Abandoned World War II Airfields: These 2 are in West Bengal

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20th Dec 2017

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Photo of Abandoned World War II Airfields: These 2 are in West Bengal by Sourjya Das

After the Pearl Harbor bombings, the United States of America went crazy. Of course, they had a reason to. Their prime target was Japan. India was under British rule and China was under the Japanese rule. So the only country the Allied forces could make use of was India. And the closest Indian state to Japan was West Bengal.

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A World War 2 fighter plane flying from West Bengal

So the US Army took numerous plots of land to build airfields so that they can attack Japanese ports and cities any time without spending much fuel. You must not have known about these airfields till now. But if at some point in school, facts about World War II had shocked and fascinated you, you must not miss these two abandoned airfields.

The Piardoba Airfield was one of the most operational US Airfields during World War II. It started in 1942 and it was used to fight the Japanese till 1945, throughout Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Formosa, China and Thailand.

Piardoba Airfield

Photo of Piardoba, Mandi, West Bengal, India by Sourjya Das

How to reach:

Piardoba is situated 10.7km from Bishnupur, the city of temples, in Bankura District in West Bengal. So Kolkata is the city where you have to reach before you set off for Piardoba.

By Air: A flight to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata (CCU)

By Train: There are direct trains from Kolkata to Bishnupur Railway Station. Some of them are:

1. Howrah PRR Express (12827)

2. Rupasibangla Express (12883)

3. Aranyak Express (12885)

4. PBR Kaviguru Express (12950)

Time taken by a train: 3.5 hours

A temple in Bishnupur

Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sourjya Das

By Bus: There are government buses going all day from Kolkata from the Esplanade Shahid Minar Counter (Nearest Metro Station: Esplanade). For timetable of buses, click here. A bus journey would take 4 hours to reach Bishnupur.

By Car: The fastest way to Bishnupur is by a private vehicle which takes 3 hours.

Cost:

Train to Bishnupur: INR 86/- (Cheapest)

Private Vehicle from Bishnupur to Piardoba and back: INR 500/-

Private Vehicle from Kolkata to Piardoba and back: INR 4000/-

By Government Bus: INR 100/- to Bishnupur

The Chinese coasts during World War II were so strongly annexed and guarded by the Japanese forces that it became impossible for the Americans to supply bombs and ammunition to the allied forces in China. So they had to cross the Himalayas to reach China without the Japanese attacking them. This airfield proved to be the most useful for the above purposes.

Dudhkundi Airfield

Photo of Dudh Kundi, West Bengal, India by Sourjya Das

How to reach:

Dudhkundi is located 19.2km from Jhargram Station in Jhargram District. Kolkata or Kharagpur are the two places from where your journey could start.

By Air: A flight to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata (CCU)

By Train: There are direct trains from Kolkata to Jhargram Railway Station. Some of them are:

1. Ispat Express (12871)

2. Steel Express (12813)

3. Kriya Yoga Exp (18615)

4. HWH Koraput Exp (18005)

5. HWH RNC Int Exp (22891)

Time taken by a train: 2.5 hours

Jhargram Railway Station

Photo of Jhargram, West Bengal, India by Sourjya Das

By Bus: There are government buses going all day from Kolkata from the Esplanade Shahid Minar Counter (Nearest Metro Station: Esplanade), Sealdah (Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk). A bus journey would take 4 hours to reach Jhargram from Kolkata. From Kharagpur, a bus would take 1.5 hours to reach Jhargram.

By Car: By a private vehicle, Jhargram would take 4 hours.

Cost:

Train to Jhargram: INR 75/- (Cheapest)

Private Vehicle from Jhargram to Dudh Kundi and back: INR 500/-

Private Vehicle from Kolkata to Dudh Kundi and back: INR 5000/-

By Government Bus: INR 150/- to Jhargram

Accommodation:

There are numerous hotels and guest houses in Bishnupur since it is a popular tourist destination because of its terracotta temples which attract people all throughout the year.

Cost: INR 1200/night

Madan Mohan Terracotta Temple in Bishnupur

Photo of Abandoned World War II Airfields: These 2 are in West Bengal by Sourjya Das

Jhargram does not observe as much rush of tourists as Bishnupur does but its royal palace is a popular tourist attraction and there is a decent availability of hotels and guest houses in the place.

Cost: INR 1000/night

Jhargram Palace

Photo of Jhargram, West Bengal, India by Sourjya Das

When to go:

Best time to visit is between November and April

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