The handmade artifacts of Bishnupur in Bankura are quite famous all over the world. Terracotta is the raw material with which the highly skilled craftsmen of Bishnupur create various artifacts which are magnificent in design and flawless in their shape.

Terracotta Potteries


Terracotta potteries and artifacts are Bengal’s wealth and have a long and glorious history. The theme of the artifact is usually a folk one and quite explicit in its execution. The clay used to make all the handcrafted items is gathered from the river beds, ditches and pits. Usually 2-3 types of clays are mixed to form an alloy to make the world class artifacts appreciated by people. The craftsmen still use the traditional form of kilns to bake the clay pots using firewood, dry leaves and twigs. The pots are baked at a temperature of 700-800 degree Celsius. Not only men but the women also help in creating these beautiful objects. The women potters generally work on the wheels to give the pots their round neck on the upper halves. These round necks are perfect in shape. The potters also make clay dolls and other toys for children. Most of these toys and dolls are cast in burnt clay moulds which are typical of Bishnupur.  Not only toys and pots, they also make animal figures, wind chimes and jewelry items from burnt clay or terracotta which is quite famous. The terracotta horse structures are treasured by tourists.

Dokra Metal Casting


Dokra metal casting is another interesting form of craft practiced by the tribes of Bishnupur who are known as the Dokra Damar. This eponymous crafting technique is basically done with wax and the items created have a lovely hue and texture. The process of Dokra casting is also referred to as ‘cire perdue’ technique or lost wax casting process. Dokra items have clay as their core material over which wax is coated. After the wax coating, a clay paste coating is applied on the model and dried for some time. The traditional hollow casting method is followed by which wax is replaced by another molten metal; in this case it is usually brass. A number of objects are made from dokra which include cutlery, jewelry items, lamp, chains, religious symbols, bells and many more. People who love tribal designs buy dokra objects to beautify their homes. Dokra jewelries are also popular among women. The art of okra is a surviving legacy of the region.

Handcrafted Silverware


Handcrafted silverware is also hallmark of Bishnupur, Bankura tradition of handicrafts. The art of making silver items is quite old in the region with many skilled craftsmen practicing it. Silver enameling is done on various figures of home décor to enhance the appearance and add to their charm. Filigree designs on silverware can be found in abundance in the region. The objects comprising of these designs look outstanding and delicate. Then there are items made from silver. Various figures, jewelry items, utensils are made from silver which are embellished with beautiful designs making them appear unparallel in their beauty. These can be the perfect gifts for special occasions.

Tussar Silk


Tussar Silk is produced from silkworms. It is also known as Tusser, Tushar and Tussah and the sarees made from this particular silk is very popular in India. Its popularity is due to the gold sheen and has shorter fibres. It is the chosen material for saris and also punjabis for Indian men. The gold sheen makes it appear rich textured and also shimmering. Bulk production is Tussar silk is done in India out of which around 40% is from West Bengal. The tussar silk sarees produced in Bankura are famous for their kantha stitch which is a particular type of stitching process done by hand instead of machines. Kantha stitched silk sarees are quite expensive and exquisite. Tussar silk sarees are available in various beautiful colors. Tussar silk is also used to make punjabis for men and salwar suits for ladies. These traditional apparels also appear beautiful made from this silk. Producing Tussar silk is considered to be a cottage industry in Bankura where a large number of handlooms are found. This is a tradition of Bankura and thus the weavers still maintain the conventional handloom process to produce the silk sarees. Tussar Silk is also known by another name which is Kosa Silk. Tussar Silk clothes are exported to Gulf countries, to the USA and also various European countries. Know More →

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Koro Hill is quite a popular tourist attraction in Bankura. The hill is 400 feet high with a hamlet called Amarkanan at its foothills. This scenic location is only 19 kilometers away from Bankura and is a favored picnic and trekking spot for tourists and locals alike. Do avoid the months of May, June and July if you wish to trek the mountain due to heavy rainfall. Visit during the other 9 months and enjoy the surroundings and the village.

Like every other tourist spot in Bankura, this place also has a beautiful and old temple of Devi Ashtabhuja or Durga also known as Savitri situated atop the hill behind which you will notice a Shivalinga along with his pet the Bull. There is also Badrinath Hill close by which is an established center of Jainism. The diversity in the flora of this hill is mesmerizing. Amarkanan village derives its name from the famous freedom fighter Amar Chattopadhyay. The Ram Krishna Seva Dal Ashram situated in this village has realized the mission of the freedom fighter helping the people become independent. This Ashram which has now become one of the supreme attractions of the village was established by Dri Gobinda Prasad Singha, who was a zamindar and a Gandhian freedom fighter himself.

The ashram has a formidable history and was visited by the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Satish Dasgupta and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose among others. In fact, the prolific poet Kazi Nazrul had composed a song “Amarkanan moder Amarkanan” during his stay at the ashram.

How to Reach


It is easy to reach the Koro Hills and Amarkanan from Bankura by boarding a bus. The journey is quite smooth through the village roads. If you are coming from Durgapur, board the Durgapur-Bankura bus from SBSTC and you can reach the spot. Private minibuses are also available from Durgapur (39 km) or Bankura (22 km) via Amarkanan.

Koro Hills is a beautiful tourist destination and standing at the temple you can view the Gangdua Dam on Shali River and also the famous Susunia hills within 12 kilometers distance from Koro Hills. The Amarkanan is a lovely getaway from the din and bustle of city life where you can savor the simple and easygoing lifestyle of the ashramites. The breathtaking scenery has a tranquilizing effect on tired nerves and you will enjoy nature’s abundance at the Koro Hills.

 Where to stay at Koro Hills


For people willing to enjoy a night’s stay or two at the Koro Hills in Bankura there are plenty of options. The Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram 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

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Sonamukhi gets its name from the local deity Swarnamukhi Devi and is a busy municipality in Bankura district in West Bengal. It is situated at a distance of 34 kilometers from Bishnupur and falls enroute to Hadal Narayanpur from Bishnupur. Apart from the temples located in Sonamukhi, it is also famous as the birthplace of KusumKumari Devi and Haranath who are deemed to be the reincarnations of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the founder of Vaishnav sect. Sonamukhi is therefore a place of religious and well as historical significance. It also holds lots of interest for the lovers of art and architecture.

Sonamukhi has a glorious history of being one of the leading producers of cotton, silk and indigo during the British rule in India. Therefore, it has been referred to as a weavers’ village in many documents and literary books of the time. However, now the village is popular because of its terracotta temples and witnesses visitors almost throughout the year. The most famous and unique one is the Sridhar temple which has 25 pinnacles. This feature of the temple renders it a unique quality. There are only 5 such temples in Bengal and Sridhar in Sonamukhi constructed by Kanai Rudra, a weaver is one of them. The Archaeology department of the state has shown lot of interest in this temple and it has been preserved beautifully by them.

Attractions


There are 5 Rasmanchas in Sonamukhi scattered in different parts of the town. You can spot them while exploring the town through its lanes, by lanes and markets. The Sridhar Temple is located in the interior and you will have to walk through a by lane to arrive at the destination. However, you will be astounded by the terracotta plaques on the temple walls. Scenes like Lord Shiva’s marriage, exchange of Lord Krishna as a child and Brahma originating from Lord Vishu’s naval are depicted on the walls. The wooden door of the temple has the typical style of temple gates in Bengal.

Around Sonamukhi


Some of the houses nearby are centuries old and you can see the remains of residential architectural specimens on them. At a short distance lies another temple. This is the temple of Sitala Devi. The temple is a flat roofed one with 5 pinnacled structure. Just behind the temple is the Siddeshwar Rasmancha painted in blue making a pretty picture. Nest to the Sitala temple is a Laxminarayan Jiu Temple which has been constructed following the typical duel style architecture. This temple was built in the year 1364 according to Bengali calendar.

The Swarnamukhi Temple is located in Shyambazaar area. Gaja Lakshmi is the shrine here with two elephants. The typical horse and elephant figures of Bankura can be spotted on the interiors especially on the walls. The Gopalbed area of Sonamukhi has the ruins of an ancient temple of which he pillars and the spire remain. The structures on the temple walls are quite impressive. The Giri Gobardhan and the renovated Radha Gobinda temples of Babuapara are beautiful to look at accompanied with Rasmanchas among which one is 17 pinnacled.

How to Reach


Visitors can reach Sonamukhi by road on bus and also by train.

Where to stay at Sonamukhi


In order to book the bungalow you can contact or get in touch with the DFO of the northern Division. Or you could back to Burdwan city which is 60 km form Sonamukhi.

Here are the details:

DFO- North Division,Bankura
PC- 722101

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Durgapur Barrage is situated across the Damodar River in Durgapur. It is located in the Burdwan district of West Bengal. It is a major part of the Damodar Valley Project creating hydroelectricity from Damodar and its tributary Barakar River. Durgapur Barrage constructed downstream is controlled by the government of West Bengal. The dam’s control along with the canal network was handed over to the West Bengal Government in the year 1964.

The Durgapur Barrage was built in 1955 to a length of 692 meters and height of 12 meters. The barrage constitutes 34 gates sized 18.3m ×4.9m. The tally of 34 is reached by taking into account the under sluices as well. The right and left under sluices are 18.3m x 5.5 m (60 ft x 18 ft). Among the canals, the right bank main canal is 88.5 kilometers long while the left main canal is 136.8 kilometers long. Besides the main canals there are also branches which make an accumulated length of 2,494 kilometers. The left bank canal discharges 260 cubic meters per second whereas the right bank canal discharges 64.3 cubic meters per second. The catchment area of the Damodar-Barakar Basin is 19,547 square kilometers. The linear waterway is 622 meters.

A few steps ahead from the main barrage is a canal. There is a short foot bridge. Try to have a look the lock gate is open. Enjoy the thrill in your body.

How to Reach


Arriving at Durgapur Barrage is easy because it can be easily accessed from all quarters of the country. The nearest airport to the barrage is Dhanbad airport which is situated at a distance of 94 kilometers. The nearest railway station is the Durgapur Junction Station located only 2 kilometers from the barrage making it easy for people to reach the barrage.

Other attractions near Durgapur Barrage


When you are through with the barrage, you can take a look around because there are quite a few places of interest nearby. Within a radius of 2-5 kilometers, there is the Durga Statue, Makalir Mandir, Ram Mandir, Loknath Babas Mandir and also Bhabani Pathak’s Cave and Tilla. The City Center Church and the Kumaramangala Park are also closeby.

If you are in a mood to shop or just wish to pick up a souvenir you can visit the Muchipara Market, and CBI Mamra Bazaar, Lal Bazaar which are within 5 kilometers of the Durgapur Barrage. The Faridpur Mini market is 7 kilometers from the barrage. There are also a couple of malls among which the Junction Mall and the Suhatta Shopping Mall are famous. If you wish to beat your fatigue, then catch a sip of your favorite drink at the High Octane Pub.

 

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Biharinath Hill is a famous attraction in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is located in the northwestern side of the district and stands tall at a height of 448 meters being the highest in Bankura. It is a part of the Chotanagpur Plateau and was deemed to be the center of Jainism in ancient times. The area is known for its natural beauty and diversity. The lush green and dense forests are covered by blossoms of shimul, palash and kaash flowers spreading the beautiful fragrance to the surrounding. Biharinath Hill is flanked by River Damodar on one side and by Purulia district on the other.

This picturesque tourist destination also boasts of a diverse fauna and animal life. One can get a glimpse of fox, hare, wild boar, pangolin, hyena, racaphorus, chameleon and hear the twittering of colorful birds while walking along the trail. With its natural richness and Paleolithic origin the Biharinath hills have gained the attention of the archaeologists as well.

Apart from the flora and fauna, the place is also known for a famous Shiva temple due to which it is sometimes referred to as the Biharinath Dham by the Hindus. A leisurely walk around the winding roads of the hills through the forests while the sun rises and sets will compel you to extend your sojourn. For tourists who love adventure Biharinath hill offers loads. Have a nice time scaling the hilltop within 1-2 hours. While climbing the hill, you can explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region closely and you will be surprised by the diversity. Also take a ride on a boat along the lake close to Biharinath Temple.

When to Go


If you are fortunate enough to arrive during festive season, then you will be able to witness the grandeur of the festivals during Saraswati puja and Shivratri puja. People from in and around the village gather at the temples to offer prayers with fruits, flowers, milk and various other things. These are quite colorful. Rich and thick Palash blossoms during the months of February through March covering the region beautifully.

How to Reach


Reaching Biharinath Hills is easy with the availability of trains and cars through Madhukunda road. If you have your own transport, then of course take the Madhukunda road from Raghunathpur and if you are travelling by train, then you have to hire a taxi. Remember, to negotiate the rates.

Nearby Places


There are many other tourists attractions located nearby. The Ureshwari Temple is on the western side of the hill and is quite popular. The Joychandi Hill and Binodpur Dam are located within 15 kilometers of Biahrinath Hill. Joychandi Hill is the place where the famous film Hirak Rajar Deshe from the Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen trilogy was shot by the world famous film director Satyajit Ray. Other nearby spots includes Sushunia, Maithon, Boranti, Panchet Dam and Shaltora. All in all everyone will be able to enjoy a trip to the highest hill of Bankura. The Biharinath Hills are an asset of this district.

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Bankura, a quaint sleepy district in western part of the West Bengal, is best known for its terracotta temples standing since ancient times. Apart from that, it also seems to be Mother Nature’s special child which has been handpicked and is blessed with mountains, dense forests, streams and what not. Unfortunately, it had failed to attract tourists from far flung areas though it always seemed to be thronged with local and nearby tourists. But thanks to expansion of tourism sector, from the past two decades Bankura has rose to prominence.

Attractions


Here are some of the major attractions that have successfully catered its guests.

Bankura is the headquarters of Bankura district. Tourism wise, the district is divided in four zones- Eastern zone where Bishnupur, Jayrambati and Kamarpukur is located, in southern zone has Mukutmanipur and Jhilimili, western zone where Shusunia Hills and Biharinath Hill are located and in northern zone has Durgapur barrage and Koro Hills. Major local attractions of Bankura include Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram, Amarkanan, Botanical Garden, Chechuria Eco Park and Bankura Beliator. Don’t miss the tussar silk and handmade artefacts of this region which is a treat to the eyes.

Bankura Town

Bishnupur
When discussing the district of Bankura, Bishnupur deserves the first mention. It has made a prominent place in world map of tourism for its exquisite terracotta temples and world class saree called baluchari, well known for its sophistication. The temples scattered in Bishnupur and its nearby villages loudly speak of the place’s history of last three to four centuries. Main temples are Madanmohan Temple built in 1694. Continue Reading →

Jairambati and Kamarpukur
Jairambati is located in the Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura district. While Jairambati is the birthplace of Holy Mother Sarada Devi, wife and spiritual consort of the Great Swan Sri Ramkrishna, Kamarpukur, located three miles east of Jairambati is the birthplace of the great sage Ramkrishna Deva himself. Geographically it is in Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district. Continue Reading →

Mukutmanipur
When you want a peaceful getaway from maddening crowd and urban life, Come to Mukutmanipur. Standing close to neighboring state Jharkhand, it is located on the confluence of two rivers Kumari and Kangshabati. Together with Jhilimili, Mukutmanipur attracts and caters more than a lakh of tourists every year. There is a dam made of earth in Mukutmanipur which is the second largest in the country. Continue Reading →

Ranibandh
Ranibandh remains a “natural” spectacle spreading 
across a good 7100 hectares, covered by around a dozen of hills and trees or vegetation like Palash, Arjun, Amlaki, Bahera, Piyashal and others. It is also home to several tribal groups including “Mundaa”, “Orao”, “Bhumij”, and “Shantaals”. You can view the God of these tribal groups perched on the peak of the hill/mountain. Continue Reading →

Sutan a tribal village
Do check out the Sutan Lake and enjoy a boating trip here. The steps to this lake descend directly from the bungalow. You can secure the expansive view of the moonlit forest from the tower, placed on the banks of the lake. Continue Reading →

Jhilimili
Jhilimili is a noted tourist destination, located in the Khatra subdivision of the district of Bankura. It is precisely located at the border of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapur. Situated just 70 kilometers away from the Bankura town, the Jhilmili district is an area of dense and imperturbable natural beauty. Continue Reading →

Shusunia Hills
If you are rock climber and at the same time, love historical sites, Shusunia Hills is the right place for you to explore. Archeological Department of West Bengal had found many stone-age tools like scrapers, hand axes, ovates etc from the foothills. These tools belonged to early, middle and the late stone-ages. It is a popular site among the anthropologists. Shusinia Hills are only 20 kms from Bankura and nearest railway station is thus same. Continue Reading →

Biharinath Hill
Biharinath Hill is a famous attraction in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is located in the northwestern side of the district and stands tall at a height of 448 meters being the highest in Bankura. It is a part of the Chotanagpur Plateau and was deemed to be the center of Jainism in ancient times. The area is known for its natural beauty and diversity. The lush green and dense forests are covered by blossoms of shimul, palash and kaash flowers spreading the beautiful fragrance to the surrounding. Biharinath Hill is flanked by River Damodar on one side and by Purulia district on the other.  Continue Reading →

Durgapur Barrage
Durgapur Barrage is situated across the Damodar River in Durgapur. It is located in the Burdwan district of West Bengal. It is a major part of the Damodar Valley Project creating hydroelectricity from Damodar and its tributary Barakar River. Durgapur Barrage constructed downstream is controlled by the government of West Bengal. The dam’s control along with the canal network was handed over to the West Bengal Government in the year 1964. Continue Reading →

Koro Hills
Koro Hill is quite a popular tourist attraction in Bankura. The hill is 400 feet high with a hamlet called Amarkanan at its foothills. This scenic location is only 19 kilometers away from Bankura and is a favored picnic and trekking spot for tourists and locals alike. Do avoid the months of May, June and July if you wish to trek the mountain due to heavy rainfall. Visit during the other 9 months and enjoy the surroundings and the village. Continue Reading →

Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram
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. Continue Reading →

Amarkanan
Amarkanan is a tourist destination located at a certain distance from Bankura. It is basically a small village that is now growing to become a town of sorts with the introduction of centers of education such as a school and a college. It is located right at the foothills of Koro Hill. Koro Hill is a 400 feet tall hill and is fairly popular among the people who keep visiting Bankura every now and then. It is situated 19 km from Bankura. Continue Reading →

Botanical Garden
The Bankura Botanical Garden is situated 21 kilometers away from Beliator, the census town of Bankura. There is an amazing feeling of opting for a night stay at the Bon Bungalow, nearby, situated at Churamanipur which can be reached by turning right from the Makra Road. Continue Reading →

Chechuria Eco Park
The Chechuria Eco Park is located at a distance of 170 km from Kolkata and 26 kilometers away from Bishnupur, which is the prime tourist location in Bankura. It has a large water body and has lots of area where small children can play to their hearts’ content. Continue Reading →

Bankura Beliator
Beliator is the census town of Bankura, in West Bengal. It remains well-known for being the birthplace of Jamini Roy. Situated by the river Shali, this place has an average elevation of 259 feet or 79 metres. For those visiting Beliatore, Channder Graam remains a must-visit as it’s the birthplace of Jamini Roy, the famous India painter awarded with Padma Bhushan in the year 1955. Continue Reading →

Chhander Gram
The court poets and artists of the Malla kings used to live here. It is believed that the village “Chhanda” derives its name from these “Chhandakars” (meaning poets or artists in Bengali). However, there are conflicting views regarding the origin of the name as well. Some opine that the name is taken from “Chandrahaar”. Continue Reading →

Sonamukhi
Sonamukhi gets its name from the local deity Swarnamukhi Devi and is a busy municipality in Bankura district in West Bengal. It is situated at a distance of 34 kilometers from Bishnupur and falls enroute to Hadal Narayanpur from Bishnupur. Visitors can reach Sonamukhi by road on bus and also by train. Apart from the temples located in Sonamukhi, it is also famous as the birthplace of KusumKumari Devi and Haranath who are deemed to be the reincarnations of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the founder of Vaishnav sect. Continue Reading →

Handmade Artefacts
The handmade artifacts of Bishnupur in Bankura are quite famous all over the world. Terracotta is the raw material with which the highly skilled craftsmen of Bishnupur create various artifacts which are magnificent in design and flawless in their shape.  Continue Reading →

Best time to visit Bankura


The ideal time to visit Bankura and its nearby places is from October to March. Winter is very pleasant in this region. Scorching summer or downpours of monsoon can ruin your travel plans. Visit Bankura at the onset of cold season and enjoy your tour to the fullest.

 

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Sutan is a tribal village (known for its weaving) situated approximately around 8 km from the Ranibandh- Jhilimili road, in a forest stretching across 6 kilometers. The small place is a visual wonder, covered by the dense vegetation of Sal, Mahua, Piyasal, Simul and Palaash, placed 32 kms from another nearby attraction, Mukutmanipur. Home to various tribal groups like Shantals, Bhumij and Mundaa, Sutan is a quiet village with small hills.

Do check out the Sutan Lake and enjoy a boating trip here. The steps to this lake descend directly from the bungalow. You can secure the expansive view of the moonlit forest from the tower, placed on the banks of the lake. The night scene as well as its ambience is accentuated by the continuous sounds of cricket and that of constant drumming and the distant fragrance of Mohua. The moonlit Sutan with its array of red Krishnachuri is plain “intoxicating”.

You can even get a rare glimpse of various animals like wild elephants, deer, cock as well as pigs. The wild elephants descend for the Dalma Pahar, attracted by the beauty of Sutan.

Where to Stay


The bungalow perched at the top of the hill does not have electricity.

For bookings, do go through the following address details:

DFO, Central Circle, Bankura.
Telephone: 03242 250307

At present there is police station in the bungalow.

Within 9 kilometers inside the forest there is Trekker’s hut as well.

You can also stay at Jhilmili:

Rimil Tourist Lodge
Shyama Bastralaya, P.O. – Jhilimili, District – Bankura.
Telephone: (0953243) 240217

Kolkata booking:

Holiday Managers
Telephone: (033) 22485829

How to reach


On your way from Jhargram to Kuilapaal or Bandowaan or Purulia via bus you can get down at Paradi Morh (69 kms) you can take a jeep and head for Jhilimili or Ranibandh. Sutan will just be on this way (14 kms).

Or else you can reach Bankura from Howrah via train. You can just take a bus from Bankura to Sutan Village.

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Ranibandh is a community development block in Bankura district’s Khatra subdivision. This administrative division of Khatra in Bankura in West Bengal is served by the Ranibandh police station with its headquarters at Ranibandh. If you are traversing the distance from Bankura to Jhilimili (a tourists attraction in Khatra subdivision of Bankura perched on the hill top—primarily known for its picturesque natural beauty featuring dense forests), Ranibandh will be found exactly at 40 kilometers and Mukutmanipur at 18 kilometers.

Mukutmanipur is one of the beautiful attractions, located near this city. The Bankura (BQK) railway station is located nearby (placed 16.5 kilometers away). The nearest airport is at Kolkata (173 kilometers away). Besides, Mukutmanipur (a famous backwater getaway in West Bengal), other centers of attraction are Jamshedpur and Bishnupur (known for its heritage and culture).

Ranibandh remains a “natural” spectacle spreading across a good 7100 hectares, covered by around a dozen of hills and trees or vegetation like Palash, Arjun, Amlaki, Bahera, Piyashal and others. It is also home to several tribal groups including “Mundaa”, “Orao”, “Bhumij”, and “Shantaals”. You can view the God of these tribal groups perched on the peak of the hill/mountain. The cascading “Kangsabati River” flows by the side of the hills/mountains as well—thus adding to the overall beauty of the place. You can arrange for a quick tour to the nearby Taalberia from Ranibandh as well. If you are really looking forward to a quiet weekend sojourn, then Ranibandh can be an affordable option.

Where to stay


Ranibandh Forest Guest House (right at the middle of the forest)

DFO: South Bankura, Bankura (Zila Parishad Bungalow)

Balaka Parjatak Nibash (belonging to Panchayak Samiti)

Nearby places you can visit


Ranibandh can be visited from nearby Bashpahari Tamajuri, Shiyarbeda, Bholabeda Belpahari Shilda and Jhaargram. You can avail jeeps from Ranibandh as well

You can visit Purulia from Jhilimili (10 kms from Ranibandh) as well.

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Jhilimili is a noted tourist destination, located in the Khatra subdivision of the district of Bankura. It is precisely located at the border of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapur. Situated just 70 kilometers away from the Bankura town, the Jhilmili district is an area of dense and imperturbable natural beauty. The place is perched on a hillock and on your way from Ranibund to Jhilimili you can catch a glimpse of a range of unique sights adorned by dense forests of varying heights. These forests can be seen on both sides of the road.

The area covered by Jhilimili and Mukutmanipur (the second biggest earthen Dam of India, 55 kms away from Bankura) has emerged as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Bankura. Nestled on the banks of the Kangsabati River, this unique tourist attraction is covered by micaceous soil that accentuates the beauty of this place. In fact, it can be said that the place partially derives its name from the “sparkle” of this soil. Jhilimili, in Bengali, means “sparkle”. A step on to Jhilimili and you are greeted by panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings. It’s a quiet place and can act as an idyllic gateway for those seeking a quiet vacation away from the clamor of urban life.

Jhilimili is particularly known for its unadulterated natural beauty. It is said that even the mighty sun cannot pierce through its foliage of haritaki, amloki, and bahera. Behold the wondrous sight of the waves dancing slowly to the beats of the calm winds.  However, the place is plagued by the lack of sufficient water. The “Tusu” fair or festival of the tribals, organized on the bank of the river, is one of the key attractions of Jhilimili. The tribals from places far away gather at this place to sell different items as well as bask in the revelry (with dance and music). You can hear the chirping of known and unknown birds. Elephants from the Dalma hill descend to Jhilimili during the winters, being attracted by its beauty. You can catch all the scenic views from a watch tower.

Hirbandh is a nice place for weekend, it is 23 km away from Khatra.

How to reach Jhilimili


  • CSTC buses are available from Esplanade for bandwan purulia via Jhilimili. Departure time: 6.15 pm.
  • SBSTC  buses are available from Esplanade for Jhilimili via Bankura(2.20 pm) – Mukutmanipur(3.35 pm) -Ranibandh. Departure time: 9 pm.
  • You can catch a bus from Jhargram via Mukutmanipur or Jhargram to  Raghunathpur via Jhilimili.
  • You can even board a bus or trekker from Mukutmanipur to Khatra.

Accommodation


Accommodation is available just 5 minutes away from the bus stand:

Rimil Parjatak Nibas
Deluxe room:  Rs. 350-550
Call/Write: AK Das Shyama Bastralaya, PO: Jhilimili, District: Bankura
Telephone: 9748114667

Forest Bungalow at Hirbandh, DFO – South Bankura
Telephone: 250307

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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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