Ashpur is a small village in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 76 km south-east, across the Damodar river, off the major urban agglomeration in Bardhaman. Travellers in the region can stop by and get a taste of the local cuisine and delicacies available at remarkably low prices compared to the same items in other regions being available at exorbitant prices.
Places to Stay
Being a village without places to put up for the night, one is forced to venture into Bardhaman for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Maithan Tourist Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Sarada (Tariff – Rs. 500), Shardhanjali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Parbati International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Ashpur is Bengali. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Durga Puja in September-October and Diwali/Kali Puja in November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself may not have anything interesting to offer. However, the neighbouring Bardhaman will not disappoint you as a tourist. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Maharaja Golapbag’s mansions and gardens, Sarvamangala’s shrine (supposed to contain Sita’s body), Ramana Baga and Sher Afghan’s tomb.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) at a distance of 109 km.
The Burdwan Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 37 km.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. Smaller private operators are also active. Avail of bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com and get a number of discounts