West Bengal : Uddharanpur

 

Uddharanpur, a small village, about 156 km away from Kolkata, previously named as Radhakeshtapur, is a religious destination which has a historical background of five hundred years. Udharanpur, situated at the banks of the river Ganges has been named after Uddharan Dutta, who became a Vaishnavite here. Udharanpur is famous for its old and traditional Matso (Fish) fair. Udharanpur is also very popular to the people of Burdwan district for the big cremation ground.
  
The Gouranga temple, built by Udharan Dutta and the mausoleums, located at both the right and left hand sides of Bandhaghat, are worth seeing. Temple lovers can also visit the temple in Sakharighat, a 1 km away place from Udharanpur.
  
You will not find any hotels if you are planning to stay there, for that you need to come back to Katwa crossing the river Ganges. Uddharanpur is a destination where you can go and come back on the same day from Katwa or Kolkata.
  
 
How to reach: Local trains are available to Katwa from Howrah railway station in every one hour. The numbers of trains from Sealdah railway station are very limited. Uddharanpur is 6 km away from Katwa railway station. You can also go to Katwa by CSTC buses which start from Esplanade, Kolkata. Udharanpur, situated at a distance of 11 km towards the left hand side of Pachandi which is a 2 km away place from Katwa, can be reached by boats to Bandhaghat, Udharanpur from Katwa.
 
Where to stay: R H-Shraboni situated in Mandalpara, on the way to Gourangabari, Katwa, is a good option if you plan to stay a night in Katwa. Hotels like H Nirala, H Satyam etc are also available in reasonable rates in the area of bus stand and railway station. Advaita lodge, dream lodge and santiniketan lodge cottage are the other options for you.

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