Auto Fare (To-and-fro): Madhupur Junction (Deoghar) to Sirsia (Giridih)

We reached Madhupur Junction via DANAPUR TATA EXP (18184) to attend a friend’s marriage at Sirsia (Giridih).

But the million-dollar question was – How to reach Sirsia (Giridih) from Madhupur Junction?

As per local people, there are two options:

  1. Wait for the Giridih train
  2. Auto

We opt for auto. The driver of the auto enhanced our knowledge by saying that the distance between Madhupur Junction and Sirsia is 40/42 km.

Upon Google search, the distance between Madhupur Junction till Sirsia shown was 53 km approx.

We were told that – Sharing auto fare from Madhupur Junction to Sirsia is 80 rupees per person.

We were 6-7 friends. We book the entire auto from Madhupur Junction to Sirsia for Rs. 500.

The journey time from Madhupur Junction to Sirsia took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Road condition – Excellent.

After attending the marriage, the next day we return to Madhupur Junction from Sirsia via booking the entire auto again for Rs. 600.

Journey hours – 1 hour and 15 minutes again. The journey continues…

Head Massage with Stick Wood (acupuncture) in Express Train

Stick Wood for Head Massage - AcupunctureJakib - The Masseur at Rampur Hat - Howrah Express TrainHe is Jakib – The masseur at Rampur Hat – Howrah Express Train. He provides head massage services between Rampur Hat – Sainthia Junction.

And the charges for 15 – 20 minutes head massage – Rs. 50 per head.

We were two. We had his head massage services. A new experience especially inside the running train with stick wood for head massage i.e, acupuncture – he said.

Enjoyed thoroughly. The journey continues…

Sadhak Sri Sri Bamdev Birth Place at Atla Village (near Tarapith at Birbhum, West Bengal)

Sadhak Sri Sri Bamdev Birth Place at Atla Village (near Tarapith at Birbhum, West Bengal, India)Atla village is approx. 2 km from Tarapith. We hire an entire auto from Tarapith (to-and-fro) for Rs. 100 (including waiting time of 30 minutes) to visit Sadhak Sri Sri Bamdev birth place.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm (7 days open)

We met Chandrashekhar Roy – 4th generation of Sri Sri Bamdev Baba’s brother (Ramchandra Chattopadhya).

Chandrashekhar Roy enhanced our knowledge as follows:

Sri Sri Bamdev mother’s name was Rajkumari Devi and father’s name – Sarvananda Chattopadhya.

185 years ago Sri Sri Bamdev was born in the year 1837 on Shivratri day (March month) at this house.
1911 – Sri Sri Bamdev had iccha mrityu (euthanasia) at Mahashamshan, Tarapith at the age of 74 years.

Chandrashekhar Roy showed us various Sadhana articles of Sri Sri Bamdev which he used to worship Ma Tara.

He also showed us various Sadhak images such as Trailanga Swami of Benaras (Varanasi), Anandamayi Ma, and first and second disciple of Sri Sri Bamdev – Swami Nigamananda Paramhans and Swami Taranath Brahmchari.

We were offered liquor as prasad by Chandrashekhar Roy. And had blessings. The journey continues…

Tarapith Temple (Birbhum, West Bengal) and Darshan Timings

Tarapith Temple, Tarapith, Birbhum, West Bengal, IndiaPriest Performing Hawan at Tarapith Temple (Birbhum, West Bengal, India)Puja Articles Shop at Tarapith Temple, Tarapith (Birbhum, West Bengal, India)Darshan Timings: 4:30 / 5:30 am – 12 Noon / 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm / 7:30 pm / 8:30 pm Shila Murti darshan till the presence of devotees.

Most Auspicious Day: Thursday

Bhado Kaushiki Amavasya: 24 Hours open

Puja Articles Price (in Rs.): 251/301/501

As there was a long queue, we avail VIP Entry by paying Rs. 200 per person. Had darshan of Ma Tara. The journey continues…

Auto/E. Rickshaw Fare: Rampur Hat Railway Station to Tarapith

We reached Rampur Hat Railway Station from Sealdah Railway Station (Kolkata) via 03173 / SDAH AGTL SPL Train which is nowadays KANCHANJUNGA (13173). The train reached Rampur Hat Railway Station on time.

Autos/E. Rickshaws are parked outside the Rampur Hat Railway Station for Tarapith temple.

Rampur Hat Railway Station to Tarapith distance is approx. 9 km.

It will take about 20/25 minutes to reach Tarapith temple via Auto or E. Rickshaw.

Sharing Auto fare from Rampur Hat Railway Station to Tarapith temple is Rs. 30 per head.

Sharing E. Rickshaw fare from Rampur Hat Railway Station to Tarapith temple is Rs. 20 per head.

We were 3 friends. We book the entire auto for Rs. 100 from Rampur Hat Railway Station for Tarapith temple.

Bachan’s Dhaba (since 1927) – Late Night Budget Restaurant near Bubble Beds – Backpackers Hostel in South Kolkata

Bachan’s Dhaba (more than 7,000 Google reviews) at very busy Rashbehari Avenue (Kalighat, South Kolkata) was established by Bachan Singh in the year 1927 and is nowhere related to Indian Actor – Amitabh Bachchan.

Timings: 12 Noon till 12 Night.

Nearest Metro Station: Kalighat

Bachan’s Dhaba – a multi-cuisine dhaba having air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned sitting arrangements, is a landmark of Kalighat with sumptuous food and a decent happening ambiance.

The items are available in half plate as well as full, which is a good option.

I had a great lip-smacking, delicious food experience at this budget dhaba.

Vegetarian Dinner at Bachan's Dhaba (South Kolkata, India)Kulfi with Faluda at Bachan's Dhaba (South Kolkata, India)

Fantastic place for any kind of veg./non-veg. meal. Always crowded. Perhaps, the most crowded dhaba in this area. Visited this dhaba thrice.

Once I had Palak Paneer (Rs. 150), Double Egg Tarka (Rs. 120). Another time I had Aloo Do Pyaza (1/2 – Rs. 75) and then Chicken Bharta (Rs. 210). All with Tandoori Roti (Rs. 10 each) and Onion Salad (Rs. 15).

And not to forget – Once I had Kulfi with Faluda (Rs. 40) as dessert.

I love the dishes especially – Chicken Bharta.- lingering taste – a must-try!

Staff and the owner at the counter – well behaved with superb professional services.

In short, A decades-old restaurant with a variety of menu items. Too yummy and a non-pinching on the pocket too.

Check the menu items with prices as below:

Veg. & Non-Veg. Menu of Bachan's Dhaba (South Kolkata, India)Menu of Bachan's Dhaba (South Kolkata, India)

Recommended at least once for sure. One of the most economical family dhaba I visited in South Kolkata. The journey continues…

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