Mukutmanipur – popular weekend hot spot of Bengal

Mukutmanipur is popular yet somewhat an offbeat tourist destination, extremely ideal for having a peaceful weekend amidst the tranquility of nature. Though Mukutmanipur is a popular picnic destination for more than a decade and ranks among the top ten popular picnic destinations of Bengal, but of late it has gradually grown into an ideal weekend destination. For all those weary mind and body who wish to escape from the busy humdrum of the city life, Mukutmanipur is the perfect destination for ultimate relaxation.

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View of the lake at Mukutmanipur

Where is Mukutmanipur?

Mukutmanipur is just a small hamlet town in the Bankura district of West Bengal. It is located close to the Jharkhand border at the confluence of the Kangsabati and Kumari rivers. Bankura, the district town is just 55 Km away.

About Mukutmanipur

An escape to the serenity of nature is what describes Mukutmanipur perfectly. With verdant hills and forests surrounding a huge picturesque water body that changes its color in different seasons, Mukutmanipur is the ideal place to spend a day or two relaxing and rejuvenating. Though Mukutmanipur has been a favourite and popular picnic spot for the people of Bengal, but of late it is becoming a popular weekend destination, thanks to the development of the roads and some resorts in the area.

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On the way to Mukutmanipur

The second biggest earth dam of India and as well as Asia is located in Mukutmanipur. The 10.8 Km long man-made mud-banked fresh water dam that canalises Kangshabati and Kumari rivers into the three drought affected districts of Bankura, Purulia and Midnapore for irrigation in the summer months is the perfect picture postcard of Mukutmanipur. One side of the lake is rocky and draws the border between Bengal and Bihar, while the other is dotted with green patches, part of the Bangopalpur reserve forest. The 11Km long and 38 m high dam has a solid concrete road with wide pavements which is ideal for taking a evening stroll. Permissions are to be procured for entering the dam with your own vehicle.

Mukutmanipur Sightseeing

Mukutmanipur is one such place where there are not many sightseeing spots around. It’s a place where people go to relax and unwind, far away from the crowded and busy city life. The natural beauty of the place with an incredibly beautiful lake created by the dam, nestled among thickly forested hillocks is enough to mesmerize you and you can spend hours simply gazing at the blue waters of the lake or taking a stroll on the dam or boating on the lake water.

The 86-sq-m giant lake with deep blue water, formed by the Kangsabati water reservoir provides an irresistible temptation to take a boat ride. Boating into some of the verdant green islands of varying size in the lake, including one with a deer park is an awesome experience and gives a unique chance of being alone with nature in a lonely island. A stroll along the pavement with your loved ones is indeed a wonderful experience that helps to relax and also allows to enjoy the beauty of the lake and the small rocky hills dotting the landscape. Watching sunrise or sunset with your beloved by your side will definitely be a memory to cherish lifelong. Walking on the pavements or sitting along the lake with your beloved’s hand in your hand on a moonlit night will definitely be one of the most romantic moments of your life. Even the most ordinary person will wish to be a poet in such romantic environment.

Some of the places around Mukutmanipur which are worthy of a visit are given below:

Bangopalpur Reserve Forest

Situated at a distance of about 2 Km from the lake is the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, which is the home to a variety of flora and fauna. The forest is not much dense and you can spot some rare species of animals here. If you are nature lover and love to shoot with your camera, then you will find so many things to keep you camera busy. Apart from some local tribals who wander in this forest to collect firewood and other forest products for their livelihood, you will not find others.

Parashnath Hill

At a distance of about 6 Km from the lake is the Parasnath hill which is the highest peak of the area at 1350 m above sea level. Considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage centre of the Jains, it is also the place of worship of Lord Shiva and Lord vishnu.

The name of the hill was derived from the name of the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parasnath. According to Jain literature, it is the place where twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras found salvation from life. The hills of Parasnath however falls in Giridih district of Jharkhand. Apart from its religious importance, it is also a good view point of the dam and its surroundings. The peak of the hillock offers a magnificent panoramic view of the lake, village settlements and forest trails. With a landscape that seems naturally designed for adventure, Mukutmanipur offers adventures galore, such as rock climbing and trekking.

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Ruins of Ambikanagar Rajbari

Ambikanagar

Within a distance of about 5 Km from the lake is the relics of the ancient town of Ambikanagar. The old name ofAmbikanagar was Amainagar and the place was ruled by king named Anatadhabole and latar on by King Raicharan Dhabal Deb, a revolutionary freedom fighter. Latar on it grew as a cultural centre for ancient Jains and an important Jain pilgrimage destination. However, the devastating flood of 1898 caused havoc and reduced this place into a mere deserted hamlet. Remnants of the royal palace reminds visitors of its golden past.

The temple of Ambika Devi at Ambikanagar is worthy of a visit. The idol’s eyes are bright and prominent and looking at it for few minutes creates a sense of fear in mind. The sandhya arati of the temple is something that is very different and unique. So it is advisable to set for Ambikanagar much before sunset, so that you can visit the relics of the Rajbari (royal palace) of Ambikanagar, appreciate its golden past and watch the sandhya arati at the temple, which begins just after sunset.

Ambikanagar is also famous for some unique kind of handicrafts made by the local tribals using grass and bamboo stick. You must not leave this opportunity to buy some of this handicraft as a souvenir.

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Deers at the Banpukuria deer park of Mukutmanipur

Banpukuria Deer Park

Located in an island of the lake, you need to hire a boat to reach the deer park. There is a fair bit of certainty that you will have glimpses of this beautiful animal. If you are lucky enough, then you may spot some rarest of seasonal bird species, particularly during winter months. So you must not forget to carry your camera. Reaching the park by a boat is also an experience in itself which you will definitely enjoy.

Open Air Temple

The open air temple is another unique place in the dam of Mukutmanipur which can be reached by hiring a boat. There is a Shiva linga, a statue of the Jain god Parshwanath Swami and a statue of a bull at the location, which was excavated during the construction of the dam. Two stone statues of Vishnu were also found at the same site time and are exhibited on the Tila. The rocky surface on which it stands is known as Parshwanath Tila. The place is considered sacred for both Hindus and Jains.

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The open air temple of Mukutmanipur

Other important places around Mukutmanipur which are worthy of visit include Sutan and Jhilimili.

How to Reach Mukutmanipur?

By Air

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum, Kolkata is the nearest airport of Mukutmanipur, situated at a distance of about 382 Km. From the airport, one can reach Mukutmanipur by hiring a private vehicle of choice or can opt for a train from Howrah Station (major station of Kolkata, situated at a distance of 20 Km from the airport) to reach Bankura and then hire a vehicle to reach Mukutmanipur. He also has the option to board a bus from Esplanade (at a distance of 15 Km from airport) directly for Bankura and then hire a vehicle to reach Mukutmanipur.

By Rail

Bankura railway station at a distance of about 59 Km is the nearest rail head of Mukutmanipur. Regular trains are available from Howrah Station to reach Bankura. From Bankura railway station, one can hire a vehicle of his or her choice to reach Mukutmanipur or can opt for private buses as well.

By Road

Mukutmanipur is well connected to Bankura by good conditioned metaled road. Number of buses ply between Bankura and Mukutmanipur at regular interval. One can also reach Mukutmanipur by his own vehicle. Direct buses are also available for Mukutmanipur from Kolkata (Esplanade bus stand) and Durgapur. From Esplanade bus stand of Kolkata, state transport buses are available.

One can also drive to Mukutmanipur from Kolkata in his or her own vehicle. There are two routes to reach Mukutmanipur from Kolkata. The shorter route is: Kolkata >> Tarakeswar >> Arambag >> Bishnupur >> Bankura >> Mukutmanipur. The longer route is : Kolkata >> Dankuni >> Burdawan >> Durgapur (till here NH2) >> Bankura (SH9) >> Mukutmanipur. In both the route avoid entering the Bankura main town and opt for the Bankura Bypass to reach Mukutmanipur via Khatra crossing. The second route is recommended because of the excellent road condition in spite of the additional 30 KM.

Where to Stay at Mukutmanipur?

Though Mukutmanipur does not have numerous staying options, but the place is not short of staying options, including some luxurious resorts as well.

The Peerless Resort – Undoubtedly, the best staying option of Mukutmanipur is this resort, which is run and owned by the reputed group Peerless. The lakeside resort’s picturesque red-tiled cozy bungalows surrounded by lawns and flowerbeds are a visual treat themselves and are an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. The serenity and greenery combined with resort’s excellent service and great food will definitely make your stay an unfogettable experience. The Peerless Resort comprises of 3 twin bedded rooms, 12 couple bedded rooms, 2 three bedded family rooms and 2 four bedded family rooms a multi-cuisine restaurant & bar and a banquet hall that seats 100 guests. All the rooms are air-conditioned, very well furnished with the best of facilities and with attached bath. It’s the best place for honeymooners as well as families. Buffet breakfast is complementary with every room booking.
For reservation please contact over phone at – 9932787993 / 9434052430 / 033- 44003900. To know about this star category resort of Mukutmanipur and to avail its online booking facility, log on to: http://www.peerlesshotels.com/mukutmonipur/

Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman Kendra – The second best option for staying at Mukutmanipur is Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman Kendra of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC). This nature resort situated at the midway of the hilltop amidst forest, just beside the Kangsabati Dam is provides a unique staying options. Both A.C and non A.C rooms with best of the facilities are available here. Don’t miss out the food of the resort. For booking accommodations in this resort, contact its Kokata office at 6A Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th Floor, Kolkata-13. Near Hind Cinema, Landmark- Dharamtala Post Office, Phone – o33-22370060/61. Booking time – Till 3:30 p.m. Peoplle of Durgapr can book their accommodations from WBFDC office at Muchipara, Durgapur. For online query about availability status and online booking, log on to: http://www.wbfdc.com/Booking_Display1.asp?RecordID=12
Pancha Pally Tourist Complex – It is a good budget staying option. For booking, contact at – 9434590399, 9932800931.

Kangsabati Bhavan – Run by the Irrigation and Water Supply Dept, Govt of W Bengal. This guest house has 8 rooms and for booking contact at its head office at Writer’s Building, Kolkata.

Hotel Aparajita – It is another budget staying option of Mukutmanipur. For booking, contact at – 9433447466 / 03243-252355. For online query about availability status and online booking, log on to: http://akduttahotels.com/mukutmanipur-hotel-aparajita/

Hotel Amrapali – This cheap and budget staying option can be booked at – 03243-253208. For online query about availability status booking, log on to: http://akduttahotels.com/mukutmanipur-hotel-amrapali/

Hotel GreenPark – This is another cheap staying option of Mukutmanipur, which can be booked over phone at – 03243-253379/253212.

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