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In our daily rigorous struggle for survival, we all get exhausted and stressed. To distress ourselves and inhale some fresh air we must take a break from our monotonous schedule and flee away to some peaceful destinations. Mukutmanipur welcomes all its visitors with its magical beauty and serenity. In Rarh Bengal this small town has been developed on the surrounding of Kansabati River that is claimed to be the second biggest earthen dam of India.
Whenever you are at Mukutmanipur, the following destinations must be included in your list of ‘must-to-visit’ places:
- Kansabati dam,
- Paresnath hills,
- Deer Park of Bankupukuria, and
- King Raicharan’s palace.
All the destinations are easily accessible by local public transport or private cars.
- To get rid of the daily chores of the city, one fine Saturday morning I started my journey towards Mukutmanipur. Thanks to our advance technology I chalked out my trip and itineraries earlier. So I took my baggage and reached Santragachi station on time to board on Rupashibangla express. The train left the station at 6:25 am and finally stopped at Bankura station at 10:00 am. Besides this train, there are plenty of trains available from Santragachi and Howrah station daily to transport passengers from Kolkata to Howrah. Regular buses also run from Kolkata to Bankura. Nearest Airport is Netaji Subhas International Airport (Dum Dum) and Mukutmanipur is around 250 km away from Kolkata. You may also opt for travelling on your own car or hired car to reach Mukutmanipur following the route:
- Kolkata-> Tarakeshwar-> Arambag->Bishnupur->Bankura->Mukutmanipur. OR
- Kolkata->Dankuni->Burdwan->Durgapur->Bankura-> Mukutmanipur.
At Bankura station, I hired a share car to cover the distance of around 55 km from Bankura to Mukutmanipur. Finally I reached my destination at around 12pm.
- As per my pre-booking a beautiful suite was allotted to me in Kansabati Bhavan that is run and maintained by Irrigation department of West Bengal Government. The Bhavan was at walking distance from the Kansabati dam and its unpolluted calm atmosphere was beautified by Mother Nature. I was cordially welcomed here and a glass of freshly prepared welcome drink was ready to make me relaxed instantly. Beside government tourist lodges and youth hostels, there are a good number of private hotels in Mukutmanipur to assure you a comfortable stay here.
Smelling essence of the placeAfter enjoying a delicious Bengali thali at a local road side eatery, I opted for taking a short nap in my neatly arranged room. Being shaded by the trees, the room was still comfortable during mid-noon without an AC and the cool sea breeze made me fall asleep soon. Before sun set I woke up and got ready soon so that I must not miss the sun set. I rushed to the dam to enjoy glimpse of orange coloured sky. Then following suggestion of a native dweller, I went to Sonajhuri view point to witness the breathtaking view of my first sunset at Mukutmanipur. I captured those views so that I could preserved those as lifelong beautiful memories. Spending some lonely moments at the beach side, I came back to Bhavan along with packet of some local snacks and dinner. That night rhythmic music of water transported me to a dreamland soon.
Ready to explore the treasureAs decided earlier, I woke up early morning to catch the beauty of sunrise from the bank of Kansabati River. After clicking some snaps of the majestic sunrise moments, I went for a long beach walk that was accompanied by chirping orchestra of cute birds. On prior request, the Bhavan authority arranged a car for the guests for sight-seeing so I got ready soon and we took our seats on the car immediately after a healthy breakfast. Our first destination was Ambikanagar village and its renowned temple where Goddess Durga is worshiped as Maa Ambika daily for more than 700 years. We reached the temple at 9 am when the morning worship was about to start. Some of us conveyed their worship and wishes to Maa Ambika and we all were served delicious ‘Khichudibhog’ after the worship. Completing a quick tour around the Ambikanagar village, we headed towards Musafirana view point where we were astonished by the 360 degree clear view of the whole Mukutmanipur town. Then we moved towards a hillock which is adobe of Lord Shiva and so is named as Paresnath Shiv mandir. The deity is worshiped here daily by the local tribals of Bankura and Tusu Festival (in Poush), Fair (in January) are organized annually around the temple. Then our car driver cum local guide transferred us to Mukutmanipur dam from where we took a boat to reach at the other side of the dam. This exciting boat ride took us to Bankupuria deer park that is located at the middle of the dam. This park houses more than 40 deer and uncountable different species of birds. A long walk through this fully green nature park made our trip to Mukutmanipur more worthy. Enjoying another memorable boat ride we returned back to Mukutmanipur dam where our driver ‘Dada’ waited to take us on a romantic ride through the dam side road. This smooth ride accompanied by splendid view of Kansabati Dam reached us at our Bhavan.Finishing authentic Bengali lunch at Bhavan, I headed for Bankura station by the shared car. The train was on time so I took my seat and bid a goodbye to Mukutmanipur. By late evening I reached Kolkata. The peaceful environment, silent magic, scenic beauty, healing spirituality and warm hospitality of Mukutmanipur boosted me a lot to engage myself again in my daily struggles with a fresh energy.
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