Monday, February 15, 2016

Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination

Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination
Located in East Medinipur district, barely 110 kilometers away from the state capital, Geonkhali is one of the few less sung tourist destinations of West Bengal despite its adequate potential. Geonkhali is a riverine village blessed with the confluence of three rivers- Rupnarayan, Damodar and Hooghly. Dotted with moving vessels of various capacities, the confluence at Geonkhali offers such a vast aquatic vista that a tourist would surely find it difficult to appreciate it as anything less than a mammoth lagoon, if not sea. However scenic it sounds geographically, the lack of proper tourism infrastructure and low entertainment quotient has kept the popularity of Geonkhali limited to mostly local picnic-goers and hand few enthusiastic travelers looking for offbeat weekend destinations. Geonkhali is just 30 kilometers far from Haldia, so, for me it was a lazy afternoon ride.
Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination

Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination
As you reach Geonkhali you'll find two rustic jetties opposite to the Triveni Sangam Tourism Complex, the only decent accommodation option for overnight stayers. Don't get too excited. Both of those jetties are locked, probably to save overzealous tourists from drowning. Logical mind told me that there was nothing to gain from the feat, yet I chose to break bad and trespassed the jetty (not at all recommended) with my camera. Standing at the edge, definitely it felt better to be surrounded by water from all sides but there was no extra-picturesque panorama to capture. After clicking few shots I switched off the camera and kept enjoying the river breeze while gazing at the buffy water of the confluence till the official guard came screaming to chase me out of the forbidden platform.
Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination

Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination
Till few months back there used to be official boating facilities for tourists which got suspended after an unfortunate incidence of drowning. Occasionally local fishermen dock their fishing boats near the jetty with expectations of getting chartered by tourists. If you're lucky enough you might strike a good deal and enjoy cruise over Rupnarayan on a simple country boat. Otherwise relax over the grassy bank and keep spotting ships at regular intervals sailing towards or away from Haldia Port. Other than rooms for lodging and the river-view restaurant, Triveni Sangam Tourism Complex also houses garden for picnic groups and children's park. I could only fantasize how ethereal the vast water body would look from the first floor window in a full moon night! I've no idea of their rooms or quality of service they provide though.
Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination

Geonkhali can be your next Weekend Destination
Once you are fully wet with the typical ambiance of rural Bengal and done with vessel spotting over the wide river, you don't have much to do at Geonkhali. There are few wrecked vessels stuck by the muddy riverside which you can easily see from the main road. Local people have left very little inside them, yet they can be your worthy subjects for travel photography. Exploring rusted interiors of those deserted metallic monsters was quite an interesting and unique experience. The day was bit overcast. The much anticipated picture-perfect Sunset over Rupnarayan River was not on my travel fate. I think you would love traveling another 10 kilometers to visit the Mahishadal Rajbari (new palace). But, do not miss the less known Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari (the old palace) which is at a close proximity to the new palace. There you'll get to see few old Hindu temples. I had been there twice before. So, I chose to bid a twilight adieu to Geonkhali and start my return ride for Haldia. 

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    1. Oops I guess for me it is too late to wish!
      Thanks for dropping by Ananya :-)

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  2. Wow.
    I liked the first pic with the trusses in the front and the vessel at the background. And in another pic,the guy unloading the boat is walking on the wooden plank it looks like he is walking on a tight rope!
    It is rather sad that some tourist destinations are not as popular as others.

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    1. Manogna, you got your distinct way of viewing things!
      Blame it on Govt at first, then the local people for the stunted growth of tourism in various parts of India :-/

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    2. :D
      You think so? Thank you.

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  3. Wow! If I was in West Bengal, this would been a weekend get away :) Great pictures. I loved the one with the focus on the rope. Great shot!

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  4. Geonkhali in West Bengal is such a place to uplift the tradition of Bengal... In fact, its of a big fun to travel on boats... 247 home rescue voucher codes

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  5. The way you describe this deatination....it seems to me perfect place where bengali groups can come n have picnic...i can imagine it almost...ppl cooking maach bhaat, bhaja, on make shift chulhas ....sitting out and enjoying time....

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