PACKAGES

Day 1 – arrival

 

Drive out of Kolkata and take the Durgapur Expressway -

Take your first break @ CCD ( own cost )

OR

Hop over to the next stop AZAD HIND DHABA ( own cost )

 

Check in at the ‘rajbari’, relax, refresh, pick up your camera – discover rajbari

-      The thakurbari

-      The andarmahal

-      The terrace

-      The gardens

-      The khamarbari, etc

-      The Shiv Mandir outside rajbari

-      The local village

 

 

Day 2 – half day trip ( 05 hours )

 

* After breakfast , drive to Mahanad Kali Bari, 8 km from Rajbari. This temple is more than 200 yrs old. The local priest tells us that Rani Rashmani came to this place to offer her puja and this inspired her to build the Dakhineswar Mandir.

 

*  Next stop is Jateswar Shiv Temple, 2 km from Mahanad Brahmamayee Kali Bari.

There is a big pond behind the temple with different stories of healing and rebirth.

 

* Next is Debipur. This place is known for Laxmi Janardan Mandir. The style of the mandir is old Terracotta of Bengal.

 

* Next we visit Pandua. This 13th century place is known for its Minar. The Minar soars up to 125 feet high.

 

 

Day 3 – half day trip ( 05 hours )

 

* Trip to Hangsheshwari Mandir and Basudeb Mandir at Bansberia ( 20 kms from Rajbari )

Then drive towards Debanandapur – the birth place of Bengal's Katha Shilpi and Sarat Chandra Chattapadhyay's residence, a library named Sarat Smriti Pathagar including a museum  containing photographs, letters, writings, 07 personal belongings of the famous writer is also present there.

 

* Onto Bandel Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal.

 

* Onto Imambara in Chuchura, it was completed in the year 1861.

 

* Next is the French base colony of Chandannagar. Situated on the banks of the river Hooghly, one can enjoy a leisurely walk along the beautifully decorated pavement on banks.

 

* After breakfast, drive to Shantiniketan ( 100kms ) for a full day trip

( departure 7am, duration 12 hours )

 

Visit Confetti – an excellent ceramic handicraft initiative undertaken by DCL projects.

Visit Basundhara – another rural handicraft initiative

Visit the Kopai River and witness the huge growth of real estate in these areas.

Visit Amar Kutir

Visit Ballavpur Deer Sanctuary, Prakriti Bhavan ( nature art museum ) and Shilpa Gram

Go for a guided tour at your own cost – approx Rs.300.00 per person

Visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Ashram, Chatimtala ( prayer place ), Brahma Mandir, Uttarayan Complex, Rabindra Bhaban Museum ( everything remains closed on Wednesdays )

Visit Visva Bharati University which is world famous and acknowledged as one of the greatest institutes of learning in Languages, Fine Arts & Literature in India – it houses different specialization departments and campuses.

* Lunch at Shantiniketan – must try Vanalakshmi ( a local self help initiative ) ( own cost ).

* Back to Rajbari.

 

Costing for 02 people –

AC Indigo / similar – Kolkata to Rajbari to Kolkata Rs.4,000.00 per car with mineral water and toll tax

Half day local sightseeing per day – Rs.2,000.00 per car ( entrances extra )

Full day Santiniketan sightseeing – Rs.4,000.00 ( entrances extra )

 

01 night Package with 01 half day sightseeing  -

 AC room ( Rs.3,500.00 ) with all meals ( Rs.1,000.00 ), total cost will be Rs.6,500.00 for 02 people.

If we provide transportation from Kolkata total cost will be Rs.10,500.00 for 02 people.

 

02 nights Package with 02 half day sightseeings –

 AC room ( Rs.7,000.00 ) with all meals ( Rs.2,000.00 ), total cost will be Rs.13,000.00 for 02 people.

If we provide transportation from Kolkata total cost will be Rs.17,000.00 for 02 people.

 

03 nights Package with 02 half day sightseeing + 01 full day Santiniketan trip –

 AC room ( Rs.10,500.00 ) with all meals ( Rs.3,000.00 ), total cost will be Rs.21,500.00 for 02 people.

 

If we provide transportation from Kolkata total cost will be Rs.25,500.00 for 02 people.

 

 

Places to Visit near the Rajbari :

Bandel church – 45 mins drive

Chinsura Imambara – 45 mins drive

Pandua Minar – 15 mins drive.

Chandannagar, feel the French settlement- 60 mins drive.

Ghushkara Jungle – we are planning nature walks, trekking & biking activities soon.

Mahanad Kalibari – 15 mins drive

Morning Heritage Tour  (Duration 4 hr 30 min. approx)  

 

9:00 am  Leaving Rajbari after breakfast for the Heritage Tour. Our first destination is MAHANAD BRAHMAMOYEE KALI BARI which is 8 KM. The mandir is more than 200 years old and depicts the rural culture of Bengal. It is situated amidst Mahanad village. According to local priest Rani Rashmani came to this place for offering puja and by this inspiration she built Dakhineswar Temple. Puja is offered at 10 am and 7:30 pm everyday.

 

9:30 am   Our next stop is JATESHWAR SHIV TEMPLE which is 2 KM from the kali temple. According to the locals the things excavated from here is dating back to the time of Mahenjadaro Harappa period. There is a big pond behind the temple which according to the locals if you dip a dead person into the pond, the person came alive. There is a tunnel nearby which according to the locals, can reach up to the pond. A fair is held every year during Shivaratri. The place lost its grandeur due to Tarakeshwar Temple’s easy access from KOLKATA.

 

10:50 am   Our next stop is SHIMLAGARH SASAN KALI BARI which is 13 KM from MAHANAD. It is situated on the side of GRAND TRUNK ROAD. This place is also dating back to the period of Sher Shah when he rebuilt the road in 16th century. Almost all passer-by pay homage to the deity here. Previously there is a sasan (crematorium) inside the complex but now it has been shifted nearby. During the time of Sher Shah human sacrifice was offered to the Goddess but the practice has been stopped. Now only animal sacrifice is offered specially during KALI PUJA day.

 

11:45 am   After paying homage to Goddess Kali, our next destination is DEBIPUR. Situated 17 KM amidst rich paddy fields of Bengal, this place is Known for LAXMI JANARDAN MANDIR. The mandir is built in the year 1762 by the zamindar here. The style of the mandir is old Terracotta of Bengal. The deity here is Laxmi and Narayan. Beautiful carvings surround the walls of the temple. But due to lack of maintenance many has been destroyed. Puja is held everyday at around 9 am and 6 pm.

 

12:55 pm   Our next destination is the old Mughal period village of PANDUA, which is 23 KM away. This 13th century place is known for its MINAR. The minar soar up to 125 feet high. It was built by Shah Sufiuddin in 1340 AD. The next attraction is Bari Masjid which is opposite to the Minar. The meaning of the Bari is “the big mosque which shows the incredible architecture styled with Bricks ’’. There is a Throne and pillars where one can see Hindu bells. It was built in the year 1300 AD.

 

1:30 pm.    Our Morning heritage Tour ends after reaching Rajbari for Lunch.

 

 

OPTION – 1

Mixed Cultural Heritage Tour  (DURATION 3 hrs 30 mins approx)

 

2 pm       Our tour starts after Lunch, we head towards the birth place of Bengal’s Katha Shipli Sarat Chandra Chottopadyay’s residence DEBANANDAPUR. It is 23 km from Rajbari.Born on 17th September 1875. The dwelling house of Katha Shilpi along with a separate drawing room is still present in the village.  A Library named Sarat Smrithi Pathagar including a museum room containing photographs, letters, writings and personal belongings, of the famous writer is also present there.

 

3 pm       The next stop is the French Colony of CHANDANNAGAR, which is 11 km from Debanandapur. Chandannagar became the base of the French and the city remained under their control from 1816 to 1950. Situated at the banks of river Hooghly, one can enjoy the leisurely walk along the beautifully decorated pavement on banks. Opposite to the road there is a museum, a Church, Chandannagar College made by the French.

 

3:30 pm    After the French influence we now on our way to IMAMBARA which is in

Chuchura (Chinsurah) and is 9 km away. The building was started in the year 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin & was completed in the year 1861 at the cost of Rs.2,17,413/- including a clock procured from England at  the cost of Rs.11,721/-.  The two storied building consisting ranged rooms having a wide entrance of  main gate flanked by two nos. of giant towers measuring 80 ft. tall & a massive clock tower in between them. A mosque, the walls of which are decorated by the texts from the Holy Koran and the interior of the mosque is enriched with inlaid marble and careings, candle and lanterns. There is a Sun Clock in the back compound on the banks of the Holy River Ganges.

 

4:00 pm    Our next stop is the Portuguese Marvel of Bandel Church at Bandel which is a kilometer away from Imambara. The Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, India. It stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Built around 1660, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal.

4:30 pm      The last part of our tour is at Bansberia which is 8 km from Bandel Church. The main attractions in this village are temples with intricate terracotta works that inspired Rabindranath Tagore. The Hangseshwari temple, which betrays tantric influences, is the better known of the Bansberia structures, but the adjoining Ananta Basudeb temple, small and elegant and crowned by an octagonal turret, is no less interesting. The 21-metre high, five-storeyed Hangseshwari temple has 13 domes shaped like lotus buds. The structure has similarities with St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, which is also known as the onion dome church.

5 pm           After an eventful excursion, we head back to our Rajbari for evening tea at 5:30 pm.  

 

OPTION – 2

Mixed Cultural Heritage Tour  (DURATION 4 hr 15 min)

 

2 pm       Our tour starts after Lunch, we head towards the birth place of Bengal’s  Katha Shipli Sarat Chandra Chottopadyay’s residence DEBANANDAPUR. It is 23 km from Rajbari.Born on 17th September 1875. The dwelling house of Katha Shilpi along with a separate drawing room is still present in the village.  A Library named Sarat Smrithi Pathagar including a museum room containing photographs, letters, writings and personal belongings, of the famous writer is also present there. From his numerous books,the most remarkable are DEVDAS, PARINEETA, PATHER DABI, SRIKANTO which also seen in Hindi and Bengali movies.

3 pm          Our next stop is the Portuguese Marvel of Bandel Church at Bandel which is a kilometer away from Imambara. The Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, India. It stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Built around 1660, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal.

 

4 pm    After the French influence we now on our way to IMAMBARA which is in

Chuchura (Chinsurah) and is 9 km away. The building was started in the year 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin & was completed in the year 1861 at the cost of Rs.2,17,413/- including a clock procured from England at  the cost of Rs.11,721/-.  The two storied building consisting ranged rooms having a wide entrance of  main gate flanked by two nos. of giant towers measuring 80 ft. tall & a massive clock tower in between them. A mosque, the walls of which are decorated by the texts from the Holy Koran and the interior of the mosque is enriched with inlaid marble and careings, candle and lanterns. There is a Sun Clock in the back compound on the banks of the Holy River Ganges.

 

5 pm       The next stop is the French Colony of CHANDANNAGAR, which is 11 km from Debanandapur. Chandannagar became the base of the French and the city remained under their control from 1816 to 1950. Situated at the banks of river Hooghly, one can enjoy the leisurely walk along the beautifully decorated pavement on banks. Opposite to the road there is a museum, a Church, Chandannagar College made by the French.

5:45 pm           After an eventful excursion, we head back to our Rajbari for evening tea at 6:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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