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Visit Bishnupur - The Land of Teracotta Temples

Description

Bishnupur is a town in the Bankura district of West Bengal famous for its Teracotta temples and Baluchari Sarees. Bishnupur was the capital of the Malla kings during the 18th and 19th century and was then known as Mallabhum, till their power was weakened by the Mughal dynastry took who took over the kingdom. The Mallas were Vaishnavites, that is followers of Lord Vishnu and the place was thus renamed as Vishnupur in 994 AD. The patronage of King Veer Hambhir and his successors Raghunath Singha Dev and Bir Singha Dev made Bishnupur one of the principal centres of culture in Bengal.

Major Places of Interest in Bishnupur

You will visit many temples, that are unique in their own way which are totally enchanted with the magic of Radha Krishna. You will also get a chance to taste the delicious holy meal (Bhog) served in the temple complex.

  • Terracotta Temples : Visit The temples that are made of terracotta tiles with the scenes from the epic Mahabharata. Some of the temples are
  • Madan Mohan temple built in the Ekaratna style which is a square flat roofed building with carved cornices,
  • Jor Bangla temple with ornate terracotta carvings in the Bengal classic chala style of architecture, then Poncho ratno temple with walls made of terracotta carvings depicting incidents from the life of Lord Krishna and
  • Rasamancha – which is the oldest brick structure in the shape of pyramid in the heart of the city built in 1587, where the deities from other temples are brought in a procession during the Rasa festival.
  • Also visit the Radhya Shyam Temple, Nandalal Temple, Radha Madhav Temple
  • Stone Chariot and Nutan Mahal
  • Acharya Jogesh Chandra Museum – related to art and archaeology where you many ancient tools, metal ornaments and sculptures are on display
  • Bishnupur Mela : It is held every year during the last week of December near the Madanmohan temple.
  • Bishnupur Utsav : Its a recent addition  and is held immediately after the Bishnupur Mela. It is a classical music and dance festival in recognition to the Bishnupur gharana of music. This gharana of music, a form of Hindustani Classical Music, had enjoyed the Royal patronage and flourished to reach its peak during the 18th century. It is rooted in the Dhrupad style  and is accompanied by Tabla , Sitar, Harmonium and flute.
  • A snake festival is held on August.
  • The Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Diwali is also celebrated with much enthusiasm.

Shopping at Bishnupur

Later Indulge in some shopping of beautiful artifacts and dress material and jewellery

  • Terracotta pottery, artifacts and even jewellery are very famous. These are the characteristic articles of Bishnupur.
  • Bishnupur is also very famous for varieties of Baluchari Sarees made of tussar silk. The borders and pallus of these sarees are woven with episodes from Mahabharata.
  • ‘Dokra’, a special kind of metalware ,  and conch shells are also available here.

Tour Plan and details

  • Trip Duration: 13 hours
  • Tour Starts: 08:00 am
  • Pick up : From Hotel/Airport/Staton
  • Refreshments &smp Packed Drinking Water: Included
  • Chauffeur with Phone: Provided
  • Guide: Optional
  • Tour price : From $ 85.00 per person onwards, min 2 persons required
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