Bhojohori Manna is one of the most famous restaurants in Kolkata serving a wide variety of home cooked Bengali Cuisine. Some of the dishes to try are Mutton/chicken Dak Bunglo, Bhapa Ilish, Daab Chingri, Potoler Dolma, Aam Doi, Natun Gurer Icecream, Basanti Pulao.
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.
Langcha shops at Saktigarh
We left NH2 at Bardhaman exit and took the road through Guskara to Shantiniketan.
The Bridge on the river Ajoy. Aban Setu.
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.
Hotels along the Tarapith Road
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.
Bamakhepa Mandir at Tarapith
Tarapith Mandir Gate
TaraMa temple at Tarapith
Tarapith temple closer look.
Designs on the Tarama temple door
Tara Mayer Choron
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.
A short film dedicated to all beguni lovers. Gorom gorom Beguni… Yummy!
Beguni is one of the most famous snacks in West Bengal. It is best eaten hot and often served with puffed rice.
Slice the Brinjals or Eggplant in thin slices
Make a batter with Gram Flour, Black cumin Seeds, Salt.
You can also add suji or baking powder to make it crispy.
Deep fry till golden brown in hot Oil.
Serve hot with a pinch of chat masala.