Gour – The “Ruined” Past of Bengal

Gour, The mediaeval capital of Bengal was once a major town and seat of power in its era. Located at Maldah district of West Bengal today, it is now in ruins and the remnants are conserved by ASI. Shashanka established Gour or Gauda as independent sovereign state in Bengal in 590 CE. His capital was…

Ambika Kalna ~ Obscure Temple Town of Bengal

Nabami, the ninth day of Durgapuja has many times been special for me, when city of Kolkata goes crazy and festive with penultimate hours of annual extravaganza, I often find myself on the road not far from the maddening crowd of the city but far enough to get immersed in the rustic, quaint villages of…

Excursion to Dasghara

Monsoon is a season not suitable for the hills,national parks and active backpacking through the countryside. But who can quell the wanderlust, so I decided to travel in own courtyard, on short drives to little known places in rural Bengal where there is little or nothing to see but a lot to take away in…

Chupi ~ Birding Paradise of Bengal

Never been a geek on birding, neither on photography but driven by my insatiable thirst for seeing a new place took me to this little know paradise in countryside of West Bengal. We started from Kolkata, reached Krishnanagar by a EMU. Met with our mentor there and boarded a bus to Nabadwip. Crossed the Bhagirathi…