The Place : Garshalboni District : West Midnapore

Staying in Garshalboni Farmhouse itself is an experience! It is a Farmhouse surrounded with history inside a jungle. About 170 km from Kolkata by road, it was once ruled by the Malla Kings and the Farmhouse was their retreat. Later it was occupied by the British. The property covers an area around 40 acres which is entirely dotted by streams and small hills. Endless stretches of jungle, ancient temples, meandering rivers, migratory birds and untouched nature would rejuvenate your body and soul and make your weekend trip memorable. However,the Garshalboni farmhouse is meant for nature loving tourists and not for frolicking crowd. If you are one of those who like to spend your weekend idling away in the forests enjoying the nature, then Garhsalboni is perfect for you.

Winter is the best time to watch migratory birds in Garshalboni and monsoon is the time to enjoy lush green nature.

You can avail Ispat Express from Howrah Station. After crossing Kharagpur, you need to get off at Jhargram Station. From there, you can take a bus to reach Garshalboni forest (10 km away). Alternatively, you can travel by car from Kolkata. The distance is around 170 km and it takes about three hours. After crossing Kharagpur, you have to drive for another 35 km on Bombay Road to reach Lodhashuli Crossing, from where you have to drive for another five km to reach Garshalboni Forest.

Garshalboni is the pefect place to walk around and enjoy the pristine nature. Sitting on a rock in the midst of the river Dulug and watching migratory birds is a life time experience. You will find likeminded weekenders sitting on the huge rocks and reading books.

The farmhouse at Garhshalboni covers an area of around 70 acres.  All types of trees like teak, mango, saal  and hundreds of different types of medicinal plants grow in the premises of the farmhouse. It presently accommodates tourists in  its twelve rooms and an extensive dining area. The rooms are Double Bedded without AC facilities and have attached Western toilets. Food is served for the guests in the Dining hall and the cuisine is essentially Bengali. You can savour fish, chicken and a whole lot of lip-smacking delicacies here.

 


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