It is an ideal getaway where the second largest earthen dam in India is surrounded by mysterious hillocks like a crown or “Mukut”. Nestled at the confluence of two rivers, it is famous for its necklace shaped dam in the green wrapped “Rangamati”. Blessed with the serene nature and breathtaking view of the azure water, Mukutmanipur is a hidden treasure surrounded by green forests and hillocks. Mukutmanipur Dam is considered as the second largest dam in India. Far away from crowd and commercialization, a part of Mukutmanipur still lives in the aroma of tribal culture and offers spectacular sights to the tourists. It is also considered to be a dream destination for photography. To be precise, the ‘Queen of Bankura’ is offering you a perfect holiday time to break the monotony of your hectic schedule. A dream destination for you if you like photography. It’s a bet that you can’t resist yourself from capturing marvelous frames.
1. Kangsabati Dam
Kangsabati Dam, the second largest earthen dam in India seeks attention for its vast water body and the way it whispers with the enchanting nature. The dam is 11 kilometers in length and was built under the administration of the then Bengal’s Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. See the Sun casting golden rays down upon the water and turning the color of it into fire red; When the Sun comes half into the water, you will experience a vision beyond your imagination. Experience the divine beauty of Sunset and touch the solitude of the golden hour.
2. Musafirana Viewpoint
Have you ever seen a Moonrise standing on the top of a hillock?
Be the witness of a captivating Moonrise from Musafirana view point. The immense beauty of lavish green and graceful water will definitely force you to click the shutter from here. Spend quality time with spouse or friends sitting under mushroom shaped shades from where you can get a divine view of eye-soothing greenery saluting sky-blue water. See the Full Moon rising out from the vast waterbody and sparkling over the water. Cool breeze, reflection of silvery moonlight on water under the stars and serene environment will make you feel like heaven. You will definitely get stunning landscapes of nature from here.
3. Pareshnath Shiv Mandir
Pareshnath Shiv Mandir is an open temple of Mahadev as well as a holy place for local people. During the construction of the dam, the idol was found by digging the Earth and it is considered to be an evidence of Jain culture. You may see many stone idols there and people strongly believe that some of the idols were Jain deities. Many people come here to celebrate ‘Maha Shivratri’ festival. You will get the best view of mesmerising Sunset from here. The setting sun starts sinking beneath the horizon slowly. When the fiery ball comes down half into the water, its reflection in the dam made it look complete and creates a brilliant view. The clouds glow with orange hue and tweeting birds fly the nest across the sky. Make a moment for a lifetime.
4. Deer Park
Bonpukuria Deer Park is a perfect place for family outing as well. You will feel the nature murmuring here and the deer will come to welcome you with the astonished eye for sure. Towards Bonpukuria, there is a road where the trees made an arch like structure covering the road. Strange green sun-rays come through the canopy of branches and make a majestic painting of light and shadow on the road. Arrange a picnic and enjoy to the fullest in Bonpukuria village. Explore the Bonpukuria village and see tribal paintings on huts.
5. Noadihi Sunset Point
Noadihi is a place after Baroghutu. To come this place you have to follow the road towards Peerless Resort then take a diversion to Baroghutu. After crossing baroghutu you will reach Noadihi. Recently Govt. of West Bengal are making an accommodation which is still under construction. This is place with ultimate silence to recharge your soul. You will hear chirps of several birds with the beautiful sunset experience.
6. Ambika Temple
Ambikanagar Temple , situated in Ambikanagar village is the place where Goddess Durga is being worshipped as Maa Ambika for last 700 years. According to local people, Maa Ambika is very much alive. Let’s make your ‘Durga puja’ an unique one this year with the raw fragrance of ancient rituals at Ambikanagar Temple. Far away from bustling crowd and noise, the rich emotion of local people and their welcoming nature will definitely immerse you into happiness.
How to Reach:
The nearest Airport to Bankura is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata which is about 212km to Bankura. From there, you can take a cab, bus or train to Bankura. From Bankura, you have to take cab or bus to Mukutmanipur.
Rail distance of Bankura from Kolkata is 233 km. Trains from Kolkata are available for Bankura on regular basis. From Bankura, you have to take cab or bus to Mukutmanipur.
Bankura is well connected by road with Kolkata and surrounding towns like Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan, Panagarh and other parts of the state. From Bankura, you have to take cab or bus to Mukutmanipur.