Monchasa is the newly found offbeat destination in Bengal. It offers typical rural and traditional Bengali flavor with the blend of fresh air, soothing greens and the beauty of Bagda River. It is located at Pausi village of East Midnapur district of West Bengal. The peaceful village, based on the Ecotourism module, is a sustainable location for village tourism. If you are looking for a lazy weekend in the lap of nature and spend time with your family or friends by staying on the bank of the river, Monchasa is the ideal weekend gateway for you. The foreign traveler can taste a slice of Bengal in this one eco-tourism venture – authentic Bengali cuisine, true Bengali hospitality, folk music, rural art forms, pottery and staying at the earthen cottage of the village.
How to go to Monchasa?
It is only 152 KM from Kolkata and takes 3-3.5 hours by car to reach. So, it’s an ideal place for your long-drive or bike riding from Kolkata. If you want to go by train, you have to reach Kanthi station from Howrah in the Howrah-Digha route. It is only 23 Km from Kanthi that you can travel by hiring local cab of sharing trekker.
Where to Stay?
There is Monchasa Eco-Resort on the bank of the Bagda River at Monchasa. This resort is self-sufficient with its own vegetables, fisheries, and 4 decent made earthen cottages. The cottages are built on wooden stilts with bamboo poles and thatched roofs, except for the (attached) toilets which are brick and mortar constructions. So the ambiance is wonderful. If you are okay with Bengali cuisine, you get the FINEST food here. You can book the resort online.
Room Tariff (2018):
Cottage charge for 4 adults- 3500/-
Food for a full day for a person- 1000/-
How to Explore?
If you are not a nature lover, please don’t go there. It is the destination of enjoying nature and spending time by watching or taking part in rural activities. Monsoon is very nice to enjoy Monchasa. You can simply experience the beauty of falling rain on the river in the canvas of lush green vegetation.
In other times, you can spend time in fishing, making potteries and strolling around the village. Boating on the river is also available. You can also visit the plantations of the village and enjoy sometimes by taking part in organic farming. Strolling on the village and watching the rural life is an experience of learning from travel. The villagers are simple and very polite to you. So, please respect them and make a healthy communication with them. They are ready to help you by any means.
Another popular tourist place in the coastal area of Bay of Bengal, Mandarmoni, is very near from here. You can also spend a day on the beach of Mandarmoni.
Monchasa is the most recommended location for those who want to change their taste of typical tourism and love to experience the serenity and culture of the village. The Village tour-like Monchasa always rejuvenates the soul and makes your mind fresh with its untouched serenity.
My theme for this Challenge is The OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS OF INDIA.
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