5 Places near you with Great Historical Significance. For those who love to understand the place and its importance in time and history
In a diverse country like India, which has been a melting pot of culture and tradition since ancient times, the true spirits of the nation can only be understood through history. It provides the most valuable life lessons as history keeps repeating itself in an eternal circle. The social and cultural histories tell a lot of stories invisible to the naked eye. It provides an identity to the people and helps them to know their place in the world. The majestic structures and monuments of the royal ages and colonial era fuel the nostalgia and offer a deep understanding of our heritage that causes us to evolve and grow. Here are a few places with great historical significance near Kolkata, from various periods of time:
01 – Takdah
Surrounded by misty roads and pine forests, lies Takdah in Darjeeling district, one of the early British settlements in the peaceful North Bengal side and the destination of many high ranking officials. Started as a military cantonment in the early 1900s, this place has its treasures hidden in birdsongs, fountains and examples of fine classic British architecture. In British Royal Bungalow, a 125-year-old establishment with unmatched luxury and comfort, you may relax and feel the nature while sipping on a cup of hot tea from the local tea garden and gaze into the majestic Kanchanjangha in the horizon.
02 – Murshidabad
The capital of the last independent rulers – the Nawabs of Bengal, Murshidabad started as a port and then flourished into her glory days. The Nawabi architecture in the royal palace as well as the house of many wealthy merchants who once nested in this place still show the grandeur of its past, which began to dwindle when the capital was transferred to Kolkata after the victory of British East India Company in 1757. The Murshidabad Rajbari is a remnant of those past glories, as it was the house of Ajodhya Ram Roy and his son Dinobandhu Roy, one of the biggest silk merchant and exporter in that era. With huge courtyards and gardens, gothic-Indian architecture and arches, “Jhar”-lights and temples, you may visit this place to relish the bygone Royal era experience and go to take a look in the nearby royal palaces, forts, mosques or go shopping for the beautiful Murshidabad silk.
03 – Jhargram
Jhargram Raj Baari
In the midst of Belpahari hills, Subarnarekha, Kangshabati, Jhargram has a rich cultural and historical heritage along with the undiluted form of some of the oldest tribal traditions co-existing with the major communities. The Nomadic Royal Heritage Palace Jhargram offers a chance to experience first-hand the glorious royal hospitality, as it still is the current resident of the Malla Dev Royal Family, the rulers of the land since late Mughal period. The gothic architecture carefully laid gardens, the local cultural experiences and local temples, sacred groves and a chance to encounter with the wildlife make this an unforgettable experience.
04 – Cuttack
Former capital and a historical town in the state of Odisha, history of Cuttack dates back to almost 1000 years. Cuttack Jungle Fort was an exclusive hunting mansion of an Indian King hailing from Panchkot dynasty of West Bengal, close to the Cuttack near the forest and hills of Dalijoda range with a scenic backdrop, which was converted into an eco-friendly Heritage Homestay by his descendants while staying true to its original natural and wild vibe. This is the perfect place to stay for experiencing classical Odisha history with the temples, crafts in tribal villages, textiles and Dokra works, and also a great place for birdwatching too.
05 – Lava
A small town on the old trade route to Bhutan with verdant forest, an old monastery of Bhutanese origin, Lava is the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park. Lava Tea Estate, a grand heritage Tea bungalow in an amazing location with all the modern amenities, surrounded by pine forest and scenic trek routes is a great place to stay and soak in the cultural history of this place. This place is part of Bengal’s highest altitude tea garden in a 400-acre property which is mostly exported and earns high revenue. Relaxing in the property sitting on the porches, biking on the mountain roads, picnic beside the river, or visiting the tea processing factory to experience the mechanism and rich history of tea industry in India, this can make the memory of the lifetime.