Kalbansh, Amta, HowrahBaghrol Basha

Aug,2018
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Address: Kalbansh, West Bengal 711401
How to go: Route 1

From Airport 1 No, you can get direct bus (Airport-Amta), from Newtown also you can get (Newtown-Amta). It takes around 2 hours to reach Kolatala bus stand. From there they will pick you up by their own toto.

Route 2

From Howrah you can get local train for Amta, Get down to the Amta railway station, From there also they can pick you up.

Route 3

From Esplanade also you can get direct bus for Amta.

Route 4

If you are going by private car, you can take Belgharia highway which will give you the smoother journey. It will go through Bally-Salap-Dhulagarh-Ranihari-Amta. Let me tell you, if you are going by car you have to park it far away from Baghrol basha because of the obstacle of narrow village lane.

Route 5

Or else they can pick you up from Airport itself by sending their own car. (Chargeable) You can contact to Santanu Prasad : +91 9874484455
Pros: Wifi connection available
Cons: Massive network issue
What to visit ? Jamindar house itself, the village, most importantly night safari for watching wild animals like Black Jackal, Golden Jackal, Civet and most importantly Baghrol (The fishing cat)
Company: Mainly family, friends
Minimum day/time to visit: Max. 2 days
Locality: Village
Expenses: 5000 approx.
More Information: Intro

Baghrol Basha (The fishing cat heritage house) is a 300 years old Jamindar house in Kalbash village in Amta, Howrah district. Pitambar Ghosh is the first jamindar in that house and Ashim Ghosh is the one who is currently holding the hereditary. Kalbash is a flood plain area of eastern zone and that is the main reason of the availability of living Fishing cat. This area is prolific of ponds and are the source of food for Fishing Cats.

Santanu Prasad

He is a researcher of wildlife activities since 8 years and the one who has taken initiative of saving Fishing Cats in the particular area with a small team. The reason behind choosing the place for research is, this is the area where large numbers of Fishing Cats are available and this wet land is full of nature where he can continue his research and make the project bigger. You can reach him at +91 9874484455

Baghrol Basha

Presently the house has two type of accommodations. One is Jamindar suite and another is Mud Hut. Both are lavishly decorated and maintained with royal infrastructure. They arrange mostly organic food with a fancy platter in their house itself. They have kept a toto for own travelers by which they arrange the night safari, pick up and drop facilities.

The house has it's own garden area in which they grow various vegetables and other plants. They have 3 ponds from where they catch fishes and serve guests. They have cctv cameras installed outside of the house to monitor the activity of Fishing Cats.

What to do?

  • Feel the aristocracy inside the jamindar house, I bet nothing will make you feel less in respect to their accommodation.
  • Enjoy the nature and biodiversity through out the village. Best time to visit Monsoon because the flood plain area gets drowned in this season and the probability of getting fish from the pond gets high on this time. So you will definitely see Fishing Cats in this season.
  • Must attend night safari to see Baghrol (The fishing cat). It will give you the same feeling of any kind of wildlife safari, so if you can not see the animals don't get pissed off. Because the team will have the only motive to show wild animals to the visitors. And keep trust upon Santanu Prasad.
  • Make conversation with Mr. Santanu Prasad, share your experience and influence him to share his. Get involved in interactive session, that will give you huge knowledge regarding wild life.
  • Also you can catch fishes from the pond and enjoy taking bath.
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Jamindar Suite
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Jamindar Drawing room
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Jamindar Suite - interior
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Jamindar Suite - Gramophone
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Jamindar Suite - washroom
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Jamindar Suite - washroom
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Mud hut Suite - master bed
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Mud hut Suite
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Mud hut balcony
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Mud hut washroom
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Black Jackal
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Yellow Jackal
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Baghrol - Fishing cat - State Animal of West Bengal
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Baghrol - Fishing cat - Female
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Baghrol - Fishing cat - Male
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Baghrol - Fishing cat - Male
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Lunch table
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Breakfast table
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Snacks
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Beguni.. :p
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Morning tea
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Dinning room
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Mud Hut
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Mud Hut
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Lawn outside
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connection between Mud Hut and Jamindar suite
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The whole Jamindar house
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Betel leaf
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Adda with Santanu Prashad
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Water Lizard
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The entrance
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Blue Lili
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Interactive session with Santanu Prashad
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Creators of Baghrol Basha
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Rate chart..

Videos

Baghrol -The fishing Cat - State animal of West Bengal
Male Baghrol - The fishing cat - Activity of fishing around 12:30 at night
Technology talks
A glimpse of Interactive session with Santanu Prasad

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    Kalyan Sen
    Posted on: 4th Dec, 2018

    Want to know detsils on bird /wildlife sighting at Baghroll Basha & expenses in regard to food & lodging.

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