Bishnupur Tour

Bishnupur is a town in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is famous for its Terracotta Temples and the Baluchari Sarees. Terracotta is a term normally used for sculptures made of earthenwares. Bishnupur is located around 4 hours drive from Kolkata.

Bishnupur was ruled under the Gupta period by local Hindu kings . The place is also known as Mallabhum as it was the capital of Malla kings for almost thousand years.  Around 994 AD the place was named as Vishnupur, derived from the name of the Lord ‘Vishnu’, a very prominent Hindu God. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites. They built the famous terracotta temples at Bishnupur.

Major attractions of Bishnupur

  1. Terracotta Temples  – These are the specialities of Bishnupur crafted by the  artists of the region from laterite and brick. The temples are made of Terracotta  tiles having scenes from the epic of  Mahabharata.
  2. Bishnupur Mela – It is held every year during the last week of December near the Madanmohan temple.
  3. 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.
  4. A snake festival is held on August.
  5. The Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Diwali is also celebrated with much enthusiasm.

 

 

Spots to visit at Bishnupur

  • Madanmohan Temple
  • Jore Bangla Temple of Keshta Rai
  • Poncho Rotno Temple of Shyam Rai
  • Rasmancha
  • Acharya Jogesh Chandra Museum
  • Pathar Darwaja
  • Garh Darwaja
  • Lal Bandh
  • Lalgarh
  • Stone Chariot
  • Nutan Mahal

Shopping at Bishnupur

  1. Terracotta pottery, artifacts and even jewellery are very famous. These are the characteristic articles of Bishnupur.
  2. 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.
  3. ‘Dokra’, a special kind of metalware ,  and conch shells are also available here.

 

 

Bishnupur Tour Plan

  • Standard Trip Duration: 12 hours
  • Tour Starts: 08:00 am
  • Tour Planning Assistance: Yes
  • Refreshments & Packed Drinking Water: Inclusive.
  • Driver with Phone: Yes.
  • Guide: Optional.
  • Lunch Break: Yes

Bishnupur Tour Cost

  • Tour in AC vehicle (2 pax): USD. $ 169.
  • Tour in Non AC vehicle (2 pax): USD. $ 165.
  • Every additional Guest: USD. $ 30.
  • Children below 5 years: Complimentary.
  • Entry Fees/ Camera Charges: Not included
  • Vehicle Parking & Toll: Inclusive.

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