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Travel to the Peaceful Town of Midnapore

By Manoj Menon

Originally part of the Kalinga Empire, Midnapore in West Bengal is a place famous for having produced some formidable freedom fighters during the British Raj in India. Today, this town located in the banks of the river Kangsabati is a bustling tourist destination because of its proximity to the state capital Kolkata. Here is a guide to the peaceful town of Midnapore.

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Kurumbera Fort

The Kurumbera Fort houses a Shiva temple which was built in the 1400's right beside a mosque which was built by Mohammed Taheer which makes it an epitome of Hindu Muslim unity and is visited by tourists from all over the country. The high walls encompassing the fort make for a view of grandeur seldom seen in the region. If in the vicinity, you must try to plan an evening at this fort, watch the sunset and take in the ambience.

Kurumbera Fort
 

A mosque inside the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Tirthatanay

Sun Temple

Aatchala architecture and Terracotta style design is the first impression you have of this age old temple which is visited by tourists all through the year. The dominant deity worshipped here is Surya, the Hindu Sun God, the idol having been carved in black stone, and this temple is believe to have been built in the 10th or 11th century. Many devotees throng this temple to pay homage to the God and seek his blessings.

Sun Temple
 

View of the Temple.
Photo Courtesy: Tirthatanay

How to Reach Midnapore

By Air: The closest airport to Midnapore is Kolkata Airport which is situated at a distance of 131 km. It is well connected with all the major cities from here.

By Train: Midnapore has its own railway station and is well connected to the rest of the state. You can also use the Kharagpur railway station or the Howrah Railway Station which is well connected with the rest of the country.

By Road: Midnapore can be accessed by road via National Highway 6 from Kolkata and is a 131 kilometers from the city.

Travel to the Peaceful Town of Midnapore
 

So when are you heading to Midnapore?
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