If you have been fascinated by delightful and thrilling stories about religious deities tussling with one another, or find yourself intrigued by learning about ancient temples, or even have an all-around interest in mythology, and you would like to cultivate this interest further by visiting attractions that are of immense cultural importance, then there is exactly such a place for you. Indeed if, in addition to all of the above, you’ve harboured the itch to take a dip in the calming waters of a hot spring, then this place would also offer you that! This is the town of Bakreswar in West Bengal, and visiting it should be on your bucket-list, especially if you’re travelling to the state. At a distance of about 230 km from Kolkata, Bakreswar is visited by pilgrims and non-devotees alike. It is a spiritual and natural extravaganza that you cannot afford to miss.
Situated as it is in the Birbhum region of West Bengal, Bakreswar retains a moderate climate throughout the year. Yet it is most ideal to visit the place in the winter, spring, and monsoon season. During these seasons, the temperature doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rise above an endurable and pleasant 25-30 degrees, thus making navigation during daytime easier.
1. Don't scribble or write or draw on the walls of any religious temple. The sites are of immense cultural importance and vandalising acts like these are prohibited.
2. It's best to carry an adequate amount of cash in case certain places in the town don't accept electronic money.
3. Do not litter at any natural site, especially the hot water springs.
4. As navigation gets difficult in some of the places, it is best to use Google Maps.
5. The hot water springs are not equipped with food stalls, so it's best to pack your own food and drinks.
6. The locals are polite, so you should extend the same courtesy to them.
Via Air: The closest airport to Bakreswar is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata. Upon reaching the capital city's airport, one should first travel a 190 km to Birbhum in order to reach Bakreswar.
Via Rail: The nearest railway station to Bakreswar is in Birbhum. This station is well-connected to most major cities and locations in India. Two popular trains opted for by tourists are the Hool Express and the Mayurakshi Express from Howrah Station. Additionally, the Eastern Railway?s Howrah-Sahibganj circle passes conveniently through the district of Birbhum.
Via Road: There is an abundance of quick and affordable private as well as public transportation options for travelling to Birbhum from most major cities of West Bengal, especially Kolkata. The Panagarh-Moregram Expressway connects the Grand Trunk Road to NH 5 also passes through the district of Birbhum. Additionally, there are ample bus services plying from cities like Kolkata and Siliguri to Birbhum that one can board in order to reach Bakreswar.
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