My Quest for Folksy Streets led me to a village uncovered on the web! : A Photo Blog

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.

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

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

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

  • 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!

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**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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