State of West Bengal Things to Do

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State of West Bengal Things to Do

  • KHANA MIHIRER DHIPI Excavation from...

    I visited this place yesterday as I went to visit Berachampa and some nearby places on business. During lunch time I stopped for a while and had a look at this place. I have been visiting this place for quite sometime but never really got down from the car and took pictures. Near Berachampa is the archeological site of Chandraketugarh, thought to...

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  • The Battle Field of Plassey

    I visited this place several time in the past but the procrastination really took over. I took pictures with my mobile but lost it in the external HDD. Then, last night I decided to find it out from HDD, and lo after nearly 2 hours I found them and here I am with the tip. The place is located in a God Forsaken place ,where very few people go as the...

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  • Tribal Dancing and Music

    I have added short video about this, but apologise for the bad light.My flash went on the blink. The music is good, though!We watched these dancers and musicians at night, around a campfire. What interested me greatly was that is was so very different from any form of folk dancing that I had seen anywhere in India. It has almost an African feel and...

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  • A visit toward River Ichamati

    Ichamati River , is a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the boundary between the two countries. The river is facing the problem of siltation leading to thin flow of water in the dry season and floods in the rainy season. Experts are handling the situation and remedial matters are being discussed between...

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  • Birdwatching- Sunderbans

    Grab a camera and binoculars- this is a good area for bird-watchers. We spotted quite a few, not just on the boat-cruises, but around the camp-site. For some reason, the birds here seemed tamer than anywhere else in India. Maybe they feel no threat, because there are few tourists anyway.Eary morning and late afternoon is the best time for...

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  • Boat Cruise through the channels

    Spending a few hours cruising the waterways is a relaxing and interesting way to spend the day. The boat we were on was very comfortable, with lunch & snacks being served. The toilets were clean and modern. Our boat carried about 20 people. The seating is good, and as it is an open-sided boat, the magnificent vews can be seen in all directions. We...

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  • Visit the watch-towers

    These watch-towers, which are dotted around the various camps, offer great views of the Mangroves and surrounds. Each one has its own designated area, jetty and attractions.Our boat stopped at one- there were quite a few steps up to the watch-tower, but the view is well worth it. There are refreshment stalls and toilet facilities available.Monkey...

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  • Relaxing in or around Kolkata!

    Dear Jon,I was not supposed to open this page but I had to as I was looking for some address. Relaxing near Kolkata? It is possible, otherwise how do we relax or stay in this polluted city? Please visit my Diamond Harbour ( Bakkhali), Digha, Bolpur, Mayapur ( if you are religious) or Puri pages, you will get all the answers of your choice, budget...

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  • Greenery Of Bengal.

    The Greenery of Bengal best enjoyed in monsoon. Have a look at these Rice Fields, they will make you forget everything for a while. I took these photographs this afternoon near JhinkirHat, near Usthi, South 24parganas. The location is about 45Kms from Kolkata city.

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal- Rural Temple

    This beautiful Temple was built around 14th Century, in Mandir Bazar in the district of South 24Parganas. This temple belongs to Lord Shiva and is situated near Laxmikantapur, about 85kms from Kolkata. t was erected most probably the earlier Ruler of Sunderbans, one of the family members of Sabarna Roy Chowdhury's of Kolkata, who were Zamindars of...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -21, Rural...

    Animal sacrifice is always bad and not appreciated in many parts of the world. But yet many people believe that God gets satisfied to see the blood. This is bad but still practised. This temple is called Kalyaneshwari Kali temple. The temple has history about 1200 years! People throng in from many parts of Rural Bengal as well as urban bengal here...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -17,...

    Tagore choose this are of Birbhum to build his Shantiniketan. This land in called " Lal Matir Desh" or the soil of red colour. the land contains Haematite and the area also has forests( though declining), lakes, streams, tribals. it was primarily tribal villages about a century ago, then it was developed gradually to become world famous...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -16,...

    Though the village fair in Shantiniketan is basically Rural in Nature. It is also used as the platfrom to sell and diplay various rural art. One major industry in Rural Bengal ( Shantiniketan, Birbhum, Burdwan, Nadia districts) is saree making with handloom. Then the women do embroidery with needle. The process is called Kantha stitch, done on...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -15,...

    This rural fair brings in various flavour of rural life of Bengal. The more you see the more you are amazed. Have a close look.Listening to the Baul Singer is an experience in itself. They have left home, a kind of Hermit, sings for God and the people. They also sing about the current lif of the people. You may listen to Baul from the net or buy CD...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -20, Rural...

    I am against this sports, called Cock fighting! but when you are building tips on rural Bengal you just cant ignore this. This is part of life in Rural Bengal, who have very limited means of entertainment. There is no T.V. or electricity in many villages, so they continue with many age old sports. These shots were taken in october 2004 at Bankura,...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -14, Fair at...

    Gurudev Ravindra Nath Tagore started this Rural Fair about 100 years back. The prime attraction of this fair is Baul Songs. It is said it comes directly from the heart of Rural Bengal. A Baul singer is who has left all earthly bonds and have devoted himself to the God( Lord Krishna). Along with the Baul songs the Village fair now attracts people...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -19, Villages...

    You need to find beauty even from the non significant place. You take a look at the photo of the house and you tend to forget. But just wait and take a close second look at the house. what do you see? A beautiful house built with Mud and polished with mud. You try yoorself, you will never be able to make it. The Santhal tribe of Bengal and...

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  • Beautiful Rural Bengal -18, Migratory...

    How do you make a tip on rural Bengal? I felt whatever I saw with my own eyes and felt it is beautiful, I think I should post it in my tips. Because after talking to many people I am convinced that not everybody is really interested in beautiful buildings and sea beaches. One of the most beautiful scenario of Rural Bengal is its natural...

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  • The Beautiful Rural Bengal -13, The...

    since, I have promised to unfurl the various facets of Beautiful Rural Bengal, I will slowly show the real beauty I have captured in the past in various places. Bengal has many locations with rivers, natural lakes, hillocks, streams, fountains, Natural Hot springs and what not? I will slowly bring them in my page one by on as I have seen them. Just...

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  • The Beautiful Rural Bengal -12,...

    As said in the previous tip life in Sunderbans is extremely difficult for its inhabitants. There is no road, electricity, transport, employment. People live in much adversity. We may not even survive for a few days out there with out our support system but life goes on. There is hardly any cultivable land out there but they sometimes grow some rice...

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  • The Beautiful Rural Bengal -11,...

    The villages of Sunderbans continued...I put here some photos how do they travel, how do they earn living, what is their home like. They live far from the city and travel only by boat as there is no road in Suderbans only Salty Rivers and Creeks. Have a look.

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  • The Beautiful Rural Bengal -10,...

    When talking about Rural Bengal, how can one ignore the Beauty of Sunderbans. It is the largest delta of the world and at the sametime it is most beautiful and Most Dangerous place to live. Fortunately, this is part of Bengal and we are very proud of it. I the last few years Eco- tourism has developed and it has helped a lot the local inhabitants...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-9

    These pictures were taken inn 2004 in South Bengal Tribal Land. they also feature in my Bankura page. This is just to show how people in Rural Bengal lives. This area is Tribal Land, with hillocks, Thachets. Look at the women carrying fire wood on their head for their daily use. Independence for them? Well it really is not for them it is continuing...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-8

    Life has always been very difficult for Rural people. They have been totally dependant on Agriculture for livelihood. The British Rulers never tried to do anything for the Ruralite except for exploitation. And after Independence, our Indian Rulers neglected them to the core, with no industry, no electricity, no regular source for employment, life...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-7

    Who does not like these? Palm tree, Rains, Water bodies the wonders of Mother Nature!Please be ready for the next tip.

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-6 Moslem...

    Recently we had the opportunity to attend a Moslem Marriage in Rural Bengal. The place is called Mogra Hat. Here are some photographs, of that family. The grrom is the Brother in Law of our dealer of Usthi, Mr.Monjoor Hossein. As I mentionedthat the Rural Bengal is changing and the literacy rate is very high. The groom is a school teacher, with...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-5

    Since when I have taken the habit of carrying a camera with me, I have been taking pictures of many things, some significant and many insignificant. Later I realized that those photos are not at all insignificant, they are personifying the Mother Earth and her various facets from various angles. Many of us do not like rains and rural part which is...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-4

    The pond, the fish and the rustic spectators, all are part of Rural Bengal. Look at the crowd, even an insignificant event like pond fishing drew so much crowd.These pictures were taken at Gaighata, near Bangladesh border town. I got the idea of Building the Page on rural Bengal here only.

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-2

    These pictures were taken during our pond fishing trip to Usthi area of South 24pgs district, about 60kms from Calcutta. Pond, Hamlets, rustic people. There is one wonderful thing in this village, despite extreme poverty the literacy rate is 100%. Many boys and girls not only have university education but are working in many places as...

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  • Rain Soaked Bengal Villages.

    Since, I talked about monsoon, here is rain soaked rural area of Bengal. This picture was taken on 16th August at Mandir Bazar near Sunderbans.

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  • ANGLING----Pond Fishing!!! Part -III

    On 3oth July we also went Pond fishing to Usthi near Diamond Harbour. This time our host was Mr. manzoor Hossein and his family. He is one of our largest Exclusive dealer of the place and excellent host. We thank him and his wife for ibnvintig us on a rainey Sunday.

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  • ANGLING----Pond Fishing!!!

    Fishing is one of my hobies! I keep telling my friends that I am going pond fishing on this Sunday and they keep asking as how it is done. So I am trying to build a tip on how Pond fishing is done. This is same as River or Sea fishing, with only differnce the baits as the fishes are smaller and they like sweet thing like loaf, flour, earth worms,...

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  • Mountains

    The trek itself is quite ok. It's possible to do in how many days you wanna, usually people do in 5 / 6 days, others like soo much and stay around 40 days in the villages!!! During the trek the highlights are Sandakphu and Phalut villages, i liked Sandakphu most, but Phalut is the closer you'll get from Everest. The many options of trekkers hut and...

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