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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.