Bishnupur Tour Famous For Terracotta Temples
Bankura district is situated in the midwestern part of West Bengal, adjacent to the Bardhaman Division, and is encompassed by the region known as “Rarh” in Bengal. To the north, the Damodar River flows along the district’s boundary. The district shares its borders with Bardhaman district to the northwest and Paschim Medinapure district to the south.
Bishnupur, a renowned tourist destination in Bankura district, is located 152 km from Kolkata and 34 km from Bankura Town. This historical town once served as the capital of Mallabhum and is famous for its terracotta temples and Baluchari sarees. Bishnupur is also known for its contributions to classical music, dalmadal (a traditional weapon), and painting. The town boasts approximately 16 temples, most of which were built during the reign of Mallaraja. Notable temples in Bishnupur include Jor Mandir, Rasmancha, Radhamadhab Temple, Kalachand Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Radha-Gobinda Temple, and Shyam Ray Temple.
Joyrambati, situated 98 km from Kolkata, holds religious significance as the birthplace of Sree Sree Maa Sarada Devi. Visitors can explore the Singha Bahani Devi Temple and Mayerepukur during their visit.
Susunia Hill, located 50 km from Bishnupur and 21 km from Bankura town, is a popular tourist spot known for its natural spring and historic stone engravings.
Biharinath Hill, the tallest peak in Bankura District at 448 meters, is situated in the northwestern part of the district, 57 km from Bankura Town. This area has a rich history of Jainism and is renowned for its natural beauty, including hills, dense forests, water bodies, the Damodar River, and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Mukutmanipur, 55 km from the district headquarters in Bankura, is a well-known tourist attraction. It is home to the second-largest earthen dam in India. Nearby, Jhilimili offers visitors a dense natural forest experience. Mukutmanipur is celebrated for its stunning natural beauty, with green forests surrounding the expansive bluish waters of the reservoir. The region’s undulating terrain forms a picturesque landscape in shades of green and terracotta along the southern edge of the Kangsabati water reservoir. Around two kilometers from the lake lies the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. Just four kilometers from the dam stands the ancient town of Ambikanagar, once an important Jain pilgrimage site until it was largely destroyed by a flood in 1898. Mukutmanipur is also home to a 10.8 km-long man-made mud-banked freshwater barrage, which diverts the Kangshabati and Kumari rivers to irrigate the drought-affected districts of Bankura, Purulia, and Midnapore during the summer months.
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Bankura – Bishnupur – Mukutmanipur Tour Itinerary –
Day 01: Early morning start for Bishnupur via Durgapur Driveway. Arrival at Bishnupur. Check in to Hotel. After lunch explore “Temple Town – Bishnupur”. Visit Jor bangla Temple, Rasmancha Mandir, Shyam Rai (Pancharatna)Temple and historic Dalmadal Kaman. Evening free around market. Visit local Shankh artist’s house & Shakhari Bazaar. Conch shell curving is another traditional art of Bishnupur. Night stay at Bishnupur hotel.
The Shyamrai temple is also known as the Pancha Ratna. It was built in 17th century by King Raghunath Singh and has some of the most charming architecture with magnificent carvings and sculptures on terracotta.
Dal Madal, a gigantic iron canon is a symbol of Malla prowess. It was meant to defend the city against ‘Borgies’.
Jor Bangla from 1655 is a classic work of typical ‘char-chala’ Bengali architecture. Red shin of the walls are its primary attraction.
Day 02: After early breakfast visit Panchmura Village – the Terracota Village. Proceed for Mukutmanipur Dam. Have lunch at Mukutmonipur. Evening back to Bisnupur and free at leisure. Or you can visit to the ‘Dash Avatar Taash’ artists’ place. These are painted playing cards depicting the 10 reincarnations of Lord Vishnu and were introduced by Malla kings as an indoor game. A deck consists of 120 cards! Dinner & stay overnight at Bisnupur.
Panchmura Village – The famous terracotta horse at Panchmura is the logo of All India Handicrafts and is renowned across the globe as a symbol of Indian folk art. The local crafts village is a collector’s delight. We must buy miniature pottery souvenirs of our trip from this place.
Mukutmanipur – “We hired a cycle van for a visit to the confluence of another river Kumari with the Kangsabati and a temple located near that. We proceeded along the earthen dam, the view on the other side of the dam was no less beautiful. We could see plenty of birds. There were little ripples in the vast water of the reservoir, created by a pleasant breeze. Boats were carrying tourists to and from the confluence. And then we were fortunate enough to have a glimpse of what Mukutmanipur is famous for – the sunset. The setting sun created such a golden reflection in the wavy water, the silhouettes of boats, the almost invisible backdrop of land – it was a breathtaking sight. It was gold everywhere, one could capture as much as one wanted – through the eyes. We were simply mesmerized.” (Source Indiamike)
Day 03: After breakfast proceed to visit Susunia Hill. Explore Bell Metal and Stone Crafting Village of Susunia. Back to Bisnupur and free at leisure. Stay overnight at Bisnupur after Dinner.
Day 04: After breakfast return to Kolkata. Enroute you can visit Jairambati & Kamarpukur.
Kamarpukur is the birth place of Sri RamKrishna and Jairambati, of Ma Sarada Moni. Both these places are very well maintained. New temples were built later on, keeping the original huts almost as they were at that time. An ambience of absolute religiousness prevails there. During the puja days, “bhoga” (meals) are served to thousands of people but everything is managed in a disciplined manner. At Kamarpukur, we visited “Haldar-pukur” also, the tank belonging to the Haldar family, where Sri Ramkrishna used to bathe regularly.
Bishnupur – Mukutmanipur Tour Packages From Kolkata
Bishnupur – Mukutmanipur – Susunia Tour
Bishnupur – Mukutmanipur – Susunia Tour Itinerary
Mukutmanipur Tour Package From Kolkata
Day 1 : Arrival Bishnupur & Half Day SightseeingAfter arrival at Bishnupur railway station meet our local representative who will assist you the transfer & check in to your hotel. After lunch explore “Temple Town – Bishnupur”. Visit Jor bangla Temple, Rasmancha Mandir, Shyam Rai (Pancharatna)Temple and historic Dalmadal Kaman & Chinnomasta Mandir. Evening free around market. Bishnupur is famous for its handicraft of Terracota and Bishnupuri silk. Conch shell curving is another traditional art of Bishnupur. You can buy some master piece of handicraft from here. Night stay at Bishnupur hotel.
Day 2 : Bishnupur to Susunia Pahad Excursion Then Transfer to Mukutmanipur. Early morning after breakfast drive towards Susunia Pahad. Its a rock climbing centre and important archaeological site in Bankura district. Also visit the village of Bell metal and stone Handicrafts. Have your lunch at local restaurant at Bankura town on the way to Mukutmani Pur. Chek in to your hotel and Overnight stay at Mukutmanipur.
Day 3 : Mukut Manipur Local SightseeingAfter breakfast visit the Beautiful Dam area of Mukutmanipur which was built on the confluence of River Kumari & Kangsabati. Enjoy a boat ride (on direct payment basis) to take a close view of the huge water body of the dam area. Visit deer park and Shiva Pareshnath Temple and Ambika Temple or walk around the dam area. Balance day enjoy the leisure at Hotel or its surrounding. Overnight stay at hotel at Mukut Manipur.
Day 4 : Mukutmanipur to Bankura Railway Station DropAfter breakfast check out from your hotel. You will be dropped at Bankura railway station for your onwards journey with a memories of wonderful holiday in Bankura.
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