I was pondering over how do I start writing about Sarat Chandra and about his house in Deulti. Almost everybody watched many times of those famous Bollywood Movies Devdas, Parineeta, Majhli Didi, Swami, Chhoti Bahu etc etc and the writer of those immortal stories were famous Bengali writer Late Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Seriously, I got lost in thoughts because the spectrum he occupied in Literature it is really huge and also his life. Another aspect was writing about the weekend at Deulti, So my thoughts were jumbled up.
I went there with my friend Mrinal Das and along with his few friends. Before this trip, I was not acquainted with his friends, although we became friends after the trip. Mrinal planned the trip
because he would write up a script for his upcoming film and for that he chooses this remote place to gave finishing touch to his script. Initially, I agreed to accompany them just to be a part of their filmmaking process but deep inside there was huge urge to see the house of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. We stayed at Sudipta Da’s house and the hospitality what he showered to us uffffff it was fabulous……. Thanks, Sudipta Da for everything you have done for the most maddest people on the planet.
Deulti :- Deulti is a small village situated in Howrah district of West Bengal. This is a picture perfect place and best place to spend the weekend in winter. Specially when you want a rural escape and want to enjoy the nature in a small village. If you can manage to team up with a group of people then you can even plan for a day picnic in Deulti as it is not so far away, just 60km from Kolkata. This village is situated on the bank of river Rupnarayan and you can enjoy the serenity sitting on the bank. Keep in mind, Rupnarayan is very much dangerous during Monsoon but its really cool in winter. Walking down the muddy path of the village and wherever you look around, greenery will give you a visual treat.
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and His House in Deulti :- He was born in a small village called Devanandapur (Now in District Hooghly, West Bengal Earlier in British India it was under Bengal Presidency)on September 15, 1876. He renowned as “Katha Shilpi” in Bengali literature. During his childhood, the pecuniary condition of his family was extremely bad and that’s why he couldn’t pursue his studies in F.A. (First Arts) examination or college. Although his life was full of colours and adventurous.
After returned from Burma he stayed in Baje Shibpur, Howrah and build this house in Samtabere village (in Deulti). After shifted to this house he spend his rest of his life in Samtabere and also a house in Kolkata (Earlier Calcutta). He wrote many novels and stories in this house and during the British Raj, this house was also an important place for freedom fighters. He wrote his last novel “Biprodas” in this house.
It was a really thrilling experience for me to visit his two storied house with full of history and romanticism. Now the house has been converted to a museum where mementos of his like writing table, Chairs, Bed, Charkas, Handcrafted wooden home temple, Medicines (He was a doctor and used to treat poor villagers), Chappals, Wooden Stick and many more are kept. On the opposite side of this house, there is a famous pond still exists. This is the pond where the Sarat Chandra’s two fishes Kartik and Ganesh lived. He was suffering from Gastro problems and died on 16 January 1938. After that, his ashes has been buried here in Deulti. On the left-hand side of this house, there is a place where his ashes were buried including family members and his spiritual guru.
The caretaker of the house is Manna Da and he is third generation man who is taking care of this house. He acts as a guide for the visitors but doesn’t charge anything. This museum is open to everybody and there is no entry charges for the visitors. If you found the gate of the house is locked, search for the Manna Da as he stays in the vicinity.
Places to see in Deulti
A) House Of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay:- I have already mentioned about the place and this house is a protected monument under West Bengal heritage commission. This is the must watch place.
B) Temple of Radha and Madanogopal :-There is a Radha and Madanogopal temple which is more than 250 years old. This temple was erected in the year 1652 by Mangalhat Pragana. It is an eight roofed (In Bengali Atchala Temple) beautiful temple with full of terracotta designs. This is also an attraction of Deulti.
Those who are frequent on the national highway, among them Kolaghat is a very popular place and important as a gateway for many places. Kolkaghat is just a few minutes drive from Deulti. Another two places are very popular and established their name on the map of weekend spots from Kolkata, Garchumuk, and Gadiara. So you can plan to visit those places from Deulti.
Hotels in Deulti
In Deulti, there are many Hotels, Lodges, and Resorts. Accommodations are easily available but rates are on the little higher side. In winter, rates of hotels or lodges become higher. If you are visiting in normal weekdays must bargain for rates.
How to reach
Deulti is very well connected to Kolkata and from Esplanade, there are bus services. Deulti is only 60km from Kolkata and It takes approximately 2-2:30 hours by bus to reach. You can also go there by car, so in that case, take NH6 to Deulti Station Road and take a left turn from Deulti Crossing onto Deulti Station Road. Car rental also available from Kolkata but in that case, you have to book the car for your return journey too.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is the nearest airport to Deulti.
The Train is the best option for Deulti and there are many trains available from Howrah. Deulti is a small station on Howrah-Kharagpur line. So you can board to any train to Howrah-Kharagpur line. I recommend you to go there by train.
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