Time for a break again - Garpanchkot Trip

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#1 Dec 11th, 2013, 13:18
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Hello to all my IM friends

It's time for a short break from the hustle and bustle of the city again. This time we chose Garpanchkot as our hideout. Choosing this place was not very difficult. We had 2-3 days time, wanted to be among greenery, there is forest and small hill, dams and even historical places. So, Garpanchkot has all the ingredients we needed to spend 3 days in a place.

We are leaving for Garpanchkot on 14th December morning by car and will be back to Kolkata on 17th December evening. Booked 2 rooms in WBFDC bunglow for 3 days well in advance (October). Hoping to spend a nice weekend amidst hills, forests and cold weather.

Will write a detailed report once I come back from there and post the pics along with it.
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Wow !!!!! Saptarshi, nice choice for 3 days trip

Enjoy. Wish you a delightful trip. Can visit Biharinath, Barabti and Panchet too from your place.

'll wait to see and listen from you after the trip
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Originally Posted by Duronto Jajabar View Post Wow !!!!! Saptarshi, nice choice for 3 days trip

Enjoy. Wish you a delightful trip. Can visit Biharinath, Barabti and Panchet too from your place.

'll wait to see and listen from you after the trip
Thanks a lot Sutapa Di...

Just one thing...is it Barabti or Baranti? I know about Baranti from your TR which helped me a lot to decide about these places.
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Originally Posted by Saptarshi Majumdar View Post ....Just one thing...is it Barabti or Baranti? I know about Baranti from your TR which helped me a lot to decide about these places.



it is Baranti indeed
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Hi Friends,

Am back from Garpanchkot on 17th evening. Got a little busy with some personal work since then. We had a wonderful trip except an unwanted incident. Will be writing the report as soon as possible.
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Arrangements Before Trip

Hotel booking : Booked 2 rooms in WBFDC bunglow for 3days. The rooms were Palash(Double Bed)@Rs.1000 and Sunbird(4 Bed) @Rs.1500. Extra Cot - Rs. 100/day and Driver's accomodation also Rs. 100/day.

Car : Got a sumo from one of my father's colleague at cheap rate.(Rs.10/Km)

No. of heads : 7 (2 families including an aged lady of above 70yrs age)


14th December, 2013
We planned to start within 7.30AM as the distance was long(260Kms). Accordingly alarm was set at 5AM. The alarm never sounded so sweet to the ears. We got up, quickly finished morning chores and were ready at 7AM. The driver came with the car at 7.20AM. Though we got the sumo at cheap rate but there was a slight problem. It didn't have a carrier. As we knew this before hand, we took as few luggage as possible. We stuffed the luggage under the back seat and set off to pick up the other family. They stay in the same locality so we picked them up and started our journey in no time.

First few hours of the journey was uneventful. Our car was cruising along Durgapur Expressway at 100Km/hr.

But a few Kms before Panagarh the rear right tyre got punctured. The driver promptly made an attempt to change the tyre. But he failed due to defective tools and also the spare tyre was not in good condition. Then we took help from truck drivers who provided us with tools and also helped the driver to change the tyre. We paid them Rs.100 as our gratitude and again started. In panagarh the driver dropped the punctured tyre in one repairing shop to fix it and we went for lunch to Darjeeling More. There we had lunch at Baba Restaurant and again came back a little to the tyre repairing shop. They replaced the spare tyre with the fixed one and we again headed towards Garpanchkot.

At around 4PM we were crossing the Panchet Dam. The damodar river was looking awesome as the last rays of the sun was creating a golden cover on the water surface. We took a picture from the car and went straight towards the WBFDC bunglow via Puapur More.

We reached WBFDC bunglow(Prakriti Bhraman Kendra) just before dark at 4.30PM and quickly checked into our rooms. The hotel compound and surroundings were just too good and more than our expectation in terms of greenery and peaceful natural environment.

We spent the evening with adda, snacks and drinks. The evening was cold but tolerable. At night we all went to the dining area for dinner. They don't have room service except in case of any emergency or aged persons. After dinner we went to sleep at around 12.30.
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Nice start Saptarshi.
Will wait eagerly for the next post.
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15th December 2013


We all had a refreshing sleep at night. In the morning we roamed about in the beautiful green hotel compound. I clicked some pictures of flowers. At around 12noon we got ready for sight seeing. We had our own car so there was no problem of transport. We hired a local guide(I read about this guide in some thread of Indiamike) named Swapan Mukherjee.

At first we went to Baranti Lake. The lake along with a hill at the backdrop was looking beautiful.











We spent half an hour their and then started for our next destination - Patal Shiv Temple(Birinchinath). The temple was a quiet and secluded one. There was almost no one in the temple except one priest. He showed us a waterfalls where water never dries up. It runs 24hrs and through out the year. As it was december the water was less and flowing very narrowly.







Next we went to Joychandi Hill. Our guide said that there were 500 steps to climb on the hill and reach the temple on the top. After reaching their we started to climb the steps slowly. My father did not climb because of spinal cord problems and obviously the aged lady with us did not try.







After around 200-250 steps we were getting tired and losing breath. There are places to sit and rest in between. We rested about 3times in the 500steps climb and ultimately reached the top. The view was quiet beatiful from there. Joychandi station could be seen at a distance.











Our Guide - Mr. Swapan Mukherjee


Guide showed us the hill on which the famous Satyajit Ray classic bengali movie "Hirak Rajar Deshe" (In the land of king of diamonds) was shot. The scene when Soumitra Chatterjee was staying in a cave was shot on this hill. We clicked a few more pics and then came down to our car.





After climbing 500 steps we were very hungry. Our guide said that there is a good restaurant nearby where we can have lunch. So we went there immediately and ordered a simple lunch - Fish Thali. The food was tasty and price was reasonable(@ Rs.80/plate). After finishing lunch at around 4.30 we were in confusion whether to visit the Garh(Ruins of fort) because it was getting dark quickly. We decided to take a risk as we had our own hired car.

We reached the Garh within half an hour. There was still enough light to view the ruins properly. To be frank there is not much left in the ruins. One temple, a watch tower, a palace which is almost covered with shrubs and creepers and a pond where queens used to bath. That is all there to be seen. But the place was giving a thrill as it was getting dark and there was full moon. Though our guide did not tell much of the history behind this 250 years old place, I myself had researched a bit before going to Garpanchkot.















This fort or Garh was owned by Alivardi Khan who ruled the bengal during 17th century by defeating and killing Sarfiraz Khan. Rustam Jung, brother-in-law of Sarfiraz Khan, challenged him to conquer bengal. But he failed. Then he sought help from the Maratha ruler, Raghoji Bhonsle, who decided to help him. He came with his troops and fought Alivardi Khan. Their soldiers looted bengal for 10years and destroyed many things among which this fort was one. These soldiers/destroyers are known as "Borgi" in bengali. From here came one famous poem in bengali which most of us heard when we were in our childhood.

"Sona ghumalo para juralo, borgi elo deshe,
bulbuli te dhan kheyeche, khajna debo kishe..."


(Main Source of info : Wikipedia)

After that we came back to our hotel at around 6.30PM. That evening we ordered veg and chicken pakora for snacks and tea. The pakora was not delicious but ok. It was colder than the previous day. We were sitting in the balcony. Chilling breeze was making us shiver at times. But we enjoyed the tranquility of the place.

Afterdinner we slept within 12 as we were a bit tired after the whole day sight seeing and the 500 steps climb of Joychandi Hill.
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Enjoyed your report and pictures Saptarshi..
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Thank you life1style1 and Legless Soul. Glad that you all are liking my reports and pics
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Garpanchkot WBFDC Garden Snapshots

















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Smile Nice Report

I also visited Baranti and Garpanhckot and was there in a hotel nearby dam. Have you taken pictures of the village there?

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Originally Posted by Saptarshi Majumdar View Post But a few Kms before Panagarh the rear right tyre got punctured. The driver promptly made an attempt to change the tyre.
What a coincidence! I remembered that I too had my right side rear wheel punctured shortly before Panagarh, while going towards Baranti and Garhpanchakot! If you are interested, please read this post of mine, in some other forum. Some details were posted there by me.
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Originally Posted by kaushik4u View Post I also visited Baranti and Garpanhckot and was there in a hotel nearby dam. Have you taken pictures of the village there?

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Thanks Kaushik... No I did not get a chance to take pictures of the village near the dam. Actually the WBFDC bunglow is 4.5Kms from the dam.
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