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Cultural Tourism in West Bengal
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Bankura

"Solitude amidst dense forest, micaceous soil, beautiful hills, dams and iconic terracotta temples"

Bankura is known as a land of diverse ethnic culture and mainly because of the Austroloid and Dravidian tribes living here since prehistoric times along with the Jainism, Buddhism and Shaivite thinking that has shaped the cultural traces of the district.

 It is a stunning offbeat tourist destination. Therefore, it is an obvious choice if one is likely to go far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

A 3 day village fair along with a folk festival is held every year.
Date: Bikna - 25-27th September'15, Panchmura - 6-8th November'15

Nearest attractions

  • Rasmancha
  • Mukutmanipur Dam
  • Panchmura: Bankura’s art form is an ancient form than the art form, it was the Kumbhokars or potters of Panchmura, 16 miles away from
    Bishnupur, who started to make the famous Bankura horses. (Please provide pictures of Terracotta horses).
  • Parasnath Temple: The oldest of the jain temple appears to date only from AD. 1775. Spend lonesome time and enjoy the scenic beauty.
  • Bikna : It is the "Dokra Village" home to 36 Dokra making families and is the largest cluster of Dokra artists in West Bengal. Bikna is in the
    outskirts of Bankura town. The hallmark of Dokra craft is its primitive simplicity, charming folk motifs, rustic beauty.
  • Sushunia Hills : It is a very attractive natural tourism and picnic spot located at about 24 kms from Bankura town in Chhatna block, Chhatna
    Range under Bankura (North) Division. The all year round flowing natural spring the central attractions. It is also a potential place for rock
    climbing, trekking and nature walks. Forest Department has nice cottages with beautiful landscaping here.
Bikna's Dokra Panchmura's Terracotta Sushunia Hills
Birbhum

“The land of red soil”

Birbhum boasts of a cultural heritage that is unique. It is the right combination of plains, hills and riverines. 
This district has witnessed many cultural and religious movements in its history making it worth a visit for its wide variety of attractions including the remarkable Poush Mela and Basanta Utsav Celebration of spring).

3 day village fairs along with folk festivals happens at Dariyapur , Nanoor & Tepantar 
Dariyapur : Sep 18 - 20, 2015,  Nanoor : Oct 9 - 11, 2015, Tepantar : Nov 27-29, 2015 &  Mar 22-24, 2016, Natungram: Jan 15 – 17, 2016

Nearest attractions

  • Santiniketan (Visva-Bharati), the university town created by the great poet and thinker of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, the first non European Nobel laureate.
  • Visitors of Santiniketan may also plan a visit to Nanoor, just an hour away to see 3000 women at work with their beautiful and intriguing Kantha embroidery.
  • From Santiniketan one can plan a visit to Natungram, about 2 hours away from Katwa. Natungram is famous for its master craftsmanship of making wooden dolls, especially the iconic and auspicious owls, the brand product of this place.
  • An hours drive from Santiniketan is Tepantar, a theatre village located in Satkahania, next to river Ajoy, an abode to community of theatre practitioners. One can enjoy their hospitality within Tepantart premises at the beautiful cottages.
  • Dariyapur: Situated in Bardhaman district, known for the art of Dokra making. Spend a day and shop delectable Dokra
    items with innovative designs and patterns.
  • Other nearby attractions: Bolpur, Bakreshwar, Visalaksmi Temple, Kankalitala Temple, the rhythmic flowing Kopai river.

Dariyapur's Dokra Nanoor's Kantha Theatre village, Tepantar
   
Natungram's Wooden Doll    
Cooch Behar

"Idealized from the concept of Classical European style of Italian Renaissance"


The diverse lifestyles of royal family, Rajbangshis and tribal communities, makes Cooch Behar an ideal destination of co-existence of contrasts.
This place is worth a visit for its fresh and natural beauty, the Royal Palace, the magnificient Madan Mohan Temple and its beautiful chariot celebration and nearby Chilapata forest and rivers.

Visit Ghughumari village festival from Jan 8 - 10, 2016

Nearest attractions
  • Ghughumari: One can visit Ghughumari, mere 20 minutes away from the town. There are over 3000 Sitalpati Mat weavers eher. ‘Sitalpati’ means Cool Mat. They are luxurious, comfortable and utilatarian crafted from green cane slips of Maranta Dichotoma or Murthra Reed. As frequently mentioned by the carfts persons, the best kind of Pati are so smooth that even a snake cannot glide over it. There is an interesting folklore associated with this craft related to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.
  • Other Attractions: Siddheswari Temple of goddess Siddheswari, the Siddheswari Kali temple, built by Maharaja Harendra Narayan in 1830, situated around 11 kms from Cooch Behar town.
Cooch Behar Rajbari Ghugumari Sitalpati Festival
Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur

"Adding to the beauty of Bengal"


Malda was previously known as English Bazaar. It got that name from the English factory that was established here in 1771. This place is known because of the historical monuments like Jami Masjid and the landmark Nimasari tower across the river. The Malda Museum has a great collection of the region's architectural and anthropological specimens. Malda is also famous for its mangoes and mulberries.

A village fair happens at Kushmundi from Oct 30th - Nov 1st, 2015

Nearest attractions
  • One can visit sites of historical relevance and architectural splendors in Malda. This place is also famous for its mangoes.
  • Adina Masjid, built in 1369 by Sultan Sikander Shah. One of the largest mosques in India, it also typifies the most developed mosque architecture of the period, the orthodox design being based on the great 8th century mosque of Damascus.
  • Eklakhi Mausoleum is the most elegant monument in Pandua.
  • Ramkeli, a small village on the way to Gour, famous for being the temporary home of Sri Chaitanya Dev, the great religious reformer of Bengal. He had stayed here for a few days on his way to Vrindavan.
  • Dakhil Darwaza, an impressive gateway built in 1425 is an important Muslim monument.
  • One can also visit Buddhist architecture and sculptures in Jagjibanpur.
  • Kushmundi is a well known village near Malda known as the mask makers village. Here you can discover the beautiful and ecstatic craft of Gomira mask making. There are also about 60 Bamboo crafts making families which is equally fascinating. One can stay at Mahishbathan resource centre during Kushmandi village festival.
  • Raigunj Bird Sanctuary at Kulik, Mahipaldighi lake located at a distance of about 2 hours from Kushmandi is home to 164 species of birds. About 70,000 to 80,000 migratory birds visit the sanctuary every year.
Gaur Wooden masks of Kushmundi Wooden mask mela
Nadia

One of the oldest districts of West Bengal, Nadia is an inseparable part of the religious and cultural history of the state. This is the land of Sri Chaitanya and his Bhaktivad movement. The presence of ancient temples, mosques, historic forts and a hub of magnificent handicrafts are sure to make your trip memorable. Nadia also has a rich tradition of Baul-Fakiri music.

3 days village fair and folk festival takes place in Gorbhanga & Ghurni.
Gorbhanga: Nov 20-22nd , 2015 Ghurni: Feb 26-28th , 2016

Nearest attractions

  • Nadia district has some important centres of pilgrimage and ancient learning through places like Nabadwip, Santipur and Mayapur, places of
    historical interest like Ballal Dhipi and the battle ground of Plassey.
  • Gorbhanga: Gorbhanga village situated in the Nadia district of West Bengal is the home of the Fakirs. It is paradise for musicians,
    music lovers and researchers. The visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sound of ecstasy and they can learn about
    universal brotherhood from the Bauls and Fakirs.
  • Ghurni is 10 mins away from the capital town of Krishnanagar. It is the hub of more than 1000 artists involved with clay doll making. The crafts
    Persons shape the humble clay into miniature human figures. The perfect detailing of forms, features and stance, the meticulous realism of
    clothes and the marvelous expressions make each doll a collectors item.
  • One may also plan a visit to the ruins of the Krishnanagar Palace built during the reign of Raja Krishna Chandra Rai. For a connoisseur of
    architecture, a visit the Krishnanagar College, dating back to 1846 is a must for witnessing Indo-European cultural influences.
  • Visit to Nadia is incomplete without a visit to the legendary weavers of Phulia and Shantipur to witness the traditional weaves of Bengal. Both places are situated within an hours distance from Krishnanagar.
Gorbhanga Baul Fakir Ashram Ghurni's Clay Doll Krishnanagar Rajbari
Pingla, Paschim Mednipur

"Enriched in its Archeology"


This place is known for the social evolution that started in this region as before 15,000,00 years ago. Pre-historic features of this region can be proved from its Stone Age evidences, which are collected from the river-beds of Subarnarekha, Kangsabati and Tarapheni.

Explore the Indigenous riches like age old temples- forest lands- tribal dance and folk culture around the jungle area of Paschim Medinipur. Visit Pingla, home of the Patachitra artists known for their unique tradition of storytelling on long scrolls painted with natural colours frame by frame. The stories are narrated through songs. There are about 250 Patuas in this village.

A 3 day village festival 'Pot Maya' happens at Pingla every year. This year it is from Nov 13 - 15, 2015

Nearest attractions

  • Chilkigarh
  • Ganganir Math
  • Garbeta- It has a diverse historic and cultural significance. It is a fusion of both Bishnupur and Odisha style of architetcure.
  • Raykota Fort
  • Chandrakona
  • Gopiballavpur
  • Jhargram
  • The Sabitri Temple is also a popular attraction and has a naturally formed stone resembling Devi Sabitri, instead of an idol.
  • Kurumbera Fort
Natural Color Making Process, Pingla Pot Maya Festival Kurumbera Fort
Purulia

"The land of untapped mystery and wondrous beauty"

Purulia beckons to experience her living heritages and calm serenity. One must experience the age old culture and traditional and culture practicises. The traditional dance forms of purulia like Chau Naach, Dnar Naach are rich and have a global  appeal.

Visit the Chau mask- making village, Nimdih and temples like Bandhar Deul and Radha Binod temples

Festivals Celebrating Heritage - 5 days of Chau Utsav is held in Winter. 
 Charida: Dec 18 – 20, 2015                  Bamnia: Dec 22 – 26, 2015              Nimdih: Mar 22 – 24, 2016

Nearest attractions
  • Snuggled in a corner ‘Charida’ is quaint little village and is an arty nook worth visiting in Purulia. It is the Village well known for the ‘Chau’ mask makers.
  • Ayodhya Hills
  • Joychandi Hills
  • Bamnia and Cheliyama
  • Deulghat:  "A land of temples".
  • Bagmundi
  • Nimdih: Situated at the foothills of Dolma Range this Gandhi Ashram Loksevayatan Institute at Nimdih founded by Subodh Kumar Roy has a sylvan beauty with a rivulet running along its boundaries.
Chau Mask making, Charida Chau Dance Festival, Bamnia Basanta Utsav, Nimdih
 





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