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Our winter picnic spot at Kakra Mirjapur : visit to Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua dham

It was a cool winter morning on 30Th December 2012 and we are out for family picnic. We have made our plan ready  to enjoy the picnic in a bucolic environment   at Kakra Mirja Nagar near Basirhat . This is not a conventional picnic spot. We have booked a Farm house near Kakra Mirja Nagar Station, 50 off form Kolkata and very close to Basirhat .

Picnic at Kakra Mirja Nagar

Picnic at Kakra Mirja Nagar

Try my cooking skill at picnic with our chef

Try my cooking skill at picnic with our chef

Our picnic spot was a garden house owned by local school teacher Najibor Rahman .  It was a big garden full of mango trees and surrounded by fields decorated with seasonal flowers, vegetables, bamboo jungle.  A small village PathSala beside our picnic spot creating a perfect charm for us to enjoy the proximity of village school.

Another attraction of this place is Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua . From our picnic spot it is 3 Km journey. We took local van to reach Kochua . Koucha is a nice place to spend time with your family and have darsan of Baba Loknath .

On the way to Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua

On the way to Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua

Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua

Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua

Other places to visit are:

Santidham –it’s beautiful garden near Kochua dham . You can reach there by 5 min walk from Dham  . Recently they renovated this garden with lots of flowers , statues , play garden and a well decorated picnic spot .

On the way to Santi Dham

On the way to Santi Dham

Santi Dham at Kochua

Santi Dham at Kochua

Inside Santi Dham at Kochua

Inside Santi Dham at Kochua

I have gone 4 times to Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua . But this time we went there with my fellow picnic friends . So enjoyment was different. Visit Dham before 12 Noon.

Road Journey to Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua :

Most of the time , I have visited there by road journey  . From Kolkata is it about 50 Km Journey. You have to reach Barasat , then take Taki Road , drive about 30 Km and take right turn at Swarup Nagar from Taki Road . Road condition is not good at certain places.

You can reach Kochua Loknath Mandir by Train , take Hashnabad Local from Sealdha and drop at Kakra Mirja Nagar Station , take local van to reach the spot in 10-15 min .

Trust me, most of the times I went there by my car, but rail journey is more comfortable as road condition is not good there.

Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua - Darsan queue

Baba Loknath Mandir at Kochua – Darsan queue

Place where Baba Loknath's friend took Diksha

Place where Baba Loknath’s friend took Diksha

Old Kali Mandir : Local people claim this Temple is 400 years old . Last time  I saw it in dilapidated state .This time someone renovated this mandir . This is 1 km from Loknath Mandir .

400 year old Kali Temple - new make over

400 year old Kali Temple – new make over

During our picnic day, we have enjouyed all these places in 2-3 hours . Then came back to picnic spot around 2 P.M and finished our lunch . Then we went out in nearby field  to see the vegetables plantation . Local farmers were plucking vegetables in their sacks. We enjoyed our time while fetching vegetables from garden and fields.

Spending time wth nature near picnic spot

Spending time wth nature near picnic spot

Plucking vegetables - very refreshing experience

Plucking vegetables – very refreshing experience

Slowly sun set behind paddy fields we boarded on our car for returning back to house. We could not realize how the time has been passed while playing and touring in rural environments.

Our picnic team members

Our picnic team members

Bakkhali Tour: Enjoying my weekend in beautiful island

It was a very peaceful long drive from Kolkata to Bakkhali . After a long drive from Kolkata , we have reached Bakkhali around 11:30 AM on 3rd September 2012 . Since this is not a rush time, so we started from home without booking our hotels.

Wind mills Frazerganj beach  welcoming us at Bakkhali

Wind mills Frazerganj beach welcoming us at Bakkhali

After crossing Frazerganj , we could see series of hotels along both sites of the NH 117 . We first drove up to BakKhali Bus stand for getting a feel of all road side views of hotels / lodges .

Bakkhali highway view  from our hotel

Bakkhali highway view from our hotel

We have seen many good hotels and lodges , but we returned back and directly come to Seaview hotel . As it’s 500 meter away from Bakhali Bus stand . We have got reference for this hotel from relatives . So directly went inside to check the room availability . Yes  , we have got our room there . Very neat and clean hotel , excellent  services , moderate price ( Rs 450 /$10 ) for a double room . We have got road facing/sea facing room . From our balcony we could see the distant view of sea .

Sea view from our Hotel

Sea view from our Hotel

Our hotel at Bakkhali

Our hotel at Bakkhali

Both side of the hotel , you can see long stretch of paddy fields , so perfect place to stay at hotel and breathe the gentle breeze coming from sea .

Nature at Bakkhali

Nature at Bakkhali

I haven’t taken market side hotels as those are crowded place . Better to stay in peace and having a very close distance .

Side view and village at Bakkhali

Side view and village at Bakkhali

From our hotel Bakkhali Bus Stand is  500 meter and Frazerganj is 1.5 km . Awesome views of paddy fields , distand views of sealines , and bhajan from nearest hotel mandir made our mind cool  .Our hotel has beautiful temple inside the hotel compound

Evening we went to Bakkhali beach , you can park your car in nearest parking lot .

Best place for food lovers :

I have read reviews from Wiki travel  , so I have tried my dinner at Good restaurant near Bakkhali Bus stand , named Parijat Hotels . Trust me , food is not good at all , more over they have very limited options . You can see lots in  menus , but when to order , they give limited choices .

Then how enjoy foods at Bhakhlai ??

Here is a tip I have applied , in morning , I woke up at 7 am , just drove to nearest fish market at Bhakhali Bus stand , you can buy fresh fish or meat there . I have purchased 0.5 kg king porn and come back to hotel , give it to hotel cook  , advise them what we  like to have ( amount speices , or option etc )

Here is costing :

1. Cooking cost : Rs 50 ( $1 ) ( for 1 kg 100 Rs )

2. Fish: 150 ( ½ kg )

I am vegetarians, so wife and kids have very delicious and healthy lunch a hotels . As we can’t find very good restaurant there so next day we  tried with chicken cooked a hotel . Moreover leftover dish you can keep at freezer .

Morning you can walk across the road , sit nearby tea stall , talk to other morning walker and tourist .You can find many villagers selling fresh vegetable to tourists . No mad rush , no pollution , only nature will talk to you and make your stay pleasant .

Fellow tourist shopping along Bakkhali road  - all are morning walker

Fellow tourist shopping along Bakkhali road – all are morning walker

Morning Walk along Bakkhali Road - awesome experience

Morning Walk along Bakkhali Road – awesome experience

So next time I will enjoy my morning walk along the Bakhkali highway and join tea adda at nearby tea stall.

Best picnic spot – Relaxing in a beautiful village at Panitar , Hasnabad

Winter is coming, we are again on foot to look for  a good picnic spot in and around Kolkata . Someone informed us  that Panitar is a best place to chill in village environment .

Ichamati river Hashnabad

Ichamati river Hashnabad

Bibhutibhushan Memorial house welcoming us at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan Memorial house welcoming us at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan Memorial library

Bibhutibhushan Memorial library

If you  want to enjoy beauty of rural Bengal and   the taste of Bangladesh from a close quarter then Panitar is a best place to enjoy . This is a historical place too.  You can get talk to nature enriched with the  history of  Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay  . The Bandyopadhyay family originated in this  Panitar village near Basirhat,  This is the birth place of Gouri Devi . Gouri Devi was the writer’s first wife, but she died during childbirth a year after their marriage. Gouri’s death and Bibhutibhushan’s consequent loneliness led to a theme of tragedy that became a recurrent motif  in his early writings.

Bibhutibhushan Memorial library ground

Bibhutibhushan Memorial library ground

How to reach Panitar?

You can reach Panitar by Taki road from Barasat . Reach Basirhat , from there ask for Payel more . From payel ask local people for Panitar .It’s about 6-8 Km from Payel . Very god road condition .

Bibhutibhushan Memorial  at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan Memorial at Panitar

We have  reached there by train . Get down at Basirhat , come to Payel . From Payel to you can take Auto for Panitar , costing Rs. 12 per head . Better book auto for local trip.

Picnic near Bangladesh border

Picnic near Bangladesh border

What you can see there:

1. Beautiful statue/memorial  of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay and a  small temple nearby – this place is ideal for picnic .

2. Bibhutibhushan Library – this is very old library. Just opposite of memorial

3. Old house of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay – very close by : ask local people , local people called this Gouri Devi’s house . Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay stayed here .

4. Ancestor of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay – you can meet them there .

5. Beuty OF BENGALEDESH – PADDY FIELDS AND GREENERIES , ICHAMATI RIVER

 

Bibhutibhushan house at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan house at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan  and Gouri Devi 's house at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan and Gouri Devi ‘s house at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan's Family mandir  at Panitar

Bibhutibhushan’s Family mandir at Panitar

In fact our Autowala and guide was  Goutam da is as ancestor of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay . He took us throughout the village. We take our packet food in the paddy field very close to border . You can go very close to border and have chat with BSF men and have a peep into Bangadesh from 2 meter distance from the border  . But carry your ID card .

Carrying memories  of Bibhutibhushan and Panitar

Carrying memories of Bibhutibhushan and Panitar

Panitar Village Carrying memories  of Bibhutibhushan

Panitar Village Carrying memories of Bibhutibhushan

This  a awesome place for one day picnic . Good for family .If you go with your family , please carry your food as no local food shop there . Enjoy peaceful nature  village , mandir , memorial and gentle breeze from our sonal Bangla .

Bakkhali Tour : Long drive experience to this fantastic seaside resort !

It’s was 1st September 2012, we have set out for a long drive with my family for a weekend break at Bakkhali .  I have done some research on Internet about how to reach Bakkhali by road . In this post , I have shared my experience with my readers . I am not an expert man behind the wheel, but I drive very cautiously when I set out with my family.

Since I have started from New Brrackpore to take the route of Diamond Harbor road , so I have started early . I knew that I have to drive from North Kolkata to south Kolkata Direction . So I have to make a Kolkata Darsan drive ( 30 km boring drive inside city ) before reaching NH 117 . It’s 165 km drive from New Barrackpore to Bakkhali ( from Airport it is about 155 Km ) .

I have started early around 6 AM morning , reaching Behala taking the following route :  Airport —Eastern Bypass —-Ruby More—Gariahat More—–Durgapur Bridge—–then Behala—–Finally -Diamond Harbor Road ( NH117 ) . Even during that morning time I got some traffic. If you stay in north Kolkata area, better to start early to avoid city traffic .

After taking route of Diamond Harbor Road ( NH 117 ) , it was a smooth ride . On the way , you find Diamond Harbor where you can take break for breakfast and snacks . We avoided this time to stop here. As we need to reach Bakkhali early. So we finished our breakfast on the way.

Even if you start early from home, you can’t drive fast along NH117 as every 15 min drive, we have to face road crowd in small bazaar ( Village haat  )  along the National Highways .  I have faced crowd about 18 -20 times along the way. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant long drive from Diamond Harbor to Kakdip . (At Kakdip , we have purchased lots of fruits for home while returning . Here fruits are cheap .) After an hour drive we reached Namkhana .

Ferry Ghat

Ferry Ghat

Then I have faced a tough time . Since this was Saturday, I stood in queue for boarding on vessel with our car. Meanwhile, some car onboard vessel had some technical problem, we stood in car queue for about 2 hours. But , crossing the Hatania-Doania creek connecting Namkhana and Bahkhani , you have to wait about an hour . (During our home coming, we were only car on the other side  , so we had to wait for other cars to arrive at the Ghat – after all it’s a business for vessel owner to get his Berge full with vehicles to fetch good money in each trip ) . I could not enjoy Hatania-Doania creek journey on vessel . As this is boring waiting.

on a ferry boat - carrying our car

on a ferry boat – carrying our car

After crossing Hatania-Doania creek , we entered Bhakhali Main land . Now from here Bakkhali main tourist spot is 23 Km journey along same NH 117. Road is superb . You can drive above 100 Km/hr . But I prefer to drive slow to taste the country side views. Lots of villages are there along the way. But hardly any sound pollution here , nature and human are peacefully coexisted here . You get small markets, bazzar etc . While driving toward Bakkslai , I noticed  signboard of  Henry Island ( It is connected to NH117 by 3 km village road)  . After 15 min drive, I have noticed giant windmills welcoming us  on the way . Yes this is Frazerganj . Form here Bakkhali sea beach  and resorts are 2 km . After a 5 min drive I could  see lots of hotels . Lodges along the NH177 . Finally we reached Bakkhali around 12 noon ( as we are late 2 hours at creek crossing)  So reaching Bakkhali from Kolkata takes 4-5 hours ( safe mode driving ) .

Our hotel at Bakkhali

Our hotel at Bakkhali

You can enjoy nature, people , culture , foods if you drive at a moderate pace . Especially journey through the 23 km road distance through the Bakkhali main land was an awesome experience!

Looking for winter season picnic spots in and round Kolkata – a brief travel log from my journeys into Rural Bengal

Winter season sets in; weather is really cool for picnic or family outing. I am also taking less work load this year end for small picnics and nearby outings. Many people in Kolkata really think where to go this winter weekends. We are really become sick of crowded city place, busy life. We need peaceful nature and some outing at picnic stops near forest or rivers or at a village garden surrounded by greenery. I love to go out with my family and explore new places. Here I have mentioned few places where you can spend your day out with your family. This is based on my journey, so some of the information may have changed over time. This is an small effort to share experience of outing in rural Bengal .

Taki Picnic site with my family

Taki Picnic site with my family

Taki Picnic spot: This is place tucked away by 75 km from Kolkata. This place is accessible by both road and train. This is the best place for family picnic. Taki is famous for best picnic spot along the Ichamoti river close  Bangladesh Border. You can take Hanshnabad Local train from Sealdha and reach Taki Station, from there you can take local van to reach the picnic spot. You can reach by road, from Kolkata it’s 80 Km journey. First you reach Barasat , then take along Taki road and drive straight to reach Taki . I have visited five times there, mostly by my car.

Taki Picnic - enjoying picnic near river site - other side you can see Bangladesh

Taki Picnic – enjoying picnic near river site – other side you can see Bangladesh

What to see there: Taki Raj Bari , Machranga Dip ( island – really awesome views of island and rivers all around ) , boating in river Ichamoti , Hoglapata Jongal ( Hoglapata forest ) etc . You can take food in local guest house . You can get a very close view of Bangladesh. IF you go with your car , take all foods and enjoy a beautiful river side picnic . (Last time I paid Rs. 250 for booking a river side picnic sport). Place is very safe because of BSF camp .

Ichamoti picnic Garden - entry to island type picnic spot

Ichamoti picnic Garden – entry to island type picnic spot

Ichamoti Park: This place is a very safe place for family picnic . You can reach this place by private vehicle or you can reach here  from Hashnabad line ( In fact I visited that place by my car ) . Route from nearby station to this place is not clear. You get all facilities from this location . You need to book this picnic spot from nearby counter. ( I feel I spent Rs 300 for a spot ) . This spot is a island surrounded by canal ( it’s created by local municipality for picnic only ) . This only picnic spot, so you can spend time with your family, playing games , you can get many other picnic parties there . I enjoyed this place very much.

Close view of picnic spots from nearby canal bridge

Close view of picnic spots from nearby canal bridge

Badu picnic spot : This is very close to Kolkata , 35 km off from Kolkata . There are many villa or picnic spots there. For big picnic party , you have book early . One important place is “ Makarasa Bagan “ you can say “Spider Garden “ . Actually it is Markar Shah’s Garden . This is a awesome place . Big ponds , big mango trees around the pond , big and old building along the pond guarding the mango trees . But place is not safe for family in rush hours.

But there are  lots of place to arrange picnic . Most important place to visit are : Hanuman Mandir , Snake garden , Aquarium , also lots of mango gardens for family picnic and games under the big mango trees .

Sanhati Park : This is located in Ashok Nagar along Bangoan line . You can reach by train or private car . Best place to spend picnic with your kids . You can book ( in advance ) the picnic spot for full day picnic . This place has lots of rides for children . You can also visit Science Park near Habra.

Sky view of Sanhati park from ropeway bridge

Sky view of Sanhati park from ropeway bridge

Metho Gaon ( Village of mud ) : This not very popular spot located near Madhyamgram ( 25 km off from Kolkata ) . You can book one picnic spot , spend time among the paddy fields and pluck green vegetables from the fields ( with permission ) and use the same for your picnic .

Lost in nature at Metho gao

Lost in nature at Metho gao

Kakra Mirja pur : This is again along the Taki Road , beautiful village , country side . Ideal for family picnic. Famous “ Baba Loknath temple “ located in this place .

Other important places to visit:

Mayapur : This is approximately 125 km from Kolkata , near Krishna Nagar . You can reach by car or by train . ISKCON Mandir is there. You can visit many Math and local Asram . But single day trip is hectic . Better to stay a day at Mayapur ISKCON mandir .

ISKCON Mayapur  guest house booking Information :

Phone : (03472) -245620 ( for Telephone Booking )**
Other Number : ( 03472) 245494

My favorite Guest house is Gada Bhavan , try to book guest house one month in advance during winter season .

Bangaon Bibhuti Bhusan Ghat : This place is very close to Bangaon Station . You can catch Bangaon train from Sealdah and reach the Bangaon station . From there you can reach the ghat . This is famous for Sri Bibhuti Bushan Bondapadhya , famous Bengali novelist . You can see the ghat , local bridge over river . Small picnic spot near the river. You can manage to stay nearby guest house by advance booking .

These are the places I have visited one or many times. These places are famous for their bucolic charm and smell of natures. Every winter, I plan to visit one of these sites with my family. Every time I go, I rediscover the place with new charms, with new experience ( as rural Bengal is changing fast ) . If you are in Kolkata, you can make a visit and enjoy your time with your family at country side picnic spots.