Short trip to Maithon (3 days trip)

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Unplanned trips are blessing. Isn’t it? So, Friday was off and we decided to venture some new place close to Kolkata which can be reached by train. Moving from one place to another in the planning stage, the destination decided was Maithon. I was not much thrilled about the place but as Garpanchkot was also included in our plan, I was not unhappy. Little bit I knew that I will end up liking the place!

We booked one room at Hotel Shanti Palace for 21st -23rd September.

Day 1:

Tickets were booked for Black Diamond till Kumardubi. Train left from Howrah station on time and it was raining outside. The atmosphere became very cool, at its best for travelling. We had a contact number of one Toto driver (what a nice person we met) who ensured will be present at the station on time. We reached an hour late by 11 A.M and met our ever-smiling Toto driver. With a big smile on his face he welcomes us.

We started for our destination. A cool breeze was flowing which has already made the atmosphere fine for us. We moved forward and a big dam appeared before us. A very big dam, surrounded by small hills, a cloudy day, everything was perfect. It was love at first sight. We liked the dam and the children were spellbound to see such a big water body! Our lunch order was already placed over phone and so we got out of Toto and started discovering deer in the nearby deer park. Our driver pointed to the jungle and guided us to actually spot the deer. It was large in number..1,2,3, yes there were many! He also explained that the area was jungle before construction of the dam and that part is protected for deer.

We reached Shanti Palace crossing the bridge over the dam. It was a budget trip and accordingly the hotel was fine. We freshened up and headed for lunch. Lunch was simple and homely. Children took a nap as they got up at 4 o’clock in the morning. In the afternoon, we went to the dam area by foot. Boat ride to Sabujdwip was not available in the afternoon slot at that time. We took up a paddle boat ride. The time we spent in the dam in a cool afternoon was bliss. We even watched sun set from there which was an added bonus for us. We returned to our hotel and children played in the hotel playground. We took our dinner in the hotel itself and went to bed.

Day 2:

Next day, we woke up early. It was Saturday and due to that it would be crowded at the Kalyaneswari mandir. It was our first destination for today. Our toto reached a little bit late (by 5:45 A.M) and as we reached the mandir, there was a big line. It took almost two hours to complete the ritual. Then we went to the back of the mandir where we found a nice area (though not maintained). A water body was flowing by and the area was really nice. Spent about half an hour as our driver was off to drop the school children at their school (it is his fixed duty).
We returned to hotel, had breakfast and headed for our second destination-Joychandi pahar. We reached the base at 11:30 A.M and I was not at all confident to reach the top with our children. It looked an impossible task but dear hubby insisted for at least staring the trek. The steps were steep, I was becoming out of breath, but not our children. They were super energetic. We completed and trek and reached the top within an hour. One incident I must share here: We saw an old lady with handicap in her legs and she reached the top hearing the religious songs played in the mobile of the accompanying people with her. We took rest at the top. The mandirs attached with it did not appeal much; the buildings were not looking as a part of the hill. The majestic view from the top was really nice. We spent about half an hour on the rock, saw trains passing through the village, hills at the long distance and we forgot everything.
We came back at the base at 1 P.M and then headed for Garpanchkot. On the way we took our lunch. The food was good (forgot the name though). Garpanchkot was also a good old spot which lacks maintenance by all means. The garh is broken and there is no sign of maintaining the historic monument. We spent about an hour there and brought man-made flowers on demand of our daughters. After that we went to Panchet dam which was much bigger in size but scenic beauty is not comparable to Maithon dam. Then the master one was waiting- a snake park! This one was not known to me at all and the snakes we saw was not like seeing snakes inside the zoo. All the snakes were bought outside the jar and the man was showing it taking them in his hand! It was a different experience and we loved it. We took a turn and went to see the first open coal yard of my life.

By evening we were back to our hotel after a hectic and good day. Snacks were served and loved it. Had dinner and called it a day.

Day 3:

It was our last day and the day for visiting Sobujdwip. This day was very hot. The journey on the dam to Sabujdwip was not comfortable as was the earlier day. We took country boat and reached the place. The place is an island which again lacks maintenance. We spent about an hour there, children rode the rides. We sat beside the water body. Then came back by 12 O’clock and headed for hotel. We had lunch and checked out. Our toto reached by 2 P.M and he took us to visit few new places-one was man-made water fall which is made using the water flowing out of the dam turbines. Then he took us to one mandir on the hill (I skipped it though all three of them went for it) Then we visited a local park-which was closed being off-season. Then we reached the station by 5 P.M. The train was late by 15 minutes and we reached home safely.

Other details will be given in the next instalment.
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Thanks for sharing this. It seems your having a great time visiting these nice places. Enjoy your trip and keep safe...

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