Off to Mukutmanipur
Kolkata to Mukutmanipur Distance - 231Km i.e. via NH19
Best Time to Visit- Winter (October to March)
Best suited car - Ford Ecosport, Maruti Swift. Though you can choose one according to your own convenience.
There is something beautiful, unique and perpetually satisfying about towns. The homely and social atmosphere of towns is what makes them pleasant. One such town on the convergence of two rivers, Kangsabati and Kumari is Mukutmanipur. Located in the Bankura district of West Bengal. It is about 5hr 43 mins from Kolkata. The sharp contrast of the town with the city would be clearly visible upon your visit to the place.
Plan a trip for a day during the winter months. Have a picnic or so to spend your day at ease. Rent a self-drive car from Kolkata, which is conveniently delivered at your doorstep and commence your journey at the earliest morning hours for less traffic on the highway. Upon reaching the place, take a break for a while and get ready to discover the place.
There are few options that you can choose from. Hotel Green Park and Rimil Guest House are few decent places that would be in your budget and will equally serve all your needs.
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Jhilimili forest trip - The beaches and the mountains may appeal to you but what would be a change is a forest trip. The green covered landscape with a frequent chirping of birds. The river Kangsabati flows through the forest and the watchtower in the forest gives a spectator a unable lush green view of the surroundings.
Rani Bandh - Ranibandh is exactly 40 kilometres from Bankura. The place is spread across 7100 hectares of land. It is surrounded up greens and vegetation and the entire path is covered in the shade of various trees Arjun, Amlaki, Bahera, Piyashal and others.
Talbagicha Dam - Ideal for a picnic, Talbagicha Dam is a scenic beauty. Absorb the striking moment to cherish it forever. Many tribes also reside by the side of the dam like the Orao, Munda, Santhals and others and that has influenced the culture around the place.
Parashnath Hill - The hill is named after the 23rd Tirthankara of the Jains. The tallest peak in the range of hills is 1350 m, which is considered a pilgrimage centre for the Jains. The hill constitutes number of temples which are over 2000 years old. Local vendors will be found selling Coconut Water, Sugar Cane Juice, Chips and other food items along the side of the trail to reach the top of the hill.
Banpukuria Deer Park - Do visit the park if you want to a step closer to wildlife. You can find a herd of spotted deer. It would take you around 45 mins to complete the tour of the entire park. It is something different to watch wildlife in their natural habitat and not in some enclosed iron bared prison.
You can find the local cuisine in and around the place at affordable prices. Most of the hotels serve Bengali Cuisine and are best at it. Lip-smacking delicious food that you won't be able to resist.
The place specialises in Dokra Work and terracotta. Earthen Pottery work can be seen being sold along the road.
The sky in small towns is always the prettiest. You need to experience that to believe.