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Saino Heritage Guest House, Takdah – Review

Takdah is a beautiful hamlet located about 28 km from Darjeeling. The place is not yet fully developed as a tourist destination, but the natural and scenic beauty of the place is exceptional. Takdah does not have many options in regards to accommodation. On our visit to Takdah, we chose to stay at Saino Heritage Guest House. And we not for a moment regretted this decision. The stay was so pleasing that we are compelled to write about it. Takdah was a cantonment area in the British period. Quite naturally, there are a number of bungalows in the area. These...

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Gomira Dance – an ancient dance form of rural Bengal

Gomira dance is a rural dance form mainly practiced in the Dinajpur district of West Bengal. The dance is usually performed by the villagers to please the gods to usher in the ‘good forces’ and ward off the ‘evil forces’. Very obviously, this dance form is a part of varying traditions and the rich cultural history of Bengal. So when the opportunity came to watch a Gomira dance performance, we were more than happy to seize it. Origin of the Gomira Dance Gomira dance is actually a masked dance form. The word Gomira has been derived from the colloquial...

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Bolo Har Har…err.. Harrowing Shivaay – the review

The title of the post actually surmises my feelings for Shivaay. Cast: Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar, Saayeshaa Sehgal, Abigail Eames, Vir Das My Ratings: 2.5/5 When the first poster of Shivaay was out, I was intrigued. The poster had Ajay Devgn all over in a very bold and mountaineer avatar and was enough to pique my interest over the movie. Next, the teaser and trailer heightened my anticipation. Being a mountain lover myself, very soon I found myself eagerly waiting for the movie. In fact, Shivaay won over Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil because Shivaay was about mountains...

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Takdah – the land of mist

A dreamy place where the sun and clouds play hide and seek with glee and mist descends at its own will, the foggy trails, the blooming orchids and the majestic mountain views – if all these are making you want to leave your desk just now, then Takdah is just the right place for you. Takdah is merely 28 km away from Darjeeling and stands at a height of 4000 ft. Takdah is also called ‘Tukdah’ that is a Lepcha word meaning mist. So you can easily imagine why the place remains foggy for most of the time. Takdah...

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Lamahatta – how eco-tourism can change a place

Lamahatta is an ultimate example of how eco-tourism can change a place for the better. The place has been developed as an eco-tourism site in the year 2012. The place with its vast stretches of huge conifers and pine along with the majestic mountain views offers a pacific and idyllic destination. It is said that some Buddhist monks used to stay here before independence. The word “Lamahatta” is derived from the words “Lama” meaning a Buddhist monk and “hatta” meaning a hut. So Lamahatta actually turns out to be a hermitage. Indeed the beauty of the landscape of this...

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BAGORA – A LESSER KNOWN HIMALAYAN HAMLET

Bagora – the picturesque hamlet was the first destination of our unplanned trip to North Bengal. Yes, it is that time of the year where we get some continuous days of holidays and unlike most homebound Bengalis, we do not travel back home, but just pack our backpacks for quenching our ever growing wanderlust. This has become inevitable during every Durga Puja season much to the chagrin of our parents. But with “Dugga-Dugga” (a Bengali prayer to Goddess Durga for the safe journey before travel) on our lips, we are on our way to see a new place! This...

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A visit to Dariyapur – the Dokra village

In our previous post, we shared about the finesse and uniqueness of the Dokra craft. We had the opportunity to visit one such craft village of West Bengal – Dariyapur near Guskara in the Barddhaman district. Dariyapur is a small village having around 30 families of artisans practicing the dokra craft. Dariyapur was hosting the Dokra fair with the help of Banglanatak dot com and West Bengal tourism. Dariyapur village is really beautiful. Walking slowly beside the vast stretches of paddy fields, we were thrilled to see so much greenery. Not only that, all our tiredness vanished breathing the...

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Dokra – a fascinating and primeval art form

Dokra handicrafts have always fascinated me. I had always wondered how these exquisite pieces of handicrafts are made. The exquisite carvings and the intricate designs in the metals not only make them look like a collector’s item but also shows the artistry and handwork of the artisans who make this unique pieces of art. Dokra is known to many, but for all those who are wondering what I am speaking about, Dokra is an ancient form of craft involving non-ferrous casting using the lost-wax casting also known as ‘Cire Perdue’. In fact, it is the earliest method of non-ferrous...

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St. John’s Church Kolkata – roaming around the lawn

In our last post, we had shared our visit to St. John’s Church, Kolkata. As mentioned, the church complex was actually a burial ground known as the old burial ground which was later donated by Raja Naba Krishna Bahadur of Sovabazar to Warren Hastings, the Governor General of Calcutta. The church complex has other monuments and memorials which speak of the colonial past of Calcutta. Here are the other structures present in the complex. Job Charnock’s Tomb This is perhaps one of the most important monuments of Kolkata itself. There are so many beautiful things to be seen in Kolkata...

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Reliving the history – St. John’s Church, Kolkata

Just as you move around the north-western corner of Raj Bhavan, the Governor’s house, you come across a Neo-classical structure – the St. John’s Church. The church stands tall as a witness to all the bygone eras of Kolkata. St. John’s Cathedral is the third oldest church in Calcutta only after the Armenian Church and the Old Mission Church. You might as well pass by the structure every now and then and might have dismissed it off as just another church. But the place is a treasure house of historical facts. The land on which the St. John’s cathedral...

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Jahura Temple, Malda

The first thing that comes to our mind while talking about Malda is mangoes and the ancient kingdom of Gour.  The Jahura Temple on the outskirts of the town is one of the most sacred temples of Malda. Situated a few kilometers away from the main town of Malda, the temple is almost a century old. But the most captivating thing about this temple is its surroundings. Standing amidst the mango orchards, the place speaks of serenity and calm. You are bound to feel peaceful once you are at the temple. Just as we left the precincts of the...

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Darjeeling Monsoons – a reverie in the rains

Happiness is Darjeeling Monsoons! Darjeeling – the one place that brings a smile to our lips as well as makes us go on a nostalgia trip. And we are not the only one; there are many Bengalis who feel the same way like us. Darjeeling – the name itself evokes a kaleidoscope of emotions. Be it the roads, or the Mall, eating out at the Glenary’s or Keventer’s or seeing the sunrise at the Tiger Hills, we find Darjeeling always in a new look whenever we go there. And the best part are the Darjeeling monsoons. The weather in...

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