Bishnupur Day Trip From Kolkata

BISHNUPUR DAY TOUR FROM Kolkata – Sightseeing & guides

Bishnupur, nestled in the Bankura district of West Bengal, stands as a captivating tourist destination, just 152 km away from Kolkata and a mere 34 km from Bankura Town. Its historical significance as the erstwhile capital of Mallabhum lends it an air of intrigue and allure. The town is famed for its exquisite terracotta temples and the traditional artistry of Baluchari sarees. Classical music, dalmadal (traditional wrestling), and intricate paintings further enrich its cultural tapestry. The temples of Bishnupur, numbering approximately 16, are the jewels in its crown, many of them dating back to the reign of Mallaraja. Among them are the Jor Mandir, Rasmancha, Radhamadhab Temple, Kalachand Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Radha-Gobinda Temple, and Shyam Ray Temple. For travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the town’s rich heritage, there’s much to explore on a day trip to Bishnupur. Whether your interests lie in history, culture, or craftsmanship, the town promises a fulfilling experience. When planning your itinerary, keep in mind that most sites are free to visit, with the exception of three locations. However, a single ticket grants access to all three, conveniently available at the Rasmancha ticket counter. Alternatively, opt for an e-ticket to bypass the counter hassle. The security personnel stationed at temple entrances are there to assist you should you encounter any difficulties.

BISHNUPUR DAY TOUR FROM  Kolkata - Sightseeing & guides

Day trip from Kolkata to Bishnupur for Terracotta Temples Itinerary –

  • Rasmancha: This is the oldest brick temple dating back to the 1600s and has an elongated pyramidal tower Surrounded by hut-shaped turrets.
  • Pancha Ratna Temple: This temple was constructed by King Raghunath Singha. The central shikhara of the temple is octagonal, while the rest four are square, walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring life aspects of Lord Krishna.
  • Jorebangala Temple: Constructed by Raghunath Singh in 1655 AD, The temple made of laterite bricks has an appearance of two thatched huts joined together and surmounted by a single tower.
  • Madan Mohan Temple: Built by King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in the Ekaratna style, a square flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted by a pinnacle, depicts carvings of Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas in the walls.
  • Radha Shyam temple: Built in the year of 1758, by Chaitanya Singha in Ekaratna style. It was built in a square plan, consisting of a dome-shaped shikhara and stucco motifs depicting floral, geometric and depiction of the life from Puranas.
  • Jor Mandir (Twin Temples): The complex of three temples known as the Jor Mandir. These temples were built by Malla King Krishna Singh in 1726.
  • Radha Vinod Temple: Built by the queen of Raghunath Singh in Atchala style in the year of 1659.
  • Murali Mohan Temple: Built by Shiromani Devi, Queen of Veer Singha II in the year of 1655. It is an Ekratna temple with floral designs and stucco works.
  • Lal Bandh: This is a small lake in the town Bishnupur.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop (within city limits).
  • Charges for the private air-conditioned cab.
  • The driver and fuel charges.
  • Usage of the vehicle for up to 300 kilometres as per the itinerary (Extra kilometre charges will be applicable after the limit, please refer Important Information Section for details).

Exclusions

  • Airport pick-up or drop.
  • All parking & toll charges.
  • Monument entrance charges.
  • Any meals during the tour for the guests.
  • Anything else not specified in the inclusions above.
  • Guide Charges.

Bishnupur, renowned for its terracotta artwork, stands as a testament to history and culture. A tour through this historic town unveils a tapestry of ancient palaces, temples, and vibrant festivities.

Bishnupur Rajbari, dating back to 694 AD under the reign of the Malla dynasty, echoes with the grandeur of bygone eras. Named after Lord Vishnu in 994 AD, it reached its zenith of artistic and musical patronage during King Raghunath Singh Dev II’s rule in 1626 AD, making it the oldest structure in the town.

The temples of Bishnupur, steeped in antiquity, offer a glimpse into its spiritual heritage. Among them, the Jorebangla Temple, erected in 1655 by King Raghunath Singh, captivates with its terracotta-adorned laterite walls. The majestic Madan Mohan Temple, constructed in 1694 by King Durjana Singh Deva, pays homage to Lord Krishna amidst intricate terracotta embellishments. Meanwhile, the Rasmancha, dating back to 1600 and commissioned by King Veer Hambir, showcases a unique architectural blend, crowned by a pyramid-shaped tower and adorned with terracotta motifs.

Guarding the kingdom’s legacy, the Dalmadal Cannon, commissioned by King Raj Gopal Singh in 1742, stands tall at 3.8 meters, its iron form defying the ravages of time with a remarkable absence of rust.

The pulse of Bishnupur comes alive during the annual Bishnupur Mela, held in December, where culture takes center stage. Against the backdrop of the Madan Mohan Temple, locals rejoice in traditional music and dance, marking the culmination of the agricultural season over four days of festivities.

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