We started early in the morning from Kolkata by car. Tarapith is approx 240 Km from Kolkata. Crossing the Vidyasagar Setu we were soon on the NH2. There are 2 toll gates on the way to Bardhaman. One at Dankuni and another at Palsit. We took a break at Saktigarh for breakfast.
We left NH2 at Bardhaman exit and took the road through Guskara to Shantiniketan.
We bypassed Shantiniketan and took the road to Suri. After crossing Suri we took NH60 towards Rampurhat. 4 Km before Rampurhat we took the right turn towards Tarapith. It took us 6 hours but we stopped at many places on the way. The roads are in very good condition apart from 10 – 15 km between Bardhaman and Guskara. The roads are being repaired there.
There are many hotels in Tarapith. The prices range from Rs200 – Rs 2000. For Rs600 to Rs 800 you can get a very decent hotel with free car parking. Tarapith is a small town and the people are friendly. There are lot of good places for breakfast and dinner. We took a hotel near Tarapith mandir. We kept our bags, freshened up and went to visit the Tara ma Temple in the evening. Here are some pictures.
Next morning we woke up early and went to the temple to offer puja. The temple opens at 4:00 AM till 6:00 AM. for silamurti puja. The mandir closes at 6:00 AM and reopens at 8:00 AM. Then you can offer your puja. Tara ma is in Rajbesh now. There was a huge queue as lot of devotees come to offer their prayers. It takes 2 to 3 hours. The mandir again closes from 3:00 Pm to 4:00 Pm. Sandha arati is at 7:00 Pm. There are also many other temples inside. We offered our puja and left for the hotel. We checked out of hotel at 11:00 AM for Kolkata.
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