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Default Monsoon Drive: Exploring the majestic Bankura (and more!)

"Monsoons is in its peak. With a topping of a long weekend, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?"

Is it a brewing cup of coffee, in the corner of the drawing room, gazing at the Crystal Display units and relaxing?

Or, having "Chai" amidst a forest, which has recently been painted with a green base, with occasional brown strokes, and where you can actually hear the sip you take, attracts you?

If the former is your take, this long story may seem too boring.
For peoples belonging to later category, it may bring certain zeal to hit the road and explore the serenity of places, specially in the monsoons.

When did it all started?

Wife and me decided that this long weekend is time for another road trip. But where? Although monsoons did bring in a beautiful landscape, but it also brings "potholed tarmac", "unpaved roads" and all of such hell. Specially the State Highways become the most treacherous. With the ignorance of the State Government to the deadly condition of the roads in the metropolitan city of Kolkata, one can easily assume what will the condition of State Highways in more remote places.
And with EON at our disposal, we can't deny that second thoughts were indeed coming. But, in the end, we decided to have a go and let fly.

The result? A few teaser snaps:

Meeting a forest

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Tryst with a hill

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Digging a little to the history of the "Mallas"

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Watching the might of a Dam

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In the initial days, the plan was to include Ayodhya Hills in Purulia as part of our plan. But somehow Maithon came into picture, and with a hill (Susunia hill) already part of the trip, another hill eventually lost out to a dam to add more variation.
So the final list of POIs are:
  • Joypur Forest
  • Bishnupur
  • Susunia Hill
  • Maithon Dam
Deciding on the stay:

After deciding on the POIs, now came the question of where to stay? It was a three days trip, so we needed accommodation for 2 nights (15th and 16th August).
Considering the places of our visit there were sufficient number of options (though, it turned out to be on paper only). Why? Let's drill down:
  • Banalata Resort (Joypur Forest): Called them for a booking about 20 days prior to our travel. They told as it was a long weekend, the rush is too much. So I will have to book for two days minimum. I agreed hesitantly, as I had initially planned for 1 day here and 1 day in Bishnupur. But then came the clause of "guaranteed rejection" - the booking could be made only on 16th and 17th August (15th August not available). Period. Game over here.
  • Bishnupur Tourist Lodge (WBTDC): After the interaction above, I called WBTDC for booking. They said that online booking cannot be made as their Website is undergoing up gradation and told me tocome to their office at BBD Bagh and pay in cash and book (on weekdays only). Felt lethargic, or you may say, didn't feel the urge to undertake this hassle, specially when you have the tightest of schedules on weekdays, serving an alien Giant. Don't know exactly, but I think this may be the reason why many people don't get booking in WBTDC hotels, which are otherwise located in pristine places.
  • Monalisa Lodge, Bishnupur : I found the name of this lodge in WBTDC site and after a round of search of review, it seemed fair enough.I called them and found that this is probably the only one of the three where the reception guy spoke with proper manner. I booked a double bed AC room for 2 nights. I would not dare to say that it was lavish. But rooms were clean , AC worked perfectly, and the staffs were very helpful. Also, they offered a separate car parking area (it was pretty large and secured area) for a nominal charge of INR 50 per day. And the room rate was pretty cheap as well.
Note : During the trip we found a few more staying options and some of them may even come as a thrill to adventure seekers. I will throw light on them as I proceed with the story.

At the beginning, let me share the whole route covered (courtesy : google map).

Whole Route Link

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The Day before (14th August, 2014)

Upon returning from office, I had to chalk out the route for the next day. As we couldn't get booking at Banalata Resort (Joypur Forest), we decided to have lunch at Banalata and visit the Forest Observation Tower located nearby to get a feel of the forest. Then we would move to Bishnupur afternoon.

So, there were basically four routes for us to choose from:

1) Durgapur Expressway - Ranigunj - NH 60 - Bankura - Bishnupur (298 Km)


This route has roads which, in word, is "awesome", specially considering the other options we had in hand (we experienced this later). DBHPian Sutripta da mentioned this in my route query for Ayodhya Hills once. But I had to ignore it, the main reason being the detour I had to do.


2) Durgapur Expressway - Durgapur - SH9 - Bankura - Bishnupur (256 Km)


Out of question, because of the detour as well as Sutripta da told that he would prefer route 1 instead anyday.


4) Durgapur Expressway - Burdwan - Arambagh - Joypur Forest - Bishnupur (212 Km)


I would have taken this route, if the Tarakeshwar road to Arambagh (route 4 below) was bad and if the route 4 reported traffic snarls due to the aggregation of Lord Shiva devotees at Tarakeshwar in the month of Shravana (18th July - 17th August). But..


4) Durgapur Expressway - Singur - Tarakeshwar - Arambagh - Joypur Forest - Bishnupur (156 Km only, but wait on!)


This seemed the most effective route to take. After a round of PM exchanges from Rahul da (TBHP handle Rahul4640), he confirmed the Tarakeshwar road till Arambagh is good. And I confirmed with a office colleague of mine, whose hometown was Tarakeshwar, that the aggregation of devotees has ended, as last Tuesday(12th August) was the last "Mangalvar" of the sacred month.

So, I went ahead with this route. But, was it a mistake? Hold on!

Day 1 (15th August, 2014)

It was the day of our journey. We woke up early, had a cup of tea made my Ma (yes, she woke up that early to prepare a hot cup for us. Respect! for all moms) and started off at around 6:15 am from home. As per the usual routine for these long drives - tanked up at BP COCO Alipore, checked the pressure of each tyres and off we went.

It was raining mildly outside and the roads are wet after a night of heavy shower. That's what we ordered, otherwise a monsoon drive would have been incomplete.

The Vidyasagar Setu:

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There was a slight confusion at the the start of the journey whereby I diverted to a different road while talking to my wife. I didn't pay heed to MMI nav which was saying "Take U turn" constantly. After a while, I realized I was on my way back to Kolkata.

Immediate correction sent us flying to Durgapur Expressway.

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Within no time, Singur came up and we were to take a left turn to land into SH2 to Tarakeswar. The road was good and we could maintain a steady speed of 50 kmph average, although there were some devotees rushing to tarakeswar and a few railway crossing did slow us down.
We stopped in Tarakeshwar and had our breakfast.

Few snaps of the route :

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The devotees walking all the way to Tarakeshwar with holy water on their shoulders.
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Harinkhola (between Tarakeshwar and Arambagh). Question for 1100D and Samba - Is it where the Kolkata Offroading event took place? Was thinking while I was driving past this place.
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Soon we crossed Arambagh, decent turf till now.
But what's this? The moment we crossed Arambagh, there isn't any turf to drive on. I was thinking what to do now. There were potholes, which could easily break the axle. About 25kms, we had to drive through the bad stretch, out of which about 10 kms were non existent.

Some snaps of the better part of the stretch.
Pardon, but my wife couldn't take picture of the worst stretch, as we both were busy searching for a path to pass through (yes, she had to take the role of a navigator!)

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But, I saw one more magic! As we entered Bankura - Kotulpur to be precise - the road turned to be a flat, freshly laid Two lane State Highway 2. It was a respite for us.

With the road, the landscape improved dramatically, and we were surrounded by sprawling acres of Bengal Farmlands. It was a treat to see such greenery on both sides of the roads.
We couldn't help, but get down , take some snaps and relax a bit. Feels like we are far away from the chaos of city life.

Few snaps:

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Within a quarter of an hour, we reached Joypur Panchayat area, and we could hardly wait to step into the forest trail.

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First sight of Bishnupur Tourism promotion
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The Banalata Resort
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The resort lies beside the State Highway on the entrance of the highway into the Joypur Forest. The resort is based on the theme "Self Farm, Self Eat" principle. It has dedicated vegetable farm, poultry farms and some Emu's as well. It was a wonderful place to be in. Just on the vicinity of Joypur Forest, its the best (also the sole) place to stay there.
Frankly - with the environmental setup around the resort, specially the forest - we would have loved to stay in this place, if we got the booking.
We will surely come back and stay in this place next time.

Inside the resort
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And, the Emu's
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We had our lunch in the restaurant of the resort. It was a typical Bengali lunch but the quality was pretty good.
After lunch, we decided to visit the forest Watch Tower. There was a morrum road adjoining the resort which was surrounded by greenery of the forest. Like this:
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After a 15 minutes walk, we arrived at the Watch Tower. There was a lone forest guard. We asked him if we could go upstairs, he affirmed.

The Watch Tower
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We went to the top of the tower, the guard followed. On our way up, we found three rooms in each floor (named after birds). We inquisitively asked the guard if there is any option to stay here, and to our utter surprise he said "Yes". But, he said:

1) There is no AC, a ceiling fan is there.
2) Rooms have to be booked from forest department. Cost INR 300 per room.
3) The deers come at night to drink water. So, a searchlight can be booked from the Forest Department at a cost of around 500 INR.
4) Dinner have to be done at Banalata, by walking 15 minutes through the forest trail. So, its better to do early.

So, this is one probable place to stay, as I told earlier.
We wondered, if it was safe to stay at night here. As we were discussing a middle aged gentlemen and a young guy came up. Yes, they were staying there overnight. They told that they came from Durgapur and they come and stay here often. They said its a place to be in the night - the experience is unmatched.

A view from the top
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Another view towards the forest
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It was already 1:30 pm and we decided to move on towards Bishnupur. For this we had to drive right through Joypur Forest. The forest, once dacoit-prone where escorted vehicles were only allowed and that too during daylight only, is now a pleasure to drive. It is so silent here. We had to stop here and take some snaps.

A view of the forest trail
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Eon amidst the greenery
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There were few vehicles in this route, and passengers of the cars that crossed us, were looking at us like "Who are they, what they are doing?"
But we continued.

Another shot
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She is indeed happy
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That's how dense
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After a pleasurable drive, we reached our hotel at Bishnupur and checked in. After sometime, it started raining vigorously. We decided to stay in the hotel and not go anywhere tonight.

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Day 2

On this day, we decided to leave early from Hotel and travel to Susunia Hill and then return to Bishnupur to visit the places historical importance.

The road till Bankura was pretty good,with up's and down's like one will find at hilly areas. It was drizzling and the pleasure of driving in an early morning was enhanced quite a bit by a soft song at the background.


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Autumn Festival is near
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After Bankura, the road to Susunia via Chhatna deteriorated significantly.
About 8 kms before Chhatna, the road would put even Arambagh-Kotulpur stretch to shame. At one point, there was a thin strip of tar road visible at both ends of the road and the middle portion was submerged due to water logging. As I couldn't judge the depth of the "thing" (the word pothole is too small for this), I stood my ground. A bus from Jharkhand came from the opposite side and it's tyres sunk into the "thing". I made up my mind to stick to the leftmost part of the road as possible. With left side tyres on the thin stretch and right side tyres in the pool, I cruised slowly at around 30 degree inclination to horizontal.
Luckily, EON made it through.
One part of the stretch(better one though)

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We decided to pack our breakfast from a road side hotel and have it on the go.
After so much of "road show", we reached Susunia Hill.
All the pain to get here was washed away by the beauty of the place. Its one of a few clean places I have been to. Maybe, its due to less number of tourists. It was greenery all around.

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Breakfast in the middle of the road, with Susunia in the backdrop and rear parcel tray as the table

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Another view
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There was a Lord Shiva temple on the base of the hill. The trees are surrounded by monkeys. Also, there are a lot of stone artisans here. They indeed make very good sculptures and at a reasonable rate. We bought a few of their craftmanship.

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After spending a quality time here, we decided to return to Bishnupur and have our lunch.

A snap on the return journey
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EON waiting at the rail crossing
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As we move towards Bishnupur, the rain turned into torrential downpour.
Eventually we reached Bishnupur around 2:30 pm. We decided to have our lunch at WBTDC lodge and ordered the special "Posto Bora" there alongwith the lunch. I would suggest everyone to have this dish. In one word, Awesome!

Then we started our insight into Malla History book. The significance of Bishnupur lies in the Terracotta temples and remains of Malla Dynasty.
But I would say, I am disappointed with the way these important monuments are located. After visiting Gaur Malda, I found these to be "not belonging here".
We couldn't even make out where "Dalmadal cannon" was! How could such an important piece of history be placed in the middle of two houses. Yes you heard it right- Surrounded by localite houses with one iron grill fencing.
Nevertheless, let's see a few pictures:

The famous "Rasmancha"
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Dalmadal Cannon
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The Lalji Temple
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The Large gateway
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Jorebunglow Temple
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RadhaShyam Temple
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The penultimate day (Day3)

So, we arrived at the conclusion of a pleasurable trip, or did we?
With the whole day left for us, would we head towards home after waking up late and having a relaxed breakfast? Not our cup of tea.
And, It was my wife's birthday! So we decided to make it big, decided to check out early without even having breakfast and head for another decent road trip. It turned out to be 360 km drive to home, via Maithon Dam.

We woke up early, got ready and off we go. Till Bankura it was the same route we took last day for the Susunia trip(NH60). From Bankura instead of turning left, this time we went along NH60 on our way towards Raniganj.

It was a typical monsoon weather, with overcast skies and slight drizzle. I would like to highlight that the road here is simply awesome. Not just the road quality, but the landscape as well with the road twisting and turning along the small hillocks. It was best drive I have made in this trip (followed closely by Joypur Forest trail).

Few snaps of the route

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We stopped at Kanchanpur for breakfast, and with the ambience around, having early morning breakfast on the roadside dhaba is something to cherish. We were happy that we decided to leave early from the hotel.

The time flew and as we were closing on Raniganj, we found this

Mejia Thermal Power Station
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And a few kilometres beyond, this

Mejia Bridge, over the river Damodar

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We were cruising along, enjoying every bit of the drive, and soon we landed on the Delhi Road (NH 2)
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After driving for another 40 km or so, we reached Maithon.
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And another good news poured in - The lock gates were opened and we will be able to see the actual might of the Dam.
Although, I cannot post pictures of the water flowing through the lock gates, but it was an amazing view. By looking at the force of water we were just amazed. We spent a lot of time watching the view, with a cup of hot tea - it really blends perfectly.

Few snaps of Maithon on the Bengal Side:
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The Majumder Niwas (the DVC employees staying option, can be booked for their relatives as well)
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And just one on the Jharkhand side
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After spending quality time in Maithon, it was a 240 km drive back to home via Durgapur Expressway. We did stop at Saktigarh for some lyangchas etc.
We reached home at around 3:00 pm.

Another road trip - which included some pleasurable drives, dismal roads, beautiful craftsmanship show, from a serene outing where one could hear his own breath to a place where we had to literally shout to overcome the "Fluidic Roar" - comes to an end!

And what the birthday girl says?
Yes, she too is happy
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Until next time, signing off!
Cheers!

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Thanks a lot Gearhead for the TL.
Your TL has brought back many a childhood memories. I've spent my childhood in Durgapur and have frequented these places many a times with family and friends.
The quality of the roads have improved a lot from the earlier times and the roadside signages with the terracota art were never there earlier, they looked nice though.

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Thanks a lot Gearhead for the TL.
Your TL has brought back many a childhood memories. I've spent my childhood in Durgapur and have frequented these places many a times with family and friends.
The quality of the roads have improved a lot from the earlier times and the roadside signages with the terracota art were never there earlier, they looked nice though.

Thanks again.
Thanks Sommos!
Its my pleasure that I have been able to revive some of your good memories.

Yes, the road is good at stretches, but at the same time horrendous at another. Overall a nice outing.
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Yet another beautiful travelogue with some breath taking pictures of the greenery! Nice to see you have choosen the less traveled destinations than what most of the crowd choose in the extended weekends. Great to see your Eon completing these road trips proudly with out any fuss, be it great roads, bad roads or no roads.

Just a word of caution- Do not stop at remote place for having break fast or any other reason. Specially when you are traveling with your wife. You never know what kind of people you may encounter. Its okay to stop & take a few pics and start again but for a longer stop, please select crowded place for safety.




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Harinkhola (between Tarakeshwar and Arambagh). Question for 1100D and Samba - Is it where the Kolkata Offroading event took place? Was thinking while I was driving past this place.
You are spot on !

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Yet another beautiful travelogue with some breath taking pictures of the greenery! Nice to see you have choosen the less traveled destinations than what most of the crowd choose in the extended weekends. Great to see your Eon completing these road trips proudly with out any fuss, be it great roads, bad roads or no roads.
Thanks! Yes, EON did perform well given the challenges.
OT - When are you planning to write your Kashmir Tlog? It may not be a road trip, but the pictures are truly amazing and speaks volumes of your travel. Jot it down, fast!

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Just a word of caution- Do not stop at remote place for having break fast or any other reason. Specially when you are traveling with your wife. You never know what kind of people you may encounter. Its okay to stop & take a few pics and start again but for a longer stop, please select crowded place for safety.
Yes, I know! But somehow, this aspect skipped our mind, specially with the beauty of the place we were in.
But you are right - this is no "Dreamland".
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Wow. That's home territory for me. My native place lies on the route between Arambagh and Bankura, so I know the 25 km stretch you are talking about. Even Amby s do that stretch with caution, its a miracle the Eon did it!

On another note, it plagues to see this state of our state guest houses and their service/proffesionalism. After touring all Mahrashtra and staying numerous MTDCs, I know why tourism to Bengal (especially the south part) is still to take off!
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Nice travelogue there Gearhead! In fact, I was waiting for it. Good that you had the opportunity to drive through these beautiful landscapes in monsoons. The greenery during the monsoons is unmatched. Equally good pictures too.

If I can take the liberty to give some unsolicited advice, try the Deul resort near Shantiniketan next time, if you have not been there before. It's located in a forest too and is a beautiful serene place.

Keep up the zeal of driving!
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Wow. That's home territory for me. My native place lies on the route between Arambagh and Bankura, so I know the 25 km stretch you are talking about. Even Amby s do that stretch with caution, its a miracle the Eon did it!

On another note, it plagues to see this state of our state guest houses and their service/proffesionalism. After touring all Mahrashtra and staying numerous MTDCs, I know why tourism to Bengal (especially the south part) is still to take off!
Thanks!
The experience with WBTDC is really not good. But they will not improve, that's for sure.

Yes, the Arambagh Kotulpur stretch was horrible. I feel accomplished after doing this drive, have more confidence on my Vahaan now.

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Nice travelogue there Gearhead! In fact, I was waiting for it. Good that you had the opportunity to drive through these beautiful landscapes in monsoons. The greenery during the monsoons is unmatched. Equally good pictures too.

If I can take the liberty to give some unsolicited advice, try the Deul resort near Shantiniketan next time, if you have not been there before. It's located in a forest too and is a beautiful serene place.

Keep up the zeal of driving!
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Thanks, Saket.

It was indeed a wonderful drive altogether.
Yes, Deul is on my list, sometime in the near future maybe.
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Nice travelogue there gearhead_mait. Some of the roads in those pictures are really inviting. The lush greenery adds to the visual magic.
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Lovely excursion. The beauty of Bankura in the monsoon is really something to cherish and whats more it brings with it an enticing drive through lush green forests and hillocks. Last year, me and the missus planned a trip to the Joypur forest. We took the - 4) Durgapur Expressway - Burdwan - Arambagh - Joypur Forest - Bishnupur (212 Km) route. Upon reaching there we did not find any accommodation available, but as you rightly mentioned the place is worth a couple of nights stay amidst the forest. We then decided to drive forward all the way to Mukutmonipur, with a short break for Baluchari sarees at Bishnupur ( the missus insisted). We spent a splendid weekend at the Peerless Resort and returned via 2) Durgapur Expressway - Durgapur - SH9 - Bankura - Bishnupur (256 Km). Couple of snaps from Joypur forest and yummy Postor Bora we had at Mukutmonipur resort -
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Lovely excursion. The beauty of Bankura in the monsoon is really something to cherish and whats more it brings with it an enticing drive through lush green forests and hillocks. Last year, me and the missus planned a trip to the Joypur forest. We took the - 4) Durgapur Expressway - Burdwan - Arambagh - Joypur Forest - Bishnupur (212 Km) route. Upon reaching there we did not find any accommodation available, but as you rightly mentioned the place is worth a couple of nights stay amidst the forest. We then decided to drive forward all the way to Mukutmonipur, with a short break for Baluchari sarees at Bishnupur ( the missus insisted). We spent a splendid weekend at the Peerless Resort and returned via 2) Durgapur Expressway - Durgapur - SH9 - Bankura - Bishnupur (256 Km). Couple of snaps from Joypur forest and yummy Postor Bora we had at Mukutmonipur resort -
Thanks! I also gave a thought on Mukutmonipur, but opted out of it at the last moment, may be for a future road trip.

Thanks again for sharing the pic of "Posto Bora". I was too busy gulping, so couldn't manage to take picture of the delicacy.

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Nice travelogue there gearhead_mait. Some of the roads in those pictures are really inviting. The lush greenery adds to the visual magic.
Yes, indeed! Aditya.
The roads, specially the Joypur Forest road and the NH60 stretch between Bankura and Raniganj are awesome.
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