CULTURAL AND HERITAGE Day tours AROUND KOLKATA

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MOGOLMARI & KURUMBERA FORT TOUR 

 

Moghalmari, a non-descript village on the south-west border of West Medinipur and West Bengal, has been recently brought to light as a vast archaeological site of early medieval Buddhist settlement having a gigantic Buddhist monastery  dated between 6th to 12th Century.

 

The site has revealed structural evidence of a Buddhist monastery, a stupa, votive stupas and numerous antiquities.

Such instances of stucco in situ figurines and decorations on the walls of the stupa are rare and have the artistic finesse of those found in Nalanda, Vikramshila, Paharpur and Karnasuvarna monasteries.







 

KURUMBERA FORT was built in A.D. 1438-1469 (written in Oriya inscription) during the rule of Surya Vamsi king of Orissa Gajapati Kapilendra Dev, it also has structures built during the Aurangazeb's period by Mohammed Tahir(stone inscription)..The Fort is situated in Gaganeshwar village which is bout 23km from Mogolmari.

 

The enclosure of the Kurumbera Fort contains the remains of temple of Lord Shiva and a Mosque.The Shiva Temple in the inner side of the

 

 

Kurumbera Fort was created within the period A.D. 1438-1469 but the Mosque was created by Mohammed Tahir in the year 1691.

 

TERRACOTTA TEMPLE  TOUR

 

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TREASURES OF HOOGHLY

 

Stone has always been in short supply in the vast flood plains of Bengal. Hence the architects had to restore to other substitute. As clay was easily available the burnt clay bricks soon became a good substitute of stone. This gave rise to a new form of temple architecture and lead to the construction of elaborately decorated terracotta temples.

 

Terracotta literally means baked earth in Italian but West Bengal has the distinction of housing some of the finest terracotta art in the world.

 

Hooghly District of Bengal houses a number of such Terracotta Temples. You can surely choose this day tour to see the magnificent terracotta architecture of 17th Century.

 

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AMBIKA KALNA 

 

(or simply Kalna) is located 82 km from Kolkata (Howrah) on the west bank of the Bhagirathi, It once flourished as a prosperous port town. It reached it’s pinnacle of glory during the late 18th century under the patronage of the Maharajas of Bardhaman, who built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation.

 

The maritime trade has long stopped and Kalna has lost the status of a flourishing port city, but the temples are still there reminding one of Ambika Kalna’s glorious past.

 

The Rajbari Complex in Kalna has the maximum concentration of temples. Spread on either side of a the road the complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples.

 

EXPLORING THE CRAFTSMANSHIP

 

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Bengal is known all over the world for its expertise in art and craft. Pottery, brass and copperware, embroidery, tapestry, hand looms, fine muslin and silk artistry, wood carving, cane works etc. are a few examples of handicrafts which originated at the ground level in the heartland of Bengal - the villages. Most of these handicraft produce are cottage industry in West Bengal and has been backbone of the rural economy of the State.

 

This tour will take you to the craft villages which produce Mat, Horn craft and wooden crafts. You can not only see the end products but apart from Sunday and other National Holidays the whole process of craft making can be seen.



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 PATACHITRA, an ancient folk art of Bengal , is appreciated by art lovers all over the world for its effortless style of drawings, colours, lines and space usage. The world Pata derived from the Sanskrit word Patta means cloth. The painters are called Patuas. Patuas do not just paint, they also sing as they unfurl the painting scroll to show it to the audience. These songs are known as Pater Gaan. The songs are of wide variety ranging from traditional mythological tales and tribal rituals to stories based on modern Indian history and contemporary issues like protecting forests and preventing spread of HIV/AIDS. Patuas generally use natural colours, which they procure from various trees, leaves, flowers and clays.

 

SPEND A WHOLE DAY WITH THE POTUAS OF MEDINIPUR NAYA GRAM. ...KNOW THEIR ART, THEIR LIFESTYLE. .HEAR THEIR PATER GAAN.EAT WITH THEM...ACCEPT THEIR HOSPITALITY. .. ..ENJOY THE VILLAGE LIFE OF BENGAL.




EUROPE IN BENGAL DAY TOUR

 

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BARRACKPORE RIVERSIDE TOUR

 

Barrackpore, the first British barrack or cantonment in India was built in the town in 1772. After the British crown assumed direct control of India, the sprawling Government House and the Government Estate were built in Barrackpore to provide the viceroy with a suburban residence 15 miles (24 km) outside of Calcutta. 

Historically, the town was a military and administrative center under British rule, and was the scene of several acts of rebellion against Britain during the 19th century.

The name Barrackpore may have originated from the English word barracks, as it was the site of the first cantonment of the British East India Company.

In 1857,  the ‘Sepoy Mutiny’ or the first war of India’s Independence by the legendary martyr Mangal Pande occurred at arrackpore. Mangal Pande Uddyan bears his reminiscences.

Sodepur in Barrackpore sub division, is historically famous for the Khadi Prathistan where historic decisions with regard to freedom struggle were taken by Gandhiji.

It is on the western river bank of Hooghly river that the famous Gandhi Ghat exists. A Gandhi Museum nearby has rare collection of books and other articles used by Gandhiji.

The place is ideal for a day tour. You can spend the whole day on the side of river Hooghly visiting these famous historical places which played a great role in the Freedom Movement of India.

 

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VISIT THE PORTUGUESE, DANISH, FRENCH AND DUTCH COLONIAL TOWN ALONG THE RIVER HOOGHLY.


Almost a century after Vasco da Gama landed on the West Cost of India (1498), the Europeans started making inroads in Bengal. Using Hooghly (also known as Ganga or Ganges) as the main source of navigation, they started making inroads in Bengal.

 

Soon, European settlement started growing along the Hooghly River in the present day Hooghly District. Long before the British made Calcutta their stronghold, the Portuguese had settled in Bandel. They were closely followed by the Dutch in Chinsurah, Danish in Serampore and the French in Chandannagar.

 

On this full day tour you will get a glimpse of Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandannagar and Serampore.  We will introduce you to the amazing cultural confluence along the Hooghly River, often called “Europe on the Ganges”.

 




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