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Terracotta temples, Baluchari saree weaving & Pottery- Day trip from Kolkata

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Pass By: Five Senses Tours, 20/C Kshetra Mohan Naskar Road, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700040 India


Stop At: Malleswar Temple, Bankura district, Kalindibandh, Bishnupur, West Bengal 722122, India

630 AM Departure from Kolkata10 AM- Bishnupur

We step back to the 17th century and enter the world of the Malla Kingdom and its Terracotta temples. We visit a slew of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, the patron god of the Malla Kingdom. Our guide will tell you the story of how a tyrannical Malla King converted to Gaudiya Vaishnavism and how that provided the impetus for terracotta art to flourish in the 16th and 17th-century in Bishnupur.

Among other temples, we will also visit Rasmancha, the first temple constructed by the King Bir Hambir. It is a quaint pyramidal structure marked by huge, stepped masonry and a composite Chala type roof, designed as a stage.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bishnupur College Rd, Dalmadal Para, Bishnupur, West Bengal 722122, India

We next head to visit weavers of the famous Baluchuri style silk sari. We will get to experience how the Saris are created on draw looms. It will be fascinating to see the intricate art of weaving ‘Ramayana’ scenes woven all over the saree border.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Panchmura Terracotta, Amar Bari, Panchmura, West Bengal 722156, India

Arrive in PanchmuraWe will visit the village of the famed potters of Panchmura. They are a fast dwindling tribe of master craftsmen of terracotta pottery. It will be fascinating to witness the transformation of a lump of clay baked in sun and burnt in mud kilns with dry eucalyptus leaves to magnificent looking figurines. Only 70 families continue to ply this trade. We will meet and interact with a few of these master terracota potters.

830PM- Drop back in Kolkata

Duration: 1 hour
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the tour. Terra cotta temples were beautiful, the guide was great, and the driver was very nice.Everything was perfect, i really recommend this tour.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 14, 2019

The tour was great, our guide was very knowledgable, the different location visited were each unique in their own way, altought i was expecting a bite more from the pottery, like a live crafting showcase or something like that. I would definitely recommend this tour,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Madhusudan N, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thanks so much for this kind review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour to Bishnupur to see the terracotta temples, silk weavers and potters. Its great to know you found Abhishek knowledgeable and enjoyed his guidance.

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