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Gangani Road Trip via Kamarpukur and Jairambati - Part 2

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By the time we reached Gangani, it was 3.00 p.m. Though the rains had stayed away for almost the entire day now, the sky was still gloomy and there was no sign of the sun yet. The moment we entered Gangani, the landscape that welcomed us was unbelievable. It’s hard to believe that something so interesting, beautiful and different, in terms of topography, could exist in this part of the state.



Gangani, (pronounced 'Gongoni'), located in Garhbeta, a small town in West Medinipur district, West Bengal, is one of nature’s amazing anomalies. The plain land that marks the area is interrupted by tall gorges formed over many, many years of soil erosion and movement of the Silabati River. Locally, the wide red soil gorge is known as 'Gongoni Danga' or 'Gongoni Khola'. The beautiful gorge has stunning similarity with the Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA. That’s why it’s called the Grand Canyon of Bengal. It’s a place that showcases an amazing combination of sandstone hills, th…

Gangani Road Trip via Kamarpukur and Jairambati - Part 1

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When we started our journey for Gangani on a cool, rainy morning on a Sunday, we were a little apprehensive about the idea of hitting the road on such a gloomy day. We had planned Gangani as a road journey, so that we could stop on the way to explore and take pictures of the local people the beautiful landscape of rural Bengal. As we were to drive from Kolkata via Santragachi, Arambagh, Goghat, Kamarpukur and Jairambati to reach Garhbeta, we thought to drop by at Kamarpukur and Jairambati (two very popular pilgrimage spots in West Bengal), before reaching Gangani. 
Starting early in the morning, we reached Kamarpukur around 11.00 a.m. By now, it had stopped raining; however, the sun was not out yet and dark clouds were still hovering in the sky.
Kamarpukur, a beautiful hamlet in Hooghly (West Bengal) adored with lush green paddy fields and large ponds, is the birthplace of Sri Gadadhar Chattopadhyaya who, in later years, became famous as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Born in the year 18…