Bankura is a city in Rarh in India.
Bankura is a small town in southern west bengal. It is the district headquater of the bankura district.
You can mainly vist this town by road or by train.
The town of Bankura is well connected by roads from Raniganj,Asansol & Durgapur. State run as well as private buses connnect Bankura with Durgapur, Asansol, Kolkata & north bengal.
One can also hire rental cars from other cities of south bengal or drive on their own.
Bankura is connected with the national capital by the bhubaneswar rajdhani express & the nandan kanan super fast express.bankura is connected with howrah by two superfast trains & one passenger train.It is also connected with major stations in south bengal like kharagpur,asansol & adra by a few superfast & suburban/passenger/local trains.
kolkata(CCU)international airport is the only operational airport near bankura(250 kms from here approx). Another airport is comming up at andal,which is in the outskirts of durgapur(about 50kms from bankura).
One can hire rikshaws & auto riskshaws for going around the town.rental cars can also be hired for the same purpose.
- Susunia hill is quite popular as trekking spot both inside & out side of Bankura district. It is also an important tourist spot for the people who visit the place to see "Dhara" (Natural Spring) & Silialipi
- Biharinath Hill is on the north of Saltora Block, tallest in the district (448 metre) stands guard on the north-western edge, a famous place of tourism and at the foot of the hill a small tank mesuring 0.50 ha. can be accommodated with a anglins facilities for recreation of the touring people near by a temple
- Mukutmonipur - The second biggest earther Dam of India, Mukutmonipur is 55Km away from Bankura District Head Quarter and situated in the confluence of river Kangsabati and Kumari. Green forest surround the vast bluish tract of water, Hillocks are essentially a dream come here. The place is very much famous for its superb natural beauty. The undulating terrain along the southern edge of the Kangsabati Water Reservoir spreads as a three-dimensional necklace of green and Terracotta colour. The stand-till water of the reservoir look like a large blue tinted glass mirror reflecting the vast expanse of sky over it. The vastness of the lake stretches as far your eye can reach. The view of the sunset with the lake on the four ground is breath taking . You must also experience the moonlit night around the reservoir . The surface of the static water turns into a shiny silvery plate gifted by God.
- Jhilimili is situated 70 Km away from Bankura Town of us beauty of an undisturbed dense natural forest. A travel from Ranibund to Jhilimili offers a wonderful exposure to spectacular forest of varying heights on both sides on the route, and finally reaching Jhilimili mounted on the top of a hillock. The sparkle of micaceous soil adds to the beauty of the environment.
- Mukutmonipur- Jhilimili circuit has become the most attractive tourist site in Bankura District. Another great historical place Betur is situated here. Here Betaitola (which is 1200 years old) and Dhamsadanga (King Asoka had erected a stupa here; later the stupa was removed to a unknown place) is situated here. One can travel from Bardhaman to rasulpure more, can reach Betur by local rickshaw, it is only 5 km. Otherwise across the Bankura-Rainagar BDR raiway track one can find Betur as a station. Betur is also known as a hiding place for independence activists. A number of Swadeshi followers were arrested from Betur village.
- Bankura is terracota country. Not are there artictically designed terracota panels on temple walls, some depicting Ramayana and Mahabharata themes, but simple terracota items as wall plates and ash trays are readily available. The famous Bankura horse, now the symbol of Indian handicrafts, is available in various sizes, ranging from less than a feet to around three feet tall. With mounting tourist demand wood-carved versions are also available.
- Bishnupur baluchari saris are wonderfully handcrafted.
- Bankura has its own sweetmeat speciality - mecha sandesh which is available better at Beliator.
Another popular sweet PERA,which is available at Chatna.
There are a few but good resturants like Hotel Saptarshi(Lalbazar), Saptaparna (Chandmaridanga), Temptation (Katjuridanga),Blue fox(junbedia more) where all kinds food are available at a cheap price.
The most popular drink is Mahua which is available in plenty in bankura , speciafically on the western side of Bankura district.
There are only two hotels of good quality,which have most of the basic amenities.One is Saptaparna & another is Saptarishi.
The town of bankura is quiet a safe place with a very low crime rate.If one uses basic common sense, he/she is sure to be safe around here.
Bankura is a quiet town,so there isn't much to do around here.But one can always go window shoping in the local market(lal bazar) or visit ramkrisha mission or the few temples in the town.there is also a church in the town.