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.
Adore warmth of magnificent Sunset and the soft breeze in the evening at Dam road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Masak Hill is situated within 2 km of Khatra. Papra Village is situated on the lap of Masak hill. Regarding the nomenclature, it is thought that a large number of mosquitoes prevailed in the bushes of masak hill, hence from 'Masa'(Mosquito) the name Masak came. To go topmost position footwalk odf 1km is necessary. From the top the whole khatra town can be seen.
Kadamdeuli dam also deserves extra attention for sure. It is a paradise for bird watchers as it is an ultimate meeting point for different types of birds in specific seasons. Unspoiled nature and gossip of birds will surely enchant you. One can find Lesser Adjutant, Eurasian Wryneck, Bluethroat, Pied Kingfisher, Purple Heron etc
Have you ever seen an island that is wrapped with the love of striking green and the touch of blue waterbody? Come and feel the unspoiled serenity of 'Sabujdip'.You will be mesmerized to see a hillock, 'Bardi' is sitting calmly beside Sabujdip. Find the peace of your inner mind, be free from anxiety and adore the lively nature.
Bardi Pahar - Ashram
Kelati Ashram, a place of ultimate peace is located at Bardi Pahar opposite to Sabuj dip. The ashram is embracing the love of plenty of floras and faunas. Surprisingly, chirping birds don’t harm the smell of solitude here. It is a perfect place for mediation. Gain access to your greater self by spending some time in the ashram.
You may visit Mahamaya temple that follows the art-culture of Southern part of India and ages almost more than 1000 years. Maa Durga is worshipped as Maa Mahamaya here and is considered to be very alive. The idol of Maa Mahamaya’ face resembles a ‘Baraha’ and the pujari performs the puja facing the back of the idol.
Apart from nature, witness ancient touch of history in Simlapal Rajbari . The rajbari itself carries the vibes of mystery from underlying history. You will see two temples of Lord Shiva and Radha- Krishna inside the Rajbari. Unfold the stories behind interesting architecture, strange-looking galleries and a decaying kingdom.
Winter comes here wrapping the freshness of festivities. Chilly January welcomes ‘Mukutmanipur Loksanskriti Mela’ with great joy. Folk songs, dances, cultural functions and different types of local artifacts will surely blow your mind. Taste the aroma of a tribal fair and live in a different culture for sometime.
Tusu is a famous harvest festival celebrated by the local people of Mukutmanipur on the last day of ‘Poush’. During the winter (January- February), witness a ritual that is dedicated to the ‘Folk Goddess, Tusu’. The worshippers pray to the goddess for overwhelming wealth and happiness of their household. The lyrics of the folk songs related to this festival are quite different and you are going to love the melody of ‘Santhal’ and ‘Kurmis’.
Don’t miss the ‘Cockfighting’ which is arranged by the villagers during Tusu festival.
As the last day of ‘Poush’ is called Makar Sankranti, people from ‘Santhal’ community celebrate ‘Makar Parab’ during this time. People enjoy their gala days with meat, rice brew and fowl. A home-made drink named ‘Hanriah’ and dance on Dhamsa Madal’s beats add extra charm to their festivity.
Karam festival is celebrated on ‘Bhadra Ekadashi’ and is mainly arranged for perfect cultivation and happiness of children. During this celebration, only one branch of a Karam tree is being separated from the tree and unmarried girls worship the branch.
Bandna(Saharai) is another popular tribal festival celebrated on the sacred day of Kartik Amavasya in the month of November. Villagers give huge importance to their pets as well as animals and they performed the puja mainly for them. People wash their cows and bulls, feed them well, decorate them with ornaments and natural colors. They sing ‘Ohira’ to acknowledge the contribution of the animals in their lives. Celebrating the Saharai festival, Santhal people show their gratitude to ‘Ma Bhagabati’ for golden-yellow paddy fields.
Raicharan Mela usually held in February, is one of the attractions of Mukutmanipur. The mela is named upon a freedom fighter named Raicharan Dhabal Deb who committed suicide instead of giving in himself to the British rulers. People celebrates Raicharan mela to recall his dedication towards the country. Folk culture, local artifacts, handcrafted items and fun-loving people turn the mela into a festivity every year.
Palash Utsab is the festival of colors. You will understand how it feels exactly to play ‘Holi’ with Nature itself. Spring comes here with blooming Palash. Mukutmanipur proudly celebrates Palash utsab or Holi in Spring. Cultural functions, sprinkle of ‘Abir’ in the air, the fiery red hue of Palash, blue waterbody accompany the people wearing bright dresses and flower ornaments. Come and celebrate ‘Holi’ and ‘Palash Utsab’ in the lap of “Bonpaharir Rani”.