Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata

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Biharinath is a beautiful spot. Away from noise and crowd in a tranquil environment, the place is located between the Damodar River and Purulai hills in West Bengal. The whole landscape is beautiful with undulating hills and expansive stretch of grasslands with the Biharinath Hill standing tall among the green vistas. It is one of the tallest hills in Bankura district in West Bengal. Charming tribal villages dot the landscape and the place has a lot of attractions for hikers and adventure enthusiasts.

The Biharinath trek is one of the most charming treks in West Bengal, a refreshing weekend getaway where one can enjoy the nature while hiking. Biharinath Hill is located at an altitude of 451 metres and has been quite a popular tourist and trekking destination for long. It was only in last winter that we could make it to this wonderful place.

Photo of Biharinath Hill, West Bengal by Amrita & Agni

Roads to Biharinath

Photo of Biharinath Hill, West Bengal by Amrita & Agni

Winding roads

Photo of Biharinath Hill, West Bengal by Amrita & Agni

Villages on the way

Photo of Biharinath Hill, West Bengal by Amrita & Agni

Winters and springs are the best seasons to trek here. Although the place is quite rich in flora, during the spring, the entire region is filled with blooming palash and shimul flowers. The canopy of red flowers adds a charm to the place. At the local tribal villages, you can see the cultural aspect of the place as well.

After our trip to Bishnupur and Bankura town, we decided to visit Biharinath. The place is about 55 km from Bankura town and takes around one and a half hours. We started quite early in the morning and reached Biharinath village by eight in the morning. After a heavy breakfast from a local shop, we started towards the Biharinath Hill.

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Biharinath or Lord Shiva at the foothills of Biharinath Hill. The temple is known as Biharinath Dham. The temple is surrounded by a few small water bodies. We started the trek to the Biharinath hilltop from here.

Photo of Biharinath Temple, Biharinathparbat, West Bengal, India by Amrita & Agni

The initial trail follows through a tribal village and then the trail quicky gives way to dense forest. The trail is quite clear and there is no chance that you could get lost even though a part of the trail is through the forest. The gradient of the trek is moderate initially. After about thirty minutes of hiking, the trail becomes a bit harder as the incline is more now. But you can reach the summit without much difficulty.

Once we were on top of the Biharinath summit, we were simply drawn in to the place. You can get a view of the Joychandi and Susunia hills from a distance. The whole ambience was so serene and calm that we felt like sitting there for long. The place is simply rejuvenating. After spending some time on the hilltop, we traced our way down to Biharinath village. Our next destination was Garhpanchkot.

Nature has always been a drawing factor for travellers. We revel in the calmness of nature. Biharinath trek had been one such activity that we absolutely enjoyed in Bankura. We wanted to stay here for watching the sunset, but could not as we had further plans. Nevertheless, the time we spent at Biharinath was simply wonderful for us.

View from the Biharinath hilltop

Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni
Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni

How to reach Biharinath

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, the nearest airport, is well-connected by flights to and from major cities in India. From there, you can take a bus or cab to cover the 230 km distance to Biharinath.

The best way to reach this place is by train. Take a train to Asansol Railway Station. From there hire a cab to Biharinath, 45 km away from Asansol.

If you are coming by car from Kolkata, take the Durgapur Experssway and after crossing the Damodar River, drive towards Madhukunda. Biharinath is about 16 km from Madhukunda.

Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni

Tribal villages

Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni

Local people

Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni
Photo of Surrounded by tribal villages, this easy trek is a perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata by Amrita & Agni

Best Time to visit

Biharinath Hills have a different look in different season. In the winters, the hills have a rugged look but the weather is perfect for hiking. In the months of February and March, the whole place is filled with blooming palash flowers. While in the monsoons, the hills look green and fresh. But the trekking trail becomes a bit slippery during the rains. Try to avoid the region during the summer as it can get unbearably hot at that time.

Other places of attraction nearby

You will probably make a day visit to Biharinath Hills. There are many other places of attractions nearby. If you love hiking, you can visit the Susunia hills and Joychandi hills nearby. Fir history lovers, take a visit to Bishnupur. Nature lovers can visit Garhpanchkot from here.

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