Beautiful Bengal

Tusu Festival at Purulia

As our quest for all things traditional that are losing themselves to the chores of time continues, we decided to head towards Purulia this year to witness the Tusu festival. Tusu Festival or Tusu Parob is a harvesting festival celebrated in the Chhota Nagpur region of Eastern India that includes Purulia, Bankura, Medinipur in West Bengal and parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. The last days of the Bengali “Poush” month always call in for a great feast of “pithe” and “patisapta”. The month-end also called the “Makar Sankranti” also calls for a number of celebrations across rural Bengal....

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Deul Eco-Park – a Weekend Getaway from Kolkata

Reunions are always special. Especially when we reunite with our childhood buddies at some beautiful destination. Deul Eco Park is situated beside the beautiful location of Ajay River. Deul is away from the city with the thick Garh forest of Durgapur at the backdrop and the Ajay River flowing beside. And the most important of all, beautiful people for company. After our last reunion at Singee, this time we zeroed on Deul. Deul is situated quite near to Durgapur city. We had to reach Deul after crossing Jaydev Kenduli, the birthplace of the famous Bengali poet Jaydev. Kenduli and...

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Singee – A place that makes you say Wow

Sometimes it is the sheer serenity of a place that attracts us and makes us fall in love with the place. After a much busy festive season (Durga Puja), we simply wanted to hide from the world for a day and relax. Also, Agni’s school friends were all meeting for a reunion after 14 long years! We all wanted a place where we can relax as well as enjoy the reunion with friends and family. Singee seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and so we were off to Single for a much awaited reunion. Nothing can be better than...

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Bunkulung–an unexplored paradise

Our wanderlust to visit the offbeat weekend destinations surely takes us to places that are so unique and beautiful. We have always believed that West Bengal has such beauties in her that simply cannot be described by words. Bunkulung near Mirik is one such place. It is a small village with picturesque scenery and of course the peace that we were looking for. We came to know about Bunkulung by chance. I think a lot of things are happening by chance with us. A few days back, we visited Jagjivanpur on our scooty without any plan. You can read...

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Jagjivanpur, Malda – A reminiscent of Buddhist Monastery in Bengal

The desire to see new things and learn about the unknown always interests us. So whenever opportunity comes, we seize it tightly and chart out for the unknown. This time it was a freak wish of mine for a scooty ride took us to Jagjivanpur – one of the Buddhist excavation sites to be found in West Bengal. We had heard about this place since long and wanted to visit it much before. But coincidentally, just the day before Buddha Purnima on 10th of May, 2017, while we went out on our weekly scooty ride, we simply took the road...

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Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Traditions and culture have always fascinated me. So when I heard about the Horse Race at Jatar Deul, I could not resist myself to witness the event. A horse race in rural Bengal – this was enough to make me visit Jatar Deul in the middle of April. Jatar Deul is located at Kankandighi near Raidighi in the South 24 parganas district. After a train, auto and motor van ride of around 4 hours, we reached the Jatar Deul. Please read my earlier post to know more about Jatar Deul and its interesting history. On the second day of...

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Jatar Deul – History Unexplained

The name ‘Jatar Deul’ itself invoked a keen interest in us. And on hearing about it, we were much more inclined to visit the place. A towering brick temple in the midst of nowhere in rural South Bengal – this piece of information was enough to pique our interest! So when opportunity came to visit Jatar Deul, we just had to grab it. So on 16th April (also the second day of Baisakh, the first month of Bengali calendar) we accompanied Uttara Di, Rangan da and Debika to a visit to Jatar Deul. The date of our journey was...

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Mongpu – Revisiting Tagore

Mongpu was the last place where Rabindranath Tagore celebrated his last birthday on May 9, 1940. He was 80 years then. He enjoyed staying at Mongpu and used to enjoy looking at the ‘Malatilata’ flowers. The tree is still there. For us Bengalis, Rabindranath Tagore is like god. We have all grown up listening to his poems, learning his songs. I think there is very few Bengalis who would say that their child did not learn to sing Tagore songs and their little girls did not dance to the tunes of Rabindra Sangeet. Yes, as a child, even I...

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Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan

Holi is one of the most popular festivals of India and is celebrated amidst much festivities and gaiety all over the country. But there are some places where the celebration of Holi are so unique that you have to be there to witness it for yourself. In West Bengal, Holi or Dol Jatra is inexorably linked with Shantiniketan. Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan, as it more popularly called here, is an event that has to be experienced and felt. Shantiniketan is a place that is the melting pot of learning, art, culture and dance. The first thing that we are...

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Rangaroon – A place where Darjeeling meets Kanchenjungha

There is something so tranquil about Rangaroon that you are bound to forget everything and get immersed in the beauty of this little village. And the best part of this hamlet is that you can see both Darjeeling city and the Kanchenjungha range in the same frame! See the pictures if you don’t believe me. Rangaroon is situated just at the foothills of the famed Tiger hill from where you can see the gorgeous sunrise. Naturally, there is a trek route to the Tiger Hill. Rangaroon is situated at a height of about 6000 ft and the weather makes...

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Sitong – The Orange Village

How about picking up fresh oranges from the orchards and having them? Sitong, a small Lepcha village near Darjeeling is about all this and much more. It is one of the unexplored parts of the Darjeeling hills and is a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata. Our exploration of the places around Darjeeling brought us to Sitong. After our first birding experience at Latpanchar, we arrived at here. We were in fact quite lucky to visit Sitong in January, the harvesting season of the oranges. Each house in Sitong seems to have a garden and each garden is full of...

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DARJEELING WALK

Darjeeling – the name itself is enough to make us go on a nostalgic trip and then pack our bags. I have already written a lot about our love for Darjeeling umpteenth times before and also about must see places in Darjeeling. But this time we travelled Darjeeling in a different way – we went for Darjeeling Walk – roamed along the roads and lanes of Darjeeling and discovered the essence of the place. Our morning in Darjeeling always starts by having breakfast at Keventers or Glenary’s. After a sumptuous breakfast, we started walking along the Nehru Road towards...

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