Often referred as ‘the land of red soil’ is the northernmost district of West Bengal called Birbhum. The name is derived from the native language were “Bir” stands for the word “brave” and “Bhum” for “land”, hence the land of brave. Ruled by many brave Kings Birbhum is a historical significant district of West Bengal. Situated in the Gangetic Plains, Birbhum along with boasting in cultural heritage is endowed with rich flora and fauna. The district is also home of many reputed institutes which were established by Rabindranath Tagore. Some of the archaeological sites related to Pandu Rajar Dhibi are located in Birbhum making it a hub for historian traveling in West Bengal. There are many places to visit in Birbhum which shows the beauty and remnant of ancient era.
Formally known as Bhubandanga, Shantiniketan is a quaint settlement which was originally founded by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore to practice religious meditation. It is located at a distance of 166km from Kolkata. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, Shantiniketan has become the sojourn of traveler who wants to find solitude amidst nature.
It is a large village of Birbhum which is renowned for its Rajbari with historical values. Built in 1905 Rajbari of Hetampur was designed in Neo-Classical architectural style. Hetampur is situated close to Dubrajpur.
It is a temple-town located at a distance of 30km from Shantiniketan. Fullara is one of 51 Shakti peethas where lips of Devi Sati are believed to have fallen. Near the temple of Fullara is a sacred pond. According to hearsay it is the very pond where Hanuman collected 108 lotuses which were required by Shri Ram to worship Goddess Durga.
Founded in 1977 is Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary which is commonly known as Deer Park. Surrounded with sal and piyal trees, Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with astounding nature trails and watch towers. During winter season this sanctuary due to its marshland becomes the perfect breeding ground for the migratory birds making Ballabhpur a birding paradise for avid bird watchers.
It is a sacred temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva. It is located in the Sainthia town of Birbhum District. Temple of Nandikeshwari is one of 51 Shakti peethas where it is believed that neck bone of Devi Sati have fallen.
Located in the Bolpur Kankalitala is temple town of Birbhum district. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas where the Kankal of Devi Sati is said to have fallen. People from far and wide visit Kankalitala during auspicious days and festive season.
October to March is one of the best times to visit pictorial destination of West Bengal like Birbhum but mostly being the land of God and Goddess the best time to visit Birbhum is during festive season.