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Baranti

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Baranti is in Purulia district, in the Rarh region of West Bengal.

Understand[edit]

Sun set at Baranti Lake

It's a small, quiet and scenic place. There is a 1 km long irrigation project dam, between two small hillocks, Muradi Hill and Baranti Hill. Baranti is in the vicinity of Ramchandrapur Irrigation Project. One gets a grand view of the reservoir from Baranti. It's part of the Rarh countryside.

Baranti is also a picnic spot, where people from nearby areas, such as Asansol, come for a day-long picnic. Reportedly, it's best in winter.

Get in[edit]

By rail[edit]

It is 6 km from Muradi railway station on the Adra-Asansol line. One can hire a cycle rickshaw or a trekker at the railway station.

By car[edit]

One can drive down from Kolkata (around 263 km, 5–6 hours): Kolkata to Dankuni, NH 2 to Asansol, leave NH 2 and take the old GT Road through Asansol city, just before entering Asansol to Neamatpur, turn left to Disergarh Bridge across the Damodar River to Sarbori Morh on Barakarar Purulia Road to Subhas Morh, turn left to Kotaldih village then to Ramchandrapur village and Muradi village to Baranti. One can also take Raniganj Punjabi More-Mejia More-Shaltora-Santuri-Baranti/Muradi. This route is 35 Kms shorter than Asansol route.

Get around[edit]

Cycle rickshaws are available for local movement in Muradi. Some hired transport is also available near Muradi railway station.

See[edit]

  • Hillocks all around Baranti.
  • 1 Ramchandrapur Irrigation Project.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Baranti Hillock. You can climb it.
  • 2 Muradi Hillock. You can climb it.
  • 3 Muradi Railway Station.

Buy[edit]

The nearest urban shopping centre is at Asansol, 23 km by train from Muradi railway station.

Eat[edit]

Eat at your place of stay. There are no eateries. Baranti Tourist Point (see "Sleep" below) has a good restaurant.

Drink[edit]

It is preferable to carry one's own requirement. One may visit the restaurant of Baranti Tourist Point for soft drinks/ packaged drinking water.

Sleep[edit]

  • 3 Akashmoni Resort (Beside Baranti Lake), +91 8017215958 (jolly Das in Salt Lake GD Block). 5 cottages with food and other amenities. Around ₹1500 per day.
  • 4 Ankhaibari Family Village Resort, Near Baranti Reservoir (near Baranti Dam), +91 9811886778, e-mail: . Check-in: 10:30AM, check-out: 9:30AM. A small Santhal tribal village surrounded by forest, a big lake and a few hills. The hills are crowned with green and dark green during the rainy season, slightly grey during winter and dotted with fiery red during autumn. The fiery red colour comes from the fully blossomed palas tree. A/C deluxe room - ₹3300 (twin sharing with all meals), ₹4500 (triple sharing with all meals), ₹3700 (double sharing with up to 9 years child)..
  • Baranti Tourist Point, Just beneath Gorang Hill adjacent to the Dam (beneath Muradi hill & very near to the dam), +91 8017202499, +91 8017745849, e-mail: . Check-in: Noon, check-out: 11AM. AC & non-AC rooms, restaurant, children's park, car parking space, travel help desk, etc. Restaurant serves fish from Baranti Lake. ₹800-1600.
  • 7 Monpalash Resort (near Baranti Dam), +91 9062768434, +91 9874573687 (Booking facility also available from Dhakuria), e-mail: . Check-in: 8:30AM, check-out: 8AM. Accommodation:₹1800 - 1200. Double room cottage accomodation-5 heads: ₹1800. Single room cottage accomodation 3 heads ₹1200. ₹300 for breakfast and dinner per head per day.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Garh Panchakot, historical ruins with a grand view of Panchet Lake – 18 km
  • Joychandi Pahar, popular for picnics and rock-climbing - 25 km
  • Panchet Dam – 22 km

Those who have their own transport can easily make it to these places.

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