A Magical Trip to Baranti, Purulia

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Recently I we (I and my wife) had relished a short trip of Purulia in West Bengal. We stayed in Baranti, near Muradi. Since, the check-in time at the Baranti resorts, starts early in the morning (10:00 am), we decided to make the full use of it. We boarded the Chakradharpur Passenger which leaves the Howrah Station at 11:00 pm and reached Adra at 5:25 am the next morning. From there we took a local train to reach Muradi station (The journey time from Adra to Muradi is exactly 30 minutes).


From Muradi, we embarked upon our sojourn in the lap of pristine Nature. We took a rickshaw from Muradi to reach our destination in Baranti, i.e.- Akashmoni Resort. Purulia is truly a land of Red Soil and it was vivid in our entire journey from Muradi to Baranti. My wife Susmita became really euphoric as the small 3-wheeled vehicle crossed through stone-studded path and made its way via the picaresque beautiful muddy villages. It is possible to reach Baranti by a motor car, but travelling in a rickshaw via different rural route was a new experience. It took roughly 1 hour to reach our resort. The rickshaw-puller charged us Rs.150, but it was worth the enjoyment.

At Akashmoni Resort, we virtually became alleviated from the dusty world in Howrah where we live. The beautifully-themed resort right on the bank of Baranti lake and dam and situated on the foot of a hill really threw a portrait of the many hidden treasures of rural-Bengal. The Palash trees in and around the resort lulled us to a tranquil spirit and relieved our body and mind.

On that same day, we made a short trip to Maithon-Panchet-Garh Panchkote in a Tata Sumo that costed us Rs. 1500/. The very next morning we hired a Sumo to enjoy the thrills of historic Ayodhya Hills, around 125 km from our resort. It is better to take the Balarampur route to reach the top of the hill as it passes through dense forest and 'Duarsini'. The hydro-electric power, water-reservoir and the Bamni Falls are some of the many jewels of the majestic hill. One of the premier attractions of the place is that even at the top of the hill, you will get the feelings that it is a vast plain land where several types of paddy are being cultivated and there are villages in and around the summit.



We stayed in Baranti for another day and returned with heavy hearts for bidding adieu to such a lovely place along with its kind people. One thing to note is that Susmita hardly feels contended with any pleasure trip but this time she remarked that Baranti is relatively more beautiful than some places of Kerala. So, it is a aprroval stamp on the beauty and attraction of Baranti.
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Welcome to IM family! Short, crisp and lucid TR. Some pics would have been icing on the cake. Was Boronti to Ayodhya Hill a day trip. How much time it took? Was it very tiring? Tell us something about Ayodhya Hills also. How much you have paid to Tata Sumo for this particular tirp?
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Hi,

I cannot edit this article and post photographs...Pls. Help
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Mukul, please read this.

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Your report is nice and adding photos of that beautiful place will complete it, no doubt.

I know you'll reply Asishda's query. But I think Ajodhya from Baranti in day trip is a longer journey. Ajodhya needs at least one night stay to feel the nature at night.

Have not you visited Garh Panchkot or Biharinath - they are much near and nice too.
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Sorry, I cannot attach pictures to this particular post. Please help.
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Baranti Images

Here are some of the moments captures in and around Baranti.
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Baranti Magical Moments

Here are some Images that I took in and around Baranti.
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Thumbs up Baranti to Ayodhya

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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Welcome to IM family! Short, crisp and lucid TR. Some pics would have been icing on the cake. Was Boronti to Ayodhya Hill a day trip. How much time it took? Was it very tiring? Tell us something about Ayodhya Hills also. How much you have paid to Tata Sumo for this particular tirp?
The distance from Baranti Resort to Ayodhya Hills is around 135 km. (one-way). It is suggested to reach the hill via the Balarampur-Matha route as it offers forest beauty. I visted Sunderbans before, but the Ayodhya forest ensured much more charm for me as it is full of variations. Moreover, there was a pleasant surprise for us at the top. The head of the hill is like a flat table. You will get the impression that it is a complete plain land with green paddy fields around and villages. The water reservoir and several small yet furious water false, such as Bamni offered complete satisfaction.
We made it a one-day journey, but one can stay overnight at the Ayodhya Hills to relish its ancient flavor. On a full-moon night it is awesome.
We left our resort at 8:30 am and returned to the same resort at 7:45 pm. Please, note we made several stops during our return journey.
The sumo charged us Rs. 2700/- (Rs.10/ k.m). The best driver for this route is Joydev Murmu (mobile no: 9647510235).
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Feelling very nice after reading your TR .Thinking to be there in April'2014 in our 2nd Anniversary.. Could you please guide how to book hotels and suggest some tips to make this tour beautiful for us ..
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Hi,

Baranti is definitely a nice place to spend few days in tranquility far from the madding crowd. In many aspects it has similarity with 'KERALA'. There are only handful of quality tourist lodges over there. Among them two are best. 1- Akashmani Resort (Contact Jolly Das; Mobile: 8017215958) and 2. Palash Bari (http://www.palashbari.com/). If you prefer complete lake view then Akashmoni is better. On the other hand if you would like to relish Red Palash jungle, then Palash Bari is perfect. At Akashmoni always ask for the Delux room (we stayed there). Akashmoni has around 15-16 Palash trees while Palashbari has more than 100 of them.

Important Suggestion: The lodges at Boronti will cook your food as per your preference but if you find time it is better to shop the groceries and vegetables/chicken/fish on your own for better management of the expenditure.

The best driver of Boronti is Joydev Murmu (mobile no: 9647510235). During the Ayodhya trip, start early, so that you can cover Murguma and Pakhi Pahar along with Ayodhya. If you would like to purchase some Purulia handicrafts, such as Chou Dance Musk then ask the driver to stop at Purulia Bazaar enroute to Ayodhya.

Maithon is nearby.
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I forgot to mention that full payment is required to book the rooms. Don't make the mistake of spot booking after reaching there as quality rooms are limited.
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I just came back from a trip to Baranti. I stayed at Baranti Lake Hill Resort. It was a very good stay with wonderful home-cooked food. The resort(actually, a homestay) was reasonably priced, very clean modern bathroom with shower, and most important was just beside the lake.
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funny_in,

is it a new one? Really nice. Hope you have contact details.
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Yes, it opened only in Dec'13. There is just one room with 3 beds, a balcony which opens to a direct view of the lake, and an attached kitchen with gas, utensils, hand-pump for underground water(fitted inside the kitchen!). There is a caretaker who will do the marketing and cook for Rs 150 per day.

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