16. Tarapith -On the banks of the Dwaraka River, this is a small village in the Birbhum District of West Bengal. The village is famous mainly for the beautiful temple of Maa Tara, a form of Goddess Kali. It is also a place where tantriks and astrologers crowd as this is their cult deity. There are two different idols of the goddess here. One is the stone idol in the Mother Goddess form and the other is the metal idol in the fiery form. The ashram of Bamakhepa is adjacent to the temple. Bamakhepa was an ascetic who devoted his whole life in the devotion of the Goddess. The tank in front is very important as the waters here are said to have healing powers.
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Kolkata is the cultural hub of India and a place that gives you a feel of the heritage even in this modern era. Where there are other metropolitan cities that are moving ahead in advancement, Kolkata is one city that is retaining the richness of the past generations and the traditions that were followed. In simple words, Kolkata is a city with a soul. Known as Calcutta in earlier times, it is also a place that is high on the intellectual front. This is the city that was the capital of the India under the British rule and therefore a lot of architecture and feel can be experienced from the history before independence. Do not forget to get the hands on the tangy Bengali cuisine when here. You can either stroll along the Hoogly or else explore the Howrah Bridge, the choice is yours. So when are you taking the plunge?
293 Kms from Tarapith
Bodh Gaya, known worldwide because the founder of Buddhism attained enlightenment here, under the Mahabodhi tree. The place is peaceful and is so positive.
268 Kms from Tarapith
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
The largest and the busiest city in Bangladesh, Dhaka may seem like a regular, commercial city to you in the first glance but it's much more. It's a place that grows on you with time, and when it does, it's difficult to forget its many experiences. If this is your first visit here, you can choose among the many Dhaka day tours. The tours will help you see the city in its entirety and one can also choose customised tours according to individual preferences. Lal Bagh Fort, Liberation War Museum and Ahsan Manzil are some of the must-visit spots in Dhaka. Do include Baitul Mukarram Mosque in your itinerary. It is the 10th largest mosque in the world and is a sight to behold. Sonargaon is another wonderful place to include in your itinerary. An erstwhile administrative centre of Bengal, the site makes for an interesting visit outside Dhaka. Sitara Mosque is named so because it is decorated with a million stars and is a delight to explore. There are a number of options to stay in Dhaka and you can choose one according to your budget or preference.
272 Kms from Tarapith
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive-in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. An attraction here are red crabs that crawl along the 13-km beach. Mandarmani offers you a peek into country life and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of the Casuarina trees and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore is blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis and boat cruises. There are also a number of holiday resorts right on the beach which offer you a laidback, relaxed holiday!
291 Kms from Tarapith
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As the name suggests, the history and significance of this place revolves around the Bodhi tree which is actually a peepal tree. The original name of the place is Gaya and the Bodhgaya is the combination of the two words Bodhi and Gaya. This is the tree under which Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment and became Buddha- The Enlightened one. The main attraction of this place apart from the history of the Mauryan Empire is the Mahabodhi Temple. This is the oldest seat of Buddhist worship and dates back to the 2nd or 3rd Century. The initial temple structure was built by Emperor Ashika when he visited this place after he had left violence and adopted the path of peace and love. What we see at present is not at all the temple the Chinese Ambassador Fa Hien had mentioned in his account. This is a beautiful ornate temple and monastery with a beautiful spire and a large complex. What Fa Hien had mentioned was just the Bodhi Tree surrounded by brick walls. No doubt this was the forst brick Buddhist temple in the country, but presently it is much more beautiful and the magical sense of inner peace you recieve on visiting this place cannot be explained in words.
278 Kms from Tarapith
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Digha is the most famous seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. Situated only 187 kilometres away from the capital of the state, Kolkata, it is well equipped with hotels and various other tourist facilities. The sunrise and sunset reflecting off the misty blue water of the Bay of Bengal offer the most picturesque view. Digha was originally known as Beerkul and it started gaining fame when in 1923, an English tourist by the name of John Frank Smith got so greatly allured by its charm and magnificence that he started living there and writing about Digha. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally offers a number of stunning beaches such as Digha beach, Udaipur sea beach, Junput beach and Shankarpur beach. Chilling at these beaches, swimming in the water, or simply lying down admiring the view is a blissful experience. Besides its beaches, Digha also offers other places of interest, the most popular being Digha Gate, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC) and Lord Shiva Temple at Chandaneswar. With its extremely picturesque beaches and enticing charm, Digha never fails to impress its visitors.
264 Kms from Tarapith
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is known for its gushing waterfalls and umpteen temples. Another place that attracts tourists is the unique Muta Crocodile Breeding Farm – a rare existence in India. Perfect for a leisurely holiday, this rapidly growing city overlooks the Chhota Nagpur plateau. If you are interested in learning about the various tribes here and their culture, the Tribal Research Institute and Museum will help you understand and explore their rituals, customs and way of life while also offering intriguing souvenirs to take back home! The mighty Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Dassam Falls must definitely be on your list for an adventurous, action packed holiday. For the spiritually inclined, the Jagannath Temple, Angrabari and Pahari Mandir are worth exploring for their architectural brilliance and faith.