati Rivers into the 3 districts of West Bengal – Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura to facilitate irrigation during the summer time. BOOKING DETAILS OF MUKUTMANIPUR A boat ride to the middle of the huge water body almost gives you the feeling of being in the middle of ocean. Plus, you can enjoy the views of ethereal beauty of nature along with different species of seasonal birds in the Bonpukuria Deer Park. With proper lodging facilities, Mukutmanipur can be easily reached and is a perfect weekend destination. For more photos of Mukutmanipur click here Places to see at Mukutmanipur: You can board a small boat and enjoy the serene ocean-like beauty in the middle of the water body formed by the union of Kangsabati and Kumari River. There are some tiny rocky islands in the water which gets submerged in the rainy seasons. You can hire a motor boat and a van rickshaw to visit the Bonpukuria Deer Park nearby which is often flanked by varieties of seasonal birds. The entire length of the dam is 11 kms. You can hire a trekker or auto rickshaw to travel over the dam top road for 6 kms to visit the confluence of River Kumari and Kansabati. This earthen dam was built with the sole purpose of providing irrigation facilities to agricultural land. The dam measures 38 meters in height with a lake spanning 86 Sq km. Thick virgin forest and verdant hillocks flanking the azure lake create a breathtaking view at the site. Owing to its splendid spectacle, the area has developed into an attractive weekend spot. This colossal dam nestles 2 km away from the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest. The famous Bangopalpur Reserve Forest is the haven of different species of flora and fauna and is worth exploring. You will find the ancient town of Ambikanagar, around four kilometers away from the dam. In ancient time, this town was the pilgrimage center of the Jains. Remnants are still found at the site. The place also houses the Ambika Devi Temple, where shondha-arati (evening-worship) begins at 7 p.m. Set out early, so that you can also visit the Rajbari (king’s Palace) of Ambikanagar. Ambikanagar is also famous for its exotic tribal handicraft. Local tribes make wonderful handicrafts using bamboo sticks and grass, which you can buy as gift or souvenirs. A visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park will allow you to watch some of the rare seasonal bird species. Among the places of interest in the town, the Palace of King Raicharan is also mention worthy. Nearby attractions from Mukutmanipur: 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...
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Garhpanchakot, Purulia – 256 kms from Kolkata...

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.   Images of Garpanchokot For more photos of Garpanchokot click here 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. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Duarsini, Purulia – 393 kms from Kolkata...

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. The abruptness with which darkness descends in these jungle areas is interesting to see. The moonlit night amidst the rhythmic beats of drums coming from the tribals and being surrounded by jungle can be quite exhilarating for the tourists. BOOK A TRIP TO DUARSINI Places to see at Duarsini: 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. Nearby attractions from Duarsini: 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. Things to do 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. Sitting by the river Satgudum is also an option. In the evening you can also sit in your bungalow and enjoy the sound of drums coming from the tribal villages. How to reach Duarsini: The easiest way to reach Duarsini is by traveling 12 km from Galudi and crossing the border of West Bengal and entering Purulia district. Duarsini can be arrived at both from Purulia as well as Bandowan. Best time to visit Duarsini: The jungles are safe throughout the year except the rainy season. Lodging and dining facilities at Duarsini: The best arrangement for lodging is the cottages maintained by Forest Development Nigam. Dining comes as a part of staying in these cottages. BOOK A TRIP TO...
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Chechuria, Bankura – 170 kms from Kolkata...

Very near to Bishnupur town is the man-made eco sanctuary named Chechuria Eco Park. With a huge waterbody, picnic spot, lots of playing ground for children and boating facilities, this beautiful eco sanctuary was very recently created by the forest department and it offers great escapes to tired souls. As you walk through the park, you will find a completely different environment with birds chirping and plenty of greenery. Treat your lungs with some fresh air filled with chlorophyll, away from the polluted surrounding of the cities. Spend the night in the forest bungalow and enjoy some local delicacies at eateries by the natives. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO CHECHURIA Places to see at Chechuria: The eco-sanctuary itself is a great place to see so many natural aspects. Nearby attractions of Chenchuria: If you want you can take a trip to the town of Bishnupur and enjoy some great attractions there. Things to do at Chechuria: 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. How to reach Chechuria: From Bishnupur, Chechuria eco sanctuary is only 19 kilometers. If you don’t have a car with you, you can avail a trekker or an auto or hire a car from Bishnupur. Best time to visit Chechuria: Throughout the year. Lodging & Dining facilities at Chechuria: You can put up at the forest bungalow. Stay in the forest bungalow and enjoy some delicacies at eateries arranged by local people. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Boranti, Purulia – 265 kms from Kolkata...

Boranti or Baranti is a beautiful village surrounded by hills and lakes just 265 kms away from Kolkata. The beautiful blue sky, deep green forest and dark blue water of the lake will surely enchant you. The Muradi Lake in Boranti has been created by a mud dam. Boranti is surrounded by the Panchkot Hill at one side and  the Biharinath Hill on the other. Apart from the regular visitors like rabbits, wild boars, foxes, wolves, porcupines and deer in the nearby forests, Boranti is visited by huge numbers of migratory and resident birds. This place is ideal for those visitors who seek solace and tranquility in a gorgeous location, far away from the chaos of the city.  BOOKING DETAILS OF BORANTI Places to see at Boranti: 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. For more photos of Boranti click here Nearby attractions of Boranti: Garpanchokot is only 12 kms and the famous Panchet Dam 22 kms from Boranti. 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. Things to do in Boranti: You can explore the beauty of the forest, especially if you visit after the winter season when magnificent Palash flowers put the forest on fire. You can also spend some quality time by chatting with your near and dear ones beside the lake. If you still have those last few drops of adrenalin left in you then try trekking through the hills and dense forests to reach Biharinath Hills just 9 kms away.  You can also do angling, taking village walks through tribal settlements and enjoying a campfire beside the lake on a moonlit evening. How to reach Boronti: You have to get down at Muradi Station Station via Asansol. From there, you can avail a rickshaw or trekker to reach Boranti just 6 kms away. In case you are traveling by car, you need to get off the highway and enter Asansol and then, drive straight towards Ramchandrapur. The distance between the city and Muradi more (crossing) on road is around 15 kilometers. Next, you need to drive along the village road that leads to Baranti. Best time to visit Baranti: This place can be visited throughout the year. 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. Lodging & Dining facilities at Boronti: There area some nice cottage style accommodation options which are devoid of any unnecessary decoration. The cottages have 24-hrs water supply, electricity, hot water and other facilities. There are Double Bed and Triple bed spacious rooms with attached western bathrooms. The cottages also arrange for five-bedded tents for its guests. They also arrange for car pick-up / drop to station and sightseeing.  The accommodation provides basic but delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dining facilities to its guests in their canteen. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Bishnupur, Bankura – 151 kms from Kolkata...

Bishnupur is a town created by the Malla kings that ruled this area during 17th century. These artisans of the Malla kings have showed their craftsmanship in the wide number of terracotta temples that they had constructed. These temples are now under the supervision of archaeological departments. You can see these temples any day in the morning hours, but if you want some extraordinary views, then you must visit them at night on Saturdays and Sundays when the temples are brightly illuminated with lights. Besides, Bishnupur has a beautiful setting with huge waterbodies like Shyambandh, Yamuna bandh and Kalindi. Bishnupur is mainly famous for two reasons – Terracotta Temples and Baluchari Saris. BOOKING DETAILS OF BISHNUPUR Places to see at Bishnupur: You can go for sightseeing of the various terracotta temples in the morning or at night on Saturdays and Sundays when the temples are illuminated with special lights. Plus, you can take a cycle rickshaw and move around the town and see some of the popular spots like the temple of Ramkrishna and Shyamrai, Madanmohan temple, Gardorja, Jor Banglow temple, Radheshyam temple, Dolmadol Kaman, etc. The Jorbangla Temple of Keshta Rai is worth seeing. The beautiful carvings of terracotta are still intact. Pancha Ratna Temple, also known as Shyamrai Temple, was built in 1643 . Walls of this large temple flaunt terracotta carvings depicting Lord Krishna’s life. For more photos of Bishnupur click here The famous Dalmadal Kaman (cannon) made of wrought iron was probably the largest cannon manufactured by the Malla Kings. The cannon is 3.8 meters long with a muzzle of 29.2 cms in diameter. This canon is worth a visit. The Madanmohan Temple of Bishnupur follows ekaratna style that has a square flat roof with carved cornices. The building also has a surmounted pinnacle on top. The walls of this temple depict a few scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas. Rasmancha is the oldest brick structure here, made in a pyramidal structure. During the Rasa Festival several deities from other temples are brought here, in a procession. Some of the cannons used during the reign of Malla kings are still kept here. Lalji Temple is a laterite eka-ratna temple. The temple stands over a square raised plinth, having ornamental stucco decorations on low relief carvings. Nearby attractions of Bishnupur: 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. The hilltop Temple of Kapistha is located around 60 kms from Bishnupur. It is an ideal place for travellers seeking remoteness and peace. Non-veg food is not allowed around Kapistha temple (even onion and garlic). There is a white marble idol of Goddess Parvati in the temple. The ruins of the erstwhile Jamindar house can also be found here. Other nearby attraction are the birthplaces of Sri Ma Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna Pramahamsa at Jairambati and Kamarpukur (43 kms from Bishnupur) and climb Susunia hills. The district headquarters town Bankura is only 30 kms from Bishnupur. Things to...
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Ayodhya Hills, Purulia – 250 kms from Kolkata...

The beautiful Ayodhya Hills is a part of the Dalma Mountain range. It is situated on the boundary of Purulia district and Jharkhand. A visit to beautiful waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages, Gorshabru and Mayur hill are sure to captivate your senses. The presence of a variety of wild animals in the forests make this place more adventurous. Visiting hidden waterfalls, trekking around azure lakes guarded by hills, experiencing local tribal culture, birdwatching and taking village walks make Ayodhya Hills a treasure trove for photographers and nature-lovers. BOOKING DETAILS OF AYODHYA HILLS Places to see near Ayodhya Hills: Gorshabru, the highest peak of the Ayodhya Hills is situated at a magnificent 2850 feet. There are various deep forests and numerous waterfalls located amidst the hills. Several tribal villages are also situated on the hill. Some magnificent waterfalls like Ghagkocha Falls, Brahmani Falls and Turga Falls can be visited covering short distances by foot from nearest motorable roads. Another unforgettable experience is the panoramic view of the lakes and reservoirs located throughout the Ayodhya Hills like Tarpania Lake, Khairaberia Lake, Upper Ayodhya Dam and Lower Ayodhya Dam. For more photos of Ayodhya Hills click here Nearby attractions of Ayodhya Pahar: A trip to the Mayur Hill will provide a spectacular panoramic view of the entire range of Ayodhya 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. Things to do at Ayodhya Hills: You can either visit the numerous waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages or can explore the beauty of the hill by taking a walk around it. You can also expect a glimpse of the wild animals residing in the forests of the hill such as elephants, wolves, wild boars, deer, peacocks, cheetahs and numerous kinds of birds. A tribal dance program or a Chow Dance performance can also be requested in the villages during the long moonlit evenings. Birdwatching, village walks, trekking, rock-climbing, hiking, nature photography – are few things you can do apart from sitting idle beside the placid lakes and lending your ears to the whispering wind and lapping lake water. How to reach Ayodhya Hills: The nearest railhead is Barabhum Station. The Lalmati Express, Howrah Chakradharpur Express and Howrah Ranchi Intercity Express connects Barabhum to Howrah. The village of Baghmundi (one of the main entrances to Ayodhya Hill) is just a few kilometers from Barabhum. By road, you can reach Baghmundi via Kharagpur and Balarampur via State Highway 5. You can also take a slight longer detour via Durgapur, Purulia and reach Baghmundi but the roads would be better. Best time to visit Ayodhya Hills: During September to March Ayodhya 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. But the monsoons shroud the place in endless greenery and the floating dark clouds over...