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 meeting old friends at a place so beautiful for we two vagabonds!
Singee is situated very near to Patuli railway Station. There is only one accommodation option here – Shantiniketan Homestay. The word ‘Shantiniketan’ literally means the abode of peace. The place is actually so! Standing just beside the main road overlooking a vast expanse of green fields, the place is soothing to the eyes. It is a three storeyed building having 5 guest rooms and a terrace where you can simply sit and gaze at the greenery beyond. Samrat Da is at the helm of things here and he along with his wife is a great host. We really felt at home here.
Silence has its own beauty and the best thing about Singee is the solitude. There is no rush, no unwanted noise, no honking of cars. There is endless greenery as long as your eyes can see. The green paddy fields blending with the endless blue sky in the horizon. At a distance, we could also see the Brahmani river flowing at its own pace. We went for a walk along the paddy fields near the river marvelling at the simplicity of the place.
We have always believed that a place can never be fully ‘seen’ unless you talk to the local people. The villagers here are quite friendly and it is very easy to strike a conversation with them. They are usually quite happy when they see people visiting their quaint village. They readily told us about their daily lives and how the rains create a problem for them. The roads sometimes get submerged in water during the rains. Yes, the last stretch of roads towards Singi was in a pathetic condition full of huge potholes. We had a roller coaster ride for the last few kilometers! Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time talking to the villagers. It is just the perfect place for experiencing the rural Bengal.
Singee is the birthplace of Kashiram Das, the one who composed the epic ‘Mahabharata’ in Bengali. There are a few terracotta temples of the Chandra Family a few kilometers away from here. We could not visit the temples this time, but we would definitely visit it the next time we go to this picturesque village.
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A few facts about Singee:
How to reach:
The nearest Railway station is Patuli. Singi is about 7 km from Patuli. You will get regular local trains from Howrah to Patuli. From Patuli station, you can take an e-rickshaw (Toto or tuk-tuk) to Singi. Singee is about 135 km from Kolkata via Memari. If you are travelling by your own car, you can take the following route: Shyambazar-Dunlop-Dankuni- Memari-Satgachia-Manteswar- Singi. Alternatively, you can reach via Kalna also. Take the following route: Shyambazar-Barackpur-Kalyani- Kalna-Nabadwip-Purbastholi–Singi. The distance in this route is 148 km.
Best time to visit:
Visit Singee at any time of the year. Whenever, you want to take a break from your busy schedule, you may head towards Singi for a relaxing holiday.
Places to see in and around Singee:
Singee is a wonderful weekend getaway from Kolkata.The village itself is very beautiful. You can spend hours walking around the green paddy fields and the village itself. While enjoying the pollution free environment, you can take a bullock-cart ride as well. There are a few temples in the village where you can take a visit. The terracotta temples of the Chandra family at Sribati village are a wonderful piece of art. If you are visiting during the winter months, you can take a visit to Purbasthali, a well-known bird watching spot. Purbasthali is about 22 km from here. Khirgram is also another place to visit known for Jogadya Temple, a form of Goddess Durga. While at Singee, simply relax, enjoy nature and satiate your taste buds with authentic Bengali cuisine prepared by the hosts. Yes, even after such a sumptuous lunch and dinner, Samrat Da says that he was not quite satisfied with the food he served us!
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