Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni

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25th Dec 2017

Where you feel Peace

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

After a monotonous metropolitan daily lives, relax in the serene and peaceful ambiance of Garhsalboni in the midst of nature.

Day 1

Garhshalboni - 170Km from Kolkata by road . Take a cab or you can avail Ispat express to reach the place. Jungle, ancient temples, migratory birds and greenery will refresh you mind body soul. Actually we were looking for a quick gateway just to relax in the lap of nature. The idea was to do nothing and just relax that also within a restricted budget.

A village walk

Photo of Salboni, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

Welcome to the arena of woods

Photo of Salboni, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

Beautiful Journey time

Photo of Salboni, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

A common village scene though enjoyable

Photo of Salboni, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

On the way

Photo of Salboni, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

There are few numbers of rest house for accommodation. Maharaja Udyanbati is one of them. It is also known as Shalboni Retreat. The farmhouse covers an area of around 35 bighas. It was also occupied by the British. We took a Non AC 4 bedded room (attached bathroom) for us which costs Rs 4000/- inclusive of all food i.e breakfast, lunch, supper, dinner. Mrs. Roma Dasgupta is the person who is playing leading role of maintaining the farmhouse. This retreat is NON AC, having no TV , though Hot water in winter time can be arranged by the Farmhouse team. So,this place is exclusive for those who wants to escape from hectic metropolitan lifestyle ,at least for few days. During summer, when temperature gets high, can be a bit problem as it is NON AC. I heard winter and rain is the best time to visit the place . Booking can only be done by personally paying a visit to her home, and by no other means. So if you are planning to visit there, be prepared to go to her home at Hindustan Park for booking.

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Krishna tulsi

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder
Day 2

Apart from taking sometime to explore the jungle inside Shalboni Retreat and all around you can also sneak peak few places i.e. Kanak Durga Temple in Chikigarh forest, nearby village and the lifestyle of people , Patwar Krishi Udyan, Mediclinal garden , dulung river , a small zoo etc. If you have time also visit Jhargram Rajbari and adjacent areas.

Rose i--Patwar Krishi Udyan

Photo of Kanak-Durga Temple, Chilkigarh, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

Entrance of Kanak Durga Mandir- Chilkigarh

Photo of Kanak-Durga Temple, Chilkigarh, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

Inside of Chilkigarh forest

Photo of Kanak-Durga Temple, Chilkigarh, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

A view of Shalbani retreat

Photo of Kanak-Durga Temple, Chilkigarh, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

A view of Shalboni Retreat

Photo of Kanak-Durga Temple, Chilkigarh, West Bengal, India by Rupa Majumder

Here the forest with its variety of existing saal, teak, mahua, cashew trees and mango trees, Sandal wood ( both white & red), will impress you. If you are a tree person, Mrs Dasgupta is there to help you to cultivate your interest while you are taking tour inside the farmhouse. Here Saal tree is predominant possibly that could be the reason of naming of the place Shalbani. You can also see cockfight local market, where every cock owner is aspiring to win the dead/alive defetaed cock with the cash prize Rs 350/-

Owner of cock

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Cockfight Scene

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Mustard plants and flower

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Golden sunset on golden mustard flowers field

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Smoky luchi Tarkari for breakfast

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Flower in Patwar Krishi Udyan

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Flower in Patwar Krishi Udyan

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Entrance---Salboni retreat

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Forest witnessed by a boy

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

Visit --Garhsalboni-- village scene

Photo of Shalboni-- A weekend trip in the midst of woods #Garhshalboni by Rupa Majumder

I can only say, during your hectic business card, if you dont get chance for a long trip, try to visit village and feel your soul amidst woods.

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