Reflecting the rugged splendour rustic village charm, Akaashmoni Resort, situated in the heart of Baranti Village, welcomes you with its landscaped lawn amidst Shegun plantation, abounding greenery and warm, homely ambience that sets the mood for relaxation and rejuvination. The lawn facing balconies are perfect for spending time with yourself, engulfing in the beauty and serenity of the peaceful village.
The best way to visit Baranti is to take a night train to Adra. From there, a local train will take you towards Asansol, through the rugged landscape of Purulia, past the towering cliffs of Jaichandi, to the sleepy station of Muradi. From Muradi, you can take a jeep or a leisurely but bumpy rickshaw ride to Baranti.
The rickshaw trundles through the village of Gangpur, past a craggy horizon dotted with hills. A blue line in the distance eventually turns out to be a large Dam, the Baranti Dam, the biggest attraction of Baranti. The rickshaw passes over an embankment before finally dropping you off at the Akaashmani Resort. The Akaashmoni resort is the closest resort to the dam.
On your arrival at Akaashmoni Resort, Nikhil Roy, the caretaker, will welcome you with hot cups of tea and you will soon be enjoying breakfast on the balcony of the cottage enclosed on all sides by shegun, shishu, palash, mohua and other plantations.
After breakfast, you can take a stroll through the village. The road meanders past beautifully decorated mud houses. After a bath at the resort (the more adventurous can opt for a dip in the dam), dig into a wholesome lunch of bhaat, dal, alu-posto and maccher jhol at the resort.
Evening is the perfect time to stroll along the embankment of the dam. Sunsets are spectacular as the fiery ball dips behind a hill on the western shores of the dam, streaking the water and sky with a riot of colours. If you are in the mood for solitude (or romance) then stick around to admire the natural splendour of the star-studded night sky. You can even spot the occasional meteorite, shooting through the entire length of the sky (giving you ample time to complete your wish). The day ends with a sumptuous dinner at Akaashmoni, served under the star-lit sky !!
For those who plan to stay a little longer, there are numerous places to visit in and around Baranti. One can take a drive up to Panchet and Mython Dam to soak in the beauty of the rivers. For those hit by the shopping bug, a visit up to Raghunathpur village is a must for its exquisite Tussar Silk sarees. For the more adventurous, one can hike up Dandahit Hill with the help of a local guide, which overlooks the resort and is adorned with dense vegetation. The hilltop offers a breathtaking view of the dam and the rugged landscape that surrounds it. Or for the movie buff, there is Jaichandi Pahar nearby, where the very famous Bengali movie, Hirak Rajar Deshe was shot. Visiting Garphanchakot and Bihari Nath Pahar are other options one can explore.
Next morning, it's time to head home, back to the hustle and the bustle. But taking a break at Baranti could make the tedium more tolerable for a few weeks at least.
There are 3 Semi Deluxe cottages. Each cottage has a double bed with attached bathroom and a balcony, and is lawn facing, promising you absolute privacy, peace and solitude that you seek.
Rate: Rs 1300/- per room per day.
There are 2 deluxe cottages. The deluxe cottage is stand-alone, amidst lawns, with a double bed with attached bathroom and a balcony to enjoy the evenings. It also has a geyser along with other amenities. A fine blend between nature and amenities, for sure!!
Rate: Rs 1500/- per room per day
From Kolkata to Asansol by train or a bus. Then from Asansol to Baranti by car. Akaashmoni resort is 42 km from Asansol station.
From Kolkata to Asansol by train or a bus. Then from Asansol to Muradi by train. From Muradi to Akaashmoni resort by Car or riskshaw- 3 km from Muradi station.
From Kolkata to Adra by train or a bus. Then from Adra to Muradi by train/bus. From Muradi to Akaashmoni resort by Car or riskshaw- 3 km from Muradi station.
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