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Bishnupur

Bishnupur

Weather

Bishnupur has a typical tropical climate but the city due to its location near the Bay of Bengal attracts a good amount of rainfall in the monsoon season. The summer season from March to July is typically hot and humid with heat belting down and average temperatures remain above the 40 degree Celsius mark. The rains from July to September bring relief from the dry heat but can make the climate a bit too humid for comfort. The winter season from October to February remains largely pleasant although December is usually accompanied by little smog and fog in the early mornings and late evenings. The best time to visit Bishnupur is between October and March when the heat is not at its peak offering perfect climatic conditions for travel.

How To Reach

By Road:

Driving down to Bishnupur from state capital Kolkata is another easy mode of transport to reach the temple city. The road from Kolkata to Bishnupur is well maintained and takes around 4 to 5 hours for covering the 150 Kms distance between the two cities. Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses ply regularly between Dharmatala bus stand of Kolkata and Bishnupur


By Air:

Bishnupur does not have a dedicated airport and the nearest international and domestic airport is located in Kolkata. The NSC Bose international airport of Kolkata is located at a distance of 145 kms from Bishnupur city and buses and cabs are freely available to reach the temple town. Kolkata airport is well connected with all major domestic as well as international cities with regular flights from New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai periodically all through the day. 



By Rail:

Bishnupur has a railway station which is connected to the major cities of West Bengal. Direct trains are available from Howrah junction to reach Bishnupur. Rupashi Bangla Express departing Howrah at 6 am, Purulia Express departing Howrah at 4.45 pm and Aranyak Express departing Shalimar at 7.45 am all take four hours to reach Bishnupur.


Overview

Bishnupur also sometimes known as Vishnupur is the temple kingdom of West Bengal located at a distance of 132 Kms from state capital of Kolkata. Bishnupur city is a popular tourist hotspot due to its beautiful ancient temples, terracotta art work and magnificent baluchari saris. The city of Bishnupur was ruled by the Malla dynasty largely from 16th t the 18th century developing the town as a hotbed of spiritualism and art.

 

Royal patronage by the erstwhile royals of Bishnupur also gave rise to Vishnupuri gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music and the Vishnupur School of painting. Bishnupur is a small town and so there are no luxury hotels or posh restaurants but small eateries of Bishnupur offer a unique insight into the famous Bengali cuisine.

 

The city’s rich architecture, music and handicrafts attract thousands of tourists to Bishnupur. The town is also proud of its glorious history and its famous terracotta temples built by Malla rulers around the 17th and 18th century.

 

As much as Bishnupur is famous for its tussar silk sarees, the Bankura Horse has become the most popular crafted symbol of the town in recent times. The Bankura Horse is available both in the terracotta and wood versions and is one of the finest marvels of ancient Malla dynasty handicrafts of the region. Besides terracotta articles and baluchari sarees, Bishnupur is famous for its Dokra metal craft articles and several other lucrative gift articles.

 

Though Bishnupur can be visited throughout the year, summers are best avoided due to extreme heart and humidity. The annual Bishnupur fair held in December and the Bishnupur Utsav attracts a good number of crowd to the town