Historical Gems Of Hooghly

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My thirst for Bengal history took me to various spots in West Bengal since my visit to Gaur. Recently I took my wife for a day trip to the corners of Hoogly district. I had been there before but this time it was different. I wanted to capture the elegance of these serene places forever in my camera. I always love to travel in train and this time it was no different. A budget friendly, picturesque and adventurous trip it became.

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Mode of Journey : Local Train, bus and rickshaw.

Places Covered/Station names: Punduah, Khnayan(Itachuna Rajbari), Adisaptagram, Bansberia, Bandel, Chinsurah.

Cost Involved: Rs 200 for two of us including food.

Tips: sunscreen lotions and sun-hats are must, we carried umbrellas. Carry water bottles as some places you might not get packaged drinking water. Village tap water might be contaminated.
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Early in the morning we crossed the Hoogly river(many refers it as ganga) from Barrackpore(where I stay) and reached Sheoraphuly railway station within 5 mins(walking). We crossed the Sheoraphuly ghat or ferry for its convenient location, nearer to the station. I have a favourite puri (dalpuri) shop near the station where we had a scrumptious breakfast(Sorry no pics) and bought two return tickets for Punduah. It costs 20 Rs per head from Sheoraphuly station. Within 5 mins a train came at platform number 4 and we hopped in, it was a Burdwan local train running from Howrah. It was nine thirty and we reached the Panduah within an hour.
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Our first destination was Punduah Minar and Bari Masjid. A rickshaw from the station took Rs 10 and dropped us at the site.





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superb ...
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The bari masjid...ruins(I love it)
















the marble pillar

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We took a bus from there (Rs 5/head) and came down to Khanyan(it has a rail station by the same name) along the GT Road. Our next destination was the Itachuna Rajbari(palace) The place was earlier called Bargi danga or the grounds of the Bargis. One such clan named Kundans settled permanently over there and later became the Kundu(a popular Bengali surname). The palace was built in 1766 by Safallya Narayan Kundu. The same had been converted to a heritage resort and movie shooting spot(latest being Lootera). Entry is restricted for visitors so the only option to visit this place is to stay at the resort. Well I had some tricks of my own.


the old oil lamp transpired to a modern PL lamp..interesting


an arm chair...spooky


8 feet long pillows


the entrance after the main gate



the private garden of the highest room
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another lamp


jharbati..the big lamp


the founder


the cruel Jamindar


the marble table at the nach(dance) ghar(room)
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Thakur dalan or the inside court





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andar mahal..palace interiors


from the terrace


some old assets


weapons


dead man's chest




spooky
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the family temple

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there is a temple just outside the palace gates.....dedicated to Shiva, the temple was never inaugurated due to some mystery. It is said that none from the royal family enters the temple.






it has a Shiva idol not a lingam(the one in the pic was later placed by some villager) which we are familiar in a Shiva shrine
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We walked from the palace to the rail station, took 20 mins, through the village roads. It was a bright sunny day but the greenery was splendid all around. Our next destination was Hangsheswari Temple at Bansberia. It can be done in two ways, either you come down to Bandel station and take a train to Bansberia in the Katwa division(train interval is longer). The other option is to get down at Adisaptagram(before Bandel) and take a rickshaw to the temple. I took the second option.
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Hangseshwari Temple and Vasudeva Temple


Note : This temple remains closed in the noon(12-4 pm) so please visit in the morning and evening. I went there at 2 pm though and was able to enter, well I have a enchanting smile which makes magic.


the Ananta Vasudeva temple













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