A weekend trip to Mukutmanipur



General Description :-
The ancient town near Mukutmanipur is Ambikanagar(4 km away). The Maharaja of Ambikanagar, christened Mukutmonipur after his beloved queen, Mukutmoni. There is a giant water dam at the confluence of the Kangsabati and the Kumari rivers. It is the second biggest earthen(man-made, mud-banked) dam in India. The nearest railway station is Bankura (55 km from Mukutmanipur).

Transport :-
Train services are available from Kolkata(Howrah) - Rupashi Bangla Express leaves the Howrah station (new platform) at 6:00 a.m. and reaches Bankura at 10:20 a.m. If you have your train reservations done, you need not worry, however, if you are travelling by the general compartment, you are advised to board the rear half of the train, since the front half is Dhauli Express, which goes to Bhubaneshwar. This switching over takes place at Kharagpur station, where the train stops for about fifteen minutes.
After reaching Bankura, you need to hire a cab for Mukutmanipur( 1 and a half hour journey). Bus services are also available.
Howrah-Bokaro passenger is also available from Howrah ( Dep time - 22:40) reaches Bankura at around 3 in the morning. Bus services available from Machantala bus stop (at Bankura) from 5 in the morning.
You could also take Satabdi Express (Dep time - 6:05 a.m) or Black Diamond Express(Dep time- 6:15 a.m) from Howrah to Durgapur and take a bus to Mukutmanipur.
Personally, I would suggest you to go by car from Kolkata to Mukutmonipur. After you reach Mukutmonipur, you would find your car very useful, since your local conveyance would be a motor-pulled cart, which will be available only till about 11 a.m in the morning and then from 4:30 p.m to 8p.m. at night. There are very few such vans available in the area.

Hotels :-
  • Hotel Peerless - Booking at Kolkata Peerless Hotel, Contact- 9748401084 (Accounts dept).
  • Hotel Shonajhuri - Booking at Kolkata, West Bengal Forest Developement Corporation, 6A Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th Floor, Kolkata-13. Near Hind Cinema, Landmark- Dharamtala Post Office, Phone - 22370060/61. Booking time - Till 3:30 p.m.
This hotel is built atop a hillock covered with green trees. The view from the cottages Haritaki and Amlaki is very picturesque (first picture at the top). Book well in advance.





  • Hotel Amrapali
  • Hotel Aparajita- Has an in-house restaurant and the food here is delicious. Contact - (03243)253355, 9434224674, 9434480632.
Places to visit :-
  • To visit the dam, you would have to take a motor-pulled cart and travel the 7 km stretch of road along the Kangshabati river. Go during the sunset. It is breath-takingly beautiful during this time of the day. On the way, you will also see the Pareshnath Hillock.
  • You could take a 3 hour long boat ride, in order to visit a Deer Park.
  • Ambika Devi Mandir is situated in Ambikanagar, 4 km from Mukutmanipur. The shondha-arati begins at 7 p.m. If you set out early, while there is sunlight, you could also visit the Rajbari of Ambikanagar.
Ideal time to visit Mukutmanipur :- During the monsoons, July and August, the time of the year, when the lock gates at the barrage is opened and also when the mud-dam at the Kanshabati can be easily seen. Or during the winter, end of November - January.

11 comments:

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    On September 8, 2009 at 12:08 AM Anonymous said...

    Hi Sunrita, I am planning to go to Mukutmanipur during the 2nd Oct weekend with my family. Tell me which hotel did u stay in? How was the ambience of the hotel? I am planing for Peerless. We are veg so is there a good spread for us. Will kids enjoy the place?

     

    Hi Anonymous,
    We stayed at Hotel Shonajhuri - clean rooms and washrooms and a very picturesque surrounding(approx Rs1100 per day).
    Hotel Peerless is the only 3(or 4) star hotel in the area, so, it should be quite good.
    Population is very scanty, means of transport negligible. Tell the kids that they are going to visit a place away from the hubbub of the city...little dicey to comment but they should like it for a day or two.

    Lemme know if you have any further queries...
    Thank you for visiting Speechless :)

     

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    Reminds me of our visit, years earlier. We were a large gang, had a nice stay & a very satisfactory excursion to Bishnupur. See all at http://lokenrc.blogspot.com/search/label/Mukutmanipur

     
    On September 1, 2012 at 11:57 AM sumit ray said...

    i am planning to visit Mukutmanipur somewhere around mid of september...
    please suggest a decent accomodation with scenic beauty around...a group of friends including of few ladies will be going so it should a safe place also... will be waiting for your kind reply....

     

    Can it be toured in a single day? After reaching on the rupashi bangla?


    Plan to move on to bishnupur afterwards... time is limited

     

    Hi,
    I did visit Mukutmanipur few years back.
    It's an amazing place. Hope to revisit again.
    By the way you have written fantastic blog post.

     

    Great article. Please have a look on my Mukutmanipur blog for all the details of Mukutmanipur Tour at: http://easytouristguide.com/off-beat-tourist-places/mukutmanipur-popular-weekend-hot-spot-of-bengal.html