Raas Mela or the Raas fair is a grand celebration dedicated to the deity Madan Mohan of Cooch Behar. In fact, its grandness makes it a festival and is basically observed during the month of November according to English calendar and in the month of Kartik as per Bengali calendar. It is one of the most popular festivals of Cooch Behar which attracts people from in and around the district and also from the neighboring state of Assam. It is conducted on the Parade Ground by the local municipal corporation and holds a special significance for the people of Cooch Behar.

History of Raas Mela


cooch-behar-raas-melaThe Madan Mohan temple was built by Maharaja Bripendra Narayan of Cooch Behar during the 18th century and he is also the pioneer of Raas Mela. Raas Mela was initially held at Vetaguri by the kings and subsequently on the temple premises beside Bairagi Dighi. Presently, the venue has been shifted to the Parade Ground to accommodate more people. The idol of Madan Mohan is a unique one made from 8 metallic compounds and the original one was stolen in 1994. However, the shrine was not kept vacant for long and there was another idol of the same stature.

Madan Mohan is another name for Lord Krishna and was worshipped as the family deity by the Koch Kings. In keeping with the tradition the same idol is worshipped by the followers now. The only difference between the idol at Nabadwip another famous religious place of Hindus and the one in Cooch Behar is that here Madan Mohan is worshipped without his consort Sri Radha. The main attraction of the fair is the Raas Chakra standing tall in the center of the fair. The Raas Chakra is made out of bamboo or posts and paper into a semi-cylindrical structure revolving around a pivot. It is found on the temple premises and signifies secularism in the state of West Bengal. The Raas Chakra is decorated by a Muslim family since ages and has floral patterns on paper and pictures of Lord Madan Mohan all over. It is 30 feet tall and is considered to be a source of bliss by the devotees.

How to reach Cooch Behar Raas Mela


The Mela continues for 18 days and is inaugurated by the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar. You can arrive at the Raas Mela by air, road or rail. Reach at Cooch Behar station and take a rickshaw to arrive at the Parade Ground. Alternatively, you can take the National Highway to reach Cooch Behar by your own vehicle. Flight travelers will arrive at the Cooch Behar airport or Bagdogra airport and from there hire rickshaws and taxis to reach the Parade Ground. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation also provides special buses from all parts of the district upto 11 pm to arrive at the fair ground.

Accomodation in Cooch Behar


Cooch Behar is dotted with hotels of all budgets and you can put up at anyone. There are some guest houses near the ground like Prabas, Chilarai Abasan and Pantha Niwas maintained by the municipality. If you wish to stay at hotels advance booking is recommended.

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Azimganj small town in Murshidabad is home to 7 Jain temples of immense historical, architectural and spiritual value are located. They are:

Sri Neminathji Temple, Azimganj was built in Samvat 1943 by Shree Singh covering an area of 2933, 2616 Sq. Mt.

Sri Padam Prabhuji Temple, Azimganj was constructed in 1880 AD by Yati Bijay Chandji Khattargachhit covering an area of 764.0173 Sq. Mt. The idols are 500 years old.

Sri Sumatinathji Temple, Azimganj was built in 1856 AD by Uttam CHandji Nahar and was rebuilt by Setab Chandji Nahar in 1897 AD. This temple covers an area of 421.8674 Sq. Mt.

Sri Sambhavnathji Temple, Azimganj was founded in 1886 AD by Rai Dhanpat Singhji Dugar and covers an area of 3665.6731 Sq. Mt. This temple is home to the larges idol of Jain Swtambaras in Eastern India.

Sri Chintamani Parasnathji Temple, Azimganj was built in 1888 AD by Manhot family and the idols are 500 years old.

Sri Shantinathji Temple, Azimganj was constructed in 1873 AD by Gulab Kumari Bibi and one of the idols belongs to Samvat 1510.

Ram Bagh Samalia Parasnath Mandir and Dadabari, Azimganj was built in 1870 AD by Shree Singh. This temple complex is also home to temples from Jangipur, Kiaganj, Cossimbazar which were rebuilt here.

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Kamarpukur is a village of Hooghly district in West Bengal. Great religious prophet Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born in Kamarpukur on 17th February, 1836. Therefore Kamarpukur becomes one of the holy place. Famous artist Nandalal Basu planned for a marvellous temple of Sri Ramkrisna on his birthplace, Dhenkisal in 1951.

 Attraction


  • Garbagriha, Exact spot where Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born

    Garbagriha, Exact spot where Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born

    Temple of Sri Ramkrisna: Ramkrisna mission has enshrined this temple. The image of Sri Ramkrisna was made of white marble. The temple is opened from 6.00 – 11.00 a.m. and 15.30 – 20.30 p.m. in summer and from 16.00 – 21.00 p.m. in winter season. The ceremonial waving of light ( mangal arati ) can be seen with special arrangement at 4.00 a.m./4.30 a.m. ( winter season ). (Photography inside not allowed)

  • Raghubir temple : Raghubir temple is located at the left side of main temple.
  • Brth place of Sri Ramkrisna Dev
  • Mango tree planted by Ramkrisna Dev.
  • Haldar Pukur , at opposite of the misson.
  • Sita Nath Pain’s House
  • Dhani Kamarini’s House
  • Jogi Siva Temple
  • Chinu Sakhari’s House
  • Bhutir smasan
  • Gadadhar Children Park
  • Laha Babu’s House, Pathshala and Bishnu Mandir
  • Gopeswar Siva Temple
  • Bisalakshi Temple

All these spots can be visited within a hour. There are some another visiting spots,  these are:

  • Garh Mandaran and Vitar garh, 6 km away
  • Gaji and Pir Saheb’s Darga, 2 km away
  • Ismail Gaji’s Cimetry
  • Devi Malini Pasan and Kajla Dighi, 1 km away
  • Deer park
  • Lake
  • Dewan Pir’s Place
  • Durges nandini tourist spot (picnic spot), Opening time: 8am-7pm, Entry fees: Rs. 10,
    Telephone: 03211-244356 and Hooghly Zila Parisad, Telephone: 26802139
  • Saileswar siva Temple
  • Chandu’s sal forest by the side of Darakeswar river, 4km away. There is a forest bungalow for night stay.
  • Dharma Raj thakur’s rather mela, Starts at Vijaya Dashami for 7 days.
  • Mukundapur Siva Temple, on the way (2km) to Arambag

You can collect White Bonde Sweets,  Jalebi and Mouchak Sweets at arambag bus stand.

How to Reach


Kamarpukur is situated at a distance of 104 km. from Kolkata, 45 km from Tarakeswar and 16 km from Arambag.

Train

  • From Howrah to Arambagh daily trains available. Then take a bus for Kamarpukur.
  • From Burdwan Railway Station to Arambagh Railway Station and from there to Kamarpukhur.
  • From Durgapur Railway Station to Bankura Railway Station from there to Kamarpukur by bus.

Bus

CSTC, SBSTC, Private Buses are also available from Sahidminer (Kolkata) to Kamarpukur – Jairambati – Bisnupore -Bankura – Mukutmanipur – Susunia – Santaldih – Durgapur. The approximate time taken is 3 hours from Kolkata usually. Busses are available from 6.15 am up to 3.30 pm in an interval of 30 minutes. Only CSTC buses are available for Kamarpukur from esplaned at 6 o’clock, fair Rs. 41. Local buses are also available from Arambag, Tarakeswar, Burdwan.

Car

Can be travelled through the Bombay Road to Ghatal via Panskura.

Accommodation


Ram Krishna Mission has own guesthouse. Prasad (lunch) will be available at 11.30 am through advance coupon. Coupons are available within 9.30 am.

Write a reply letter to:
The President, 
Ramakrishna Math,Kamarpukur,
Village: Kamarpukur, District: Hoogly ( W.B), Pin: 712 612
Telephone: (+91) 03211-244221
Fax: (+91) 03244-244763
E-Mail: rkmkpukur@gmail.com, rkmkpukur@yahoo.com

Jilla parisad bungllow is also available 1 km. away from the mission.
Write to: District Engineer, Hooghly District Board, Chinshurah
Telephone: 26802139

Private hotel:

Relux Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 400-1000
Telephone: 244699/9434345328
Kolkata Booking: 9748114667/25136161

Gadadhar Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 200-250
Telephone: 244041

Kamarpukur Tourist Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 200-300
Telephone: 244699/9434345328

Sri Ramakrishna-Saradha Lodge, on the way to ashram

When to Go


Kamarpukur is popular all through the year. But winter season is preferable to visit.

Nearby Places


Jayrambati

Jayrambati is a village of Bankura district in West Bengal. Maa Sarada Devi was born in Jayrambati in 1853. Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev married Maa Sarada Devi when she was only six years old. Not only wife she was spiritual companion of Sri SriRamkrishna Dev. Find Out More →

Tarakeswar

Tarakeswar is located 51km. away from Jayrambati. Tarakeswar is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Tarakeswar is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Principal attraction of this town is the temple of Taraknath wherein Lord Siva is woreshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghos in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

 

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Jayrambati is a village of Bankura district in West Bengal. Maa Sarada Devi was born in Jayrambati in 1853. Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev married Maa Sarada Devi when she was only six years old. Not only wife she was spiritual companion of Sri SriRamkrishna Dev. Therefore Jayrambati has become one of the holy place for the followers of Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev and Maa Sarada Devi.

Attraction


  • Matri mandir: Matri mandir is the temple of Maa Sarada Devi. Here the image of Sarada Devi was made of white marble. This temple was founded in 1923 on her birth place. The inauguration day (Akshay Tritia) of the temple is celebrated in every year. The temple is opened from 4.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20 p.m. (October – march) and from 4.00a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20.30 p.m. (April – September).
  • Nara Narayan Mandir: This temple was founded by Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission in 1985 . The temple is opened from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20.00 p.m.
  • Sarada Devi’s old house: Sarada Devi lived in this house from 1863 to 1915.
  • Sarada Devi’s new house: Sarada Devi lived in this new house from 1916 to 1920.
  • Punnipukur (pond) used by Sarada Devi.
  • Sundar Narayan and Sri Sri Sitala Mandir : Sarada Devi’s family god Sundar Narayan and Sri Sri Sitala Mandir were situated at the bank of Punnipukur.
  • Singha Bahini Temple located in the village.
  • Tourist may visit Sihar village which is 3 k.m. away from Jayrambati. Sri Hriday Mukherjee, nephew of Ram Krishna Lived in Sihar village manuscript of Sri Chandi written by Ram Krishna is maintained here till now. There is a temple of lord Santinath Siva.
  • Rest room of Sarada Devi at Koal para.
  • Various temples in Kotolpur.

How to Reach


Jayrambati is located 98km. away from Kolkata and 6km. away from Kamarpukur. Approximate time taken is three and half hours from Kolkata usually.

Bus

  • So many buses are available from Kamarpukur to Jayrambati.
  • CSTC buses run from Sahid Miner (Kolkata) to Jayrambati everyday. Private buses are also available from Dunlop bridge.
  • From Tarakeshwar to Arambagh, from Arambagh to Joyrambati Via Kamarpukhur.
  • From Bishnupur to Joyrambati.

Train

  • From Howrah to Arambagh daily trains available. Then take a bus for Jayrambati.
  • From Burdwan Railway Station to Arambagh Railway Station and from there to Joyrambati via Kamarpukhur.
  • From Durgapur Railway Station to Bankura Railway Station from there to Joyrambati.

Car

Can be travelled through the Bombay Road to Ghatal via Panskura.

When to Go


Jayrambati is popular all through the year. But winter season is preferable to visit.

 Accommodation


Ram Krishna Mission has own guesthouse. Prasad (lunch) will be available at noon through advance coupon. Coupons are available within 9 am.

Write a reply letter to:
Sri Sri Matri Mandir & Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Sevashrama
P.O. Joyrambati, District: Bankura
West Bengal, Pin – 722 161, India
Telephone: +91 3244 244 214, +91 3244 244 910, +91 3244 244 911
E-mail: mm244214@bsnl.inmm244214@gmail.com, ssmmandir@vsnl.net

Ramkrishna-Vivekananda Mission
7 River Side Road, Barrackpur, 24 N Parganas
Telephone: 25945025

Private hotel:
Ma Sarada Yatri Niwas, New Matri Mandir
Telephone: 03244 244619, 9800427575
Deluxe room: 200–250

Sarada Tourist Lodge
Deluxe room: 250-300, Dormitory bed: 50

Nichalal Lodge, Bus stand
Telephone: 03244 244268
Deluxe room: 200–350

Jayrambati Atithi Niwas
Jayrambati

Nearby Places


Kamarpukur

Kamarpukur is located 6km. away from Jayrambati. Sri Sri Ramakrishna Dev (1836 – 1886), the great religious prophet, was born in Kamarpukur of Hooghly district in West Bengal. Therefore Kamarpukur becomes one of the holy places. Famous artist Nandalal Basu planned for a marvellous temple of Sri Ramkrisna on his birthplace, Dhenkisal in 1951. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

Tarakeswar

Tarakeswar is located 51km. away from Jayrambati. Tarakeswar is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Tarakeswar is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Principal attraction of this town is the temple of Taraknath wherein Lord Siva is woreshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghos in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

 

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The Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram is located in the vicinity of Amarkanan and is one of the various tourist destinations that you will see in the wonderful district of Bankura in West Bengal. The Asram was built in order to commemorate Amar Chattapadhyay, who happened to be a freedom fighter.

What to do at Bankura Ramkrisna Sebadal Asram


The Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram in Bankura is a prime spot when it comes to enjoying a picnic in an out of the world environment especially for people who are from the cities.

How to get to Bankura Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram


Tourists willing to get to the Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram can avail buses that ply from Durgapur to Bankura and pass through Maliara. The final stoppage for these buses is Amarkanan but it is still advisable to do a routine enquiry before boarding them. However, if one wishes to travel from Kolkata, there are plenty of options such as buses that are run by the local government-operated entities. These are available from the Esplanade, which is also referred to as Dharmatala. One can also avail the slew of trains that are available from Santragachi and Howrah Stations throughout the day. It normally takes longer to reach this place by train as compared to the bus.

Where to stay at Bankura Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram


For people willing to enjoy a night’s stay or two at the Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram in Bankura there are plenty of options. The temple authority has in fact constructed a guest house for that purpose. It is known as the Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram Guest House and Mandir Guest House. In addition, there is a forest bungalow as well for the ones willing to take that route.

In order to book the bungalow you can contact or get in touch with the DFO of the northern Division. Here are the details:

DFO- North Division
Bankura
PC- 722101

In addition there are a number of private hotels where one can stay in Bankura:

Hotel Saptarshi, LALBAZAR, P.O & Dist: Bankura, West Bengal, Pin: 722 101
Phone No: +91-3242-253272/ 251052,
Mob No: +91-9434108611
Email: akduttahotels89@gmail.com

Hotel Saptaparna, CHANDMARIDANGA (AVINASH SARANI), P.O & Dist: Bankura, West Bengal, Pin: 722 101
Phone No: +91(3242) 254375 / 255952
Mob No: +91-9434062574
Email: akduttahotels89@gmail.com

Gouranga Lodge
Hotel Gangotri
Mousumi Lodge
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Located in the Bankura district in West Bengal, Bishnupur is also known as Vishnupur. This town is situated in what was previously known as Rarh and is well known for its terracotta temples and a culinary delight named postor bora.

Tourist Locations at Bishnupur


Jorbangla Temple: Jorebangla Temple of Keshto Rai was erected during the 17th century by Raghunath Singha Dev II, who happened to be a local monarch. The roof of this temple is built in the chala style, which is a classical and eminently identifiable tradition of Bengali architecture. The temple also features terracotta carvings that can be described as elaborate.

Shyamrai Temple: Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai was also built by King Raghunath Singha during 1643. The walls in this temple also have the usual terracotta carvings and depict various incidents from the life of Krishna. This is also one of the bigger temples in Bishnupur.

Dalmadal Caman is historically important as well. It was said to have been used to protect the city when the Bargis or Maratha raiders attacked it.

Madanmohan Temple: The Madanmohan Temple was built by King Durjana Singh Deva during 1694 AD and it has been constructed in the Ekaratna style. It has a flat roof and is square in shape. It also features carved cornices that are topped by a pinnacle. The carvings on the temple walls are also lovely to look at and show scenes from mythological texts like Ramayana, Puranas and Mahabharat.

Rasmancha: The Rasmancha is the most age old structure in Bishnupur constructed using bricks. Bir Hambir built this pyramid like structure in 1587 and it is located right in the midst of the town. When the Rasa Festival is organized deities from all the other temples are brought to this place. Some canons, which were used during the reign of the Malla monarchs, can be seen here as well.

Lalbandh: Bir Singh built the seven lakes named Pokabandh, Shyambandh, Kalindibandh, Jamunabandh, Gantatbandh, Krishnabandh, and Lalbandh in 1658. Lakes were made for drinking water and to protect the town from enemy.

Bishnupur Fair: Newest attraction of Bishnupur is ‘Bishnupur Mela’ or ‘Bishnupur Fair’. It starts at 23rd December and ending date is 27th December near the Madanmohan Temple. Now it has become a national fair.

Bishnupur Utsav: A recent addition is the Bishnupur Utsav just after the fair. It is a classical music and dance festival in recognition of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana‘ in music.

Jogesh Chandra Museum or Acharya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan opening time 11 am-7 pm, Entry fee Rs. 5, Telephone: (03244) 252697

Following are the other leading spots for tourists at Bishnupur:

  • Nandalal Temple
  • Chhinnamasta Temple
  • Radhamadhab Temple
  • Jugol Kishore Temple
  • Kalachand Temple
  • Mahapravu Temple
  • Radhagovinda Temple
  • Radhalaljiu
  • Sarbamangala
  • Krishna-Balaram Temple
  • Mrinmoyee Temple
  • Gumgarh
  • Radhashyam Temple
  • Pathar Durja
  • Garh Durja
  • Malleswar
  • Stone Chariot
  • Sanreswar
  • Nutan Mahal
  • Radhalaljiu Temple
  • Shreenibas Acharya’s memorial

Bishnupur is a small town and all the major tourist attractions are located in close proximity. So, one can travel these by foot or by an auto-rickshaw. However, there is also the added option of a car or an auto rickshaw.

Bishnupur History


Bishnupur presents an opportunity of heritage tourism to the tourists all over the world. Belonging to the Bankura district of West Bengal it has a glorious history and some of the best preserved terracotta temples of historical significance can be found in Bishnupur. Only 130 kilometers from the capital city of Kolkata, it is a lovely getaway from the din and bustle of busy metro life and be lost in the charm of the historical marvels.

Bishnupur was ruled by the Hindu rajas during the Gupta period and paid tribute to Emperor Samudra Gupta after which the kingdom fell into obscurity. It oscillated between being a vassal state and an insignificant independent principality. It again regained power and prestige with the Malla rulers due to which it is often known as the Mallabhum. The Malla rulers were the most illustrious ones of the kingdom with a penchant for building Vishnu temples which is the claim to fame of Bishnupur till date.  The Mallas were Vaishnavas and several terracotta Vishnu temples were built under their supervision in Bankura district during 17th and 18th centuries. These temples are the most marvelous specimens of classical architectural style of Bengal.

Bishunupur flourished under the patronage of the Malla kings of Bankura district and they made it their capital. The founder of the dynasty was Raghunath I (Adi Malla) in 694 AD whose name when translated means the ‘supreme or unique wrestler. He was also known as the Bagdi king of Bishnupur and was a Vaishnav. Adi Malla was succeeded by his son, Jay Malla followed by 40 other kings among whom Kalu Malla, Kau Malla, Jhau Malla and Sur Malla are quite well known for extending their territory and ruling the land with able hands.

During 1589 AD Bir Hambir, another famous name in history ruled the kingdom during which the worship of Madan Gopal was commenced. He is known to be the contemporary of Emperor Akbar and built the Rasmancha. Bir Hambir was converted to Vaishnavism by Srinivasa, the great devotee of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After Bir Hambhir, Raghunath Singh rose to power and was the first king of Bishnupur to use Singh- the Kshatriya title. The golden period in art and religion began during his rule with several temples being constructed. The Jor Bangla, Shyam Rai and Kalachand Temples and the Rasmancha were by Raghunath Singh between 1643 and 1656.

Bir Singh took the reins of the kingdom after Raghunath Singh and equally capable a ruler. He built the Lalji temple in 1658 and seven lakes named Pokabandh, Shyambandh, Kalindibandh, Jamunabandh, Gantatbandh, Krishnabandh, and Lalbandh. His queen was also a devotee of Lord Vishnu and built temples of Murali Mohan and Madan Mohan during 1655. Durjan Singh was the last ruler of the Hindu Kings in Bishnupur after which the power fell into the hands of the Muslim monarchs. Apart from the terracotta architecture, Bishnupur also gained importance for its Tussar silk and Baluchari sari along with the Bishnupur Gharana of classical music.

How to get to Bishnupur


Kolkata is the location that is most convenient if one wants to visit Bishnupur from outside West Bengal. From Kolkata one can avail buses run by Calcutta State Transport Corporation or South Bengal State Transport Corporation. These buses are available from Esplanade and the journey lasts from 4-5 hours. The distance by road is shorter than by train at 150 km.

In case one wants to take the train they can avail any of the following options:

Rupashi Bangla Express, Santragachi 6.25 am
Purulia Express, Howrah 4.50 pm
Siromoni Fast Passenger, Howrah 5.45 pm
Santragachi-Porbandar Kaviguru Express, Santragachi 9.25 pm ( Sunday only)
Rajjyarani Triweekly Express, Shalimar 6.40 am
Aranyak Express, Shalimar 7.45 am
Howrah-Chakradharpur Passenger, Howrah 11.05 pm

The journey by train covers 201 km and lasts for 3 and half hours to a shade more than 4 hours. One can also get to Kharagpur, Bardhaman, Midnapur and Durgapur from Howrah by train and then take a bus from there. One could also get to Arambag or Midnapore by bus and then take a local bus from these places to Bishnupur. These local buses are available after every 45 minutes. It takes about 3 hours to get to Bishnupur from Arambagh and from Midnapore the time is half an hour more. One might also take a bus to Bishnupur from Tarakeshwar or Asansol.

What is the ideal time to visit Bishnupur


Bishnupur experiences rather high temperatures during the summer season. So, it is better to visit it during the winters when the temperatures come down and the conditions are better.

Where to stay at Bishnupur


Bishnupur Tourist Lodge, Bishnupur
(Run by West Bengal Tourism)
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 700
Telephone: 03244-252013, 253561
Kolkata booking: 033-22437260, 22485168, 22488271.
Standard double-rooms, 4-bedded rooms and dorms are available here.

Meghmallar Hotel, Opp. Bus Stand, Bishnupur Town
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 500
Telephone: 03244-252258

Hotel Bishnupur, Bishnupur Town
Telephone: 03244-252243

Pourasabha Parytakabas

Bishnupur Lodge

Monalisa Lodge, Bishnupur Town, Bankura
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 700
Telephone.: 09831031895
Monalisa Loge is a budget option to stay in Bishnupur. It offers budget accommodation in its standard double rooms.

Bishnupur Hotel, Bishnupur
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 500

Laxmi Park Hotel, Near State Bank Of India, Gailapara, Bishnupur
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 2,000

Udayan Lodge, College Road, Bishnupur Town
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 900

Dev & Dev Lodge

Mallabhum Lodge

Nearby Places


Mukutmanipur
Forest Lodge: 22437260, 22370060-61
Hotel Aparajita: 033- 22437260

Jhilimili
03243-240217/240300, 033-22485829

Jairambati and Kamarpukur
Ramkrishna Mission- 03244-244214, 03211-244222

Koro Hills
DFO- North Division, Bankura

Botanical Garden
DFO- North Division, Bankura

Kalachand Temple

Susunia Hills
Youth Hostel -033-22480626

Sutan Forest
Forest Lodge-033-24799032/7392, 03242-250758

Amarkanan
DFO- North Division, Bankura

Bankura Beliator
DFO- North Division, Bankura

Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram
Mandir Guest House

Biharinath Hill

Ranibandh
Ranibandh Forest Guest House

Chhander Gram

DFO- North Division, Bankura

Chechuria Eco Park
DFO, Panchet Soil Conservation
Telephone: (03244) 252189

Sonamukhi
DFO- North Division, Bankura

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