BISHNUPUR || A LAND OF TERRACOTTA TEMPLES

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Enjoy this 8-hour private excursion to Bishnupur, known for its unique terracotta temples. Visit several of the 30 temples dating from 17th and 18th century, which display an exquisite art form and each more beautifully embellished than the other. See the Jogesh Chandra museum to get a taste of music tradition, archaeological findings, and handicrafts which include pottery and weaving.

The 100-mile (160-kilometer) scenic drive will take about 4 hours from Kolkata. Upon arrival into Bishnupur, begin with a visit of the most notable temples: Radhamadhab Temple built in 1737 CE by Shiramonidevi, Kalachand Temple built in 1656 CE, Radhagovinda Temple, and Nandalal Temple. In these temples, notice the treasure-trove of terracotta sculptures especially those related to, Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu and his love Radha which are depicted in most all of the temples.After enjoying a buffet lunch, continue the tour to see the performance stage, Rashmancha, built in 1600 CE. Then, visit Jogesh Chandra museum to get a taste of art and archeology. See tools from the Mesolithic and Paleolithic era, terracotta sculptures, and ornaments made of metal. View contemporary art, paintings, and rare photographs as well as a section of the museum dedicated to musical culture which includes instruments and photographs. To end the tour, visit Jor Bangla Temple and the Malla King's fort which lies in partial ruins.

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