The serenity of West Bengal, lure of fields and wetlands as the River Ganges cradles this land in more ways than one. Monsoons are also a fantastic time to explore West Bengal; there is a different kind of monsoon flavour in the vastness of the Bengal . For a traveller, what can be better than to savour this flavor of monsoon where the sky is heavy with clouds while the earth is all green and wet. This post of mine focuses on a rapidly emerging day-tripping destination from Kolkata called Bortirbil. Hence this post is aptly named Exploring day trip destination Bortirbil.
Bortirbil is situated near the village of Beraberia, between the towns of Barrackpore and Barasat. It is a sizeable agricultural area transformed into a wetland during the monsoons, and then the magic happens. At other times of the year, this place is marked with fertile agricultural land as far as the eye can see.
One can reach the place quite easily though I do not have much idea regarding trains. I would say that the nearest station would be Ichapur if I am not wrong. The best mode would be a bike ride from any big city, including Kolkata, which are all around nearby.
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Exploring day trip destination Bortirbil
As pandemic rages through the country in various phases and travel restrictions all around,. It was vital for me to utilize this opportunity to travel as much as possible. Mainly in the state where I am residing. Thus was born concept to see this state for all it offers, right from the world-famous to the offbeat and obscure. Thus came across the mention of Bortirbil, which comes alive during the monsoon.
Bortirbil as seen by me
As one reaches this region, where four-wheelers find it challenging to go, and two-wheelers are the norm, one is confronted by a vast expanse of water body that has submerged the fields and created this wetland. Out here, the local folks go about their everyday life, which involves fishing, collecting water lilies that are then sold, and finally Jute, also known as the Golden Fibre.
In between all this activity, travelers come here to experience a few hours of the day under the monsoons clouds leaving behind the glitz and hustle-bustle of city life. Out here, to the chirping of the birds and shout of the boatman, they venture on country canoes into the waterways as the oar of the boatman carries them further ahead.
As I reached this place, having walked the final mile or so, I was apprehensive of getting the Truck get stuck somewhere. In my experience, the villages of Bengal are not built to cater to sizeable turning radius behemoths like Truck. Asking the locals, finally reached this small walkway which eventually was seen submerging into the water. I realized that I had arrived.
Experiencing and exploring day trip destination Bortirbil
I fixed up my lunch at the local villagers home for there is nothing to eat out here, and it was lunchtime. Taking care of that , I was all set to roll up my trousers and plunge into the warm waters of Bortirbil in the company of water lilies and stacks of Jute. The boatmen soon realized that I was into photography, and for a small fee, offered to take me far out into the water land. Out here I could get a glimpse of the people at work while at the same time soak in my time; away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
My thoughts on exploring day trip destination Bortirbil
The trip to Bortirbil was truly relaxing for me. Being a passionate photographer, I was able to click to my heart’s content. As the sun dissolved into a fiery bowl of fire and twilight came on, I left this amazing place with a happy heart and bagful of memories and frames.
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Day trips from Kolkata
So in the context of day trips from Kolkata or weekend trips from Kolkata. I would recommend you browse my journey to Mahishadal, Khirai, Baranti, Purbasthali, Bishnupur, Serampore, Bandel and Gongoni. There is so much to see in this state, similar to like the Northern Karnataka architectural circuit of Hampi and Badami.
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