Countryside Calmness: Bankura

Tripoto
14th Dec 2012

Terracotta wonder

Photo of Terracotta wonder by Sagnik Basu

Education: work needed sir

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Work hard , play hard

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Mustard farm

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The road not taken

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Rice cake ritual

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Intricate work

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Face to face

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School improvement committee

Photo of School improvement committee by Sagnik Basu

Terracotta temples

Photo of Terracotta temples by Sagnik Basu

Bishnupur boldness

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Where rivers meet

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The beauty reflection

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Rice cake festival

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Jhilimili

Photo of Jhilimili by Sagnik Basu

Trekking! Susunia hills

Photo of Trekking! Susunia hills by Sagnik Basu

"When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!"

People step into the suburbs looking forward to some peace of mind. But my-o-my, these places actually are the ideal for going footloose and finding yourself. Honestly out of all the places I had been to, not even once did I admit yo myself, "Yes, it was about the journey" . All we do is look forward to the place our guide's index points at.

Rural India has a different charm. The sidewalks are followed by green valleys and no skyscraper dares to block your view. People do not care about your or rather any money. A smile on their face and a hand stretched with good intentions is all they have and all they offer.

Shaped like a 'samosa' in west bengal's map ,lies Bankura. The district, falling under Eastern Chhotanagpur Plateau, looks like handpicked by Mother Nature and is blessed with old brown hills, murmuring rivers, ancient temples- all bearing testimony to a rich and resourceful culture and tradition.

Hills for trekking, mughal fortresses for your historical thirst, some terracotta souvenirs and numerous temples rich with historical and architectural artifacts. The place is a weekend hoot.

"I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave."  

Who knows? You too might fall for that.

A free bird, that is how you feel will like. Jhilimili is only 15 Km. away from Mukumanipur. It is a beautiful, undisturbed dense natural forest. The road from Ranibandh to Jhilimili offers a wonderful view of spectacular forests on varying heights on both sides, finally reaching Jhilimili, which is mounted on the top of a hillock. Small tribes all around the place add to the beauty of the place.
Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
The town has a glorious past that is reflected in its rich architecture, music and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture and has perhaps the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work in Eastern India has withstood the ravages of time. But if you want to experience the how the master artisans are putting up their craftsmanship on display, you have to visit Panchmura and Uliwara villages. Panchmura is just 20 km. from Bishnupur and is the hub of terracotta artisans in Eastern India. You will find the famous “Bankura Horse” and different terracotta tiles, each of them telling a different story.
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
The place has successfully emerged as the most popular tourist attraction of Bankura in recent days.Green forests and hillocks surround the vast bluish tract of water. The undulating terrain along the southern edge of the Kangsabati Water Reservoir extends as a three-dimensional necklace of green and terracotta colour. It is the second biggest earthen damn in India right now.
Photo of Mukutmanipur Dam, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Twenty kilometres from Bankura, these hills are a natural bliss with free flow of potable water, slopes worthy to trek your feet out and beautiful scenic gifts. It is important for tourists to visit the 'Susunia Dhara', which is only natural flowing spring in the entire district.
Photo of Susunia Hill, Shushunia Pahar, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu