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Sabuj Bon

 
September 2010

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Sabuj Bon is ideal for an weekend trip from Kolkata and had been on my radar for quite some time. Unfortunately, my father fell ill last year when we had planned it here with friends. So when I had three days to go out of Kolkata, and other destinations did not materialize for various reasons, Sabuj Bon was the choice by default.

Inside Sabuj Bon

Inside Sabuj Bon

Initially I had planned to drive my car, but as the team size increased to seven members, a SUV was rented for the trip as it turned out to be the most practical option. A very smooth drive from Kolkata to Burdwan was followed by a breakfast halt at Shaktigarh for luchi and sweets. The sweet lovers of our group were elated at the hot langchas (a fried variety of sweet) that were available at the eateries there. By this time, I had taken the directions of Sabuj Bon and proceeded towards out destination. The paddy fields were lush green in color and as far as our visibility could be stretched, green was the only color that could be seen all around. A very pleasant drive on an equally well maintained road. After asking for directions a couple of time, we arrived in Sabuj Bon a little before noon. Once inside the compound, we were glad about our choice.

 

Sabuj Bon

Cottage accomodation at Sabuj Bon

Cottage accomodation at Sabuj Bon


Sabuj Bon is a village resort nested deep within the village of Rasulpur belonging to Panchsowa panchayat. Its is about 13Km from Bolpur and 15Km from Shantiniketan. Within a huge compound, the accommodation is mud huts with straw covered thatched roof. The inside of the rooms were cool and provided the much needed respite from the midday heat. The rooms basic but spacious with attached toilets. For those who want more comfort, there are a couple of rooms with AC also. But the best part of this place is the greenery within it. The owner wants to develop it as a plant museum and it already has more than a lakh of plants within it. There was complete peace all around. There are a couple of ponds within the compound and the dining space is a covered area by the side of one such pond. Fish caught from the ponds is served for lunch. A leisurely stroll within Sabuj Bon or in the village or on a banks of the river Ajoy – there are many things to do while staying there.

 

Lunch was traditional bengali food: locally grown rice with begun bhaja, dal, alu-pataler dalna, alu posto, fish, chatni, papad and sweets. Excellently prepared and the cook, by his constant persistence, ensured that we were fully stuffed. We decided to take a little rest and then go to Shantiniketan. But as usual, we left quite late, and had to rush to the Rabindra Museum as it closes at 4:30 PM.

 

Shantiniketan

We managed to reach Uttarayan with barely sufficient time to cover the museum and the other buildings within the compound. Frankly I expected the museum to be richer in content. After all, the legacy of Tagore is an important part of the culture of Bengal. At present, a replica of the Nobel Prize is kept in the museum, after its theft last year. A short tour of the five buildings in the compound in which Rabindranath had stayed in Shantiniketan – Konarak, Udayan, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi, his car and we were out of Uttarayan by 5 PM. Fortunately the guards were accommodative of the fact that we had arrived late and kept the visitor areas open until we had left.

Local guides swarmed us as we were out on the road. With so many old people, a walking tour did not seem feasible. So we decided to take the tour in our car and the guide would accompany us in the car itself. An one hour tour followed and we covered all the important locations of Shantiniketan: Chatimtala, Amra Kunja, Deholi, Nutan Bari, Salbithi, Patha Bhavan, Hindi Bhavan, Nippon Bhavan, Chini Bhavan, under construction foreign language building, Beni Kunja, Chaiti, Kala Bhavan, Kalo Bari, Sangeet Bhavan and house of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. But being in the car meant that there was not much scope of taking photographs.

 

Kankalitala

After the tour, as there was some time left before dinner, we moved towards Kankalitala. It is one of the fifty two pithas or sacred spots where a part of the dismembered body of Sati fell. In this case, it is the waist (Kankal), hence the name. It has a temple of goddess Kali without any staue; instead a photograph of the goddess is worshipped. The greenery all around us was the best part of the journey. It was almost dark when we reach Kankalitala. Puja was offered and after spending half an hour before starting our journey to Sabuj Bon. It was pitch dark all around and Aheli and myself loved to search for any light as far as our eyes could see.

 
At Sabuj Bon, hardly any sound could be heard at night except the sound of crickets and other insects. After a late dinner, which was served in a machan(platform built of bamboo) near the cottages, it was time to retire for the night. As it was cloudy, not many stars could be seen, but enjoyed the hundreds of fireflies dancing on top of the trees. Aheli was terrified that some insect should enter the room (even the smallest of cockroach is sufficient to frighten her), so the doors were kept tightly shut while I took a bamboo chair and sat in the middle of the lawn, enjoying the darkness, the silence, the skies and the chirping of insects all around.

Woke up to a cloudy morning the next day. Plans for the day were flexible and after much discussion and argument, decided to visit a relative at Kirnahar. Kirnahar is around 40 Km from Bolpur. It was the holy festival of ID and by this time we had been served semai and payesh on behalf of the owner. Kirnahar turned out to be a small town and although we had planned to have only breakfast with our host, ultimately we ended up having both breakfast and lunch at our hosts place.

 

Fullara

The temple at Fullara

The temple at Fullara


After lunch, we decided to pay a visit to the Fullara temple at Labhpur before leaving for Shantiniketan. Labhpur is the birthplace of Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, the Bengali writer. Like Kankalitala, this is one of the sacred pithas where the lip of Sati fell. There is a big pond within the temple from where lotus are offered to the goddess. They have provision for eating the bhog, but for that we had to reach there well before noon. We spent some time in the temple and around it, offered pujas and then left for Khoai Mela in Shantiniketan.

 

 

 

 

Khoai Mela

The Khoai mela is a fair held primarily for tourists only on Saturday evening at Sonajhuri. It was started with an aim to help the local women sell locally produced and home made items and now it has turned out to be a regular affair and quite popular with the tourists. One can find a variety of items being sold here. Home made food items like ghugni, patisapta, chirer puli, bread jilepi, postor naru, etc. And to keep up with the food habits of the tourists from Kolkata, you will find shops selling vegetable momos!!

Baul song at Khoai mela

Baul song at Khoai mela


I fail to understand why vegetable momos need to be sold in this place, as it is totally alien to the food habits of the people of this region. Ornaments, leather items and musical instruments like flutes, ektara and dotara were also on sale. It was drizzling and the number of vendors as well as visitors were low in the beginning, but gradually the number increased. My daughter bought a flute (which she is unable to play even now) and we feasted on ghugni, patisapta, jilepi and hot tea. But the best part of the fair was the baul singer, who seemed to be a veteran there and quite popular among the tourists. He had a wonderful, deep voice, singing from the core of his heart and spent nearly an hour listening to his songs before the other team members dragged me away.

 

Shopping

Some shopping had already been done before coming to Khoai Mela. As we had some time to spare,
our female members had decided to utilize the time by quenching their insatiable thirst of shopping. A few hundred meters from Uttarayan is a line of shops selling locally produced goods (leather items, terracotta decorations, batik printed and other clothing, etc.
Leaving Khoai, it was decided to go to Sriniketan, which is supposedly the place to buy local specialty items. We reached Sriniketan to discover that it was already closed. Without losing hope, the shoppers of our team proceeded towards Amar Kutir, which is a cooperative selling similar items. I will not go into the details of what was bought, but definitely decreased my net worth by several hundreds of rupees!!

 
Returned to Sabuj Bon there after, again in pitch black darkness. Dinner was ID special and nobody complained!!

Embankment of river Ajoy

Embankment of river Ajoy


Day 3 and we were to return back. Early morning I went for a stroll around the village and on the embankment of the Ajoy river, which runs a few hundred meters away from Sabuj Bon. The greenery all around was so refreshing and it felt bad that by today evening we would be in the noise and pollution of Kolkata once again!! After a filling breakfast of luchi and rasogolla, and some discussion on orchids with the owner of the place Mr Salim and his friend Mr Dutta, we bid farewell to all the staff there. We made a small detour to Shantiniketan once again as Aheli wanted to visit the deer park.

It seemed to be a favorite hangout for the young couples of the locality. Noisy and disappointed tourists streamed in and out of the park, expecting deer to be lined up for them as soon as they enter the park. Luckily we were able to see a herd of three moving around and jump across the road to disappear within the trees. This place has a close resemblance with Bethuadohori to a large extent.

After that we started our return journey to Kolkata, enjoying every bit of the drive until we entered the pollution and noise of Kolkata.

What we missed

  1. View the Khoai landscape
  2. Stroll along Kopai river
  3. Visit Pearson palli, a tribal village or other nearby tribal villages
  4. See the terracotta temples of Itonda, just 2 Km from Sabuj Bon

 

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37 Comments

  1. Raja said:

    Kauisk da, description ta bapok hoyeche.. r akta jinis na bole parlam na.ghora er sathe orokom lunch er menu pele ghora er moja ta double hoye jai…

    Posted on January 26th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

  2. farooi said:

    from your description, i understood that this is rural area for the people who like ecotourism.
    who is the owner of the sobuj bon, is it an international standard?
    farooqi

    Posted on February 27th, 2011 at 12:52 am

  3. admin said:

    Dear farooi,
    The owner of the place is a gentleman named Mr. Abdus Salim. Regarding your question of whether the place is of international standards, its very difficult to benchmark. Perceptions vary. I did not expect much from the place and I was not disappointed. It is to be noted that the accommodation and kitchen is not something that is professionally managed. They are operated by the local staff. They may have deficiencies in their service, but they make it up by their sincerity.

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 at 5:53 am

  4. Farooqi said:

    I am convinced with your answer. Just I wanted to know more about the area:
    (1) Do you think that locality is safe or not

    (2) Is internate connection available?

    (3) What about the drinking water?

    (4) Public tranport system?

    Kindest regards

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 at 3:30 pm

  5. Shahid said:

    Is there any public transport to reach subuj bon?

    What is the best time to visit sobuj bon? room easily available?

    Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  6. admin said:

    Unfortunately there is no public transport till Sobuj Bon. You will get public transport till Bolpur or till the main road (I forget the bus stop) from where you have to enter for Sabuj Bon. Except summer, anytime should be good time. In winter weekends, there is a rush. So better to book in advance. Weekdays should not be much of a problem.

    Posted on April 30th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  7. ANANDA MUKHERJEE said:

    Dear
    I came to know about this place from jara parijayee,the travel mag.then i found this on net .and now i have decided to visit the place very soon.

    Posted on October 18th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  8. Suvra said:

    Please send the contactnumber, i will be travelling kolkata on 26th november.
    Thanks.

    Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 3:06 am

  9. Kausik Saha said:

    Hi Suvra,

    The contact of Sabuj Bon is Mr. Abdus Salim. Cell : 093337 46244 / 099325 89244.
    All details are provided in the ‘Information’ page of Sabuj Bon in my website. Here is the URL: http://travelstorybook.com/sabuj-bon.htm/2.

    Let me know if you have any other queries.

    Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 4:19 am

  10. sk.md.salim said:

    please send me a detailed road map to sabuj bon we will be
    coming by road on bikes.

    Posted on December 2nd, 2011 at 2:41 am

  11. Kausik Saha said:

    Hi Salim,
    Please let me know from where you would be travelling to Sabuj Bon.

    Posted on December 6th, 2011 at 4:51 am

  12. Dr.Aniruddha Bose FRCS said:

    SABUJ BON: THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU BOOK!
    (The reality behind the dream!)

    On the way from Burdwan-Gushkara after you cross the bridge over Ajay River, you have to take a turn to right. Sabuj Bon is 12 km from that turning.. At first entry you are impressed with the greenery. On a pre-ordered food you are served with cold rice and tasteless frozen fish for which they charge Rs 120/- per meal. Then you walk amidst to your cottages. The caretaker named Firdous starts selling you dreams, of bullock carts, pure ghee etc. When you have reached the thatched cottages (Rs700/- to Rs 1000/-) per night it impresses you further. Cottages amidst nature!!! Aha! This is the place to be on a holiday. Alas…..when you enter you get SHOCK for the money you paid!! Two basic beds, a roof of straws without even a brick structure, the taps leaking, mirror over-turned,, bathroom flooded with water. Some vital taps missing!!! You think is this why I paid thousand bucks for a night!!!! Nighmare is yet to come…..If you are hungry at tea-time or otherwise, no food is available in between.They have 13 cottages and three people (they will tell you 50 people, another lie) manning the area. No service is available. Once you are dumped in your room and business money recovered, you will hardly find anyone there to attend you. On asking why room s are in such pathetic condition, you are told, nothing can be done. There are no people to go to Bolpur.
    When you ask the caretaker Firdous he starts blabbering a bunch of lies…….8 years since it is formed, dreams are being sold, yet in 8 years no improvement to the quality of rooms or service! All they are keen on business at a price which will provide below standard service!!!
    Before you jump and book…..think twice!! You have wasted your money and fun too!!!
    DREAMS in net and REALITY on spot are entirely different issues.
    Think! Think!! Think!!!.
    Are you prepared for such holiday at such a price?

    Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 4:58 am

  13. M. Saha said:

    Dr. Basu, I have been there with a group of my 5 friends at the Sobuj Bon about one and half years ago. We were aware Sobuj Bon situated at rasulpur- a village at the side of the river Ajoy where we went with expectation to spend time at calm and quite place free from hussle and bussle. We did not expect that we will live a star hotel in a village like rasulpur. We know Rs. 500-700 is nothing now a days. By spending this small amount of monies, all my friends- vijay, Swapan, Rabin and Deepak, and me enjoyed pollution free lash greenery Sobuj Bon. For us, it was an excellent place. I will also say it is a good place to visit for those people who likes good natural environment, tired in living polluted city life and want take some fresh breath.

    Yes I found some short fall -like non-clean bedsheet. But we all were impressed with services of the staff of sobuj bon.

    Last but not least, I will say that people who will expect five star hotel service from Sobuj Bon (with merely by paying Rs-500-Rs.700 per nigh. This amount is nothing now a days- I will not expect five star service from sobuj bon), they should not go at the village resort like sobuj bon. They should go to the five start hotel and enjoy by paying Rs.8000 to 10,000 per night.(????)

    People who like natural beauty, greenery world class privately maintained plant museum, I will recommend, please visit atleast once this place.

    Posted on January 28th, 2012 at 11:06 am

  14. Farooqi said:

    If some recent photographs of sobuj bon are uploaded, it will be fantastic..

    Posted on February 4th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  15. pradip majhi said:

    Tieup

    Posted on May 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am

  16. Er. A. SAHA said:

    The taste varies from person to person. First you decide what you want. A luxurious resort with star qualities in the greens? Then forget India and specially West Bengal. There is no govt. controlled tourism or any resort from international chain in infamous places like this. We are wasting our great opportunities to use the Mother Nature that we are gifted. But still if you want to explore the untouched rural beauty of LAL MATIR DESH, stay in a village. The people will let you know how mechanical you are. We just can blow the whistle that they don’t provide for what we paid. But, in most part of the state this is the scenario. The tourism is working on private initiatives which are meant for middle class Bengali people. They can’t afford star levels. I tell you, it’s worth of enjoying world’s 3rd highest peak from an unknown home stay at Chatakpur instead from a suite of Cidar Inn at Darjeeling.
    Their only income is from weekend visitors. Petrol is Rs. 75/litre. I was once at Birbhum. Believe me. The city of joy just can’t imagine how poor people can be. Probably, they don’t know the ceiling limit of professionalism which is required to be presented against a valuable 1000 bucks.
    So, be prepared for that.

    Posted on June 8th, 2012 at 5:36 am

  17. Gary Gratious said:

    great stuff !

    Posted on July 5th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  18. Abu Adnan said:

    Please download more recent pictures of sobuj bon and let us know what new developments took place in the sobuj bon for new tourists.

    I would also like request to suggest to the management of sobuj bon that please improve your facilities and services what Dr. Basu has pointed out about some weakness in the boarding and lodging facilities at your village resort. If you improve, it is granted that more tourists will like and visit your place.

    By the by, do your have any e-mail id? Please let me know.

    Posted on October 6th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  19. shib sankar gupta said:

    i required booking mb no

    Posted on October 25th, 2012 at 7:09 am

  20. Shiddhartha Sankar Mukherjee said:

    Please let me know from where you would be travelling to Sabuj Bon.

    Posted on December 13th, 2012 at 6:25 am

  21. Sanchita Roy Chowdhury said:

    Please help me as calls are not connected with those numbers of Mr Salim for booking. is there any other number?

    Posted on January 9th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  22. Somtirtha De said:

    The contact informations are incorrect. kindly help.

    Posted on January 19th, 2013 at 8:27 am

  23. admin said:

    Let me check and get back. Even I am not being able to connect at the given numbers.

    Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  24. prajnapguharakshit said:

    Honestly I was pretty scared with all the negative reviews but our experience was too good….. dont expect a 5star ambiance in a small village like rasulpur….but their hospitality was good….you know it is a real good place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily city life .In the evening time one can go to the riverside ….. its lovely. Food was delicious and the people didnot compromise on the quality and quantity ….they served hot and tasty foods…. yes you wont get food other than the breakfast, lunch, tea-snacks ,dinner but hopefully i think one dont need it too. Going with group of friends is preferable as in the evening you dont have anything to do if you are alone….. we were there for 1 1/2 days , I think that was the perfect duration for stay.. roads are pretty good… you wont face any problems. people are pretty helpful…. one should visit this place atleast once……

    Posted on March 11th, 2013 at 8:22 am

  25. Kanchan Mondal said:

    Sabujban – The Plant Museum – Shantiniketan

    Description
    Sabujban is a budding plant museum where people can stay amidst nature getting a taste of the village life. It is a complete private endeavor to help people enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature and the Shantiniketan is a quiet place with lots of sightseeing?s around where you can spend your time.

    Inclusions

    Accommodation in Cottages on Sharing Basis Meals.
    Transport for Sight seeing and Station, Pick-Up and Drop.

    Posted on June 2nd, 2013 at 10:10 am

  26. Kanchan Mondal said:

    Dear All,
    Visit our official website http://www.sabujban.com.

    With Regards.
    Sabujban

    Posted on June 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 am

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    Posted on June 22nd, 2013 at 8:42 am

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  29. Debanjan said:

    The place are nice , its NATURAL LANDSCAPE ARE A…W……E… S……O…M… EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    Posted on August 27th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  30. Priyanka Ghosh said:

    The website or any provided contact number doesn’t exist. How do I make a booking ???

    Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  31. admin said:

    Can you try 9153193458? It seems that the old numbers are not working. I got this number from a post in Indiamike.

    Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  32. Priyanka Ghosh said:

    Thanks I’ll try, hope the place is open and functional now as I plan to visit next week

    Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 3:36 am

  33. Sov said:

    I want to visit sobuj bon with my girl friend.. is it safe?

    Posted on January 16th, 2015 at 6:07 pm

  34. RBan said:

    Visited the place recently. No such improvements noted. Amenities are basic and are at par with the rural surroundings. However service is too poor. In a remote place like this, there should be at least some attendant/ boy to reach out in case of any emergency requirements like candle during powercut, mosquito repellents after evening, drinking water at night, replacement of fused bathroom bulb etc. These are basic hospitality requirements which one would expect even at a rural lodging centre. After all they are doing business, not running a charity dharamshala. If they know Rs. 1200 is apt with market rates, they must also know how much minimum service to be provided against that. We are not expecting 5* star services, but this resort did not provide us even 1* service.

    Posted on November 25th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  35. S ghosh said:

    Never go to sabuj bon. It’s a nightmare. Only savage animal can stay there. Like a Kandahar. We booked for 2 days. But seeing all returned same day with losing the money. They r cheating with everyone.

    Posted on August 7th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  36. PANKAJ CHAKRABORTY said:

    How do I book the cottage of Sobuj Bon because the mobile number mentioned here of Mr. Abdus Salim. Cell : 093337 46244 / 099325 89244, not at all are valid numbers.

    Posted on March 18th, 2017 at 7:49 am

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