Chasing trains, being bugged at long traffic jams and adjusting my life by the monotony of a clock had become a bit too much. With all of that being said, a long longed break had already become a pre-requisite. Period.

Less explored villages, rustic charms, beauty untouched and a bit of solitude is my quest for travelling. Be it in the city nooks, by the foothills of the mountains or the river banks, a place with nature, heritage undiscovered and a sense of offbeat travel blended with culture unexplored is what carries my soul to its land. A fifteen-day stay at this beautiful little folk village had all of that what I would call experiencing ‘slow life’ at the slowest pace. Curious? See for yourself about a village that has no relevant web presence!

*Rasikganj, set on the banks of the River Rupnarayan is a village which has barely any information on Google! (scroll down for other essential info). Here you go!

  • The only clock that synced in with my life here was waking up to the Sunrise and being grateful for the day by the Sunset.

Sunrise scenes

Sunrise by an ancient temple

Sunset from my 100 year old \'home\'

Sunset by the banks of the Rupnarayan river

  • Accommodating myself in a neighbourhood of mud houses, granaries and paddy fields.

Mud houses by the banks of the river

My neighborhood

A granary

my neighborhood

  • Counting minutes and learning to live in the present moment by the tiny gushes of the river tides.

Moments of Carpe Diem! Banks of the Rupnarayan river

That tiny houseboat at a distance is the water pumping station for the entire village.

  • Taking that dip in the shallow pond.

  • Cherishing unexpected rains in the summer months of May.

Unexpected rains during summer - Kaal Boishakh.

Overlooking the green pond 

  • Did someone say mangoes? Getting them fresh from the courtyard!

  • Cycling by the river banks of Rasikganj – Kushpata – Nimtala.

Cycling to & fro to the nearby villages of Kushpata & Nimtala 

  • Experiencing life by its bit of hardships on the rickety river bridges.

The locals of the village have constructed these bridges.

  • Bengali culture.

The Dhakis are the traditional band members of the Bengali community. They are invited on auspicious Bengali occasions. 

  • Tempting my taste buds with homemade Bengali food.

Rice, fish & mango chutney is the staple diet of Bengal during Summer spiced with five items of prawns!

  • Finding my office of solace.

  • A Goodbye Message-

Here’s bidding adieu to mindful sun rises, spotting beautiful kingfishers, dipping in the ponds only to be tangled with a number of aquatic plants, being drenched in the rain, sailing paper boats on tiny potholes, capturing uncountable photo vistas during the sunset, turning young & old strangers into friends, walking long distances by the river banks, sleeping on the terrace under a million stars, cherishing those cool yet warm nights by the lights of the fireflies and gathering heartwarming smiles!

A goodbye picture!

**Essential Information –

  1. Rasikganj – A tiny little village with a population of approximately 20-22 families is close to the popular town of Ghatal in Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal.
  2. Best accessed from Ghatal/Pashkuda. (One can take a bus from Howrah/Dharmatala – if coming from Kolkata)
  3. Rasikganj is a highly flood-prone area with a high number of power cuts.

Have you been to any place which doesn’t have much info put up on the web?

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