Bishnupur (also spelt as Vishnupur) is a town in Rarh in India famous for its terracotta temples.
A cluster of temples in Bishnupur
By bus, road or train from Kolkata.
By bus – Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses ply regularly between Dharmatala/ Esplanade bus stand of Kolkata and Bishnupur. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Bishnupur. The road distance is shorter than the rail distance, it is about 150 km.
By road – From Kolkata travel to Dankuni, take the Durgapur Expressway, at Ratanpur crossing turn left and take the Sheoraphuli-Tarakeswar road, go straight through to Arambagh and Bishnupur.
By train – It takes about 3:30 to 4:15 hours from Kolkata, a distance of 201 km. Convenient connections – Rupashi Bangla Express departs from Santragachi at 6.25 am, Purulia Express departing Howrah at 4.50 pm and Siromoni Fast Passenger departs from Howrah at 5.45 pm andSantragachi-Porbandar Kaviguru Express Departs From Santragachi at 21.25hrs only Sunday. and arrive at Bishnupur at 00.02hrs and Rajjyarani Tri-weekly Express Departsfrom Shalimar at 6.40hrs and Aranyak Express departing Shalimar at 7.45 am. To come by Aranyak Express from Howrah to Bishnupur,1st one has to come at Santragachi by local train & then by Aranyak Express. All these trains are via Kharagpur, Midnapur. You can also opt for Howrah-Chakradharpur passenger which leaves Howrah at 23:05 hrs. This train has sleeper class provision.
Another option come at Kharagpur/Midnapur/Bardhhaman/Durgapur by train from Howrah. Then by bus.
One can also take a bus to Midnapore or Arambag and then change over to another local bus to Bishnupur which are more or less frequently available every 30 – 45 minutes. Arambag is about 3 hours and Midnapore about 3 1/2 hours by bus from Bishnupur.
The nearest commercial airport is at Kolkata.
From other places –
By bus from Tarakeshwar
By bus from Durgapur
By train from Kharagpur
By bus from Burdwan
By train from Asansol
Jor Bangla Temple
By cycle rickshaw because it is a small place. Many of the temples are near each other. Most are within walking distance of one another. Cars and auto-rickshaw are also available on hire.
Bishnupur being a temple town, the focus is on temples, all built of terracotta during the reign of the Malla kings, who ruled over the area prior to the arrival of the British. Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains most of the sites of Bishnupur. So it levies a minimum entry fee for the sites. The amount is Rs 5 for Indian citizens and Rs 100 (Probably) for foreigners. It also levies a fee for video photography (still photography is free). The good thing is that with a single ticket, one can visit all the sites of Bishnupur maintained by ASI. The counter is located near the entrance of Rash Mancha. So it is better to start from Rash Mancha. The sights other than temples are also listed below:
Jor Bangla Temple of Keshta Rai – Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in the 17th century. The ornate terracotta carvings are set off by the roof in the classic chala style of Bengal architecture.
Shyamrai Temple or Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai – Built-in 1643 by King Raghunath Singha. The walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring aspects of Lord Krishna’s life. It is one of the largest temples.
Madanmohan Temple– King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in 1694 AD in the ekaratna style, a square flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted by a pinnacle. Impressive carvings on the walls depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Madan Gopal Temple
Jugal Kishore Temple
Rasmancha – Oldest brick structure. Built-in 1587 by Bir Hambir is a pyramidal structure in the centre of the town, where the deities from the other temples are brought in a procession on the occasion of the Rasa Festival. There are some cannons of the Malla kings in the area.
Dalmadal Caman – supposed to have protected Bishnupur when the Bargis (Maratha looters) attacked from the west.
Gumgarh – the place of no return.
Pathar Darja (Main Gateway of Bishnupur)
Garh Darja (Small Gateway of Bishnupur)
The memorial of Shreenibas Acharya
Most of these awe-inspiring and wonderful work of art in terra-cotta have been lost out of sheer neglect, antique theft and vagaries of the weather over centuries. Some are protected and cared for now and protected as noticed. It is best to hire a rickshaw and go about visiting them as nearly all are within a diameter of 4 km. Takes about 3 hours to see most of them. The ideal time to visit would be during the cooler climes as generally Bishnupur is a hot place and was pretty uncomfortable during a visit Aug ’12 though there was moderately good rainfall.
It is also a great centre for music – the Bishnupur Gharana is well known in classical music. Look out for opportunities, check where you stay, if you are an Indian classical music fan.
A craftsman working on a Baluchari Sari
Bankura Horse- now the symbol of Indian handicrafts – available both in the terracotta and wood versions.
Baluchari Saris- another famous Bishnupur product. Traditional woven with Ramayana and Mahabharata symbols but modern versions are also available.
Conch shell beads and items.
Arrive in Bishnupur Town (135 km from Kolkata)
Morning reach at Mukutmanipur by Road and check-in to Hotel (Relax, Fresh and Ready) – Have Lunch at Hotel and move for an afternoon excursion and visit Kangsabati Dam, Musafirana Viewpoint, Pareshnath Viewpoint, Bonpukuria Deer Park – back to Zero Point – Have some tea/coffee – Visit Handicraft Stalls – return to Hotel and overnight stay.
Jhilimili-Sutan Baro Mile Forest | Beauty of Raw forest |Talberia Lake
In the morning, arrive at Mukutmanipur by Road and check-in to Hotel (Relax, Fresh and Ready) – Have Lunch at Hotel and Go for an afternoon excursion and visit Kangsabati Dam, Pareshnath Viewpoint, Musafirana Viewpoint, Bonpukuria Deer Park – Return to Zero Point – Have some tea/coffee – Visit Handicraft Stalls – return to Hotel and overnight stay.
Bishnupur – The Heritage City of Bengal
– Have breakfast for a delightful day.
– Check out from the Hotel and begin the trip to Bishnupur.
– Our Car will be ready to Pick you Up from Hotel around 10 a.m.
– Visit Bishnupur and Experience the lavish heritage, proud culture, brilliant architecture and story of terracotta. You may take professional tour guides.
– Visit the Baluchari Silk Hub, and you may shop some exclusive sarees in Bishnupur.
– Then our car will transfer you to Bishnupur Station/Bus-Stand around 2.30 p.m.
Catch the Aranyak Express from Bishnupur Station or any bus suitable for you with Bankura tourisms.
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