Bishnupur does not have seas or mountains, but it can provide you a very charming relaxation from the rat race of daily life. The tourist lodge is undoubtedly the most important part of this relaxation. It is located very close to the most discussed temples and the Dalmadol canon, in fact all temples are located within a radius of of 3-20 min of walking distance.
You would feel completely at ease once you reach the lodge. We had to pay Rs 50 on a rickshaw (and while returning Rs 10 per head on auto rickshaw) to get here from railway station. Reservations can be done online and room rates (Non AC, i felt was damn cheap, going by the room quality and cleanliness) are a traveler's delight.
All rooms on the reception block has an east facing balcony overlooking the garden. We went during a full moon, and i just loved sitting on the balcony at night. The rooms are well ventilated and in March, i felt Non AC rooms were a better deal than their AC counterparts (I had a chance to look in side one). The rooms have large and clean attached bathroom (almost 3/4th size of the room) and a small changing room. You will see the top of Rashmancha from the common passage.
Food is good and they also have a bar. There is no other better option for having meals. I heard there is monalisa hotel, but did not try there. I would advise not to try the Park hotel and restaurant which is out of the main gate of tourist lodge. Fabulous Daal-kachuri is available at Chinnamasta Sweets, and it was our routine breakfast for the entire stay!
If you plan to return on a Sunday afternoon, (check-out is at 11 AM), take the Purulia-Kharagpur Intercity Exp. Its almost empty, and you would gets seat for sure. At Kharagpur, we changed to Ispat Express at 16-35 hrs. Alternatively, you can also change in to Midnapore Howrah local which departs Midnapore at around 15-30.
Please do not get fooled by the rickshaw pullers who might charge you anything between Rs. 250 - 400 for showing all the temples. If you can walk, all the temples and gates and chariot are at a walking distance. Only the Madanmohan temple is the farthest, and I did not go there.
I would definitely visit Bishnupur on ultra-short trips...and now you know for sure where I would stay.
PS: For any one who swears by Muri-Aloor Chop, please try the small goomti just on right corner of the main gate to the tourist lodge.
- Also Known As:
- Bishnupur Tourist Lodge Bankura, West Bengal