Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garh Panchkot - historical ruins at the foothil of Panchkot

Garh Panchkot - historical ruins at the foothil of Pachkot
If you remember, my last motorcycle ride was a half day trip to Kalna, when I had blogged about those Terracotta temples. Before the rainy season hung up its boots another monsoon ride was in my photo-hunt wishlist. A brief web research narrowed down my destination options to- Susunia Hill, Maithon Dam and Garh Panchkot. Among these day-trip destinations, only Garh Panchkot could offer everything- a hill (Panchet/ Panchkot Hill), architectural ruins and the renowned Panchet Dam at its vicinity. Of late Google Map acts as my GPS and seldom I need to ask local people for road directions. The 320 kilometers of ride (80% on NH-2) was butter smooth and there was not a drop of rain to halt my zeal! Garh Panchkot is a ruined fort located in the Western part of West Bengal at the southern foothills of Panchkot/Panchet Hill (2100 feet) in the district of Purulia. Ruins of the fort, palace and a group of temples are is still standing as silent witness of the rise and fall of the Singh Deo dynasty and also the Bargi attack during the 18th century.
Garh Panchkot - historical ruins at the foothil of Pachkot
Before arriving at Garh Panchkot I had visited the Panchet Dam which I'll be blogging in my coming post. If you drive via Panchet you'll love the brief transition between the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and surely you'll be rewarded with many picturesque landscapes. The temples of Garh Panchkot are of different architectural styles- the principal one being a 'Pancharatna' temple accompanied by 'Jor-Bangla' pattern and more than one 'Pirha' type temples made of stone. The Pancharatna Temple still carries some damaged yet extremely beautiful piece of presumably pre-Muslim period terracotta works on its arches and pillars. Right now it looks less photogenic due to ongoing repair works but hopefully it'll be restored to some extent soon. I'll post few close photos of this Pancharatna Temple in a separate post. There is a perennial spring bit uphill from these structural ruins but the scorching overhead sun suppressed my motivation to explore that. Tourism department is making a guest-house near these temples and I can imagine how romantic it'll be for any tourist to spend a full moon night under the thickly forested hill, amidst dilapidated architectures and intermittent historical whiffs.
Garh Panchkot - historical ruins at the foothil of Pachkot

4 comments:

  1. You're lucky to visit these sites, i am so found of ruins (especially with history to them). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Alok, it's never easy to squeeze out time for riding from my donkeying roster... but, still I must be lucky to be able to execute them somehow... Thanks for reading bro :-)

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  2. The guest house will be a great idea!

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    1. Yup yup... thanks for landing Shruti :-)

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