Baranti - sweet little hamlet in nature's lap

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Friends I'd like to share some important information regarding Baranti. This may help people willing to visit this charming nest.

Baranti – a place very close to mother nature, is part of Ramchandrapur Irrigation Project in Purulia District. The water reservoir constructed by erecting a small dam between Muradi Hill and Baranti Hill. The place is nicely surrounded with Sal, Mahua, Piyal, Palash trees. There are Wild Boars, Rabbits, Porcupines, Wolves, Foxes and Deer in the forest. Chances are there to meet them in evening or night walk near the lake. Various seasonal birds love to visit the reservoir frequently. The lake with green hillock one side, 'ranga-mati'-r rasta [red mud road] on two sides and blue hills at the far end is picturesque. Time stands still there. You'd love to spend time with nature there. The lake water reflects mood of the day through it's marvelous colour and texture. The moonlit night makes the lake something unearthly. A full moon night in Baranti is worth remembering.


Distance from Kolkata to Baranti - 263 km,



To reach from Kolkata :-
By Train - Nearest Rail Station is Muradi – 19 km from Asansole. Baranti is 6 km from there, Trekkers and Rickshaws are available there. Muradi is 22 km from Adra Junction station too.

Trains- There are many express trains to Asansole OR Adra from Kolkata.
Few good trains for Asansole -
1. Black Diamond Express/13317 (D-06:15; A-09.38)
2. Howrah Dhanbad AC Exp/12385 (D-08:30; A-11:11)
3. Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express/12019 (D-06.05; A-08.22)
4. Sealdah-Asansol InterCity Express/13503 (D-16.40; A-20:55)
5. Agniveena Express/12341 (D-18:20; A-21:35)

To Adra – 1. Rupashi Bangla Express/12883 (D-06:00; A-10:51)
2. Aranyak Express/12885 (D-7:45; A-12:21)
3. Howrah-Adra Shiromoni Fast Passenger/58015 (D-17:45; A-23:20)
4. Howrah Purulia Express/12827 (D-16:50; A-21:25)
5. Howrah-Chakaradharpur Passenger/58011 (D-23:05; A-05:15)

From Asansole, Muradi is 30 minutes train journey. There are several Express and MEMU trains throughout the day.
From Adra too, Muradi is 25-30 mins. journey and 12 trains are there.

One can go from Kharagpur to Muradi directly by Kharagpur Asansol Passenger/58017 train (D- 5.30; A-10.19) OR by Haldia-Asansol Express/13501 – [unreserved] train (D- 16.05; A-19.27) OR by Digha Asansol Express/13505 (D- 17.30; A-21.21).

By Road - Kolkata – through Durgapur Expressway – via Asansol - Desergarh Bridge – Sarbori More– Subhas More, then left turn – Kotaldih Village -Ramchandra Pur Village - Muradi Village – Baranti.


Where to Stay at Baranti:
1. Baranti Wild Life and Nature Study Hut, 6 rooms (3 in each room, in some 4 can be accommodated easily). Arrangements are not in plenty. Clean, electricity and water no problem. Food is also good. Local helps working there are always smiling and co-operative.

Phone Numbers-
9830085483 - Behala/Dunlop Bridge
9330958926 - Kaikhali/Dunlop Bridge
9903895764 - Salt Lake
9874887046 - Airport/Dunlop Bridge
9332322941 - Durgapur
Email: baranti01@gmail.com

2. Akashkmoni Resort- They makes arrangements for pick-ups by car from Muradi station. Caretaker arranges the food. The resort had two cottages within a compound, right beside the lake. There is no electricity. Around Rs 480 per day. The rates are not current.

Phone Numbers:
Nikhil Roy in Baranti (9732038397), S.N. Chatterjee in Salt Lake (9831429956)


3. Aronyok – Know nothing of them just this : http://aaronnok.in/
[somebody please provide first hand experience here ]


You can visit Baranti throughout the year, but winter is good. During Spring, enjoy red canvass created by full bloom Palash flowers. You will even forget to feel the scorching heat of March-April viewing that fire in jungle.


Don't forget to spend morning and evening at lake side. Have a stroll at nearby Baranti village, their simple life style, mud huts, bullock carts, village wells, playing kids, working villagers, mud court yard with rural arrangements like earthen oven, bamboo fencing, earthen pots ..… all are enchanting.


Nearby Places to see:
1. Panchet Dam - 27 Km,
2. Garh Panchkot - 20 Km,
3. Maithon - 58 Km,
4. Joychandi Pahar – 25 km, where Satyajit Roy’s “Hirok Rajar Deshe” and “ Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne shootings were done.
5. Susunia Hill - 45 Km
6. Raghunathpur – 20 km [It is famous for beautiful Tasar shari]

You can try for a full day tour to Mukut Mani Pur (110 Km) and Ajodhya Hills (135Km) from Baranti.

aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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wonderful complete information ............hope DD will kind enough to put some snap here too..............few snaps of Baranti she already shared here
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Totaly confused how to explore the beautiful earth when one life is too short to complete my great India


Photo-Story: HARI-SILA or HARSIL Deoriatal-Chopta,
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Baranti village

Thanks Pkanti for ever encouraging words and linking my Maithon thread here.

What I said of Baranti is not enough to portray it’s beauty.

Now I’ve to say something about the Baranti Village and return route.

2nd Sept. – we had to leave that beautiful place in the morning after breakfast. All were busy in packing and getting ready. In the mean time I got a chance to amble into the back side of the lodge as it attracted me from the very beginning.

The road behind created a T shaped junction, we were on down-leg of that T …. The left hand side road was paved, wide and went in carves through deep bushes both side. It went towards Mudhukunda. After a few minutes walk I found a mud side way went towards a village…… met a villager in cycle going there. Tranquility was all present there except some goat and goat-men.

Then I moved towards right from that T joint. Oh!!! It was Baranti village…. that was so close but can’t be seen from the lodge. The first house was so beautiful. It may be Health centre or school (nobody was there to know) with beautiful pictures drawn on wall. So nice….

I traveled past the village … morning made the villagers busy with so many different work, I was greeted with shy smiles by women and kids. A busy well at one end of the village ….. little court yards were neat and clean, small front doors in earthen boundary walls were surprising. I enjoyed the stroll immensely.
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Wonderful set of pictures! They are bringing back beautiful memories of Baranti. When I visited last Jan, the Nature Study Hut had only the ground floor. The staff took very good care of us.
May I share a few of my pics..
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Hey, funny_in........... wonderful sets of pictures!!!!! I must say.

And you must admit that the place is awesome enough to focus your camera and click and click and click .....

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nice contribution
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nice contribution

You are absolutely right Pkanti.

Hope funny_in will contribute more nice snaps.


Now a brief of our Awesome Return Journey :-

Our return journey was through a uncommon route…… through that lovely Baranti village then Saltora- Mejia- Durgapur- Panagarh- Magra- Bansberia- Kalyani- Naihati- Barrackpore. The journey after Durgapur via Durgapur Expressway and then via Magra-Gurup Raod crossing Iswar Gupta Setu at Kalyani then Kalyani Expressway is not new to us and bears a some familiar views. Industrial area sometimes, in Bardhaman- paddy filed and Rice Mills, Highway dhabas some where, Railway crossings…. And busy vehicles.

But the road we followed from the Wild Life and Nature Study hut was a different one upto Mhejia- Durgapur. We travelled past Baranti village, then some other villages …. Green jungle – not so deep, paddy fields, red mud zigzag narrow ways, and sometimes blue mountains far away …. We found people busy with day to day work, found traditional village huts, green paddy fields, buffalo carts…. delightful lovely pictures indeed.

Some of those snaps here :

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Wonderful information and photos, Duronto Jajabar! Thanks for sharing that! Thanks for the photos, funny_in!
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its wonderful DD
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Not many blogs on Baranti will be written with so much detail in future , for sure. Lovely capture DJ-Di. I had always amazed by all the micro details you capture and present through your TL. A treat to the readers.
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post Wonderful information and photos, Duronto Jajabar! Thanks for sharing that! Thanks for the photos, funny_in!
Wow!!! DaisyL, thank you so much for such your warm words.

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And the place more wonderful, Pkanti, Thank you.

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Originally Posted by mithun123 View Post Not many blogs on Baranti will be written with so much detail in future , for sure. Lovely capture DJ-Di. I had always amazed by all the micro details you capture and present through your TL. A treat to the readers.
It's so nice to know that you all loved this. Thank you mithun.
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We went for a picnic at this dam , i knew the name muradi but not baranti... good info DJ
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Thank you DaisyL!

Lot of thanks to Duronto Jajabar and PKanti for writing such wonderful Trip Reports..and always creating an environment of encouragement for others to share their inputs!!

A few more of my pics of Baranti..
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Originally Posted by aditiban View Post We went for a picnic at this dam , i knew the name muradi but not baranti... good info DJ
Childhood memory again......so nice aditiban.
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Some more about Baranti

A new site is there.... (google ).

http://palashbari123.blogspot.in/

I talked to them over phone, it's a new one going to inaugurate in coming October with two 4-bed rooms, charges Rs.450/- each. It's by the side of the concrete road (behind Nature Study hut) towards Madhukunda .....

Yes I found there a small house with two little children playing and their mother cooking ..... may be that one, few minutes walk from Nature Study Huts.




Besides the beautiful road-side views on our return journey, I found two interesting thing I'll like to share.

After Santuri...... we found some village houses made of some strange thin type of tiles/bricks... actually, may they be familiar in that zone, but I've not seen them before.

More interesting is the 'Chulli/vata' wherein they made/baked those tiles. It looked like a tomb with round shaped roof and a narrow entrance only. Some are aged old with moss and bushed grown on them.

Second one was the gigantic stone crashers working in lines by the side of the road. so many of them !!!!! Looked like merry-go-round .... they were smoky and noisy too.
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