Kolkata to Chandipur, Panchalingeswar, Taalsari, Digha

#1 Oct 3rd, 2009, 01:09
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Did a rapid Maruti Gypsy tour in ORISSA . Went through Chandipur,Balasore, Panchalingeswar and came back through Taalsari , Digha.


ORISSA GOERS, BE AWARE OF ORISSA'S STUPID TAX PER CAR

We had to pay an unnecessary Tax of Rs 1000/- in Orissa border.We were aware of this and had contacted the Orissas Transport minister before but at the spot could not contact the Ministers office.

more details of this issue was posted here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...nal-taxes.html


Tour Details:
Distacne 650 Km
Petrol 46 Litres
Tole tax paid in W bengal 60 Rs
Tole tax paid in Orissa 1000 Rs [ UNNECESSARY]

Didn't have this plan to go for this tour.But jumped in my cousin Brothers
Maruti Gypsy in NABAMI and went to Chandipur and then
Baleswar . Stayed there for night and Next day went to Panchalingeswar ,Stayed 1 day , then went to Talshari. And then Digha and came back in
total 3 days. (reached home EKADOSI Midnight 12 o'clock)


Orissa Govt is taking money 1000 Rs -1200 per private car which enters Orissa from W bengal

Sorry Cant pay.

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A quick snap from the car window.What Temple dont know but the shape of the temple says we have entered Orissa.

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What is the English of KAASHFOOL???!!!???

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ROAD
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ROAD
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OVERTAKE
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Our cars speed is 80 km This Maruti Alto overtakes us like bullet .So it must be 100 km.hr

Reached Chandipur at 2 o'clock. Ate excellent quality and very big Parsey fish.


CHANDIPUR BEACH.



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Evening In Chandipur Beach
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Panthanibas

BALESWAR
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We had no booking at chandipur.Could not get room for 6 people .
So reached Baleswar at evening.Bengalis are everywhere.
This is one Bengali Durgapuja Pandal. (Police Line Chowk Durgapuza)

Another Bengali Durgapuza was going on the basement hall of our Hotel. Lightening of this puza from the hotel balcony.
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#2 Oct 3rd, 2009, 01:10
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PANCHALINGESWAR
(TEMPLE AND HILL TREKKING)
Reached Panchalingeswar next morning (22km)
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Panthasala/Panthanibas fully booked in Puza season
(both in same premises)

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We stayed in Sakuntala lodge the only second option.
Few very cosy Huts.I stayed in this hut.
Lovely food and fish.


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Parking Lot


Walk 4 Km

Hill Starts here
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Hill
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A lonely Goat is resting in the Hill Slope
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Hill
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Temple Gate
There is no big Temple here but a shrine and a cave
having 5 Stones called Panchalingeswar.
Pythons rest in the cave.
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Walk another 4 KM on the hill you will reach the waterfall of this river.Elephants visited the place last night.


KING'S WATCHTOWER/DAM JUNGLE TREK
In the evening we went to WATCHTOWER a Jungle where an ancient temple has been immersed under a lake.


Rain is coming


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This Maachan is used to watch and fight with Elephants, when they come to eat the paddyfield.

Here is our destination

THERE IS A FORST CALLED KULDIA HERE BUT KULDIA FOREST OPENS FROM NOV15.COULD NOT VISIT KULDIA.


Next Morning went to Taalsari
TAALSARI (is it TAALSAALI?)

Taalsari has not changed in last 15 years.The remote, lonely beach and one staying place.
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:cry: Inspite of this people call me a bad photographer

DIGHA
I have visited Digha 7-8 times from my childhood but in last 11 years i did not go Digha for crowd and Dirt. But DIGHA has changed a lot and very clean beautiful roads and beach is being maintained. Throwing Cigarette butt ends or polypacks may cause you a fine of Rs 500/ Rs 1000/- and this law is working.

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Great trip report, Panu. Any information on Shakuntala Lodge, Panchlingeshwar ? Also, how far was the king's watchtower / the temple immersed in lake ? Was the trek upto the waterfall a strenous one ? Any guide needed ?

sorry, a lot of questions.
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This road tax is a kind of Extortion in uniform ,
Though I have not paid this tax anytime during my
frequent driving holidays through Jaleswar ( Orissa
Border ) . I had asked lot of forum members to standup
against this extortion and collectively approach to
resident commissioner at utkal bhawan , kolkata against
this menace,
so far there has been very lukewarm responses , seems people
are too happy to pay and forget .

Cheers
Rainbow Warrior.
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Mod Note:
Hi Panu,
Would you please convert your photos to thumbnails as you are taking up TOO much space here. Thank you. The "edit" feature is still operational for you.
dear moderator
I have converted most of my pictures in direct link form, and kept few 4-5 pictures in its original form.

Is there any process of converting these in thumbnails by any edit tools in the posting process? Or i should reload these pics in Imagevenue type of servers which allow thumbnails???

New member. Not really aware of IM rules.Thanks.



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Great trip report, Panu. Any information on Shakuntala Lodge, Panchlingeshwar ? Also, how far was the king's watchtower / the temple immersed in lake ? Was the trek
upto the waterfall a strenous one ? Any guide needed ?

Mousourik

Shakuntala lodge is a collection of huts on just oppoiste to Panthanibas . Clean ,cosy , Tiled huts with falls plastic ceiling inside . Attached bath. Dining available, good cook.
No water problem.Generator , car pakring available.
Rate 300 per hut double bed, 500 for 3 bed , 600 for
6 bed.


Panthsala and panthanibas are in same premises.Panthanibas are cottages and panthasalas are rooms. Its very beautiful place with garden and hills on the back side. Better book these before (OTDC).


Trek upto waterfall is in Panhalingeswar (Debgiri hill).
First you cross 250 steps to reach the temple.Then there is a stone road beside the temple shrine, inside dense jungle, where you should trek for another 4 km up.You can get another very old shrine called BONDEVI MONDIR here.

You can take a guide most of them are teenage boys ,They will take Rs100 - 150 for the whole day.Without Guide you can also manage as lots of people are going there.


KINGS watchtower can be reached from Panthanibas on th eopposite side of the hill - a distance of 5 km by car , and then a trek of 4 km in jungleroads. 4+4 km trek and 5+5 km Car run. In rainy season roads are muddy. There is a new lodge here inside the jungle.The place is safe.

We took a guide called Vivek Mallick a 17 years boy who
spent the whole day with us in Panchalingeswar hill and Kings watchtower and demanded Rs 120/-

There is another place called Kings Palace. 7-8 km car distance from Panthanivas.
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Use Photobucket. Google it, log in (register, whatever), upload your pics, thumbnail them.

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Yes, looks a lot better now! Thank you.
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Hi Panu ,

Great Info.

Except for the GQ and the Digha Kolkata stretch , could you comment based on your recent experience if the rest can be done in a hatch back ?
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O Yes most of the cars in this roads are hatchbacks.Kolkata to panchalingeswar/Kuldia/chandipur Roads are excellent.You can go in 100km/hr speed safely.The Talsari and Kanthi roads are a bit rugged but still hatchbacks are running like deer cubs in these roads.
In the panchalingeswar there are some clay roads to reach the kings watchtower.Avoid Rainy season that's all.


Hatchbacks are charged RS 800/- by Orissa entrance checkposts.
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Unfortunately I know it first hand !!!. Drove down to Gopalpur on Sea on Mahalaya for a few days.

There was no checking when I entered Orissa , they conned the tax when I was driving out , towards Kolkata.
Since it is valid for 6 months , might as well do another Orissa trip in the winter
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This tax is absolutely Illegal and we must raise our voice against it. I am writing a letter to ORISSAS TRANSPORT MINISTER (through some proper channel) and interested in SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN against this extortion.

Can we collect signatures by some means through this forum???
Moderator.......can you help???

Make a trip Panchalingeswar + kuldia


If you want to make a second trip go after November 15 so that you get KULDIA open.KULDIA forests entrance is 4 km before Panchalingeswar hill.Thr whole area is Nilgiri Hill range.

Boook Panthanivas in Panchalingeswar and KULDIA FOREST lodge in advance.
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Originally Posted by panu View Post There is another place called Kings Palace. 7-8 km car distance from Panthanivas.
Is this the Nilagiri Palace, or is there another King's Palace near Panchalingeswar?
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so far i know this is not Nilgiri palace
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Hi panu... Do you have any phone number or booking offc of Shakuntala Lodge?? I am planning on visiting Panchalingeswar this march

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