Passion of photogtaphy was in me from very childhood. After using some cameras like Mini Queen etc. my father bought me my first SLR camera which was Russian made Zenith. Used it mostly when I used to go to tours with my parents. One thing always bugged me was the shutter lag. Later I bought Fuji Finepix S1500. I still faced the saem problem other than very good picture quality. Though another problem was low light performance of the camera. Specifically in dusk and under flash when the object is far away from my camera. So this time my criteria was low shutter lag, good performance under low light and high spped photography like high burst rate.
The day I heard the name Antpur(Hooghly, West Bengal, India) from my mother, I decided sooner or later I will show her native placeÂ as she heard none of the family members of her and from her previous generation ever visited the place. This piece of information made me interested about the place and later I found that Antpur (also known as Aatpur – Place of Eight small villages) has a great historic background with rich architectural demostration in form of the temples built at that time. Almost 350 years back(1786) the Diwan of Bardhaman Raj (Royal state of Burdwan), Krishna Ram Mitra build aatchala style terracotta architecture temples of Radha Givinda(100 feet high), Lord Shiva and others temples to motivate Hindus from the tyranny of the European invaders at that time. Almost at the sametime(1757) Raja Naba Krisna Deb of Sovabazar Rajbari started worshiping goddess Durga.
Â Â Â Â Â Â After buying my first car I have hardly traveled or used my car which has the 3rd free service due on March this year(2010), so I decided to visit tourist spots near Kolkata where road conditions are good for drivingÂ and safe as well. Kolkata and surrounding places are slowly getting connected with good wide roads as National Highway Authority constantly making an effort to provide better road connectivity. Criteria of selection was minimum traffic, roads having divider which enables a smooth and safe drive and reaching and coming back from that place hardly takes five hours as I planned to travel at after-noon time and coming back by sunsets at evening.
Cars are something I was always passionate for from my very childhood. So when I finally got enough encouragement from my mother I started figuring out which car will fit my budget with maximum power under its hood. I was looking for a small butÂ a powerful car to have the provision of speed on the highway when required with good mileage.
Vedic village -Â a place so near to Kolkata, still so calm, kool, pollution freeÂ place compare to Kolkata. To reach this place, its ideal to choose a weekend and by car it takes hardly 45 minutes to an hour by road via Ultodanga – VIP road – Kaikhali – Lauhati 3 point crossing – finally Vedic Village (Map by http://www.thevedicvillage.com) , or some other alternative routes like – Take the Flyover towards Nicco Park & past the WIPRO crossing till the end of the road & turn right towards the Rajarhat Expressway – Drive past Technopolis on to the Rajarhat Express Way till you get the sharp turn left – Proceed down the road over a small bridge till you see a Vedic Village sign board directing you right. This is also the narrow village road to DPS Megacity School – Proceed down the village road past DPS till you reach a four way crossing when you turn left – You are on a beautiful tree lined road (see the Rain Trees on either side) till the end of the road and then turn right – You are nearly there! Drive past three petrol pumps on your right – HP, Bharat Petroleum and then IOL – just after which you see a local Cinema Hall after which you immediately turn right proceed for a minute down the Road and you cannot miss Vedic Village on your left – Drive into the Reception.
This is the continuation of the article called “Planning to Garpanchkot – The Prakiti Bhraman Kendra”Â by me(Sandy) as onÂ monday, 09 June 2008 ,Â which was much waiting travel experience after coming back last week. Though I was almost forced to cancel
the tour due to viral fever attack, I been requested by the other
members of our team to some how make myself available for the much
waited, long planned tour to this fantastic place within our own
state of West Bengal. I have travelled lots of place through out
India, but had hardly traveled places with in the state of West Bengal
where very few people knows less known nice places to tour which can
be easily arranged in a week time and spend the weekend and come back
and join work.[ GALLERY ]
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I thought, I would write this article in media and
entertainmentsection. But then decided this should come in here in this
travelsection where camera is most of the time an important companion in
anytourist spot where anybody visiting to capture the moment and
sceneicbeauty of those places.
Recently I came to know about a place call Garpanchkot a Prakiti Bhraman Kendra from a friend of my colleague. So me and my co-workers planning to visit the place as its not known by much as we believe and hopefully it will be less crowded and quiet place.So we have started gathering as much information possible before we make a move.