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.

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Amartya Bag

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Cooch Behar is a district in north east West Bengal with a royal heritage. It is bound by Jalpaiguri to its north, by Assam to its east and by Bangladesh to its south. It used to be ruled by the Koch dynasty and therefore this name. Cooch Behar became a district in West Bengal in 1950 and is the only planned district in north Bengal on the Himalayan foothills. Since the Cooch Behar Palace still holds significance in the development of the district, it has been declared as a heritage town. Cooch Behar also happens to be the maternal home of Maharani Gayatri Devi. The residents enjoy a lovely climate and the best time to visit is during November through February when the temperature is between 10 and 24 degree Centigrade.

How to reach Cooch Behar


Cooch Behar is very well connected with other parts of the country through rail, road and air. Cooch Behar railway station is well connected to the rails of all the metro cities and all the superfast and express trains halt at Cooch Behar railway station. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation runs buses to and from West Bengal, Assam and Bihar to reach Cooch Behar. Private buses also ply to Cooch Behar and the bus terminus is near the palace. Taxis can be found near Transport Chowpathi and rickshaws have become a major mode of transport within the town. People traveling in aircraft can either arrive at Cooch Behar Airport or Bagdogra Airport located in Siliguri. Bagdogra airport is 160 kilometers from Cooch Behar.

Accommodation in Cooch Behar


There are several hotels in Cooch Behar for visiting tourists. They range from budget accommodation to luxury and deluxe ones with room rents ranging from as low as 225 INR to as high as 3000 INR per night. You will get standard rooms as well as suites according to your taste. Facilities vary depending on the type of hotel you choose to stay. Most of the hotels are located either near bus stands or near railway station making them easily accessible by tourists. In Cooch Behar mostly local delicacies are served in the restaurants. However, the luxury hotels with their restaurant facility serve multi-cuisine preparations.

Attractions in Cooch Behar


100_1007Cooch Behar is a city of royal heritage and it still proudly presents the Cooch Behar Palace in its full glory to the tourists. The Rajbari as it is locally known is an imposing building built in Italian Renaissance style. Constructed by the great Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887, this magnificent structure is 1.5 meters in height covering an area of 4768 square meters. When you step inside the palace you will notice the royal insignia everywhere and the floor is marble. The palace has more than 5 rooms and halls including the Durbar Hall, library, kitchen, bedrooms, billiard rooms, dressing room, dining, ladies gallery and many more.

Next in importance is the Madan Mohan Temple. Constructed during 1880s by Raja Nripendra Narayan, it is dedicated to Lord Madan Mohan along with shrines of Bhvani, Tara and Kali. The Raash Mela during Raash Purnima is an important festival when the temple is illuminated and becomes crowded with hundreds of worshippers. Other tourist attractions include Sagar Dighi, Moti Mahal, Laal Bagh, Ananda Ashram, MNJ Club, Rani Bagan, Patton Tank, and Hiranyagarbha Shiva Temple.

 

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2-2.5 kilometers downhill from Rishyap, the 2nd last village of West Bengal a small village within ideal trekking rout. You can go through the main road which is 1 kilometer uphill from Rishyap and then turn left for downhill within the jungle. Other than that there is a short cart. The short cart road is very beautiful and enjoyable for an ideal trek. Start walking from in front of the Resort Sonar Tari for downhill. There is a narrow footpath here. You need to cross a small falls to reach the main village. Cross the village and ask for the “Mandir” road, the villagers will show you the road for Seole Village. There is a big “Shri Shiva Buddha Temple” at the end of the village.  Tired?? Take rest and ask water from any village houses, they are very helpful.

If you have time in your hand go for the last village of West Bengal. There you will have Pears (Nashpati) garden and peach fruit garden here. You can reach to Sikkim by walking from here within 8h hour.

During the time of returning collect phone number from Suntec Resort, Hotel Neils, Ice View Cottage etc. for your next trip to Rishyap.

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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 where in Lord Siva is worshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghosh in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India.

Attraction


  • Taraknath Temple: Tourists visit the temple throughout the year. Sivratri, Gajan and Sravani mela are most famous festivals of the temple.
  • Doodh Pukur: Doodh pukur is a sacred pond at temple area. The state government have taken appropriate antipollution measures to make the water of the pond useable by the pilgrims for the people of taking bath and puja.
  • Rajbari: Tourists may visit the rajbari beside the Doodh pukur. Jamindar of this place used to stay in this palace.
  • Shravani Mela: shravani mela is a popular fair which held during the bengali month of shravn (mid-July to mid-August).This time is auspicious to Hindus. Devotees come through out India to join this festival.
  • Buddha Temple

How To Reach


Tarakeswar is just 58 km. away from Kolkata and is within easy reach. It is possible to visit the temple and return to Kolkata within a few hour.

Train

  • There are 24 pair local train from Howrah throughout the day. 58 Km Distance from Howrah to Tarakeswar.
  • Trains are available from Saorafuly junction.
  • Take train from Kamarkundu station (Howrah-Burdwan chord line).
  • Easily accessible from Arambag station. Then take buses  for Tarakeswar via Joyrambati – Kamarpukhur.
  • Also it is accessible from Bishnupur station  also.

Road

Bus stand is situated on the north side of the rail station. CSTC buses are available from Sahid Miner at Kolkata maidan. Tarakeswar is connected by different bus routs: Tarakeswar – Chinsura, Tarakeswar – arambag, Tarakeswar -Burdwan etc.

Passenger cars (treker) are also available to travel from different parts of the district.

There are numerous option for car rental as well.

Accommodation


Tarakeswar offers all kinds of accommodation, suitable for every budget. Many private hotels and guest houses are available.

Tarakeswar Municipality Guest house
Deluxe Room: Rs. 150-600, A/c Deluxe  Room: Rs. 900, Dormitory Bed: Rs. 30 (one mandatory meal with extra charge)
Telephone: (03212) 276330

Tarakeswar Tourist Lodge (WBTDC), Guest house road, Ward-7
Telephone: (03212) 279332
A/c Deluxe Room: Rs. 600/900/1100/1600/2200, Dormitory Bed: Rs. 120
Kolkata Booking, Telephone: 22488271/9051057272

Kanoria Atithi Bhawan, Station road (near rail station)
Room: Rs. 150-225
Telephone: (03212) 276297

Tarakeswar Super Lodge, Near bus stand (opposite of rail station)
Deluxe room: Rs. 350-1000
Telephone: (03212) 276371

Other than these, there are numerous options at Budget Hotels, Hanuman Parisad Dharamshala, Panda’s house etc.

When To Visit


Tarakeswar is popular all through the year. However, it is better to avoid the month of July and August when the place experiences heavy crowd for ‘Shravani mela’.

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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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Baranagore or Baranagar is famous for its well-known temple compound which was constructed by Rani Bhabani (1714-1793), who was the Zamindar of Natore in Murshidabad. She wanted to build Baranagar as largely as Kashi. Baranagore is actually a temple complex, consisting of around 12 temples, stretching for around half kilometres. Baranagar is often referred to as Bengal’s Kashi.

Baranagore is closely located to Azimganj and the entire temple compound is simply captivating.  The unique feature of these temples is that they have been constructed with bricks and are regarded as one of the most outstanding instances of the terracotta art of Bengal.

The principal temples are the Charbangla, Bhabinaswara, Rajrajeshwari, and Jor Bangla temples. People also visit the palace of the royal dynasty.

History of Baranagore


Rani Bhabani had her residence on the riverbanks of the holy Bhagirathi. She was famous for donating huge amounts of money to charitable organizations. A significant part of Rani’s Zamindari was bequeathed to the Brahmins as rent free land or Lakhiraj to support them and perform other benevolent purposes.  Rani Bhabani was an ardent supporter of Hinduism and donated freely for promoting learning. Her dedication and piousness were unmatched and her name as a religious, god-fearing, progressive and kind woman became familiar in every home of Bengal. She paid Rs.70 Lakhs to the Nazim, the then ruler of Bengal, as revenue and accumulated rents (khazna) amounting to over Rs.1.5 crores. Unfortunately, she lost her husband at the age of only 32. However, she became a celebrity among the common people due to her governing astuteness. Motivated by the learning of Hinduism, she wished to construct a Varanasi in Bengal. Beginning since 1755, a rambling compound housing more than 12 temples was constructed in Baranagore. Most of them have been ruined. However, some are still there which bear testimony to the grandeur of the yesteryears of Bengal.

There is an image of “Panchanan Shiv” at the southermost area of the complex. There are five faces (Panch= five) of this image.

About Baranagore Temples

These temples are a symbol of Hindu Zamindari in Murshidabad district during the 18th century. They are closely located to the Azimganj station and the distance is just around one mile. The temple compound covers a radius of 1.5 km and is ascribed to the Raja of Natore and his family. Rani Bhabani was the principal proposer of this complex and added a number of creative and artistic features.

Charbangla Mandir

This is the principal tourist draw of Baranagore. It was constructed in 1760 and is a tiny four-sided field bordered by four large temples. There are three entrances to every temple and three Shiva idols inside. You will also see pictures of Mahabharata and Ramayana on the walls of the mandir. The dochala pattern of Bengali architecture is a unique aspect of this temple. Its wrapped in terracota.

Bhabaniswara Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was constructed by Rani Bhabani’s daughter Tarasundari. The elevation is 18 meters (with a structure resembling an inverted flower atop with lotus petals spread in 8 directions) and you will find wall paintings in the exterior and interior of the temple. The dome atop the temple is quite big. It was built in 1755.

Raj Rajeshwari Temple

This temple is home to a statue of Goddess Durga which was manufactured by combining eight metals, also known as Ashta Dhatu. You will also find the Hindu deities of Jaidurga, Madangopal, Vishnu, Mahalakhsmi and Karunamoyee. There is an image of Lord Shiva with five faces, also known as Panchanan Shiva. Framed in 6*3 panel, the image of Maa Durga is a perfect picture of grandeur and artistic splendor. The delapidated castle in which Rani breathed her last, is also on the northern side. Keep walking further north and you will come across  Ashta Bhij Ganesh Mandir and Jora Bangla Mandir

Jor Bangla Temple

It is also known as the Gangeshwar Temple. It is the finest example of terracotta architecture in Bengal during the 18th century. There are three Shiva mandirs as its subset and they are the Kastureshwar Shiva, the Gangeshwar Shiva and the Nageshwar Shiva. The distance from Charbangla Mandir is one kilometer. Jor stands for pair and Gangeshwar Mandir comprises two identical Ek-bangala mandirs that are immensely decorated and rest on three archways. The Shivalingam of Kastureshwar Temple was set up by Kasturi Devi, Rani’s mother.

A Gopal Mandir built by Tarashundari is delapidated today.

How to reach Baranagore


The distance of Murshidabad from Kolkata is about 221 km. There is good connectivity via rail and road.

Accomodation


If you want you can stay at the Azimganj city, a mile away-

Hotel Annapurana and Hotel Akashganga
Deluxe room: 200 A/c 800
Telephone: 03483-253575

If you don’t want to stay then traverse the route from Azimganj to Behrampur or Kolkata via Akhraghat by train.

 

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Serampore is an old colonial town of West Bengal. Situated just 24 kilometers from Kolkata, it is a bustling crowded place on the right bank of the Hooghly River. While most of the town is under local administration, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) also covers a part of it. It was the only town to be colonized by the Danish and was known as Frederiksnagore from 1755- 1845. Serampore was famous for its superior education institutions and William Carey founded the Serampore College. It was also the first College University in Bengal. The town is also known for publication of the first Bengali Newspaper, Samachar Darpan.

How to Reach


Serampore is well connected to Kolkata by railways and by road. It takes a little more than 30 minutes to travel to the town by car, while local buses and trains ply at regular intervals from Kolkata.  Mithila Express, Doon Express, and Amritsar Express are some of the long distance trains that travel via Serampore to Kolkata.

The residents of Serampore usually travel to Kolkata for work and education on a daily basis. Both the rail and bus fares are economical and do not exceed Rs 100. Cars for hire and taxis are also available at approximately Rs 200 from Kolkata.

Attractions & Activities


Serampore is currently a satellite town of Kolkata and most people indulge in the normal day-to-day activities while in the town. However, there are quite a few places to visit in the area as a tourist. Some of the most popular ones are:-

Serampore radhaballav jiu temple

Serampore radhaballav jiu temple

Radhaballav Jiu Temple is open to the public; Puja and anjali are performed daily both in the morning and evening. Jhulan Jatra, Janmastami, Nandotsob, Radhastami, Rasjatra and Doljatra are celebrated every year. Radhaballav Jiu Temple is also known as Thakurbari.

Jagannatha Temple had built by Dhrubananda Brahmachari, a devout man of Mahesh at 1397. But this temple is no longer in existence. Present temple in Mahesh was built in 1755 and cost around Rs. 20,000; donated by Nayanchand Mallik of Pathuriaghata at Kolkata.

Mahesh Rath Jatra at Serampore

Mahesh Rath Jatra

Rath Yatra: Mahesh Rath Yatra is Second oldest in India after Puri. Serampore is famous for this and the town receives an unprecedented number of tourists during the occasion.

 

 

 

Serampore Rajbari cross view

Serampore Rajbari

Serampore Rajbari: The Goswamis of Serampore are one of the five Brahmin families whom King of Gaur, Adisur had invited to settle in Bengal, with gifts of land and monies, to grow eternal knowledge. Raghuram; a member of the Goswami family was built a house during the time between 1815 and 1820. Now a days this giant mansion known as “Serampore Rajbari”.

 

 

Danish cemetery: Serampore also houses two Cemeteries dating back to the Danish days. The Baptist Mission Cemetery in Serampore contains the family graves of Carey, Ward and Marshman, while the Danish Cemetery houses several other Danish graves.

 

Serampore College Hooghly District

Serampore College

Serampore College: Since Serampore was a Danish Colony from 1755 to 1845, the Baptist missionaries were given all encouragement to develop their educational enterprise by the Danish Governors, Colonel Bie and his successor Colonel Krefting. Joshua Marshman visited Copenhagen and secured from the King of Denmark, Frederick the Sixth, a Royal Charter, empowering the College to confer degrees in all faculties. In other words, Serampore College was considered the third University, the other two being at Copenhagen and at Kiel. In 1845, when the Danish settlement was purchased by the British, the treaty of purchase included provisions for maintaining the rights and immunities granted to the College by the Royal Charter of 1827.

Serampore Jute Mill: India Jute Mill at Serampore, Hooghly became the company’s second composite mill after acquisition in June, 2007. It has an installed capacity 120 MT per day producing Sacking cloth & Bags and Hessian cloth & Bags.  Located next to the prestigious Serampore College of Textiles, the mill has a rich heritage and background in textile and Jute. This unit employs over 4000 individuals and is known in the industry for its immaculate work culture and ethics.

  • Soshan Kali Temple
  • Taramar Bari
  • Srirampur Mahaprovu Bati
  • Ganga ghat
  • Bot tala-This area features a huge 100-year-old Banyan Tree. It is also a busy bus stop at present.
  • Sheoraphuli Raj Debuttar Estate
  • Chatra Shitalatala – famous for its Shitala Mandir and bazaar
  • Chatra Doltala – Sri Chaitanya Mahapravu is rumored to have visited this place.
  • Satimata Mandir

Accommodation


Tourists usually prefer to stay in Kolkata and while visiting Serampore. However, there are quite a few hotels in the area along with guesthouses and paying guest accommodations.

When to Visit


There is no particular season for visiting Serampore. It is accessible throughout the year. However, first time tourists need to avoid the monsoon season particularly the months of June-September while visiting the town.

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