Troves of Tamluk

 

‘The last leaf flew aloof in air / but, dreamed to touch the root / to feel freedom in its face / and the spell in its foot …’

The urge to visit Tamluk , my ancestor’s place, finally got fulfilled when Nilay invited us for his niece’s rice ceremony. Although Tamluk is not considered as a tourist place, I was eager to touch the treasures my ancestors cherished for centuries and feel presence of the paragons from the pages of History. The localites Subhayan and Sayantan suggested us to start early so that we can finish visiting the places, scattered across Tamluk and Mahishadal; before attending the invitation at Nilay’s home.

After an early start from our campus by 7.30 am, we reached Kharagpur station by 8 am and Mecheda by 9 am. Followed by a quick breakfast, we boarded an express bus destined to Haldia via Mahishadal. The bus took us to Mahishadal within just 30 minutes. As directed by the owner of a tea shop, where we had teas, we walked for about 10 minutes to reach the new Mahishadal rajbari (royal palace) named ‘Phool-baag’.

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The palace exhibits some of its histories in the ground-floor rooms in exchange of Rs. 10 entry tickets from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Capturing photos are restricted inside these rooms, however, one can click in the connecting corridors.

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Afterwards, we walked towards the garden to reach the old rajbari.

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Beside the old rajbari complex, we visited Gopal Jiu temple

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… and finally entered the old palace.

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After visiting the royal palaces of Mahishadal, we spotted well-known Raj College on our way to bus-stand.

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From bus-stand, we boarded a bus heading Geonkhali, reached there in 15 minutes and booked a toto for Rs. 120. The toto-driver first took us to Geonkhali Park.

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The park, being located where Rupnarayan got connected with Hooghly river, provided awesome views.

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After spending some time there, we visited Nurpur ferry ghat afterwards.

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Afterwards, we came to Geonkhali bus-stand, took a bus to Mahishadal and another bus to Tamluk. It was about 12 pm so, we decided to attend the ceremony for which we came there. After a hearty welcome at Rupnarayan Atithi Nivas, friendly time and warm dishes, we bid good-bye to Nilay and family and came to Tamluk ferry ghat by 3 pm.

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On route towards Tamluk bus-stand, we first visited the famous Bargabhima temple, one of the shakti-piths, …

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Matangini memorial, built in 1953 where she got shot in 1942 revolution, …

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… and Tamluk rajbari.

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It was a desolated palace but still speaking for riches, it once possessed.

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In the center of the palace, we found some local boys playing cricket.

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Due to Sunday, we couldn’t visit the Archaeological museum and so, rushed to Tamluk bus-stand to catch the bus to Mecheda. Right before sunset, we reached Mecheda and had to wait long before the train arrived.

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With sudden arrival of summer, even a half-days trip seemed tiring …

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… as we slept in the train and woke up just before reaching Kharagpur.

 

 

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